Need a Day Away From Tokyo to Relax? Soothe Your Muscles at Marine Spa Atami!

Atami is well-known for its hot spring waters and easy distance from Tokyo. The coastal town is a popular retreat for city dwellers. Most of the hot springs are located in ryokans and are generally fairly small baths where private bathing is preferable but this really requires an overnight stay. If you’re looking to take…

Are you ’Game’ Enough to Try Exotic Deer and Wild Boar Meat in Shizuoka?

When talking about game meats, reactions generally fall into two categories which resemble that of a love-hate relationship, people either rave or cringe at the idea of game meats. While some may draw the line at beef or lamb, others are wonderfully appreciative of relatively exotic meats such as venison, rabbit, and squab to name…

Touch the Clouds at Mount Omuro in Shizuoka!

Have you ever imagined being at the top of a mountain and having a panoramic look on the world around you? It is possible at Mount Omuro (Omuroyama) on the Izu peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture. Izu peninsula is known for its hot springs, beaches, and cliffs, and it is an all-time favorite spot in the…

See Some Early-Blooming Sakura in Kawazu, Just 2 Hours from Tokyo!

Many people who wish to visit Japan want to see the iconic cherry blossom. Sometimes life doesn’t all go to plan and maybe you can’t travel in the main cherry blossom season. Don’t despair, there are still a few spots you can visit for some early blooms and to experience hanami! The Season and Hanami…

Explore Kawazu Seven Waterfalls and Enjoy the Beauty of Nature!

Do you love exploring waterfalls, mountains, and forests? Then visit Kawazu town which is located in Izu-hanto (Izu Peninsula) in the Shizuoka prefecture. Kawazu Nanadaru is a great place to refresh and relax. Yes, as the name suggests (nana is seven in Japanese) there are seven waterfalls hidden inside the forest within a 1.5 km…

Experience Hamamatsu’s Takoage-Gassen: A Battle of the Kites

In May, when spring is warming up and summer is around the corner, you’ll see many kites being flown in the air in the city of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka. The city is a flat plain with some mountainous and beach areas having strong winds ideal for a kite event popularly known as Takoage-Gassen. This is the…

Basic Tips to Get Mt. Fuji Ticked Off the Bucket List

Here, I assume because this mountain is not like any other, the Japanese call it “Fuji-san” which means Mister Fuji! And to climb a peculiar mount such as Fuji-san, Japanese tourism offices ask you if you would like to do it by night! What a strange thing to do – go up a mountain in…

3 Sushi Restaurants to Satisfy Your Cravings in Atami!

Atami in Shizuoka is a popular destination for tourists because of the number of hot springs it has to offer to soothe your tired body. Aside from that, since Atami is right next to the seaside, there is always a fresh catch of marine products, making for a large offering of the freshest seafood! When…

26 Things to Do in Atami: Sun, Surf, and Fun Times!

Atami, or literally “hot ocean,” is an area popular for its many onsen resorts with fantastic views. It is located on the far eastern size of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka, a city made up of partially submerged volcanic formations on the edge of Sagami Bay. In fact, you may have heard of how Izu…