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  • Day Trip to Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

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    Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is an amusement park island complex. Within Sea Paradise there are 16 different kinds of attractions including a scream machine, “Pleasure Land”, and 4 aquariums with different themes. We strongly recommend that visitors to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise go inside the aquarium where as many as 70,000 sardines can be seen in huge swarms, which is the greatest swarm of sardines in the whole country.

    We also recommend seeing the white dolphin which is in the beginning of the sea creature show. East Japan’s first and only whale shark exhibition began here in October of 2018. Many of these planned exhibitions have limited time schedules as seen above, and this characteristic is one of the reasons for the aquarium’s popularity.

     

    Content

    1. 1. Spot Ranking
    2. 5th Pleasure Land
    3. 4th Umi Farm
    4. 3rd Fureai Lagoon
    5. 2nd Dolphin Fantasy
    6. 1st Aqua Museum
    7. 2. Getting in
    8. 3. Other Area List

    1. Spot ranking in Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise area

    5th. Pleasure Land

    Pleasure Land is an area made up of various attractions and is located inside Hakkeijima Sea Paradise adjacent to the aquarium. The roller coaster “Surf Coaster Leviathan” is a popular attraction that stands at 13 meters in height and has a loop protruding into the sea.

    It occupies a giant area and includes a maze with over 100 different tricks and traps inside. There are over 20 different attractions here that can be enjoyed even in the rain and at night. Hours of operation for December 2018 (not including New Year’s vacation) are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Since hours of operation vary by month, please check the homepage for details. To be able to enjoy these attractions, you must buy 15 Pleasure Land free ride passes and an aquarium combo package one-day pass.

    However, if you don’t purchase the ride pass, you can also enjoy the attractions by paying for each ride individually. Most attractions can be enjoyed for less than 1,000 yen per ride.

    4th. Umi Farm

    Umi Farm aims to help visitors learn about the natural environment while playing and enjoying creatures of the land and sea through “raising”, “protecting”, and “eating” them. Umi Farm is made up of a “Food Education Zone” and “Ocean Lab”. You can go fishing in the “Food Education Zone”. You can also eat the fish, which is allowed for the purpose of understanding the importance of natural life.

    Through the “Ocean Lab” you can observe fish that live in nature under the sea from various perspectives. Also, by participating in the program, you can learn about the ocean ecosystem and improving the environment. Hours of operation for December 2018 (not including New Year’s vacation) are 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

    Since hours of operation vary by month, please check the homepage for details. As for the fee, there is no entry package for admission to Umi Farm, purchase of a one-day pass or Aqua Resorts Pass is necessary. In addition, there is a separate charge for fishing and cooking in the “Food Education Zone.”

    3th. Fureai Lagoon

    Fureai Lagoon is made up of many areas including “Hireashi Beach” where you can get a close-up view of walruses and seals swimming freely in the water. There is an area called “Friendly Circle” where sea lions and penguins appear in comical and popular performances. We recommend “Whale Ocean”. “Whale Ocean”is a show where you can see lively bottlenose dolphins and white dolphins from close-up.

    If you are lucky you can touch the dolphins. Hours of operation for December 2018 (not including New Year’s vacation) are 11:00 am to 6:30 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Since hours of operation vary by month, please check the homepage for details.

    As for the fee, there is no entry package for admission to Fureai Lagoon, purchase of a one-day pass or night pass is necessary.

    2th. Dolphin Fanstasy

    Although“Dolphin Fantasy” is more famous, “Arch Tank” reproduces conditions that are closer to the natural sea. Looking from the bottom of the sea, the rays of the sun come through and shine on the shapes of the dolphins and various fish swimming around creating an illusion.

    You can see the dolphin friends playing from close-up. “Dolphin Fantasy” is the best spot to get a picture together with the dolphins. Though there are many souvenir shops around the aquarium, there is a souvenir shop that specializes in dolphin gifts near the entrance to“Dolphin Fantasy”.

    By all means please get a memento to remember your time here. Hours of operation for December 2018 (not including New Year’s vacation) are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Since hours of operation vary by month, please check the homepage for details. As for the fee, there is no entry package for admission to “Dolphin Fantasy”, purchase of a one-day pass or night pass is necessary.

    1th. Aqua Museum

    The “Aqua Museum” is the main area of Hakkeijima Sea Paradise. The “Aqua Museum” is praised as the largest aquarium in all of Japan, where 700 species and 120,000 living creatures can be seen. The most popular areas are the “Aqua Museum” and “LAB05”.

    The “Aqua Museum” has an entertainment show where dolphins, walruses, and sea lions can be seen. “LAB05” is a giant water tank where 70,000 sardines can be seen swimming in swarms. In addition, because large-sized sharks can also be seen in the same water tank, nature is thus almost perfectly reproduced here.

    Hours of operation for December 2018 (not including New Year’s vacation) are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Since hours of operation vary by month, please check the homepage for details. As for the fee, there is no entry package for admission to “Aqua Museum”, purchase of a one-day pass or night pass is necessary.

     

    2. Getting to Hakkeijima Station from Yokohama Station

    If you use the Limousine Bus Pass, it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to get there from Yokohama Station. The fee is 800 yen for an adult. However, there is only one on weekdays and two on weekends and holidays. If you use the train, it takes 30 minutes to get there. The fee is 540 yen. Take JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line then change to the Yokohama Seaside Line via Shinsugita Station. Get off at Hakkeijima Station.

     

     

    Getting to Yokohama station from Tokyo

     

     

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    Osanbashi Pier, Bashamichi and Nihon-ōdōri

     

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    Yamashita Park and Motomachi – Chukagai (Chinatown)

     

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    Yamate – Ishikawachō

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    Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

     

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    Day Trip to Lake Saiko

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    As one of the Fuji Five Lakes(Fujigoko), ‘Saiko(Lake Saiko)’ is situated in the center of the other 4 lakes, circling around Mt. Fuji together with them. What makes the area special is the unique and beautiful scenery with several volcanic caves, formed during the eruption of Mt. Fuji long ago and wild forests and others.

    Relaxing and calm holiday is excellent option but for those who interested in ‘unspoiled nature’, this area offers various nature activities to join. Caving is one of the best recommendations without doubt.

    ‘Saiko Ryugusai’is an annual festival dedicated to a water goddess. You may enjoy a different view of Mt. Fuji illuminated by fireworks and ‘Toro nagashi’ ceremony, that is a Japan’s own Buddhist ceremony in which paper lanterns are floated down a river and the sea to console the spirits of the dead. You may enjoy this popular summer event without overcrowd at the ‘Saiko Ryugusai’. Quiet and peaceful elegance of Japan is also a charm of the event.

    Content

    1. 1. Spot Ranking
    2. 5th. Saiko Yachonomori Park
    3. 4th. Iyashinosato ancient japanese village
    4. 3rd. Fugaku Wind Cave
    5. 2nd. Narusawa Ice Cave
    6. 1st. Lake Saiko
    7. 2. Getting in
    8. 3. Other Area List

    1. Spot ranking in Lake Saiko area

    5th. Saiko Yachonomori Park

    Saiko Yachonomori Park(Wild bird’s forest) is surrounded by Aokigahara Jukai and a home to about 210 species of wild birds. It allows visitors to enjoy wild bird watching as well as walking through bird watching room in the‘Jukai Gallery’ room and joining wooden handcraft workshops. If you have your binoculars with you, this is a not-to-miss chance to watch Japan’s indigenous wildbirds.

    The park holds the Ice Tree Festival every year from January to February. ‘Jyuhyo Trees(Ice Trees)’ reach over 10 meters high and create fantastical and magical atmosphere being illuminated every night. As this magnificent ice art works can be enjoyed during the winter season only, it is recommended to visit if you are around in this time of year. Opening Hours is 9:00 to 17:00 and closed in Thursday. Admission is Free.

    Access

    You can take Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Green-Line). Boarding section is From Kawaguchiko Sta.to Saiko Yacho-noMori Park/Wild bird’s forest(No.69).

     

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    4th. Iyashinosato ancient japanese village

    You may be astonished at Iyashinosato ancient Japanese village. Japan’s traditional farming village view and many thatched roof farm houses there are so special. Visitors will find a wide range of cultural and historical attractions such as handcraft workshops and folklore museums here as well as agreeable restaurants with tasty local foods and souvenir shops.

    Nenba area was once a populated farming village and was seriously destroyed by a typhoon in 1966. The village was reconstructed after the disaster and came back to life as it is today. The old Watanabe House, located at innermost of the village, is especially recommended. This registered tangible cultural property exhibits remaining Japanese old daily life. Take a chance to enjoy cultural experience to walk in the village wearing Kimono.

    Opening Hours is 9:00 to 17:00 (March to November) / 9:30 to 16:30 (December to February). There are no closing days. Admission is 350yen (Adult)/ 150yen (Child).

    Access

    You can take Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Green-Line). Boarding section is from Kawaguchiko Sta.to SaikoIyashi-no-sato-Nenba(No.68).

     

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    3rd. Fugaku Wind Cave

    Fugaku Wind Cave was used as a natural refrigerator in the past when there was no refrigerating system. The cave measures 201 meters in total lengths and 8.7 meters in heights and features natural lava shelves and ice pillars, which visitors will enjoy during a 15-minute caving tour. The tour is suitable for women and children as the route is relatively easy to walk in.

    At the innermost of the cave where visitors will encounter the beautifully shining luminous moss (Scientific name: Schistostega) which grows widely in the area.

    “Mori-no-Eki Fuketsu” is a souvenir shop as well as a restaurant, where the visitors can enjoy local delicacy and shopping. Its specialty, `Corn flavored soft-serve ice cream’ is greatly admired even by the locals. The cool climate in the area contributes to make corns taste very sweet.

    Opening Hours is 9:00 to 17:00 (the last admission depends on the season), Admission is 350yen (Adult)/ 200yen (Child).

    Access

    You can take Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Green-Line), Boarding section is from Kawaguchiko Sta.to Fugaku Fuketsu/ Wind Cave(No.71).

     

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    2nd. Narusawa Ice Cave

    With a depth of 21 meters underground, the temperature in the Narusawa Ice Cave is cool even in the summer. Because of its loop like shape, the cave allows visitors to look attractive features in 15 minutes just going round. At the innermost of the cave there is a hole, called ‘Jigoku-ana’ in Japanese.

    Its width and depth and other details are unknown because it is not yet investigated. Over 1150 years ago when volcano Nagaoyama erupted, the lava flow outpoured and created this tunnel type cave. Since being nationally designated as a Natural Monument, it has been acknowledged its worldwide significance.

    The most attractive feature here is natural ice pillars. Being illuminated, artistic and mysterious expressions of pillars are breathtakingly beautiful. As they grow to a maximum size from April to July, it is recommended to visit during this time of the year, though they are enjoyed until early autumn.

    Opening Hours is 9:00 to 17:00 (the last admission depends on the season), Admission is 350yen (Adult)/ 200yen (Child).

    Access

    Narusawa/Shojiko/Motosuko Sighteseeing Bus(Omuni Bus, Blue-Line), Boarding section is from Kawaguchiko Sta.to Narusawa Ice Cave(No.116).

     

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    1th. Lake Saiko

    The Fuji Five Lakes lie at the north of Mt. Fuji and Lake Saiko is located at the center of the other 4 lakes. It is a very quiet place compared with Lake Yamanaka or Lake Kawaguchi and the best option for those enjoy peaceful moment in nature. The area is famous for having clean water that is pure enough for a habitat of trout and other fishes. It is also a good place to enjoy marine sports.

    The area holds several views photograph well. The north-side of the lake is the best among them which allows photographers to shoot Mt. Fuji and the lake together. You may enjoy walking around the lakeside and find the best place for you.

    Access

    You can tale Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Green-Line), Boarding section is from Kawaguchiko Sta.to East Gate of Lake Saiko (No.77).

     

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    2. Getting to Saiko from Kawaguchiko Station

    3 Sightseeing Bus services(Omuni Bus)are available departing from Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi); Blue-Line, Green-Line and Red-Line. Please note that each goes to the different destination and make sure the line you take.

    Service Name: Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Omuni Bus, Green-Line). Boarding section is from Kawaguchiko Sta. (No.1)to East Gate of Lake Saiko (No.77). Time required Approx.30 minutes. Fare is 440 Yen in One way. Sightseeing Bus 2 Days Ticket(unlimited-ride for 2days with 1,500yen)is recommended for those who get on and off frequently.

     

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    3. Other Area list

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    Fuji City – Fujinomiya

     

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    Gotemba – Susono

     

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