• Day Trip to Gotemba – Susono

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    After Tokaido line(Gotemba line) have started operating at Gotemba/Susono area in 1889, it became famous among Mount Fuji climbers and summer resort for tourists. There are many tourist point such as campsite, ski resort, and huge suspension bridge to look over Mount Fuji. There is even one of the biggest outlet mall in Gotemba area called “Gotemba Premium Outletmall”. Moreover, the path in Gotemba is also known for “Fuji Tozan Ekiden” which is a road relay held every year in new year season.

     

    Content

    1. 1. Spot Ranking
    2. 5th. Komakado Kazaana Cave
    3. 4th. Chichibunomiya Memorial Park
    4. 3rd. Jurigi Kogen Observation Deck
    5. 2nd. Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika
    6. 1st. Suyamasengen Shrine
    7. 2. Getting in
    8. 3. Other Area List

    1. Spot ranking in Gotemba – Susono area

    5th. Komakado Kazaana Cave

    Komakado Kazaana Cave is a lava tube that was made 10 thousand years ago after Mount Fuji eruption. The total length is about 409 meter and compared to the other caves near Mount Fuji, here is the largest and the oldest of all. There are two holes in this cave, “Hon-Ana(291 meter long)” and “Eda-Ana”(110 meter long). You can enjoy seeing stalactites made from lava and marks of lava flow. The cave stays costant of 13 degrees all year. Near the enterance, there is water which is infiltrated and comes directly from Mount Fuji. It is also designated as a natural treasure and you can actually drink the water. Interesting fact about the cave, the insects inside the cave, their eyes are all degenerated. So try to find it and see it for your self.

    It is open from 9:00-17:00(from December to February, the closing time will be 16:00.)
    The enterance fee is 200JPY/Adult, 150JPY/Junior&Highschool students, 100JPY/Child.

    Access

    To get to the cave, take the train from Gotemba station (JR Gotemba line) and get off at “Fujioka station”. It is about 20 minutes walk from the station.

     

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    4th. Chichibunomiya Memorial Park

    Chichibunomiya Memorial Park is a park, but used to be a villa where the loyal Chichibunomiya family have lived. You can enjoy the flowers each season; ume blossom and weeping cherry in Spring, cotton rose and crape myrtle in Summer, autumn leaves and fragrant olives in Autumn). There are many cherished objects exhibited that the loyal families have actually used inside the profound feeling thatched memorial hall which the building is more than 280 years old.

    It is open from 9:00-16:30(Last entry is 16:00). On April it changes to 9:00-17:00(Last entry is 16:30). From June to August it changes to 9:00-17:30(Last entry is 17:00). Every 3rd Monday (If it is a national holiday it will close the next day) will be closed. The entry fee is 300JPY/Adult and 150JPY/6-15 years old.

    Access

    To get to Chichibunomiya Memorial Park, take a free shuttle bus that bounds for “Gotemba-Onsen-Kaikan” from bus stop 7 at JR Gotemba station and get off at “Chichibunomiya-Kinnen-Koen”. It is about 10 minutes to get there.

     

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    3rd. Jurigi Kogen Observation Deck

    Jurigi Kogen Observation Deck is 1099 meter high observation deck where you can see the beautiful Mount Fuji. You have to climb up the stair case which is just on the edge of the parking lot. It takes 5 minutes to reach the top if you’re an adult but probably takes abou 10 minutes for children. As you reach to the top, on your way you can see Mount Ashitaka, south alps and of course Mount Fuji.

    Long time ago, there used to be path that connected Fujinomiya and Hakone-Takenoshita, and there was a barrier in between. However, nowadays the land have developed greatly and it turned into a leisure resort that has a camping area and an amusement park.

    Access

    To get here,take a local train that bounds for “Numadsu” from Gotemba station(Gootemba line) and get off at “Susono station”. Transfer to Fujikyu City bus and get off at “Jurigi”. It is a 10 minute walk to Jurigi Kogen Observation Deck.

     

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    2nd. Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika

    Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika is a leisure resort with many facilities such as hotel, hot spring, restaurant, sport facilities and liesure facilities. It is placed in side the nature of Gotemba city, and it is also famous for it’s beautiful illumination that can be seen during winter season. The illumination called “Hikaru-no-Sumika”can be seen in October through March. If you want to stay longer in Gotemba area and feel the nature a little bit more, here is the best place to stay.

    Access

    To get here take a train from Gotemba station(Gootemba line) and get off at “Iwanami station”. Then take a taxi which is only 5 minutes to reach Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika.

     

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    1th. Suyamasengen Shrine

    Suyamasengen Shrine was listed as a world heritage at the same time when Mount Fuji was designated. There are several climbing trails to enter Mount Fuji and here in Suyamasengen is one of the starting point. From long time ago, many people started from this point when climbing up Mount Fuji so they can make their good luck wishes at this shrine before starting their adventure. Inside the shrine there are many large cedar tree which you can feel the spiritual power of Mount Fuji and the long history of this place.

    The main shrine was re-built in year 1823 but according to the shrine’s biography, the main shrine was actually built way long ago which leads to the time in Japanese mythology. It is believed that it was made in year 1524 at the latest. On the right side of the main shrine, there is a shrine called “Komiya-Shrine”. From the name and the appearance(such as shape) it was built in the 17th century and used to be the main shrine of Suyamasengen..

    Access

    To get here ride the Fujikyu Bus from Gotemba station and get off at “Sengen-Jinjya-Iriguchi”.

     

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    2. Getting to Susono Station from Gotemba Station

    From Gotemba station take a local train(Gotemba line) bound for Numadsu and get off at “Susono” station. It is about 18 minutes and costs 320JPY.

     

    Getting to Gotemba station from Tokyo

     

     

    3. Other Area list

    Lake Ymanakako and Oshino

     

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    Lake Shoji

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    Lake Saiko

     

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    Lake Motosu

     

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    Lake Kawaguchiko and Fujiyoshida

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    Fuji City – Fujinomiya

     

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    Gotemba – Susono

     

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  • Day Trip to Osanbashi Pier, Bashamichi and Nihon-odori

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    The Bashamichi, Kannai, and Nihon-ōdōri areas still maintain the look of Yokohama back in 1859 when the port was opened. The retro looking Western buildings and the historic feeling streets are very fun. This area is a perfect fit for people who want to get a taste of the calm and tranquil atmosphere.

     

    Content

    1. 1. Spot Ranking
    2. 5th Sea Bass
    3. 4th Elephant Nose Park
    4. 3rd Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
    5. 2nd Yokohama Factory Night Cruise
    6. 1st Osanbashi Pier
    7. 2. Getting In
    8. 3. Other Area List

     

    1. Spot Ranking in Osanbashi Pier, Bashamichi and Nihon-ōdōri area

     

    5th Sea Bass

    The Sea Bass is a tourist boat that starts from Yokohama Station’s east exit and is connected to many famous sightseeing spots like the Minato Mirai area, the Red Brick Warehouse area, and the Yamashita Park area. Each area is about 5-10 minutes apart.

    You can move smoothly between the areas while enjoying the view of the port town of Yokohama from above the sea. There are 1 to 2 boats in operation each hour. You also can find a detailed timetable on the official homepage. The entrance fee is different for each area. One area is about 350 to 420 yen.

    Access

    Leaving from Nihon-ōdōri Station, the Pier Akarenga platform is the closest and it will be just a 10 minute walk to your destination.

     

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    4th. Elephant Nose Park

    Elephant Nose Park got its name because its shape resembles an elephant’s nose when looking at the seawall from above. “Elephant’s Nose Terrace” in the middle of the park, is a place where you can rest. There is free Wi-Fi and a cafe that has meals. So, let’s have a break while enjoying the events held there every day.

    I recommend that you buy the soft-serve ice cream there that they sell in the shape of an elephant. You are free to walk around the park at will. “Elephant’s Nose Terrace” is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. It is open all year round and there is no entrance fee.

    Access

    It is a 3 minute walk from Nihon-ōdōri Station.

     

     

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    3rd Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

    Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a warehouse that was built between the latter half of the 1800s and the first half of the 1900s. There is Building No. 1 and Building No. 2. In Building No. 1, there are plays, concerts, dances and many performances held all year round. In Building No. 2, there are over 50 different restaurants and shops. There are seasonal performances held in the event plaza.

    There are famous events held there like the fall “Yokohama October Fest” and in the winter you can enjoy the outdoor ice-skating rink and Christmas skating. The Red Brick Warehouse is a peaceful place, but in the evening you can enjoy the illuminated lights and night view. During the daytime, please enjoy shopping and at night have a dinner date. Building No. 1 is open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

    Building No. 2 is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (the cafe and restaurant are open until 11:00 pm). You are free to walk around the inside of the Red Brick Warehouse. There is no entrance fee.

    Access

    It is a 6 minute walk from Nihon-ōdōri Station.

     

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    2nd. Yokohama Factory Night Cruise

    The Factory Night Cruise is a tour for seeing the night view of different factory areas from the top of the boat, such as the Keihin industrial area. The navigator will happily guide you around during this tour. The illumination of the factories suddenly appears from the darkness like a space station from a fantasy. The chimney blowing flames out from the industrial area packs a punch.

    Although there are many companies doing cruises, the one being introduced to you now is said to be the cheapest. It is the “Industrial Area Night View Minato Mirai Cruise”. The cruise leaves at 7:30 pm and you can enjoy a 1 hour and 20 minute ride.

    Operating days are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. Tickets are 3,000 yen for adults and 2,000 yen for children. You must make your cruise reservations by 5:00 pm the day before. Although you can make your reservation through the website, please note that it is only written in Japanese.

    Access

    It is about an 11 minute walk from Nihon-ōdōri Station to the Yamashita Park Pier, which has the boarding platform for the “Industrial Area Night View Minato Mirai Cruise”.

     

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    1st Osanbashi Pier

    Yokohama Osanbashi is a gateway to the port of Yokohama welcoming in all people of the world. It is a terminal for large domestic and international ships. There are 4 ships in the 30,000 ton class: “Nippon Maru”, “Fujimaru”, “Pashifuiiku Biinasu” and other types of passenger ships such as “Asuka II” and “Sapphire Princess”. Two passenger ships can be docked at the same time.

    The plaza on the roof of Osanbashi is a space designed in the shape of the deck of a ship. This is a park where people visiting Yokohama can go and take it easy. The scenery of Minato Mirai unfolds before your eyes and can be enjoyed all day.

    We recommend that you go to the Blue Terminal Cafe on the 2nd floor of the facility. You can spend lunchtime having fries, thick juicy hamburgers, and a delicious latte. The terminal is open from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm. The roof is open 24 hours a day. There is no entrance fee to get on to the roof.

    Access

    It is about a 7 minute walk from Nihon-ōdōri Station.

     

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    2. Getting to Nihon-ōdōri Station from Yokohama

    Take the Minato Mirai Line from Yokohama station to Nihon-ōdōri Station. It will take about 7 minutes in total and cost about 210 yen.

     

    Getting to Yokohama station from Tokyo

     

     

     

    3. Other area list

    Minato Mirai 21

     

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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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    Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

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  • Day Trip to Yamashita Park and Motomachi-Chukagai (Chinatown)

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    Yamashita Park and Motomachi-Chukagai (Chinatown) are a good representation of the city of Yokohama and are very popular areas. Yamashita park was opened in 1930 to revive the city from Great Kanto Earthquake occurred in 1923. There is a historic building called the “New Grand Hotel” and also the “Marine Tower” boasts a Guinness world record for being the tallest lighthouse.

    After the opening of the port in Yokohama, Chinese merchants started doing businesses in Chinatown, which resulted in the development of the area. Recently, there is not just Chinese food available, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and stores offering many other Asian foods are increasing in number.

    1. Spot Ranking
    2. Getting in
    3. Other Area List

     

    1. Spot Ranking

     

    5th. Motomachi Shopping Street

    After WWII, Motomachi Shopping Street started becoming an area for young Japanese people to gather. Over a period of 10 years, the entire length of the shopping street reached 1,000 meters. In 1967, a sister-store cooperation agreement was made here with 6 famous European stores.

    Together they import products, exchange information, and develop original products. And still to this day, tourists find the fun stores with a lot of personality and beautiful streets to be quite charming. There are benches in the streets which would be suitable for taking a breather in the middle of your walk.

    Access

    To get there, please leave Motomachi Chinatown Station through the Motomachi exit and it will be right there after you exit.

     

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    4th. Yokohama Marine Tower

    In 1961, Yokohama Marine Tower was constructed to commemerate the 100 year anniversery of the opening of the port. It is 106 meters tall. You can see the beautiful view of the city at night from the observation deck at the Marine Tower.

    It is defiendtly quite cosmoplitan to enjoy the restaurants and bars while spendng time looking at the wonderful view of Yokohama. Visiting hours are from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm (last entry is 10:00 pm). The entry fee is 700 yen.

    Access

    Take exit number 4 at Motomachi Chinatown Station and it’s just 1 minute away.

     

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    3rd Hikawamaru (NYK Maritime Museum)

    Hikawamaru is a famous cargo ship that was boarded by the king of comedy: Charlie Chaplin. It is a good representation of boats in the 1930s and was an active hospital boat during WWII.

    In 2016, it was designated as an important cultural relic. The cafeteria, smoking room, and special room were refurbished based on materials written during the time period when the boat was in use.

    Visiting hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is closed for break on Mondays. The entrance fee is 300 yen.

    If you buy the package ticket deal that includes entrance into the Japanese Navy History Museum (just a 15 minute walk away), the cost is 500 yen.

    Access

    Hikawamaru is just a 3 minute walk away from Motomachi Chinatown if you leave from exit 4.

     

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    2nd Yokohama Chinatown

    Yokohama Chinatown was created by Western merchants and Chinese merchants living in Japan. The gate in the middle of Chinatown has a lot of personality and is a traditional Chinese gate called “Pailou”. In addition, there is a temple for worshiping “Kanu” called “Kantebyō” and another one for worshiping many different gods called “Masobyō”.

    With over 600 different stores, Yokohama Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown in the world. Yokohama Chinatown doesn’t just have Chinese cuisine, you can find fashionable coffee shops and pancake restaurants there too. Let’s find some interesting shops while eating and walking around at the same time. The hours of each Chinese restaurant vary based on each place. There is no entrance fee to get into Chinatown.

    Access

    To get there, leave Motomachi Chinatown Station from exit 2 and walk about 1 minute.

     

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    1st Yamashita Park

    Yamashita Park was opened as a public park in 1930. It was built above the rubble from the Great Kanto Earthquake. You can listen to the steam whistle from the ships while you take a walk and enjoy the view of the Yokohama Bay Bridge and the ships going through the harbor.

    There are many memorials and monuments within the park. For example, you can feel the connection that Japan has with other countries when you see the “Indian Waters Tower” sent by the Indian Association of Japan in 1937 and the “Water Guardian god” sent by Yokohama’s sister city, San Diego.

    Yamashita Park is famous for its roses, which can be seen blooming in great numbers during the spring and fall. It’s really beautiful. You are able to walk around the park freely and there is no entrance fee.

    Access

    To get to Yamashita Park, leave from exit 4 at Motomachi Chinatown Station and walk for 3 minutes.

     

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    2. Getting to Motomachi-Chūkagai Station from Yokohama Station

    Starting from Yokohama Station, take the Minato Mirai Line to Motomachi Chinatown Station. The total time required to arrive there will be about 15 minutes and it will cost 210 yen.

    Getting to Yokohama station from Tokyo

     

     

     

    3. Other area list

    Minato Mirai 21

     

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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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    Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

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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

     

     

    3. Other area list

    Minato Mirai 21

     

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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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    Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

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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.

     

    Getting to Kawaguchiko station from Tokyo

     

     

    3. Other Area list

    Lake Ymanakako and Oshino

     

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    Lake Shoji

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    Lake Saiko

     

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    Lake Motosu

     

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    Lake Kawaguchiko and Fujiyoshida

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    Fuji City – Fujinomiya

     

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    Gotemba – Susono

     

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