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3-Day Model Trip Outline of the region

Fuji Hakone and Izu

3-Day Model Trip Outline of the region / Fuji Hakone and Izu /

Course A


Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, is a harbor city that reflects modern-day Japan. The city has thrived as a trading port town since it was opened to the West in 1859. Around Yokohama Harbor there are many famous attractions such as Yamashita-koen Park and Chinatown, drawing many visitors from outside the city. The 17.5 -hectare Sankeien is a traditional Japanese garden. Created in 1906, the garden includes some of the nation's most important cultural properties, such as its tearoom. In recent years, reclamation of the harbor area has been very progressive, and the whole area is now named Minato Mirai 21. Vast shopping malls, office buildings, and hotels have spring up, creating an impressive skyline against the harbor.


Kamakura flourished as the political center of the nation between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. It has much famous historical architecture, including shrines and temples. The best-known historical attraction is the Great Buddha at Kohtokuin Temple. This statue, which measures eleven meters high, is designated as a national treasure. Along with the Great Buddha of Nara, it is one of the most famous statues of Great Buddha. Kamakura, surrounded by mountains and facing Sagami Bay, boasts rich natural aspects despite its close proximity to metropolitan areas. There are several popular beaches located nearby. A traditional handicraft called Kamakura-bori (Kamakura carving) is also well known in this region.


Hakone is a popular hot spring resort within a short distance from Tokyo. Hakone Hot Spring Resort, a cluster of twenty hot springs, draws many visitors from around the world. Lake Ashino-ko, on the mountain summit, is a crater lake created by volcanic eruptions some 400,000 years ago. A majestic view of Mt. Fuji can be seen from the lake and is accessible by tour boat. Another natural site to see is Ohwakudani, a canyon that was created about 4,000 years ago as a result of volcanic activity. Thick smoke still rises from its reddish brown earth. Here you can enjoy the wonder and grandeur of this natural landmark.


Course B


Atami is one of the leading hot spring reports in Japan. The city has seven sources of hot springs, and steam can be seen constantly rising from locations around the city, making the landscape of this resort unique. To the west of the city is Atami Baien (Atami Plum Tree Garden). This garden has 730 turn-of-the-century plum trees that bloom between the end of year and the beginning of spring. Atami is also home of many museums. Among the most famous is the MOA Museum of Art, which exhibits over 3,000 paintings and sculptures, including 3 national treasures and 60 important cultural properties.


In addition to Atami, Ito-onsen Hot Spring Resort is the major hot spring town of Izu Peninsula. Ito Hot Springs probably produces the largest volume of hot spring water in the Kanto region. Many writers and artists have been attracted to this area and their achievements in literature are commemorated in various monuments located throughout the city. Nearby Johgasaki Beach was created roughly 4,000 years ago by a lava flow. Numerous capes and bluffs lashed by crashing ocean waves sculpted rugged yet beautiful coastlines. To the south of the city lies Izu Kogen (Izu Highlands), which offers leisure facilities such as golf courses, hotels, and about 40 museums. Many visitors are attracted to this area.


Course C


Characterized by warm climate and magnificent views of Mt. Fuji, Numazu has been a favorite place for many writers. Along the coast, several commemorative facilities and monuments dedicated to literature can be found. Numazu Goyotei Kinen Koen (Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park), built in 1893, was an imperial summer retreat for Emperor Taisho, and the villa has been open to the general public since 1970. In the vast 15-hectare park, you can see old pine trees, as well as plum and peach trees that bloom annually. From the estuary of the Kano River, you can enjoy a view of Mt. Fuji from a watashibune, a traditional rowboat that crosses the river.


Shuzenji is a hot spring resort with many ryokan, traditional Japanese hotels, nestling on both sides of the Katsura River. The Shuzenji Temple, from which the city name originates, boasts a history tracing back to the beginning of the ninth century when the temple was constructed. In addition to historical attractions, camping sites and golf courses are also available, and there are many leisure activities to be enjoyed. Recently, a new trail along the Katsura River was completed, enabling visitors to enjoy nature as they walk in the bamboo forest. There is also a compound entertainment facility called the "Cycle Sport Center" that houses an amusement park and a bicycle racetrack.


Amagiyugashima, located in the valley of Amagi Mountain Range, is a town with abundant hot springs. Far from city life, many writers have favored this quiet community, including Yasunari Kawabata, who won the Nobel prize for literature. Beautiful and diverse natural sites are another characteristic of the city. Joren no Taki (Joren Falls) is a famous waterfall dropping 25 meters below the virgin forest. This area is densely filled with ferns, nationally protected species, and because of the cool temperature, hiking in summer is a popular activity.


Course D


The capital of Yamanashi Prefecture, Kofu is famous for its numerous historical sites associated with Takeda Shingen, a great warrior of the Warring States period (fifteenth-sixteenth century). Shosenkyo (Shosen Canyon) located north of Kofu, is a scenic area selected as the most beautiful canyon in the "Top 100 Scenic Beauty Sites in Japan." There are countless unique rock formations along the Arakawa River trail, and throughout the year this is a great place for a walking. There are many hot springs around Kofu, which makes it possible to enjoy a hot spring even in the middle of downtown. Kofu has also earned a reputation for manufacturing fine jewelry. The Yamanashi Museum of Jewelry exhibits jewelry collections from around the world.

Lake Kawaguchi-ko

Lake Kawaguch-ko is one of the five lakes surrounding the foot of Mt. Fuji. The lake is a popular year round destination for camping, bass fishing, wind surfing, and other water sports activities. Among the many museums by the lake, the Doll Museum and the Automobile Museum are two unique museums worth a visit. Old style tour shuttle buses run between these museums and are popular with visitors.


Oshino Village is located in the northwestern part of Lake Yamanaka-ko, one of the five lakes of Mt. Fuji. The area still remains unspoiled and is rich in nature. Near the village, there are eight ponds that produce spring water called Oshino Hakkai, and all the ponds are protected as a natural monument in Japan. Its pure, clear water is designated as one of the top 100 spring water locations in the nation. The village's oldest straw-roof house, built during the Edo Period (seventeenth-nineteenth century), is now open to the public as an ethnographic museum, displaying furniture and household items of the era.