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  • Shinjuku

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    Hanazono Shrine

    The building of Hanazono Shrine quietly exists within the megalopolises of Shinjuku. In its extensive precincts, occasional shows and weekend antique markets entertain the visitors. (Closed in rainy weather) You may pick up a kimono or some traditional handicraft bargains.

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    Shinjuku 5-17-3, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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    +81-3-3209-5265
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    Experience Japanese youth culture

    Shinjuku has plenty of live music venues, karaoke bars, cinemas and theaters, many of which operate around the clock. You will be spoilt for choice for nightlife destinations.

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    Shinjuku Imperial Gardens

    The former Imperial family´s gardens are located about 10 minutes east of Shinjuku Station´s South Exit. The gardens are open to the public, and at 53.8ha are something of an oasis in the middle of the city.

    Admission: 09:00 - 16:00 (closed Mondays) adults: 200 yen

    • *Please do not use sports or play equipment. Please do not consume any alcohol brought from outside.
    Address
    11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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    +81-3-3350-0151
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  • Hakone

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    Hakone Mononofu-no-Sato Art Museum

    The museum exhibits weapons and armor, ukiyoe, bijinga, Japanese lacquer and tea utensils. And for those of you who are still kids at heart, you can try on real samurai armor. Brilliant!

    Address
    817-580 Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
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    +81-460-84-8177
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    Kanazashi Woodcraft (Hatajuku)

    Yosegi is a traditional handicraft that has been handed down since the Edo period (1603-1867). Subtle geometrical patterns are created by combining many pieces of wood. Kanazashi Woodcraft Hall displays and sells the works of Yosegi artists in its vast shop interior. There are also workshops close by, where you can experience Yosegi craftsmanship.

    Address
    134 Hatajuku, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
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    +81-460-85-8633
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    Hakone Checkpoint

    During the Edo period, checkpoints (Sekisho) were built at any important points along the main travel routes of Japan. The Shogunate government were keen to enforce taxation and censorship. The checkpoint isn´t the original one, but this one is authentic in every detail and made using the original carpentry and masonry techniques of the Edo period.

    Address
    1 Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
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    +81-460-83-6635
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    Hakone-jinja shrine

    The Hakone-jinja shrine has traditionally been a place for travelers to pray for a safe journey and good fortune, and in more recent times the shrine is now famous for being a place flowing with mystical energy.

    Address
    80-1 Moto-Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
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    +81-460-83-7123
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    Haku-undo Tea Garden (Hakone Gora Park)

    Haku-undo Tea Garden is a collective name for the elegant tea houses located in the Hakone Gora Park and among them, Haku-undo has pride of place. The Japanese tea setting is popular among many visitors, and is a valuable opportunity to experience this Japanese tradition.

    Hakone Gora Park
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    1300 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
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    +81-460-82-2825
  • Enoshima-Kamakura

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    Katase-Enoshima Station

    The last stop is Katase-Enoshima Station, about 60 minutes from Shinjuku. When you pass the ticket gates, you will be welcomed by the characteristic station building. This station was designed with reference to the underwater paradise known as "Palace of the Dragon King", which appears in Japanese folklore. This is the gateway to the sea.

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    Great Buddha, the symbol of Kamakura

    The 11.35m tall Great Buddha of Kamakura meditates resplendent in Kotoku-in temple, Hase. The Great Buddha is a popular highlight of many Kamakura excursions and is usually thronged with tourists and pilgrims all year round. You can even enter inside the giant cast bronze statue.

    Kotoku-in
    Address
    4-2-28, Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
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    +81-467-22-0703
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    Hase-dera temple

    Hase-dera temple is located just minutes away from the shore above a hill overlooking the Shonan coastline. With its rich natural setting, the scenery is worth visiting especially during the rainy season (around June) and at the fall of the autumn leaves (end of November to the beginning of December). The statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu is famous for its magnificent wood craftsmanship.

    Hase-dera temple
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    3-11-2, Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
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    +81-467-22-6300
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    Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu

    Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, the symbol of Kamakura, is located close to Kamakura Station. The beautiful shrine buildings painted in red are the highlight of the visit, and its extensive garden grounds are always popular with locals and tourists alike.

    Address
    2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
    URL
    http://www.hachimangu.or.jp/
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    Hokoku-ji temple

    Hokoku-ji temple can be found in the mountains, just a short distance away from Kamakura Station. Deep within the grounds is a beautiful green bamboo garden, the brilliant colors of which can be enjoyed all year round. There is also a place to drink matcha (powdered green tea) at the back of the garden, and this is the perfect place for a short rest while looking out over the garden.

    Address
    2-7-4 Jómyóji, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
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    +81-467-22-0762
  • Tanzawa-Oyama

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    View the Buddhist statue at Oyama-dera Temple, a symbol of Oyama

    Oyama-dera Temple was built in 755, and has a very long venerable history. Its majestic appearance blends in beautifully with the natural mountain setting, and the scenery during the season of autumn leaves is particularly spectacular. Every year during the fall of the autumn leaves, the temple is gently illuminated in the evenings; truly magical. The statues of Fudo Myo-o (Acalanatha) and Two Attendants located in the temple are rare metal Buddhist statues and designated as an important cultural property.

    Oyama-dera Temple
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    724 Oyama, Isehara-shi, Kanagawa-ken
    TEL
    +81-463-95-2011
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    A quiet shrine with a long history

    Oyama Afuri shrine was originally a part of Oyama-dera Temple but was moved to its current location during the Meiji period. The shrine is believed to have been established in the 3rd century, and still sits quietly and elegantly against the beautiful mountain backdrop.

    Oyama Afuri Shrine
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    355 Oyama, Isehara-shi, Kanagawa-ken
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    +81-463-95-2006
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