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  • Shinjuku

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    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

    Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Japan´s most famous gardens, with three distinct styles of garden - French formal, English landscape, and Japanese traditional - and visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers in bloom. In March and April, visitors are welcomed by 1,300 blossoming cherry trees.

    Address
    11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
    TEL
    +81-3-3350-0151
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    Tokyo Metropolitan Government

    The building of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government consists of twin towers at a height of 48 stories.
    From two observation decks open free of charge to the public, one in each tower at the 45th floor, a panoramic view of Tokyo can be enjoyed from a height of 202m.
    Tokyo landmarks such as Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree can be sighted, and even Mt. Fuji can be seen in the distance if the weather is good.

    Address
    8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku 2-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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    Shinjuku Kabuki-cho

    One of Japan´s largest nightlife districts, with many bars and restaurants open until late at night or even until morning, Kabuki-cho is often called the sleepless town. Many visitors are surprised by the overwhelming mass of neon signs.

  • Hakone

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    The Hakone Open Air Museum

    The museum´s outdoor grounds provide a splendid home to many artworks by well-known modern and contemporary sculptors such as Rodin, and visitors can relax and really enjoy the splendor of art in nature.

    Address
    1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
    TEL
    +81-460-82-1161
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    Lalique Museum, Hakone

    The museum exhibits works of Rene Lalique, a master jewelry designer and glass maker. You can also relax in the exquisite natural gardens or have a drink or meal in the cafe and restaurant.

    Address
    186-1 Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
    TEL
    +81-460-84-2255
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    Hakone Kitahara Toys Wonderland

    An unusual museum of toys, especially celluloid dolls and characters, as well as rarities including records and other collections. A chance to slip back into the past, and enjoy the nostalgia and craftsmanship of bygone times.

    Address
    740 Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
    TEL
    +81-460-85-6880
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    Hakone Glass Forest Venetian Glass Museum

    The museum set in an aristocratic building modeled on a Venetian medieval villa displays around 100 pieces of fine and elegant Venetian glassware. Among the collection of precious pieces exhibited, be sure to catch the cobalt blue goblet handed down through the Rothschild family. In the cafe terrace, you can enjoy tea to the soothing background music of canzone (Italian song). Very elegant and tasty.

    Address
    940-48 Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
    TEL
    +81-460-86-3111
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    Museum of Saint-Exupery and The Little Prince in Hakone

    The museum specializes in evoking the world of The Little Prince, and the life of Saint-Exupery, an aviator and writer of the much loved novel. The museum is set in grounds designed with a French theme reminiscent of Provence, which is strongly associated with Saint-Exupery, and exhibits include a film theater, photographs, letters and documents.

    Address
    909 Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
    TEL
    +81-460-86-3700
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    Lake Ashi

    A volcanic crater lake famous for its beautiful view of Mount Fuji. The elegant sightseeing cruise and lake sports such as kayaking are very popular here. The view of Mount Fuji behind Lake Ashi, and the Hakone-jinja shrine seen from the cruise ship have long been considered to be the most iconic views of Hakone. In good weather conditions and with a calm lake, the view of Mount Fuji reflected on the mirror of Lake Ashi is just wonderful. This effect is affectionately known as Sakasa Fuji (reflected Fuji).

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    Owakudani

    Owakudani is quite a place, unusual but worth the visit. A desolate smoking plain strangely located in verdant Hakone. Walking on the path set beside fuming clouds of steam and carbonic acid gas, you can see a real live smoking volcano. Be sure to try the rare and special Black Eggs, (link to the page) boiled eggs cooked by the ground heat and volcanic fumes.

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    Hakone Gora Park

    The oldest French formal garden in Japan built at the beginning of the 20th century. Throughout the year visitors can enjoy a rich variety of plants and flowers. You will also find a craft workshop where pottery and glassblowing are practiced. If you want to be calm, then try out the Haku-undo Tea Garden teahouse and savor a cup of traditional Japanese tea.

    Address
    1300 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
    TEL
    +81-460-82-2825
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    Sengokuhara and Pampas Grass fields

    In autumn, Sengokuhara becomes a waving sea of yellow Susuki pampas grass. The view of the wind chasing across the 180,000m2 of Pampas grass is simply breathtaking.

  • Enoshima-Kamakura

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    Enjoy the magnificent view from the Enoshima Sea Candle

    The prominent Enoshima lighthouse and observatory deck called the Sea Candle is located at the center of the island of Enoshima. From the observatory deck, at a vertiginous 119.6m, splendid views of distant seas and mountains are to be seen.

    Address
    Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden, 2-3-28, Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken
    TEL
    +81-466-23-2444
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    Samuel Cocking Garden

    On the island of Enoshima, there is to be found the botanical garden of a certain Mr. Samuel Cocking, a British merchant who established his unique garden in 1882. True to his Victorian times, he included many exotic tropical plants and flowers.

    Address
    2-3, Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken
    TEL
    +81-466-23-2444
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    Enoshima Aquarium

    Enoshima Aquarium is located on the shore across the bridge from Enoshima. The exhibits such as the Sagami Bay Zone which recreates the bay of Enoshima, and the Jellyfish Fantasy Hall are unmissable.

    Address
    2-19-1, Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken
    TEL
    +81-466--29-9960
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  • Mt. Fuji & Fuji Five Lakes

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    Mt. Kachi-Kachi Ropeway

    The Ropeway is named after a famous Japanese children´s story. You can enjoy a view of Lake Kawaguchi from 1,075m, and the close up view of Mount Fuji is wonderful. Visitors and their children are delighted by the cute bunny and raccoon character Ropeway welcome.

    Mt. Kachi-Kachi
    Address
    1163-1 Asakawa, Fuji kawaguchiko-cho, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken
    TEL
    +81-555-72-0363
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    Fujikyu Highland

    The Fujikyu Highland amusement park has as many as 14 rides appearing in the Guinness Book of World Records. Scare yourself with the roller coaster Fujiyama with its gigantic rise and drop of 70m. Its unique attractions are famous among thrill seekers in both Japan and throughout the world, and Fujikyu Highland is much appreciated by aficionados for the sheer numbers of thrill rides and their unrivalled quality. Better hold on to your hat!

    Fujikyu Highland
    Address
    5-6-1 Shin Nishihara, Fuji Yoshida-shi, Yamanashi-ken
    TEL
    +81-555-24-6711
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    Oshino-hakkai (Eight Springs of Mount Fuji)

    The Eight waters of Mount Fuji spring located a few kms from Lake Yamanaka are called Oshino-hakkai. Their water takes 20 years to filter through the ground and is so clear you can see even the fish swimming on the bed.

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    Oshinomura, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken
  • Izu

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    Jogasaki (Kadowakizaki suspension bridge)

    The foundations of the rugged scenery, so popular with visitors, were created by volcanic rocks from an eruption 4000 years ago, which then formed the complex topography we see today. Particularly, the countryside around the Kadowakizaki suspension bridge attracts many tourists. The bridge measures 23 meters long and 48 meters high.

    35 minutes by Tokai Bus from Ito Station (service operates at intervals of 1-2 hours)

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    Izu Cactus Garden

    The botanical garden offers as many as 1500 species of cactus and succulent plants from around the world. Here, you can also come into contact with many animals such as squirrel monkeys, watch animal shows or in winter see adorable capybaras bathing in a hot spring.

    Address
    1317-13 Tomito, Ito-shi, Shizuoka-ken
    35 minutes by bus from Ito Station.
    TEL
    +81-0557-51-1111
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    Mount Omuro Lift

    The Omuro lift spirits you to the peek of Mount Omuro, 580m, where you can enjoy the unobstructed 360° panorama with a view stretching as far as Fuji-Hakone and the Izu Islands. Mt. Omuro has a 70m deep and 300m diameter crater; why not take a stroll along the 1 km walk stretched around the crater´s edge.

    Mount Omuro Lift
    Address
    672-5 Ike, Ito-shi, Shizuoka-ken
    35 minutes by bus from Ito Station.
    TEL
    +81-557-51-0258
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    Dogashima Marine (Dogashima Cave Cruise Itinerary)

    Explore the much indented coastline by boat, tour the famous Sanshiro island and visit the national natural monument, the Tensodo Cave. The Tensodo Cave is sublimely beautiful, with aquamarine water and bright sunlight streaming through the open roof of the cave. The cave is accessible from the sea, and the cruise takes about 20 minutes.

    Address
    2060 Nishina, Nishiizu, Kamo Gun, Shizuoka-ken
    60 minutes by bus from Shimoda Station
    TEL
    +81-558-52-0013
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    Shimoda Aquarium

    The aquarium is built into the natural inlet, and popular attractions include live feeding and dolphin performances, all held against the backdrop of the beautiful bay.

    Address
    3-22-31 Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka-ken
    7 minutes by bus from Shimoda Station
    TEL
    +81-558-22-3567
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    Shimoda History Museum (the museum of the Perry Expedition)

    During the Edo Period, Japan was closed to the world, and as a result of the Perry Expedition, Shimoda was the first port opened to a foreign country. At the Shimoda History Museum, there are around 1000 exhibits related to the Perry squadron, Matthew Perry, and the Russian Vice-Admiral Putiatin, including documents, photographs and personal effects.

    Shimoda History Museum (the museum of the Perry Expedition)
    Address
    4-8-13 Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka-ken
    10 minutes walk from Shimoda Station
    TEL
    +81-558-23-2500
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    Shimoda Tokyu Hotel

    The hotel overlooks the bay filled with the deep blue waters of the Izu Peninsula, and on a clear day you can see as far as the Izu Islands.

    Shimoda Tokyu Hotel
    Address
    5-12-1 Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka-ken
    5 minutes by shuttle bus from Shimoda Station
    TEL
    +81-558-22-2411
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