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Japanese inn with open-air spa [Sight seeing]

One of the most relaxing things to do when in Japan is to visit Japanese inn and take hot spa. But it might be sometimes a little embarrasing to take community bathhouse for foreigners, so I would recommend a inn with a private open air spa in each room.

"Yumeno Ya" in Izu-kogen area is one of my favorite inn to stay in summer season. It is located deep in the forest, you can't be disturbed by any other sound but birds and trees.

The sea food they serve is also fresh, sinch the inn is very close to fishery harbor. Sashimi, abalone and even wild vegitables in woods are served in very Japanese way.

I recommend to come here in summer season because the bath is in outside. It's ok to go in winter but may be cold taking a spa outside in winter. There are various sightseeing spots around here, you can enjoy a week staying here. But don't expect any shopping mall or amusement park! Just enjoy the wild woods and beautiful scenary in Japan!

 

Yumenoya

http://onyado-yumenoya.com/

It's about 2 hours by train from Tokyo or you can take a car (rent-a-car). It's also about 2 hours!




The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories

The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories

  • 作者: Yasunari Kawabata
  • 出版社/メーカー: Counterpoint
  • 発売日: 1998/08/29
  • メディア: ペーパーバック





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Hydrangea is beautiful in Hama-rikyu Garden [Sight seeing]

Starting from 6/14 to 6/29, Hydrangea is the nice season in Japan, you can see them at Hamarikyu Garden.

There will also be a Tanka and Haiku (thirty-one syllabled verse) ceremony reading about Hydrangea during this time. As you know Hydrangea is flower of Baiu (rainy season) in Japan, it might be difficult to find sunny days but its worth watching Hydrangea in a spatter of rain.

You'll find English homepage of Hama-rikyu Gardens below.[るんるん]
http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/hama-rikyu/index.html

You also can find infomation of other scenic parks in Tokyo on the same website, such as Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens (Bunkyo-ku) and Rikugien Gardens (Bunkyo-ku).

Below is the map of Hama-rikyu Garden. In the lower middle area, you can see "Nakajima-no-ochaya". This is the traditional Japanese tea house. You can enjoy Japanese tea (Omacha) here.
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How to access the garden, please see their website or see below;

Toei O-edo Line Shiodome Sta. E-19, Tsukiji-shijo Sta. E-18 or Yurikamome Shiodome Sta. (7 minutes on foot)

JR or Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Toei Asakusa Line, Shimbashi Sta. (10 minutes on foot) G-08, A-10

Boat: Suijo Bus (Asakusa—Hama-rikyu—Hinode-Sambashi)


Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

  • 作者: Glyn Church
  • 出版社/メーカー: Firefly Books Ltd
  • 発売日: 2001/03/03
  • メディア: ペーパーバック




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Cool english site introducing Akihabara [Sight seeing]

I found a very interesting and useful (and full of contents!) site introducing Akihabara; especially on its pop-cultural side. Let me refer to site owner's explanation of the site

"Akibanana is a community site that aims to bring fans of Japanese pop-culture, anime, and technological innovations closer to the Japanese creators and Akihabara - our Otaku Holyland".

Akibanana

I'm sure you'll enjoy Japanimation information, "Maid" culture and the "Otaku" news in Akihabara [ぴかぴか(新しい)]

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Have fun!


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Beautiful cherry blossom viewing spot [Sight seeing]


Hama Rikyu Park


Hama Rikyu Park is in lower south area of Tokyo, very close to Shiodome or Shinbashi, even close from Ginza. This national park is not so big but beautiful in cherry blossom seasons.
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This picture was taken last year when we visited Hamarikyu park in end of March I guess, cherry blossom was just full bloom and wonderful.
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As you see from this picture, Shiodome area (redevelopment district and has nice shopping malls and restraunts etc.) is so close you can easily walk from several subeay station.

Hamarikyu Park is famous not only for cherry blossom but you can enjoy various trees and flowers every season accordingly. Ponds and Japanese house to enjoy Japanese tea ceremony is also interesting for foreigners I think. I often take guests from our HQ in seattle or foreign guests to Hamarikyu with lunch boxes bought in Ginza area!

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As mentioned above, you can experience Japanese tea ceremony in 500 yen (may be a little more expensive right now)
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This is also taken in the same place in the same season but as you see, flower bed of full bloomed coleseed is so beautiful, isn't it.
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