SightSeeing

Q1: May I know how to take a bus to from Tokyo to Gotemba Premium outlet and also the bus schedule ?

A1:       You may take from Tokyo Station’s Yaesu South Exit (Bus Stop No.1) to Gotemba Premium Outlet by JR Bus Kanto “Gotemba Premium Outlet” Liner.

Bus Schedule :

Depart Tokyo StationYaesu South Exit 08:30hr Depart  GotembaPremium Outlet 16:00hr
Arrive GotembaPremium Outlet 09:55hr Arrive Tokyo StationNihonbashi Exit 17:40hr
It operates daily with takes approximately 90 minutes.
Cost 1,600yen Adult / 800yen Child per way and  2,800yen Adult / 1,400yen Child Round trip
For further updated detail, you may like to check on the following websites:

http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/access/access_shoppingbus.html

Q2: I am going to Hakone from Tokyo and I am planning to buy the Hakone Free Pass. How do I go to the Gotemba Premium Outlet. Can I use the Free Pass from Hakone to Gotemba and back to Tokyo (Shinjuku)?

A2:      You can use the free pass to Gotemba Station, from there, there is a free shuttle bus to the outlet. The pass is also valid on some direct Hakone Tozan buses from Gora Station to the outlet. However, in return to Tokyo, free pass holders need to travel via Odakyu Railways,

i.e. via Yumoto and Odawara. You cannot use the direct buses from Gotemba back to Tokyo with the Hakone Free Pass.

Q3: I’ll be taking the bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka. Which station has the best view of Mt Fuji?

A3:       The best view of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from around Shin-Fuji Station on the right hand side of the train, if you take the Bullet Train “Kodama” it’ will take slightly more then an hour after leaving Tokyo. Mt Fuji can be viewed from this station on a clear day.

Q4: I was told that unless it’s a clear day, we are unlikely to see Mt Fuji. So, when is the best time to catch Mt Fuji ?

A4:       The highest possibility to see Mt Fuji is during Winter Season (January ~ February). However,Mt Fuji is at its prettiest during March and April; flower blooming period(eg: sakura; mustard).

Q5: Are there any fun and meaningful activities that we can learn or explore around Mt Fuji?

A5:       Yes, The Whole Earth Nature School holds tours and camps on which you can get in touch with nature.(http://wens.gr.jp/english/index.html ) and offers such kind of tours for international travelers.  By train (nearest Station) : Shin-Fuji Station >>40mins by taxi

Q6: Where and how to go to Izu Teddy Bear Museum from Tokyo ?

A6:       Izu Teddy Bear Museum is located in Ito City, Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Address : 1064-2 Yawata, Ito-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan 413-0232
TEL 0557-54-5001 FAX 0557-54-5005
Email : teddynet@teddynet.co.jp
From Tokyo Station to Izu Kogen Station, take Local Train Limited
Express “Odoriko”(about Yen4,660)
or
“Super View Odoriko” (about Yen5,030)  approximately 2hr10min.
Exit from高原口 and walk for about 9min.

Izu Teddy Bear Museum website in Japanese only : http://www.teddynet.co.jp/izu.html

Q7: Is there a theme park in Shizuoka called “ Sylvanian Families Theme Park” ? If so, how do you get there ?

A7:       Yes, there is a Sylvanian Village in Grinpa theme park in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Besides Sylvanian Village, there are others like M78 Ultraman Park.
From Tokyo Station, take JR Tokaido Shinkansen (about 1hr) to Mishima Station.
Then take taxi to Grinpa (about 50mins).

Types of Tickets        

Adults

Kids Seniors

Entrance Ticket

950yen

600yen

1Day Passport
(Including Entrance ticket)

2,950yen

2,300yen

Kids 1Day Passport
for one Adult and one Child

3,800yen

A book of 11 rides tickets

2,700yen

◆Adults:(over 13 years old) ◆Kids:(from 3 to 12 years old) ◆Seniors: over 55 years old
Grinpa
Sylvanian Village

You may like to check on the Grinpa English Website : http://www.grinpa.com/en/

Q8: I would like to bring my family to experience fruit picking. We’ll be staying in Nagoya and would like to have a day trip away from Nagoya. Where would you suggest ?

A8:       Hamamatsu Fruit Park.

Access from Nagoya Station to Hamamatsu Station

               JR Tokaido Line

1890YEN, about 2hours. Some trains will go directly, some trains will go

Nagoya –> Toyohashi(exchange) –> Hamamatsu ( interval : 20min )

or

JR Tokaido Shinkansen (special express)

4890YEN(=1890+express2920), 50min ( interval : 30min )

From JR Hamamatsu Station Bus Terminal : 60 minutes by #46 bound for “Miyakoda-sen Fruit

Park” from the #16 bus stop.

( Only 3 buses available at 8:05, 9:25, 10:25 every day, as of Nov, 2010 )

Admission : ¥700 for adults and high school students, ¥350 for school children, Free for children

under school age

Hours : Oct – April 9:00 – 16:30/May – Sep 9:00 – 17:00

Please note that the fruits and picking time may vary from day to day.

            Strawberry Mid Dec – May Greenhouse Loquat Japanese Plum Early April – Mid April
Small Japanese Apricot Mid May – Late May Cherry Late May – Early June
Large Japanese Apricot Early June – Mid June Plum Mid June – Mid July
Peach Mid June – Mid July Greenhouse Japanese Pear Late June – Early July
Greenhouse Mandarin Orange Early July – Late July Grapes Late July – Early Sep
Blueberries ( 6 varieties ) Mid July – Mid Aug Ficus Carica Mid Aug – Early Oct
Kosui Pear Early Aug – Mid Aug Tsugaru Apple Mid Aug – Early Sep
Hosui Pear Late Aug – Mid Sep Chestnuts Early Sep – Late Sep
Late Pears Mid Sep – Early Nov Akebia Early Oct – Late Oct
Mandarin Orange Early Oct – Early Dec Fuji Apple Mid Oct – Late Nov
Persimmon Mid Oct – Late Nov Kiwi Fruit Early Nov – Mid Nov

Q9: How to go to Mt Fuji 5th station (go-gome)? Is it open throughout the year?

A9:       There are four Mt Fuji 5th stations. Three from Shizuoka and one from Yamanashi Prefecture.
From Shizuoka : Fujinomiya-Guchi, Gotemba-Guchi & Subashiri-Trail
From Yamanashi : Kawaguchiko (Fujiyoshida-Guchi).
Below is a transportation guide and suggested routes from Shizuoka Prefecture :

how to go shizuoka

how to go shizuoka

5th Stations access

5th Stations access 2

Q10: Where would you recommend for a closer view of beautiful Mt Fuji from Shizuoka Prefectur that is not too difficult to access?

A10:     There are many spots to view Mt Fuji from Shizuoka Prefecture. Among them are :

Lake Tanuki
Lake Tanuki
Lake Tanukiko is famous for inverted reflection of Mount Fuji and rich natural environment. In the             middle of April and of August, you can see “Diamond Fuji”, a view of sunrise from the summit of             Mount Fuji.

By Train (nearest Station) : Shin-fuji Station>>JR Fuju station –> JR Fujinomiya –> 45 min by bus

Shiraito Falls –
shiraito
A limpid waterfall of underground snowmelt from Mt. Fuji springing from a lava wall. The 200m-            wide and 20m-high arc-shaped cliff with its hundreds of large and small waterfalls falling like many      silk strings is a sight of feminine beauty and gentleness. This famous spot has been praised in           poetry by many from ancient times, including Minamoto no Yoritomo. There are many souvenir   shops and restaurants in the vicinity. It has been designated as nationally designated place of scenic     beauty and a Natural Treasure of Japan.

By Train (nearest Station) : JR Shin-Fuji station –> 10 min by bus(Fujikyu)

JR Fuji station –> Minobu line 20 min by train

JR Fujinomiya station –> 30 min by bus(Fujikyu-Shizuoka)

Iwamotoyama Park –
Mount_Fuji_from_Iwamotoyama_Park_Fuji

            The highlight of this natural park is the 193 meter high Mt. Iwamoto located in the western part of        the city. The park features sprawling lawns, a Japanese plum garden, and a hiking course. The          lookout point offers views of the Fuji River to the north, the Izu Peninsula from Suruga Bay to the          south, the sacred Mt. Fuji and the peaks of the Southern Alps to the north. Since the park is well       known for its cherry blossoms, festivals and other events are held during the blooming season.

By Train (nearest Station) : Shin-fuji Station>>15 min. by car

Miho no Matsubara –
miho-no-matsubara
One of the “New Three Views of Japan”; along its seven kilometers of coastline, 54.000 pine trees             grow, including an ancient tree to which tradition says an angel floated down. From the water’s             edge, the view of Mt. Fuji is a sight to behold. The vista at night is exceptionally beautiful as lights             from low lying cities and towns glitter like a million stars. 35 minutes by bus from Shizuoka Station

By Train (nearest Station) : JR Shimizu Station >>25 min. by Shizutetsu bus for Tokai University Miho             Aquarium

Fuji River, Fuji City
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One of Japan’s three fastest-flowing rivers. With abundant, fast flow, the view      of Mt. Fuji towering over the fiat, downstream riverbed of the Fuji River is one          of Shizuowka’s celebrated views

            Access – From JR Shibakawa Station (JR Tokaido Main Line), an approximately 5-  minute walk

Sun-dried Cherry Shrimp, Fuji City
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During the spring and autumn catches, enjoy the vast, red expanse of Cherry        Shrimp drying in the sun. This scene of shrimp drying in the sun, together with           the backdrop of Mt Fuji is popular with photographers

            Access – From JR Shin – Kambara Station (JR Tokaido Main Line), an          approximately 10 minutes by taxi.

Kumomi Coast, Matsuzaki Town
kumomi_coast_matsuzaki_town
One of Japan’s prominent beauty spots, with cliffs eroded by the sea, and a          wind-beaten store. Also famous as a marine sports shore. On clear days, you           can gaze upon the magnificence of Mt. Fuji.

            Access – From lzu kyuko Rendaji Station approximately 40 minutes to Matsuzai,    Bus Terminal, then change buses, for another 20 minutes.

Q11 Where can I experience tea picking in Shizuoka Prefecture ?

A11      You can experience tea picking and factory tour in Greenpia Makinohara.

            1151 Nishi-Hagima, Makinohara, Shizuoka 421-0508

Tel: 0548-27-2995       Fax: 0548-27-2294      http://www.grinpia.net/  (Japanese website)

The tea picking activity program runs from the end of April to the beginning of October and a    factory tour is available on which you can learn about the tea production process. There is a direct         sales shop ”Ippinkan”, which offers a free tea service and you can enjoy great tasting dishes made      from tea at ”Maruobara”.

Fee: Adult Yen800 / Child Yen700  Optional green tea picking costume rental Yen500

Weekdays : 11am    Weekends and holidays : 11am & 2pm     Closed : Tue & New Year’s holidays

By Train (nearest Station) : Kakegawa Station>>JR Kanaya Station –> 20 min by car

Alternatively, you make like to attend a workshop making powdered tea or experience a tea      ceremony at the Tea Museum Ochanosato.    http:/www.ochanosato.com (Japanese website)

3053-2 Kanaya, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka-ken, 428-0022 Japan

Tel: 0547-46-5588       Fax: 0547-46-5577      email: info@ochanosato.com

Fee: Adult Yen600 / Child Yen300 (Museum fee)

Fee: Adult Yen1000 / Child Yen700 (Museum fee & Teahouse visitor fee)

Closed: Every Tuesday (the following day when Tuesday is a national day) & Dec29 ~ Jan3

Q12 Can you advise me on the general railway train duration and prices to Shizuoka City?

A12      The Tokaido Shinkansen runs one “Hikari” train per hour which stops at Shizuoka (and pauses for             about 5 minutes while faster “Nozomi” trains barrel through the station). It is one hour from Tokyo,       and 50 minutes from Nagoya (both costing ¥6180), 90 minutes from Kyoto (¥9950), and 1 3/4 hours from Shin-Osaka (¥10580) using this train.

All-stopping “Kodama” trains take a bit longer, and the same prices are charged for normal       reservations. However, you can take advantage of the Puratto Kodama Ticket, which offers a   discount for Kodama services if you purchase at least one day in advance. You get a reserved seat      and a free drink on board. With this ticket a trip to Shizuoka costs ¥4500 from Tokyo (90 minutes),           ¥4500 from Nagoya (80 minutes), ¥7400 from Kyoto (2 1/4 hours) and ¥7900 from Shin-Osaka             (2 1/2 hours). Kodama trains run once an hour from Shin-Osaka and Kyoto; twice per hour from the       other cities. A few early-morning Kodama trains cannot be used with this ticket.

Standard local trains from Tokyo take about 3 1/4 hours at a cost of ¥3260, requiring at least one             change of trains at Atami.

You can ride all of these trains for free with the Japan Rail Pass (except for “Nozomi” trains).

Q13 Can you recommend me some of the Shizuoka Onsen (Hot Spring) with beautiful views?

A13     Shizuoka Prefecture has many onsen with beautiful view from the mountain or seaview / beach view.

Here are some of them :

Gotemba Spa, Gotemba City
Gotemba Hot Spring
Gotemba Onsen Kaikan 2160-1 Fukasawa, Gotemba-shi TEL.0550-83-3303

 

An onsen resort situated in ‘the green of a alpine plateau town. Since ancient       times, this has been known as the start location for when climbing Mt. Fuji, and            this offers a truly outstanding landscape in which we can enjoy Mt. Fuji throughout the four      seasons

Access – JR Gotemba Station (JR Tokaido Main Line). >> free shuttle bus

Izu Nagaoka Spa, Izunokunio City
izu_nagaoka_spa_izunokunio_city
People who visit enjoy the idyllic natural scenery such as Mt. Katsuragi with its     panoramic view of the Keno River. Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay. The water in the         onsen is kind to the skin, and is also great to drink.

            Access – From Tokyo:Take Shinkansen Kodama and get off at Mishima Station. Take Sunzu Line of     Izu Hakone Railroad and get off at Izu Nagaoka Station. Ride the local bus for 10 minutes.
            From Shinjuku:Take “Asagiri” Express of Odakyu Railroad and get off at Numazu Station and ride       the local bus for 35 minutes.

Nanadaru Spa, Kawazu Town
nanadaru_spa_kawazu_town
A quiet onsen town perched in a gorge on the upper            reaches of the Kawazu River. Famous as the setting for       Yasunari Kawabata’s; The Dancing Girl of Izu, this has         many sights in addition to the seven famous waterfalls,      such as the Old Amagi tunnel.

Access – From Izu KyuKo Line Kawazu Station, approximately 30 minutes by bus.

            Shuzenji Spa, lzu City

shuzenji_spa_lzu_city
This atmospheric onsen has a long and distinguished history on the Izu      Peninsula. Hotels are built along bath banks of the Katsura River. Make sure you visit the famous shrine at Shuzenji which gave its name to this resort.

           

            Access –From Izuhakone Railway Shuzenji Station approximately 10 minutes by bus.

Q14 What are the local Unique Festivals in Shizuoka Prefecture ?

A14      Here are some of the unique festivals :

·         Hamamatsu Kite Festival – featured in “National Geographic” magazine

hamamatsu kite festival
From May 3 to May 5, Hamamatsu city hosts one of Japan’s liveliest festivals. This colorful festival, which was reported in “National Geographic” magazine, is said to date from the 16th century. To celebrate the birth of his first son, a nobleman flew a large kite with the name of the newborn heir emblazoned on it.

Today, huge kites (each measures two to three meters in width) representing the various towns within the city, are brought by revelers to the beach at Nakatajima Dunes.

50 young men who are skilled at handling the kites, parade to the beach with their kites to prepare for the battle. Against the backdrop of ocean and dunes, and the roar of enthusiastic townspeople and visitors, the kites fight to cut the rope of their opponents’ kite which they hope to bring down in a tangle.

If you should miss the chance to participate in the festival itself, well, don’t miss a chance to visit the Hamamatsu Festival Pavilion. Here the magnificent kites of the 39 towns that make up Hamamatsu city are preserved. Lights and sounds effects of the festival are realistically reproduced in the pavilion to make you feel you are experiencing the excitement as you view the kite exhibits. Also on exhibit at the pavilion are festivals jackets, ornate floats, and all the paraphernalia of this unforgettable festival. Buses from Hamamatsu Station leave every 15 minutes.

  • Float Parade (Gotenyatai)

The excitement of the Kite festival during the day is carried over into the night as revelers parade chanting and shouting as they pull ornate floats through city streets. The night is without end as these floats, splendid in relief and detail, are borne to the strains of music from traditional instruments such as flutes, drums and shamisen. But don’t worry; even in all the excitement and enthusiasm the revelers are well-behaved and disciplined. You will want to join in the revelry that goes on through the night as you will not want to miss a minute of the exciting Hamamatsu festival.

·         Shiritsumi Festival, Ito City (Ito-shi) – A ‘hip-bumping’ match

shiritsumi

      This amusing festival, in which tourist and residents of Ito          participate, is held November 10 from 6-9pm. Held after a         ceremony at the Otonashi Shrine, the festival, which will           entertain you, is known as the “Hip Bumping Match.” Amidst   laughter and cheers two participants stand on the small ring back to back and bump their hips to push the other person out of the         ring. May the best bumper win!

Address and Contact: Shiritsumi Matsuri Festival, Otonashi Shrine
1-12 Otonashicho, Ito City (Ito-shi), Shizuoka Prefecture 414-0032 Japan   Tel: 0557-37-2213
To participate call Ito Kanko Kyokai (0557) 37-6105 until November 9.
Getting There: About 15 minute walk from JR Ito Station
Ito City Tourist Association: Tel. 0557-37-6105, Website: http://www.itospa.com/tour_guide_e/

Q15 What other suggested first-hand experience can we experience in Shizuoka Prefecture ?

A15      Besides climbing Mt Fuji, fruits & tea picking, here are some of the interesting experience:

  • Enjoy outdoor sports – Fantom Marine Kodama, Hamamatsu City

            Lake Hamana is a popular spot for people wanting to enjoy water sports. At         Fantom Marine Kodama, experience the thrill of speeding over tie water in a            speedboat, and of floating through the sky with parasailing.

Access – From JR Hamamatsu Station, approximately 40 minutes by bus.

  • Oigawa Railway, Shimada City

Oigawa Railway
The steam trains that travel along the Oi River between Kanaya and Senzu           Stations are very popular. Between Senzu and Ikawa stations Apt-style train     runs the train uses the only tack railway in Japan, which boasts the steepest    gradient in the country.

            Access – JR Kanaya Station.

  • Scuba Diving, Numazu City and other locations

Cape Ose and the Kumomi Coast are visited year-round by largo numbers of        scuba divers. The clear water allows you to experience the full beauty of the          underwater coral formations

  • Paragliding, Kannami Town, and other locations

paragliding
“I’d like 10 fly, just once.’ Who hasn’t had this dream? With paragliding, you too   can experience the joy of flying. Why not experience the joy of floating in the             sky?

http://jhf.hangpara.or.jp/english/site/site/Shizuoka.html

  • Sumpu Takumi Shuku, Shizuoka City
    Shizuoka’s traditional handicrafts and history, handed down from the Imagawa and Tokugawa Periods. Enjoy culture particular to Shizuoka through creating, playing, learning, observing, and tasting.

            Access – From JR Shizuoka Station, approximately 30 minutes by bus.

  • Whole Earth Nature School, Shibakawa Town
    whole earth nature school
    Japan’s first nature school, based at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Here, you can enjoy climbing Mt. Fuji, exploring caves and forests, and children’s camps, while learning about history, culture, and nature.

            Access – From JR Shin-Fuji Station, an approximately 40 minutes by taxi.

  • Fuji Speedway, Oyama Town
    fuji speedway
    With Mt. Fuji as a backdrop, a circuit steeped in history and tradition that has been the venue for many international races. This also features test cars, where you can enjoy the feeling of being a race driver for a short time.

            Access – From JR Gotemba Station, approximately 25 minutes by bus.

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