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12 Things to Do and Experience in Atami

Atami is a city in Shizuoka famous for onsen resorts and beaches. Since Atami is near Tokyo, it is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. There is festivals, restaurants, souviner shops, and hotels.

Atami translates to “hot ocean” in English, Atami is popular for the onsen resorts. It is located on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula in the Shizuoka prefecture and the city is made up of partially submerged volcanic formations. The town is less than a two hour drive from Tokyo and with its fine views of the sea and many sightseeing spots, it makes the ideal weekend getaway spot.

 

#1. Atami Castle

Things to Do in Atami

Atami Castle or Atamijo was built as a tourist attraction in 1959 on top of a mountain overlooking the city of Atami. It has an observatory deck where you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Atami and get a great view of the fireworks festivals held throughout the year. Atami Castle is famous for the cherry blossoms seen around late March to early April. Visitors can enjoy foot baths and dress up in Edo period costumes at Atami Castle. There is a small museum inside the castle and a trick art museum stands next to the castle.
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Atami Castle

Address: 1993 Sogayama, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 3 minutes from the Summit Station of Atami ropeway

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fees:
900 yen (Atami Castle)
900 yen (Trick Art Museum)
1,500 yen (Combination Ticket)

Phone: 0557-81-6206

Website: Atami Castle (Japanese)

 

#2. Onsen Resorts

Marine Spa Atami
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There are onsen resort all over Atami. The town has been a popular onsen resort spot since the 8th century and is ranked as one of Japan’s Three Great Hot Springs. There are many onsen resorts to choose from in Atami. One recommend spot is the “Marine Spa Atami”, which is a popular onsen resort where you can enjoy the onsens and swimming pools in your bathing suit. There is an indoor pool, outdoor pool, a rooftop pool, a flowing pool, a water slide, and onsens with ocean views.
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Marine Spa Atami

Address: 4-39 Wadahamaminami-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 10 minutes by bus from Atami Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Fees:
1,340 yen (Adult)
670 yen (6-15 years old)
420 yen (3-5 years old)
310 yen (Under 3)

Phone: 0557-86-2020

Website: Marine Spa Atami (Japanese)

 

#3. Atami Trick Art Museum

Atami Trick Art Museum
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The Atami Trick Art Museum stands next to Atami Castle and most visitors combine the two popular spots together. This art gallery utilizes optical illusions to make it look like the visitors are part of the picture. There are 49 illusion paintings, for example being picked up by King Kong to escaping a rampaging triceratops, you’ll definitely capture some amusing photos in this museum. Recommended for family, friends and couples.
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Atami Trick Art Museum

Address: 1993 Sogayama, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: Located next to Atami Castle

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fees:
900 yen (Trick Art Museum)
900 yen (Atami Castle)
1,500 yen (Combination ticket)

Phone: 0557-82-7761

Website: Atami Trick Art Museum

 

#4. Atami Ropeway

Atami Ropeway

Using the Atami Ropeway you can travel from the main street of the waterfront up to the summit of Hachimanyama within three minutes, you can enjoy the view of the Izu Island chain from Atami Ropeway’s premier observatory.
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Atami Ropeway

Address: 8-15 Wadahamaminamicho, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 10 minutes bus from Atami station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Fees: 600 yen

Phone: 0557-81-5800

Website: Atami Ropeway (Japanese)

 

#5. Atami Baien

Atami Baien Photo Credit: @yb_woodstock@flickr.com

Atami Baien “Plum Blossom Garden” boasts the fastest blooming plum blossoms in Japan and is also famous for enjoying the autumn foliage the longest. The park opened in 1886, so people would come and enjoy the facilities after relaxing in the onsens. During the Plum Blossom Festival period, every year from January to March, the beautiful plum blossoms bloom and you can enjoy foot baths, souvenir shops, and a wide variety of events. The creation of the plum blossom garden was funded by a wealthy Yokohama merchant, Mogi Sobei. Sobei’s hometown is in Takasaki, Gunma and since that area was one of the country’s best plum blossom production areas, many plum blossom trees were planted. The plum blossom trees that bloom in the park are well-known as “flowers that were given to the emperor”.
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Atami Baien

Address: 8-11 Baien-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 15 minutes by bus from Atami Station

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Fees: 300 yen

Phone: 0557-85-2222

Website: Atami Baien (Japanese)

 

#6. Kinomiya Shrine

Kinomiya Shrine
Photo Credit: ★Kumiko★@Flickr

The Kinomiya Shrine in Atami is a popular tourist destination, known as one of the most spiritual places in Japan. At the end of the main shrine, there is a sacred tree called “Okusu”, a giant camphor tree which is more than 2,000 years old, and is regarded as a holy tree. The trunk of Okusu, which has been designated as a Natural Monument by the Japanese government, is a giant tree with the circumference of 23.9 meters and a height of about 26 meters, which is equivalent to a nine-story building. It is believed that, when you walk around the trunk, it lengthens your life expectancy by one year and when you walk around the trunk with a wish in mind, your wish will come true. This giant camphor tree is illuminated from 5 PM to around 11 PM, as part of the Kodama Forest Project. Kodama, spirits inhabiting grass and trees are depicted using 160 light bulbs.
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Kinomiya Shrine

Address: 43-1 Nishiyama, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 20 minutes by bus from Atami Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 0557-82-2241

Website: Kinomiya Shrine (Japanese)

 

#7. Atami Sun Beach

Atami Sun Beach

Atami Sun Beach is a clear water beach with white sand and is very popular because it is close enough to Tokyo for a day trip. Since the beach is sheltered, it does not have large waves like Pacific Coast beaches, making it an ideal place for children to swim. Atami Sun Beach is one of the major attractions of Atami and is a fantastic spot to view the Atami Fireworks.
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Atami Sun Beach

Address: 15 Higashi-Kaigancho, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 5 minutes by bus from Atami Station

Phone: 0557-86-6218

Website: Atami Sun Beach (Japanese)

 

#8. Atami Fireworks Festival

Atami Fireworks Festival

This historic fireworks display started in 1952, is held not only in summer but more than 10 times annually throughout the entire year, an event unique to Atami. Set in Atami Bay using the three sides of the surrounding mountains in the topographic form of grinding mortar, the exploding fireworks reverberate creating sound effects that resemble a large stadium. The full impact of over 5,000 fireworks set off in the night sky reflecting on the ocean is a beautiful sight. The finale called “Niagara Falls” is a must-see.
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Atami Fireworks Festival

Address: Shinsui Park, 2018−8 Nagisacho, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 5 minutes by bus from Atami Station

Phone: 0557-85-2222 (Atami City Tourism Association)

Website: Atami Fireworks (Japanese)

 

#9. Nakamise Shopping Street and Heiwadori Shopping Street

Nakamise Shopping Street
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Start and end your journey by shopping here. Nakamise Shopping Street and Heiwadori Shopping Street are shopping districts in front of Atami Station. There are souvenir shops and restaurants plus long-established shops founded in the 1960s and 1970s. Some shops sell dried fish, which Atami is famous for. Unlike shopping malls, many smaller shops are gathered for a very unique Japanese shopping experience. Why not take a stroll and munch on some local food?
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Nakamise shopping street and Heiwadori shopping street

Address: Tawara Honmachi, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: In front of JR Atami Station

Website:
Atami Nakamise Shopping Street
Heiwadori Shopping Street

 

#10. Akao Herb and Rose Garden

Akao Herb and Rose Garden
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Akao Herb & Rose Garden is a heavenly flower paradise on top of a high hill that overlooks the ocean. There are 12 themed gardens at this vast site. In January the rapeseed blooms and the Atami cherry blossoms bloomed earlier than other areas, giving signs that spring was coming. In April, 100,000 tulips bloomed and from May through June 4,000 roses of about 600 species were in bloom. In autumn the herbs and roses bloom beautifully. Enjoy the four seasons through the flowers, in addition to shopping and the chance to experience workshops such as making herbal soaps, seasonal sweets. The Akao Herb and Rose Garden was the first garden in Japan to be awarded the “Excellent Garden Award” by the World Rose Federation.
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Akao Herb & Rose Garden

Address: 1027-8 Kamitaga, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 20 minutes by bus from Atami Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fees:
1,000 yen (Adult)
500 yen (Child)

Phone: 0557-82-1221

Website: Akao Herb & Rose Garden (Japanese)

 

#11. Kanichi and Omiya Statue

Kanichi and Omiya Statue

The Kanichi and Omiya statue is from a famous novel named “Konjiki Yasha” meaning Diamond Demon. Kanichi is the man whom Omiya loves and intends to marry, but a very rich businessmen’s son appears and he also wants to marry Omiya. He proposes to Omiya with a diamond ring and she couldn’t resist it. When Kanichi found out, he became angry at Omiya and he kicked her by saying that she has changed only because of a “diamond ring”. This statue is in memory of that tragedy, but now very few Japanese people actually know the story.
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Kanichi and Omiya statue

Address: Along National Highway No.135, 15 Higashikaigancho, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 15 minutes walk from Atami Station

Website: Kanichi and Omiya statue (Japanese)

 

#12. Kiunkaku

Kiunkaku

Kiunkaku was built in 1919 by a shipping magnate to serve as his private villa. In 1947 the property became a ryokan where it continued to serve guests until 1999. Until then it was a well-known inn in Atami, a number of celebrities and famous authors composed many works there. Kiunkaku is now owned by Atami City and has been preserved as a cultural property. Visitors can enter the buildings, see the original designs of some of the guest rooms, and walk around the beautiful garden that lies at the center of the complex. In the garden, visitors can enjoy the beauty of Japan’s four seasons, cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, and the autumn foliage. When the building was an inn, it had a bar, which has now become a tearoom reminiscent of olden times. You can feel Kiunkaku’s history, relax and enjoy the beauty of the gardens.
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Kiunkaku

Address: 4-4-2 Showa-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Access: 10 minutes by bus from Atami Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
*Closed Wednesdays

Fees: 510 yen

Phone: 0557-86-3101

Website: Kiunkaku (Japanese)

 

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