Izu Hotel Recommendations + Izu Travel Tips, From Capybaras to Glamping and Ocean Views

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From the capybaras of Izu Shaboten Zoo to Izu Granpal Park's famous light shows, and even cute Mt. Omuro, some of Izu's most popular attractions are most accessible when you stay near Izu-Kogen Station, so we've got all the tips for a great Izu trip and three convenient Izu accommodation options for you to choose from!

Relax in Izu Among the Mountains, the Sea, and the Capybaras

The Izu Peninsula could be called one of mother nature’s masterpieces, and the area is designated a UNESCO Global Geopark thanks to the spectacular scenery of the Jogasaki Coast and the volcanic mountainscapes. One of the most notable landmarks in the area is Mt. Omuro (which the Japankuru team has nicknamed “Mt. Matcha Pudding”), and at the foot of this unique mountain is another of Izu’s most popular attractions, Izu Shaboten Zoo. Between the picturesque natural scenery, and the unreasonably adorable capybaras (who have a penchant for taking warm baths), this part of the Izu Peninsula has long been a favorite among domestic tourists in Japan, and now travelers from around the world are starting to take note.

Upper right image courtesy of Izu Granpal Park.

But the Izu Peninsula is a destination with more than a few unique attractions. Izu Granpal Park is a retro “activity park,” the kind that brings Japanese visitors straight back to their childhood years, and its nightly light shows are famous around Japan for their scale, detail, and unique themes. Not far away, the New York Lamp Museum & Flower Garden has an unmatched collection of antique Tiffany stained glass pieces, and a garden where visitors can dress up in princess costumes and take pictures.

With so much to see, you’ll want to find lodgings close to all of Izu’s sightseeing attractions so you can make the most of your time in Japan! So today we’ve not only got some tips and guides for how to maximize your time on the Izu Peninsula, but also three recommendations for where to stay in Izu! You won’t want to miss this retro Izu onsen ryokan, or some of the area’s most popular luxury glamping grounds.

Izu Accommodations ① Sky-Hill Hotel Izu Kogen: An Onsen Bath Beside the Capybaras and Ocean Views

Sky-Hill Hotel Izu Kogen is a hot spring hotel perched between Mt. Omuro and the Izu coastline, with freshly renovated rooms (redone in 2023) that still hold onto the area’s retro charm. The windows look out onto the city below, with a view of the sparkling ocean on the horizon. For guests visiting in February, the hotel makes an ideal viewing spot for the “Yamayaki” Mountain Burning Festival on Mt. Omuro!

But Sky-Hill Hotel is also an official hotel of Izu Shaboten Zoo, so it’s not only located directly next to the zoo grounds, but guests visiting the zoo even gain access to an exclusive direct entrance that leads right to the enclosure of the famous capybaras. You can literally walk from the hotel lobby to the heart of the zoo in under a minute! If you’re lucky, the animals might even come to you – the ostentatious peacocks that freely roam the zoo grounds sometimes wander beyond the zoo limits and decide to sun themselves on the hotel’s terrace instead.

The guest rooms at Sky-Hill Izu Kogen have always been popular due to the spectacular view of Izu visible from all the windows, but after the recent renovations, guests also come for the interiors as well – deliberately styled with a retro vibe for that classic onsen ryokan look. Even the appliances inside the room are carefully chosen to enhance the atmosphere, with modern refrigerators and electric kettles dressed up in the sleek vintage styles that have been trending in recent years. Most of the rooms offer a mix of Western and Japanese fittings, with two single beds alongside a separate Japanese-style space with tatami mat floors and traditional futon mattresses, resulting in rooms made to accommodate up to six people. The hotel’s Deluxe Rooms, with an attached living space, and their purely Western-style rooms can each sleep up to five. Couples or small groups of friends get plenty of space to stretch out, but even big families and other large groups can enjoy a comfortable stay.

As an onsen ryokan, Sky-Hill Hotel Izu Kogen has a large hot spring-fed bath looking out onto a verdant green landscape, as well as an attached sauna room. The hot spring water is lightly alkaline and said to leave bathers with glowing skin.

The hotel also has plenty of classic Japanese ryokan entertainment options, like a table tennis room. Wrap yourself up in your ryokan yukata after taking a dip in the onsen and enjoy a rousing game of table tennis to turn your hotel stay into something straight out of a Japanese anime. One might say that this is one of the true pleasures of an onsen trip in Japan.

Kids visiting Izu will be happy to see that Sky-Hill Hotel Izu Kogen has a children’s play space, while older guests might be more excited to spend some time in the hotel’s relaxation spaces, with inviting tatami floors, comfortable chairs, and a great view of the ocean. The 3rd-floor observation deck is also worth a visit, to see the tall green hump of Mt. Omuro nearby like a friendly green giant, along with an unobstructed view of Sagami Bay and the Seven Islands of Izu. When the weather is clear and visibility is good, you can even look in the opposite direction for a fabulous view of Mt. Fuji!

When staying at a Japanese hot spring hotel, the luxurious food is always something to look forward to. The dinner at Sky-Hill Hotel Izu Kogen is presented as traditional Japanese kaiseki cuisine, using seasonal local ingredients and a variety of presentation techniques to create elegant dishes full of color, fragrance, and flavor. As an add-on you can also order kinmedai (a variety of sea bream also called golden eye snapper), which is a local Izu specialty. (Children who aren’t quite ready to try Japanese fine dining can also choose a kids’ meal instead.)

Between the stunning views, comfortable accommodations, gourmet meals, and the luxurious hot springs (not to mention the location just a few steps away from Izu Shaboten Zoo), Sky-Hill Hotel Izu Kogen is a solid choice for making the most of your time in Izu.

Sky-Hill Hotel Izu Kogen (スカイヒルホテル伊豆高原)
1317-624 Futo, Ito, Shizuoka
Check-in/Check-out: 15:00 – 20:00 (~17:00 if you have dinner reservation) / ~10:00
Official Website (jp)Reservations

Izu Accommodations ② Izu Shaboten Village Glamping: Luxury Camping at the Foot of Mt. Omuro

Glamping grounds provide guests with a refreshing taste of the outdoors and a swanky space to spend the night, which is why they’ve become a popular choice in recent years among travelers who want to relax and enjoy some of the fun of camping in nature without any of the inconvenience. Izu Shaboten Village Glamping offers all that and a fantastic view of Mt. Omuro, being located right at the base of the conical mountain. As an official Izu Shaboten Zoo accommodation facility, the whole “village” also has some cute animal easter eggs, like the signs on each door featuring popular friends from the nearby zoo. (The capybara and the red panda are two fan favorites.)

The whole style of the Izu Shaboten Village Glamping ground is playful and fun, and the spacious domed tents are decorated with colorful linens and patterned carpets, dotted with a bohemian selection of cushions and beanbags. But perhaps the most ingenious amenity is the ensuite bathroom that come attached to each tent! Guests who appreciate their little luxuries will be happy to hear that each glamping tent comes equipped with its own toilet room and a bathtub complete with running water – a lifesaver on rainy nights and chilly mornings!

The domed tents come furnished in either a Japanese-Western style that can accommodate up to five people, or a more traditional Japanese style with tatami mats and futons, which sleeps up to six. They’re ideal as a romantic getaway for couples, but they’re also popular among families and friends planning group trips!

Image courtesy of Izu Shaboten Village Glamping.
Image courtesy of Izu Shaboten Village Glamping.

One of the highlights of this luxury camping experience is the rather opulent BBQ dinner, and a refreshing breakfast out on the deck! Izu Shaboten Village Glamping has a couple different meal plans to choose from, but each of them includes seasonal and local Izu produce, along with a lavish selection of meats and seafood, which you can grill to perfection on the grill outside each tent. Vegetarians and other guests with dietary restrictions can also choose to pick up ingredients for their BBQ at a nearby supermarket, so they can grill up their favorite foods while enjoying Izu’s cool sea breezes. In the morning, breakfast is delivered to each tent in a box that includes sandwiches and fresh salads, fruit and yogurt, plus drinks like coffee and milk!

As you might expect of official Izu Shaboten Zoo accommodations, this glamping ground is only about three minutes from the zoo on food. The Mt. Omuro ropeway station (with a chairlift that takes you to the top of the mountain) is equally close, in the other direction. So if you want to maximize your time enjoying Izu’s fresh air, and you like idea of camping in luxury, Izu Shaboten Village Glamping might be the perfect place to stay when you visit Izu.

Izu Shaboten Village Glamping (伊豆シャボテンヴィレッジグランピング)
1317-584 Futo, Ito, Shizuoka
Check-in/Check-out: 15:00 – 18:00 / ~11:00
Official Website (jp)Reservations

Izu Accommodations ③ Izu Gran Village Glamping: Peaceful Privacy and Luxury Relaxation

All ready to go glamping in Izu? There are actually a couple great options in the area, and our second recommendation is Izu Gran Village Glamping! If you plan to visit Izu Granpal Park for the day, or even just stop by in the evening for the extravegant light show, this nearby glamping option is especially convenient. The grounds at Izu Gran Village offer plenty of room to stretch out, with each tent located far enough from the others to provide a sense of privacy, and the overall atmosphere is a little more mature. Compared to the whimsical decorations at Shaboten Village, this other glamping ground offers a more mellow feel, with an unhurried vibe that gives you plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings.

The interior of the tents at Izu Gran Village Glamping feels just as roomy as the spacious grounds, using simple furnishings with a slightly retro outdoorsy feel. The vintage-looking refrigerators (the same cool style as in Sky-Hill Hotel) and other practical amenities add to the sense of design, but the bathrooms go in a slightly different direction. Just like our last glamping ground, the tents at Izu Gran Village also have their own attached bathrooms, but these are startlingly glamorous – each one comes equipped with its own clawfoot bathtub! Enjoy a relaxing soak in the luxurious tub, and then relax in your room, looking out at the green lawns. (Tents near the central bonfire have an especially good view!)

Izu Gran Village Glamping has a selection of the large domed tents that have become strongly associated with glamping, but they also have a handful of even larger square tents that seem to verge on cabins. No matter which kind of tent you choose, however, all guests can reserve a time to use the private sauna for an additional fee. Just ask at the front desk – you can even rent a convenient towel wrap to use while steaming.

This glamping ground also offers decadent dinners options, and their basic BBQ plan provides guests with a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables to throw on the grill, French bread, and huge skewers packed end to end with meat and veggies – the full menu includes local “Fujinokuni” pork, chicken thighs, beef shoulder, and seafood! Upgrade to their luxury plan for additional local and seasonal ingredients like Shizuoka Ashitaka beef, and salad with Mt. Fuji salmon. (You can even choose to splurge for extra turban shells or spiny lobster!) Dinner finishes with fresh fruit and marshmallows for s’mores! And in the morning, you can head back out onto the deck for fresh air and a breakfast of fresh produce and all the ingredients to make your own toasted sandwiches.

One of the joys of staying at Izu Gran Village Glamping ground is making the most of the self-service drink bar next to reception. From check-in through dinner time, guests can enjoy unlimited drinks from the machines, including coffee, soft drinks, juice, soft-serve ice cream (!?), beer, lemon sours, and both red and white wine. That’s right, this drink bar even includes ice cream and free-flow beer and wine! If you have a taste for the finer things and prefer more premium drinks, there’s a selection of bottles available for an additional fee, as well.

All in all, both Izu Gran Village and Izu Shaboten Village offer guests a luxurious camping experience, but they’re a bit different as well. If a little extra privacy and a relaxed, sophisticated camping ground sound just right for your trip to Izu, then Izu Gran Village Glamping might be the right choice for you.

Izu Gran Village Glamping (伊豆グランヴィレッジグランピング)
1089-5 Futo, Ito, Shizuoka
Check-in/Check-out: 15:00 – 18:00 / ~11:00
Official Website (jp)Reservations

A Quick Guide to Izu’s Best Attractions

This area of Izu, accessible from Izu-Kogen Station, is where you’ll find some of the peninsula’s most popular sightseeing spots. We’ve put together a simple guide to help you check out all the Izu must-sees!

Mt. Omuro: A Matcha Pudding with Breathtaking Views!?

Mt. Omuro is a local Izu landmark, and an officially designated natural monument of Japan, shaped like an upside-down rice bowl (or, you might say, like a Japanese pudding) due to its origins as a monogenetic volcano (the kind that only erupts once)! The cinder cone’s distinct shape is emphasized by the lack of tall vegetation on any of its sides, with rich green grass and small bushes creating smooth sides that look good enough to dig a spoon into. This unique look is maintained in part thanks to the local tradition of yearly “Yamayaki,” a mountain-burning festival that has been happening in this spot for somewhere around 700 years! Huge crowds still arrive at the mountain every February to see the glowing line of flames lick the sides of the mountain and turn it an ashy black.

On days when Mt. Omuro isn’t being set on fire, visitors can take the Mt. Omuro Lift up the side of the mountain, and walk the path around the lip of the volcano for some pretty spectacular views in all directions. Look out at the water to see Sagami Bay and the Seven Islands of Izu, and (when the weather cooperates) take in the view to the northwest for a unique view of Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Omuro Lift (大室山登山リフト)
672-2 Ike, Ito, Shizuoka
 Mar~Sep: 9:00 – 17:00 (final return trip at 17:15)
 Oct~Feb: 9:00 – 16:00 (tickets sold until 16:15)
 New Year’s Day: 5:40 – 8:15 (special hours for the year’s first sunrise, tickets only available until 7:00)
Directions: Take the Izukyu Line to Izu-Kogen Station, then take the Tokai Bus bound for Shaboten-koen to the final stop (about 15 min).
Official Website (en)

Izu Shaboten Zoo: A Land of Capybaras & Cacti

Izu Shaboten Zoo, famous overseas for its capybaras who love to soak in their open-air bath, is an animal and plant paradise with around 140 species of animals and close to 1,500 species of cacti and other succulents. Some of the animals have free range of the park, like the peacocks and squirrel monkeys, and others are free to go where they please within certain areas, like the kangaroos and emus, which allows visitors to get up close and personal with the animals. This zoo makes it feel like these animals aren’t just in our world – we’re entering theirs! The capybaras have become an international phenomenon thanks to their popularity online, but many of the zoo’s cutest residents have become stars in their own right, like the fennec foxes, red pandas, ring-tailed lemurs, and even the kangaroos.

“Shaboten” isn’t just a name – it actually means “cactus” in Japanese. So in addition to all the animal residents, Izu Shaboten Zoo also has a huge cactus greenhouse! The huge variety of cacti and other succulents gathered in one place is undeniably impressive, and many visitors also take home a potted cactus or two via the unique “cactus harvesting” area where you can dig up and pot any number of different succulents together for a fee.

When you’re ready for lunch, you absolutely should not miss the zoo restaurant, Gibbontei Forest Animal Restaurant. The fabulous decorations have earned the restaurant its fair share of internet fame, from the pink flamingos flying overhead to the frankly adorable giant capybara and red panda stuffies that occupy empty seats at every table. Even the food is fun – we recommend the capybara burger, which is almost too cute to eat. (Almost.)

Izu Shaboten Zoo (伊豆シャボテン動物公園)
1317-13 Futo, Ito, Shizuoka
Hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (hours may vary season to season, final admission 30 min prior to closing)
Directions: From Izu-Kogen Station, take the Tokai Bus to Shaboten-koen (about 20 min), or take a taxi (about 10 min).
Official Website (jp)

The Jogasaki Coast: Picture-Perfect Seascapes Straight From a Postcard

This picturesque portion of the Jogasaki Coast is a classic Izu destination, with visitors coming to see the craggy cliffs that were formed from the lava flows that erupted from Mt. Omuro 4,000 years ago, eroded over the millenia into the shapes we see today. The various paths and rocky trails along the water’s edge add up to a total of around 9 kilometers, but plenty of people just come for a quick look around and a breath of fresh sea air. Don’t miss the delicate Kadowaki Suspension Bridge, an elegant silhouette against a backdrop of blue sky and sea, and keep an eye out for the joyous swooping of little swallows and sparrows!

Jogasaki Coast (城ヶ崎海岸)
Futo, Ito, Shizuoka
Directions: Take the Izukyu Line to Kinosaki-Kaigan Station, and walk for about 35 min
Official Page (jp)

New York Lamp Museum & Flower Garden: Antique Stained Glass & Princess Dreams

If you have an interest in interior decorating you might know of “Tiffany lamps,” but we’re certain you’ve heard of the jeweler Tiffany & Co. before! It turns out Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of Tiffany & Co. founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, was the stained glass artist behind the famous stained glass lamps, clearly inheriting a sense of design and craftsmanship. The antique stained glass pieces created by hand in the New York Tiffany Studio around the turn of the century are now coveted by art and design lovers around the world, and the New York Lamp Museum displays a priceless collection of around 80 antique stained glass pieces made by Tiffany and the other artisans in the Tiffany Studio in New York. The museum attracts plenty of art lovers and Tiffany collectors from overseas, but the gorgeous stained glass lamps, window panels, and other unique pieces are certainly worth a look even if you know nothing about Tiffany!

Image courtesy of the New York Lamp Museum & Flower Garden.

The museum is situated on Izu’s coast, with more lovely views of the water, and visitors can also enjoy a stunning flower garden all around the museum building! The terraced garden includes a variety of different herbs, trees, and of course flowers, and the “ice tulips” that bloom from late December through January look particularly exquisite blooming in front of the blue seascape. There are lots of great picture-taking spots throughout the grounds, and the gift shop offers the very unique option of dressing up like a fairytale princess while you visit the museum and garden! (Just ask the staff in the shop to rent a dress and a tiara!) If you’d rather sit back and relax, the cafe in the museum annex has outdoor seating with a fabulous view. (Princesses must change out of their regalia before eating and drinking in the cafe!)

New York Lamp Museum & Flower Garden (ニューヨークランプミュージアム&フラワーガーデン)
841-1 Futo, Ito, Shizuoka
Hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (hours vary season to season, final admission 30 min prior to closing)
Directions: From Izu-Kogen Station take the Tokai Bus bound for Izu-kaigan-koen to the final stop (about 10 min).
Official Website (en)

Izu Granpal Park: Retro Vibes, Dinosaurs, and Brilliant Light Shows

Image courtesy of Izu Granpal Park.

Izu Granpal Park has been a beloved part of the Izu landscape for nearly 60 years, but over the years this amusement park has changed a lot to keep things fresh and interesting for visitors young and old. The ambience is retro, but many of the attractions are much newer additions, and these days some of the most popular reasons for visiting include the dreamy light shows after dark, and the animatronic dinosaurs that feel rather Jurassic. In Japan, “illumination” light shows are fairly common throughout the colder months of the year, but Izu Granpal Park is famous for firing up their glittering “GRANILLUMI” light show after dark throughout the spring and summer as well! (Check the official website for details.) The otherworldly light displays have repeatedly earned first place in nationwide Japanese rankings, which is no small feat. And those dinosaurs? Not only can you walk through a world of extinct reptiles at your own pace, but you can also ride go-karts through their territory! After dark, even the dinos get their own cool light displays, creating a totally different feeling from during the day.

Image courtesy of Izu Granpal Park.

Visitors looking for thrills might also want to take a ride in the Ninebot Mini Segway course, or even check out the zip line. The zip line is open even after dark, which means you can whip through the air while admiring the sparkling lights of GRANILLUMI all around you!

Izu Granpal Park (伊豆ぐらんぱる公園)
1090 Futo, Ito City, Shizuoka
Hours: 9:30 – 17:00  (hours vary season to season, evening GRANILLUMI tickets are sold separately)
Izu Kogen GRANILLUMI Dates: Nov. 11 2023 – Aug. 31, 2024 (closed on some weekdays from Apr. 8, 2024; check the official GRANILLUMI website for further opening details)
Directions: From Izu-Kogen Station, take the Tokai Bus (about 10 min).
Official Website (jp)

How to Get to Izu

The accommodations and sightseeing we’ve looked at today have all been concentrated around, and easily accessible from, Izu-Kogen Station. To get from Tokyo to Izu quickly and comfortably, we recommend taking JR EAST’s Limited Express Odoriko train, which runs directly from Tokyo Station to Izu-Kogen Station! If you want to add a little luxury to your trip, you can even book a seat on the “Saphir Odoriko,” which offers an elevated transportation experience.

Another good option is to take advantage of the JR TOKYO Wide Pass, which the JR EAST Group offers exclusively for foreign travelers exploring Japan. Adults pay 15,000 yen for a three-day pass (consecutive) that can be used for unlimited rides on both JR EAST and other railway lines within a designated area including Tokyo. This even includes shinkansen and shinkansen and limited express trains, like the Odoriko! (If you want to ride on the premium Saphir Odoriko, an additional upgrade fee is required.) We recommend making a rough calculation of transportation costs while planning the itinerary for your trip, so you can see what the best deal is for your travel plans!

Tokai Bus Izu-Kogen/Jogasaki 1 Day Pass Zone Map (Image Source: EMot)

Once you get to the Izu-Kogen Station area, the most convenient way to travel (especially for groups) is to rent a car, as it gives you the most freedom of movement. If you don’t have a driver, or would simply rather use public transportation, getting around with a combination of buses and occasional taxis is also totally doable! The Tokai Bus is especially useful, as it runs from local train stations to many of the area’s most popular attractions. The Tokai Bus offers some useful bus pass options, the Izu-Kogen/Jogasaki 1 Day Pass and the Ito/Izu-Kogen 1 Day Pass, and between the two of them you can pretty much get to all the accommodations and sightseeing spots above. You can pick up these passes at Izu-Kogen Station, or you can buy them online through the EMot online ticketing service. (The Ito/Izu-Kogen Pass is also available on KKDay.)

Find Relaxation, Stunning Natural Scenery, and Even Adorable Animals in Izu

From Japan’s cutest capybaras to breathtaking views of natural seascapes and man-made light shows, Izu has plenty to offer travelers visiting Japan, on a first time trip or a fiftieth! And when it comes to staying in Izu, we’re pretty sure you won’t regret staying in either a onsen hotel with retro stylings, or each of our two glamping recommendations. The travel tips above only begin to cover all the Izu Peninsula has to offer, and if you want to see even more, you can check out one of the best viewing points for Mt. Fuji in all of Japan, or even explore the early cherry blossoms and historic streets of the Kawazu-Shimoda area! On your next trip to Japan, don’t forget to add Izu to the itinerary!

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Which snacks make the best Japanese souvenirs?~ Jaga Pirika ~ 일본과자 선물 뭐하지?~자가피리카 편~ #pr #calbee #jagapokkuru #japanesesnacks #japanesefood #japanesesouvenir #japantravel #japantrip #naritaairport #hokkaido #나리타국제공항 #일본여행선물 #흔하지않은기념품 #일본쇼핑리스트 #일본과자추천 #고구마과자 #일본간식추천 #일본면세점쇼핑 #개별포장 #일본감자칩 #도쿄나리타공항면세점 #현지인추천 #일본여행 #일본기념품리스트 #자가포쿠루 #자가피리카

Niki Golf offers a huge selection of new and used golf gear in Ueno, Tokyo. Between the weak yen and the shop's willingness to haggle, there's never been a better time for beginners or seasoned experts to pick up some clubs, golf wear, or limited-edition Japanese golf equipment!
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Niki Golf offers a huge selection of new and used golf gear in Ueno, Tokyo. Between the weak yen and the shop's willingness to haggle, there's never been a better time for beginners or seasoned experts to pick up some clubs, golf wear, or limited-edition Japanese golf equipment! #ueno #nikigolf #golfshopping #golfgear #🏌️ #golflife #golf #golftips #golfjapan #jpangolf #golfclub #honma #ameyoko #二木ゴルフ #二木ゴルフアメ横本店 #nikigolfameyoko #tokyo #tokyotrip #tokyoshopping #japantrip #japantravel #japanlovers #japan_of_insta #japankuru #pr

Odaiba's DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is home to the famous real-size 20m-tall Unicorn Gundam, and the popular shopping center has even more Gundam on the inside! Check out the Gundam Base Tokyo on the 7th floor for shelves upon shelves of Gunpla, and the Gundam Base Tokyo Annex on the 2nd floor for cool anime merchandise. Both shops have tons of limited-edition items!
#pr #odaiba #tokyo #tokyotrip #japantrip #japantravel #PR #divercity #divercitytokyoplaza #tokyoshopping #gundam #unicorngundam #gundambasetokyo #anime #otaku #gunpla #japankuru #오다이바 #다이바시티도쿄 #오다이바건담 #건담 #일본건담 #건프라 #건담베이스도쿄

Odaiba's DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is home to the famous real-size 20m-tall Unicorn Gundam, and the popular shopping center has even more Gundam on the inside! Check out the Gundam Base Tokyo on the 7th floor for shelves upon shelves of Gunpla, and the Gundam Base Tokyo Annex on the 2nd floor for cool anime merchandise. Both shops have tons of limited-edition items! #pr #odaiba #tokyo #tokyotrip #japantrip #japantravel #PR #divercity #divercitytokyoplaza #tokyoshopping #gundam #unicorngundam #gundambasetokyo #anime #otaku #gunpla #japankuru #오다이바 #다이바시티도쿄 #오다이바건담 #건담 #일본건담 #건프라 #건담베이스도쿄





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      Hokkaido (北海道) is the northernmost of the four main islands that make up Japan. The area is famous for Sapporo Beer, plus brewing and distilling in general, along with fantastic snow festivals and breathtaking national parks. Foodies should look for Hokkaido's famous potatoes, cantaloupe, dairy products, soup curry, and miso ramen!

    • Niki, in south-west Hokkaido, is about 30 minutes from Otaru. The small town is rich with natural resources, fresh water, and clean air, making it a thriving center for fruit farms. Cherries, tomatoes, and grapes are all cultivated in the area, and thanks to a growing local wine industry, it's quickly becoming a food and wine hotspot. Together with the neighboring town of Yoichi, it's a noted area for wine tourism.

    • Niseko is about two hours from New Chitose Airport, in the western part of Hokkaido. It's one of Japan's most noted winter resort areas, and a frequent destination for international visitors. That's all because of the super high-quality powder snow, which wins the hearts of beginners and experts alike, bringing them back for repeat visits. That's not all, though, it's also a great place to enjoy Hokkaido's culinary scene and some beautiful onsen (hot springs).

    • Otaru is in western Hokkaido, about 30 minutes from Sapporo Station. The city thrived around its busy harbor in the 19th and 20th centuries thanks to active trade and fishing, and the buildings remaining from that period are still popular attractions, centered around Otaru Canal. With its history as a center of fishing, it's no surprise that the area's fresh sushi is a must-try. Otaru has over 100 sushi shops, quite a few of which are lined up on Sushiya Dori (Sushi Street).


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      Sapporo, in the south-western part of Hokkaido, is the prefecture's political and economic capital. The local New Chitose Airport see arrivals from major cities like Tokyo and Osaka, alongside international flights. Every February, the Sapporo Snow Festival is held in Odori Park―one of the biggest events in Hokkaido. It's also a hotspot for great food, known as a culinary treasure chest, and Sapporo is a destination for ramen, grilled mutton, soup curry, and of course Hokkaido's beloved seafood.

    • Consisting of six prefectures, the Tohoku Region (東北地方) is up in the northeastern part of Japan's main island. It's the source of plenty of the nation's agriculture (which means great food), and packed with beautiful scenery. Explore the region's stunning mountains, lakes, and hot springs!

    • Akita Prefecture is on the Sea of Japan, in the northern reaches of Japan's northern Tohoku region. Akita has more officially registered important intangible culture assets than anywhere else in Japan, and to this day visitors can experience traditional culture throughout the prefecture, from the Oga Peninsula's Namahage (registered with UNESCO as a part of Japan's intangible cultural heritage), to the Tohoku top 3 Kanto Festival. Mysterious little spots like the Oyu Stone Circle Site and Ryu no Atama (Dragon's Head) are also worth a visit!


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      Fukushima Prefecture sits at the southern tip of Japan's northern Tohoku region, and is divided into three parts with their own different charms: the Coastal Area (Hama-dori), the Central Area (Naka-dori), and the Aizu Area. There's Aizu-Wakamatsu with its Edo-era history and medieval castles, Oze National Park, Kitakata ramen, and Bandai Ski Resort (with its famous powder snow). Fukushima is a beautiful place to enjoy the vivid colors and sightseeing of Japan's beloved four seasons.


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      Yamagata Prefecture is up against the Sea of Japan, in the southern part of the Tohoku region, and it's especially popular in winter, when travelers soak in the onsen (hot springs) and ski down snowy slopes. International skiiers are especially fond of Zao Onsen Ski Resort and Gassan Ski Resort, and in recent years visitors have been drawn to the area to see the mystical sight of local frost-covered trees. Some destinations are popular regardless of the season, like Risshakuji Temple, AKA Yamadera, Ginzan Onsen's nostalgic old-fashioned streets, and Zao's Okama Lake, all great for taking pictures. Yamagata is also the place to try Yonezawa beef, one of the top 3 varieties of wagyu beef.

    • Japan's most densely populated area, the Kanto Region (関東地方) includes 7 prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa, which means it also contains the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. In modern-day Japan, Kanto is the cultural, political, and economic heartland of the country, and each prefecture offers something a little different from its neighbors.

    • Gunma Prefecture is easily accessible from Tokyo, and in addition to the area's popular natural attractions like Oze Marshland and Fukiware Falls, Gunma also has a number of popular hot springs (Kusatsu, Ikaho, Minakami, Shima)―it's even called an Onsen Kingdom. The prefecture is popular with history buffs and train lovers, thanks to spots like world heritage site Tomioka Silk Mill, the historic Megane-bashi Bridge, and the Watarase Keikoku Sightseeing Railway.


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      Tochigi Prefecture's capital is Utsunomiya, known for famous gyoza, and just an hour from Tokyo. The prefecture is full of nature-related sightseeing opportunities year-round, from the blooming of spring flowers to color fall foliage. Tochigi also has plenty of extremely well-known sightseeing destinations, like World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and Ashikaga Flower Park―famous for expansive wisteria trellises. In recent years the mountain resort town of Nasu has also become a popular excursion, thanks in part to the local imperial villa. Tochigi is a beautiful place to enjoy the world around you.

    • Tokyo (東京) is Japan's busy capital, and the most populous metropolitan area in the world. While the city as a whole is quite modern, crowded with skyscrapers and bustling crowds, Tokyo also holds onto its traditional side in places like the Imperial Palace and Asakusa neighborhood. It's one of the world's top cities when it comes to culture, the arts, fashion, games, high-tech industries, transportation, and more.

    • The Chubu Region (中部地方) is located right in the center of Japan's main island, and consists of 9 prefectures: Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano, Niigata, Shizuoka, Toyama, and Yamanashi. It's primarily famous for its mountains, as the region contains both Mt. Fuji and the Japanese Alps. The ski resorts in Niigata and Nagano also draw visitors from around the world, making it a popular winter destination.

    • Nagano Prefecture's popularity starts with a wealth of historic treasures, like Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple, and Togakushi Shrine, but the highlight might just be the prefecture's natural vistas surrounded by the "Japanese Alps." Nagano's fruit is famous, and there are plenty of places to pick it fresh, and the area is full of hot springs, including Jigokudani Monkey Park―where monkeys take baths as well! Thanks to the construction of the Hokuriku shinkansen line, Nagano is easily reachable from the Tokyo area, adding it to plenty of travel itineraries. And after the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, ski resorts like Hakuba and Shiga Kogen are known around the world.

    • Aichi Prefecture sits in the center of the Japanese islands, and its capital city, Nagoya, is a center of politics, commerce, and culture. While Aichi is home to major industry, and is even the birthplace of Toyota cars, it's proximity to the sea and the mountains means it's also a place with beautiful natural scenery, like Saku Island, Koijigahama Beach, Mt. Horaiji. Often used a stage for major battles in Japanese history, Sengoku era commanders like Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu left their own footprints on Aichi, and historic buildings like Nagoya Castle, Inuyama Castle, and those in Meiji Mura are still around to tell the tale.


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      Niigata is a prefecture on Japan's main island of Honshu, situated right on the coast of the Sea of Japan, and abundant with the gifts of nature. It's known for popular ski resorts such as Echigo-Yuzawa, Japanese national parks, and natural hot spring baths, plus local products like fresh seafood, rice, and sake. Visitors often spend time in the prefectural capital, Niigata City, or venture across the water to Sado Island.


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      Shizuoka Prefecture is sandwiched between eastern and western Japan, giving the prefecture easy access to both Tokyo and Osaka. Not only is it known for beautiful natural attractions, with everything from Mount Fuji to Suruga Bay, Lake Hamanako, and Sumata Pass―Shizuoka's Izu Peninsula is known as a go-to spot for hot springs lovers, with famous onsen like Atami, Ito, Shimoda, Shuzenji, and Dogashima. Shizuoka attracts all kinds of travelers thanks to historic connections with the Tokugawa clan, the Oigawa Railway, fresh eel cuisine, Hamamatsu gyoza, and famously high-quality green tea.

    • Kansai (関西) is a region that includes Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Shiga Prefectures. Kansai contained Japan's ancient capital for hundreds of years, and it's making a comeback as one of the most popular parts of Japan. Kyoto's temples and shrines, Osaka Castle, and the deer of Nara are all considered must-sees. Plus, the people of Kansai are especially friendly, making it a fun place to hang out.

    • Kyoto flourished as the capital of Japan between the years 794 and 1100, becoming a center for poilitics and culture, and to this day it's a great place for close encounters with Japanese history. The cobbled streets of Gion, the atmospheric road to Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji's golden walls and countless historic attractions, even Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge―Kyoto is a place of many attractions. With new charms to experience throughout the seasons, travelers can't stop themselves from returning again and again.

    • Nara Prefecture's important history reaches back to 710, a time now called the Nara era, when it was once capital of Japan. Called "Heijo-kyo" during its time as a capital, it's said that nara was once the end of the silk road, leading it to flourish as a uniquely international region and produce important cultural properties of all kinds. To make the most of each season, travelers head to Nara Park, where the Nara deer who wander freely, or climb Mount Yoshino, a famous cherry blossom spot.

    • Osaka is known for friendly (and funny) people, but its history is nothing to laugh at, playing a major part in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 16th century unification of Japan. Thanks to long years of economic activity, it's one of Japan's biggest cities, and Osaka's popular food culture earned it the nickname "The Kitchen of the Nation." To this day Osaka is the model of western Japan, and alongside historic structures like Osaka Castle, it also has major shopping malls like Umeda's Grand Front Osaka and Tennoji's Abeno Harukas. Osaka is a place to eat, eat, eat, with local specialties like takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and kushi-katsu, and for extra fun, it's home to Universal Studios Japan.


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      The Chugoku Region (中国地方) consists of five prefectures: Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi. In Chugoku you’ll find the sand dunes of Tottori, and Hiroshima’s atomic bomb site, plus centers of ancient history like Grand Shrine of Izumo.


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      Hiroshima Prefecture has everything, from world heritage sites to beautiful nature and delicious local cuisine, and it's either an hour and a half from Tokyo by plane, or four hours by train. Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and the Atomic Bomb Dome, two Hiroshima UNESCO sites, are famous around the world, but in Japan it's also famous for food. Seafood from the Seto Inland Sea, especially oysters, Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, and Setouchi lemons are all popular, and the natural scenery alone is worth seeing.


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      On the other side of the Seto Inland Sea opposite Japan’s main island, Shikoku (四国) is a region made up of four prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima. The area is famous for its udon (in Kagawa), and the beautiful Dogo Onsen hot springs (in Ehime).

    • Kagawa Prefecture is on the northern part of the island of Shikoku, facing Japan's main island and the Seto Inland Sea. It's known for being the smallest prefecture in Japan, by area, but at the same time Kagawa is called the "Udon Prefecture" thanks to its famous sanuki udon. Aside from Kotohiragu Shrine and Ritsurin Garden, the prefecture's small islands are popular, and Kagawa is full of unique destinations, like Angel Road. They say that if you lay eyes on Zenigata Sunae, a huge Kagawa sand painting, you'll never have money troubles ever again.

    • Located in the most southwestern part of Japan, Kyushu (九州) is an island of 7 prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. The island's unique culture has been influenced by Chinese and Dutch trade, along with missionaries coming in through Nagasaki's port. Modern-day travelers love the lush natural scenery and fresh food, plus the natural hot springs found all throughout the area (thanks to volcanic activity)!


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      Fukuoka Prefecture has the highest population on the southern island of Kyushu, with two major cities: Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. Thanks to growing transportation networks, Fukuoka is more accessible than ever, and so are the many local attractions. On top of historical spots like Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, travelers shouldn't miss Fukuoka's food scene, with motsu nabe (offal hotpot), mentaiko (spicy cod roe), and famous Hakata ramen―best eaten from a food stall in the Nakasu area of Hakata. Plus, it's full of all sorts of destinations for travelers, like trendy shopping centers, and the beautiful nature of Itoshima and Yanagawa.


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      Kagoshima Prefecture played a major role in Japan's modernization as a backdrop for famous historical figures like samurais Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi, who pushed Japan out of the Edo era and into the Meiji. Because of that, Sengan-en Garden is just one of many historical destinations, and when it comes to attractions Kagoshima has plenty: the active volcano of Sakurajima, popular hot springs Ibusuki Onsen and Kirishima Onsen, World Heritage Site Yakushima Island, even what Japan calls the "island closest to heaven," Amami Oshima. Kagoshima might be found on the very southernmost tip of the southern island of Kyushu, but there's plenty to see.


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      The island chain of Okinawa (沖縄) makes up the southernmost tip of Japan, which is why it's also the most tropical area in the country. Thanks to a history of independence and totally distinct political and cultural events, Okinawa has a unique culture, and remnants of the Ryukyu Kingdom are still visible all over the islands. Food, language, traditional dress, it's all a little different! It's also said to be the birthplace of karate.