Autumn Leaves in Nasu
Recommended Day Trip Course in Nasu
PENNY LANE -> Nasu Ropeway -> Kita Onsen (Hot Spring) -> Sessho-seki (Killing Stone) -> Cheese Garden
LIMOTAXI of Hinomaru Limousine - Professional Taxi Company for Foreign Tourists
Hinomaru Limousine operates a taxi service, airport pick-up service, and sightseeing tour courses in Japan! It is one of the leading taxi companies in Japan, and it focuses on providing services to foreign visitors.
Although there are many different ways that you can get to your destination, sometimes you may want to have your own private moment with your friends or family while traveling. Today we will introduce you to one of these more comfortable and special ways of traveling - a "Taxi Tour" provided by Hinomaru Limousine.
This time we will travel in a Toyota Alphard, which is a full-size luxury MPV (minivan). This vehicle seats seven, and you can still find lots of space inside. Just sit back and relax in the car!
Moreover, you can just simply ask the LIMOTAXI to come and pick you up at the hotel you're staying at.
Bakery & Cafe in the Forest - PENNY LANE
- A cafe in the woods where you can feel the surrounding nature while having a cup of coffee. In spring and summer, the outdoor terraces are popular among visitors. Even other Japanese cafe owners come here to visit.
- Any Beatles fans here? You have to take a picture in front of PENNY LANE. You can find the Abbey Road of Nasu at the entrance of PENNY LANE. Take your own Beatles album cover here!
Whether you are a fan of Beatles or not...
Once you get inside the cafe, Beatles songs will reverberate in your eardrums. You'll also find many other Beatles decorations, photos and other collections inside the cafe. It is very interesting for everyone indeed!
Bread is prepared and baked every day.
They make more than 60 different kinds of bread every day, so you need to come here a few times to try them all! By the way, don't miss their bread bowl!
Enjoy your brunch in nature. You can hear the birds singing for you, too! How relaxing is that?
If you visit PENNY LANE, don't miss their most popular dishes, Cheese Gratin and Cheese Fondue! Just from looking at the pictures, you can imagine how good it is!
Bread Gratin: 1,200 yen plus tax
Cheese Fondue: 1,200 yen plus tax
Address: 656-2, Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi prefecture
Hours: 8:00 to 18:00 (Bakery & Cafe)
Hours: 8:00 to 21:00 (L.O 20:00) (Restaurant)
Homepage (Japanese): http://pennylane.company/
The cable car is spacious and the window are huge!! Feel free to look around during the cable ride. Enjoy the 360-degree view of Nasu Kogen (Nasu Highland)!
You can see the clouds alongside the red-colored leaves on the mountain. What beautiful scenery!
The Nasu ropeway can only actually take you to a spot near the top of the mountain, but not quite the peak. From the station to the summit, you still need to take a 40-50 minute walk! But please don't worry about the hike. While we were hiking up the mountain, we happened to be joined by a group of elementary school students, who walked together with us. We all made it up, no problem! If the children can do it, you can do it too!
Address: 215 Mt. Nasudake, Ooaza Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi Prefecture
Period in operation: 20 March to 30 November for 2016
Winter: 09:00-16:06 (16-30 Nov 2016, Sat, Sun and Holiday 08:30-16:30)
Summer: 08:00-16:30 (Sat, Sun and Holiday from 07:30)
*In case of bad weather such as strong wind or lighting, the operation may stop.
Round trip: 1,300 yen (Junior high school students and above), 650 yen (3 years old to elementary school students)
One way: 750 yen (Junior high school students and above), 380 yen (3 years old to elementary school students)
Homepage (Japanese): http://toya108.jp/nrw/
Kita Onsen (and the Killing Stone)
This famous traditional hot spring was found 160 years ago, and it is located in a remote part of the mountain.
Once you step into the building, the interior looks just like an old drama set. That's because this building was actually built in the Edo Period (it's not a movie set, it's the real thing!). After all these years, it is still being used!
Although the Japanese movie, Thermae Romae, was also shot in Kita Onsen. So it's an original building that turned briefly into a movie set!
At Kita Onsen, you can experience an old-fashioned Japanese hot spring. Not only do they uphold the tradition of naked bathing, but men and women can share the hot spring together.
Address: 151 Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi Prefecture
Showa Period Building, Ume (梅）：
9,700 yen for adults, 5,800 yen (7-12 years old), 4,800 yen (4-6 years old)
Meiji Period Building, Take （竹）：
8,700 yen for adults, 5,800 yen (7-12 years old), 4,800 yen (4-6 years old)
Edo Period Building,Matsu （松）：
7,700 yen for adults, 5,800 yen (7-12 years old), 4,800 yen (4-6 years old)
Hot Spring Only: 700 yen
Sessho-seki (Killing Stone)
Just from the name of this place, you can tell it is a very special place to visit. It's actually one of the must-visit sightseeing spots in Nasu.
It was said that the local village was haunted by the spirit of a nine-tailed fox, until a Buddhist priest came and performed certain spiritual rituals. He turned the spirit into the Killing Stone, as you see it now, and built 1000 Buddhist monk statues to bring back peace to the village.
(The legend goes that touching the stone will kill you, hence the name. So be careful, stay back!)
Sessho-seki (The Killing Stone)
Address: 182 Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu, Tochigi