Atami is a small onsen resort only 48 min. from Tokyo on Shinkansen trains. It is one of the oldest spa resorts in Japan and historically it has been an attractive retreat for celebrities. But it has rustic charms to offer, too. If you are tired of traveling in big cities, why don’t you visit Atami and spend a day or two and find spots off the unbeaten path.
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
Atami Station (flexible)
Kiunkaku in Atami (flexible)
You can get a rough idea about central Atami in a half-day walk tour. By visiting a shinto shine in a serene atmosphere, the very central hot spring of Atami spa, a small but charming geisha theater and a classical luxury villa (turned into a tourist spot), you can tell that Atami was an elegant hideaway where cultured people from Tokyo loved.
I offer a sample itinerary, which can be varied and adjusted depending on your physical condition, preference, season, weather and availability (most places are closed at least one day of a week). If you get tired and you don not mind bearing additional costs, of course, we can use a taxi any time, because it is not an endurance contest or physical training!
Sample Itinerary (Sat. & Sun)
9:00 Meet at Atami Station
9:06 Take a local train from Atami
9:08 Arrive at Kinomiya Station
9:20 Visit Kinomiya Shrine
10:10 Ohyu Geyser & Yuzen Shrine
10:30 Geigi Kemban
11:00 Dance Show and photo session with geisha
1:00 PM End of Tour
Hotel pick-up in Atami
Weekly COVID-19 testing of the guide
Transportation fare for you and the guide (train ¥150 or bus ¥230 from Atami to Kinomiya Station)
Geisha show ticket: ¥1500 (Sat. & Sun)
Kiunkaku admission fees: ¥610 for adults
Atami Baien Park admission fees: ¥300 in Jan-Mar
Sawada Seiko Memorial Museum: ¥380 for adults in Apr-Dec
Lunch (Time for lunch is not accounted for in the sample itinerary. Please discuss with the guide if you would like to include lunch in the tour.)
Transportation cost for the guide may be necessary in case you would like a hotel-pick-up.
Atami is a hilly town. The tour is designed to walk down the hills as much as possible (To this end, we plan to take a train or a bus to the first destination.), but in some places participants may need to negotiate steps and uphills. Please wear comfortable shoes.
When the weather is rough, I am happy to propose an alternative plan, probably using public transportations.
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