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Atami used to be a fashionable honeymoon resort some decades ago. It is in the closest part of Shizuoka from Tokyo, only 50 minutes by Shinkansen super-express, and well blessed with the landscape and hot springs.
This time, I’ll introduce my day trip in Atami City !
I arrived at Atami Station at 10:00. It was a beautiful day. In front of the station, I saw many people on a sightseeing trip, not on business, even on a weekday. Some people were enjoying “Ashiyu” foot spa called “Ieyasu no Yu” in front of the station. Geysers erupt every 4 minutes. Free of charge, of course ! Go ahead try it !＾＾
Now, I’m on my way to “Atami Baien”, one of the most famous and popular plum garden in Shizuoka, especially this season for “Atami Baien Festival”. I took a shuttle bus from Atami Station, for 15 minutes and for ￥220. At the entrance gate, so many tourists had already been in line. You can see as many as about 450 plum trees, of 60 varieties. I felt sweet plum scent carried by the upwind.
Soon after I passed through the ticket gate, I found a good place for pictures. On that day, though blooming information had been officially announced as 30%, somehow these trees seemed much more than that, actually I would say around 70% ! Maybe for us, tourist ?＾＾
Now, let’s walk on ! This map will tell you how large this garden is.
Strolling along the pathway, I found various plum blossoms. Some were faintly pink and others were white as snow. I loved the yellow one ! That gave off particularly sweet scent, which I learned later to be Robai plum blossom.
It is not only plum trees that delight you. Walking for a few minutes, you will find “Umemi no Taki” falls, and a large bridge leading to “Sawada Seiko Memorial Museum”. He is a local artist in Atami City. During Atami Baien Festival, you can visit the museum free of charge !
Now, I reached Ashiyu foot spa. Maybe I’d better take some rest. It was also pleasant to me to keep my foot in it surrounded by plum scent.＾＾
Afterwards, I started strolling again, looking in “Nakayama Shinpei Memorial Hall” and “Korean Garden”. When I got to the gate, it was almost 12:00. I would have taken more time if I was there just for pleasure but that time, you know.＾＾；
Anyway, Atami Baien is having its best from now ! I hope you enjoy it !＾＾
Now, I’m on my way to a large shrine nearby from Atami Baien.
Bye for now !＾＾
Access ： from JR Atami Sta. ⇒ 15 minutes by bus
from JR Kinomiya Sta of Ito Line ⇒ 10 minute on foot
Admission ： ￥300 for adults
Atami Baien Festival ： from Jan 8 – Mar 6
Further tourist information about Atami
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