The Most Magical Places in Japan – Road.Travel

The Most Magical Places in Japan

Road Trip Route. See the extraordinary beauty of nature and the temples of Nikko., Try the tastiest sushi, sashimi and famous sake in the best sushi bars., See Mount Fuji!, Enjoy the beauty of lakes Assi and Chusengji., Swimming in a hot spring., See the historic city of Kamakura., .

Hi! Do you want to plunge into the atmosphere of Japan and see something extraordinary? You're in here! This trip will take you to four places at once - Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone and Yokohama. Everything is here: a lot of Shinto temples and sanctuaries, parks and lakes, hot springs, and also you have a unique chance to taste real Japanese cuisine. An amazing combination of beautiful nature and cultural wealth awaits you here. The script has all the details of the route up to the working hours of restaurants and cafes, as well as the main information about the attractions and natural objects of interest. The route is designed in such a way that you will be most comfortable to move from place to place by car. That's it. (Laughs) 1) reduce the time for relocation; 2) will get rid of a large number of tourists in public transport; 3) will help to orientate better in the terrain and literally see everything! Because you can go wherever you want to go.) Oh, yeah, your photos taken in these places will please absolutely everyone.)

Uninhabited Nature, History and Culture. From: Tokyo

Viktoria Afanaseva. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: The beginning of the journey is Odaiba, Tokyo.

Our starting point is Tokyo, Odaiba Peninsula. From here we'll go to the 3 most wonderful places in Japan. Don't forget to visit one of the local Japanese restaurants and walk the brightly lit streets of Tokyo!

Ginza Kyubey (銀座 久兵衛)

When you arrive in Tokyo, you can come to this wonderful restaurant first. Ginza Kyubey is considered one of the best in Japan, because there: 1) Exquisite and diverse Japanese cuisine; 2) a place for famous guests. 3) Individual rooms with individual sushi chef of the highest level And if you're lucky enough to be joined by super-chef Yosuke Imada himself, don't forget to take a photo with him, who prepares for the Prime Minister of Japan at his parties and for the Hollywood stars. Visitors are advised: Toro, Blue Fin, Uni, live shrimps, scallops, eel, mackerel, crab, eel spine and various rolls. The restaurant is open from Friday to Saturday. Working hours: 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00

Day 2: Nikko

The trip will begin with a visit to Nikko National Park, the pearl of Japan. Who hasn't seen Nikko like that, doesn't know what Kikko is (Kikko means "beauty"). In the park you'll see the legendary Shinkyo Red Bridge, and in the end you'll see the Shinto shrine of Tose-gu.

breadworks

If you want to start the day with refreshing coffee and delicious pastries, you must visit this place! The choice is unrealistic! Breadworks in Tokyo is a wonderful cozy place for breakfast, quiet atmosphere, delicious lunches, good and polite service. Operating mode: from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nikko National Park (日光国立公園)

The first place to visit is Nikko National Park, a place worth visiting in Japan. The Japanese think this place is sacred, their treasure. The place attracts tourists at any time of year. In spring they watch a cherry tree with gold petals (unusual, right?), and in autumn they hurry to see the "burning" scarlet maple. The park is also famous for its cryptomerics - huge trees several tens of meters high. There are reindeer walking along the lanes that you can feed and pet. There are other animals: bears, macaques, a lot of birds. There is also a Todai-ji Temple, and the atmosphere in the park is a feeling of peace and harmony with the stunning nature!

Shinkyo Bridge (神橋)

At the entrance to Nikko National Park, you can see the Shinkyo Bridge. Its interesting name means "Holy Bridge". Previously, access to this bridge belonged only to relatives of the Shogun (the supreme rulers of Japan). All you can do now is look at the bridge and admire it. Various ceremonies are held on the bridge during the temple festivities.

ZEN

Standard Japanese restaurant, visitors celebrate a huge number of sashimi and sushi. There are often a lot of tourists here, so it is better to book a table in advance.

Nikko Toshogu Shrine (日光東照宮)

The next interesting point is the Shinto temple of Tose-gu. In this sacred place, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, is buried. This ruler left a great mark on the history of Japan: he made Japan a centralized state. Soon the place where the temple is located increased thanks to the grandson of Tokugawa. It turned out to be a beautiful temple complex consisting of 12 buildings, each of which is decorated with gold. Interesting moment! The Shinto temple in Tosigu has two styles of architecture, both Shinto and Buddhist. This complex has a very mysterious Honjido Hall, where a huge image of a "weeping dragon" hangs. There is a special performance associated with it, which you can see by going to the temple. If you hear that dragon crying, your most cherished wish will come true. However, there is one peculiarity: it is forbidden to take pictures inside the temple. To the right of the main building, you can look at the Sakasitamon Gate with a picture of a sleeping cat. From the Sakashitamon Gate there is a staircase leading to the Tokugawa Ieyasu Tomb. The climb isn't very fast - five minutes. The tomb, unlike the temple itself, is very modest, but no less important.

Enya (えんや)

If you want to diversify your diet, you can go to this cozy restaurant. Tasty steaks, helpful staff. The music is soothing and soothing. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Visiting time: 11:00–14:30, 17:00–23:00

Day 3: Closer to Lake Chosenji!

On the way to the famous Lake Chusengji you will visit the observation deck, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery from afar. The next stop is the Italian embassy and the park - a real dive into the era of the time. On the way we admire another beautiful Buddhist temple, have a delicious lunch in the restaurant Maple, and at the end we walk along the spacious paths of the nature reserve. The route runs along Lake Chuzenji, so you can admire it from anywhere!

Gusto (ガスト)

Tourists love this restaurant because it is one of the few that has been operating since the early hours of the morning. They also celebrate delicious coffee, omelette and baked goods. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm and Saturday to Sunday 8am to 2pm.

中禅寺湖展望台

This observation deck will open a stunning view of the famous Lake Chusenji - the Japanese give it the name "Sea of Happiness". The lake is the highest in Japan. It is located at an altitude of 1269 meters, and appeared because of the eruptions of the extinct volcano Nantaysan. The shores of the lake are extremely attractive especially in spring, when pinkish fog appears above the mountains around the lake. There is a boat on the lake, which transports tourists from one bank to another for 500 yen. Swimming time is 20-30 minutes.

Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park (イタリア大使館別荘記念公園)

The Italian Embassy and the surrounding park are wonderful places to enjoy nature and its silence, architecture and interior design. The view and atmosphere of the past epoch are beautiful!

日光山 中禅寺 (立木観音)

Take a look at this Buddhist temple on the way - a very atmospheric place!

華厳の滝 エレベーター前広場

Near Lake Chuzenji, you can see the stunning Kagon Falls, surrounded by dense trees and small rocks. Cagon is one of the most popular places in Japan and is listed by UNESCO.

Maple (メープル)

This restaurant is one of the few open places in the area. Visitors advise: all kinds of fish, even local ones as a delicacy. The menu with pictures is convenient for those who do not understand Japanese. The view of the lake from the windows is very fascinating!

Senjogahara Moor (戦場ヶ原)

Love nature and walks, then you're here. Slowly walk on wooden bridges and admire the landscape: snow or flowers and meadows. You can also visit one of the insensors, the hot springs.

焼うどんびしゃもん

Close the day with a delicious noodle udon and go back to the hotel!

Day 4: Moving to Hakone!

Our third place to visit is Hakone. It is another great place to enjoy the cultural richness and feel the fusion with nature. The main targets today are Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji.

Kanaya Hotel Bakery (金谷ホテルベーカリー&カフェ)

It is better to come to this restaurant before noon - with great speed to disassemble delicious pastries and bread.

Onshi Hakone Park (恩賜箱根公園)

The first location we're gonna be looking at the neighborhood from. The park is set up on a hillside, entrance is free. There won't be any crowds here, usually not too many tourists. There are several viewing platforms with beautiful views of the lake and Fuji. You can play golf in the park - there are a lot of golf courses of the highest class. Pirate style cruise ships sail on Lake Ashi in Hakon, near Mount Fuji. You can also ride it.

Hakone Mototsumiya (箱根元宮)

On Mount Komagatake, which can be reached by cable car, is the sanctuary of Hakone Mototsumiya, another sanctuary of Lake Asi. In front of the red gate of the sanctuary you can see a stone with a sacred rope tied around it. This rope is called "god descended to the rock in the form of a white horse". You can even see the footprint of a horse's hooves on the rock. There are rocks scattered nearby - they were once used for various rituals. There are also great views of Mount Fuji in light fog. The paths are stony, so it's better to wear comfortable shoes. Not far from the cable car downstairs, by the way, there is a shopping mall with souvenirs, come and see!

The Fujiya (メインダイニング ザ・フジヤ)

The Fujiya is a hotel restaurant. Excellent service, varied menu. The most beautiful thing here is the interior of the restaurant, fascinating! Landscapes of a Japanese garden are coming out of the windows. The restaurant offers a famous curry rice of high quality. Prices can be high, but correspond to the services offered.

箱根神社 三ノ鳥居

Hakone Park near Lake Asi is a place of power. Legend has it that the gods live near the lake, and there are temples here to honor them. Among the dense and tall trees you can see the thorium gate and the main hall of the temple. The place is very beautiful and romantic, so weddings are often played at weekends. The road that leads to the sanctuary is called Seisando and is surrounded by cedars. Across the road you can see the gate to the temple. Gokhonden is the main hall of the Hakone sanctuary. It can be found after you walk up the stairs of Seisando Road from Lake Assi. The temple is also surrounded by tall trees. Another magical place, where the cryptomeric tree stands, is considered one of the hundred most famous trees. They say that if you make a wish under this tree, it will come true! The last object here is the World Gate to the Hakone Sanctuary.

いろり家

It's hard enough to find a restaurant the first time, but there are the most delicious, according to many tourists, Ashigara beef and draught beer. You can book a table. The restaurant is open every day except Thursday from 11:30 to 14:00 and from 18:00 to 23:00

Day 5: Another day in Hakone

A day of aesthetic pleasure in an open museum and relaxation in a hot spring - what could be more beautiful?)

魚市場食堂

Breakfast and gain strength before a busy day at the seafood restaurant.

Odawara Castle (小田原城)

The main tower of Odawar Castle is open from 9:00 to 17:00, the entrance is open until 16:30. Inside is a collection of Samurai armor, blades, firearms, models of castles and historical documents.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum (彫刻の森美術館)

What journey can be without cultural enrichment? The open-air museum is an exhibition of plastic sculptures of the 20th century. There's also Picasso's ceramic work here. The gallery features paintings by artists such as Miro, Kandinsky, Renoir, Utrillo and the Van Gogh monument.

Tenzan Tohji-kyo (天山湯治郷)

A hot spring is a must-visit! Great experience. Tickets can be bought from the vending machine. At your disposal: towels (for a fee), lockers for things (they are also available in the shower room) - free of charge. There are vending machines with soft drinks. There are restrooms, several restaurants. Works from 9 to 23 daily.

Hakone Gora Park (箱根強羅公園)

Stunning area with picturesque nature, growing flowers and a beautiful fountain in the middle.

Cafe Bar Woody

Cute little restaurant with excellent decor and delicious cocktails. Works every day from 11 to midnight.

箱根大観山

The winding path takes you to another vantage point and looks at the beautiful scenery that opens up from there.

Day 6: Yokohama and the ancient capital of Japan, Kamakura

This day is no less busy and includes a visit to the historic town of Kamakura with many temples and parks, and you will enjoy the beauty of the beaches and see Yokohama from almost a bird's eye view;)

café vivement dimanche

Delicious coffee, sweet waffle in the atmosphere of pleasant music. The cafe is open every day except Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Great Buddha of Kamakura (鎌倉大仏)

We're starting a tour of the ancient historical town of Kamakura. Kotoku-in is a Buddhist temple known for its "Buddha" - a bronze statue.

Engaku-ji Temple (円覚寺)

Engaku-ji is a huge temple complex with dozens of buildings. It is the second most important monastery in the list of the great Zen Buddhist monasteries of Kamakura. Zen Angakuji Temple was founded in 1282. The temple is surrounded by a beautiful garden, a quiet place, where tourists are slightly less than in other places in Kamakura.

Honden (Main Shrine) (鶴岡八幡宮 本殿)

This is the largest and most magnificent temple in Kamakura. It's mandatory to visit! From the ocean to the temple leads an alley of cherry trees, a beautiful sight in spring! The territory of the temple complex is very large. There is a treasury and a museum of contemporary art.

Noan (埜庵)

Inexpensive, but delicious cafe. Great choice of desserts, wi-fi, street seats. The cafe is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 to 18.

Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館)

Unusual and interesting aquarium. Tourists like the huge glass tank and camera for deep sea creatures, huge jellyfish, crabs, penguin room. There are various marine animal shows.

Shichirigahama Beach (七里ヶ浜)

For fans of picturesque sunsets, this place is ideal. Quiet and peaceful atmosphere, sounds of waves and wet sand - all you need for a romantic walk.

Sky Garden (展望フロア スカイガーデン)

In the evening we admire the city from the highest observation deck, which is located on one of the top floors of the landmark tower. With an observation morning and afternoon you can even see our favorite mountain Fuji! The elevators there are so fast they're filling in the ears. There's a bar, a souvenir shop.

Hoppy Sennin (ホッピー仙人)

The end of the evening can be spent in this bar. He works till 10:00 p.m., so it won't be crowded or noisy.

Day 7: Returning to Tokyo

That's where our journey ends. If you have time before your flight, then be sure to walk through the streets of Tokyo, because there's so much to see :)

BLUFF BAKERY (ブラフ ベーカリー)

Breakfast at this cafe and go to Tokyo!