Japan is known for their Cherry Blossoms. Millions of tourists visit Japan in a year for their beautiful culture, food, and scenery. No doubt that many make an effort to travel down during the spring season for these Cherry Blossom flowers with deep symbolic meaning. However, do you know that there are still many other interesting and beautiful places in Japan where you have to visit? Here is a list of sites you should never miss out while visiting Japan.
1. Asagiri Kogen Paraglide School
Experience the vast sky and overlook the great wilderness with Mount Fuji right in front of you. One of the most exciting activities you can enjoy in this area is paragliding. It makes you feel as though the most magnificent mountain in Japan is approaching you.
Paragliding may look very complicated at first glance, but the Asagiri Kogen Paraglide School has courses that beginners can easily enjoy. Even beginners can have a try on a short flight on the same day if they receive basic training in the “Experience flight” course. You can also fly up in high altitudes if you take the “Tandem flight” course accompanied by an instructor. Take a running leap down a gentle slope with your glider on and feel your body starting to float up in the air. Look at Mount Fuji from an entirely different angle.
Flight experience session 4600 yen
Flight experience session plus Tandem flight 10,000~ yen
(Free accommodation is provided for the clients who booked paragliding)
2. Narusawa Ice Cave and Wind Cave
You’ve got to know these ice from the hole in the ground as it was once sent to government officials at the Edo Castle during the Edo period (1603-1867).
Narusawa Ice Cave is a nationally designated Natural Monument. It is a 153m long lava cave with an air hole in a vertical circular shape, created after the outpouring of lava, and located in Aokigahara Jukai. The hole in this instance is a 21-meter deep cave near Mount Fuji.There are ice pillars inside all year round. Walk around this circular cave, enjoying its various expressions.
Before you visit this cave, remember to wear extra clothing as it will get cold. You will also need to wear a helmet before entering the cave.
Ps: The entrance to the cave is a quite tight. Not recommended for those who cannot squat, or have claustrophobia. For those who can make it, the good news is that you can go back in as many times as you wish.
Adults 350 yen
Children 200 yen
Group discounts available (From April 1st)
3. Shiraito Falls
The Shiraito Falls (白糸の滝, Shiraito no Taki) are located in the southwestern foothills of Mount Fuji. Ranked among the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, the 150-meter wide cascade is fed by the volcano’s spring water and flows off the edge of a 20-meter high cliff in thin white streams that resemble hanging threads of silk – hence its name. The base of the waterfall is easily accessible from the road via a walking trail in just a few minutes.
Along the way, there are lovely views of Otodome Falls, another thundering, 25-meter high column of water. The area is at its best in summer when the waterfalls are flush with the winter snowmelt from Mount Fuji. The green foliage is at its fullest, and during the autumn season (usually from mid to late November) when the leaves change.
Address: Kami-ide Hara Fujinomiya City, JAPAN 418-0103
ENGLISH Website: http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/foreign/english/spot/wh_24.html
4. Tokyo Disneyland
Disneyland, something everyone is familiar with, but have you visited the one in Tokyo?
This theme park based on the films produced by Walt Disney was opened in 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside of the United States.
It was modelled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades.
Come here for a fun filled day with or friends or family!
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English Website: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdl/
5. Makaino farm
This farm is located at the base of Mt. Fuji. Enjoy interacting with the animals or try your hand at making dairy products. It is not the actual farm that harvests milk for the mass market, but one that was designed to allow kids and family to spend time with farm animals.
Meet all sorts of farm animals here from rabbits to cows. Get your hands on milking the cow and making your ice cream!
Adults 800 yen
Children 500 yen
Address: 1327-1 Utsuno, Fujinomiya 418-0104, Shizuoka Prefecture
JAPANESE Website: http://www.makaino.com/
ENGLISH Website: http://ikidane-nippon.com/en/interest/makaino-farm
6. Kawaguchiko lake
Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖) is the most easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes with train and direct bus connections to Tokyo. A hot spring resort town with various tourist attractions and views of Mount Fuji is located at the lake’s eastern end, while the northern and western shores are mostly undeveloped.
The best views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from the lake’s northern shores and is especially breathtaking during the cherry blossom season around mid-April and the autumn colours around the first half of November.
Special Ticket – Fuji Hakone Pass (8000 yen)
The Fuji Hakone Pass is a pass for foreign tourists, which provides access from Tokyo and transportation within the Fuji Five Lakes region and the neighbouring Hakone area.
Address: Minamitsuru-gun, Fujikawaguchiko-machi 401-0301, Yamanashi Prefecture
ENGLISH Website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6906.html
7. Hakone open air museum
Spend a spiritually rich time surrounded by massive field sculptures and nature of Hakone.
The Hakone Open-Air Museum opened in 1969 as the first open-air art museum in Japan. It is located in grand nature of Hakone that was once called one of the most rugged paths in Japan. The garden with a view of the mountains of Hakone and changing four seasons provides an ideal outdoor setting to show oversized sculptures.
There is a permanent exhibition of about 120 masterpieces of modern and contemporary sculptors in the world. The Picasso Papillion exhibits in series one of the world’s best collections of Picasso consisting of about 300 items. There are four other indoor exhibition halls: main hall gallery, multi hall, art hall and Ryokuei gallery to guarantee a day to appreciate works of art in a relaxed manner even when it is raining.
Adults 1600 yen
Aged 65 and older, university and high-school students 1100 yen
Middle and elementary school children 800 yen
Address: 1121 Ninotair, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa
ENGLISH Website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5208.html
8. Owakudani Valley
Owakudani Valley is Japan’s active volcano.
This place makes this area Hakone, the king of hot springs. Visit the sulphur mines, whereby you will get to see loads of sulphur gas escaping from the volcano.
This is a volcanic valley that serves as nature’s hot pot for boiling your eggs. Tourists flock here because of its ever popular Kuro-Tamago (a hard-boiled egg that has been boiled naturally from the hot springs). These eggs are black (only outside) from the sulphur. Locals said that eating these eggs will give you longevity; a single egg will add seven years to your life.
Address: 1251 Senbaihara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
9. Fuji Safari Park
The Fuji Safari Park (富士サファリパーク) is a wildlife park on the southern slopes of Mount Fuji where visitors can take a safari through the simulated habitats of freely roaming animals, including lions, tigers, bears, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, rhinoceroses, zebras and bison. It is one of the largest and most popular safari parks in Japan.
There are multiple ways to explore the park’s safari zone: by your own car, by a rental car, by bus or on foot. No additional fee is charged if you drive through the safari zone with your own car. On average, it takes visitors about an hour to complete the course, but the road through the park is broad enough to allow each car to proceed at its personally preferred pace.
Adults (high school students and older) 2,700yen
Children (ages 4 to junior high school students) 1,500yen
Senior discount (ages 65 and older) 2,000yen
Address: 2255-27 Fujiwara Aza Suyama, Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture, 410-1231
ENGLISH Website: http://www.fujisafari.co.jp/english/
10. Mt Fuji 5th station
The end of the Fuji Subaru Line is a place where you will almost be close enough to grab the summit of Mount Fuji. It’s a great spot for sightseeing.
This is the perfect place for souvenir shopping and dining with their numerous restaurants filling the streets.
ENGLISH Website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6922.html
11. Gotemba Premium Outlet
One of the largest outlet store in Japan. The outlet has more than 200 brands. Big brands such as Bottega, Prada, Balenciaga, Burberry, Coach and so on can be seen here. The easiest way by public transport is to take a direct bus from Tokyo or Shinjuku station.
A Bottega wallet here is about 30-40% cheaper than that of one with the same design in Singapore.
Address: 1312, Fukasawa Gotemba-Shi, Shizuoka, Japan 412-0023
ENGLISH Website: http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/
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