Welcome to Atami city, located on the Northern tip of Shizuoka prefecture. By Shinkansen, it can be reached in under an hour from Tokyo. A popular coastal town, visitors enjoy its hot spring baths and beach resorts, which makes for a great relaxing weekend getaway. Close to Atami JR station, there are coin lockers for visitors to deposit their luggage if they explore the city on a day trip. The station is also within walking distance to the Atami Station Market Street, where you can grab a bite or some local souvenirs. Here are some suggestions on how to spend your time in Atami city!
Atami hosts a spectacular fireworks display at various intervals throughout the year. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Atami Bay is the perfect location for these fireworks, serving as a natural amphitheatre which amplifies the booming sound of fireworks bursting into the night sky. Watch spellbound as they explode in a vibrant display of energy and colour! This magnificent fireworks display culminates in an extravagant finale that will leave you awed. Indeed, the Atami fireworks festival is absolutely stunning and not to be missed!
Then, visit a gorgeously restored Japanese villa designed with both Western and Eastern influences. It was built in 1919, and served first as a private residence, and then as a ryokan. Now, it is preserved as part of cultural heritage. Step back in time as you wander through each room and take in the interesting features, such as a roman-tiled bath. Outside, there is a wonderfully landscaped Japanese garden where visitors can enjoy a stroll and feel the seasons of Japan.
While there are a number of hot spring resorts throughout Atami, you should definitely consider Ocean Spa Fuua located within Atami Bay Resort Korakuen. It is open for a day trip, and it is entirely possible to spend an entire day within its facilities. Spread over seven floors, it is a dedicated wellness facility. The men’s spa is located on the 5th floor, and the women’s spa on the 7th floor. Guests can choose from indoor or outdoor baths, and the outdoor bath opens up to a glorious view of Atami Bay. There are also eight different rest lounges designed in different themes, such as the Cliff lounge, Ocean lounge and Portside lounge, where guests can rest and relax. Of course, there are also sauna facilities, and bedrock bathing. If you so wish, you can opt for beauty treatments such as facials, scrubs, or a body massage. When you feel peckish, pop out to the café or restaurant without having to leave the facility. You will definitely leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated at the end of the day!
The Atami Museum of Art is certainly worth a visit as well. To get there, there are bus services from Atami JR station. It houses a good collection of cultural works including paintings, calligraphy, and sculpture. One of the must-sees is the replica of the Golden Tea Room that Toyotomi Hideyoshi set up in the Imperial Palace in Kyoto in the New Year of 1586 in order to hold an all-gold tea ceremony for the then Emperor. There is also a Noh theatre on the premises. Take your time to explore the grounds of the museum, which offer sweeping views of Atami Bay. In the garden, there are some tea houses for refreshment and Japanese sweets, as well as restaurants where you can enjoy an excellent Japanese meal. What a wonderful, relaxing way to spend a weekend getaway in Atami city!
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