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A Downtown Walk to Experience Atami’s Culture and History

Required Time: 7 hours

A Downtown Walk to Experience Atami’s Culture and History

A Downtown Walk to Experience Atami’s Culture and History

An imperial villa was first built in Atami for the emperor in 1888, with many holiday houses of influential business leaders soon following one after another.  With this came a unique culture in Atami brought about by the need to provide suitable hospitality to such visitors, a tradition continued to this very day.

  • START Atami Station
  • 10 minutesBus
    Yu-Yu-Bus to “Kiunkaku-nishi-guchi"or Izu Hakone Bus & Izu Tokai Bus to “Shimizu-cho”

    Atami Geigi Kenban Kaburenjo

    熱海芸妓見番歌舞練場  (Atami Geigi Kenban Kaburenjo)
    Arrival Time: 10:50
    Experience professional Geigi dance and hospitality at the theatre!

     Geigi are professional artists who liven up events with traditional arts like Japanese dancing and shamisen (musical instrument).  Atami is one of the best geigi districts in the nation. After the Imperial Villa was built in Atami in 1888, Atami developed quite rapidly. Venture entrepreneurs, traders, railway kings and more came from Tokyo by ships and built villas in Atami. The geigi culture was rooted in Atami where they entertained one and all. On the weekends at Atami’s Geigi Kenban you can see dancing of the “Hana-no-mai” done by professionals that generally people don’t have the opportunity to see easily. Tea and sweets are provided so you can enjoy a bit of a café break. The Geigi wear decorations to mark the four seasons, so pay careful attention as they add to the story through dance. After seeing the Geigi dance, you can chat with them and take commemorative photos. Come and enjoy the traditional culture and hospitality of Atami.
    Address 17-13, Chuo-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka
    Telephone Number 0557-81-3575
    Web Site
    Opening Hours “Hana-no-mai” performances: Saturday and Sunday from 11:00~(One performance is 30 minutes), reservations are accepted
    Holiday Please contact us each time
    Fee “Hana-no-mai” viewing fee: Adult 1,500 yen (with tea and sweets)
    AccessClosest bus stop: Yu-yu-bus “Kiunkaku-nishi-guchi (West exit of Kiunkaku), Izu Hakone bus & Izu Tokai bus “Shimizu-cho”
  • 5 minutes Walk→Itogawa Walk & Lunch

    Ito River Walking

    糸川さんぽ (Ito Gawa Sanpo)
    Arrival Time: 12:30
    Enjoy a stroll along Atami and be healed by the river
    Atami has many hills. Ito River runs through the centre and alongside are walkways leading down to the seaside where leisurely strolls are popular.  In April, the flower of the season in Japan is the cherry blossoms but in Atami early cherry blossom “Atami Sakura” bloom in January allowing you to enjoy their beauty a little bit earlier. Also from June bright red bougainvillea and other flowers bloom all year long.  Also be sure not to miss a unique artistic bridge that has many objects on its handrails such as fish, octopus and many other sea creatures.  This promenade is lit up at night further enhancing the atmosphere of the area.  There are many dining and bar options that allow people to enjoy themselves at night.  Come enjoy the many scenes of Ito River in daytime and evening, stroll along the flowing rivers of Atami and heal your heart and mind.
    Address Ginza-cho to Chuo-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka
    AccessThe nearest bus stop/Yu-yu-bus “Oyukanketsusen”, Izu Hakone bus & Izu Tokai Bus “Ginza”, “Honmachi Syoutengai”
  • 10 minutes Walk


    起雲閣 (Kiunkaku)
    Arrival Time: 14:00
    A historic building that has been loved by many historical cultural figures
    After the First World War in 1918, as Japan was outside the range of the war, exports of Japanese merchandise increased and boosted the economy.  At that time, the Imperial Family had a villa in the area.  For this reason, many influential people visited Atami setting up holiday homes.  Kiunkaku is one such villa, built by Nobuya Uchida who made a fortune in shipbuilding.  Built in 1919, it then changed hands in 1947 and became an inn.  Until 1999 it was a well-known inn in Atami among a number of celebrities and famous authors who composed many works there. From 1907, a steam locomotive ran from Atami to Odawara, and in 1934 the Tanna tunnel opened allowing greater transportation access, indeed one of the reasons that people would frequently gather in Atami.
    Traditional Japanese-style architecture and walls of the building reflect traditional colours that are often used in Japanese paintings and kimono, here you can feel the beauty of Japan.  The annex is built in a European design and incorporates many other cultures for a gorgeous look.  For example, Chinese-style sculptures, Arabesque patterns seen along the Silk Road, architectural structures seen in Japanese shrines and temples, and many other types of luxurious cultural styles are skilfully used.  The city has adopted a traditional Japanese-style lush green Japanese garden to the extent of not feeling like one is in the city at all. In the garden visitors can enjoy the beauty of Japan’s four seasons, cherry, plum and autumn foliage. During the times when the building was an inn, it had a bar, which has now become a tearoom reminiscent of olden times. Contemplate its history, relax and enjoy the beauty of the gardens.
    ※English audio guides are available
    Address 4-2, Showa-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka
    Telephone Number 0557-86-3101
    Opening Hours 9:00~17:00(last entry is at 16:30)
    Holiday Every Wednesday (closed on national holidays) and at the end of the year
    Fee Adults 510 yen(Groups 410 yen)・Junior & high school students 300 yen(groups are 200 yen)and elementary school students are free
    AccessFrom JR Atami Station take buses to Ainohara, it will take about 10 minutes→ get off in front of Kiunkaku-mae
  • 10 minutes Walk

    Sun Beach

    サンビーチ (Sun Beach)
    Arrival Time: 15:30
    Enjoy the many scenes of Sun Beach depending on the season and time of day
    The Atami Sun Beach Resort landscape boasts beautiful views of blue sea, white sand and tree-lined date palms that stretch on in a long line.  Early in the morning the sun climbs from a horizontal line and dyes the beach and city with beautiful colours.  In the evening, Japan’s first beach illumination is held offering fantastic spectacles each night on the beach.
    Atami offers great convenience for access within the city itself.  Having developed as a hot spring tourist destination, a number of hotels have been built having reclaimed some of the beach to take full advantage of the stunning views and great location.  Furthermore, the 200m long Sun Beach was revitalised in 1986 to create an artificial bathing beach.  Transportation in the area is convenient as well.  Every summer the beach is crowded with sunbathers from the Tokyo area.  The seawall offshore of Sun Beach is covered with a colourful mural by Masuo Ikeda, one of Japan’s figurative painters.
    There are also many attractions around Sun Beach where visitors can enjoy the ocean and flowers.  In January, there are the “Atami cherry blossoms”, and from late February, the Daikan cherry and Oshima cherry trees also bloom one after another.  In early summer Agapanthus blooms and in the rainy season Jacaranda dyes the coast purple.  Known as a purple cherry blossom, the Jacaranda is very unusual in Honshu and only blooms here in Atami.  One of Atami’s specialties is the fireworks display that can be seen from the beach.  Held more than 10 times each year, many people crowd the town to see the fireworks.  Atami is a landmark resort area that allows visitors to enjoy different views throughout the seasons, so come check it out!
    Address Higashikaigan-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka
    Telephone Number 0557-86-6218
    Opening Hours Swimming at the beach is permitted during the hours of 9:00~17:00
    Beach illumination occurs each night at sunset until 22:00 (fireworks are also held)
    AccessFrom JR Atami Station and Momijigaoka, take buses heading to Sun Beach which should take about 5 minutes → Get off at Sun Beach and walk for 3 minutes
  • 10 minutes by Izu Tokai Bus&Izu Hakone Bus "Ginza" to "Atami Station".
    2 minutes by JR Ito Line from "Atami Station" to "Kinomiya Station" → 5 minutes Walk

    Kinomiya Shrine

    來宮神社 (Kinomiya Jinjya)
    Arrival Time: 17:30
    Extend your life by going around the sacred tree, Okusu
    Kinomiya Jinja Shrine, has long been known as an auspicious place where the God of fortune and luck resides.  In Japan there is the belief that there are 8 million Gods “Yaoyorozuno Kami” and that “Gods dwell in all things of nature”.  For this very reason, shrines differ from temples as shrines have sacred water and sacred trees whereas temples have statues of Buddha.
    Kinomiya shrine has a natural designated monument, a sacred tree called “Okusu” which is more than 2,000 years old.
    It is said that when you go around the 24m thick tree one time, your life is extended by one year; thee tree is visited by many worshipers to capitalise on the life force of the tree’s longevity, recover from sickness and pray for good health.  Additionally, wishes come true when you go around without telling anyone of your wish.  At night the area is lit up making for a mystical atmosphere.  The shrine is enjoyable in the morning, afternoon and night.
    The beginning of Kinomiya Shrine was about 1,300 years ago on June 15th of the lunar calendar.  When a fisherman pulled out his fishing nets from Atami Bay a wooden statue was caught in them and this was a sign of blessing from the oracle.  Offerings of scorched wheat, lily bulbs, tokoro (species of wild yam) and Daidai oranges were made to the deity and pleased it much.  Each year, to mark this event a festival known as the “Burning festival” is held from July 14 to 16. The wooden statue that was raised on the Ohama Coast is placed on a “mikoshi”, a portable shrine, and carried to Sun Beach.  Along the way, the monkey deity dressed in high-heeled clogs with a Tengu mask sprinkles burnt wheat on people, which is said to help prevent illness.
    ※Japan adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1873 however old festivals are held according to the lunar calendar.
    Address 43-1, Nishiyama-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka
    Telephone Number 0557-82-2241
    Web Site
    AccessTake buses bound for Nishiyama from JR Atami Station, buses take about 15 minutes → get off at Kinomiya Jinjya Mae
  • 2 minutes by JR Ito Line from "Kinomiya Station" to "Atami Station".
    15 minutes by Izu Hakone Bus from "Kinomiya Jinjya Mae" to "Atami Station".
    GOAL Atami Station

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