Atami city built on the remains of a volcano crater. A few eras ago, the impressive Atami hills formed one side of the volcano, the other side of it facing the sea. Thanks to such a geological history, there are many hot springs along the coast, and in harmony with beautiful views of the sea, the region is an ideal place for resorts.
Tokugawa Ieyasu, who established the Tokugawa shogunate, which is known in the history of Japan as the Edo period (1603-1868), was very fond of the Atami onsen resort, on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula, not far from Mount Fuji, a sacred place for every Japanese. For many years, located about two hours from Tokyo, Atami was considered a privileged resort. And it is known as a resort since the eighth century, and is included in the category of "Three Big Onsen of Japan" (Sandyonsen).
Translated from the Japanese language, “Atami” means “hot sea”, a name derived from a folk legend. In the old days, local fishermen were very concerned about a geyser that erupted into the sea and killed many lives, flora and fauna. They turned to a Buddhist monk for help, so that he would pray to the gods on their behalf to help solve the problem. Prayers were heard, and a geyser from the sea miraculously moved to the beach, thus, marine life was saved, and Atami was blessed with a hot spring. Tokugawa Ieyasu, fascinated by the quality of the water, brought her in barrels to the castle in Edo.
In modern days, the city has an excellently developed tourist infrastructure, a lot of modern high-rise hotels, few outwardly distinguishable from each other. Also ryokan (traditional Japanese hotels), seafood restaurants, patinko halls, souvenir shops, the rather big quarter of Hanamati (the geisha area), stretching along the narrow, winding streets that braid the steep mountain slopes around Sagami Bay. The resort during the year, especially in the summer season, attracts at least 2.5 million tourists.
Atami is a meeting place for political leaders to address important government challenges following the Meiji Restoration. Many famous writers of Japan, visiting the resort, described it in their works, which further increased its fame. Among them is a particularly famous novel, a bestseller in the Meiji era, “Konjiki Yasya” (Pawnbroker or Golden Demon) of the popular Japanese writer Ozaki Koyo (1868-1903).
Atami has many old onsen. Ozawa-no-yuwhere you can steam the eggs bought at a nearby store. Ieyasu-no-yu in front of Atami Station, with foot baths. Fireworks festivals are constantly held on the wide palm-lined beach from summer to winter. People who are keen on traditional Japanese arts are advised to visit Atami Geiko Kemban Kaburenjo, where every Saturday you can watch Atami Odori Geisha shows, performed by geishas who have undergone thorough and rigorous training. .
Superb Resort - Chikurin en mizuno. With only 1,000 yen paid, you can relax in the outdoor pools amidst beautiful scenery. Private baths made from Japanese cypress can be reserved by calling and asking “rotemburo noubune” (ordering a bath outside the air, they are a little more expensive than 1,500 yen per hour).
MOA Bijutsukan, a museum with exceptional collections of oriental painting, sculpture, calligraphy, and objects of applied art. MOA (Mokiti Okada Association). The private museum was founded in 1982 by the multimillionaire religious leader Sekai Kyusei Kyo (Church of the World Messianism), the father of the Shinsyukyo religion, Mokichi Okada. The museum retains more than 3,500 ancient works of Japanese, Chinese, and other Asian countries of art.
Being a resort place, Atami even has its own Hijokan or Museum for AdultsLocated in front of the attractive Atami Castle, built in 1959 in the architectural style of Momoyama. You can get to the museum by cable car from the city center. As elsewhere in Japan, access to sex museums is limited by age, after eighteen years. In Hihokan, a lot can definitely seem funny and even funny, especially the Doll House exhibition. The journey to the museum takes about an hour, and the pleasure is not cheap, you will have to pay 1,700 yen for entry. But the price for a trip by cable car is included in the price of the ticket, in addition, during the trip there is an opportunity to enjoy wonderful views of the ocean.
Perhaps the tour of Atami will be incomplete if you do not see the sculptural composition Omiya and Kan-iti in the north of "Sunny Beach". The story of tragic love described in Ojaki Koyo’s Konjiki Yasya. The scene is Atami. Kan-ichi, a university student, learns that his beloved Omiya, in a very difficult situation, accepts a marriage proposal from the son of a wealthy banker who gives her a large diamond ring. Kan-iti, unable to restrain her anger and resentment, kicks the girl with her foot and shouts “You are blinded by a diamond!” The phrase “Diamond no mega chickens!” Became, after reading the book, a hit across the country and today it is often quoted, even those Japanese who did not read the novel. She found embodiment in the popular sculpture in Atami. To the right of the sculpture is Omiya pine. The tree, which was called Omiya pine, was damaged by a typhoon and sawn for a long time, and today a new pine has grown on the roots of the tree.
Climate and weather
The climate in Atami is mild: short winters and not too hot summers (average January temperature is + 3 ° Сand in August - +26 ° C) Atami is similar in climatic conditions to resorts such as Batumi and Sochi.
The peak of the season in Atami falls in the summer months (July - August), however, you can visit the city at any time of the year due to the huge number of hot springs and the incredible variety of seafood dishes.
Atami city grew on the remains of a volcano crater. Hundreds of years ago, the Atami green hills formed the base of a volcano partially drowning in the sea. There are many hot springs along the coast, which, combined with beautiful views of the sea and mountains covered with greenery, made this place ideal for resorts. The natural temperature of water in Atami springs sometimes exceeds +90 ° C, and in its composition a lot of calcium, sodium and sulfate salt.
Of course, first of all, this resort is famous for its hot springs and numerous onsen. However, there are other attractions in Atami that attract tourists here.
The city has a magnificent plum garden. On its impressive territory of 30,000 m², more than seven hundred trees grow, creating a unique color scheme from December to February. But in the park Himenosawa You can admire the flowering of cherries and azaleas against the bewitching background of flowing waterfalls.
Be sure to visit the Samurai castle and walk along the suspension bridge. Jogasaki kaigan 40 m above the sea, from where a beautiful view of all the surroundings of Atami.
Of great interest to most tourists is the extinct crater of the volcano (the funicular will bring you there). There you can get a unique experience in boiling eggs in a hydrogen sulfide source, as well as just enjoy the local beauties and admire Fuji.
Atami prepares incredibly delicious seafood dishes. One of the best fish restaurants - Shogyo, there you can enjoy fresh fish cooked according to various recipes. The restaurant is located in a bay at the end of Agiro Bay. It works from 11:00 to 15:00 and from 17:00 to 21:00, closed on Wednesdays.
The city has many places serving sushi. For example, in Home run sushi (10 minutes walk from Atami station) a set for one person will cost you $ 13–26.
Along the coastline of the city are dozens of comfortable hotels, with their own restaurants and cafes. You can stay, for example, in the budget Resorpia atami 3 * or in a more comfortable Hotel micuras 5*. If you prefer traditional Japanese hotels, we recommend Ryokan with its own onsen. Koarashite atamiwhere even the first persons of the states stayed.
Fun and relaxation
If you want to escape from the hot springs, you can take an excursion to Atami Castle, which offers a wonderful view of the bay, or join the traditional Japanese fine art in MOA art museum. There is even a tea house at the museum and a stage for performances of the traditional No theater. In Atami you can visit museums of glass, dolls, perfumes, as well as Hihokan (museum for adults). Hananomai tourists praise the geisha dance they perform every Saturday and Sunday in Atami Geigi Kenban.
Come to Atami in February and you will see a stunningly beautiful blooming plum blossom park. If you prefer a summer vacation, then you should definitely visit the annual festivals of fireworks on the water (most often they are held in August). From 5,000 fireworks released into the air, night turns into day, lights reflect into the sea, and the air begins to vibrate - an unforgettable sight.
Atami is also a great place for diving. And if you want to relax in the thickets of subtropical flora, the ferry will take you to Hatsushima Island right from the Atami pier.
Atami resort can rightfully be considered healing. It is proved that bathing in hot springs has a triple healing effect: psychological relaxation occurs, salts and minerals of thermal water affect the metabolism, peripheral and musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and hot water, as with massage, heats joints and muscles.
This resort treats arthritis, neuralgia, arthrosis, myalgia, the effects of injuries and paralysis, neurological disorders, peripheral circulation disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic dermatitis, immune disorders in children, and cyclic disorders in women.
At the disposal of vacationers - all kinds of massage, yoga, Thai medicine clinic.
Atami is in the prefecture Shizuoka, which is famous for green tea, so it would be quite logical to buy a couple of packages of tea of various varieties. Several shops where you can purchase it are located directly at Atami Train Station. Outside the station, you can find various shops selling souvenirs, tea, seafood. Any of your purchases will be wrapped in gift wrapping at your request.
The city of Atami is very compact, and, if desired, can be bypassed even on foot. Nevertheless, city buses (for example, No. 4) connect the station, the art museum, parks and other attractions.
There is a tourist bus in the city Y800that connects major attractions including the castle Atamiin a single route.
In addition, Atami has two car rental companies: Toyota and Nippon. They are located directly opposite the train station.
With the advent of cellular communications in Japan, street pay phones began to lose their relevance, and gradually they began to be removed. Today, machines can still be found in Atami. Red vending machines are of an intracity scale; you can pay for the time on such a phone using coins of 10 yen. Yellow and blue pay phones are long-distance, they also accept coins. International machines of gray and green colors work on special cards that can be purchased at any hotel.
When planning your trip to Japan, keep in mind that mobile communications are of the third generation there. Perhaps your phone will not be able to receive a signal there, so the question of roaming will disappear by itself. In Japan, such cases are provided, so tourists rent both telephones and local SIM cards.
Atami has a huge number of Internet cafes where you can get not just access to the World Wide Web, but also a great service. Some Internet cafes surprise their visitors with almost a restaurant menu, massage chairs and much more.
Despite the fact that Atami is considered a very calm city, tourists should not forget about the basic safety rules. First of all, be careful when crossing the roadway - in Japan, left-hand traffic. Therefore, turning your head in search of danger, remember that here everything is the other way around - first to the right, then to the left.
In public places, keep a close eye on your personal belongings. Try not to carry valuables with you - hotels always have safes. During the tour, follow the guide and do not fend off the group. In no case do not go to remote areas of the city without a local escort or guide.
The state owns only the mint, all other industries are in private hands. In all areas, small and large businesses coexist very successfully. So, for example, in the transport sector, small enterprises are engaged in transportation, while large ones own entire taxi fleets. Often, small enterprises act as contractors for large corporations.
In the small business, the restaurant business is the most attractive for the Japanese. Often there is a case that is passed on among family members from generation to generation. This, for example, sewing a kimono, making silk fabrics, the production of mats and tatami.
Few foreigners can buy property in Japan. This is due to both price and legal restrictions.
The housing price is high due to the excellent quality of building materials, the use of modern technologies and limited land resources.
And Japanese laws do not allow many foreign investors to obtain visas, not to mention citizenship.
Nevertheless, you can become the owner of Japanese real estate if you have a share in the business there or are constantly working.
The cost of one square meter in an apartment in Atami is close to that in Tokyo - $ 7,000. The cost of private houses up to 100 m 2 with a small plot can reach $ 600,000.
The Japanese themselves prefer two- and three-room apartments near the center or small houses with plots, but already far from the bustle of the city.
The Japanese are characterized by accuracy, politeness, calm and decency. To the guests of their country they are friendly and friendly. Therefore, tourists should respect the Japanese culture, observe at least elementary rules of behavior in this eastern country.
Remember a few features:
- In shoes, in no case can you go on the tatami in the house, in the temple and even in the toilet (there are special toilet slippers).
- In public places, it is not customary to make noise and flaunt your emotions.
- When meeting, the Japanese do not shake hands, but bow as a greeting.
- Being at the table in the company of the Japanese, you can’t take care of yourself only: when pouring a drink for yourself, you should take care of the people sitting nearby.
- In public transport, it is not customary to give way to older people, despite a respectful attitude towards them.
- In no case should you demonstrate a bad mood or frown.
How to get to Atami
Atami is located about 100 km south-west of Tokyo, it does not have its own airport, so it is most convenient and fastest to get on ultra-high-speed and several Martian Japanese trips. In particular, from the central Tokyo railway station Shinagawa (which, by the way, also takes express trains from Narita Airport), Tokaido Shinkansen trains leave every hour, the ticket costs about 6,000 JPY. The second option is on a regular train, but you will spend about 1.5 hours on the way (6 departures per day). Prices on the page are for October 2018.
All these rides are included in the Japan Rail Pass.
A bit of history
Atami grew on flat slabs of volcanic lava, on the caldera near Sagami Bay.In fact, the city is located in the territory of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. It is protected from the mainland winds by mountain slopes, and the coast is washed by the warm current of Kuroshio, because it has hot summers and short winters. Already from the 8th century. Atami became known as the thermal spa. At a time when the capital was still the old Edo, the entire territory of the Izu Peninsula belonged to the Tokugawa shogunate. Atami acquired the status of the city in 1894. In 1923, after a strong earthquake, a tsunami of 35 meters high hit the city, causing significant damage, so that the city in its present form was formed around 1937. In 1950, the Japanese authorities recognized it “ a city of international tourism and culture ”, which caused an increase in the number of hotels and the rapid development of the region as a whole. And even despite the economic downturn during the crisis of the 90s, today Atami is one of the three best Japanese beach and thermal resorts.
In Atami in 1949, the third largest Yakuza group in the country, Inagawa, arose.
- A country: Japan
- Town: Atami
- Resort Popularity: 2130
GPS coordinates: 35 ° 05'31.6 "N 139 ° 04'02.6" E
Atami is the leader in thermal spas in Japan. Atami Resort is a favorite destination for vacations, honeymoons and corporate outings.
Treatment at the Atami resort is based on a hydrogen sulfide source. In Atami there are a lot of hotels and pensions. Among other things, in the summer there is a festival of fireworks, the city has a plum park, a park of cacti and crocodiles. The city is famous for its views of the volcano of Fuji. From Atami pier, ferries regularly go to Hatsushima Island, which can be called a sea resort.
To the south of Atami is another resort town of Atagawa, known for the feature called "rotemburo" (bathing in hot springs under the open sky) and "konyoku" (places where men and women share bathing naked in the same springs).
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