GOLF, GLAMPING, GOOD WHISKY & MOUNT FUJI
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT
Got a day or two free with no plans? Looking to get away from the city? Team not doing so well and you want to get your mind off things?
Gotemba in Shizuoka has everything you need to do just that – and late October, early November is THE best time for golf in Japan. With more than 20 golf courses to choose from, and easy accessibility from Tokyo, Gotemba should be on all golf lovers itinerary during their stay during the Rugby World Cup.
Gotemba has some of the finest golf clubs, the finest whisky & the finest shopping in Japan – all at the foot of one of the most iconic mountains in the World. There is possibly no better way to spend some time to help you unwind from the tension of cheering on your team during the Rugby World Cup tournament – A proper #onceinalifetime experience!!
HOW TO GET THERE AND AROUND –
There are a couple of ways to get to Gotemba –
If you have a JR Rail Pass it is a 25 min Bullet Train ride from Shin-Yokohama station (55 min from Tokyo Station) to Mishima station, a 5 min trip on the local train to Numazu station and finally a 40 min local train to Gotemba station – some accommodation providers and the Outlet Mall have direct buses available from Mishima Station that take between 40 mins to 1 hour.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a rail pass or you are staying closer to Shinjuku Station there is a direct Odakyu Romance Car train that leaves at 06:40 am will get you there in 1 hr 40 mins and they have a Romance Car Train that leaves Gotemba at 18:47 pm getting you back to Shinjuku station at 20:20pm – leaving enough time for a round of golf, some shopping and fine dining or whisky tasting in one action-packed day.
MAKE YOUR GREEN TEA & SEAFOOD DREAMS A REALITY
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT
MATCHA LATTES – FISH MARKET – SEAFOOD – HISTORY – GREEN TEA COCKTAILS & VIEWS OF MT FUJI
Steeped in history from the end of the ‘Warring States’ era in Japan (mid 16th century), in which the city played an important role, Shizuoka (Suruga) is perhaps best known for its most famous resident – Tokugawa Ieyasu the 1st Shogun of the Tokugawa Era – who retired to Shizuoka City after building Edo (modern day Tokyo).
Modern day Shizuoka retains much of its rich history with a modern twist – it is an undiscovered gem of a city that is a great overnight stop or day trip during the tournament.
Spend a day strolling through the city enjoying some of the many shops and cafes enjoy a green tea espresso or maccha latte or pop into one of the many new craft beer bars or izakaya (Japanese bar/restaurant) on offer.
HOW TO GET THERE AND AROUND (30 min from Ecopa Stadium)
40 mins from Shin-Yokohama Station on the bullet train Shizuoka best restaurants, cafes and other attractions are easily accessible from the station by foot.
Shizuokas best kept secret is its seafood and the fish markets at Shimizu port which boasts the largest tuna auction in Japan – If you enjoy seafood and you are looking for a less crowded, relaxed alternative to Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.
A local train from Shizuoka Station will get you to Shimizu in 12 minutes – from there buses, waterbus and taxis can be used to get around – check out the special ‘Maguro Trip Pass’ that is available from Shizuoka Bus terminal – Downloadable Pdf.
Check out how amazing the fish markets are –
RELAX, UNWIND AND RECHARGE – THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY
HOT SPRINGS – HISTORY – JAPANESE HOSPITALITY – WASABI ICE CREAM – CRAFT BEER
Looking for refuge from the knockout phase of the tournament? Looking for some quiet time away from the crowds? Need to soak away some of the tension building watching your favorite team compete?
Shu-ZEN-ji Onsen town has been helping people who are looking for a little seclusion for over a 1,000 years. The town is steeped in buddhist history with a strong connection to a famous spiritual pilgrimage.
Strolling around the town, soaking in the onsen and enjoying some of the local food is a great way to spend a couple of days and get away from it all. Less than 2 hours from Tokyo you will feel as though you have gone back in time and feel like you have stumbled across a well kept secret – please don’t tell anyone 🙂
HOW TO GET THERE AND AROUND –
Take the Bullet train from Tokyo or Shin-Yokohama to Mishima station, transfer to the Izu Hakone Line to Shuzenji Station (around 1 hr 30 min journey) and then a 10 minute taxi ride will transport you to Shuzenji Onsen area.
Around the town there are shops, cafes and attractions such as the foot baths and bamboo forest easily accessible by foot – if you want to get to some of the attractions away from town such as Baird Brewery,
Darumayama Lookout, NakaIzu Winery or the Olympic Velodrome (Site of the 2020 Olympic MTB course and indoor cycling competitions) are all a 10 -20min taxi ride from the town all provide a good reason to stick around for more than 1 night if you are looking for an excuse to stick around.
Check out the experiences that await in Shuzenji –
FUN CITY WITH CHARACTER AND CHARM
GAME DAY EXPERIENCE – GYOZA – SOY SAUCE MAKING – GREEN TEA – CASTLE – NINJA STARS
Famous as the birthplace, or corporate headquarters of companies such as Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Roland and Kawai Musical Instruments, Hamamatsu has a rich history of enterprise and industry that was born from deep artisan roots that successfully transitioned into the industrial age.
Hamamatsu is one of those large sprawling cities that at first seems like any other in Japan but dig a little deeper and you start to find so much more under the surface. Famous now for Gyoza (Japanese Dumplings) at the very least Hamamatsu is worth jumping off the Bullet train just to try this Japanese culinary delight and explore this fascniating city!
For more information on things to do and see in and around Hamamatsu check – InHamamatsu.com
HOW TO GET THERE AND AROUND (20 min from Ecopa Stadium)
Just 70 mins from Shin-Yokohama station on the Tokaido Bullet train most of Hamamatsu attractions are easily accessible from the main train station.
The RWC fanzone is scheduled to be right in front of Hamamatsu Station – there are many experiences and restaurants easily accessible by foot – try some freshly made green tea, wear a traditional kimono and even try your hands at throwing ninja stars. Check this PDF for more details and maps of the area around the station.
Taking a day to explore the area around the station by bicycle is a day well spent but if you have time and want to explore more of the Hamamatsu region a trip on the Enshu railway (or renting a car) and heading into the Hamamatsu countryside is well worth the effort.
Here is what a trip to the Hamamatsu countryside might look like –
YOUR GATEWAY TO MT FUJI
MT FUJI – HISTORY – CULTURE – NATURE – HIKING – SHIRAITO FALLS – MT. FUJI WORLD HERITAGE CENTRE
No trip to Japan is complete without visiting Mt Fuji and a trip to Fujinomiya offers a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the iconic Japanese mountain in all its awe-inspiring majesty.
Although the official climbing season finishes in mid-September the clear blue Fall/Autumn skies from late September through to early November offer some of the best views of the Mt Fuji and Fujinomiya offers visitors an opportunity to experience this amazing mountain in many different ways.
Of all of the Japanese towns in the area Fujinomiya, arguably, has the strongest connection to the Majestic Mt. Fuji as a traditional base for pilgrims and worshippers of the mountain – a history that you can experience at the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre.
HOW TO GET THERE AND AROUND
Just a short bus or taxi from Shin Fuji Shinkansen station to Fuji Station then a local train gets you to Fujinomiya Station from which attractions such as the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre and Taisha Sengen Shrine are walking distance. Shin-Fuji Station information staff are extremely helpful and can point you in the right direction.
For a group of 4 taxi tours from Shin-Fuji or Fujinomiya stations that will take you to all of the surrounding attractions such as Mt Fuji 5th station and Shiraito Falls for a reasonable price. Contact the very helpful staff at Mt Fuji Ecotours and they will be happy to assist in any way they can to ensure your stay in Fujinomiya is amazing.
Check out what is waiting for you below –
Kawane / Sumata Gorge
A JOURNEY INTO SHIZUOKA HEARTLAND
STEAM LOCOMOTIVE JOURNEY – STUNNING SCENIC LANDSCAPES – GREEN TEA FIELDS – AUTHENTIC HOSPITALITY
In between pool games take a journey by Steam Locomotive and a visit to a local inn to experience true Japanese hospitality. The next day take an easy hike to the Sumatakyo ‘Bridge of Dreams’ and crystal blue waters, enjoy the local food and take a dip in the local Hot Spring. No better way to step off the beaten path, relax, rejuvenate and get ready to tackle the next big game the following weekend.
A trip to Sumata Gorge transports you away from the hustle, bustle and congestion of Japan’s traditional tourism destinations and into a part of Japan that you may never have imagined even existed.
HOW TO GET THERE AND AROUND
Far from the hustle and bustle of the cities and other popular tourist areas of Japan a 2 or 3 day visit to this magical part of Shizuoka is an experience you will not forget in a hurry.
A short train ride from Shizuoka Station to Shin Kanaya Station on the local Tokaido Line the journey begins when you step on the SL that will carry you up into the luscious green hills of Shizuoka stopping at Senzu station.
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Here is a taste of what your journey could look like –
A SMALL CASTLE TOWN WITH BIG HEART!
ECOPA STADIUM – HONJIN DORI – KAKEGAWA CASTLE – SAMURAI OUTFITS – GREEN TEA – BIRD PARK
Dress up as a samurai, explore one of Japan’s most unique castles, roam through the feudal era buildings and enjoy a traditional green tea ceremony using some of the finest green tea in the World.
Take the kids to the bird sanctuary, kiwi fruit farm or Tamiya radio controlled car circuit to keep them occupied for hours.
When the day is done the small food alley – Honjin Dori offers a wide variety of Japanese and Western food and drink in an intimate and welcoming environment.
Kakegawa is a compact town with everything in close proximity to the station making for a fun one-day visit.
HOW TO GET THERE AND AROUND (10 mins from Ecopa Stadium)
Kakegawa Station is on the Tokaido Bullet Train Line – Step off the train and you are there – everything is within walking distance (or a very short taxi ride) from the train station.
Kakegawa station is the closest Bullet train station from Ecopa Stadium and centrally located between Shin-Yokohama and Osaka stations on the Tokaido Line – the perfect place to set up basecamp during the pool stages of the competition or stop to watch a game on the way through.
During the initial pool stages stopping for a night in the town of Kakegawa should be on everyone’s itinerary
Here is a taste of what the game day experience in Kakegawa could look like –