The following is a recommended sightseeing course starting from Atami Station, which includes all that you would like to do in Atami, such as hot spas, gourmet seafood dishes, and relaxation at the beach. Atami has many aspects, including hustle-bustle near Atami Station and a nostalgic atmosphere in the back streets. It is recommended to take the Yu-Yu Bus to visit Atami Castle on the hill.
Shopping street with an array of shops
Along Nakamise shopping street and Heiwa shopping street, close to Atami Station, are an array of eating and drinking establishments and souvenir shops. You can enjoy shopping while eating "onsen manju (hot-spa sweet bun)", a must-try specialty of a hot-spa town.
Fresh seafood dishes will satisfy you
Maguroya, famous for its fresh seafood dishes, is popular and frequented by local people. "Maguro-don (tuna rice bowl)," a specialty of the restaurant, fully satisfies you in terms of volume for its inexpensive price of 500 JPY. Other popular dishes include sashimi-teishoku (sashimi set menu) and kama-age-shirasu-don (rice bowl with freshly boiled young sardine on it). These meals are served with ara-jiru (fish-broth based soup), which is only possible because of the location of Atami close to the sea.
Open: 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (closed when all meals are sold out)
Closed: Wednesday (twice a month, but irregularly)
Maguroya 熱海 まぐろや
- Address ATAMIX B1F,Tawarahontyou9-1, Atami-shi, Shizuoka, 413-0000
One-day hot spring for one-day visitors
Nikkotei Oyu is a time-honored inn, which is popular among one-day tourists to enjoy hot spring bathing. There is an open-air bath surrounded by bamboo trees, which is large enough to accommodate some 20 people. There is also a room for up to five people, which is recommended for a family.
Open: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Closed: Tuesday (or next day when Tuesday falls on holiday)
Bathing fee: 1,000 JPY (adult)
Private room: For up to five people, 2,000 JPY for two hours
Resort beach with a tropical atmosphere
Sun Beach with palm trees, which many people visit for swimming during summer, has an atmosphere that makes you feel as if you were in a tropical country. The sandy beach is lit up at night, making visitors enjoy a view like a tropical resort. The beach is opened for swimmers every year from the second Saturday of July to August 31.
Swimming is allowed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the above-mentioned swimming period.
The beach is lit up every night from the sunset to 10:00 p.m.
The most photographed place with a statue based on a novel
The place along the beach where Omiya-no Matsu (pine tree of Omiya) and a statue of Kanichi and Omiya are situated is the most photographed place in Atami. The bronze statue is based on the novel, Konjiki Yasha (The Golden Demon), written by Koyo Ozaki, which gained popularity in the Meiji period (1868-1912). The novel greatly helped make the name of Atami known throughout Japan.
An observatory commanding a view of the whole of Atami
Atami Castle is located on the top of Mt. Nishikigaura. The observatory in its tehnshu-kaku (donjon) commands a view of the whole of Atami. Atami is likened to a Monaco in the orient for its resort hotels and beautiful marine views. On a clear day, it is recommended to enjoy views while soaking your feet in the footbath on the first floor (free of charge).
Open: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The castle is open throughout the year.
Entrance charge: 900 JPY (adult)
Written by Takamasa Yamashita