A different side of Tokyo

There are many things to consider when going on a road trip. Unlike going a normal vacation, besides from buying your air tickets, booking hotels and planning where to go, you also need to plan for your route.   Planning a road trip involves finding the locations that you want to visit, search for its map code or telephone no. so that you can easily find the location on the GPS in the car. Secondly, planning for route that is the most efficient that is, you travel is one direction and not going is circles wasting money on gas. For example, you’d want to go from destination A, B, C, D, E instead of going A, C, E, B, D.

In this trip, we going to Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo city holds a tremendous amount of fascination and a reputation of uniqueness, modern boldness merged with tradition and in order to what would be typically chaotic, prompting many to really wonder what it is like in Tokyo. Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan’s political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world’s most populous cities. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo (“Eastern Capital”).  Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945.

I would like to introduce you to the below sights/destinations. It’s completely a different side of Tokyo.


Nagatoro – Facinating Natural Scenery

Nagatoro, a town located in the Chichibu district of Saitama prefecture, is a popular sightseeing spot, blessed with beautiful natural scenery and fine cuisine. Along with the surrounding mountains, Nagatoro has a wide variety of unique landscapes, created by ancient tectonic movements.  The most famous of these is the huge rock formation called Iwadatami along the Arakawa river, which spreads out over a distance of 500 meters and stands eighty meters wide. If you want to do something more exciting while enjoying the natural scenery, you may consider white water rafting at Nagatoro River.

Nagatoro River

Address: Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu-gun 369-1305, Saitama Prefecture

Telephone: +81 494-66-0950


 Gunma Prefecture, Yubatake – Hoooooot Water Spring

With an output of 5000 liters per minute, the yubatake ranks among Japan’s single most productive hot spring sources.  After bubbling to the surface at a temperature of more than 70 degrees Celsius and with a pleasant sulfur odor, the hot spring water is cooled down in the yubatake’s wooden conduits by a few degrees before it gets distributed to the various ryokan and public baths.

Yubatake (Hot Water field) is a central meeting and sightseeing spots in Kusatsu Onsen. This is the source water field for the bubbling Onsen water supplied throughout Kusatsu village. An abundant quality of hot water with a strong acidity of pH2.1, gives the water strong anti-bacterial powers with superior therapeutic and spiritual qualities, and has attracted many people for hundreds of years.


Address: Kusatsu, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun 377-1711, Gunma Prefecture

Telephone: +81 77-552-3040


Kanagawa Prefecture, Enoshima Aquarium

The Enoshima Aquarium is a very popular facility near Enoshima, which is one of the most attractive tourism spots in Kanagawa. It opened in 2004, but the facility itself had existed since 1954 and has been admired by many visitors ever since.

Originally opened in 1954, this was Japan’s first modern aquarium. In the same year, the aquarium launched a jellyfish breeding exhibit, and this became a permanent exhibit in 1973. The aquarium re-opened in 2004 following refurbishment. Recreating the diverse marine habitat of Sagami Bay, a school of 8000 sardines swarm majestically in the “Big Sagami Bay Tank”.

Kanagawa Prefecture

In the aquarium, the water tanks imitate the deep Japanese seas, the Pacific and many other areas. Among them, the exhibition of the ‘Shirasu’ in the ‘Sagami Lake Zone’ is very popular because it is the only place in the world that exhibits them.   The Shirasu, which is famous as a special product of Enoshima, is the larva of anchovies and sardines. Since it can hardly be seen when swimming, it is very rare and popular. The other exhibition that is popular is the “Jelly Fish Fantasy Hall”. There, the beautiful jellyfish can be seen by lights in sphere-shaped water tanks.


Address: 2-19-1 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa 251-0035, Kanagawa Prefecture

Telephone: +81 466-29-9960

Website:  http://www.enosui.com/en/


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