ACT & RELAX
After fulfilling a once-in-a-lifetime dream of transforming into a samurai, visit Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Iwakuni and Hagi, areas steeped in history. The hot spring waters at Yuda Onsen, famous for their beautifying effects, will ease the fatigue of travel.
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London Heathrow Airport
The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.
Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Samurai Training Tokyomore
"Try out the authentic samurai experience!"
Yumenoya is place dedicated to Japanese cultural experiences produced by the Takafuji-ryu style of creative traditional Japanese dance with a history of over 80 years. The main content is the Samurai Experience.
The Samurai Experience is the only service of its kind in the Asakusa tourist area.
Change into a hakama (man's formal divided skirt) and after learning basic sword forms and movements, try out what you learned in a staged sword fight. At the end, you'll receive an official "Samurai Training" certificate from the school.
The entire experience takes just about 60 minutes, so it's easy to fit into your schedule.
The Ebisuya Rickshaw is currently one of Japan's most popular activities.
The rickshaw driver is dressed in a cool ninja style, and the excellent riding comfort and the nimble and unique guide will add another layer of excitement to your trip.
In addition to guiding you to the major tourist spots, your driver will take you to small, out-of-the-way places hidden among the small back streets that are characteristic of Asakusa and unreachable by buses or taxis. See the Geisha Town, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple, and get food info only known by locals that you can't find in any guidebook.
On the way, the driver will take the perfect photos of you in their favorite spots with their favorite photo compositions! These are sure to make excellent mementos for any trip. If you're wondering, "Where should we go besides Senso-ji Temple?", leave it to us.
We will expertly introduce spots where you can walk and have fun. You're certain to have a fulfilling tour of Asakusa even after getting off the rickshaw.
For a thorough taste of Tokyo's Asakusa, leave everything up to the Ebisuya Rickshaw!
Toei Asakusa Line
Asakusa Station → Asakusabashi Station
3 minutes / 180 yen
JR Sobu Line
Asakusabashi Station → Shinjuku Station
20 minutes / 170 yen
Depachika (Isetan Shinjuku Store)more
Located near the Shinjuku Sanchome subway station is the Shinjuku branch of Isetan department stores, whose aim is to be the "world's best fashion museum". This "fashion" can also be felt on the food floor.
This floor features a lineup of food from in and outside Japan, such as well-reputed delicatessen items made with fish, meat, and vegetables, exquisite sweets, and ingredients that would make foodies sing praises. The variety of food on this floor is garnering a lot of attention.
With visually beautiful Japanese sweets that change with the seasons, a sake-tasting corner, and a delicatessen serving Japanese food that should definitely be tried when visiting Japan, Japanese culture can be experienced on the food floor.
JR Chuo Line (JR EAST PASS)
Shinjuku Station → Tokyo Station
13 minutes / 200 yen
Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo
06:55 Haneda Airport
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08:35 Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airportmore
This clean, new airport was opened in December 2012.
Upon entering the terminal building, travelers have a view of the entire building and can see the compact structure is easy to understand and use.
In the building's center, a "light garden" atrium is bathed in natural light pouring in from outside. In addition, the front wall of the passenger waiting room is made completely of glass, letting people see the passenger jets waiting on the tarmac and immersing them more into air travel.
Passenger jets can be observed up close even on the observation deck! Why not take a commemorative photo with planes in the background?
The terminal building has a universal design that is accessible to all travelers.
Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport → Iwakuni Station
About 10 minutes / 150 yen
Iwakuni Station → Kintaikyo
About 20 minutes / 300 yen
Kintaikyo was built in 1673 and is a wooden bridge symbolic of Japan. The bridge is a series of five wooden arches, a rare sight even outside Japan. It is the culmination of masterful techniques and this tradition lives on through the replacement of the bridge rafters.
There are many tourist attractions nearby, including historical buildings such as Iwakuni Castle, the Old Mekata Family's House, and the Nagayamon Gate of the Kagawa Family, as well as art and history museums like the Iwakuni Choko-kan Museum, the Iwakuni Art Museum, and the Iwakuni Shirohebi (white snake) Museum.
The Iwakuni Shirohebi Museum, in particular, is a National Natural Monument and the only place in the world that the "Iwakuni white snake" inhabits. Visitors can learn about the life and history of white snakes through games and scale models.
Kintaikyo → Shin-Iwakuni Station
About 10 minutes / 350 yen
Shin-Iwakuni Station → Shin-Yamaguchi Station
About 40 minutes / 3,910 yen
Shin-Yamaguchi Station → Akiyoshido
About 40 minutes / 1,170 yen
Akiyoshidai and Akiyoshido Cavemore
Akiyoshidai is Japan's largest karst plateau, created from coral reefs formed some 350 million years ago in a now faraway sea. The majestic sight of white limestone sprawled across the land can be enjoyed throughout all four seasons.
Akiyoshido Cave is one of Japan's foremost large limestone caves. The tourist path inside the cave runs for about 1km, winding around such formations as Koganebashira (Golden Pillar) and Hyakumaizara (Hundred Saucers). The beauty of these grand natural features formed over many long years and months is a sight to see.
Starting with Akiyoshido Cave and Akiyoshidai, the entire Mine City area has been designated as a Japanese Geopark.
Chugoku JR Bus
Akiyoshido → Yuda Onsendori
About 40 minutes / 1,140 yen
Yuda Onsen hot spring is said to have been born approximately 800 years ago. There is a legend of an injured white fox submerging itself into the hot spring water to heal its wounds.
Located near the Yamaguchi Ube Airport and Shin-Yamaguchi Station, a Shinkansen stop, Yuda Onsen's location in the center of the prefecture makes access to other tourist attractions in the prefecture convenient.
This area is a nexus for locally-brewed sake, mountain and sea food ingredients, and local specialties. Here, izakaya, restaurants, and many other kinds of shops let visitors enjoy Yamaguchi cuisine.
Yuda Onsendori bus stop → Matsudaya Hotel
Chugoku JR Bus, Bocho Bus
(""Hagi-go"" limited express)
Yuda Onsendori → Hagi Bus Center
About 1 hour and 10 minutes / 1,840 yen
Hagi Maru Loop Bus on the West Loop
Hagi Bus Center → Hagi Hakubutsukan Mae
About 5 minutes / 100 yen
World Heritage Sites: Hagi Castle Town and the Shokasonjuku Academymore
Hagi was constructed as a castle town when the Sengoku period daimyo (feudal lord) Mori Terumoto built Hagi Castle in 1604. Since then, for 260 years, it prospered as the center of politics, government, and economy for the Hagi (Choshu) Domain.
The townscape, with its castle ruins, samurai residences, and earthen walls, is reminiscent of those times, and even now, it is thick with nostalgia. It has also been chosen as one of Japan's 100 most beautiful historical sites.
In addition, the Shokasonjuku Academy, built by the famous samurai Yoshida Shoin, also stands in the city. It is a small building just 50㎡ wide, and while the term for students here was only a little over 2 years long, it turned out many outstanding and talented people that played important roles in remaking the country from the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate into the Meiji Restoration.
In 2015, a collection of "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution", including Hagi Castle Town and the Shokasonjuku Academy, were registered as World Cultural Heritage Sites.
Chugoku JR Bus and Bocho Bus
Hagi-Meirin Center → Shin-Yamaguchi Station
About 60 minutes / 1,550 yen
Shin-Yamaguchi Station → Yamaguchi Ube Airport
About 30 minutes / 890 yen (As of August 2016)
Yamaguchi Ube Airportmore
Yamaguchi Ube Airport is a coastal airport with a high service rate adjacent to the city. It is blessed with a lush green natural environment and the calm climate of the Seto Inland Sea.
The airport is conscientious of its surrounding environment and has a "Fureai Park" that gives people tranquility and warmth.About 900 roses (140 varieties) are planted on the airport grounds.
The domestic 2F departure lobby has shops selling a lineup of diverse souvenirs representative of Yamaguchi Prefecture, such as sweets, kamaboko fish paste, puffer fish, and locally-brewed sake.
The menus of restaurants on the 2nd floor are associated with roses, so why not enjoy a relaxing time in the 2F lobby after taking a stroll through the garden?
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