Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sights To See When You Visit Us

Everything in Japan is spectacular.  There is great tasting food, efficient trains, courteous people, beautiful parks, and many places to sightsee.  Here are some of the places we will take you when you come visit:
Lighthouse at Jogashima

Jogashima- This is a lovely little island across a bridge at the end of Miura Peninsula.  It has many trails, lighthouses, tide pools, lookout areas, and a place to picnic.  The drive was maybe 30 minutes from our house...not bad!

Enoshima- This island is located in Fujisawa.  It has many restaurants, shrines, souvenir shops, caves, lookout areas, many, many stairs, an escalator (for a fee), garden areas, and yummy sweet potato ice cream.  Nearby is an aquarium and a great pizza place I hear.  From our house it took 4 trains to get there.  The distance isn't far and its a nice day trip especially if you get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji from the island.

Sarushima or Monkey Island- This island is an old fort and is located in Tokyo Bay off Yokosuka.  You can take a foot ferry to the island right near Yokosuka Naval Base.  There is swimming, fishing, hiking, BBQ areas, and many places to explore.  I love that it is close to where we live.  We can take the train or drive and park on base.

Zushi Beach.
  Zushi & Hayama

Zushi and Hayama are located on Sagami Bay. They are both quaint areas with beaches, eateries, marinas, shrines, and a good place to watch windsurfers.  Since there is really no parking available, we will be taking the train.  It will take about 30 minutes to get to the beaches (this includes the train ride, plus about a 15 minute walk from the train station).

Kamakura, Yokohama & Tokyo

The Great Buddah in Kamakura.

Kamakura has a lot of character.  It is a very historical city with many shrines, quaint shops, gardens, hiking, biking, and a ton of restaurants.  Its also close to "The Great Buddah" which is an amazing site to visit.

China Town in Yokohama

Yokohama is a bustling area with China Town, tons of shopping, waterfront, antiques, museums, dining, Costco, and amusement parks.  This area is very spread out, but there's always something new to see and do here.

Tsukiji Fish Market
 Tokyo is a large metropolitan city with endless possibilities.  You can shop for electronics, see Tsukiji Fish Market, go to The Emperor's Palace, go shopping in Ginza, or Shibuya and hit the dancefloor at a disco in Shinjuku.  There is a lot  to see here, and we're only about an hour train ride away. 

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