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Luxury hot spring hotel to open in Shizuoka Japan this November

This November, a new luxury hot spring hotel is opening in Shizuoka Japan.  Located in the coastal resort town of Koarashicho, Atami on Shizuoka’s Izu Peninsula, Soki Atami promises guests panoramic views of the ocean, and surrounding area.

About one hour from Tokyo by bullet train, Shizuoka prefecture is home to iconic Fuji-San and boasts a spectacular natural environment of coastline, mountains and lakes, including Izu Peninsula.  Visitors already have a huge choice of traditional ryokan inns and onsen hot springs.

Consisting of reception, guest room and restaurant wings the property boasts a central Village Garden planted with citrus trees and local flora. All 54 rooms come complete with a personal hot spring, while other facilities include a larger public onsen bath and a top floor Tea Salon & Bar overlooking Atami Bay – just the place to enjoy local tea, seasonal Japanese meals and the region’s noteworthy firework displays.

All 54 rooms come complete with a personal hot spring, many with panoramic views of the ocean…

We’ve also had news of a new hostel opening  in Yoshiwara on the old Tokaido road. 

The 4 Guest House Mt.Fuji would seem an ideal base for adventures and hiking enthusiasts. There are private and shared rooms, along with a communal kitchen, work space and rentable event space.  

Communal space in the 4 Guest House Mt Fuji hostel

Things to do in Shizuoka

A newly announced one-day excursion makes it easy to travel sections of the old Tokaido road, a route that famously linked Japan’s modern capital with its ancient counterpart Kyoto for centuries. The guided small-group tour involves around 6 miles of hiking, combined with train and bus travel. 

It takes in a section of the route known as Hakone Hachiri, recently declared a Japan Heritage Area. Picture opportunities include towering 400 year-old trees in the region’s famous Cedar Avenue, the Yamanaka Castle Ruins, Lake Ashinoko and the Genbegawa World Heritage Water Area. 

Green tea fields via steam locomotive

If hiking isn’t for you, how about a two-day excursion by steam locomotive, complete with an overnight stay at a traditional farmer’s house?  The excursion operates year-round and costs 21,000 yen pp which includes train travel aboard the locomotive, accommodation for one night and meals.

And of course, there’s also a sake tasting experience combined with a shinto shrine tour.  

Organised by Shizuoka’s local Izakaya this new excursion in Gotemba, in the foothills of Mount Fuji, takes visitors on a guided tour through the city’s Sengen Shinto Shrine before experiencing a traditional sake tasting with Japanese BBQ snacks at a local restaurant. It costs 5,000 yen pp

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