When and where can I see the first sunrise of 2016?

My latest contribution to City-cost.com; where you can see the first sunrise in Japan.

Source: When and where can I see the first sunrise of 2016? | Living | Choshi-shi, Chiba – Hachioji-shi, Tokyo | City-Cost

 

The first sunrise is an important aspect of New Year’s celebrations in Japan. Many plan their first visit to the temple or shrine in conjunction with witnessing that first sunrise of the year. Hence, as I mentioned in a previous article, Takao-san is a popular place to visit from the early hours of New Year’s day. Not only can you say your first prayers in an ancient temple, you can also be one of the first to see the sunrise AND catch the first glimpse of Mt Fuji for the New Year. The sunrise can be witnessed from Mt Takao, and Mt Mitake too, at about 6.48am on New Year’s Day 2016.

However, that is not the earliest you can see the sun rise for the very first time in Japan in 2016.  Choshi in Chiba owns that honour. You can see the sunrise at the Eastern most point of the Kanto area at about 6.46am. The Choshi tourist association recommends Inubosaki, along the coast, as a viewing point. It is a free public area and there is free parking. You can also access this area from public transport as it is only a 7 minute walk from Inubosaki train station. Wrap up well though, it will be cold.

 

For Tokyo and mainland Kanto, the first sunrise of 2016 is generally expected to be visible at about 6.50am, weather permitting of course.  It is quite difficult to see the rising sun in many parts of Tokyo, but there are some places that enjoy a view. How about from 150 metres up? Tokyo Tower opens it doors at 6am on New Year’s day. They do charge for the pleasure and have a restriction on the number of people they are letting up the tower, so do arrive early if you want to be one of them.   Rainbow promenade also has a limit on numbers, but it is free in. The Telecom Centre, one of Tokyo’s lesser known observation areas, also has a view for 500 yen per person.  If you happen to be in Haneda airport at 6.50 in the morning, you can see the sunrise from the domestic terminal 2 observation decks.

I will watch from a river embankment near my house in rural Saitama. We normally have a great view on a sunny day, so here’s hoping… I wish you many beautiful sunrises in 2016. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Photo:

“Mount Fuji from Mount Ogochi 2000-10-22” by Alpsdake – 投稿者自身による作品. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mount_Fuji_from_Mount_Ogochi_2000-10-22.jpg#/media/File:Mount_Fuji_from_Mount_Ogochi_2000-10-22.jpg

New Year Races – Boats, Bikes and Horses | SAITAMA CITY & TODA

It is very common in my homeland of Ireland, for people to attend horse races during the winter holidays. Around where I lived it is the Leopardstown Races on St Stephen’s Day. Here in Japan, Christmas is not a main event, but New Years is like our Christmas. So when I saw an advert for horse races in Saitama over the New Year my attention peaked. My interest led me to research more and I found not only horse race information, but other type of New Years races that can be enjoyed during the holiday season.  Whether you are looking for a unique place for a New Year’s date, or an alternative place for a ladies day out, or maybe a casual get together with work mates, or just a fun family day in Saitama, you might get an idea here.  Each of the sports mentioned are ones that you can legally bet on in Japan and there are betting facilities at the venues.

HORSE RACES

Thoroughbred Horse Racing at Urawa Racecourse

About 30 minutes on a train from Tokyo and a 15 minute walk from Minami Urawa and Urawa stations lies a local Government race course.  On race days, there is a free shuttle bus from East Exit of JR Minami-Urawa station. The entry fee to the grounds is only 100 yen. You can pay for a seat if you prefer with costs starting from 500 yen and Viewing boxes cost from 2000 yen. The paddock is close to the stands, so it is possible to see the thoroughbreds up close and personal. This was my experience at the Tokyo race course also. There are a row of shops where you can buy food and goods. Food is very reasonably priced. A popular keepsake is a tumbler of the Saitama mascot Kobaton in horseracing gear.

The race course is closed for New Year’s day, but they have races from January 6th to 8th (2016 dates) with their New Year Cup on the 7th. First races start at 9.40 in the morning.

For more information on the premises in English: http://japanracing.jp/en/go-racing/local-racecourses/n09.html




For more information about the New Year Cup in Japanese: http://www.urawa-keiba.jp/navi/index.html

BICYCLE RACES

Professional Cycling Races at Omiya

There are lots of events annually at the Omiya Velodrome. Shortly into the new year they will be holding the popular Kurashige memorial cup races. This special memorial cup event will take place from January 16th to 19th (dates for 2016). THe Omiya race tracks are known for their added services, such as a stamp rally for kids, free sweets in the morning, a free drink at lunch and a free indoor playroom for young children. During this special event, they will have even more attractions for families to enjoy, such as an illusion show on the 16th and Saitama mascot Kobaton visiting on the 18th.

The official homepage for bicycle racing: http://keirin.jp/pc/dfw/dataplaza/guest/

 



Omiya bike races facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/keirin.saitama/

BOAT RACES

Boat Race Stadium Toda

The boat race courses in Toda were designed and opened for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. They still hold big races every year. From the 3rd of January (2016) you can enjoy the 46th annual (very roughly translated) “Saitama racers sports Japan competition” event.  It is only a 100 yen into the stadium. Seating costs additional money. There are indoor and outdoor seats.  You can buy food on the premises and they have a free children’s play area.

The official website: http://www.boatrace-toda.jp/

Information about boat racing in Japan, in English: http://www.boatrace.jp/en.html

 

In researching this post, I found information in the 2016 January magazine print issue of “Tokyo Walker“. That issue also includes information on the Seibu Amusement Park velodrome which is beside the ski slopes in Seibu in Tokorozawa. They have races annually in January, this year the dates are January 27th to 29th 2016. There was also information on more boat races in Saitama including “Boat pier Kurihashi” and “Boat pier Okabe“.  I had a great day out at the Tokyo horse races a few years ago, so I am definitely keen to try some of the local races here in Saitama. I am particularly interested in the boat races as these are not something you see very often in Ireland. I hope to have a report on one of them in the New Year! 🙂

Whatever you do over the New Year, have a great holiday season.

New Year’s Day in Saitama | Lucky Bags

Lucky bags are a very popular New Year’s tradition. I first happened upon lucky bags quite by accident when I was a student here. It was early in the New Year and myself and my friends were shopping in Takasaki station. They had a sealed Hello Kitty box on sale in a clearance bin. We asked the shop assistant what was in it. She no longer had the list of contents hence it was in the clearance bin. She said it was stationary but couldn’t say what for sure, because it was one of the last “fukubukuro”. Well, it contained stationary galore and to this day it is the best value for money purchase I ever made. Plus, I still have the box all the goodies came in!

福 fuku means luck and 袋 bukuro is a bag. Afore mentioned sales clerk explained that lucky bags are made up of goodies for a discounted price. Clothes shops offer clothes fukubukuro, electronic shops may have household goods etc. It reminds me of a lucky dip in Ireland. In later years, I realised that some lucky bags are more famous than others. Shibuya 109 may possibly be the most famous. It draws thousands.

Meanwhile in Saitama…well, hmmm, not sure we have anything to the level of Shibuya 109, but there are some good ones. Here’s a little round-up for those of you who plan to venture out in the crowds on New Year’s Day. There are others that start on January 2nd, they are in a separate post. Be warned a lot of these lucky bags sell out within a day.

 

ARCHE, Omiya Station

Their lucky bags go on sale at 10am on January the 1st and remain at the sale price until the last one is sold. Arche is right in front of the West exit of Omiya Station. There is another sale running simultaneously.
URL: http://www.arche.ne.jp/archenews/#post-176

 

SOGOU, Omiya

They have various different types of lucky bags on different floors; womens clothing, womens goods, kids clothing, sports and interior etc. In spite having lots of lucky bags, they say that they sell out quickly.  Opening from 10am. Just a minute’s walk from Omiya Station.

URL: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/omiya/

PARCO, Urawa

Lucky bags go on sale at 9am on New Year’s day and will remain on sale until the last one is sold. Parco is right beside Urawa station. There is another sale running simultaneously.

URL: http://parco.jp/sale/

APITA Peony Walk Higashimatsuyama

They have a number of different type of lucky bags, some with pyjamas, some with clothes, even some with shoes. The shop will open from 9am. Peony walk is a short bus ride from Takasaka station on the Tobu Tojo line. It has plenty of free parking.

URL: http://www.peonywalk.com/index.html

Mitsui Shopping Park LALAPORT Shin Misato

Opening an hour earlier than usual, at 9am, on New Year’s day.  There are other sales running simultaneously.

URL: http://www.lalaport-shinmisato.com/

 

TOYSRUS/BABIESRUS, Saitama branches

The various Toysrus and Babiesrus around Saitama (Kawagoe, Okegawa, Laketown, Kuki, Iruma etc) offer lucky bags in the New Year. You can already buy them online tonight. They have the type that you don’t know what is contained in them, as well as ones that show you what you are getting inside.

URL: http://www.toysrus.co.jp/disp/CSfDispListPage_001.jsp?dispNo=&q=%E7%A6%8F%E8%A2%8B

 

Go on, treat yourself to one!! They’re usually great value for money and a bit of craic too. If there are any really good lucky bags you know of, please do share the information in the comments below. 🙂

Whatever you do this New Year, make it a good one. HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

 

Santa IS coming to Saitama!

Santa Claus IS coming to Saitama. I was beginning to think he wasn’t, but just two minutes ago I found where Santa will visit in Saitama. He is visiting Mallage in Kuki this coming Sunday, the 20th of December.

Mallage are offering customers the chance to get their photo taken with Santa at one of the three allocated time slots. He will visit at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets will be distributed to 100 customers each time, in the first floor “taki no court”. This is a free event. Don’t forget your camera!

Mallage has been around for quite sometime, but it recently added even more shops and services for families. It is also now more accessible thanks to the extension of the Ken-o highway, that opened last month. Parking is plentiful and free. If you have young children they might enjoy the Secret Forest, which features on this blog.

Visit real life scenery from Yama no Susume “Climb of Encouragement” Anime in Hanno, Saitama

In the 20th episode of the second season of the anime Yama no Susume, “Climb of Encouragement“, you can see a beautiful park with quirky buildings, that looks completely fictional. Fortunately, for all of us, it’s an actual park in the rural area of Hanno, right beside Tokyo. The park is called Akebono no Mori or “Akebono’s forest“, but it is also called Moomin Valley due to it’s connection with the Moomin characters. You can find more about that as well as general information about the park here on one of the first posts written in English about the park: http://insaitama.com/moomin-valley-akebono-forest-in-hanno-city/. Here are some scenes from the anime, with a real life photo for comparison.

 

Anime

Real life

 

 

Anime

 Real life

Anime

Real life

 

There are other scenes from the anime within walking distance of Akebono’s Forest.  I even found a map online of the route you can take to see them all.  Unfortunately, it is in Japanese only.

 

 

You can find other scenes with information in English on this blog here: https://ramenshojo.wordpress.com/tag/yama-no-susume/

Don’t forget to check out http://insaitama.com/moomin-valley-akebono-forest-in-hanno-city/ if you want information in English on how to get to Moomin Valley.

(Originally posted on Blogger)

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SANTAstic Tochigi

In my search for Santa, one prefecture that stood out for having a good selection of Santa events and attractions was TOCHIGI. So my family of six took to the road to do a bit of reconnaissance. Thanks to the completion of a new stretches of highway, Tochigi is very accessible from Saitama. It took us just under two hours to reach our first stop in Nasu, where much to my delight the first thing we saw was Santa’s private sleigh.  It was the start of a magical day for my four kids ages 1 to 6 years old, and I have to say, I enjoyed it more than I had anticipated. We thoroughly absorbed the Christmas atmosphere and came home with a little jingle in our steps! There were so many Santa photo spots, events and attractions and the great news is that there is even more SANTAstic fun planned for many parts of Tochigi for the next few days.

 

661 STREET

661 Street is a quirky row of shops and a museum, that are all adjoined. The Coca Cola store within 661 street offers two ways to meet Santa each Christmas. One is the SANTA EXPRESS! When you purchase more than 5,000 yen of Coca Cola goods in the Coke Store, Santa will personally deliver your purchases to your home (within the area). This offer runs between December 23rd and 25th. The other is a meet and greet within the Coca Cola store. (Images on the left and right from 661 street).

Apart from being able to meet the real Santa you can also enjoy the Christmas decorations and Santa photo spots. You can even get a photo with Elvis, a regular fixture at 661 street, with Santa in the background. That Santa is in front of the Coca Cola store. They also have inflated snowmen and a Santa display out the front of the premises.

Nasu Santa (1)    Nasu Santa (5)   Nasu Santa (4)

URL: http://www.661st.com/

Address: 4328-1 Takakuko, Nasu, Tochigi 325-0001.

Phone: 0287-64-0661

FINLAND NO MORI

People queuing up to see the real Santa
People queuing up to see the real Santa

Finland no Mori also offer two ways to meet Santa. This Saturday, the 19th, between 2 and 3pm anyone can meet him at the bakery for free, or you can pay to meet him at a more leisurely pace at allocated times from the 19th to the 25th. If you purchase 1,000 yen of goods from the bakery or cafe you get a ticket to see Santa. With this ticket you get the opportunity to take photos. Each day the times are a little different and subject to change so please check on the website (below), but generally there is a mid-morning and early afternoon slot.
Apart from the opportunity to meet the real Santa, there are also some fun Santa photo spots around the area.  Finland no mori is also home to a Moomin shop and a Hammock cafe among others. More to come on Finland no Mori in the coming days. Not too far from Finland no mori, there is a shop were it is Christmas all year round; Christmas Town.

Santa's sleigh Tochigi     Nasu Santa (7)     Nasu Santa (8)  Hammock Cafe

URL: http://finlandnomori.net/news.html

Address: 2730-36 Takakuotsu, Nasu Tochigi 325-0303

Phone: 0287-78-0981

 

BABIES-R-US

Santa Claus will be hanging out in the Babiesrus in Sano for most of the day on the 19th. He will be walking around the store a number of times during the day; 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. If you find him, say hello and get a photo with him. Don’t forget your camera!

URL: http://www2.toysrus.co.jp/store/storeinfo/store.php?id=4789

Address: Aeon Mall, 1324-1 Takahagi Cho, Sano, Tochigi 327-0821

Phone: 0283-21-8801

 

SANTA TRAIN – MOOKA STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

Excerpt from an article on this blog, where you can get all the information you need: http://insaitama.com/santa-train/

This special event is only available for 2 days on December 19th and 20th. The outbound train leaves from Shimodate Station in Ibaraki at 10.35 arriving in Motegi in Tochigi at 12.06. It returns later that day, leaving Motegi at 14.26 arriving to Mooka  (not Shimodate)Station at 15.19. It costs for an adult 1030 yen ONE WAY for the event, plus 500 yen for the steam locomotive fare. Children cost 520 yen for the event and 250 yen for the train fare. Preschool children are free. Tickets for the steam locomotive are already on sale at Midori-no-madoguchi (Reservation Ticket Office), View Plaza (Travel Service Center) at Mooka Station in Tochigi.

URL: Mooka Steam Locomotive SANTA train

Phone: 0285-82-9151

NAKAGAWA AQUATIC PARK

Kimono santaFrom December 1st until 23rd the aquatic park in Otawara has Santa visiting. From 11am and 1pm, for an hour each time, you can get a photo of Santa swimming  around the tank and interacting with the audience with an etcher sketcher! On Saturdays and Sundays Santa wears a red Santa Kimono instead of his usual suit, at the 1pm showing only. The Santa event doesn’t cost any extra money, once you have a ticket in to the aquatic park. Entry is 600 yen for adults and 250 yen for children over 6. Under 6 are free. Please check the website for up-to-date prices. (Images on the left and right taken from the official website.)

URL: http://tnap.jp/index.php

Address: 2686 Sarado, Otawara-shi, TOCHIGI 324-0404

Phone: 0287-98-3055

 

PREMIUM OUTLETS SANO

Santa is available for photos on Saturday the 19th at the outlet. You can find information for Santa Claus at the Premium Outlets in Sano on this blog: http://insaitama.com/santa-premium-outlets/

URL:http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/sano/

Phone: 0283-20-5800

Address: 2058 Koenacho, Sano, Tochigi Prefecture 327-0822

 

NASUKARASUYAMA CITY

It is rumoured that Santa will visit Nasukarayama on the 25th to give out sweets to kids. There is a popular winter illumination spot in this area run by the tourist association who can be contacted on 0287-84-1977. The flyer can be found online here: http://park18.wakwak.com/~omotenashi/irumi.pdf

I cannot confirm that Santa will visit on the 25th, but I have added to the list because it is the home of Santa Hills.  SANTA HILLS is a cottage and campsite where Santa has a house, hence it is rumoured he will visit his Tochigi house on the way home!! He does visit young guests of this campsite and lodges throughout December, but they also have a Christmas shop open to the general public and the cafe has a Christmassy feel too!

URL: http://www.santahills.co.jp/

Phone: 0287-96-4622

 

 

On our own trip, we also went to the Teddy Bear Museum where some of the teddies are dressed up in Santa outfits and Olaf costumes. There were many places we passed on our journey that had Christmas decorations and winter illumination. There wasn’t time to investigate them all. However, what we saw and what we felt was reminiscent of a Scandinavian Christmas and I certainly want to go back to investigate more. If you have anywhere you would like to recommend, please do not hesitate to comment.
Nasu Santa (13) Nasu Santa (12) Nasu Santa (11)

 

 

Adult lift pass and information for Houdaigi | Gunma

There are a number of ski resorts that participate in a family ski programme. They offer discounts on lift passes to families. There are some conditions, for example you have to have a print version of the coupon on your person, you cannot get the discount by showing it online. Most resorts in the programme also stipulate that children of the family must be under a certain age, usually primary school age or younger. Generally, you cannot use these coupons in conjunction with any other type of discount. However, for those who fall within the guidelines, there are some great savings to enjoy. The coupons I will be featuring this month can only be used for the 2015-2016 ski / snowboarding season.


Hodaigi Snow Resort, MINAKAMI, GUNMA

The Hodaigi family snow resort in Minakami, Gunma, is offering a 1,000 yen discount on their “daily adult pack”. The pack includes a meal ticket. The regular cost is 5,200, with this coupon that you must print out from the link, it is 4,200 yen; http://famiski.jp/coupon/gunma/hodaigi/  – CLICK the blue button with a printer icon and 印刷する. This coupon is only for those visiting the snow resort with young children.

Season: December 12th 2015 to April 10th 2016

Lifts: 6

Courses: 16

Preschoolers: Lift is FREE

Kids park: FREE, but if you use the snow esculator it costs 700 yen for the day or 100 yen for one time.

Parking: FREE on weekdays

Ski School: for over 3s

Creche: “Snow fairy Nursery/ Creche” accept children from 6 months to 6 years old, 1,600 yen for one hour.

Attraction: They have sleighs with handles

Events: Kids snow festival on January 24th, February 21st, March 13th

Access: Train – FREE shuttle bus from Minakami station on the Joestu Line. Car – 17 kilometres from Minakami interchange on Kanetsu expressway.

Brochure: (Japanese only) http://hodaigi.jp/hp-mng/uploader/1/files/HODAIGI_REAF2016.pdf

URL: http://hodaigi.jp/

English site: http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/gunma/minakami/minakami-houdaigi

TEL: 0278-75-2557

Address: 3839-1Fujiwara, Tone District, Gunma

**Print the coupon from the linked page**

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Lift pass discount for Hoshino Resort Tomamu | Hokkaido

There are a number of ski resorts that participate in a family ski programme. They offer discounts on lift passes to families. There are some conditions, for example you have to have a print version of the coupon on your person, you cannot get the discount by showing it online. Most resorts in the programme also stipulate that children of the family must be under a certain age, usually primary school age or younger. Generally, you cannot use these coupons in conjunction with any other type of discount. The coupons I will be featuring this month can only be used for the 2015-2016 season.

Hokkaido

The Hoshino Resort Tomamu in Hokkaido offer a 10% discount on the lift pass for all members of ONE family only for one day only; on famiski.jp. A regular ticket for adults is 5,400 yen and 3,800 yen for kids, with this coupon it becomes 4,800 yen for adults and 3,400 yen for kids. Please print out the coupon using the blue button with a print icon and 印刷する from this link: http://famiski.jp/coupon/hokkaido/tomamu/

Hokkaido Hoshino Tomamu Information
URL: http://www.snowtomamu.jp/winter/
In English: http://www.snowtomamu.jp.e.vc.hp.transer.com/winter/
TEL: 0167-58-1111
ADDRESS: 〒079-2204 Nakatomamu, Shimukappu-mura, Yuufutsu-gun, Hokkaido

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2015 Autumn Leaves at Edo Castle remains| Kitain Temple

On the grounds of Kitain Temple there is a very special building, which is home to some important national treasures. The house protects the only remains of the Edo Castle living quarters, which was once located at the site of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The rooms where moved from the Edo Castle on the order of Shogun Iemitsu, including the room he was born in.  It turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the castle was later destroyed by natural disasters.

The building is a museum of sorts, and you have to pay to enter. The ticket also grants you access to the 500 statues of Rakan. A bonus to the museum building is that the gardens are absolutely magnificent, particularly in Autumn. You can’t enter the gardens, but you can enjoy the view from the terrace of the historic house.  With just a smart phone as a camera, you can’t quite see the beautiful red bridge, but in person the view is truly breathtaking.  Red bridges have always been synonmous with Japan for me, but it is actually quite rare to see one. If you are in Kawagoe in Autumn, I would recommend paying in to see the gardens and the imperial rooms of the Edo castle.

For those with children, there is a small playground on the temple grounds and lots of places for the children to explore. There is also rest areas, a toilet, vending machines, a little restaurant and a small shop. To the best of my knowledge none of the toilets have nappy changing facilities, but nobody has ever taken exception to me changing babies on a bench or in their buggy! Visitors from home always enjoy a trip to Kitain, particularly when the leaves have changed colour in the first or second week of November.

 

Kitain Temple is less than an hour from Tokyo. It is a 20 minute walk from Kawagoe Station on the Tobu Tojo Line or 15 minutes from the Seibu Shinjuku Line HonKawagoe Station. You can also get a local bus from either of these stations. By car it is 20 minutes from either the Kawagoe Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway or from the Kawajima Interchange of the Metropolitan Intercity (Ken-O) Expressway. Parking is available at 500 yen for the day. Car park closes at 16.00.

Access from Kawagoe Station

Koedo Kawagoe bus one day pass allows you unlimited travel on the Koedo Kawagoe buses. It costs 300 yen. In the bus they have a monitor with sightseeing information.  Some tourist places give discounts on souvenirs or entrance tickets to people with a one day pass.
Koedo Kawagoe Loop Bus

Koedo Meguri (Loop) Bus from Kawagoe station. You can buy a one day pass that allows you unlimited travel on the Meguri Bus. It stops at 16 different locations. 104 different shops, offer discount services such as souvenirs, food, and entrance fees to facilities for holders of this day pass. There are announcements in English and Chinese as well as Japanese so foreigners can feel at ease.

More information here:
http://www.new-wing.co.jp/koedo/index_e.html

Kawagoe Access by train from Tokyo and Omiya

  • 31 minutes from Ikebukuro on a express train on the Tobu Tojo Line. 470 yen
  • 44 minutes from Seibu Shinjuku on a Red Arrow Limited Express. 420 yen for the express ticket, plus base fare.
  • 66 minutes from Shinjuku or 62 minutes from Takadanobaba on Seibu Shinjuku Line.  You can buy one round trip ticket for 700 yen for either of those stations.
  • 54 minutes from JR Shinjuku on a rapid train of the Saikyo/Kawagoe line. 760 yen.
  • 28 minutes on a regular train from Omiya on the Saikyo/Kawagoe Line or 22 minutes on the rapid train.
  • The Fukutoshin and Yurakucho subways connect to the Tobu Tojo line at Wako-shi. Some of them go all the way to Kawagoe (and beyond) too.

Access by Car

About 21 kilometres from Nerima to Kawagoe using the Kanetsu Expressway. The toll for the expressway is about 840 yen.

About 40 kilometres from Hinode using the Ken-o highway. The toll is about 1400 yen.

For more information about Kitain Temple and all it has to offer:

In English: http://www.kawagoe.com/kitain/english/

In Japanese: http://www.kawagoe.com/kitain/

On this blog in English:

http://insaitama.com/cherry-blossom-festival-at-kitain-temple/

http://insaitama.com/autumn-leaves-at-kitain-temple-kawagoe/

Kitain New Year’s event: Daruma market on January 3rd. 

Kitain Temple Daruma Festival | KAWAGOE

Discount and information for FUJITEN | Yamanashi

There are a number of ski resorts that participate in a family ski programme. They offer discounts on lift passes to families. There are some conditions, for example you have to have a print version of the coupon on your person, you cannot get the discount by showing it online. Most resorts in the programme also stipulate that children of the family must be under a certain age, usually primary school age or younger. Generally, you cannot use these coupons in conjunction with any other type of discount. However, for those who fall within the guidelines, there are some great savings to enjoy. The coupons I will be featuring this month can only be used for the 2015-2016 ski / snowboarding season.

Fujiten Snow Resort, YAMANASHI

The Fujiten Snow Resort in Yamanashi is offering a 1,000 yen discount on their “daily adult pack”. The pack includes a meal ticket. The regular price is 5,000 yen on weekdays, 5,500 yen on weekends. With the coupon ticket (that you need to print from the linked page) the pack is 4,000 yen on weekdays, 4,500 yen on weekends. The coupon can be used for up to 3 people who are eligible under the definition of family. Senior citizens and those eligible for a disability discount are not eligible for this particular coupon. The coupon can not be exchanged for money. COUPON HERE, press the blue button with 印刷する to print it: http://famiski.jp/coupon/yamanashi/fujiten/  If you do not have a print version of this coupon with you on the day, you are not eligible for the discount.

 



Season: December 5th 2015 to April 3rd 2016

Lifts: 4

Courses: 7

Toddlers: Lift is FREE for up to 3 year olds

Kids park: 700 yen, they have a special offer for those who buy a lift pass – kids park plus meal for 1,300 yen.

Parking: FREE on weekdays

Ski Lessons: for over 4s

Snowboard lessons: for primary school age up

Creche: from newborns up. 1 hour 1,300 yen, half day 3,300 yen. More information in Japanese here: http://www.fujiten.net/pc/information_centerhouse_guide.shtml#Sub_content_b02

Attraction: They have a mini Fuji play area for kids

Events: Family days on January 11th, February 11th and March 21st at which time the ski lifts are free for under 7s.

Access: Taxi from Kawaguchiko station, about 20 minutes. 13 kilometres from Kawaguchi Interchange.

URL: http://www.fujiten.net/

English site: http://www.fujiten.net/pc/en/

TEL: 0555-85-2000

Address: 8545-1 Fujisan, Narusawa Mura Aza, Minamitsuru district, Yamanashi 401-0300

**Print the coupon from the linked page**

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