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Let’s Go! 5picturesque and photogenic spots in Kanto region 

If you are staying in Tokyo, we would like to introduce you to the scenic spots in the Kanto area that can be visited on a day trip. All of these spots are recommended for photo lovers. Please feel free to use these photo points as a reference too. 
※ All information and prices listed are accurate as of September 2020.
※In Japan, elementary school students are approximately 6 to 12 years old, junior high school students are 12 to 15 years old, high school students are 15 to 18 years old, and university students are 18 to 22 years old, with regard to the grades listed on the price list.

 

(1)Hitachi Seaside Park(Ibaraki Pref.)
(2)Nagatoro's Iwadatami(Saitama Pref.)
(3)Nokogiriyama Ropeway Sanroku Station

        (Chiba Pref.)
(4)Ashikaga Flower Park(Tochigi Pref.)
(5)Onioshidashi Garden(Gunma Pref.)

 

(1)  Impressive Fields of Red Kochia! Hitachi Seaside Park (Ibaraki)

Hitachi Seaside Park covers an area of 215 hectares and boasts a variety of flowers annually. Of all floras, the most popular one is the nemophila, which bloom on Miharashino Hill annually (the best season is from mid-April - early May). Around 5.3 million nemophila bloom like a blue carpet. The flowers are so tiny, so get up close

and shoot!

Additionally, the autumn colours of Kochia (the best time to see them is mid-October) is a must see, and the number of these flowers is around 32,000! The bright red fluffy Kochia sprawling everywhere and the full area looks just like a movie world. Whichever you go for, it is popular to shoot them looking up the hill with the blue sky in the background, not only from the top of the hill itself. The park is vast, so we recommend renting a bicycle from the cycle centre to get around the park!

 

Hitachi Seaside Park 
Address:Onuma-aza 605-4, Mawatari, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki.
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the JR Joban Line Limited Express to Katsuta Station in about 85 minutes. From bus station 2 outside the east exit of Katsuta station it takes approximately 15 minutes to arrive at Kaihin Koen west exit via local bus.
Entrance fee:
【High school students and above】450 yen
【65 years and older】210 yen
【Junior high school students and younger】Free

 

(2)  Enjoy the autumn colours on Nagatoro River ,Chichibu(Saitama)

 © Saitama Prefecture Trade & Tourism Association 

Nagatoro is located in the Chichibu area and is known for the rapid Nagatoro River. It is a spot where superb views and outdoor activities can be enjoyed. Among them, Kawakudari (going down the river) is a trip down the river on a wooden boat while listening to the boatman giving a talk about Nagatoro's Iwadatami (a national special natural monument. An unusual rock that looks like a raised crystal schist spreading out just like a tatami). 
The boat operates all year round, but we recommend going around mid-November during the autumn leaves season. The autumn leaves that can be seen from the wooden boat are remarkable. For even more spectacular sights, try riding the “Hodosan Ropeway”.
 

Nagatoro's Iwadatami
Address:OazaNagatoro, Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama.
Access: It takes about 80 minutes from Seibu Ikebukuro Line (Limited Express) to Seibu Chichibu, transfer from Seibu Chichibu Station to Chichibu Railway (Ohanabatake Station), and it takes about 20 minutes from there
※On Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays there is also a direct train from Ikebukuro Station to Nagatoro Station.

 

(3)  Feel the thrill at “Hell Peek Point” via Nokogiriyama Ropeway (Chiba)

Mt. Nokogiri, located on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba prefecture, stands at 329.4m tall, and the summit can be easily accessed by ropeway. When the weather is fine, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Sky Tree (R) can be seen from the summit, and from late November, autumn leaves viewing is highly recommended. Also, if you walk a little while from the summit observatory, you can see "Hell Peek Point" on the rocky tract that is sticking out of the cliff. If you look straight down, you can see the land below, so be careful if you are afraid of heights.
Mt. Nokogiri was once a stone production area, and the ruins of the quarry have been left as vertical cliffs. The 30-metre-high "Hakushaku Kannon" carved into the rocky wall is also impressive and worth seeing. It is recommended to point your camera up at "Hell Peek Point" from the Hyakushaku Kannon and take a picture.

 

Nokogiriyama Ropeway Sanroku Station
Address:Kanaya 4052-1, Futtsu-shi, Chiba (Sawzan Ropeway Sanroku Station) 
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the JR Keiyo Line to Soga Station, change to the JR Uchibo Line at Soga Station and get off at Hamakanaya Station. About 8 minutes on foot to Nokogiriyama Ropeway Sanroku Station
Ropeway fee:
【12years and above】(One Way)500yen(Round trip)950yen
【6 – 11 years old】(One Way)250yen(Round trip)450yen

 

(4)  Not just spring flowers, but the winter lights are as stunning! 
Ashikaga Flower Park(Tochigi)

©Ashikaga Flower Park

"Ashikaga Flower Park" is famous for wisteria that is in full bloom from mid-April to mid-May. However, in winter, it’s also known as a famous spot for winter illuminations. 
The event is held annually from late October to early February, and the wisteria shelf  and flower tunnels are beautifully illuminated as well. In 2017, more than 5 million lights were put up in the park, and it was selected as one of the "Three Major Illuminations in Japan". Another highlight to be enjoyed is the variety of illuminations with different themes like Christmas and New Year. If you take a photo looking up at the hanging shelf or the tunnel from the bottom, you can get a magical and impactful photo.

©Ashikaga Flower Park


Ashikaga Flower Park
Address:607 Hasama-cho, Ashikaga City, Tochigi
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the JR Utsunomiya Line to Oyama Station in about 80 minutes. Then transfer to the JR Ryomo Line at Oyama Station, and get off at Ashikaga Flower Park Station in about 35 minutes
Entrance fee:
【1st January – 10th April】: (Adult) 300 yen - 1,200 yen (4 years old - elementary school students) 200 yen - 600 yen
【11th April – 20th May】: (Adult) 900 yen - 1,900 yen (4 years old - elementary school students) 500 yen - 900 yen
【21st May – 30th June】: (Adult) 500 yen - 1,400(4 years old - elementary school students)300yen – 700yen
【1st July – 30th December】(Adult)300yen – 1,000yen(4 years old - elementary school students)100yen ― 500yen
※Prices are subject to change depending on the time of year and the condition of the flowers.


(5)  See a world of black & white at Onioshidashi (Gunma)

Onioshidashi Garden is located in Tsumagoi in Gunma, which is also known as a production area for highland vegetables. It is a spot where lava that flowed during the 1783 giant eruption of Mount Asama was weathered and is now a park. There are various theories floating about, but it seems that it’s named Onioshidashi (“pushing the demon out”) because people thought, "At the time of the eruption, demons pushed the rocks out of the volcano crater." It's a quite a sight to see the strange rocks made of lava of various shapes and sizes piled up and the seasonal flowers fully blooming! Take a stroll while observing the luminous moss that is in full bloom from mid-May to late October, and alpine plants such as Japanese azaleas from early to late June. Autumn leaves from mid-September and the snow season of January are also perfect for a photo shoot! 
White snow glitters on the strange black rocks, and hence creating a world of monotone.

 

Onioshidashi Garden
Address:1053 Kanbara, Tsumagoi-mura, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma.
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Karuizawa Station in about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Get on the bus, and arrive in about 40 minutes.
Entrance fee:(Adult) 650yen(elementary school student)450yen

 

Click here for more information on the facilities mentioned in this article.

【Local information】

Kanto Area
https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/kanto/
Ibaraki
https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/kanto/ibaraki/
https://english.ibarakiguide.jp/

Saitama
https://www.japan.travel/en/travel-directory/Chichibu/
https://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/chokotabi-saitama/eng/index.html

Chiba
https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/kanto/chiba/
http://japan-chiba-guide.com/en/index.html

Tochigi
https://www.japan.travel/en/travel-directory/Tochigi/
https://travel.tochigiji.or.jp/en/

Gunma
https://www.japan.travel/en/travel-directory/Gunma/
https://www.visitgunma.jp/en/Hitachi Seaside Park
https://hitachikaihin.jp/en/

 

5 Transportation Passes for Affordable Travelling Around Kanto
https://www.japan.travel/en/my/enjoy-smart-trip-travel-passes/4-transportation-passes-affordable-travelling-around-kanto/

Japan fruits picking and enjoy them on the spot! Easy accessible fruit picking farms within 2 hours from Tokyo
https://www.japan.travel/en/my/solo-japan/japan-fruits-picking-and-enjoy-them-spot-easy-accessible-fruit-p/
 

Nagatoro's Iwadatami
https://www.nagatoro.gr.jp/en/
https://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/chokotabi-saitama/eng/nagatoro-chichibu/index.html

Nokogiriyama
http://www.mt-nokogiri.co.jp/pc/p130000.php
http://japan-chiba-guide.com/en/plan/course-10.htmlAshikaga Flower Park
http://www.ashikaga.co.jp/english/index.html

Onioshidashi Garden
https://www.visitgunma.jp/en/

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