Atami must be the most famous hot springs city in Shizuoka Prefecture and in Japan! And one of the oldest to boot.
It has always been a favorite destination for Tokyoites in particular.
Shizuoka people do visit the city but in amrkedly smaller numbers.
The main reason for this state of affairs is that Atami is at the eastern extremity of the Prefecture.
The welcoming hot spring just outside the JR Railway Station.
The City counts 7 different hot springs more or less connected to Mount Fuji.
be careful not to touch the water! It is truluyscalding hot!
But you can take a foot bath at areasonable temperature.
Bear in mind that at 16:00 the bath will be emptied!
If you don’t believe, take a plunge! You won’t come back alive! It does look hellish, after all!
The city is celebrated for its plum tree flowers especially in February (and March if you are lucky!)!
One main attraction is the MOA Museum. You had better take a day bus ticket to keep expenses low as the city is half along the coast, half perched on top of steep cliffs. Walking is just a bit too tough. Buis is best!
One can enjoy great vistas from the MOA Museum and other sites atop the nearby mountains!
The park around the Museum is worth a leisurely walk in all seasons!
There are some great photos to be taken outside!
Unfortunately the inside is almost completely prohibited to cameras!
Inside the museum lobby.
Do have a look at the vistas from inside!
One of the rare sights allowed to photographers!
A grand view of the Atami Harbor! The locals call it the Japanese Napoli! LOL
The actual entry of the Museum!
They also have plenty of plum trees in their own park stretching over the mountain slopes.
Difficult to right focus!
It is a vast park that provides qith plenty of physical exercise!
What did I tell you?
Next we shall visit the local markets!
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