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STONE & WATER

After enjoying a stroll around Meiji Jingu Shrine, a spot surrounded by nature despite its location in central Tokyo, travel to Oirase Stream in Aomori and take in the colorful scenery of majestic nature within the gentle passing of time.

Official Tokyo Travel Guide
http://www.gotokyo.org/en/

Local government official website
http://www.en-aomori.com/

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Haneda Airportmore

The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area

Day1

TOKYO

Todoroki Valleymore

This 1km valley, situated at the southern tip of the Musashino Plateau, is one of the few valleys in the Tokyo area.
Go down the steps at the entrance to Golf Bridge, a 3-minute walk from Todoroki Station, and find the walking trail that follows the Yazawa River downstream.
Hear the rustling of the Japanese zelkova, konara oaks, and dogwood trees in the breeze, the murmuring of the river, and the wild birdsong; so close to nature you would never think you were in the city.

Tokyu Oimachi Line Todoroki Station → Jiyugaoka Station
Tokyu Toyoko Line Jiyugaoka Station → Kita-Sando Station
Approximately 40 minutes / 370 yen

A 6-minute walk from Kita-Sando Station

Meiji Jingu Shrinemore

RECOMMENDED DESTINATIONS

The shrine was established in 1920 as a dedication to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and the Empress Dowager Shōken. The extensive forest around the shrine in the center of the city was created artificially by planting a hundred thousand trees donated from people all over the country.
The shrine attracts the greatest number of worshippers every year during "hatsumode" over the New Year period.

Approximately 10 minutes

Yoyogi Parkmore

Yoyogi Park is the fifth largest urban park in the 23 wards of Tokyo. It is separated by a road into two sections: Section A is a forest park, and in contrast Section B has an athletics stadium, outdoor stage and other facilities.
This site, once an army drill ground, was used as the Washington Heights U.S. military barracks after the war; it then became the Olympic village for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and afterwards was opened as a park. Trees that were still young when the park was opened have grown today to form a dense green forest along with those of Meiji Jingu Shrine.

JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station → Shinjuku Station
Approximately 20 minutes / 140 yen

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo  (Shinjuku)

Day2

TOHOKU(AOMORI)

Tokyo Stationmore

October 2012 saw completion of the preservation and renovation work on the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. The red brick facade long loved as the symbol of Tokyo Station has made a comeback, along with the history and grandeur of the original building dating nearly a hundred years back. The occasion also saw the reopening of Tokyo Station Hotel and Tokyo Station Gallery. The former is the only hotel situated within an important cultural property of Japan. The interior is designed in a sophisticated, classical European style to blend with the splendor of the Marunouchi Building exterior.

JR Shinkansen Hayabusa(JR EAST PASS) Show details

Shin-Aomori Stationmore

Approximately 3 hours from Tokyo Station. The Aomori Tourist Information Center is situated on the second floor, and is a base for tourism in Aomori. Shin-Aomori is an unusual station facing the sea. There is an abundance of souvenirs from each area within the prefecture available here.

JR Bus Shin-Aomori → Yakeyama
Approximately 2 hours / 2,300 yen

Oirase Stream Cyclingmore

RECOMMENDED DESTINATIONS

Approximately 2 hours from Shin-Aomori Station by car. Rent bicycles from the Oirase Stream Museum, which is situated close to Keiryu-no-Eki Oirase (a gift shop and restaurant), and is a hub for sightseeing in the Yakeyama District. Inside the museum, you can enjoy the kokedama (moss ball)-making experience and gourd-lamp-making experience, and in the winter, try the candle-making experience.

Oirase Stream Museum → Nenokuchi
1 hour 30 minutes / 1,000 yen per hour

JR Bus Nenokuchi → Shimo-Utarube
280 yen / h

Lake Towada Canoe Tourmore

On this tour you can "wander around" in a Canadian canoe on the caldera lake surrounded by beech forest. The tour arrives and departs from Utarube Camping Site. The appeal of this tour lies in the way you can really enjoy first hand experience on the sparkling lake water, managing the boat yourself. Extensive support is provided via careful instruction from the guides, making this safe for beginners.

JR Bus Shimo-Utarube → Yakeyama
40 minutes / 840 yen

Oirase Keiryu Hotel

Day3

Oirase Keiryu Hotel

JR Bus Yakeyama → Tsuta Onsen
Approximately 20 minutes / 390 yen

Tsuta Onsenmore

Tsuta Onsen, nestled halfway up the southern part of the Hakkoda Mountains deep inside Aomori prefecture, is surrounded by a quiet beech forest. Here, things run to "forest time."
Time for a single beech seedling to become a great tree, and finally return to the earth.
Time for a rich forest to offer a rich source of water.
Time for the wet marshland to transform into soft forest.
One minute of life in the city is not the same as one minute spent in an onsen hotel in the forest.
Say goodbye to frantic busy time for a little while, and enjoy the relaxing "forest time."

JR Bus Tsuta Onsen → Hakkoda Ropeway
Approximately 50 minutes 1,170 yen

Hakkoda Ropewaymore

It's a 10-minute trip one-way in the gondolas that allow you to enjoy magnificent views, arriving at Summit Park Station on the peak of Mt. Tamoyachidake. From Summit Park Station, you can look over not just the Hakkoda mountains, but Aomori City and Mutsu Bay, the Tsugaru Peninsula, Shimokita Peninsula and Mt. Iwaki as well.
You shouldn’t miss the fresh green of early summer, or the beautiful red leaves of fall (late September to mid October).
There is a bustling ski area here in the winter. The elegantly formed frost on the trees may not be unusual, but turning your gaze to distant Hokkaido while gliding is an experience unique to Hakkoda.

Skiing is possible from late November to mid May, and in some places you can enjoy summer skiing in August.
The trees are frosted from February to March.

JR Bus Ropeway Ekimae → Shin-Aomori Station
Approximately 60 minutes / 1,100 yen

Shin-Aomori Station

JR Shinkansen Hayabusa(JR EAST PASS) Show details

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