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.
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John F. Kennedy International Airport
Narita International Airport
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Tokyo Metropolitan Area
The Nihombashi area, known as a "town for merchants," flourished in the Edo period centered on the Five Routes, which converged there. It continues to be the center of commerce and finance even today, with streets lined with offices, department stores, long-standing shops, etc.
On Chuo-dori Street, visitors may enjoy seeing Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, known as Japan's first department store, and other famous buildings of Tokyo, including the nationally designated important cultural properties of Takashimaya Nihombashi Store and the Bank of Japan Headquarters.
There are also numerous long-standing and famous specialty stores and traditional restaurants founded in the Edo period.
Ningyocho, retaining the atmosphere of Shitamachi, has many long-standing businesses from the Edo period, and it is also renowned for Suitengu Shrine dedicated to prayers of conception and easy childbirth, and the ceramics, doll and pickled vegetable fairs synonymous with their respective seasons.
JR Chuo Line
Tokyo Station → Yotsuya Station
JR Sobu Line
Yotsuya Station → Yoyogi Station
40 minutes / 170 yen
Meiji Jingu Shrinemore
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.
The museum was founded in 1941 to preserve and display Japanese and East Asian antique art from the collection of its founder, Nezu Kaichiro, a businessman whose career included being President of the Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. It reopened in October 2009, newly designed by Kengo Kuma. The expanse of this open, relaxing space is an enjoyable place to appreciate art.
The lush 17,000 square meters of Japanese garden creates an oasis in the city, where visitors can take pleasure in the passage of the seasons.
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Omotesando Station → Akasakamitsuke Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Akasakamitsuke Station → Tokyo Station
30 minutes / 200 yen
Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu
7：55 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.
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9：10 Aomori Airportmore
The gateway to Aomori, located between Aomori city, a top tourist destination in the prefecture, and Hirosaki city, providing outstanding access.
In the winter, the White Impulse runway snow removal team gets to work. They look after Aomori in the winter with overwhelming quickness and efficiency.
Enjoy dining on White Impulse Curry at the airport restaurant.
Aomori Airport→Aomori Ekimae
About 35 minutes
JR Bus Mizuumi-go
Aomori Station→Ropeway Ekimae
About 1 hours
This aerial outing, which takes about ten minutes each way, offers outstanding views. Visitors can enjoy skiing on the magnificent mountains from winter to spring, trekking in the summer, and viewing the foliage in fall.
Hakkoda Ropeway Ekimae→Sukayu Onsen
The Hiba Sennin Buro is a large, communal bath that is as big as 160 tatami mats. It was made entirely from hiba arborvitae wood, without a single support pillar, and it is famous throughout Sukayu Onsen. Consideration was given to installing screens and it features women-only bathing times, so it can be readily enjoyed by people that are new to mixed bathing.
About 10 minutes
About 10 minutes
Sukayu Onsen → Choshi Otaki
About 1 hour and 20 minutes
Oirase Stream is concealed by a dense, virgin forest. Along the roughly 14km it runs from Nenokuchi at Lake Towada to Yakeyama, an infinite variety of beautiful streams, moss gardens, oddly shaped rocks, and sites of scenic beauty spread out. With over 300 species of bryophytes inhabiting this area, the entire area is a veritable natural moss garden.
About 30 minutes
With its beautiful lake that is like a mirror reflecting the sky and mountains, as well as its open and vast panoramas that take one's breath away, Lake Towada is famous for its fresh greenery and autumn foliage. As such, it receives numerous visitors who come to fully enjoy the four seasons there.
Towada Lake Excursion Boat
About 50 minutes, 1,400yen
About 2 hours 45 minutes
Aomori Ekimae→Aomori Airport
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