MOA Museum of Art
Commanding a spectacular view of Sagami Bay, this museum is home to a wealth of artistically and historically important pieces. The view from MOA’s main lobby takes in the islands of Hatsushima and Izu Oshima.
Dance Performance at Atami Geigi Kenban Kaburenjo
The Geigi Kenban Kaburenjo is where Atami’s own Geigi-shu, a group of traditional entertainers, hone their craft and put on a public performance every Saturday and Sunday. Their public performance is the real deal. A dance called Hana no Mai. It means the Dance of the Flowers. Geigi and geisha are related words and there may be some similarities between this dance in Atami and the famous geisha who entertain guests in the traditional way in Kyoto.
The dance is a charming one and moves to the accompaniment of three-stringed Japanese shamisens. The Geigi dance from long ago and the old fashioned vibe of Atami and its hot spring resort town atmosphere will take you back in time.
Koganezaki Park – The Golden Cape
The name of this location translates to Golden Cape because of the beautiful color of the cliffs when the sunlight touches them.
Visitors looking for a shot of Mt. Fuji or the beautiful blue of the Pacific come here and, weather permitting, they can see both together.
A Stroll Around Matsuzaki to See Old Fashioned Architecture
At the quaint town of Matsuzaki, you will have a chance to see a charming old merchant’s house called Nakase-tei. This house thrived as part of the textiles industry during the 19th century and is an excellent example of a namako-kabe style building. The word namako-kabe refers to the walls striking latticed pattern created by the dark tiles and white plaster. The pattern created reminded people of a kind of sea cucumber called a namako.
Other fine examples of these distinctive patterned tiles can be found at a house called Izu Buntei, the Izu Chohachi Art Museum and the National Cultural Heritage Site at the Iwashina School.
Cape Irōzaki - Coast formed by volcanic activity
Part of the fine scenery of the Izu region is the Irozaki Peninsula. There is an observation area from Oku-Irozaki which gives the very best views of the jagged coast where the land juts out into the beautiful Pacific.
Ryugu-Kutsu – A Spectacular Sea Cave
A cavern formed when the roof of a marine cave crumbled leaving an opening of 50 meters or over 150 feet. The mysterious sea cave can be observed from different vantage points. Ryugu-Kutsu’s name means the Palace of the Dragon King.
Murakami Gassho-zukuri Mingeikan
A chance to see the famous thatched rooves like in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go. This building was relocated from Shirakawa-go in the 1960s. It shares the charming architectural style and high, thatched roof of other houses in that famous village and endured the blizzards of the colder Gifu region for 200 years.
Perry Road – Steeped in history
This walk is named after Matthew Perry.
No, not Chandler.
Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who played a key role in opening Japan up to trade with the United States in the 1850s. A treaty opening trade ports up was signed in this area.
Perry Road is lined with gas lamps and has some old fashioned Western style houses and a pleasant retro feel to it.
Jogasaki Suspension Bridge
About 23 meters or 75 feet above the waves and water of the Jogasaki Coast is a suspension bridge. Thrill seekers will enjoy taking a walk across it as it sways in the wind!