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Date d'inscription : 22/05/2009

MessageSujet: JOURNEYS IN JAPAN   Mar 6 Mai - 19:15

Journeys in Japan : A day trip from Tokyo pt 2 Slow Train in Springtime Chiba

The 2nd installment of our series on great spring destinations near Tokyo features a local train and flowers in the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. The Isumi Railway runs from the coastal town of Isumi to the castle town of Otaki. Although the Boso Peninsula is only about 90-minutes by car or bus from downtown Tokyo, the landscape along the 30-kilometer railway route is rural and sleepy, with cherry blossoms and nanohana rape blossoms in spring. The charming yellow train cars that conjure up the post-War years are hugely popular with tourists, including young female railway fans. The railway's 14 stations have a retro feel, as well.

Our traveler on this episode of Journeys in Japan is Armenian writer and model Mari Khunoian, who studied Japanese at Moscow State University. The self-described railway enthusiast sometimes contributes articles to a Russian railway journal. She visits a morning market held at the Isumi Shrine since the Edo period (1603-1867) and enjoys the Edo atmosphere at the former castle town. Mari also meets a former electronics salesperson whose passion for the Isumi Railway led to a second career as a train driver, and stays in a traditional home converted into an inn. To top the trip, she enjoys the rape blossoms she sees along the way, which are served in a vegan sushi dish.

Isumi Railway
With a day ticket (1,000 yen), you can enjoy traveling at your own pace, stopping at any station.
Tel: (+81) 470-82-2161 (in Japanese only)

Hakubido (Handmade Armor Workshop)
The workshop reproduces armor using cardboard and other materials. Many works are on permanent display. Visitors can try on armor. Reservation recommended. No admission fee required.
Address: 155 Kubo, Otaki, Isumi, Chiba Pref.
Tel: (+81) 470-82-2196

Otaki Castle
The former site of the castle used by Honda Tadakatsu, who is known to have been invincible in battles as one of the top 4 warlords loyal to legend Tokugawa Ieyasu. A building modeled after typical Edo-period castles houses a museum themed on Otaki and other castles in Boso.
Note: Closed on Mondays.
Tel: (+81) 470-82-3007

An inn converted from a house built more than 100 years ago for a village headsman. The rate starts at 5,000 yen per night including dinner and breakfast.
Tel: (+81) 470-82-3607 (in Japanese only)

Takahide Dairy Farm
The dairy farm is eco-friendly, and is popular for its milk and cheese products.
Tel: (+81) 470-86-2131 (in Japanese only)

The restaurant serves no animal products and is focused on using vegetables produced locally without chemicals or fertilizers. Lunch is relatively affordable, with set meals of the season starting from 2,500 yen. Reservation required for dinner.
Note: Closed for Monday dinner and Tuesday.
Tel: (+81) 470-82-4949 (in Japanese only)

Poppo no Oka
The direct-sales outlet for farmers uses retired train cars from across Japan as shops. The complex also has a café and a gallery. (in Japanese only)

Morning Market at Isumi Shrine
Isumi Shrine, in Otaki, hosts a morning market on the days ending with 5 or 0 every month. The shrine building is from the Edo period.
Tel: (+81) 470-82-3010

The Isumi Sightseeing Organization has more information.
Tel: (+81) 470-62-6110 (in Japanese only)

From Tokyo, it takes about 2 hours to Ohara, the eastern terminal station of Isumi Railway.



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Date d'inscription : 22/05/2009

MessageSujet: Re: JOURNEYS IN JAPAN   Lun 21 Aoû - 14:59

Journeys in Japan - A DAY-TRIP FROM TOKYO PT.1 Kamakura

The historic city of Kamakura is one of the most popular tourist spots in Japan, thanks to its numerous temples and shrines. Surrounded on three sides by hills and on the fourth side by the sea, Kamakura is a sanctuary blessed with a rich natural environment. Thanks to the mild climate, the city is also known for the high quality produce grown by the local farmers. Every day, a wide variety of vegetables are on sale in the Kamakura Farmers' Market, which was set up almost 90 years ago.
David Wells is a chef who lives and works in Japan, preparing Japanese cuisine. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, David visits the Kamakura Farmers' Market, meets the farmers and talks with the chefs who like to use the superb local ingredients. He learns that Kamakura is more than just a tourist attraction - it is a place where the local people enjoy a rich quality of life.

Kamakura Farmers' Market
The Kamakura Farmers' Market has been in operation since 1928. Known to local people as Renbai, it was set up as a place where Kamakura farmers can sell their fresh produce directly to customers.
Open daily 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Address: 1-13-10 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Pref.

Matsuya no Ame (candy store)
This store stands on Komachi-dori, the busiest street in Kamakura. The specialty is traditional Japanese confectionery. The shop staff has a special way of cutting their candies to attract customers.
Address: 1-5-38 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Pref.
Tel: (+81) 467-25-1849 (in Japanese only)

Kitchoan Museum
This gallery has a permanent display of approximately 30 pieces of pottery made by Kitaoji Rosanjin, a talented ceramicist and renowned gourmet who lived in Kamakura from the 1920's. The exhibits include beautiful ceramic works, which were made to complement Japanese cuisine, as well as exquisite calligraphy and items of lacquerware.
Address: 2-9-1 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Pref. (in Japanese only)

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is the most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura. It is both the geographical center of the city and also its spiritual heart.
Address: 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Pref. (in English)

From Tokyo Station, there are direct trains to Kamakura on the JR Yokosuka Line. The journey takes just under 1 hour. You can also take the JR Tokaido Line to Fujisawa, then transfer to the Enoshima Electric Railway ("Enoden") and travel to Kamakura along the coast.

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