Writer: Tony Everitt
I'm a Kiwi (New Zealander) living in Atami. Passionate about and travel, history, and nature. 22 years working as a tourism marketing professional in Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Fiji, China, and Indonesia. Of course also love rugby, so very excited about Japan's inaugural participation in the Super Rugby Franchise in 2016, and hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
Japan’s tourism is booming with rapidly growing numbers of overseas visitors. Part of the new wave is Experiential Tourism. This means rolling up one’s sleeves and working in some traditional area to really get to grips with grass roots Japan.
April 18, 2016
Izu is a popular escape for Tokyoites keen to see a bit of greenery within a comfortable day trip. But spend a few hours here and you will also become aware of the wildlife dimension to this natural paradise. Insects abound, and some of them are not so small!
November 27, 2015
A couple of hours drive along the coast from Tokyo will bring you to Manazuru Peninsula. This compact Peninsula is an old lava flow from the Hakone area volcanoes flowing down into the Pacific.
November 20, 2015
A little way down Izu Peninsula’s scenic east coast, near Ito City, you will find Cactus Park, Shaboten Koen. Originally set up over half a century ago, cactii that had been used for research at a Tokyo University were planted out at the Park. Large glass pyramids connected by walk-through underground tunnels were an innovative design to house the tropical Central American plants.
October 23, 2015
It’s 1854. US Admiral Perry’s fleet of Black Ships have returned to Japan to claim their prize – opening up of Shimoda Port for international trade. Just the previous year Perry had steamed into Tokyo Bay demanding at cannon-point that Japan open up, breaking 3 centuries of isolation of the Japanese capital from the outside world.
September 30, 2015
Discovery of a vibrant culture dating back 2,000 years at Toro, in modern-day Shizuoka City, was a morale boost to Japanese struggling with post-World War 2 defeat. The site was first uncovered accidentally during military construction in 1943.
September 20, 2015
It’s 1853. US Admiral Perry is pressuring Edo’s Tokugawa Shogunate at canon-point in Tokyo Bay to sign up to an unfavorable trade treaty. Hasty preparations are made for the defense of the capital. The plan is to place cannons in the harbor at Odaiba, literally meaning honorable site for placements.
September 16, 2015
Atami City acts as the gateway to Izu Peninsula, conveniently located at its north-eastern corner, and on the Tokkaido bullet train line that connects Japan’s 3 largest cities – Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.
September 11, 2015