“Atami Castle” is a sightseeing and leisure facility located in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture. It was not a castle that actually existed in history, but it was made to imitate a Japanese castle in 1959. Inside Atami Castle, there is an observation tower on the top floor where you can admire the panoramic views, a museum about Japanese history, forts and castles, and an art museum. Besides that, people of various ages can play with footbaths and game centers. There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy your meal while enjoying beautiful views. Besides that, it is also possible to take a break in the dining room where you can sit in the red lounge and eat dessert.
Inside the facility, you can enjoy photography with trick art, and it is a popular place for families with children.
Within the facility, there is the Edo Experience Corner where you can enjoy life in the Edo period, and the “a pictorial puzzle quiz” which was entertainment at the time. There are also leisure facilities for children and adults alike, such as the “Japanese Castle Museum,” which displays models of castles in Japan, and the “Samurai Cultural Museum,” where visitors can visit Samurai’s fort.
When visiting Atami Castle, you can take a car or a bus from the station, but ropeways are another popular means of transportation. Enjoy a 3-minute aerial walk while watching Sagami Bay and arrive at Mt. Yahata summit.
On the first floor of Atami Castle, there is the “Samurai Cultural Museum” where you can see the display of ornaments used by samurai. There are many valuable items on display, such as Japanese swords used in battles, armor, and guns. Also on display are the horseshoes and harnesses that are supposed to be covered with horses used for military purposes. This is from the early Edo period, and it is rare for a complete set to exist, and it is designated as an important cultural property.
In addition, in the “Jet Footbath” corner, it is possible to experience footbath while looking over the sea on the balcony. The bubbles are blowing and you will be able to heal your body and mind while seeing the beautiful scenery. Footbath is included in the entrance fee of Atami Castle, and a mattress for footbath is also free, and a towel is available for 100 yen each.
At the souvenir section, you can purchase a variety of souvenirs such as Atami Castle cookies and key holders. Let’s make a purchase after visiting everything.
The style of Atami castle is based on the early Keicho era
At Atami Castle at the summit of Nishikigaura known as the scenic spot of Atami you can enjoy a spectacular view of 360 degrees including Atami city from the castle tower observatory. The style of Atami castle which was built in 1959 is based on the early Keicho era of the Momoyama period, which is said to have reached the summit of the castle technique for the castle tower. It is proud of the five layers of exterior and the 9th floor inside.
The Edo experience section
In the castle there are the samurai culture museum where armors and swords are displayed and the Edo experience section where you can feel the time slipping in the Edo period. In addition, there is the “Atami Trick Art Museum” which exhibits magical trick art in the annex and you can enjoy unique work.
You can go up in an elevator to the castle tower
The castle tower of Atami castle is an observatory. If it is sunny, not to mention Atami city, of course, it is a magnificent spot where you can see Manazuru peninsula and Izu peninsula. Kanmichaya (a Japanese traditional sweets shop) is also provided, so you can enjoy tea and sweets while watching the spectacular view. Because you can go up in an elevator, there is no problem even with a wheelchair or a stroller.
Japanese castle made with matchsticks
From the first floor to the fifth floor of Atami Castle, it has become a facility where you can learn about the history and the culture of the Edo period. Exhibits are not stiff things, there are many interesting things such as Japanese castle made with matchsticks and funny helmets that decorations are funny.
The cherry blossom festival is also held
Events such as a performing monkey are also held in the castle. You can check what kind of events are being done on the official website, so please check out those who are interested.
Cherry blossoms will bloom in the garden in front of the castle in the spring. You can also enjoy the cherry blossoms in the garden and it is also interesting to look down on the cherry blossoms from the castle tower observatory on the 6th floor. The cherry blossom festival is also held at the time of the best time of cherry blossoms, and a cherry blossom light up is also carried out.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Atami Castle (Atamijo)|
|Address:||Sogayama1993, Atami-shi, Shizuoka-ken 413-0033 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tokaido-honsen Line “Atami-eki Station” (15 minutes by car)|
|Price/Charge:||1,000 yen (Adult)|
500 yen (Elementary school, junior high school students)
350 yen (4 - 6 years old)
Please refer the official web page.