Translated by Richard Perkins
Shopping In Atami - Hot Springs And Culinary Delights
Written by Marina Wada
Atami is a traditional town by the sea and a popular hot spring resort located in Shizuoka Prefecture. In this article, we will introduce you to its nostalgic shopping arcades where you can find all the culinary delights that Atami has to offer.
Atami is a traditional fishing town and a popular hot spring resort located in Shizuoka Prefecture.
From Tokyo Station, it takes an hour and a half by train to get to Atami Station.
Atami is the perfect place to relax and take some time off from the busy metropolis of Tokyo! It is also home to a shopping arcade with a nostalgic feel which welcomes you with all the culinary delights Atami has to offer.
Arriving in Atami
The first thing you will see after leaving Atami Station is the Heiwa Dori (Harmony Street) Shopping Arcade on the left, and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade right next to it.
As any other shopping street, there is no predetermined route around here. You can feel free to start with either one of the two shopping arcades. However, when I visited, I started with the Heiwa Dori Shopping Arcade.
A Shopping Arcades That's Close to the Ocean
Just as the characters in its name imply, Atami is close to the sea and it boasts many hot springs. In these shopping arcades, the fruits of the sea are lined up side by side.
There are salted, fermented, dried mullet roes, alongside other natural products. Many of these items have been dried in the sun and you can find them all over the market street.
At first, you may feel that this place is really stinky. But as time passes, you might gradually feel a healing atmosphere.
As you make your way through the shopping lane, the sea of Atami will gradually appear before your eyes.
Even if you don’t go all the way to the seashore, just being able to feel the wind that comes from the sea while walking through the shopping arcades will surely be relaxing.
The Hot Springs Shopping Arcade
Atami is well known for being an area with a vast number of hot springs. Proceeding through the Heiwa Dori Shopping Arcade you will find a small hot spring designed for your hands.
You’ll also find a hot spring named Manju after the popular bean-jam filled japanese confection that sends off columns of white steam.
After passing through the Heiwa Dori Shopping Arcade you will enter the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. This shopping street gives off an even more nostalgic atmosphere.
The Showa era-like atmosphere and the traditional fragrances wafting through the air make for a wonderful experience.
Visit Atami for Relaxation and an Unique Shopping Experience
Since Atami is close to the sea, it's the perfect place to visit in the summer months. However, the vast amount of hot springs make it a great place for relaxation year round.
You can go on a day trip from Tokyo to Atami or even spend the night in one of the onsen hotels. When you're planning your next vacation, how about including Atami and its shopping arcades to into your plans.