Hi, I’m Chie from Zakzakka. I went back to Tokyo with my kids for the summer. I would like to share with you some activities we enjoyed during our stay.
Day trip to see Mt. Fuji, taste wine and pick peaches
There are various bus tours operating in and out from Tokyo, and you can also find tours operated in English. We chose a day tour from central Tokyo to Yamanashi, where you can enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji and sample wine and pick seasonal fruits, this time, peaches.
At Narusawa Hyoketsu ice cave, you can cool down during the hot summer months.
First you walk under the Torii gate. It’s customary to bow before going through.
Fantastic views with Mt Fuji and Chureito pagoda.
There were white, red, and rose wines to taste, also grape juice and peach juice to sample at Chateu Katsunuma winery.
Peach picking at a fruit farm. Lots to pick!
Peaches are pretty big, and I only managed to eat two, but they were both very sweet and juicy.
It was a full day of experiencing what Yamanashi prefecture has to offer, from natural formations to seasonal fruits. There are various tour operators, offering day trips and even over-night stays. A lot of companies have English tour options too.
A trip back to Edo era – Kawagoe
Only an hour from central Tokyo, Kawagoe has beautiful old buildings from the Edo era preserved and turned into shops and restaurants.
There are quite a few temples and shrines along the way from Honkawagoe station to the historical area, with cafes, restaurants, and shops to look into.
A street with old buildings turned into shops
An old bell tower that is still in use
You can’t miss Ghibli Museum if you’re a Ghibli fan. Located in Mitaka city in Tokyo, there are many manuscripts and animation cels on display that have been used for their films as well as lovely stained-glass windows and decorations throughout the museum.
I hope some of the places we’ve visited have inspired you to come visit Japan!
I have also add an blog about Tokyo Food. Please read it as well!