Atami (MC) lies at the northeastern base of the Izu Peninsula, less than an hour west of Tokyo by shinkansen. Due to its proximity to Tokyo, Atami has long been a popular seaside resort town with plenty of hot springs and ryokan in addition to museums and other cultural heritage sites.
Through the extravagant years of the bubble economy in the late 1980s, Atami was a highly popular destination for business retreats. This led to huge developments in the area, including large ryokan and apartment blocks built along the ocean. When the bubble burst in the early 1990s, many of these large establishments and the town as a whole suffered from the decline and have been working hard to adjust ever since.
How to get to Atami
Atami is connected to Tokyo by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen (40-50 minutes, about 4000 yen one way, 1-3 trains/hour) and by direct local and rapid trains along the JR Tokaido Line (100-120 minutes, 1940 yen one way, about 3 trains/hour). The shinkansen ride is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but not by the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass. The trip by local or rapid trains is fully covered by all the above-mentioned passes
How to get around Atami
The Yuyu Sightseeing Loop Bus is a bus for tourists that serves most of the city's sightseeing spots (with the prominent exception of the MOA Museum of Art). The bus costs 250 yen per ride or 700 yen for a 1-day pass. The 1-day pass is also valid on regular buses to the MOA Museum of Art and provides a discount on admission to Atami Castle and the Kiunkaku Former Ryokan.
Offers stunning sunrise view from open-air onsen baths. Wi-Fi available. Free pick-up provided at Inatori Station. Guestrooms with private bath also available.