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Hot Season Adventure

Summer in much places in Japan is hot and can be humid. On top of the summer festivals being observed everywhere in Japan, there are also a lot of things that Japanese enjoy like drinking cold beer on a city rooftop with friends, and having fun travel, camping, hiking and exciting adventure with their families. Places to go to during summertime are listed below:

1. Tokyo Sky Cruise by Excel Air Service. There is no fun but viewing Tokyo from above. It is the daytime and twilight flight. Viewing the beauty of the city that you should not miss.

Place: Urayasu Heliport 14 Chidori, Urayasu-shi, Chiba

Flight Time: 15 minutes

Daytime Fee: Starts at 20,400 yen

Nighttime Fee: Starts at 23,700 yen

Reservation Center: 047-380-5555

Website: http://www.excel-air.com/english/cruising/tokyocourse.htm

2. The Southern Peninsula. Enjoy glamping in the lush green mountain close to Irozake, This place has farmlands, shipyards, temples, tree houses and a wildlife that is very unique that campers and visitors will enjoy. A perfect place for camping ground where obviously the theme is back to nature and innocence. Three accommodation plans are available here. Note that all plans included facility usage fee like kitchen equipment, camp consumables except for the last plan, which is the most expensive one that included most of the amenities in the camping facility.

Photo credit by The Southern Peninsula

Place: 〒415-0304 Shizuoka-ken, Kamo-gun, Minamiizu-chō Kanō 1008

Fee: different types of plan starting from 16,200 yen / adult (2 days, 1 night)

Website: http://southern.villageinc.jp/

3. Mount Nokogiri. A museum famous for its unique shaped rocks and beautiful and mountainous scenery. The famous and expensive ropeway was installed in 1962. This rope-way has been regularly used by visitors who have visited the place all year round. The distance is 680 meters between stations at the foot and top of the mountain, and the car is served every five minutes. There is a building at the top of mountain, with amenities for tourists like an observation restaurant, free resting room, telescopes, souvenirs, game for children etc.

Place: 〒299-1861, 4052-1 Kanaya, Futtsu-shi, Chiba-ken

Fee for rope-way: Starts at 450 yen

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Website: http://www.mt-nokogiri.co.jp/pc/p130000.php

4. Himekawa (Evergreen Outdoor Center). The Center noted that this place is not really for thrill seekers but more of a family adventure. Rafting in Himekawa is good for families with children and for beginners because the river is more tamed after spring snow melted in this river. Evergreen Outdoor Center has been training on the Shinanogawa River for several seasons to offer a different rafting experience to their guests. The water flows at a decent rate early in the season once the snow begins melting, but generally by late July-August the water level is quite low.

Photo courtesy by Evergreen Hakuba at flickr

Place: 4377 Hokujo, Hakuba, Kitaazumi District, Nagano 399-9301

Fee: Half-day tour 8,000 yen / adult, 6,000 yen / child

Website: http://www.evergreen-hakuba.com/en/rafting/

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