If you like to see real Geisha performance, Atami Geigi Kenban theater near Kiunkaku is one of the places. The performance is held every Saturday and Sunday. Shoyo Tsubouchi known as a translator of Shakespean works contributed a lot to refine Atami Geisha performance what it is today.
The park which was recently renewed is a nice small park with children's playground with playsets. It is connected with Shinsui Park with a brand-new overpass. The park is also a start to the walk toward Kiunkaku.
Shinsui Park is a newly developed park located south of Atami Sun Beach. It is a great place to enjoy the view of the sea, as well as various kinds of boats. It is also a nice place to stroll around particularly in the morning or evening. The park has a plaza for events, european styled promenade the monument of Sir Rutherford Alcock, the first westerners to climb Mount Fuji as well as an information booth and stylish bridges.
Atami Moon Terrace located between harbor side and beach side of Atami coast is a part of newly developed Atami Shinsui Park designed to enjoy the view of the sea and port particularly during nighttime. It is the great place to watch the ferry boats to Hatsushima Island, Izu Oshima Island or pleasure boats go by.
Although it is an artificial sand beach it is one of the most popular touring spots in Atami luring younger visitors and oversea visitors back to Atami, once-popular spa resort. The beach is generally calm protected by breakwaters and has been one of the popular bathing places in Shizuoka.
After getting down the narrow winding slopes you will see a nice beach. Omiya Park is a narrow strip of green space right behind the Atami Sun Beach. The park has a nice promenade to view the nice fountains, tropical trees, the beach and unquely shaped art objects. To get to the Atami Sun Beach you can cross the bridge to the beach at the middle part of the park. The name comes from the novel by Koyo Ozaki called "The Gold Demon"(ISBN-978-1177208284). The statue is based on one of the major scenes of the novel. Omiya and Kanichi loved each other but they were forced to get seperated. Omiya married to an wealthy man while Kan'ichi became obsessed with making quick money. When Kanichi met Omiya who was going to get married to the rich man he got mad and kicked her and declared that he will get revenge to the world governed by money. Pine of Omiya was named after the poem created by the disciple of Koyo who wrote a sequel of The Gold Demon. He wrote the pine reminds him of Omiya viewed from the back. Former Pine of Omiya withered because of air polution, current pine about 90 years old is the second generation.
The town of Atami has much of ups and downs. So before you get moving from Atami Station I do recommend you try a footbath called Iyeyasu-no-yu or The Footbath of Iyeyasu. The backdrop of the footbath is the fountain designed to give out water periodically. The water is not too hot nor too cold. It is truly relaxing. The footbath is free of charge. This footbath was so named because Iyeyasu Tokugawa the first shogun of Edo Government (Lord Toranaga in TV Series Shogun) stayed Atami for hot spa in 1604.
Among the steep mountains of Atami are lovely terrace gardens. Once inside the grounds, if it's difficult for you to physically take the uphill or downhill walk, you may optionally ride for free the tour van or golf cart to enjoy the gardens.
There are rose blooms are peaking in mid-May to mid-June, and there are many herb gardens, English style as well as Japanese style gardens, and an attached resort hotel (probably the nicest one in this city) as described in the WWW. You may plan an outdoor flower wedding here as well.
Once again, I didn't enter (and it looked a bit overpriced at 900 yen for an adult), but also at the top of the ropeway is Atami Castle.
It's not really one of Japan's more noted castles, but may interest some.
I recommend getting the ropeway up the hill to the castle. I didn't actually enter the doll museum, castle or adult museum up there, as time didn't allow, but you do get a very good view of the sea and the city. Recommended.
500 yen return.
Don't miss the famous Onsen (japanese baths) when you visit Atami; aside from the Atami city spas, there are also two other main spa areas:
Izu Yugawara Spa, 5km in the north of Atami, where the Chitose River and the Fujiki River join together, a row of modern hotels and traditional hotels along the river. The right side of the river is Atami city (Shizuoka Prefecture) and the other side is Yugawara town (Kanagawa Prefecture), and the both areas are called "Izu Yugawara Spa" in total. Although the spa town is crowded with visitors, there are many quiet points surrounded by the nature of the Hakone Mountains, and you will understand why this town has been loved by many literary authors.
The Ajiro Spa is a row of thermal hotels around Ajiro Port extending for 4km
At the beach front, you can walk directly on the sand or swim in Atami Sun Beach, or walk along the "Shinsui Park Moon Terrace", which is especially popular during nighttime.
Atami can be divided into nine main areas.
1 Cjty and Port area:Major attractions include
Kiunkaku, Atami Sun Beach, Omiya Park, Shinsui Park, Atami Port, Atami Ropeway, Atami Castle,...