Iwata Things to Do
Museum of Fragrance, Iwata
If you love perfumes this museum is good for you. It also has unique exhibits to test your sense of smell. So it is a good place for a family trip as well. There is a nice park close to the museum. Photo #3 is one of the rooms to taste five different smells. After entering the room touch the balloom and you will have the particular smell. Photo #4 is one of the items displayed on the history of perfume section of the museum. Inside the museum there is a small museum shop and a restaurant(photo #5)
Open: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Mondays or the day after the national holidays on Monday.
Also closed during year-ends holidays. (Generally from December 29 to January 4)
Admission: 300 yen for adults. (Group tour discount(party of 20 or more tourists) 250yen)
100 yen for elementary and junior high school students. (group discount 80 yen).Related to:
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
A Cafe of Museum of Fragrance
A cafe restaurant inside the Museum of Fragrance has a limited menus for lunch, with some herbal tea such as rope hip tea.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Manekineko: Karaoke Bar Chain
Manekineko is one of the popular low-priced karaoke bar chains in Japan. Toyoda-cho Ekimae shop is open 24/7.
Here is what I found from its official page written in Japanese.
1. To use the bar, you are required to show your ID the first time you use it. I am not sure your passport is enough. Membership fee is 200 yen.
2. Fee differs in two time zones
Weekday(Mon-Fri) Daytime: 9 a.m. to 6 P.m.
50 yen plus one drink order is required for every two hours.
Weekday(Mon-Thur) Nighttime 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.
450 yen per hour
Holiday(Sat, Sun and National Holidays) Daytime: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
100 yen plus one drink order is required for every two hours.
Holiday(Fri, Sat, Sun and National Holidays, the day before the national holidays, Obon or Yearend and New Year holidays)
Nighttime 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.
550 yen per hour.
**Golden week season, Obon and Yearend and New Year season the price will be higher.
**Several special offer prices are provided.
Webpage: http://karaokemanekineko.jp/store/shizuoka/toyodatyoekimae.html (Japanese)
3. B.Y.O allowed.
4. Be sure to take your garbage back home.
Dress Code: I don't think there is any dress code for the karaoke bar.Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
JR Toyoda-cho station is two stops east of Hamamatsu station of JR Tokaido Main Line. It is relatively new station added in 2002. This area is one of the most popular commuter towns for Hamamatsu. Here it's a lot closer to central Hamamatsu than most parts of Hamamatsu city areas. The Museum of Fragrance is only four minutes on foot from this station.Related to:
Kyorindo Super Drugstore Toyodaekimae Shop: Drugstore Chain Based In Hamamatsu
Kyorindo is one of the largest drugstore chains around Hamamatsu founded in 1900. Toyodaekimae shop is close to JR Toyodacho station. Open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
It sells not only drugs and cosmetics but some foods and daily necessities. The chain has forty seven shops in Hamamatsu, Iwata, Fukuroi, Kakegawa, Shimada, Fujieda and Shizuoka.
*Useful Japanese expressions at drugstores.
Japanese phrases, Drug StoresRelated to:
- Women's Travel