LINKS: Virtual Golf with a permanent 19th hole
One night, we had to visit Links, which is a golf bar. You knew the Japanese were golf-crazy, right? All the wait staff are dressed like caddies. There are little tables where one is served alcohol and bar food, but the main draw is that you can play any of the world's most famous courses. You use real clubs, and face a video screen and a battery of cameras which calculate the velocity and trajectory of your drive (or putt, or whatever) and then display where, on the virtual course, your shot has landed. It's expensive, but vastly less costly than playing actual golf anywhere in Japan, which may account for its popularity.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 5:00 PM - 5:00 AM. Really.Related to:
A uniquely Japansese activity, a form of semi-legal gambling and an obsession.
These upright pinball-type machines are found all over the place, and unlike amusement arcades in the UK which are frequented by the feckless youth, in Japan it seems to be the perfect stress reliever for all sorts of workers. And unlike other stress-relievers you can keep your clothes on.
You should however have a go - if only to get a feel of the hypnotic atmosphere that these places create.
P.S.The dodgy business connections of many of these places means nearly all them don't like you video recording in them.Related to:
- Casino and Gambling
Hiking Mount Fuji
The most famous thing to do in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu area is climbing Mount Fuji. There are four trails that are open on the mountain only from July to early September. The trails are well marked by colored signs: the Yoshida Trail is yellow; the Subashiri Trail is red; the Gotemba Trail is green; and the Fujinomiya Trail is blue. The Yoshida trail is the most popular route to the top of the mountain, because it is most easily accessed from Tokyo.
If you decide to hike this mountain, plan ahead. Get in shape, and practice with a few smaller hikes (perhaps Mitake and Takao would be good, local, and scenic options!). Bring the right gear (lights, rain clothes, warm clothes, sturdy hiking boots) and basic foods (lots of water, and energy foods like granola bars and chocolate). Plan for a long day... most hikers need to rest frequently to adjust to the altitude on the way up the mountain.
See my Fuji-Hakone-Izu-kokuritsu-koen page for a detailed description of the Yoshida Trail: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/15861/eea63/4/
Here is a video I took on Mount Fuji before my camera got wet and the lens fogged! http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/8540/
The National Stadium in Tokyo was completed in 1958 and is most famous as the main venue for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Seating 48,000 spectators, this stadium This location will also be the primary venue for the 2020 Olympics, but the existing National Stadium will be torn down and replaced with a $1 billion plus stadium on the same site.
1964 Summer Olympics Sites
Prior to World War II, Tokyo was named as the host city for the 1940 Olympics, but the games were later moved to Helsinki. In 1959, as the country rebuilt after the war, Tokyo was named the host of the 1964 games, and it became the first city in Asia to host the Olympic Games.
For the games, 33 sporting venues were prepared. Some of these venues are still in use today, including National Stadium, which will be modernized and will host the 2020 Olympics opening ceremonies. Other venues that will be used for both games include Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Nippon Budokan, Tokyo International Forum, Imperial Palace Garden, Kokugikan Arena.
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