Wednesday, December 10, 2014

# Traveling ♪ Let's go! Trip to Tokyo Suburbs - Chichibu from Ikebukuro!

# Traveling  ♪ Let's go!  Trip to Tokyo Suburbs - Chichibu from Ikebukuro!  

Not yet discovered Sightseeing Spots!!!
Trip from Ikebukuro to Chichibu

One of our members of JAPANKURU have been lived in Japan for 12 years,
of course having been to tons of popular sightseeing spots.
However, there are still many local attractions in Japan still haven't been yet known or discovered.
Since JAPANKURU started to share our experience in Japan, 
knowing most of our readers are interested in Japan in a deeper view; therefore, 
we are keeping on to share unique attractions to all!

This time, let us bring you guys to a very interesting place.
That 's Chichibu, a city in Tokyo suburb.

The best gourmet is Soba noodles.
Tour to time-honored temples/shrines.
Peaceful time in mother nature.

Just 1 hour from Ikebukuro, Tokyo by train.
Here you are !!!
New discovery during your stay in Tokyo!
Nothing to hesitate huh!!!

Departure: Seibu Ikebukuro Station
Arrival: Seibu Chichibu Station
Duration Time: 1 hour 18 minutes  (Express Train)
Recommended Tickets: Chichibu 2-day Pass (2,320yen)

For more information about reservation of ticket at Seibu Railway:

Chichibu,  background stage of a Japanese Animation called "Anohana"

have you ever watched an animation called 
"Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai"
(We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day.")

It is a story of six childhood friends. 
You know what? we have finished watching the whole series of 11 episodes in a night!
It is an very impressive work. We can't help of crying.

After watching the animation,
we were curiously about the place

Okay! Get ready to get on to the Seibu Express Train~

 Express train to Chichibu from Seibu Ikebukuro Station!

Seibu Line made us to recall Kawagoe ~ 

Recommended "Chichibu 2-day Pass"
Like when you go to Hakone, you would ride on Kaisokusen (Hakone Sightseeing Cruise)

That's why Japanese boat and rafting in Nagatoro, Chichibu and tour to time-honored temples/shrines are must-experience.

In order for people to enjoy traveling in Chichibu,
when you reserve the "Chichibu 2-day Pass" from Ikebukuro to Chichicu, 
you can get on the bus bound for Nagatoro for free. (2,320yen/ valid for 2 days)

Ticket for express train is required to purchase separately (reserved seat)
One way additional ticket: 640 yen

Okay!!! Let's get started!
What we have in hands are 
Chichibu 2-day Pass (2,320yen) and Express Train Ticket (640yen)

Okay!!! Let's go!

Mother nature! We are coming!

Arriving Seibu Chichibu Station

The view after getting off Seibu Chichibu Station
Wow!!! What a peaceful scenery in a beautiful environment 
Near the station,
we find popular sightseeing spot of "Chichibu Shrine" and "Chichibu Festival Hall."

Besides station
Chichibu Shopping Street

Chichibu Shrine

Japanese general Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered to reconstruct this shrine. 
This shrine is a symbol of Chichibu.

Chichibu Festival Hall
Traditional activitiy "Chichibu Night Festival" is held on the 2nd and 3rd day of every December.
Having 300 years of history, is one of the three major festivals in Japan. 
Here, you can feel the atmosphere of "Chichibu Night Festival" and learn its history and related activities. 

Wow!! A wonderful scenery!

Buckwheat Fields
You can see the buckwheat flowers here in Chichibu!

Wow!! How fascinating!
We always have chance to eat buckwheat noodles(soba),
but it is our first time to see buckwheat flowers.

Chichibu Buckwheat noodles
Taste fantastic! 

Grace from the land of Chichibu,
no wonder, 
you don't wanna miss. 

Locally brewed wine (Chuzo no mori)

It is a famous brewed local liquor in Chichibu. 

Sake, shochu, wine and a variety of liquor are available to taste and buy.

If you are liquor-lovers, you absolutely don't wanna miss it!

Wow!! We like the nature in Chichibu.

Pilgrimage to 34 Sacred Temples in Chichibu
The pilgrimage road connecting the 34 sacred temples in Chichibu extends over a distance of about 100 km from No. 1 Shimabuji Temple to No. 34 Suisenji Temple.  
At the same time, you might also enjoy the landscape of leisurely nature. 

Let's go!

River experience in Nagatoro
You can use your "Chichibu 2-day Pass" to Nagatoro.
Rafting in Nagatoro is highly recommended!

Wow!! You can try these Ice shave in hot summer as well. 
You know what?
the quality, texture of shaved ice is definitely different as well as its taste. 

A holy atmosphere of Hodoson Shrine 
Just 12 minutes walk from Nagatoro Station

Awarded a star in the Michelin Guide
Which bought us to come to visit Hodoson Shrine! 

Chichibu Hot Springs

Let our body to get rest!
Soaking in hot springs to get rid of fatigue of a whole day.

Just 6 guest rooms can be found in this little onsen ryokan. 
Let's come to experience its charm then. 
This is where we stayed

Oyado Takedori ryokan

Thanks to the healing hot springs! Cheers with a cool and fresh beer!

Fantastic Chichibu
Traveling in Chichibu...

to be continued ...

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