Monday, November 14, 2016

# Travel ♪ A getaway from Tokyo! A day trip to Nasu with Hiromaru's LIMOTAXI service!!

Autumn Leaves in Nasu
Autumn Travel Story with HINOMARU's LIMOTAXI

A different way to enjoy Japan!

Not far from Tokyo, you can find a famous sightseeing spot NASU which is popular for the autumn leaves in November!!

If you are tired of the big cities like Tokyo and Osaka, how about giving yourself a different trip like travelling to suburb areas where you can enjoy healing hot springs and fresh air.

You will be surprised by the beautiful view of Nasu especially in autumn!

Without the colorful neon lights and car noises, you can enjoy the nature and relax yourself in Nasu.

What can you do in Nasu?

Of course you can try the hot springs, have a cycling trip around Nasu, or even play with the cute animals in Nasu!

Popular sightseeing spot near Tokyo

Nasu is located in Tochigi Prefecture which is in the north part of Tokyo. Nasu is surrounded by green nature in spring and summer, autumn leaves in autumn and snow in winter! You can have different kinds of travel experience in Nasu like the hot springs, beautiful scenery and zoo. This is definitely a nice tourist destination for travelers!

Convenient and Smart Way to Travel
Professional Taxi Company for Foreign Tourists
LIMOTAXI of Hinomaru Limousine

Top ranked Japanese Taxi Company

Hinomaru Limousine operates taxi service, airport pick-up service, and sightseeing tour courses in Japan!  It is one of the leading taxi companies in Japan, and it focuses providing services to foreign visitors.

Although there are many different ways that you can get to your destination, sometimes you may want to have your own private moment with your friends or family while travelling. Today we will introduce you one of this comfortable and special way of travelling - "Taxi Tour" provided by Hinomaru Limousine.

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This time we will travel with Toyota Alphard which is a full-size luxury MPV (minivan). Even equipped with 7 seats inside this vehicle, you can still find lots of space inside. Just sit back and relax in the car!

Choose your pick up spot to start your journey!

You can just simply ask the LIMO TAXI to come and pick you up at the hotel that you stay in.

This time, we asked the driver to meet us at the JR Ueno Station. From Ueno Station to Nasu, it takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Let's relax now!

Recommended Day Trip Course in Nasu

PENNY LANE -> Nasu Ropeway -> Kita Onsen (Hot Spring)
-> Sessho-seki (Killing Stone) -> Cheese Garden

Bakery & Cafe in the Forest

The first destination of our Nasu trip!

A cafe in the woods where you can feel the nature while having a cup of coffee. In spring and summer, outdoor terraces are popular among visitor! Even other Japanese cafe owners also come here to visit!

Any Beatles fan here? You have to take a picture in front of PENNY LANE!

You can find the Abbey Road in Nasu at the entrance of PENNY LANE. Take you own Beatles album cover here!

Whether you are a fan of Beatles or not...

Once you get inside the cafe, Beatles' songs will get into your ears! You can find many other Beatles decoration, photos and other collections inside the cafe. It is very interesting for everyone indeed!

Bread are baked and made every day

They make more than 60 different kinds of bread every day. So you need to come here a few times to try them all! By the way, don't miss their bread bowl!

Enjoy a brunch in the nature. You can hear birds singing for you too! How relaxing is that!

Cheese Gratin and Cheese Fondue

If you come to visit PENNY LANE, you cannot miss their most popular dish, Cheese Gratin and Cheese Fondue! Just from looking at the pictures, you can imagine how good it is!

Bread Gratin: 1,200 yen plus tax
Cheese Fondue: 1,200 yen plus tax

After having a delicious brunch, how about taking one last picture outside this bakery & cafe!

Address: 656-2, Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi prefecture
Tel.: 0287-76-1960
Hours: 8:00 to 18:00 (Bakery & Cafe)
Hours: 8:00 to 21:00 (L.O 20:00) (Restaurant)
Homepage (Japanese):
Google Map

Nasu Ropeway (那 須 ロ ー プ ウ ェ イ)

A famous active volcano in Kanto area!

There is an easier way to climb up Mt. Nasudake. You can take the cable car and get to the top of this famous active volcano!

The cable car is spacious and the window are huge!! Just feel free to look around during the cable ride. Enjoy the 360-degree view of Nasu Kogen!

Going up Mt. Nasudake!

You can see the clouds and the red colored leaves on the mountain. What a beautiful scenery!

Hiking trail on top of Mt. Nasudake

Actually the Nasu ropeway can only take you to a spot near the top of the mountain. From the station to the summit, you still need to take a 40-50 minutes walk!

Worry about the long hiking trail? Please don't. Actually on the same day that we were hiking on the mountain, a group of elementary school students also walked together with us. If the children can do it, you can do it too!!

Nasu Ropeway (那須ロープウェイ)
Address: 215 Mt. Nasudake, Ooaza Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi Prefecture
Tel.: 0287-76-2449
Period in operation: 20 March to 30 November for 2016
Hours: 8:30-16:30
Winter: 09:00-16:06 (16-30 Nov 2016, Sat, Sun and Holiday 08:30-16:30)
Summer: 08:00-16:30 (Sat, Sun and Holiday from 07:30)
*In case of bad weather such as strong wind or lighting, the operation may stop.
Round trip: 1,300 yen (Junior high school students and above), 650 yen (3 years old to elementary school students)
One way: 750 yen (Junior high school students and above), 380 yen (3 years old to elementary school students)
Homepage (Japanese):
Google Map

Kita Onsen - From Edo to Meiji and Showa Period

After hiking on Mt. Nasudake, how about getting in a hot spring to refresh and relax a bit?

Famous Kita Onsen in Nasu

This famous traditional hot spring was found 160 years ago, and it is located in a remote part of the mountain!

Hot Spring with history

Once you step into the building, the interior looks just like an old drama set. That's because this building was built in Edo period. After all these years, it is still being used by the Japanese!

Movie Shooting Location

Even the Japanese movie, Thermae Romae, was shot in Kita Onsen!!

"The story follows a Roman architect named Lucius, who is having trouble coming up with ideas. One day, he discovers a hidden tunnel underneath a spa that leads him to a modern Japanese bath house. Inspired by the innovations found there, he creates his own spa, Roma Thermae, bringing in the modern ideas to his time." (plot from wikipedia)

Experience the old Japanese hot spring culture

At Kita Onsen, you can experience the old style of Japanese hot spring where men and women can share the hot spring together.

Kita Onsen (北温泉)
Address: 151 Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi Prefecture
Tel.: 81-0287-76-2008
Room Rates:
Showa Period Building, Ume (梅):
9,700 yen for adults, 5,800 yen (7-12 years old), 4,800 yen (4-6 years old)
Meiji Period Building, Take (竹):
8,700 yen for adults, 5,800 yen (7-12 years old), 4,800 yen (4-6 years old)
Edo Period Building,Matsu (松):
7,700 yen for adults, 5,800 yen (7-12 years old), 4,800 yen (4-6 years old)
Hot Spring Only: 700 yen

Nasu's Living Legend
Sessho-seki (Killing Stone)

Just from the name of this place, you can tell it is a very special place to visit. Actually it is one of the must-visit sightseeing spots in Nasu.

Legend of the Mysterious Killing Stone

It was said a long time ago, there was poisonous gas leakage in this area, and many people and animals were killed. That's why it was called the Killing Stone. Don't worry, it's totally safe to visit this famous spot now!

For those who follow our blog must have seen the story of the Killing Stone in our earlier blog. It was said that the village was haunted by a spirit of a nine-tailed fox, until a Buddhist priest came and performed certain spiritual rituals. He turned the spirit into the Killing Stone and built 1000 Buddhist monk statues to bring back peace to the village.

Sessho-seki (The Killing Stone)
Address: 182 Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu, Tochigi
Tel.: 0287-72-6918

The Best Souvenir in Nasu
The Cheese Garden

Before we go back to Tokyo, of course we need to get some souvenirs for our family and friends. You may have seen this cheese cake shop in "Solamachi" under Tokyo Skytree before. This time we are going to take you to their shop in Nasu!

The Nasu flag store was renewed in 2016. Look how nice the interior of the shop is!

Best selling Items

Best Selling Item No.1

Cheese Cake (御用邸チーズケーキ)

This cheesecake is made by raw cheese and baked at the right temperature. That's why it is so rich in cheese flavor and with a soft texture! It is really popular among girls!

Oh by the way, this cheese cake can be stored in room temperature.

Price: 1,280 yen (tax included)

Best Selling Item No.2

Cheese Cookies (御用邸チーズクッキー)

This cheese cookie are made with almond powder and butter. It got a strong cheese taste and it can be stored in room temperature too.

Price: 3,950 yen (tax included) (36 pieces)

Best Selling Item No.3

Cream cheese cake (フロマージュブラン)

It is a rare cheese cake made with the finest local cream cheese. The combination of French strawberry jam and sweet cheese on a crispy cookie gives you a new taste experience!

Price: 1,860 yen (tax included)

Other Popular Items

Do you know that the best tea to go with cheese cake is the black tea?

There are many different kinds of black tea you can choose at Cheese Garden. We highly recommend you to try the "Koyotei" tea.

Cheese Garden
Address: 2888 Kokugi, Takahisa, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi Prefecture
Hours: 09:00-18:00, (09:00-17:00 from 1 Dec 2016 to 28 Feb 2017)
Homepage (Japanese):
Google Map

Travel With LIMOTAXI In Japan!

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Don't know how to speak Japanese? Not familiar with the train system in Japan? If you travel with HINOMARU's LIMOTAXI, then you don't have to worry about the language and trains. Just plan you trip and make your reservation in advance!

If you are traveling with children and elders, having this LIMOTAXI service is a good idea too! They can sit and get to the destination comfortably!

Moreover, it is not that expensive to have this 5-stars service. So next time when you travel with your family, the LIMOTAXI service is highly recommended for you!

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