Monday, October 2, 2017

Shinjuku Shopping/Hiking in Japan👢Shinjuku's Largest Outdoor Goods Department Store 'Odakyu HALC' with Hot Hiking Spot Tanzwa-Oyama

Tokyo Travel - Shinjuku Shopping
Odakyu HALC
🚞 Go on a hiking trip from Shinjuku 🚞


The place that holds the Guinness World Record 
for being the world's busiest station and 
Tokyo's most popular go to spot

There are so many places in the area, 
so people often wonder where to go.

In this article JAPANKURU went to Tokyo's one of many department stores.
There is a annex that sells outdoor wear and is the biggest in Tokyo!
This facility is called ODAKYU HALC, the annex of Odakyu Department Store. 
I will introduce you to a set of "Romancecar" train that leaves you to the popular trekking spot "Oyama" straight out of shopping for outdoor fashion!


1. Tokyo's Largest Sporting Goods Department Store HALC
What is HALC?
‣ Odakyu HALC, Outdoor Brands BEST 3

2. A Romantic Journey by Romance Car
 Hiking Trip ~ from Shinjuku to Oyama

3. A Must-visit Hiking Spot in Japan "Oyama"
What's in Oyama?
 Hiking Oyama in 6 Steps

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Tokyo's Largest Sporting Goods Department Store
What is HALC?
Odakyu HALC is 11 stories tall including three basements and two mezzanines. 
There are multiple passageways linking HALC and 
the Main Building including the Carillion Bridge, 
which spans the street by the west exit of Shinjuku Station.

★Odakyu HALC
Address: 1-5-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps
(Shinjuku West Exit)
Business hours :
<B2F to 2F> Weekdays from 10:00~8:30pm, 
Days and public holidays from 10:00~8:00pm
(※ There is a possibility to change according to time and day.)
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<Underground Restaurants and Pubs> 11: 00-24: 00
Odakyu HALC website (English)

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Odakyu HALC
Outdoor Brands BEST 3
There are a lot of outdoor activities to do in Japan,so it makes sense that so many high-quality Japanese brands and 
famous foreign outdoor brands for sale! 
Especially recently,
now that the weather is getting cooler and it's becoming fall,
more people are hiking, following this years trekking trend.
We picked three most popular outdoor wear brands for a perfect hiking trip!

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The North Face +
There's a joke saying a sure way to spot an American tourist
is if they're wearing a North Face jacket!
We love our North Face!
Even President Obama does!

The North Face +
・Recommendation item 1・
The items sold at The North Face are different in every country.

The jackets sold at The North Face +  are heavy duty just and tailor cut,
but there's something special about their new item

that can protect you for any weather occasion!.

The Gore-Tex stretch woven polyester-elastane exterior 
allows awesome mobility without any excess material 
around the sleeves that non-stretch rainwear often has.

The North Face +
・Recommendation item 2・
The are pretty strong and sturdy mid-cut hiker shoes 
but they feature a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex materials.
For (primarily) hiking shoes,
they were surprisingly light!
⁂The North Face +
Odakyu HALC B1 Sports Floor

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❷ Columbia 
Also a well known and famous brand, 
Columbia changed the image of sports apparel into a design 
that is fun to wear in everyday and fashion-oriented outdoor fashion.

We picked up some great Colombian products
 that are climbing wear but also casual!

・Recommendation item 1・
Lately Columbia backpacks are SO popular
and seen as fashionable among Japanese people.
Once we went to the Columbia store for ourselves
it was easy to see why.
Colombia's bags are very diverse!
They emphasize functionality and have a variety of sizes.

・Recommendation item 2・
Coated with a waterproof substance,
light and breathable along with
helps block out harmful UVA and UVB rays,
Columbia hats are the best for any sort of outdoor activity.
Normally you would think such hats only come in simple, plain colors
but like their backpacks,
there's a lot of different styles and patterns of hats here. 

Odakyu HALC B1 Sports Floor

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It may not be very well know, 
but Aigle is a French textile company that was founded in 1853!

・Recommendation item 1・
・(Rain) Boots・
AIGLE is particularly famous for their natural rubber boots.
They are still to this day handmaid,
so you can expect each pair to be special and original in their own way.
You can expect them to last a long time and be very comfortable to wear.

・Recommendation item 2・
What we LOVED about AIGLE's raincoats is that they're fold-able.
There's a little pocket that you can roll up the jacket and tuck into!
So if you're worried it's going to rain later but
don't want to wear a jacket now since it gets in the way,
you can just roll it up and put it in your bag until you need it!

Odakyu HALC B1 Sports Floor

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A Romantic Journey by Romance Car
Outdoor coordination, complete!!
Now it's time to go hiking at what's considered to be 
THE hiking spot near Tokyo - Tanzawa-Oyama!

First though we want to tell you the best and most stress-free way to get there!

If you take the limited express train, the Romance car, from Shinjuku, 
you can get to Oyama and start hiking in no time!

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A Romantic Journey by Romance Car
Hiking Trip ~ from Shinjuku to Oyama
The Romance Car is a popular means of transportation for people going to just as popular sightseeing spots - Hakone, Enoshima, and the Kamakura area.

But the destination this time is "Tanzawa Oyama" (丹沢大山),
which is said to be THE place for hiking. 

You can take the Romance Car to the nearest station "Isehara" (伊勢原),
then head to Oyama by a different train.

There are 2 ways you can get tickets for the Odakyu Romance Car?
1. On the internet!

2. Directly from the Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center inside the station

You are welcome to ask any questions about travelling in Japan and 
different kinds of leaflets are available here too!

⁂Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center
Address: 1F, West exit of Odakyu Shinjuku Station
Tel.: 03-5321-7887
Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00

 In Japan, 
there is a culture of buying a lunch box 
when traveling a long distance on a bullet train or another sightseeing train.
This lunch is called "ekiben" (station lunchbox), 
and it's a compound word of the Japanese bento,
meaning lunch box,
and eki which means the station.

 There is a food court in Odakyu Department Store 
on the basement second floor of the same building. 

They sell awesome high quality lunch boxes,
so we made sure to grab a nibble

before jumping on the train. 
If you have some time to spare, 
you might want to try one of these of your own!

 The underground passage brings you to HALC’s second basement, 
a smaller-scale food area compared to the one in the Main Building.
 It has a fruit market, a fish counter, a bakery, 
a juice counter and imported foods shops!

Where we got our lunch box
Shop name - Aji no Umebachi (味の梅ばち)
‣Located on B2 (Delicatessen & Specialty Foods)

 Yonezawagyu Bento (Yonezawa beef valve): 1,836 yen (tax included)

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A Must-visit Hiking Spot in Japan "Oyama"
What's in Oyama?
 Mt. Oyama (大山) is a sacred 1,252-meter-high mountain 
that's in close proximity to Tokyo and
Yokohama making it a major mountain climbing and cultural spot. 
This time last year is best because the weather is cool and you can see the leaves changing!

Many hikers visit because it is possible to go up to 700m from the top by cable car and reach the summit in about 1 hour and 30 minutes!

⁂Tanzawa and Oyama
Address: Isehara-shi, Kyoto, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hiking Oyama in 6 Steps
From Shinjuku Station, take the Romance Car to Hon-Atsugi Station.
From there you'll need to change to Odakyu Line Isehara Station.

Route to Isehara Station

Shinjuku Station (新宿駅) ▶ Hon-Atsugi Station (本厚木駅) ▶ Isehara Station (伊勢原駅)

Oyama Trip - STEP 1
From Isehara Station
Turn right at the ticket barrier and look for the number 4 bus stop. 
Buses heading to the Oyama Cable Car bus stop (大山ケーブルカー)
 departs every 20 minutes (25 mins, 300 yen) 
though be prepared for a fairly hefty line of fellow hikers even on weekdays. 
The best advice is to take a bus around 08:00 am 
which should coincide with the first cable ride of the morning 
when services begin at 09:00am.

Oyama Trip - STEP 2

Walk to the Cable Car Station
 From the Cable Car Bus Stop mosey on through the throng of souvenir shops
and restaurants known as the Koma Sando 
taking a leisurely 15 minutes to reach the Oyama Cable Car

Oyama Trip - STEP 3Go to the Middle of the Mountain by Cable Car
The Cable Car departs every 20 minutes (450 yen one way) and quickly whisks you up 400 metres to the Oyama Afuri Jinja 大山阿夫利神社. 

⁂Oyama Cable Car (大山ケーブルカ)
Address: 667, Daishan, Isehara-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
TEL: 0463-95-2135 / 0463-95-2040
Hours - 9:00 - 16:30 / Saturday Holidays - 9:00 - 17:00

 Oyama Trip - STEP 4
Oyama's Afuri Jinja Shrine
The Oyama Afuri Jinja founded in 755 
is actually comprised of two separate shrines 
with the main one (through smaller) positioned 
on the actual Mt. Oyama summit. 

Oyama Trip - STEP 5
Climb to the Top of the Mountain
 From here the hike to the summit follows a clockwise direction.
From the lower shrine the hike to the summit of Mt. Oyama (1,252 m) 
and takes around 90 minutes. 
The trail is well trodden through at times fairly rocky 
and includes a couple of excellent viewing points. 

Oyama Trip - STEP 6
Arrive at the Top of the Mountain!
We finally arrived to the top of Oyama Mountain!!!

On a clear day, 

you can see Shinjuku's skyscrapers and Tokyo Skytree.

 On the summit there are plenty of benches and 
picnic tables to kick back and relax!

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Oyama Sightseeing Starting Point
Odakyu Shinjuku Station
Take in the beautiful fall weather and take a hike!
We loved Oyama Mountain!
Don't forget to dress properly and be prepared though!
If you don't have something you need, 

you can go to Odakyu HALC.
They'll get you all set!

★Odakyu HALC
Address: 1-5-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(Shinjuku West Exit)
Business hours :
<B2F to 2F> Weekdays from 10:00~8:30pm, 
Days and public holidays from 10:00~8:00pm
(※ There is a possibility to change according to time and day.)
<BIC CAMERA> 10: 00-21: 00
<Underground Restaurants and Pubs> 11: 00-24: 00

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