Monday, 12 January 2015

Atagawa winter Onsen and Kawazu Seven Waterfalls

Going Shizuoka via Mt Fuji full with ice...

Famous Wasabi Soba just next to parking area
The Wasabi Tororo Soba is really using lightly wasabi-flavored soba dipped into a light sauce (i.e. tsuyu) that has a plonk of grated yam in it. The secret lies in this grated yam dip and the fresh wasabi that you grate by yourself, and the fact that the soba is cold. It's so smooth! I can imagine eating this in summer or in hot & humid Singapore to cool down...if only I can have it everyday!!

Took a car to Kawazu from Ebina stattion. Got off the car and park in bus station  and start of the trail. Walked down the trail with wonderful view of six falls. (The seventh fall was not open to public.) Got on returning bus near the sixth fall. The Kawazu Nanadaru are seven waterfalls in the mountains above Kawazu Town in southeastern Izu. They range from the 30 meter tall Odaru ("large waterfall") to the 2 meter tall Kanidaru ("crab waterfall"). A pleasant walking trail leads for about one kilometer through the forest and past the waterfalls.

The waterfalls involve a 30min walk or so, it is quite easy to go to via bus from Kawazu bus station. Communication in english with station staff is limited but getting there is cinch. The waterfall themselves are quite something, ranging from 30m falls to 2m ones, but having 7 in a row, with rapids and a great mountain side view. There are also points where a few waterfall merge together where the sight of them are quite breathtaking

Seven waterfalls
Kamadaru: 22m (73 ft.) Height and 2m (6.6 ft.) Width
Ebidaru: 5m (17 ft.) Height and 3m (10 ft.) Width
Hebidaru: 3m (10 ft.) Height and 2m (6.6 ft.) Width
Syokeidaru: 10m (35 ft.) Height and 7m (26 ft.) Width
Deaidaru: 2m (6.6 ft.) Height and 2m (6.6 ft.) Height
Odaru: 30m (100 ft.) Height and 7m (26 ft.) Height

After Sven waterfall , left for Atagawa to our hotel near seaside. Onsen , eat all you can drink all you can on the sameday. Next day walk around town , went to "Banana Uni ". Its like greenhouse with lots of crocodiles , tropical plants , flemingos .. 1500 yen entry ticket , enjoy walk around (2-3 hrs) and enjoy fresh banana...

The dinner time was as early as 7:30pm .Dinner is fresh and nicely presented, meat are the best.

After dining we were lead to the Japanese style room with a W-O-W outdoor hotspring! We enjoyed the hotspring with full moon and sea view. Everything is prefect and I cannot find anything to complaint! 

Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden (Atagawa Banana Wani En) is a botanical garden with alligators. It is open daily. An admission fee is 1500 Yen.The garden opened in 1958. According to Kawata, in 2004 it contained 29 reptile species (349 specimens) in its zoo. The garden also contains a tropical botanical garden and fruit garden heated by hot spring water, with a lotus greenhouse (giant lotus, etc.), main greenhouse (hibiscus, orchid, etc.) and annex greenhouse (banana, papaya, pineapple, etc.). Other plants include bougainvillea.

I left the park with very mixed feelings at the end of the day. As with some other attractions in Japan you can either purchase individual tickets for the upper Panda Park, the Botanical Garden and the lower Crocodile Park (which are connected by a shuttle bus).

Red Pandas are certainly a rare site and you can really get up close and almost touch them. This part of the park also has some crocodiles, turtles, a smaller garden and a lookout point which has nice view over Atagawa and the cliffs so it is absolutely recommendable.
However, it is noticeable that the cages are kind of small and some pandas appear to be racy from that confined space but overall in a good condition.

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