Kon’nichiwa! I simply returned from a brief however memorable journey to Japan. I used to be there trying out a few of Marriott Resorts’ new accommodations and resorts. They’re starting to market themselves in Asia as a leisure resort model not only a enterprise one and it appears to be working.
Tokyo to Shuzenji
After breakfast on the Tokyo Marriott (right here’s my publish on my one evening in Tokyo), I jumped on a bus with different journey journalists and headed south. When you’re going straight from Tokyo to Shuzenji, the best choice would in all probability be to take the practice. That’s what I did on the way in which again and it’s tremendous straightforward and a pleasing throwback expertise.
The trains depart each three hours or so between Tokyo and Shuzenji and the Shuzenji practice station is a 15-minute (or much less) drive from the Izu Marriott Lodge Shuzenji. The practice prices round $50 and takes slightly below two hours. The old-fashioned trains cease roughly seven occasions and haven’t any energy retailers or meals onboard so go ready.
The best factor the practice has is a child holder within the rest room so mother or dad can use the amenities and never should juggle a squirmy child.
10 Causes to Keep at Izu Marriott Lodge Shuzenji
Shuzenji is a city positioned in Tagata District, Shizuoka Prefecture and is understood for its sizzling springs (the Japanese phrase is ‘onsen’). The Izu Marriott Lodge Shuzenji is positioned 95 miles from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and 137 miles from Tokyo’s Narita Airport. So why would you need to come right here? Properly, listed here are 10 causes to remain at Izu Marriott Lodge Shuzenji.
1. The new springs
Japan is legendary for its sizzling springs and Shuzenji is likely one of the most well-known locations within the nation to expertise them. The resort has a communal one on the bottom ground however 30% of the resort rooms have a non-public one on their balcony!
FYI: There’s a complete customized to going to a Japanese onsen so make sure to learn up earlier than getting into. About 10 years in the past, I had considered one of my most embarrassing journey moments happen in a Japanese onsen. Right here’s that story.
2. It’s reasonably priced
Room charges start at simply $100 an evening! These with non-public onsens often go for $250 an evening.
three. The views of Mount Fuji
Whenever you drive in and see Mount Fuji looming within the distance, you’ll notice why you made the lengthy journey. Mt. Fuji needs to be probably the most well-known and delightful mountains on the planet. And it’s nonetheless an lively volcano although it hasn’t erupted in over 200 years. Climbing the 12,000-foot mountain is a well-liked bucket checklist factor to do and it’s often completed between July and mid-September. The common hike takes six hours and most climbers depart in the midst of the evening to witness dawn. When you’ve completed it, please go away a remark beneath and inform us about your expertise!
four. There aren’t any Individuals
Don’t get me mistaken: I like my fellow Individuals however once I journey, I need to get an genuine really feel for a spot and it doesn’t really feel like the identical sort of cultural immersion if the resort is crammed with my folks. What’s good concerning the Izu Marriott Lodge Shuzenji is that 90% of their clients are Japanese. The vast majority of the remainder are Chinese language and Korean. I didn’t see one different westerner whereas I used to be there. Good to know: The entrance of the home resort employees all converse English.
5. Rooms are clear and comfy
Clearly it’s necessary to most vacationers to have a cushty and clear room and this resort actually has each. It additionally comes with free WiFi.
6. Toto bogs
With out getting too private, for those who haven’t sat on a Toto rest room earlier than, then you definitely haven’t skilled one of the best rest room on the planet. If these bogs didn’t price $5,000, I’d have one in my home. Whenever you stroll inside its neighborhood, together with in the midst of the evening in a darkish room, the lid pops up and an evening gentle activates. The seat is heated and it has all of the bidet features you may ever think about, together with a dryer. If that’s not ok, it flushes by itself if you stroll away. Oh, and it’s additionally in a non-public room so one particular person will be within the rest room preparing whereas the opposite is simply having fun with the easy pleasure of a heated rest room seat.
7. Driverless golf carts
The resort is a part of a resort that’s related to the Laforet Shuzenji & Nation Membership. I didn’t get an opportunity to play golf however I took a tour of it in considered one of their driverless golf carts. That’s proper, the golf course (and I heard the identical about many others in Japan) have driverless golf carts. No surprise their programs are so impeccable; they don’t have loopy drivers taking the carts off the cart path and ruining the fairways and even greens. Riders don’t contact something. Not the wheel, brake or gasoline. Simply hit the cease button if you need to get out and the inexperienced button for it to begin once more. It stays on the trail the entire time and goes up and down hills, although generally it’s somewhat jerky.
eight. The resort has washing machines
It’s a must to love a resort that has self-service laundry machines so vacationers don’t should carry a ton of garments or pay for costly resort dry cleansing. The washing machines price 200 JPY ($1.78 USD) and to purchase laundry detergent, it’s 50 JPY ($zero.45 USD).
9. American and Asian type breakfasts
Though the resort caters to an Asian clientele it nonetheless presents western meals, together with a big breakfast buffet for three,500.00 JPY ($31 USD) with eggs made to order or waffles, pastries, bacon, sausage … you identify it.
10. It’s kid-friendly
Now that my spouse and I’ve welcomed our first little one, it’s necessary to me to know that a resort is kid-friendly. And this one is. They’ve a child’s room proper off of the primary foyer. It’s nothing too particular however a minimum of it’s a quiet, enclosed house that gives youngsters with a secure place to play with toys and run round.
Total, the Izu Marriott Lodge Shuzenji is a good expertise and worth. A couple of issues I discovered that some Individuals in all probability gained’t like concerning the resort embrace:
-There was just one English TV channel.
-The three-story resort is numbered humorous. I used to be on the third ground however my room was 718.
-The rooms have tip envelopes for the maid, which Marriott does in any respect of their accommodations however I don’t suppose they need to do it in Japan since tipping is taken into account impolite.
Notable close by sights:
Mishima Sky Stroll
A few 25-minute drive from the resort is the Mishima Sky Stroll. It’s 1,312 toes lengthy, making it Japan’s longest suspension bridge. It’s not that scary; I’ve a concern of heights and I walked midway throughout. It takes about 10 minutes to stroll throughout and the best level is 231 toes off the bottom.
On a transparent day, the views of Mount Fuji are spectacular. Tickets price 1,000 JPY ($eight.92 USD) and clients get a coupon for a 50 JPY ($zero.45 USD) ice cream, which is generally 380 JPY ($three.39 USD). Clearly, it’s an actual touristy place they usually have a pair eating places, retailers and meals stands out entrance. I couldn’t assist however purchase a 500 JPY ($four.46 USD ) Sweet Fuji Apple. Money solely.
Daikan Yashiki Restaurant
For lunch, we went to a preferred and conventional Japanese restaurant referred to as Daikan Yashiki. It’s about 15 minutes from the Izu Marriott Lodge Shuzenji and it’s well-known for its eel and soba noodles. I don’t eat eel in order that they substituted the eel for beef.
The set lunch price four,000 JPY ($35 USD) and you will have to take your footwear off and sit on a mat. I informed you it was a standard Japanese restaurant!
Don’t Depart Japan With out Getting
When you like French fries, make sure to get Potato Farm Jaga Pokkuru Snacks. Yow will discover them within the airport and in Haneda Worldwide, they solely promote them by gate 109. For a field of 10 small particular person packets, the price is 820 JPY ($7.31 USD). Their guardian firm lately started promoting them in America as a snack referred to as Entire Cuts however the Japanese model is best.
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