Atami city is one of the most popular hot spring spot in Japan. This city is in Shizuoka prefecture that is located between Tokyo and Osaka.
The main reason that Atami gathers people is the accessibility. It’s only 50 minutes from Tokyo by bullet train.
If you have plans for short trip to Japan, I recommend Atami city.
SHOPPING ARCADE IN FRONT OF ATAMI STATION
One of the first things to do in Atami is going to the shopping arcade in front of Atami station.
There are many gourmets, Atami specialties and souvenirs. I like dried fish shop “Totoya（魚とや) the best among all of them.
The shop sells many different kinds of dried fish, especially the shrimp is delicious.
You can eat the dried fish here, but it’s really crowded during lunch time. So you should go there earlier than lunch time.
Access Info：3 minutes walk from Atami station
Address：3-11, Tahara Honcho , Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture 413-0011
Website：http://shop.totoya.jp/（This shop doesn’t have English website.）
Atami Castle is very unique spot, because it is built to attract tourists.
The castle is completely different from any other Japanese castles.
There are massaging machine, foot bath, soft play area for baby and toddler and amusement arcade!!! You can play the gaming devices for free.
In addition, the castle is very family-friendly place. There are an elevator, stroller rental and nursing room.
Address：1993 Atami, Shizuoka 413-0033
Access info：10 minutes by car from Atami station
Website：http://atamijyo.com/（This castle doesn’t have English website.）
Kinomiya-jinja Shrine is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Atami.
This shrine has a great tree that’s called “Okusu”. The sacred tree is more than 2,000 years old.
Kinomiya-jinja Shrine’s other attraction is the cool cafe in the precinct of the shrine.
You can relax and enjoy some sweets while viewing the garden of Kinomiya-jinja Shrine.
Address：43-1, Nishiyama-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka
By car：5 minutes from Atami station
By train：5 minutes walk from Kinomiya station
Website：http://www.kinomiya.or.jp/top/top.html（This shrine doesn’t have English website.）
ONSEN HOSTEL HINOEMI
We stayed at Onsen Hostel Hinoemi when my son was 1 year and 1 month old.
This hotel’s staff is very friendly and helpful, and they have English-speaking staff.
In addition, there are kids area that includes picture books, a ball pool and baby toys.
You can also enjoy the nice view of ocean from all guest room windows.
Address：9-9-8 Kaikocho, Atami, Shizuoka 413-0003
Access info：5 minutes from Atami station by car, and 15 minutes walk from Atami station.
Website：http://www.hinoemi.com/（This hotel doesn’t have English website.）
You also have many options of hotel in Atami.
For example, Hoshino Resorts is wonderful and family-friendly hotel, the hotel fee is expensive, though.
ATAMI CHERRY BLOSSOM
Atami is famous for Atami Cherry Blossom.
This Cherry Blossom is very unique. Because Atami Cherry Blossom is resistant to cold temperature, so you can see it in winter.
You can enjoy cherry blossoms from late January to mid-February in Atami. It’s one of the earliest events to see cherry blossoms.
I wish you got helpful information about Atami. Please feel free to comment or contact me if you have any question.