Hoshinomiya Fuji. While not exactly Tokyo, this campground deserves special mention for being the first “glamping” resort in Japan. Glamping stands for “glamorous” and “camping,” and indeed, when you want to experience luxury camping in Japan, this is it.
Jizo, protector of travelers: Jizo is the first deity most people encounter when they set foot in Japan. This is because he is the protector of travelers. You’ll find Jizo peeking out among the grasses along the road, standing at intersections, overseeing borders, or sitting in a wooden shelter built especially for him.
Kanuma, city, central Tochigi ken (prefecture), east-central Honshu, Japan. It lies at the eastern foot of the Ashio Highlands and borders Utsunomiya to the east. The central part of the city was a post town during the Edo (Tokugawa) period (1603–1867); it later developed as a market for hemp seed.
However, I went to Kanuma, the strictest 運転免許センター in Kanto. I talked to some of the other foreigners, some had been there already 5 to 10 times, some lost count, each time paying the center 2400 yen, redoing the written and eye test each morning at 10 and not leaving until 3.
One winter weekend’s countryside drive through Tochigi Prefecture brought us, by chance, to Shiroyama Park. My husband had noticed the roadside sign for the park which said “Sky Roller.” “Sky Roller” turns out to be an elevated, curving, 115 meter roller slide.