Enjoy With Only 10,000 Yen! This Episode Mainly Focus On How To Spend Great Holiday For Adult People (Part 1)

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Enjoy With Only 10,000 Yen! This Episode Mainly Focus On How To Spend Great Holiday For Adult People (Part 1)

This week, join us as we go in search of interesting holiday ideas for adults. First up is an adventure of trail running through the mountains of Miura Peninsula in winter. Hiking in the mountains during winter has its advantages; for one, you don’t have to deal with bugs and snakes! As trail running requires you to run through unpaved hills and fields, make sure you wear the proper attire. Long tights, for example, are comfortable for running and help to protect your legs and keep them warm in winter. There are even special shoes you can wear for trail running, perfect for manoeuvring through the steep slopes, slippery paths and uneven terrain.

Begin at Zushi, Kanagawa prefecture which is located at Miura Peninsula. It is a place rich in nature, with mountains and the beautiful sea. From Zushi Station, make your way to Yokosuka, which is 20km away. Go through the town and head to the top of Mt. Takatori, which is 139m above sea level. You will have to climb up a steep slope and mountain path to reach the top of the mountain. As you run through the mountain path, watch out for stones, fallen leaves and wet paths. It will take you about 15 minutes to run through the 2km path to the top. Mt. Takatori is famous for free climbing in the Kanto area and often attracts many climbers during weekends. There is an observatory at Mt. Takatori, from where you can enjoy an excellent view of the Yokohama urban district in the north, the Landmark Tower, the Bay Bridge, and even Mt. Fuji. The winter scene will take your breath away!

Next, head to Mt. Nyuto, which is located at the border of Zushi, Hayama and Yokosuka. The journey is about 6km. First go to Taura Station, along the Keikyu Line, after going down the mountain ridge. If you can get lost along the way, you can always ask one of the several runners you will come across. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach the top of Mt. Nyuto from the peak of Mt. Takatori. From this mountain, you can see the port of Taura and Yokosuka. Take a break and have a snack to replenish your energy before making your way 4km downhill to Yokohama. You will soon reach a village where there is a mineral hot spring called Noborigumo. It opened seven years ago and its huge open-air bath is very popular. The admission fee is 1,100 yen (S$16.80). Soaking in the hot spring is therapeutic, especially after all that walking, climbing and running.
If you’re hungry after your hot spring bath, head to Zushi Station. At Yokosuka Line’s rail yard nearby, there is an Italian restaurant called La Verde. It is affiliated with an established Japanese restaurant – Tendoutei – which has a history of 145 years. La Verde is popular among the locals. Recommended dishes include the shirasu (whitebait) pizza – an original dish - and sauteed jidori (chicken). The owner chef, Zama Taichi, trained for 7.5 years in Napoli, Italy and whips up delicious Italian cuisine using local ingredients from Zushi and Hayama, and self-cultivated vegetables. After your meal, drop by a well known 60-year-old cake shop in Zushi Ginza. Tamaya sells over 30 kinds of cakes and is especially known for its mouthwatering zabaroll, beach roll and eclairs. Pick up some for dessert or even as a sweet souvenir of your holiday. End your holiday adventure by taking a leisurely stroll along the beach and enjoying the gorgeous sunset.

Our next trip takes us to recommended spots with superb views. Drive along the Tomei Expressway and make a stopover at the Ashigara service area. There is a speciality store here which sells 50 kinds of shrimp crackers. There is even a taste counter for you to sample the crackers before buying them. After this, drop by the Gotemba Art Museum, which was previously a Ferrari museum. It is located in a facility called Museo Gotemba, which houses both a restaurant and a museum. The restaurant, Tanta Roba, serves delicious North Italian cuisine such as Italian omelette and various types of antipasto. Its pasta and pan-fried flatfish with herb and bread crumbs are among the recommended items. Its dessert, chestnut paste crepe, is also delicious. The staff will ask you if you have any preferences, or even allergies, and the chef will prepare the dishes accordingly.

Furthermore, visitors who eat at the restaurant will get free entrance tickets to the museum. Normally, the entrance fee is about 1,000 yen (S$15.30). As you walk along the passageway to the museum, look out for a view of Mt. Fuji. At the museum, you can admire the original works of artists such Spanish painter J. Torrents Llado. He is well known around the world and has painted portraits of the Danish and Spanish royal families.

Besides walking and admiring the vast nature, other activities which adults can enjoy in Gotemba include golf and motor sports. For example, you can enjoy a game of kart racing at Auto Paradise Gotemba, or play air hockey at the game centre. After all the fun and games, head to a special scenic spot from where you can enjoy a beautiful night view of Gotemba.

THIS WEEK'S TIPS:

  • Proper footwear, such as special shoes, and attire like long tights are important when doing trail running
  • After trail running, soak in a hot spring to get rid of fatigue and soothe your tired muscles

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