Dance Performance at Atami Geigi Kenban Kaburenjo
The Geigi Kenban Kaburenjo is where Atami’s own Geigi-shu, a group of traditional entertainers, hone their craft and put on a public performance every Saturday and Sunday. Their public performance is the real deal. A dance called Hana no Mai. It means the Dance of the Flowers. Geigi and geisha are related words and there may be some similarities between this dance in Atami and the famous geisha who entertain guests in the traditional way in Kyoto.
The dance is a charming one and moves to the accompaniment of three-stringed Japanese shamisens. The Geigi dance from long ago and the old fashioned vibe of Atami and its hot spring resort town atmosphere will take you back in time.
Kinomiya Jinja - Shrine with a Two Thousand Year Old Sacred Tree
This Shinto Shrine is a key location in the history of Atami. The giant camphor tree is over two thousand years old and is considered sacred. It is a Natural Monument protected by the Japanese government.
Worshippers at the shrine like to walk around the circumference of the Holy Tree. It is said that every time you walk around the trunk of the tree, you add one more year to your life!
Gardens and former ryokan buildings at Kiunkaku
A splendid and stately mansion built one hundred years ago, Kiun-kaku is one of the Three Great Villas of Atami. The beautiful Japanese-style house looks out on lush, green gardens. One would never think that the villa is an urban area. The house is a kind of fusion of Japanese, Chinese and European architectural styles and was beloved by many Japanese literary figures through the years.