Off-base festivities

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 7, 2011


CLIMBING MOUNT FUJI (Yamanashi prefecture): through Aug 31; Japan’s highest and most famous peak, at 12,388 feet, is open for the climbing season; getting there: buses take climbers to the fifth station, and trip takes six hours up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo at 7:45, 8:45 & 9:40 a.m. and 4:50, 5:50 & 7:30 p.m., 03-5376-2217/0555-72-5111; 2,600 yen; Kawaguchiko Town Hall, 0555-72-1111.

GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT – JULY BASHO (Nagoya): Through July 24; previous Tokyo May Basho-winner, grand champion Hakuhoryu will try for a consecutive win; Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, five-minute walk from Exit No. 7 of Shiyakusho on subway Meijyo Line; 0520221-0738; www.event.chunichi.co.jp/sumo/.

PRINCE ICE WORLD 2011 TOKYO: July 15-18; Olympic figure skating gold medalists Shizuka Arakawa, Junko Yaginuma, Kanako Murakami, Nobmunari Oda, Takahiko Ozuka and more; DyDo Drink Ice Arena, Higashi Fushimi Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line; 8,000-11,000-15,000 yen adults, 2,500-4,000 yen children; 04-2922-8181; www.princehotels.co.jp/iceshow/  (Japanese only).

SANKEIEN GARDEN – VIEWING (YOKOHAMA): Through Aug. 7, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends & holidays; the best time for viewing Lotus flowers is 7 a.m.; 500 yen; a 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 045-621-0634/5; www.sankeien.or.jp.

WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2011 (Tokyo): ends Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu. & Fri., closed Mon.); 160 photos from photographers around the world; at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photograph; 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 700 yen adults, 600 yen college students, 400 yen children; 03-3280-0099.

THE DINOSAURS EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE (Tokyo): ends Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed July 11, Sept. 5, 12, 20 & 26); this exhibition, which includes a full-scale Tyrannosuarus and Triceratops duel, is aimed for children; 1,500 yen adults, 600 yen children; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 03-5777-8600; www.kahaku.go.jp/english/.

CORMORANT FISHING (Gifu prefecture): ends Oct. 15; cormorant fishing on Nagara River is a famous type of traditional fishing in Japan. More than 40 sightseeing ships are set on Nagara at 6:15, 6:45 & 7:15 p.m., to observe usho (cormorant fishermen) catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Boat fare is 3,000-3,300 yen/person; Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Boat Reservations 058-262-0104; www.kankou-gifu.jp/en/ukai/index.html. Other places to observe cormorant fishing are Uji River in Kyoto (0774-23-3334), Katsura River in Kyoto (075-861-0302), Kiso River in Inuyama city, Aichi prefecture (0568-61-0057), Hiji River in Oozu, Ehime prefecture (0893-24-2664), and Nishiki River in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture; 0827-41-0470 or www.ukai-iwakuni.com/.

FANTASMIC (Chiba prefecture): open-ended run; night-time show, featuring 27 animation characters such as Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and others, filled with special effects using water and fire, on Mediterranean Harbor; Tokyo DisneySea, three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; one-day passport adults 6,200 yen, discount passport after 3 p.m. entry adults 4,900 yen; Tokyo Disney Resort Information 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/tds/index.html.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL “ZED” (Chiba prefecture): Open-ended run; show is a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment; 7,500-9,500-12,500-15,000 yen; 0473-55-9621; www.zed.co.jp/home_en.php.

BLUE MAN GROUP (Tokyo): open-ended run; New York-based avant-garde artists; Invoice Theatre, five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line and Azabu Jyuban Station on Nanpoku Line; 7,500-8,500 yen; 03-5414-3255; www.blueman.jp.

MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; adults1,300 yen/day, children 900 yen/day and after 3 p.m., adults 1,000 yen and children 700 yen and 500 yen for shoe rental; Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-ku, one-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijyo on subway Oedo Line or five-minute walk from JR Shinanomachi Station on Sobu Line; 03-3403-3458; www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html.


A GLIMPSE AT THE LIFE OF THE JOSEON PERIOD (Seoul): through July 30; Ewha Woman’s University Museum; free; 02-3277-3152.

MUSICAL “GREASE” (Seoul): open-ended run, 8 p.m., Mon., Wed.-Fri., 3 & 7 p.m., Sat., 2 & 6 p.m., Sun. and holidays, Dongsoong Art Center; 40,000-60,000 won; 1588-5212; www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=268128 .

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Experience nature in lavender fields along the Lake Kawaguchi silhouetted in the foot of Mount Fuji at the Lake Kawaguchi Herb Festival through July 10. Also, from now through Aug. 31, you can climb Mount Fuji.


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