Japan CLIMBING MOUNT FUJI (Yamanashi prefecture): Japan’s highest and most famous peak, at 12,388 feet, is open for the climbing season, which lasts until Aug. 31; 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 or 0555-72-5111; 2,600 yen; Kawaguchiko Town Hall, 0555-72-1111.
ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2011 (Tokyo): July 22-Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; commemorating 45th anniversary of Ultraman’s debut, a Japanese superhero and super robot; Sunshine Bunka Kaikan Exhibition Hall B; three-minute walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Station on Yurakucho-Line or eight-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station East Exit; 1,800 yen adults,1,200 yen children; 0570-00-0660; http://2011.ulfes.com/ (Japanese only).
BROADWAY MUSICAL “A CHORUS LINE” (Tokyo): July 27-Aug. 21; Akasaka Act Theater, one-minute walk from Akasaka on Chiyoda-Line or eight-minute walk from Akasaka Mitsuke Station on Ginza and Marunouchi Lines; 9,800-12,600 yen; 0570-000-407.
SUZUKA EIGHT-HOUR ENDURANCE MOTORCYCLE RACE (Mie prefecture): final starts 10:30 a.m. and finishes 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1; 2011 QTEL FIM World Endurance Championship Series 3rd Round; from Tokyo take the Tomei Expressway and leave at the Suzuka Interchange, the nearest station to the Suzuka Circuit is Shiroko, 20-minute walk or 15-minute bus ride from the track and an express train from Nagoya to Shiroko takes around 40 minutes; 8,500-10,500-13,500 yen adults, 4,600-6,600-9,600 yen ages 12-18; 059-378-1111; www.suzukacircuit.jp/8tai/ (Japanese only).
ART FAIR TOKYO 2011: July 29-31; a selection of 3,000 works of 134 galleries from 12 cities, featuring antiques to contemporary art, along with discussion sessions and more; Tokyo International Forum Hall & Tokyo Bldg. Tokia Galeria (located next to main exhibition hall), 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 1,500 yen for one-day pass; 03-5771-4520; www.artfairtokyo.com/en/.
SHINJUKU EISA FESTIVAL 2011 (Tokyo): July 30, 2-4 & 5-7 p.m.; Eisa is a traditional Okinawan dance with Taiko drums during Obon, a Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of ancestors and this festival is in the Kabuki-cho area, gathering more than 22 groups of over 1,000 dancers; 03-5428-6635; www.shinjukuku-kankou.jp/english/index.html.
DEUTSCHLAND-JAPAN PHOTO EXHIBITION (Yokohama): ends July 31; commemorating 150th anniversary of signing Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and Germany, featuring 120 photos from scenes of Berlin Olympics, Japanese soccer players in Bundesliga, fall of Berlin Wall and more; Japan Newspaper Museum, 10-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; 500 yen adults, 300 yen senior high school students, free for junior high school students and younger; 045-661-2040; http://newspark.jp/newspark/.
MORNING GLORY EXHIBITION (Tokyo): July 31-Aug. 7, 8 a.m.-noon.; Mukojima Hyakka-en, which iterally means a garden of hundred flowers, flowers was established in Edo Period as a flower garden and about 500 pots of morning glory, some larger than 20cm in diameter, are displayed; 3-8-3 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo; eight-minute walk from Higashi-mukojima Station, Tobu Isesaki Line; 03-3611-8705; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index032.html.
TOKYO SUMMER TAIKO: Aug. 2, 4:15 p.m.; traditional Edo Taiko has been played for hundreds of years, and has dynamic and individual sound; Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall; JR Ueno Station; 1,500-3,000 yen adults, 500-1,000 yen senior high school students; 03-3467-5421; www.dento-wa.jp/en.
SANKEIEN GARDEN – VIEWING (Yokohama): ends Aug. 7, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends & holidays; the best time for viewing Lotus flowers is 7 a.m.; 500 yen; 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; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 700 yen adults, 600 yen college students, 400 yen children; 03-3280-0099; http://syabi.com/e/contents/index.html.
TOKYO DISNEYSEA WATER PROGRAM “SUMMER OASIS SPLASH” (Chiba prefecture): ends Aug. 31; Genie is the main character in the new water program “Summer Oasis Splash.” Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Chip ‘n Dale appear on the waters with Genie using his dynamic magic to splash away the summer heat; three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,200 yen adults, 5,300 yen ages 12-17, 4,100 yen ages 4-11, discount pass after 3 p.m.: 4,900 yen adults, 4,300 yen youth, 3,400 yen children, summer discount until Aug. 31: 2,050 yen ages 4-11/one-day pass, 1,700 yen ages 4-11/starlight pass available after 3 p.m., Campus Day Pass (until Aug. 31, need to show ID at box offices): 4,900 yen (students ages 18 and over)(one-day pass), 4,300 yen (students ages 12-17)(one-day pass); 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND WATER PROGRAM “COOL THE HEAT” (Chiba prefecture): ends Aug. 31; annual water program is back again with the Disney friends dressed as pirates dancing with Mickey Mouse, Minnie or other Disney characters; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,200 yen adults, 5,300 yen ages 12-17, 4,100 yen ages 4-11, discount pass after 3 p.m.: 4,900 yen adults, 4,300 yen youth, 3,400 yen children), kids discount until Aug. 31: 2,050 yen for ages 4-11/one-day pass, 1,700 yen ages 4-11/pass available after 3 p.m., Campus Day Pass (until Aug. 31, need to show ID at box offices): 4,900 yen (students ages 18 and over)(one-day pass), 4,300 yen (students ages 12-17)(one-day pass); 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html.
THE DINOSAURS EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE (Tokyo): ends Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Sept. 5, 12, 20 & 26); this exhibition, which includes a full-scale Tyrannosuarus and Triceratops duel, is 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 (UKAI) (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, Kids’ summer discount (until Aug. 31): 2,050 yen for children (ages 4-11)(one-day pass), 1,700 yen for children (ages 4-11)(Starlight Pass available after 3 p.m.), Campus Day Pass (until Aug. 31 , need to show ID at box offices): 4,900 yen (students ages 18 and over)(one-day pass), 4,300 yen (students ages 12-17)(one-day pass); 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.
Okinawa NAGO NATSU MATSURI: July 30-31, 11 a.m.; 34th annual summer festival featuring live performances, test-riding on a patrol boat and fireworks; at Nago Fishery Port; 0980-52-4243.
Korea 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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