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Getting There -- From Tokyo Station, it's 40 to 50 minutes by Shinkansen bullet train; be sure to check the schedule beforehand, as the Hikari bullet train stops at Atami only three times a day (though the slower Kodama bullet trains run more frequently). The fare is ¥3,570 for an unreserved seat. You can also take the JR Odoriko or Super View Odoriko, which travels from Tokyo Station to Atami in 1 hour and 15 or 20 minutes, with the fare ranging from ¥3,190 to ¥4,270, depending on the train. Slower is the local JR Tokaido Line for ¥1,890, which takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Visitor Information -- The Atami Tourist Information Office (adjacent to a coffee shop) is to the left as you exit the train station (tel. 0557/81-5297; daily 9am-5:30pm; to 5pm Oct-Mar). No English is spoken, but English-language literature and a map are available, including the very useful "Atami Walking Guide." You'll also find information on Atami online at www.atamispa.com.

Getting Around -- Buses serve major sightseeing attractions in Atami. If you're spending the day here, you might wish to purchase a 1-day ticket for the YuYu Bus, which has two routes, both making circuitous trips through town and departing Atami Station every 35 minutes. You can leave and reboard as often as you wish or stay on for a tour of the city. The cost is ¥800 for adults and ¥400 for children.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.