Odette Kundasai Dragon Roads

Skiing Toward to Lake Tazawa

by e-Manabix


Posted on 2019年3月17日 (日) in Life


Skiing Toward to Lake Tazawa

We like skiing at Lake Tazawa Ski Resort (たざわ湖スキー場) at Semboku-city, Akita-prefecture on a fine day in March.
Because we can ski toward to Lake Tazawa. It looks like jumping into the lake after skiing.

You can look above scene by the following video at 1 min 48 second on Youtube.


If you are interested in ski or tourism to Akita prefecture, please access Akitafan.com.

Access to Lake Tazawa Ski Resort

Please search "Narita International Terminal to Tazawako Ski Resort" by Google.
The following images are routes by Google.

Narita Airport Station (成田)-- [Narita Express / 成田エクスプレス] -- Tokyo Station (駅)-- [Komachi, Tohoku Shinkansen / こまち、東新幹線] - Tazawako Station (田沢湖駅)

You must reserve "Komachi" on JR train seat reservation, don't reserve "Hayate" etc.

(1) 1st Route of Narita Airport Station to Tazawako Station by JR using the Japan Rail Pass is cheaper ticket for foreign travelers.
Map of JR Route, 路線図
* (If you click above picture, you can view the large size.)

(2) 2nd Route of Tazawako Station to Tazawako Ski Resort by bus.
map of Tazawa Lake, 田沢湖地図
* (If you click above picture, you can view the large size.)

Where Do You Stay?

There are many hot spring inns near the Tazawako ski resort. Nyuto Onsen (乳頭) Tsuru No Yu (鶴の湯) is very famous hot spring. The location is upper side above map. Have a enjoy hot spring in Japan.

Lake Tazawa / 田沢湖

Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan with a depth of 423.4 meters. It is 4 hours to 6 hours (20km) for round trip of Lake Tazawa by walk. You can rent a bicyle at shops in summer season.

Statue of Tatsuko / 辰子像

A Statue of Tatsuko stands at shore to the clear blue waters of Lake Tazawa, and was made by Yasutake Funakoshi in 1968. Tatsuko, wishing for forever youth and beauty, is said to have been turned into a lake-goddess. Please access a story of that she was becoming a dragon at legend story of Tatsuko Princess (辰子姫伝説). In another story, she married Hachitaro lived in Hachirogata Lagoon, so that she is said the god of marriage (縁結びの, en musubi no kami). Would you visit to Lake Tazawa after skiing? (田沢湖へおでってくんださい。) Would you check that the story is true or not by your self ?
Sraue of Tatsuko, 辰子像
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Festival for God of Dragon at Lake Tazawa / たざわ湖・龍神まつり

A festival for God of Dragon is held the last sunday of July for every year. If you are intereded in the festival, please access Tazawako Summer Festival.
Dragon Festival, 龍神祭
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Akita Dog / 秋田犬

Akita inu is very famous dog () in Japan. Shibuya Hachiko is also akita inu. You can see the dog at a shop in Lake Tazawa.
Akita Inu, 秋田犬
* (If you click above picture, you can view the large size.)

Tips of Japanese Words

DragonReadingMeaning
tatsu, ryuJapanese or Euripian dragons
ryuChinese dragons and symbol of Chinese Emperor
tatsuOne of the twelve Earthly Branches.
”辰子” usually is a name of girls born in the dragon year (辰).


The Japan Rail Pass

by e-Manabix


Posted on 2019年3月13日 (水) in Life


The Japan Rail Pass

"The Japan Rail Pass" is very cheap tickets for foriegn travelers, and is valid for all of JR railways, JR buses, and JR ferry boats.

Railway means 鉄道(てつどう) in Japanese, and ticket means 切符(きっぷ) in Japanese. So save money using the Japan rail pass for your trip and don't lose money such as ""means iron but divides ""(gold) and ""(lose).

Price List of the Japan Rail Pass


2nd Class Seats
PeriodsAdultChild
7 days29,110 Yen14,550 Yen
14 days46,390 Yen23,190 Yen
21 days59,350 Yen29,670 Yen

Cautions.

  1. You must show exchage or sales officers your passport with "Temporary Visitor" entry status stamp. Don't use se an automated Immigration gate in Japan.
  2. The JAPAN RAIL PASS cannot be used for travel on NOZOMI and MIZUHO trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo, and Kyushu Shinkansen lines.
  3. You can echange or buy the ticket at Exchage and Sales Offices at its map.

Examples of JR Ticket Prices for Japanese Travelers

The following Price List for 1 way and 1 adult person until Sep. 30, 2019
Total price is discount 200 Yen at off season, and exta charge 200 Yen at on season. Please check the following section.
City - City (Train)DistancesNormal
Ticket
Express Ticket
(Normal Season)
Totals
Tokyo - Nagoya (Hikari)366.0
km
6,260
Yen
4,620
Yen
10,880
Yen
Tokyo - Kyoto (Hikari)513.6
km
8,210
Yen
5,390
Yen
13,600
Yen
Tokyo - Osaka (Hikari)552.6
km
8,750
Yen
5,390
Yen
14,140
Yen
Tokyo - Kanazawa450.5
km
7,340Y
en
6,780
Yen
14,120
Yen
Tokyo - Niigata333.9
km
5,620
Yen
4,950
Yen
10,570
Yen
Tokyo - Sendai351.5
km
5,940
Yen
5,260
Yen
11,200
Yen
Tokyo - Morioka535.3
km
8,420
Yen
6,320
Yen
14,740
Yen
Tokyo - Aomori713.7
km
10.150
Yen
7,200
Yen
17,350
Yen
Tokyo - Hakodate862.5
km
11,880
Yen
11,130
Yen
23,010
Yen
Narita Airport Station - Osaka635.6
km
9,610
Yen
1,700
Yen
5,390
Yen
16,900
Yen
Narita Airport Station - Morioka614.5
km
9,610
Yen
1,700
Yen
6,320
Yen
17,630
Yen
In over 601km case, the Japan Rail pass is cheaper than normal ticket, and 2 way normal ticket is 10% discount for ticket fee.

Full Moon Green Pass for Married Couple

The green pass means that 1st class seat is valid for Japanese and foriengn travelers. But the following special conditions exist for buying the pass.
  • 2 married persons
  • Period: from Oct. 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
  • Normal pass: 88 years old combining ages of 2 persons
  • Silver pass: 88 years old combining ages of 2 persons, and each person over 70 years old
  • You can by the pass at major JR stations and travel vendors in Japan

Price List for 2 persons for round trip

1st Class Seats
PeriodsNormal PassSilver Pass
5 days82,800Yen77,800Yen
7 days102,750Yen97,750Yen
12 days127,950Yen122,950Yen

Prices of Reservation Seats by Colors

For details, please access Express Train Tickets in Japanese.
Seat Resevation FeeOn Season500+200 Yen
Normal Season500 Yen
Off Season500-200 Yen

Calendar for Seat Reservation Fee by the above colors

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Tokyo Olimpic days
Bold and Underline Numbers: National Holidays or Happy Mondays

If you can read Japanese, please access our blog of JR運賃割引早わかり.


Wellcome to Dragon Roads

by e-Manabix


Posted on 2019年3月11日 (月) in Life


Wellcome to our blogs of "Dragon Roads"

竜: Stroke Order Diagram Animation (竜, dragon, リュウ, たつ)
道: Stroke Order Diagram Animation (道, road, ドウ, みち)

 Japanese dragons not exist on the earth, and only exist in human mind. The dragons are also a symbol of power and good luck for Japanese people.

 Also "Dragon Roads" not exist on the earth, and only exist in human mind. We help to make lucky plans of your travels to Japan.

Odette Kundasai

 "Odette"(おでって) in Japanese dialect means "Visit" in English. "Odette Kundasai"(おでってくんださい) in Japanese dialect of the te-form of verbs means polite expressions such as "Would you visit" in English.
Please pronounce [odeQte kuNdasai]. [Q] and [N] are special morae in Japanese langauge.
But don't pronounce [odeQtekuN dasai]. This means "Mr. Odette is not cool" in English.
You can understand above expressions by the following examples.
"Tabero"(食べろ) in Japanese means "Eat" in English, and "Tabete Kudasai"(食べてください) in Japanese means "Would you eat" in English.
"Ike"(行け) in Japanese means "Go" in English, and "Itte Kudasai"(行ってください) in Japanese means "Would you go" in English.

 Have a good trip in Japan.