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Around Shonan Campus

Shopping

Daily use items and food

Daily use items and food

There are many supermarkets and 24-hour, 365-day convenience stores around Shonan campus. Gourmet City carries all the necessities of life and its food section is conveniently open 24 hours a day. Other options include The Big, which sells food at low prices, and the shopping center York Town. York Town's tenants include a supermarket, a drugstore, a 100 yen shop (similar to a dollar store, they sell miscellaneous goods and foods for 100 yen per item) and restaurants.

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Home electronics

The volume seller of home electronics Kojima, located in the York Town shopping center, has a full selection of home electronics useful when living in Japan, including such domestic appliances as televisions, air conditioners, refrigerators and cooking implements, as well as mobile phones, computers, digital cameras and video game units. It has a great selection and you can buy home electronics at low prices.

Books, DVDs and video games

Books, DVDs and video games (purchase or rental)

Just outside the campus, there is a Tsutaya, the largest chain of CD and DVD rental stores in Japan. There you can rent or buy DVDs, books, comic books, video games and more that will be useful for learning the Japanese language and culture. It is open until midnight 365 days a year.

Restaurants and cafes

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Japanese food

Tsukuba, opened in 1970, has been loved by faculty and students of Tokai University for many years. The fish, which the proprietor procures at a fishing harbor every morning, is very fresh. You can also experience home-style Japanese cooking there. In addition, there are Japanese restaurants specializing in such dishes as Udon (noodle) and Monjayaki (savoury pancake) within walking distance of the campus.

Ramen

Ramen

Men-isshin, which is run by a married couple, is a popular Ramen (noodles in soup) restaurant with excellent seafood soup. It is always crowded with sports-minded university students at lunch time.
There are also many other ramen restaurants near the university and station-front area.

Halal

Halal

Kurumi is a halal Turkish restaurant popular with Islamic students as well as Japanese people.
Tokai University has a lot of Islamic international students, so nearby Bento (packed lunch) shops also sell halal bentos.

Cafes

Cafes

Pier 39, which run by a Tokai University graduate, has been popular with students of the university since it opened in 1985. This cafe is well-known for its extra-large parfait, but it also has varied drink and food options, including pasta and pizza. At night it becomes a bar.
There are also fast food restaurants such as McDonald's in the university area, and a number of cozy cafes.

Tourism

Mount Oyama

Mount Oyama (mountain and quasi-national park)

Mount Oyama is located in Tanzawa-Oyama Quasi-National Park and has an elevation of 1,252 meters. Its triangular shape like Mount Fuji's is beautiful, and it is counted among the three hundred famous mountains of Japan and the hundred famous mountains of the Kanto region. It has long been viewed affectionately as part of the "mountain worship" faith of the common people, and it gets many visitors for the first shrine visit of the New Year and the autumn leaves viewing season each year. There is a tofu restaurant in front of the cable-car station at the foot of the mountain, as well as a number of folk craft shops. It is also near the university, so there are also a lot of students who go there for hiking or to visit the shrine.

Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle (castle, park, cherry blossoms)

This is a famous Japanese castle in Odawara city, Kanagawa, 30 minutes by rain or car from the campus. During the Sengoku period (1467-1603) it gained fame as an impregnable castle, and today it is a park with the castle keep at its center. Many people visit this tourist spot, and it has many flowers that can be enjoyed year round, in addition to 320 cherry trees. Many events are held there throughout the year.

Hakone

Hakone (mountain, hot springs, nature)

Located about one hour from the campus by train or car, this famous Japanese tourist area was designated Fuji-Hakone National Park (now Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park) in 1936. Its hot springs that gush forth in various places, plentiful natural attractions such as Lake Ashi, Owakudani and Sengokuhara and plentiful tourist facilities such as art museums attract tourists from around the world.

Shonan Coast

Shonan Coast (beach)

The famous Kanto region swimming beach Shonan Kaigan (in Hiratsuka) is about 30 minutes by car from the campus. In the summer many students can be found there sunbathing, swimming in the ocean or surfing. It is also possible to take a day trip to the famous Enoshima, or to Kamakura with its many famous temples and a giant Buddha statue.