the territory between the old capitals of Kyoto and Osaka, and the new capital in Edo, played a pivotal role in this part of Japanese history. This is not lost on Clavell, who strategically places his story on the Izu Peninsula
Atami City acts as the gateway to Izu Peninsula, conveniently located at its north-eastern corner, and on the Tokaido bullet train line that connects Japan’s 3 largest cities – Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. It takes just 40 minutes to reach Atami on the Kodama Tokaido bullet train from Tokyo or Shinagawa Stations.
Its gnarled trunk with cracks and fissures is reminiscent of a small cliff face, complete with twisting, dark, mysterious caves.
One of the best places to enjoy Japan’s plum blossom culture is the Atami Plum Blossom Festival. This is centered on Atami Baien (literally Atami Plum Park), a 10 minute walk from JR Kinomiya Station, which is one stop from Atami Station