Monday, April 23, 2018

自然

NATURE

Immerse yourself in Japan’s nature: majestic mountains, fields of vibrant flowers, centuries-old bamboo groves and beech forests, as well as little pockets of paradise hidden among Japan’s high-rise cities.

mount haguro climbing guide

Mount Haguro: Walk the Mountain Path to Enlightenment

Experience the ancient shamanistic practices of Yamabushi spiritual training Yamagata has one of Japan’s most well-known sacred places for mountain worship, the Dewa Sanzan or...
Hirosaki castle cherry blossoms

Guardians of Hirosaki Sakura Trees in Aomori

Hirosaki Park Built more than 400 years ago within today’s Hirosaki Park, Hirosaki Castle is a popular place for sakura blossom viewing. Every...

Snow at its Best: Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival

Toshogu Shrine and Lake Chuzenji are two of the most well-known attractions in Nikko. But do you know that Yunishigawa is also an attraction...
wisteria in Ashikaga park

Tokyo day trips: spring flower landscapes

Spring is a season of new beginnings, new life and good weather. The cherry blossoms in Japan don't last long, but they create a...

Religious Encounters and Culinary Surprises in Shingu

By Rozemarije Zijlmans It’s said that the Kumano gods first descended to earth at the gigantic white, greyish rock that sticks out of the Gongenyama...

Matsumoto Castle: One of the best preserved castles

  You can’t leave Nagano without visiting Matsumoto Castle! This black and white, six-story castle is a magnificent site with the Japanese Alps in the...

Lumiere Winery WITH Restaurant Zelkova: Established in 1885

While in the land of grapes, you have to pay a visit to Lumiere, a family-owned winery established in 1885. Not only do they...

Shosenkyo Gorge: Complete immersion with nature

Just outside Kofu City is the Shosenkyo Gorge, which is said to be the most beautiful gorge in Japan. As you walk along the...

Skiing and Snowboarding on Japan’s most iconic mountain

Located two and a half hours away from Tokyo, Snowtown Yeti is a ski and snowboard resort found on the southern slope of Mt....

Christmas Afternoon Tea in Tokyo’s Shangri-La Hotel

Every month the Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo holds its special afternoon tea with a constantly changing menu in regard to the season. An étagère...

Un repas, c’est tout un voyage !

In the splendid Fukuoka, terroir real ramen to the palette! One of the most famous dishes of Japan are the ramen, but did you know...

Save on transportation and admission tickets with the Mt. Fuji Tourist...

From the adrenaline-packed roller coasters at Fuji Q Highland, to the pacific waters of Lake Kawaguchiko reflecting the iconic shape of Mt. Fuji, the...

Lake Yamanaka: The Perfect Weekend Getaway

Lake Kawaguchiko is probably one of the most known out of the Fuji Five Lakes, but we decided to explore Lake Yamanakako. In the...

Mt. Fuji and Its Less Known Gems

During the summer, many head to Mt. Fuji to either visit the Fuji 5th Station or climb to the summit, but we decided to...

A full day of adventure at the Yoshida Fire Festival &...

The Yoshida Fire Festival held every year on August 26 and 27 is considered by many Japanese to be one of the great three...

Another 3 hr trip – Asakusa

  How to Make the Best of 3 Hours in Tokyo It is the last day of your trip and you have three hours left before...
kangetsusai

In harmony with the seasons: Kangetsusai

The beauty of the full moon that occurs in the middle of fall has been admired by the Chinese since ancient times. This “middle...
choyu-no-sekku

In harmony with the seasons: Choyo no Sekku

The “yang” of the “yin-yang” concept is thought to become too strong and hence inauspicious on dates which are odd-numbered in both day and...
tanomi-festival

In harmony with the seasons: Tanomi Festival – Early September

Tanomi Festival - Early September The “Tanomi Festival” later became the “Hassaku Festival”—written in a different kanji character to mean festival for ‘pleading’—among merchants and...

Moerenuma Park – Natural Art & Artistic Nature

Not really seeing where the bus was going, and then awkwardly wandering into a parking space, trying to find Moerenuma park, I ended up...