Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Onsen Oasis: Kinugawa Nioson Plaza

An onsen for everyone, with everyone Kinugawa is a popular onsen retreat in Tochigi Prefecture, located near famous world heritage site Nikko. In the old days, it was a sacred onsen only for monks and...

[The Kanaya Hotel] Refinement born from a clash of cultures

The cedar trees that encompass Nikko in Tochigi prefecture have witnessed countless stories unfold throughout the history of the city. From early Shinto pilgrimages to the construction of the sumptuous Toshogu Shrine, the final...

Pink Halloween at New Ginger Museum

The New Ginger Museum in Tochigi is peculiar in itself, being a museum dedicated to a certain type of ginger so it comes as no surprise that it's holding a peculiar Halloween event, Pink...

Nikko Sightseeing: Lake Chuzenji

Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenji-ko in Japanese) is a scenic lake in Nikko National Park. It was created 20,000 years ago when Mt. Nantai (2,484 m) erupted and blocked the river. Lake Chuzenji’s shores are mostly...
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 wave of excitement that we can ride all the way...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Tochigi Prefecture (2)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kanto Tochigi 9 Setoai Ravine (瀬戸合峡) in Nikko [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3191.551740092526!2d139.51912221529204!3d36.87714707993276!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0x6488860fe77a800f!2z54Cs5oi45ZCI5bOh!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1476676874212&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: Beginning of October until the middle of October Color Peak: Middle of October until the end of October Access: 1h10min Nikko-Shiei...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Kanto

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kanto Kanto is located on Japan’s Honshu island and consists of seven prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa. As the most densely populated area in Japan,...

Top 3 Autumn Leaf Viewing Spots in Japan

As sweltering summer turns to autumn, leaves take on an amber hue starting from the mountains in Hokkaido and spreading southwards. Here are three top spots where Japanese people go “koyo (autumn leaf) hunting”!  Arashiyama, Kyoto 嵐山-京都   Best...

First Shrine visit of the year – Hatsumode

New Year's is one of the most important holidays on the Japanese calendar. During the Edo period and the old way of counting, everyone was one year old at birth (because they counted the...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Tochigi Prefecture (3)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kanto Tochigi 11 Lake Chuzenji (中禅寺湖湖畔) in Nikko [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d51158.48103112232!2d139.42356207736663!3d36.73684717003422!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x601fac2d62caed55%3A0x189a07613b017870!2sLake+Ch%C5%ABzenji!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1476676967281&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: Beginning of October Color Peak: Beginning of October until the middle of October Access: 50min Tobu Bus ride from Nikko Station...