Saturday, December 15, 2018

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...

Maple Hunting in Kyoto: Tofukuji

Sacred temple leafs As one of Kyoto's best spots for autumn foliage, Tofukuji temple should be high on the list of anyone that calls him/herself a "maple leaf hunter". You will be overwhelmed by the myriads of...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Sanma-time in Autumn

The end of summer brings about the season for the similar-sounding "sanma" - or Pacific Saury. But it's name in Japanese characters, 秋刀魚, means literally "autumn sword fish", and the aroma of salted, grilled sanma...

Mt. Takao, Tokyo’s Mountain Everyone Can Climb

Mention Tokyo and psychedelic neon lights, soaring skyscrapers and quirky otaku shops might come to mind, but did you know that Tokyo also has a mountain and a countryside? As someone from the Netherlands - a...

World Heritage (1): Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi: Beech Forest Sanctuary Transcending Time With its four distinct seasons and deep valuing of tradition, it is no wonder that Japan ranks among the top of the list of countries with numerous natural...

Maple Hunting In Saitama: Nagatoro

A river engulfed in floral flames Located along the Arakawa river in the mountains of the Chichibu area in Saitama Prefecture, is the town of Nagatoro, a picturesque nature paradise that flaunts its assets throughout the year....

Onsen Oasis: Zao Dairotenburo

King of Onsens - The Princess Water hot spring Some hot springs are so good you never forget them. For me, the Zao Dairotenburo Hot Spring in Yamagata prefecture is one of those. A decade...

Yakitolympic: That Other Event Hosted By Japan

Japan's best skewers all at one spot If you are a Yakitori lover, you absolutely have to visit the Yakitolympic, which will be held in Higashimatsuyama (Saitama) on the weekend of September 26 and 27....

A Taste of Sh旬n: Say Cheese To Persimmon

Persimmons, or kaki (柿), and pumpkins are the signature orange foods of autumn. From September till around December, persimmon trees can be seen ablaze with the orange fruit. The flesh tastes mildly sweet, and depending on...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Nuts over Chestnuts

The slightly acrid smell of roasting chestnuts in the air is one of the fixtures of autumn in Japan, and heading to the countryside for some chestnut picking is one of the popular autumn...