Monday, August 19, 2019

How to celebrate Tsukimi in Japan

Like with hanami (flower-viewing) and yukimi onsen (snow-viewing in a hot spring) the Japanese make it a habit to sit down together and marvel at the signs of passing seasons. However, unlike hanami that...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Kyoto (9)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Kyoto 25 Genko-an Temple (源光庵) in Kyoto First colors: Beginning of November Color Peak: Middle of November Hours: 9am – 5pm Admission: 400 yen (adults) , 200 yen (Children) Access: 15min bus ride...

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

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kanto Kanagawa 49 Lake Ashi (箱根・芦ノ湖) in Ashigarashimo - Hakone [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d52155.134522371576!2d138.97212220317266!3d35.21404280811615!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x601998e92ba83fa1%3A0x497a3af0502de2cb!2sLake+Ashi!5e0!3m2!1sde!2sjp!4v1476868281556&w=100%&h=100%]First colors: End of October Color Peak: Beginning of November Access: 1hour bus ride from Odawara Station (JR Tokaido Line, JR...
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 month. The sekku, or seasonal festival, became an event to...

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...

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

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kanto Kanagawa 51 Lake Tanzawa (丹沢湖) in Ashigarashimo - Yamakita [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m0!3m2!1sen!2sjp!4v1476953868220!6m8!1m7!1sF%3A-eO0vKc3zGLc%2FVk_rCB2KfWI%2FAAAAAAAAQoI%2F5yypBTFYXQ8epYV8Ok7Ue69boI5K36SNQCLIB!2m2!1d35.4066297!2d139.0415578!3f133.44771682662082!4f0.7991837976456253!5f0.7820865974627469&w=600&h=450] [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d26012.397230354898!2d139.0435261!3d35.41641175!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x60190c92e2a6628d%3A0x442701087c0c2626!2sLake+Tanzawa!5e0!3m2!1sde!2s!4v1476923682912&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: Beginning of November Color Peak: Middle of November Access: 50min Fujikyu Shonan Bus ride from Shinmatsuada Station (Odakyu...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan Tokyo (5)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kanto Tokyo 42 Mount Takao (高尾山) in Hachioji [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3243.10569077169!2d139.2414706152573!3d35.62512088020745!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x6019197f5ea3876f%3A0xc7070b841ef62fdf!2sMount+Takao!5e0!3m2!1sde!2sjp!4v1476866100734&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: Beginning of November Color Peak: Middle of November Recommended Spots: Cable car, mountain summit Event: Mount Takao Maple Leaf Festival Date: November 1st...

Shibuya Autumn Colors

  We headed to nearby Aoyama Gakuin University for a glimpse of these golden gingko trees today. These brilliant leaves are falling fast though, so better catch them soon!

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...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Chiba Prefecture

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kanto Chiba Chiba Prefecture 28~ 32  28 Hondo-ji temple (本土寺) in Matsudo [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3234.348415073759!2d139.9265093144216!3d35.84045932883202!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x60189b5cfdc0d1f7%3A0x71d3694a02002d27!2sHondo-ji+Temple!5e0!3m2!1sde!2s!4v1476925832346&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: Middle of November Color Peak: End of November Access: 10min walk from Kita-Kogane Station (JR Joban Line) Address: Hiraga...