Friday, November 15, 2019

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.

Picturesque Japan: The Great Seto Bridge

Breathtaking beauty at the world's longest two-tier bridge With its lofty white steel towers and gentle curves spanning across five islands, the Great Seto Bridge combines Japan's natural seaside elegance and technological eminence. Stretching 13.1 kilometers across the...

Cool Treks Around Tokyo (3): Oze National Park in Gunma Prefecture

This sprawling marshland at 760 hectares is well-loved for its charming wooden boardwalk paths through seemingly endless carpets of flora and fauna. The ‘mizubasho,’ or Japanese skunk cabbage, and ‘nikko-kisuge’ (yellow alpine lily) are...

Picturesque Japan: Feel the suspense in the air with this bridge walk

Like a crossing out of an Indiana Jones movie, this primitive bridge made out of vines can be found hanging over a roaring river in the Iya region of Tokushima Prefecture, and is a...

A Lavender lover’s wonderland

Fragrant fields in the heart of Hokkaido For the scents, sights, and even tastes of this beloved purple flower, escape the summer heat and head to Hokkaido's Farm Tomita. Two hours by train from Sapporo by the rustic Furano...

Hiraizumi: Representing Heaven on Earth

Hiraizumi, created as a Buddhist heaven on earth over 1,000 years ago, celebrates its third year as a World Heritage site this June. Its temples, gardens and buildings were recognized as a rare example...

Cool Treks Around Tokyo (2): Goshikinuma in Fukushima Prefecture

Here you can row a pleasure boat in one of the largest lakes in the 800m high Bandai Highlands, Lake Hibara, before embarking on a 3.6km route through the cluster of lakes at Goshiki-numa...

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...

Picturesque Japan: The Kujuku Islands

Natural seaside beauty at Kyushu's "99 Islands" Nearly untouched by human hands and abounding with intricate islet formations, the Kujuku Islands offers an unparalleled scenic seascape view. Scattered along Nagasaki's coastline for 25 km, the Kujuku Islands (literally...

3 Lovely Lavender Spots Around Tokyo

Updated: 2018 Even if you're not headed to Hokkaido around July-August, there are plenty of places around Tokyo where you can get your fill of purple fields and natural aromatherapy - and the season is...

Fireworks from a different angle

High above from the Tokyo Skytree There aren't that many places where you can look down at one of Tokyo's best fireworks shows - but the Tokyo Skytree is one of them. The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival –...