Thursday, October 18, 2018

The picture-perfect Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Small flowers with five heart-shaped petals in various shades of pink and purple cover the ground of a wide open area. Their different colors come together to weave a beautiful tapestry. As if that...

Touring the best of Mt. Fuji Five Lakes area in just one evening

Calmed waters inhabited by koi fish and swans, adorable thatched roof cottages, open fields carpeted with tulips or sunflowers and serene torii gates nestled in the forest, these are just some of the sights...

Enjoy viewing Mt Fuji from Lake Yamanaka in winter

Mt Fuji has long been regarded as an emblematic symbol of Japan. It is an object of worship and source of artistic inspiration for Japanese artists and poets. Over the past centuries, the sacred...

Why is Niigata rice so delicious?

An average temperature of 24.5°C, long hours of sunlight and large temperature differences between day and night are ideal for growing delicious rice. Why is Niigatamai called “Japan’s No1”? Here’s why: Highest Rice Crop Yield...

Oga Peninsula – Akita

  The rugged peninsula, projecting west into the Sea of Japan, is home to the Namahage ogres (demon-like characters) in traditional Japanese folklore. Some of the breathtaking vistas include extensive cliff coastlines, the “Godzilla Rock”...

Tono – Iwate

Tono - Iwate Tono is the place to go and see how people live in beautiful harmony with nature, as Japan's traditional landscape is perfectly preserved here. With old Japanese farmhouses and unchanged rural landscapes,...

Sasagawa Nagare – Niigata

  Breathtaking coastline with a beautiful contrast between the clear blue sea and white sand. The strange name "Sasagawa Nagare" roughly translates to "Sasagawa Flow" and is meant to express the waves brushing the coastline...

Zao – Yamagata, Miyagi

  Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, this expansive wilderness is one of the last remaining untouched beech forest in Japan. Shirakami Sanchi, stretching from Aomori to Akita Prefecture, _boasts myriad hiking...

Hatsushima, an island full of adventure

A thrilling escapade away from bustling Tokyo There is an island off the shore of the city of Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture with the rare virtue of combining adrenaline and relaxation. The Hatsushima island adventure...

Miharu Takizakura – Fukushima

Blossoms cascade like a waterfall from the top of one large benishidare (weeping cherry blossom) tree, leaving a stream of petals on the ground. During its nocturnal light-up period, this sakura is especially beautiful;...