- Get ready for the Sumida River Fireworks Festival!
- ‘Ajisai’: Hydrangea, the flower of the Japanese rainy season
- Cruise under the Itsukushima Shrine’s Torii gate by“Miyajima Sanpai-yuran”!
- Yawaragi no michi along the Nanatani River, is a hidden place to see gorgeous cherry blossoms in Kameoka, Kyoto.
- Enjoy a natural aquarium in the Kerama ocean waters of Zamami Island!
- The Keage Incline in Kyoto is a great photo spot! Walk on the train tracks in a shower of falling cherry blossom petals.
- Enjoy fascinating scenery in a snowy region during the “Yunishigawa Onsen Snow Hut Festival”
- The best season for autumn foliage comes in late November! ”The Kenrokuen garden” in Ishikawa Prefecture.
- Walk around in the autumn leaves of Tokyo. Photos of six selected spots!
- The earliest cherry blossoms are now in full bloom! “Atami bairin Ume matsuri,” a plum blossom (ume) festival.
- Cherry Blossom observation spots in Eastern Tokyo❀
- Don’t miss it! The breathtakingly beautiful “Ginkgo Festival” in the outer garden of the Meiji-jingu Shrine
- A day at an old nostalgic city. Wandering “Shibamata Taishakuten.”
- Photos of the short lived cherry blossom tree “Takizakura,” in Miharu city taken by Tadaima Japan photographer, Yuri Suzuki.
- Nakijin Castle, where a sense of ancient Okinawa can be felt
- It’s approximately 2 hours from Tokyo! Let’s go to the thrilling observation deck at Mt. Nokogiri-yama and see the colossal Daibutsu Buddha at “Mt. Nokogiri-yama”.
- It’s designated as the world heritage in July 2015! “Gunkan Island”,abandoned ruin forty years ago and left behind in the stream of time
- Let’s go and see the mysterious O-torii gate floating on the sea at night! : Illumination at Itsukushima Jinja Shrine
- Miyajima is not just Itsukushima Shrine! We hiked up to spiritual, Mt. Misen! (Hiroshima)
- Mystical “Kagami-ike” will astonish you!
The Sumida river fireworks festival is big summer attraction for Tokyoites. Last year more than 800,000 people visited. Furthermore, during recent years, more and more tourists from both Japan and overseas have come to see it, because of it’s proximity to the famous Tokyo Sky Tree Tower.Read More
What kind of colors and shapes are hydrangeas in your country? Did you know that the original species of hydrangea is actually in Japan? The Japanese hydrangea often has a blue color and are very beautiful during the rainy season! When you carefully look at the hydrangea, the color is different in each stock even though it’s the same type of hydrangea. Today, I’d like to show you the reason why!Read More
Let’s cruise for 30 minutes in the evening. After enjoying O-torii at low tide, the tide started to come in. We boarded a houseboat so that we could take a look at the Torii from different angles. It takes about 10 minute to get to the port of Itsukushima Shrine. We headed to the 3rd pier in the back. The highlight of this cruise is passing underneath the Torii gate! It’s such a rare experience praying under the Torii gate! There weren’t’any other people there that day, so we had a private cruise! The sunset was really picturesque. Let’s get on the boat! Starting from the sea path and seeing […]Read More
Yawaragi no michi along the Nanatani River, is a hidden place to see gorgeous cherry blossoms in Kameoka, Kyoto.
Kameoka city in Kyoto is my favorite place to enjoy beautiful nature and delicious food. It is located 8 minutes by train from Arashiyama, the most popular tourist site in Kyoto.
I will give you a great tip for a cherry blossom viewing spot, only the local people know.
You can enjoy a variety of marine activities in the ocean waters around Zamami Island Island. As we had previously introduced, Zamami Island is located near Naha, and is proud of its surrounding clear waters. You can experience a variety of marine sports like snorkeling and scuba diving. This time we visited the Kerama Ocean waters and found a place that offers snorkeling from a glass bottom boat. The glass bottom boat is unique in that it allows you to conveniently view the under water beauty of the ocean water and could be considered part of a ‘natural aquarium’. If you want to get closer to the underwater life, snorkeling […]Read More
The Keage Incline in Kyoto is a great photo spot! Walk on the train tracks in a shower of falling cherry blossom petals.
Each year during the cherry blossom season, the Keage Incline shows us beautiful scenery. You can enjoy walking along beautiful rows of cherry blossom trees on both sides of the railroad tracks. It’s a special place that I want to tell everyone about, but at the same time I don’t.Read More
A hot spring in the mountain valley where a legend from 800 years ago still leaves its trace. Yunishigawa Onsen, a little known hot spring with a long history in Tochigi Prefecture is located near Nikko, a famous sightseeing area. Over 800 years ago, the Taira Family (heike) was very prosperous in Japan, but eventually vanished because they lost a big war in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The survivors fled Yamaguchi Prefecture to various locations all over Japan. Yunishigawa Onsen is one of these locations. This story is called “Heike no ochudo densetsu” (平家の落人伝説) or Fleeing Heike Legend. There’s a local museum and old temples that attract many tourists. The dreamy light […]Read More
The best season for autumn foliage comes in late November! ”The Kenrokuen garden” in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Kenrokuen in Kanazawa city, Ishikawa Prefecture is considered one of the three great gardens in Japan. You can enjoy the many different types of seasonal plants throughout the year. In autumn you’ll find maple trees, cherry blossom trees, Japanese zelkova, and enkianthus that all turn red. Illuminated trees are a must see from the 20th of November!Read More
Look at the beautiful autumn photos and find your favorite sites to visit!Read More
The earliest cherry blossoms are now in full bloom! “Atami bairin Ume matsuri,” a plum blossom (ume) festival.
Traditionally, “Hanami” was for viewing plum blossoms (ume), not cherry blossoms. What do you imagine when hearing the word “Japanese Hanami?” Of course, it’s viewing cherry blossoms isn’t it? As a fact, Hanami used to refer to plum blossoms 1000 years ago in Japan. It appeared in Waka, the Japanese classic poem, because of the ume flower’s tidy and docile beauty. Sugawara no Michizane, who was said to be a god of wisdom, used to love Ume so much that occasionally Ume is used as a symbol of wisdom. From early to late flowering, 58 types of the 457 ume trees have different flowering times! The best season to view […]Read More
When the cherry blossoms bloom, you’ll know that the spring season is coming to Japan. For centuries, watching the cherry blossom trees bloom is a great pleasure for many Japanese people, and many have cherry blossom observation parties under the trees. We would like to show you some great spots that are both famous, and relatively rare in Eastern Tokyo areas.Read More
Don’t miss it! The breathtakingly beautiful “Ginkgo Festival” in the outer garden of the Meiji-jingu Shrine
Until 8th December, the golden road filled with 146 Ginkgo trees is a must-see! The biggest part of this festival is the street lined with beautiful ginkgo trees that have changed yellow. The street continues from the entrance of Aoyama Street to the road surrounding the outer garden of the Meiji-jingu Shrine, “Meiji-jingu Gaien.” The scenery of the vividly yellow ginkgo trees, which can be seen from the entrance of Aoyama Street, gives a good contrast with the clear blue sky and “Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery” in the background. This particular sight is especially outstanding. The Ginkgo Avenue in the outer garden of Meiji-jingu has a long history. These trees […]Read More
Let’s go to Shibatama on a sunny day! Things to look for at “Shibamata Taishakuten” Shibamata is located in the Katsushika district in the east end of Tokyo. It’s easy to visit from the Tokyo and therefore many visitors come to Shibamata every day to see the old scenery that has remained since the end of World War II. According to old records, Shibamata Taishakuten has existed since the Bunka-Bunsei period (1809-1829). A guardian deity of Buddhism, “Taishakuten” is enshrined here. One must see attraction here is “Jogyo Bosatsu.” It is believed that wiping the body of Jogyo Bosatsu cleans your sins and also cures disordered parts of your […]Read More
Photos of the short lived cherry blossom tree “Takizakura,” in Miharu city taken by Tadaima Japan photographer, Yuri Suzuki.
Takizakura in Miharu-city Miharu-city is in Tamura-gun, Fukushima Prefecture. As the city’s name suggests, the flowers of Ume, Peach, and Cherry blossom all bloom at the same time and because of this that, it’s name comes from the Japanese word “三春,” literally meaning three springs. Isn’t it cute? There are about ten thousand cherry blossom trees planted in the city and the Takizakura (literally, cherry blossom waterfall) is the most famous. Many visitors come to see it during the season. This time, our photographer Yuri Suzuki took some great shots of the Takizakura. I also looked back at my camera data and found some cherry blossom photos from this year. […]Read More
It was designated as one of the “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu” in 2000. Nakijin Castle is proud of its vast grounds, which measures about 4 hectares to include it’s surrounding slopes. You can see the solid castle backed by the beautiful sea. You can’t say that you enjoyed the Nakijin Castle just from its amazing scenery, because Nakijin Castle is also a precious place where you can learn about the history of Okinawa. The three largest kingdoms were facing off with each other for over a century. In 14th Century Okinawa, it was a time when Hokuzan Kingdom, Chuzan Kingdom, and Nanzan Kingdom were […]Read More
It’s approximately 2 hours from Tokyo! Let’s go to the thrilling observation deck at Mt. Nokogiri-yama and see the colossal Daibutsu Buddha at “Mt. Nokogiri-yama”.
Mt. Nokogiriyama is located in the southern part of Chiba Prefecture. The Nihon-ji Temple grounds cover most of the mountain area and were opened about 1,300 years ago. The ridges of the mountains are stretched out like zigzag teeth of a saw, hence the name Nokogiriyama. The highlight is Jigoku-nozoki, where you can get a view of the sharp cliffs and Sengohyakurakan.Read More
It’s designated as the world heritage in July 2015! “Gunkan Island”,abandoned ruin forty years ago and left behind in the stream of time
This isolated island in Nagasaki is commonly known as “Gunkan Island”. It used to be 320m long to south and north, and 120m long to east and west, but became 3 times bigger when it was reclamated in 1897. This island was a coal mine, and there was about 5000 populations at its peak. It was closed in 1974, and became a desert island.Read More
Let’s go and see the mysterious O-torii gate floating on the sea at night! : Illumination at Itsukushima Jinja Shrine
Let’s hang out at Itsukushima Shrine at night after dinner. If you are staying overnight in Miyajima, I’d recommend seeing Itsukushima Shrine at night! At noon When we saw O-torii at low tide, there were a lot of people, but if you come here at night, it’s a little less busy. It’s hard to believe the silence and you can only hear the sound of the waves. We headed to Itsukushima Shrine after dinner to see the illumination. The mysterious O-Torii gate is a must see! Walking during night time at Itsukushima Shrine and witnessing it’s illuminated O-Torii is beautiful. The light reflects on the surface of the sea and […]Read More
Mt. Misen is one place of Myajima with mystical energy. Itsukushima Shrine is considered one of the best three sceneries in Japan and is designated as a world heritage site. However, there is one more thing to see in Miyajima. It’s Mt. Misen, also called the“place of wonder”, or the“hokey ground for lovers”. The mountain was founded by Koubou Daishi (the founder of the Shongon sect) about 1,200 years ago. We hiked up Mt. Misen to seek mystical energy flowing from Miyajima! You can either hike or take a ropeway! There are two ways to get to the Mt. Misen, one is hiking and the other is using the ropeway. […]Read More
This is an area where you can view the beautiful scenery of Mt. Togakushi.
Togakushi shrine and great cafes are also located here. You’ll also need to be careful when taking photos, because of periodic strong winds.