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27/12/2018 Activities  Seasonal Activities  Traditions & History  Visit: Parks & Nature

3 Mountain Lodges for New Year’s Eve and the First Sunrise of 2019

Although I prefer to go on day trips, I do enjoy staying the night of December 31st in a mountain hut and taking part in the tradition of “hatsuhinode” or seeing the first sunrise of the year on the 1st of January. There is something magical about spending the last hours of the old year and the first hours of the new year near the top of a mountain. In addition to the special year end food and drinks, seeing a beautiful sunrise is a great way to start the new year. The weather is usually excellent in this season, despite being cold, so you can also get in two days of solid hiking.

Here are three places which I recommend for doing hatsuhinode, with their pros and cons:

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12/05/2017 Festivals & Events

2018 Best Fireworks Festivals in Tokyo!

Have you made your summer plans yet? It’s never too early to start planning, especially if you want to attend a fireworks festival!
In this article, I will recommend the hottest festivals in Tokyo for 2018 along with their schedules.

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20/04/2017 Visit: Charming Towns  Visit: Parks & Nature

Kichijoji 1 Day Itinerary The best way to spend your day in Kichijoji!

Kichijoji has always been a popular place to visit in Tokyo.
It is conveniently close to two major stations in Tokyo and it only takes 15 minutes from Shinjuku station and 20 minutes from Shibuya station. After spending a day in Kichijoji, we wanted to share our itinerary with you. This is just our suggestion and we hope it’ll help you plan your trip!

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10/10/2016 Sports & Martial Arts  Visit: Museums

A half day walk-and-eat tour in the Sumo town of Ryogoku! Don’t miss the historical sites, museums, and foodie destinations. Vol. 1

Do you know the traditional Japanese sport of Sumo? Ryogoku is famous for Sumo, because there have been many sumo stables located here since ancient times. Excluding sumo, we don’t know much about the history and places to go in this town.
There are a lot of historic sites and buildings from Japan’s Edo era in Ryogoku.
I’ll show you some must-go-places such as museums, sumo-related-facilities, and local snack shops.
Let’s stroll around Ryogoku in half a day, you might even come across sumo wrestlers on the street!

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30/06/2015 Festivals & Events

2018 Japan’s Best Festivals for July (July 1st to July 15th)

(For the second half of July click here) Fri, 13th July to Sun, 15th July, 2018: “Amagi Gion Yamakasa” in Asakura city, Fukuoka Prefecture. “Amagi Gion Yamakasa” is a summer festival that’s been held for over 300 years at the Suga Shrine in Asakura city, Fukuoka Prefecture. During the old days, there was an epidemic and people built Mikoshi, transferred a sacred enshrined object to them, and paraded them through the street. This is the origin of this festival. During this festival, two 3-meter tall,“Hikiyamakasa” are paraded around the town. “Oiyama” is the main focus during the parade. ●Amagi Gion Yamakasa Place: Suga Shrine Address: 873-5 Asakura city Amagi Access:15 […]

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