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Mishakaike Pond in Nagano Prefecture, Japan

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2019/8/1

Mishakaike: Japan's most beautiful pond which attracted Kaii Higashiyama

If anyone asks me where is the most beautiful pond in Japan, I would say that it is Mishakaike Pond in Nagano Prefecture. The famous Japanese artist Kaii Higashiyama (1908-1999) drew his representative work "Vibrant Green" (1982) with this pond as the motif. If you go to Mishakaike Pond, you will be able to take some of the most beautiful pictures that are perfect for your Instagram. On this page, I will introduce you the beautiful photos of Mishakaike Pond. Mysterious world in the mountains The painter added a white horse in the world of this pond Mishakaike Pond is an artificial pond with an area of ​​about 0.1ha and a depth of about 7m. It is located in the high altitude of 1,500 m or more, close to "Yatsugatake" (2,899 m), which is a mountain representing Japan. Farmers around Mishakaike Pond have long suffered from cold damage. So this pond was built to store water once and raise the water temperature even a little. Mishakaike Pond is very acidic, so there are not many creatures. The surface of the water reflects the surrounding forest, just like a mirror. The fresh green of spring, the deep green of summer and the autumn leaves are astonishingly bright on Mishakaike Pond. This pond became famous in Japan because the Japanese painter Kaii Higashiyama who represents the twentieth century drew works with this pond as a motif. He drew a white horse at the base of this mysterious pond. The white horse enhanced the mysterious atmosphere of Mishakaike Pond. ...

Unidentified Maiko girl (or Geiko lady) on parade of hanagasa in Gion Matsuri (Festival) held on July 24 2014 in Kyoto = shutterstock

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2019/5/22

Photo Feature: Traditional Kyoto in Summer

Since Kyoto is a basin, it is hot in summer. Walking around Kyoto in summer is not highly recommended. However, Kyoto in July and August has a very attractive side. In July, the famous Gion Festival will be held over a month. On August 16, In the five mountains of Kyoto, traditional ceremonies are held to send the souls of ancestors to the sky, with big bonfires. Visiting Kyoto may be the best way to experience traditional summer in Japan. For Kyoto, I have already compiled the following article. However, I would like to introduce the summer of Kyoto more, so I made a photo feature here. Gion Festival(祇園祭) Float at Yoiyama parade with illuminated lanterns, Gion matsuri festival = Shtterstock Gion Matsuri Floats are wheeled through the city in Japans most famous festival = shutterstock A Japanese geisha performs for Gion Festival at a shrine in Kyoto = shutterstock Many people wear yukata (summer kimono) during the Gion Festival = Shutterstock Gion Festival is Japan's most famous summer event. It takes place every July, centered on Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto. The highlight of the festival is the parades held on the 17th and 24th. In Gion, where traditional cityscapes remain, geishas also participate in festival parades. Japanese people who come to see the festival often wear kimono, so you can enjoy the traditional Japanese atmosphere. >> Please refer to this article about Gion Festival   Kawadoko(川床) Old house and restaurant in Kamo river or kamogawa river at sunset, Gion, Kyoto, Japan = shutterstock The ...

Japanese Sanriku coast with region railway of Sanriku. Tanohata Iwate Japan = shutterstock

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2018/5/29

Memory of the Great East Japan Earthquake : Tourism to visit disaster area spreads

Do you remember about the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011? More than 15,000 people died in the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan's Tohoku region. For the Japanese, it is a tragedy that can never be forgotten. Currently, the Tohoku region is undergoing rapid reconstruction. On the other hand, the number of tourists visiting the disaster area is increasing. The travelers feel the fear of nature that robbed the lives of many people and at the same time they are surprised that the nature is so beautiful. While the inhabitants of the afflicted area memorize the fear of nature, they appreciate that nature gives them a lot of grace and working hard for the reconstruction. On this page, I will introduce Sanriku (East Coast of the Tohoku region), which was particularly heavily damaged in Tohoku district. There, the ocean that returned to a gentle look is very beautiful, and the smile of residents living strongly is impressive. Why do not you travel the Tohoku region (Especially Sanriku) to meet such residents? The tsunami thoroughly destroyed many cities The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 = Shutterstock At 14:46 on March 11, 2011, the earthquake took away the peaceful lives of people in the Tohoku region in a moment. At that time, I worked at a newspaper company in Tokyo. I was on the 26th floor. The floor where I was, kept shaking like a boat that took a big wave. There were a lot of TVs on my floor. ...

Mount Yotei, so called "Fuji of Hokkaido", from Niseko ski resort, Hokkaido, Japan

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2018/5/28

Niseko! Best Things to do in winter, spring, summer, autumn

Niseko is the representative resort of Japan. It is known worldwide, especially as a sacred place for winter sports. In Niseko, you can enjoy skiing from late November to early May. There is a beautiful mountain very similar to Mt. Fuji in Niseko. It is "Mt.Yotei" seen in the above picture. There is another mountain so as to face this mountain across the river. It is "Niseko Annupuri" seen in the picture below. On the slope of Niseko Annupuri, four large ski resorts were developed. These ski resorts are attracting domestic and foreign skiers and snowboarders with amazing snow quality. In addition, Niseko has wonderful hot springs. On this page, I would like to introduce you what you should do in Niseko. On this page, I will tell you about Niseko in spring, summer, autumn as well as Niseko in winter. In Niseko the winter is very long, and spring, summer, autumn goes as if to run fast. However, you can enjoy a lot of activities in these seasons. I will introduce Niseko's spring, summer, autumn in the second half of this article. If you would like to know more about these seasons, please see the table of contents below and click on the item you care about. 4 major reasons why Niseko is loved worldwide There is a mountain called Niseko Annupuri, facing Mt. Yotei above. Niseko's ski resorts are located on the slopes of this Niseko Annupuri. = shutterstock Four large ski resorts are spreading in the supersoof Niseko Annupuri = Source: NISEKO UNITED Outline ...

View of the Former Hokkaido Government Office in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Traveler take a photo at the Former Hokkaido Government Office in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in winter = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Sapporo! Best Things to do in winter, spring, summer, autumn

On this page, I will introduce recommended tourist spots and what to do when you travel to Sapporo in Hokkaido. In addition to the tourist spots I recommend during the year, I will explain the recommended spots and what to do in each season of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Best Things to do in Sapporo winter skyline view of Sapporo from the mountains at dusk = shutterstock JR Sapporo Station. There is a luxury hotel "JR tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo" one of the best in Sapporo above the station. Hotel guests can also enjoy natural hot springs Sapporo is the 5th largest city in Japan and capital of the northern island of Hokkaido. In less than two hundreds of years, Sapporo has enjoyed rapid growth from a settlement of only seven individuals to a thriving metropolis. In the language of the Ainu people, indigenous inhabitants of northern Japan, the word Sapporo means An essential river flowing through a plain. Today Sapporo is known for far more than its river. A snow festival is held yearly, and Sapporo is also famous for its ramen and beer. Travel to Sapporo by train is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Sapporo is distinctive in its rectangular road system, based on the North American style. This system will help you in getting to where you want to go using Sapporo's efficient public transport methods. The 3 lines all connect with JR Sapporo Station. As soon as you step off of your train, you'll be greeted by all ...

Matsumae Castle with cherry blossom in Hokkaido, Japan

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2018/5/28

Matsumae! Let's go to Matsumae Castle wrapped in cherry blossoms!

Matsumae-cho is the southernmost tip of Hokkaido. A lot of tourists come here every spring to see the cherry blossoms in Matsumae castle. Matsumae Castle is one of the few castles remaining in Hokkaido with Goryokaku of Hakodate. On this page, I would like to introduce Matsumae Castle. Matsumae Castle is the only Japanese castle in Hokkaido An old castle gate expanded in the mid-19th century, Matsumae, Hokkaido Matsumae Castle was built by Matsumae Clan in 1606. It was a small thing to say a castle. However, since foreign ships frequently appeared in this area in the 19th century, a full-fledged castle was built with the order of the Tokugawa shogunate who ruled Japan at that time. Thus in 1854, Matsumae Castle of the current size was born. In 1867, the Tokugawa shogunate collapsed in Japan, a new government was established. At this time some of the forces of the Tokugawa shogunate led the fleet and fled to Hokkaido. They occupied Hakodate and also attacked Matsumae Castle. Matsumae castle was taken off in just a few hours. The forces of the Tokugawa shogunate were attacked by the new government forces in Hakodate and surrendered. Along with this, Matsumae Castle also entered under the control of the new government army. Because Hakodate's Goryokaku is a Western style castle, Matsumae Castle is said to be the only Japanese style castle remaining in Hokkaido. Matsumae Castle is also a Japanese style castle at the northernmost tip of Japan. Unfortunately most of this castle was destroyed by fire in ...

Onuma Park is national park on the Oshima Peninsula in southwest Hokkaido, Japan. The park encompasses the volcanic Hokkaido Komagatake as well as the Onuma and Konuma ponds = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Onuma Park! Best Things to do in winter, spring, summer, autumn

If you want to travel around Hakodate and enjoy even more magnificent nature, I recommend going to Onuma Park. Onuma Park is a sightseeing spot approximately 16 km north of Hakodate center. There, you can enjoy the beautiful nature of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Various activities such as cruising, canoeing, fishing, cycling, camping and skiing are possible at Onuma Park. Please visit Onuma Park by all means. Best Things to do in Onuma Park To Onuma Park, approximately 20 minutes by express "Super Hokuto" from JR Hakodate Station (about 50 minutes if it is a regular train) In the center of Onuma Park, there is Mt. Komagadake. It is an active volcano with an altitude of 1131 meters. Many swamps were formed around the mountain due to the volcanic activity of this mountain. The representative one is Onuma. There are over 100 small islands in Onuma. Onuma is famous for its beautiful scenery. To Onuma Park, approximately 20 minutes by express "Super Hokuto" from JR Hakodate Station (about 50 minutes if it is a regular train). If you use the bus, it is about 60 minutes from JR Hakodate Station to Onuma Park. It is very close from Hakodate so you can enjoy a day trip to Onuma Park. There are several beautiful resort hotels around Onuma Park, so you can challenge diverse activities by staying in Onuma Park. Many of the activities are handled by Onuma Godo Yusen Co., Ltd. which operates the following site. The following sites are not explained in English. ...

Twilight night view of Hakodate from Mount Hakodate, winter season, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Hakodate! 7 Best Tourist Attractions and Things to do

Hakodate in Hokkaido is a very beautiful port town and it is popular with tourists. I also love it and go often. In the morning market just around Hakodate Station, you can have fun and delicious time. Night view from Hakodateyama is also the best. On this page, I will introduce Hakodate. Best things to do in Hakodate Hakodate is a city located at the southern tip of Hokkaido. It is the third city in Hokkaido, after Sapporo and Asahikawa. A very large number of tourists visit this city every year. Because Hakodate has many attractive sightseeing spots. Let's see what kind of sight-seeing spots are in concrete. Click on each heading to display their official website ! Mount Hakodate Up to the top of Hakodateyama can be reached in 3 minutes by cable car, Hakodate, Hokkaido It may be Mt. Hakodate that tourists visiting Hakodate go first. Hakodate is famous for its beautiful night view. Surrounded by the sea, the lights of the city glitter. Mt. Hakodate is the place where you can see this night view most beautifully. Mt. Hakodate is a small mountain with an altitude of approximately 334 meters. This mountain was born by volcanic activity. Initially, this mountain was an island. However, due to the earth and sand that flowed out from the island, the current area of ​​Hakodate was born. At the top of Mt. Hakodate there is a large observation platform complete with restaurants and shops. We can go up to this observation platform with ropeway. On the ...

Kochi castle tower, Kochi, Kochi, Japan = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Kochi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Kochi Prefecture is located on the south side of Shikoku Island. In this area there are pure rivers, wild capes, and beaches with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. In Japan, many young people are longing for this atmosphere and traveling in Kochi. If you go to Kochi, you surely will enjoy your trip. Outline of Kochi Map of Kochi Points A vast Shikoku mountain range spreads to the north side of Kochi prefecture. This prefecture is a mountainous area with 89% of the total area. The rivers flow from these mountains. Those rivers still leave the atmosphere of the Japanese river of the old age. On the southern side of the mountains there is a splendid Pacific Ocean. If you go to the cape, you can enjoy a very powerful scenery. In such an environment, the people of Kochi had thought about the foreign countries beyond the sea. The samurai of Kochi was very active in modernizing Japan by ending the era of the Tokugawa shogunate in the latter half of the 19th century. You can image the times of the samurai in Kochi Castle and beaches. Climate and weather in Kochi prefecture Kochi Prefecture has many sunny days, but at the same time it rains a lot. Kochi Prefecture's annual sunshine hours exceed 2000 hours and are top class in Japan. However, on the other hand, the annual rainfall is 2500 mm even in the plains, and over 3000 mm in the mountains. Rivers such as the Shimanto River will rise sharply when ...

Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama, Japan. It is one of the oldest hot springs in the country = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Ehime prefecture is a large area spreading northwest of Shikoku Island. Many old Japanese are left here. In Matsuyama City, the center of this area, you can enjoy bathing in an amazing hot spring facility. There is also Matsuyama castle where old wooden buildings remain in Matsuyama. Go south of this area, you can watch the wild mountains and the ocean. Outline of Ehime Map of Ehime Points Ehime Prefecture is situated in the northwestern portion of Shikoku. The climate is mild and warm, and it is rich in the nature. It is surrounded by Seto Inland Sea, and Shikoku Mountains Range. Ehime prefecture is divided into three areas. The eastern side is the temperate area facing the Seto Inland Sea. Here is the "Shimanemi Kaido" bridge connecting Okayama Prefecture on the other side of the Seto Inland Sea. A road for bicycles is maintained at this bridge. From this bridge you will be able to see the peaceful Seto Inland Sea. The central part of Ehime prefecture is the area centered around Matsuyama city. There are many famous sights such as Matsuyama castle and Dogo Onsen here. Finally, in the southwestern part of Ehime prefecture, old Japanese countryside is left. Nature is rich, and the sea is also beautiful. Access Airport Ehime Prefecture has Matsuyama Airport. This airport is located 6 kilometers west from the center of Matsuyama city. At this airport, scheduled flights are operated with the following airports. International flights Seoul / Incheon Shanghai / Pudong Domestic flights Sapporo / Shin Chitose ...

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