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Photo feature: Four seasons of Kamikochi

If someone asks me, "Where is the most beautiful place in the mountainous areas of Japan?" I will immediately say "It is Kamikochi (Nagano Prefecture)". The beauty of Kamikochi can not be expressed very much in photos or videos. In Kamikochi, there is the finest resort hotel in Japan, the Kamikochi Imperial Hotel. The view of the mountains from the balcony of the room is excellent. It will be a wonderful memory to stay in the hotel and hike around. For details on Kamikochi, please refer to the following article. Map of Kamikochi Spring and summer in Kamikochi Hotaka mountains and Kappa bridge in Kamikochi, Japan = shutterstock Beautiful Taisho Pond in summer. Greenery shines on the lake surface. Kamikochi, Japan = Shutterstock The Azusa River, which flows through the center of Kamikochi, is not developed by humans and is surprisingly pure, Kamikochi, Japan = Shutterstock Kamikochi Imperial Hotel is operated by Tokyo Imperial Hotel Group. It is closed during the winter, Kamikochi, Japan Myojin pond at Hotaka Rear Shrine in Kamikochi, Nagano, Japan = SHutterstock Autumn in Kamikochi In the fall, the Kamikochi forest and grassland begin to glow red and yellow, Kamikochi, Japan Autumn scenery in Kamikochi is more beautiful than painting, Kamikochi, Japan = Shutterstock The trees in Kamikochi are much more lively than in the city, Kamikochi, Japan = Shutterstock Winter in Kamikochi Kamikochi is closed during the winter = SHutterstock Twilight in Kamikochi The scenery of Kamikochi changes beautifully from early morning to the evening, Kamikochi, Japan     Thank ...

Spring is approaching. White plum blossoms blooming in Tokyo, Japan. Next is the cherry blossoms!

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2019 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast: slightly earlier or same as usual

Today, I will introduce the cherry blossom forecast of 2019. It is now winter in Japan. However, in Tokyo, plum blossoms began to bloom first. I feel that spring is approaching gradually. Now, the Japanese are starting to feel excited, feeling spring is near. Cherry blossoms are expected to be a little earlier or the same as usual. Please also refer to the following articles for Japanese cherry blossoms.   Summary If you click on this image, the site of Japan Weather Association (in Japanese) will be displayed on a separate page According to the forecast released by the Japan Weather Association on February 7, the cherry blossoms will start flowering from Fukuoka and Kumamoto on March 19. It will flower in Nagasaki and Saga, Kochi on March 21, and Tokyo and Matsuyama on 22th. It will bloom in a wide range from west Japan to eastern Japan by the end of March. In Hokuriku, Nagano and Tohoku regions, there are many places to bloom from early April to mid-April. And on April 29th it will flower in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The forecast for each region announced by the Japan Weather Association is as follows. The cherry blossoms will be in full bloom in about a week after blooming. You can enjoy cherry blossoms for about 10 days after flowering.   Kyushu Region: Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019 Isshingyo Sakura Tree, Aso Kumamoto Japan = shutterstock Map of Kyushu = shutterstock Forecast flowering Average Year Fukuoka City March 19 March 23 Oita City March 24 March 24 Nagasaki ...

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How to book and buy tickets and tours in Japan! Sumo, Baseball, Concert, activities...

If you do not participate in a tour that acts with a big group and you travel freely with friends or family in Japan, how do you book and purchase tickets for sports competitions and concerts . Or how do you apply for tours such as activities? There are booking sites for tickets and tours in Japan, but most of them are written in Japanese. So, on this page, I would like to introduce you how to book various tickets and tours for your travel to Japan. You had better reserve popular tickets and tours before coming to Japan In Onuma Park, you can snowmobile and trek on the lake which froze in the winter Major reservation sites not supporting English In Japan, we reserve ticket booking sites such as "Lawson Ticket" "Ticket Pia" when reserving a ticket such as a concert. We can receive reservation tickets at nearby convenience store. These services are very useful. However, most of the ticket reservation sites currently do not correspond to English, Chinese, etc. In order to use these sites, Japanese ability is required. There are many reservation sites for tours such as mountain climbing in Japan, but many of these are only compatible with Japanese as well. You may face a Japanese barrier. If you are browsing various reservation sites in Japan before you go to Japan and you can not make a reservation by yourself, it is better to book early in the following way. Popular concerts, sports competitions, activity tours are highly likely to be ...

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Overview of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

On this page, I plan to introduce useful information when you watch the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. I will update this page sequentially, so please make use if you do not mind. For information about hotels and tickets, I will separately post new pages. I plan to deliver those pages sequentially from the spring of 2019. About the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 The 2020 Summer Olympics are planned to be held from 24 July - 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan = shutterstock Schedule of Tokyo Olympics 2020 Tokyo Olympics Holding period and number of sports Friday, 24 July – Sunday 9 August 2020 Number of sports: 33 Release schedule of tickets From the spring of 2019 However, the release time will be slightly different depending on the country. Venue list The Tokyo Olympic Games will be held at more than 40 venues. In Tokyo, summer temperatures are very high, so many events to be held outdoors are scheduled to start early in the morning. The following list is the contents announced by "The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games". For details, please refer to the official website of this committee. No. Venue Name Sport/Discipline Olympic Stadium Opening and Closing Ceremonies Athletics Football Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table Tennis Yoyogi National Stadium Handball Nippon Budokan Judo Karate Imperial Palace Garden Athletics (Race Walk) Tokyo International Forum Weightlifting Kokugikan Arena Boxing Equestrian Park Equestrian (Dressage, Eventing, Jumping) Musashino Forest Sport Plaza Badminton Modern Pentathlon (Fencing) Tokyo Stadium Football Rugby Modern Pentathlon (Swimming, Fencing, Riding, ...

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3 Exciting Sports Watching and 5 Activities Recommended in Japan! Sumo, Baseball, Winter Sports...

When you travel in Japan, watching Japanese sports or doing sports on your own is also interesting. On this page, I will introduce you to three exciting sports watches and five sports experiences. If you like sports, why not try these in Japan? Book tickets and tours before you leave! At first there is one thing I want to emphasize. That is the need for advance preparation. Sports competitions popular in Japan tickets are sold out quickly. Activity tours in the field are the same. The popular tours will soon be filled with reservations. So, as much as you can, you should reserve tickets and tours before departing from your country. As for this point, I explained in the following article, so if you are interested, please refer to the following article.   3 Most Exciting Sports Watching in Japan Sumo High rank sumo wrestlers line up with crowd in the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament = shutterstock The most popular competition among tourists visiting Japan is Grand Sumo wrestling. Sumo is a traditional Japanese sports, whose origin is in the Shinto ceremony. In Japan, sumo wrestling has been done for the gods at the shrine for a long time. Because of this aspect, even in modern times wrestlers follow traditional hairstyles and show off various traditional works before fighting. In Grand Sumo wrestling, two wrestlers fight in a circular ring of 4.55 m in diameter. If either wrestler comes out of the ring, that sumo wrestler is defeated. Even if either wrestler is pushed down ...

Miyakojima in summer. People enjoying marine sports at a beautiful sea spreading along Shimoji Airport on Shimojima in the west side of Irabu-jima = Shutterstock



7 Most Beautiful Beaches in Japan! Hate-no-hama, Yonaha Maehama, Nishihama Beach...

Japan is an island country, and it is made up of many islands. A clean sea is spreading around. If you travel in Japan, I also recommend that you go to beaches such as Okinawa. There are coral reefs around the beach, and colorful fish swim. With snorkeling, you can experience a wonderful world. On this page, I will introduce the beaches of Okinawa. In Okinawa, the season for swimming in the sea start around April. However, the actual summer climate of Okinawa is from May to October. Local people swim in the ocean mostly from June to September. Please note that you need to wear a wet suit in order to swim any other season. Click on individual maps, Google Maps will be displayed on a separate page. If you like, please refer to the article about Okinawa below. Aharen Beach(Tokashiki Island, Okinawa) Aharen Beach(Tokashiki Island, Okinawa) Map of Aharen Beach Tokashiki Island with Aharen Beach is the largest island in the Kerama archipelago spreading west of the main island of Okinawa. This island is about 25 kilometers on a round. Because Tokashiki Island is only 30 kilometers away from Okinawa main island, you can go for a day trip. To Tokashiki Island from Tomari port in Naha city of Okinawa main island, it is about 35 minutes by the high speed ship "Marine Liner", 1 hour 10 minutes by ferry. From the port of Tokashiki Island to Aharen beach it is approximately 20 minutes by bus or taxi. You can also rent a car. ...

Cosplayer as characters in Japan cosplay festival .Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture, and a broader use of the term "cosplay", Osaka, Japan = shutterstock



Japanese Manga & Anime!! Best Attractions, Shops, Locations!

There are many popular animations and manga in Japan. If you are interested in animation and manga, why do not you go to related facilities and shops when traveling in Japan? I think that it is also interesting to visit the place where the big hit anime is located. On this page, I will introduce the related facilities, shops and locations of animation and manga in Japan. Best Anime Attractions and Shops Pretty cosplay girl showing angry face = AdobeStock J-WORLD Tokyo Shonen Jump Magazine in J-World, Ikebukuro, Tokyo = shutterstock J-World Tokyo is an indoor theme park where visitors can enjoy the world of boys' comic magazine "Jump" such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto. This theme park is located on the 3rd floor of Sunshine City · World Import Mart Building in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. When entering, a lot of characters appearing in cartoons of "jump" are displayed around. Beyond that there are various attractions that embody the world of One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto. You can also eat the original foods with various characters motif. At J - World Tokyo, of course, children are playing, but the adults may be playing the most happily. >> For details of J-World Tokyo, please refer to the official website   animate Ikebukuro, animate Akihabara Animate storefront covered with anime advertising posters, Akihabara, Tokyo = shutterstock animate is a specialty store chain that sells related goods of animation, manga, game. Although animate stores are located all around Japan, there are huge stores in Akihabara and Ikebukuro in ...

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14 Best Museums in Japan! Edo-Tokyo, Samurai, Ghibli Museum...

There are various types of museums in Japan. There are few fulfilling museums like the United States, France, England, but Japanese museums are unique in many types. On this page, I will introduce 14 museums I would like to recommend specifically. Edo-Tokyo Museum (Tokyo) Building of "Edo-Tokyo Museum". It opened as "a museum that conveys the history and culture of Edo and Tokyo." The building has a unique shape of high floor type = shutterstock Life size dolls of Traditional Japanese Stage Show at Edo Tokyo Museum, Tokyo = shutterstock If you want to deepen your understanding of ordinary Japanese people, the museum I recommend the most is the Edo-Tokyo museum. In this museum, you can enjoy concrete exhibitions about ordinary Japanese people's lives from Edo era (1603-1868) to the present age. The Edo-Tokyo museum is in front of JR Ryogoku Station in eastern Tokyo. Next to, there is the Kokugikan which is the venue of Grand Sumo wrestling, and if you are lucky you may see sumo wrestlers. This museum is a seven-storey reinforced concrete building whose appearance is very huge and unique, as can be seen in the above picture. As you enter the museum, you will be amazed at the beginning with a huge wooden bridge in front of you. This bridge is a reproduction of "Nihonbashi Bridge" that was in the center of Tokyo during the Edo period. You cross the bridge and enter the world of the Edo period. Before entering this museum you do not need to prepare about ...

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8 Best Traditional Crafts to buy or experience in Japan! Kintsugi, Kokeshi, Japanese Paper...

If you want to see or buy traditional "Made in Japan" crafts, where should you go in Japan? On this page, I would like to introduce you to eight wonderful traditional crafts.  It is, for example, Kinpaku (gold leaf), Kintsugi repair, Kokeshi doll, Wagashi, Tsumugi etc. If you are interested in any of these crafts, please take a look at the articles and videos below. Kinpaku (Gold Leaf) In Japan, there are many traditional craft products using gold leaf. In Honshu city, Kanazawa, sweets containing gold leaf are also sold = AdobeStock If you go to Kanazawa, you can purchase gold leaf crafts = AdobeStock Gold foil is made by thinly extending gold. It is said that about 10 square meters of gold leaf can be made with gold of about 1 cubic centimeter. In Japan in the latter half of the 16th century when the samurai continued fighting, the leading Samurai generals made buildings, bowls, swords and the like using gold leaf as a symbol of power. Later, craftwork using gold leaf was made one after another in cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa. Even now, the production of craftworks using these gold leafs is continuing in Kanazawa City. Kanazawa City is a beautiful traditional city on the Japan Sea side in central Honshu. This is suitable for producing gilt because it is kept relatively high humidity throughout the year than in other areas. Kanazawa is also a producing place of craft using noises. As seen in the above picture, gilded leaf is often ...

Samurai armor at Samurai Museum, Shinjuku Japan = Shutterstock



Samurai & Ninja experience! 8 Best Recommended Spots in Japan

Recently, various facilities that can experience samurai and ninja are gaining popularity among foreign tourists who come to Japan. In Japan, studio shooting drama of Samurai era, etc. holds shows of the samurai everyday. At the places such as Iga and Koka where many ninja existed, weapons actually used by the ninja are exhibited and ninja shows are also held. On this page, I will introduce the facilities I recommend in particular. Samurai training in Japan = Shutterstock TOEI Kyoto Studio Park (Kyoto) The Toei movie village in Kyot ,Uzumasa.The demonstration which shows a duel between the samurais with a sword = shutterstock Toei is a major film production company in Japan. This movie company has produced a lot of movies in which Samurai and ninja are appearing. A part of the studio has been made public and has become a theme park. That is Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Toei Kyoto Studio Park has a shooting set of about 53,000 square meters, which reproduced the streets of Japan several hundred years ago. You can take a walk in this town. It is the world where samurai and ninja once lived. In this town, the actors who dressed up in sakurai will show off their performances. You can also participate in this show. At Toei Kyoto Studio Park, you can wear clothing such as samurai and geisha used for movie production. Reservation is required for using this service. You can become a samurai and you can stroll through the old Japanese town to your heart's content. ...

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