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

Cherry Blossom Interests

2019/2/18

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 ...

Fundamentals

2018/8/13

Recommended Japanese Local Site! Central Japan

Now, let's introduce more and more! t Next are sites related to the Chubu region (Mt. Fuji etc.) and the Kansai region (There are Kyoto, Nara, Osaka etc.!). Please find more information on each site. Chubu region related website MT. Fuji There are three recommended sites for MT. Fuji as follows. First of all, if you want to climb to the summit of Mt. Fuji in the summer, please refer to the official website first. Next, for general tourism, I recommend the second site. It is the official site of Yamanashi Prefecture on the north side of Mt. Fuji. I think that Mt. Fuji is the most beautiful in the north now. Indeed, many tourists go to the north side area such as Lake Kawaguchiko. If you approach Mt. Fuji from the south, please refer to the official website of Shizuoka Prefecture, which I listed third below. >> For Mt.Fuji climbing, please refer to this site >> For information on the northern side of Mt.Fuji please visit this site >> For information on the south side of Mt.Fuji please visit this site Nagano For information on sightseeing spots in Nagano Prefecture such as Hakuba and Matsumoto, please refer to the following website. That is the site of tourism department in Nagano prefecture. >> For tourist information in Nagano prefecture please see this site Kanazawa Kanazawa city in Ishikawa Prefecture on the side of the Sea of Japan is a wonderful city where traditional cityscapes and culture are left. Regarding Kanazawa, I recommend the following official ...

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Transportation

2018/6/11

Kansai Airport (KIX)! How to get to Osaka, Kyoto / Explore Terminals 1, 2

When you go to Japan you have the option of using the airport in Osaka besides the airport in Tokyo. Osaka has "Kansai International Airport" which operates 24 hours. On this page, I will introduce the outline of this airport and how to get to Kyoto, Osaka etc. from this airport. Outline of Kansai International Airport (KIX) Kansai Internal Airport or KIX is the 2nd largest airport of Japan , located near Osaka city = shutterstock Click here to see the Kansai airport official website on a separate page Points Kansai International Airport is one of Japan's leading airports located on the artificial island, 5 km offshore in the southern part of Osaka Prefecture. It is connected to the other side by a bridge of 3.75 km in length. Roads and railroads pass through this bridge. It is about 40 kilometers away from Osaka station. Between Kansai Airport and the city center of Osaka, JR and the Nankai train are operated. There are two terminal buildings in Kansai Airport. From Terminal 1 you can board international flights and domestic flights of regular airlines. From Terminal 2 you can board LCC international flights and domestic flights. However, some LCCs also arrive and depart from Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is much more inconvenient than terminal 1, so if you use LCC, I recommend you to choose an LCC that leaves from Terminal 1. Kansai Airport or Itami Airport ? There are Kansai airport and Itami airport in Osaka. Which of these should be used better? Kansai Airport > ...

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Destinations

2018/5/28

Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Hyogo Prefecture has Himeji Castle, a tourist attraction that represents Japan. Almost all the castle tower and the towers of this castle are left. As symbolized by this castle, Hyogo Prefecture has various tourist attractions representing Japan. Why do not you travel deeply in Hyogo Prefecture? Outline of Hyogo Map of Hyogo Previously, I have lived in Hyogo prefecture. I like this prefecture. I think there are three aspects in Hyogo Prefecture. Firstly, this is a key hub of traffic that links various parts of west Japan and the Kansai region. So, in Hyogo prefecture, Himeji Castle was built in the 17th century. The Tokugawa shogunate decided to block enemies from West Japan at Himeji Castle. Secondly, this is the base of trade representing the Kansai region. In the nineteenth century, the port of Kobe was built in the southern part of Hyogo Prefecture. This harbor is an important base connecting the foreign countries and the Kansai region. Third, there are many old Japanese in the north of Hyogo Prefecture. Especially in Toyooka City facing the Sea of Japan, there is an old spa town called Kinosaki Onsen. You can meet such old Japan in Hyogo Prefecture.   Himeji Castle (Himeji City) Himeji Castle in the cherry blossom season, Himeji, Japan = Pixta Himeji, Japan at Himeji Castle in spring with visitors for the cherry blossom season = shutterstock Himeji Castle is said to be the most beautiful castle in Japan. And this castle is also said to be one of the most complete castles ...

Danjiri Festival Kishiwada, Osaka = Shutterstock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Speaking of Osaka, it is famous for a flashy Neon signboard at Dotonbori in Osaka city. In Osaka there is a powerful people's culture. That can be said not only in Osaka but also in Osaka Prefecture as a whole. Why do not you enjoy Osaka thoroughly? Outline of Osaka Prefecture The Kuromon Ichiba is a spacious market with vendors selling street food, fresh produce and shellfish, plus souvenirs, Osaka = shutterstock Map of Osaka Prefecture Osaka prefecture is the center of western Japan. Its population is about 8.8 million people, which is next to Tokyo and Kanagawa prefecture in Japan. Osaka prefecture is adjacent to the west side of Kyoto prefecture and Nara prefecture, facing the sea. Therefore, it has developed as a city complementing Kyoto and Nara from ancient times. Since Osaka prefecture faces the ocean, it has played an important role especially in terms of trade. A major characteristic of Osaka is that many influential merchants have lived since ancient times and have developed this area as the center of Japan's economy. In the late stage of the Edo era, Tokyo developed greatly and grew into a city that surpassed Osaka. Today, Tokyo has become an overwhelmingly large city, but the people in Osaka have a strong sense of opposition to Tokyo. And the people in Osaka cherish their living culture. Because of this historical and cultural background, if you go to Osaka you will enjoy a little different culture from Tokyo. In the city center of Osaka, the original culture remains ...

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Destinations

2018/5/28

Wakayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Wakayama prefecture has sacred and traditional worlds that do not exist in urban areas such as Osaka and Kyoto. There are many mountains in this prefecture. Places to train such as Buddhism have been established and maintained in those areas. For example, if you go to Koyasan, you will be able to meet a very majestic world in rich nature. Outline of Wakayama A view from Fushiogamioji observatory (Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes), Wakayama prefecture, japan = shutterstock Map of Wakayama Summary Wakayama prefecture is located on the west side of the Kii peninsula in central Honshu. In the southern part of Wakayama prefecture there is a vast mountainous area spreading. Wakayama prefecture is delayed in development than other Kansai prefectures. That is why old historic buildings and Pilgrimage Routes are protected here and rich nature is also left. Once you know the charm of Wakayama prefecture, you may want to go here again and again. Climate and weather in Wakayama prefecture When introducing about Wakayama prefecture, I need to clarify the climate of Wakayama Prefecture. If you go to the southern part of Wakayama prefecture, it is better to prepare for the trip taking into consideration that there is much rain. In the southern part of Wakayama prefecture, annual rainfall amounts to over 2000 mm. Especially in the mountainous areas and around Nachikatsura Town, the rainfall is large and annual rainfall is more than 3,000 mm. Recently, heavy rains and typhoons may cause recordable heavy rain, so please listen to the latest weather forecast.   ...

Giant Statue Of Great Buddha Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan = Adobe Stock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Nara Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

If you go to Nara City by train from Kyoto Station, you will be amazed that there is a still quiet old world remaining in that area. Furthermore, if you go to areas such as Ikaruga, you can meet Japan of an older period. Nara Prefecture invites you to Japan that is older and deeper. Outline of Nara Map of Nara Summary Blue mountains silhouettes in sunrise. Foggy blue dreamy landscape. Ouda, Nara, japan = Shutterstock Night in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture. The contrast between the temple tower of Toukiji Temple and the moon is beautiful = Shutterstock Nara prefecture is located in the southern part of Kyoto. There is the Nara Basin in the northwestern part, but most of the other regions are Mountains. The center of the Nara Basin is Nara City. Nara is the place where was the capital of Japan before Kyoto. Nara is a quiet city rich in nature. Here are many amazing temples and shrines that are comparable to Kyoto. In the southern part of Nara prefecture there are vast mountains and plateaus spreading. Among them, there is a forest area called Yoshino mountain area. There is Mt. Yoshino, which is very famous as a cherry blossom spot here. Access Although Nara prefecture is located in the center of Japan, transportation networks are not being developed surprisingly. Airport There are no airports in Nara prefecture. If you want to go to Nara prefecture by plane, you will use Kansai Airport in southern Osaka or Itami Airport in northern Osaka. It ...

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Destinations

2018/5/28

Kyoto Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

There are beautiful rural areas such as Miyama and unique fishing villages such as Ine in Kyoto prefecture. Speaking of Kyoto, Kyoto city, the center of this Prefecture, is famous, but why not go to the amazing areas around it? Outline of Kyoto Prefecture Map of Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto is a long prefecture in the north and south. The north faces the Sea of Japan and snow falls in winter. In the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture, there are old traditional cities such as Kyoto City and Uji City. On the other hand, there are various traditional settlements in central and northern part of Kyoto Prefecture. Among these, there are tourist attractions that are very popular among tourists. It takes time to go to those villages. However, if you visit the settlements, you will discover a wonderful world different from Kyoto city.   Miyama Miyama Kayabukinosato Kyoto Japan,Winter = shutterstock Miyama is a beautiful rural village located in the central part of Kyoto Prefecture. There are about 250 Japanese-style houses of thatches. Speaking of traditional Japanese rural villages, Shirakawago of Gifu prefecture is famous among tourists. However, Miyama in Kyoto also has a beautiful Japanese rural landscape. If you stroll around this village, you can enjoy plenty of old Japanese landscape. Furthermore, you can stay in this traditional house. The scenery of this village changes beautifully according to the change of the four seasons. If you are interested, please refer to the above video. To Miyama, please get off at Hiyoshi Station from JR Kyoto ...

Lake Biwa'S Cruise Michigan.A = Shutterstockwonderful paddle boat, at Ohtsu port in Japan

Destinations

2018/5/28

Shiga Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

When you travel in Kyoto, I recommend you travel in Shiga prefecture if you have time to spare. First of all, it would be interesting to take a pleasure boat "Michigan" in Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake. It is a good idea to travel around the old temples around the lake. In the surroundings of this lake, people are keeping old-fashioned sustainable livelihoods, so it is wonderful to explore such lifestyles. Outline of Shiga Map of Shiga Summary Shiga prefecture is located in the west side of Kyoto prefecture. Therefore, this prefecture has become stages of various histories with Kyoto for a long time. A lot of historical wooden buildings are left in the west part of Shiga prefecture, which is the closest to Kyoto. Among these, there are sights that deserve sightseeing when you travel in Kyoto. A lot of historical wooden buildings are left in the western part of Shiga prefecture, which is the closest to Kyoto. Among these, there are sights that deserve sightseeing when you travel in Kyoto. And in the middle of Shiga prefecture there is Lake Biwa, a circumference of approximately 235 km. It is the largest lake in Japan. You can get on a pleasure boat here. The pleasure boat here is very gorgeous. The east coast of Lake Biwa has long been a major transportation hub. For this reason, there is a robust castle called Hikone Castle on the east coast. This castle is also worth seeing. In the vicinity of Lake Biwa, people are still taking over the ...

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Destinations

2018/5/28

Kansai Region! Best things to do in 6 Prefectures

In Japan, the Kanto region where Tokyo is located and the Kansai region where Kyoto and Osaka are located are often compared. The main feature of the Kansai region is that each area such as Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, etc. is very unique. If you travel in the Kansai region, you can enjoy various individual tourist destinations. Outline of Kansai Kyoto, Japan cityscape in Higashiyama historic district = shutterstock Map of Kansai = shutterstock Points The Kansai region is the most historical and traditional area in Japan. In the past, the court placed the capital of Japan in Nara Prefecture, then moved the capital to Kyoto. There are many old temples strongly influenced by Chinese culture in Nara prefecture. After that, in Kyoto where the imperial family and aristocrats lived for over 1000 years, a mature Japanese culture is born. Osaka prefecture and Hyogo prefecture facing the sea have supported these cities from old days. In Osaka prefecture, the towns of merchants developed. In Hyogo prefecture, trade ports and factory zones spread through trade with Western countries since the latter half of the 19th century. In Wakayama prefecture, which is located in the southernmost part of the Kansai region, sacred places to train Buddhism were placed away from urban areas. In particular, Koyasan in Wakayama Prefecture has recently attracted many tourists. Recommended articles about Kansai   Welcome to Kansai! Now, please visit each area of the Kansai region. Where would you like to go? Shiga Prefecture Lake Biwa'S Cruise Michigan.A = Shutterstockwonderful paddle boat, at ...

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