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Hakuba chain of mountains of snow and a pink one cherry tree = shutterstock

Life and Culture

2019/4/5

Shining Spring and Distant Snow Scene: From 10 beautiful pictures!

Japan is now in the spring season. Cherry blossoms bloom in many places in Tokyo, Kyoto, etc. I will introduce you this beautiful Japanese spring with 10 photos. Even though spring has come, the distant mountains are still full of white snow. Please enjoy the scenery where spring and winter coexist. White Mount Fuji and Shining Trees Mount Fuji and Cherry Blossom in full bloom as seen from Lake Tanuki, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan = AdobeStock Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms.The shooting location is Lake Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi prefecture Japan = shutterstock Mount Fuji is still in the midst of winter. Meanwhile, spring came around Mount Fuji, so you can enjoy the wonderful contrast of winter and spring.   Pink moss field and Mt. Fuji with clear blue sky = shutterstock Around Mt. Fuji, after the cherry blossoms have fallen, the flowers of Moss Phlox will begin to bloom from the middle of April.   Fresh green tea fields with snow-capped Mount Fuji = shutterstock On the south side of Mt. Fuji, there are many tea plantations. In these fields, the fresh greens are very beautiful in spring.   Mountainous area of Honshu Hakuba chain of mountains of snow and a pink one cherry tree = shutterstock In the mountainous region of Honshu, you can now enjoy the wonderful contrast between winter and spring. The above photo was taken at Hakuba Village in Nagano Prefecture. In Hakuba, high mountains around 3000 meters above sea level are connected. In these mountains, many tourists enjoy skiing and ...

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 ...

Blakiston's fish owl (Ketupa blakistoni) in Hokkaido,Japan = Shutterstock

Fundamentals

2018/6/29

Recommended local site! East Japan (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto)

Next, I will introduce the many websites that convey local sightseeing spots in Japan. I will introduce them in order from the north side of Japan. If you visit these websites, you can look over each area of Japan. Of course, in the end, please come back to my website! Hokkaido related website Sapporo Tourist Association Sapporo Tourist Association is a tourism related organization in Sapporo. It provides sightseeing information of Sapporo for tourists both in Japan and abroad. >> Click here for official site of Sapporo Tourist Association Hakodate City Hakodate City is also offering sightseeing information for tourists both at home and abroad on the following official website. >> Click here for official website of Hakodate City Biei Town Biei Town, famous for its beautiful flower gardens, also offers tourist information on the official website. >> Click here for Official Site of Biei Town Furano Town Furano Town located in the south of Biei Town also offers sightseeing information on the official website. >> Click here for official website of Furano Town Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association provides detailed tourist information about Shiretoko, a famous tourist destination in Eastern Hokkaido. >> Click here for official website of Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association   Tohoku region related website Sanriku Railway Sanriku Railway runs north and south of the Pacific coast of the Tohoku region. This area was devastated by 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. However, afterwards, Sanriku Railway was restored by the efforts of many people. This railway is now a famous ...

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

Destinations

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. ...

Tsuruga Castle or Aizuwakamatsu Castle surrounded by hundreds of sakura trees, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Fukushima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

If Japanese people express Fukushima prefecture in one word, many people will name the word "patience". People in Fukushima prefecture have long experienced many hardships and have overcome them. Recently, the dark image spread to the world due to the nuclear power plant accident accompanying the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011). Now people in Fukushima prefecture are trying hard to overcome this hardship. On this page, I will introduce recommended sightseeing spots based on such background in this prefecture. Outline of Fukushima Fukushima cityscape view from Hanamiyama park, in Fukushima, Tohoku area, Japan. The park is very famous Sakura view spot = shutterstock Map of Fukushima History and present situation of Fukushima Fukushima Prefecture is in the southern part of the Tohoku region, and the east side faces the Pacific Ocean. This prefecture has population and economic power second only to Miyagi prefecture in Tohoku district. In the era of the Tokugawa shogunate, there was Aizu clan in this prefecture to support the Tokugawa shogunate. The samurai of the Aizu clan was well trained and very brave. The Aizu clan kept fighting against the new government army until the end to protect the shogunate. As a result, many Samurai of Aizu clan killed in the battle. In 2011, the nuclear power plant located on the coast of this area was destroyed by the tsunami associated with the Great East Japan Earthquake, and a radiation contamination accident occurred. At this time, residents around the nuclear power plant were forced to evacuate. Today people in Fukushima Prefecture ...

Beautiful Frozen Forest Covered With Powder Snow as Snow Monsters at Mount Zao Range, Zao, Yamagata , Japan = Shutterstock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

On this page, I will introduce Yamagata Prefecture located in the southwestern part of the Tohoku region of Japan. There are many mountains here. And in the winter, a lot of snow falls.The above picture is Mt. Zao's winter landscape. Please watch! Trees are wrapped in snow and transform into snow monsters! Outline of Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort and Snow Monster, Yamagata, Japan = shutterstock_11784053381 Map of Yamagata Yamagata Prefecture is an area in the southwestern part of the Tohoku region, facing the Sea of Japan in the west. About 85% of the total area in this prefecture is a mountainous area. The water that flowed out of the mountains gathered at the Mogami River and is poured into the Sea of Japan. Many people in Yamagata prefecture live in this river basin. There are a lot of snow in Yamagata Prefecture. If you go to Yamagata prefecture in winter, you can see a wonderful snow scene. At the same time, you will also see the people struggling to throw away the snow on the roof with scoops etc. Access Airport Yamagata prefecture is divided into many areas by the mountains. Among them, if you travel in Yamagata city, you better go to Yamagata Airport by plane. It takes about 35 minutes by bus to Yamagata Airport to JR Yamagata Station. At Yamagata Airport, scheduled flights are being operated with the following airports. Shin Chitose (Sapporo) Haneda (Tokyo) Komaki (Nagoya) Itami (Osaka) If you go to Sakata City or Tsuruoka City on the Japan Sea ...

Namahage mask, traditional giant mask - ancient culture of Akita perfecture, Tohoku, Japan

Destinations

2018/5/28

Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

There are many "old Japanese" in Akita Prefecture! For example, in the rural villages of the Oga Peninsula, annual events that men dressed as giant demons called Namahage fear the arrogant children are still inherited. A wonderful samurai residence is left in the Kakunodan. Why do not you enjoy old Japan on the country side of Akita? Outline of Akita Rice field with a rural township in Akita, Japan. Japan is the ninth largest producer of rice in the world = shutterstock Map of Akita Akita prefecture is located in the northern part of the Tohoku region on the Sea of ​​Japan side. The population is about 980,000 people. In this area rice production is thriving and vast rice field spreads. Rice named "Akitakomachi" produced in this area is very delicious. On the east side of Akita Prefecture, the Ou Mountains range from north to south. In addition to the plains like the Akita plain and the Noshiro plain, there are basins such as the Odate basin and the Yokote basin. Climate and weather in Akita Prefecture Akita prefecture is located in the northern part of the Tohoku region on the Sea of ​​Japan side. In the winter, moist air comes from the Sea of ​​Japan, hit the inland mountain ranges and snow. In winter, cloudy days continue. There are many heavy snowy areas in the inland area. In the summer, the "Fern phenomenon" which relatively hot wind descends from the inland mountain range may occur. At that time, the maximum temperature during the day exceeds ...

Matsushima, Japan coastal landscape from Mt. Otakamori = shutterstock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

If you travel for the first time in the Tohoku region of Japan, I think that it is a good idea to go to Miyagi prefecture first. Miyagi Prefecture has Sendai City, the biggest city in Tohoku. You can enjoy delicious dishes from all over Tohoku in this beautiful city. Matsushima Bay spreading northeast of Sendai City is famous for its scenic beauty. You can travel around the world as seen in the picture above by ship. This area called Sanriku was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011. Still, people adore the sea which gives them many blessings and live with the sea. Outline of Miyagi Morning of Shimotsu bay Minami Sanriku-cho = shutterstock Map of Miyagi Miyagi prefecture is located on the Pacific side of the Tohoku region, and its west side is in contact with the Ou Mountain Range. It is about 350 km north of Tokyo. Miyagi prefecture has a population of approximately 2.3 million people and has become a center of the Tohoku region since long ago. The center is Sendai City. Nearly half of the people in Miyagi prefecture live in this city. Along the Pacific Ocean in Miyagi prefecture, deeply indented coastline continues. This area has been hit by a big tsunami when a large earthquake arrives from long ago. However, there are many fish and shells living in the deep bay, giving us a wealthy blessing. Climate and weather in Miyagi Prefecture Matsushima Bay in winter, Miyagi prefecture, Japan = shutterstock ...

Chusonji Temple in winter = Shutterstock

2018/5/28

Iwate Prefecture! Best Attractions and Foods, Specialties

At the end of the 13th century, Italian merchant Marco Polo told people in Europe that there is a golden country in the Far East. Indeed, at that time, gold was being produced in Japan. Marco Polo seems to have heard from someone that Hiraizumi of Iwate Prefecture is a very rich city. On this page, I will introduce you to Iwate Prefecture, which was once known even to European people. Outline of Iwate Tono Furusato village where old-fashioned rural landscape remains, Tono, Iwate prefecture, Japan = shutterstock Map of Iwate Iwate Prefecture is in the Tohoku region and faces the Pacific Ocean. It is in the south of Aomori Prefecture. And it is the second largest prefecture after Hokkaido. The population of Iwate Prefecture is approximately 1,250,000 people, of which more than 70% are concentrated in the Kitakami Basin, centering on Morioka City. In other words, few people live in other vast areas. If you actually drive in Iwate prefecture by car, you will be surprised that magnificent scenery will follow like Hokkaido. It is such a depopulated area, but once in the past, there was a time when this area prospered around Hiraizumi. Why do not you go on a journey to explore the richness of Hiraizumi that has passed to Europe? Access There is Hanamori Airport in Kitakami Basin of Iwate Prefecture. It is approximately 45 minutes by bus from the airport to Morioka which is the prefectural office's location. There are 7 stations of Tohoku Shinkansen in Iwate Prefecture. From south, Ichinoseki Station, Mizusawa ...

Oirase River, located at Aomori Prefecture Japan = Shutterstock

2018/5/28

Aomori Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Aomori prefecture is located in the northernmost part of Honshu in Japan. This area is very cold and snow is rich except for the Pacific side. Still, Aomori attracts tourists. That is because there are many tourist attractions such as Hirosaki Castle and Oirase Stream, which are representative of Japan. The Nebuta Festival to be held in August is also amazing! Outline of Aomori Orange color Train on snow covered tracks of Tsugaru railway line in mid winter at Goshogawara station, Aomori, Tohoku, Japan = shutterstock   Map of Aomori Aomori prefecture faces the Pacific Ocean in the east, the Japan Sea in the west, and the Tsugaru Strait in the north. Major cities are Aomori City, Hirosaki City, Hachinohe City. If you go to Aomori from Tokyo or Osaka, it is convenient to use an airplane. Aomori Prefecture has Aomori Airport and Misawa Airport. In addition, you can also use the Tohoku Shinkansen. In Aomori Prefecture there are Shin Aomori Station, Shichinohe-Towada Station, Hachinohe Station. Aomori prefecture is designated as a heavy snow area throughout the prefecture, some of which are designated as special heavy snow areas. A vast mountainous area spreads in this area. Especially in the mountains, it is harsh in winter. There are many dangerous places in winter, so please do not push yourself.   Hirosaki Castle White Hirosaki Castle and its red wooden bridge in mid winter season, Aomori, Tohoku, Japan = shutterstock Because Aomori Prefecture is really a region suffering from snow, when spring comes, the hearts of people will ...

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