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A Round Trip to Saitama Prefecture’s Gyoda for a Visit to Ravishing Ancient Lotuses, Tumulus Clusters and the Historic Castle in One Day!Read Later
It is only a 1-hour train ride from Tokyo’s Ueno Station on the Takasaki Line (JR East) to Saitama Prefecture’s Gyoda, where ancient lotuses are in full bloom! Besides, there are Saitama Kofun (tumuli, ancient burial mounds) Park and Oshi Castle, which are rarely seen in other cities in Japan. Here is an account of my one-day round trip to Gyoda and I hope it could be helpful to you.
For the First Time in 48 Years, the Inside of the Tower of the Sun is Open! Osaka Expo '70 Commemorative ParkRead Later
Japan's World's Fair (the Osaka Expo) was held in 1970 as the first event of its kind in Asia. In one part of the Theme Pavilion stands the 70-meter-high Tower of the Sun, designed by artist Taro Okamoto.
After undergoing extensive renovations, the interior of this tower, which had been closed following the Expo, is open to the public for the first time in 48 years!
Shiroi Koibito ("White Lover" in English) is a type of langue de chat cookie with an established name as a souvenir of Hokkaido. ISHIYA Seika, the company that manufactures it, also operates a theme park dedicated to sweets.
Along with delicious sweets, visitors can enjoy the rose garden where its namesake flowers proudly bloom.
Japan’s rainy season may be coming up, but there’s still plenty to look forward to! While June is generally wet and muggy, it’s also when varying colours of hydrangea begin to bloom beautifully all over Kanto. If you’re looking to see the flowers in all their glory, we suggest heading to the history-rich city of Kamakura, which was once the capital of Japan.
Hondo-ji Temple, in Chiba Prefecture’s Matsudo City, is a temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism that was built in 1277.
Every year in June, around 50,000 hydrangeas of over 10 varieties beautifully bloom. Because of this, the temple is also known as the “hydrangea temple.”
It is easily accessible, with Kita-Kogane Station, the station nearest to the temple, being only 50 minutes by train from Tokyo Station.
However, it truly is a well-kept-secret place, and you can be sure that you’ll be able to leisurely enjoy the flowers without worrying about crowds!
Hydrangeas at Tokyo’s Hakusan ShrineRead Later
Even if you want to see beautiful hydrangeas in bloom, travelling far for them can be difficult. As such, I’ll be introducing a place I recommend visiting for people staying in the heart of Tokyo: Hakusan Shrine and Hakusan Park, located in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward. This area is famous for having the most hydrangeas growing in the metropolitan area, with around 3000 hydrangeas planted. A hydrangea festival is held every year in mid-June, as the hydrangeas reach their peak beauty.
Takahata Fudo-son Temple is located in Hino City of Tokyo Prefecture. It is one of the three famous Fudo temples of the Kanto region, and it is one of Tokyo’s most famous locations for hydrangeas. The temple has around 7500 hydrangeas of 200 varieties growing wild around it, and a hydrangea festival is held annually from early June through early July, when they are at their most beautiful.
Multiple fireworks festivals are held in August every year at the Fuji Five Lakes. Among those, the top-ranking festival is the Lake Yamanaka Fireworks Festival. The festival is held for consolation of spirits, prayer that no disasters occur, and appreciating the blessings of the lakes.