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A day trip to visit major tourist spots in Kanazawa 《Special article to explore Chubu & Hokuriku areas from Shinjuku by express bus 3/3》

Located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa is a beautiful city surrounded by mountains facing the ocean. The city has developed around Kanazawa Castle, which has stood for over 400 years without experiencing war or a major natural disaster. Owing to its history, many of the town's temples and tea shops have survived in good condition, lending an old-fashioned feel to its streets. Starting with 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, modern tourist spots are also being created for visitors to enjoy. Now I'll introduce a recommended 1-day course that's sure to satisfy you!

Aomori Prefecture – Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

Even as the cherry blossoms fade in places like Tokyo and Kyoto, there’s still time left!
Aomori Prefecture is located on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Japan’s main island. There, cherry blossoms bloom a few weeks later than places like Tokyo.
Hirosaki Park is one of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom viewing locations. It is one of the so-called top three cherry blossom locations in Japan, along with Nara Prefecture’s Yoshino Mountain and Nara Prefecture’s Takatojoshi Park. Visitors can enjoy over 2600 cherry trees in bloom of over 50 different varieties.
There are over 300 Yoshino cherry trees in Hirosaki Park that are over 100 years old, and each of them continues to produce spectacular blossoms.
As 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the park’s cherry blossom festival, the celebration period has been extended longer than usual, and a large number of stalls and vendors will open as well!

Come check out Gunma Prefecture’s Carp Streamer Village Festival!

Although May 5th is now called Children’s Day in Japan, it was traditionally a festival for boys. So in keeping with tradition, families with boys still fly large carp-shaped streamers, called koinobori, from their houses to pray for the health and happiness of their children. Tatebayashi City starts flying their impressive collection of over 5,000 streamers at the end of March, so that residents and visitors can enjoy the view of the streamers alongside the cherry blossoms.

Osaka, Koinobori Festa 1000

In the Koinobori Festa, around 1000 carp-shaped streamers are hung as wishes for children’s health and for protection of the Akuta River, a symbol of Takatsuki City.
A huge number of colorful carp streamers “swim” in the sky as they hang from ropes strung across the Akuta River.
The streamers used in this festival are donated by local residents or handmade by the children at local kindergartens.

A day trip to Kairakuen Garden in Mito City, Ibaraki.

Mito City's Kairakuen Garden is a famous plum blossom viewing spot. And on weekends during the period of the Plum Blossom Festival you can get from Ueno Station to the temporary Kairakuen Station by special limited express trains "Hitachi" and "Tokiwa" in about an hour.

The Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival - Tokyo

Every spring, gaggles of residents and tourists alike flock to Ueno Park to admire the beauty that is the cherry blossom. With over 1,200 cherry trees, Ueno Park prides itself as being one of Tokyo’s most popular spots for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing.

Osaka Prefecture, Let's enjoy Plum Festival at Expo’70 Commemorative Park♪

Expo’70 Commemorative Park, in Osaka, is a lovely place overflowing with natural beauty. No matter the season, it is a place where you can enjoy beautiful flowers and trees.
Taking a leisurely walk through the park on a clear day is one of life’s finer pleasures.
This year’s plum festival will be held on February 18th, in Expo’70 Commemorative Park’s Natural Culture Park and Japanese garden.
The Natural Culture Park features around 600 plum trees of around 120 different varieties, while the Japanese garden has around 80 plum trees of 40 varieties. In both locations, you can enjoy a variety of plum blossoms, in colors like white, pink, and red.
Various events are scheduled during the festival period.