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Gifu Prefecture – March Trip to Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go [Day 1]

I visited Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture in March over 3 days and 2 nights.
The area is great to visit in any season, but I decided to visit while the snow was still around this time.
In this article, I’ll be introducing my day 1 travels from Shinjuku to Shirakawa-go as well as my walk through Shirakawa-go.

6 Gourmet Dishes to Try in Sapporo

Hokkaido, about an hour and a half from Tokyo by plane, is Japan’s leader in fishery yield and agricultural production output. In other words, Hokkaido is an area with an abundance of seafood, vegetables, meat, and other delightful ingredients. The quality of its products is well-known not only within Japan, but overseas as well.

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!

Fukuoka Castle Cherry Blossom Festival

Every year a grand cherry blossom festival is held in Fukuoka City’s Maizuru Park, where around 1000 cherry trees bloom beautifully in the spring.
Fukuoka Castle, with a history of over 400 years, also stands in the park’s grounds. (The castle is sometimes also referred to as Maizuru Castle.)
During the cherry blossom festival, the park is packed with people coming to look at the flowers, all the way into the night!

Winter Trip to Hakodate [Day 2] ~Goryokaku, Hakodate City Tropical Botanical Garden, Trappistine Monastery, and Night Views and Snowy Landscapes~

I visited Hakodate for 3 days and 2 nights over the winter. There was no end to things I wanted to do, but I was more than satisfied with being able to take the photo I wanted of Hakodate in the winter being both “sunny” and “snowy.”
This article will introduce my 2nd day in Hakodate!
I’ll be introducing Goryokaku, Hakodate City Tropical Botanical Garden, Trappistine Monastery, and some night views and snowy landscapes.

Winter Trip to Hakodate [Day 3] ~Kitajima Saburo Museum, Fresh Uni Donburi, and Mashu-Maru~

I visited Hakodate for 3 days and 2 nights over the winter. There was no end to things I wanted to do, but I was more than satisfied with being able to take the photo I wanted of Hakodate in the winter being both “sunny” and “snowy.”
This article will introduce the 3rd day of my trip to Hakodate!
I’ll also be introducing the Kitajima Saburo Museum, a fresh uni donburi I had, Mashu-Maru, and a local hamburger restaurant called “Lucky Pierrot”!