Nabana no Sato IlluminationSaveBookmarked articles are displayed in "Bookmarks" at the bottom right of the page
- 15/10/2016 - 7/5/2017
Nabana no Sato was built with the idea of “a small dreamlike village along the Nagara River” in mind. The park, with a pond in its center, is lit up at night, and the area boasts one of the largest scale illuminations in Japan.
Around Matsue, Shimane Prefecture – Hori River “Kotatsu Boat” TourSaveBookmarked articles are displayed in "Bookmarks" at the bottom right of the page
- 10/11/2016 - 10/4/2017
A 50-minute boat tour around the moat of Matsue Castle, a national treasure, is available.
This year, a winter-exclusive kotatsu boat has made its debut! It’s great having your feet warmed by the heat of charcoal briquettes.
Tokyo’s Rikugi-en – Illumination of Weeping Cherry Blossoms and Daimyo TeienSaveBookmarked articles are displayed in "Bookmarks" at the bottom right of the page
- 16/3/2017 - 2/4/2017
Rikugi-en is one of Japan’s Nationally Designated Places of Scenic Beauty. This traditional Japanese garden was built by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, favored retainer of shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.
The spring event “Illumination of Weeping Cherry Blossoms and Daimyo Teien” will once again be held this year.
During the event period, the garden will stay open until 21:00 instead of the usual 17:00.
A day trip to Kairakuen Garden in Mito City, Ibaraki.SaveBookmarked articles are displayed in "Bookmarks" at the bottom right of the page
- 18/2/2017 - 31/3/2017
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.
“Udon Bus,” Where You Can Enjoy Kagawa Prefecture’s Specialty Sanuki UdonSaveBookmarked articles are displayed in "Bookmarks" at the bottom right of the page
- 1/6/2016 - 31/3/2017
Kagawa Prefecture is a region famous for having the best udon in Japan. Their specialty, “sanuki udon,” is slippery and smooth, and it has a unique firmness to it. In Japanese, this firmness is referred to as “koshi ga aru,” which means that they “have body” to them.
The “Udon Bus,” which is recommended for people visiting Kagawa Prefecture for the first time, takes passengers around to famous sanuki udon restaurants and sightseeing spots.
The bus offers both an affordable half-day tour of two udon restaurants as well as an efficient day-long tour of sightseeing spots and udon restaurants. The restaurants visited change based on the day of the week and the tour chosen.
Ishikawa Prefecture – Crab Soup OonabeSaveBookmarked articles are displayed in "Bookmarks" at the bottom right of the page
- 1/11/2016 - 31/3/2017
Since 2001, Ishikawa Prefecture’s Yamanaka Onsen City has hosted the Crab Soup Oonabe (large hot pot) annually. One bowl of the soup is just 300 yen.
Warm crab soup, made carefully from fresh local ingredients like crab and sweet shrimp, is served in Yamanaka lacquerware. This event is held daily from November through March. Be sure to savor this delicious flavor!
Osaka Prefecture, Let's enjoy Plum Festival at Expo’70 Commemorative Park♪SaveBookmarked articles are displayed in "Bookmarks" at the bottom right of the page
- 18/2/2017 - 20/3/2017
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.
An exploration day trip to Saitama Prefecture! Ogose Plum Grove and Kuroyama Three WaterfallsSaveBookmarked articles are displayed in "Bookmarks" at the bottom right of the page
- 18/2/2017 - 20/3/2017
You can get to Saitama Prefecture's famous Ogose Plum Grove from Ikebukuro, Tokyo in about 70 minutes via the Tobu Tojo Line (with one transfer to the Tobu Ogose Line at Sakado Station). Today I’d like to share my Ogose exploration day trip plan with you, which includes flower viewing at the Ogose Plum Grove and a visit to the Kuroyama Three Waterfalls.