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Cat Paradise in Aoshima, Ehime Prefecture ♡

| Cat Paradise in Aoshima, Ehime Prefecture ♡

Aoshima is an island in Ehime Prefecture’s Ozu City, off of the Seto Inland Sea. This article will introduce a tour of Aoshima. Also known as Cat Island, Aoshima is a paradise for cats and cat-lovers like me, with a population of around 15 people and over 100 cats.

Magome-juku

| Magome-juku

On this trip I enjoyed the beautiful tourist spot of Magome-juku in the Kiso valley of Gifu prefecture. The towns Feudal-era buildings and inns have been well preserved since the Edo era.

Nobeyama station is the station at the highest altitude in Japan.  The air smells so fresh here!

| Nobeyama station is the station at the highest altitude in Japan. The air smells so fresh here!

Nobeyama station sits at 1345.67m above sea level.
From the front of the station you can see the peak of the Yatsugatake Mountains which are called Mount Aka. The station is located on the high land, the air smells so fresh!

Experience Japan’s Most Important Cultural Tradition “Hatsumode” (First Shrine Visit of the New Year)! Kawasaki Daishi New Year’s Pilgrimage.

| Experience Japan’s Most Important Cultural Tradition “Hatsumode” (First Shrine Visit of the New Year)! Kawasaki Daishi New Year’s Pilgrimage.

For 2017’s hatsumode (the first shrine visit of the new year), I visited Kawasaki Daishi, another name for the temple Heiken-ji. Kawasaki Daishi is the most popular place for hatsumode visits in Kanagawa Prefecture, an area near Tokyo.

“Mikatagoko” in Fukui prefecture.  Spectacular views of 5 lakes

| “Mikatagoko” in Fukui prefecture. Spectacular views of 5 lakes

Recently I visited “Mikatagoko”, a place I’ve been longing to visit for a long time.
“Mikatagoko” consists of 5 individual lakes located in a valley surrounded by hills.

Lake Yamanaka, Yamanashi Prefecture - Sunset Shore & Autumn Leaves Festival

| Lake Yamanaka, Yamanashi Prefecture - Sunset Shore & Autumn Leaves Festival

I went to Lake Yamanaka in Yamanashi Prefecture to photograph the autumn leaves. It was a 20-min bus ride from the Fujikyuko Line's Fujisan Station to the Lake Yamanakako: Asahigaoka bus stop...

Singular & Superb Ramen Dishes Offered in Osaka & Kyoto

| Singular & Superb Ramen Dishes Offered in Osaka & Kyoto

Hello, I’m Misano. I would like to share my experience of several singular & superb ramen restaurants I visited during my recent stay in Osaka and Kyoto.

It's Sakura Season at Arakurayama Sengen Park in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture!

| It's Sakura Season at Arakurayama Sengen Park in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture!

All over Japan, Sakura (cherry blossoms) are reaching full bloom earlier than usual this year.
Today, I'd like to introduce the Sakura at Arakurayama Sengen Park (nicknamed the Memorial Tower). It's located at the foot of Mount Fuji in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture.