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Iriya Morning Glory Festival, a Reminder of the Summer at Shitamachi, Tokyo

| Iriya Morning Glory Festival, a Reminder of the Summer at Shitamachi, Tokyo

Over the weekend in summer, almost everywhere in Japan is rejuvenated by a local festival.Last year, my friends and I visited Iriya Kishimojin (Shingen-ji Temple), where the Iriya Morning Glory Festival was taking place.

Enjoying a Beautiful View of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture’s Fujiyoshida – Arakurayama Sengen Park

| Enjoying a Beautiful View of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture’s Fujiyoshida – Arakurayama Sengen Park

If you walk about 10 minutes from the Fujikyuko Line’s Shimoyoshida Station, in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, then climb 398 steps, you will reach Arakurayama Sengen Park, a must-visit location. This is an admission-free park giving where you can enjoy a fine view of Mount Fuji and commanding a panoramic view of Fujiyoshida.

World Cultural Heritage, Shirakawa-go (Historic Village)

| World Cultural Heritage, Shirakawa-go (Historic Village)

I went to World Cultural Heritage, Shirakawa-go (Historic Village).Shirakawa-go, a beautiful area where traditional Japanese scenery still exists, is home to the largest number of still-standing traditional “gassho-zukuri” Japanese homes.

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.