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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Sawatari Hot Spring in Gunma Prefecture: a Two-Day Trip to the Hot Spring with an Overnight Stay

| Sawatari Hot Spring in Gunma Prefecture: a Two-Day Trip to the Hot Spring with an Overnight Stay

Sawatari Hot Spring (Sawatari Onsen) in Gunma Prefecture is one of my favourite hot spring resorts. Each fall I visit it. I love its snug hot spring, tranquil settings and rustic charm.

O-eshiki at Ikegami Honmon-ji (Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple), a Great Occasion at Summer Night

| O-eshiki at Ikegami Honmon-ji (Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple), a Great Occasion at Summer Night

In the brisk fall night breeze, my friend and I meet at Tokyo’s Ikegami by appointment and we are about to visit the Ikegami Honmon-ji O-eshiki, an annual event held between October 11 and October 13.

Sendai Tanabata Festival, One of the Three Great Festivals

| Sendai Tanabata Festival, One of the Three Great Festivals

The Tohoku region host many festivals, including the Three Great Festivals, namely the Aomori Nebuta Festival, the Akita Kanto Festival and the Sendai Tanabata (“July 7” in the lunar calendar) Festival. Among them, the 2017 Sendai Tanabata Festival began on August 6, 2017 and lasted for three days.