Your source of good luck when exploring Japan!


While living outside of Japan for a while, I began appreciating what Japan has to offer.
Now I travel in all over Japan to search for that good old Japanese culture and beautiful scenery in each season. It`s my intention to motivate my readers to actually experience the places I introduce through my articles.

in my 40’s
Birth place
Favorite food
I don’t have many likes or dislikes for food, so I try to eat local specialties when I travel places.
Food I hate
If I had to say I dislike something, I guess it would be spicy food.
Travel, photography, going to the gym.
What I’m good at
I think I’m better than average at focusing on something when I’m interested in it.
What I’m not good at
On the other hand, I’m pretty fickle, so I’m not good at keeping on doing one thing for a prolonged period of time.
Where in Japan I recommend the most and why to travelers in Japan.
If you’re interested in modern-day Japan, Tokyo, the capital. If you’re interested in Japan’s history and culture, Kyoto.
Favorite memory from traveling in Japan.
For their beautiful scenery, Furano (for example, Farm Tomita’s lavender) and Biei (for example, Patchwork Road, Panorama Road, and Blue Pond) in Hokkaido are the best.
Must do activity for visitors to Japan.
Wagashi (Japanese sweets) are something you can enjoy visually, not just by tasting them, so be sure to give them a try when you visit Japan.

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Chiba Prefecture – Hondo-ji Temple’s 50,000 Hydrangeas

Hondo-ji Temple, in Chiba Prefecture’s Matsudo City, is a temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism that was built in 1277.
Every year in June, around 50,000 hydrangeas of over 10 varieties beautifully bloom. Because of this, the temple is also known as the “hydrangea temple.”
It is easily accessible, with Kita-Kogane Station, the station nearest to the temple, being only 50 minutes by train from Tokyo Station.
However, it truly is a well-kept-secret place, and you can be sure that you’ll be able to leisurely enjoy the flowers without worrying about crowds!

Hydrangeas at Tokyo’s Hakusan Shrine

Even if you want to see beautiful hydrangeas in bloom, travelling far for them can be difficult. As such, I’ll be introducing a place I recommend visiting for people staying in the heart of Tokyo: Hakusan Shrine and Hakusan Park, located in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward. This area is famous for having the most hydrangeas growing in the metropolitan area, with around 3000 hydrangeas planted. A hydrangea festival is held every year in mid-June, as the hydrangeas reach their peak beauty.

See Remnants of Japan’s History Through Gassho-Zukuri Architecture at the World Heritage Site of Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture

Gokayama is located in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture, and is home to two gassho-zukuri settlements, Ainokura and Suganuma.
“Gassho-zukuri” is the name of a historically valuable and unique type of architecture with pitched roofs that are similar in shape to hands clasped in prayer. Gassho-zukuri settlements can only be found in these snowy and mountainous areas. The Gokayama Settlement and Gifu Prefecture’s Shirakawa-go were registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995.

Enjoy an authentic Japanese experience in Kanazawa. ~ Higashi tea house district and Kazuemachi tea house district~

Kanazawa is the main city of Ishikawa prefecture. Ishikawa is located in the centre of Japan’s main island. This region is called Hokuriku. In 2015 Japan Rail started to operate the Hokuriku Shinkansen(bullet train) line. Now we can access Kanazawa station from Tokyo in only 2.5 hours!
This time I journeyed through Kanazawa’s popular tourist spots, the Higashi tea house district and the Kazuemachi tea house district.

Winter Trip to Hakodate [Day 1] ~Hakodate’s Morning Market, Bay Area, Motomachi, and more~

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 things that I did on my first day in Hakodate, including visiting the Hakodate morning market, the bay area, the Motomachi church, and foods around Hakodate!