A Glimpse of the Former Imperial Capital: Kyoto, Japan

(Continuation of Kansai Story) If Nara captivated me, Kyoto surprised me. It didn't occur to me 'til I got there that Kyoto is already a bustling city... and a place full of tourists (it wasn't even a high season that time!) We arrived early in the afternoon of Day 3 and ate some delicious Tonkatsu near … Continue reading A Glimpse of the Former Imperial Capital: Kyoto, Japan

Shibazakura in Chichibu, Saitama

After the cherry blossom season come many wonderful flower festivals in Japan. One of them is the Shibazakura in Chichibu, Saitama. Shibazakura is also called "pink moss" and looking from the pictures below, you'll see why.         The Hitsujiyama Park's Shibazakura has 9 different colors/varieties during its blooming season in late April … Continue reading Shibazakura in Chichibu, Saitama

What I Did for My First Golden Week in Japan

Golden Week comprises a cluster of holidays starting from April 29 (Showa Day), May 3 (Constitution Day), May 4 (Greenery Day), and May 5 (Children's Day). If the days in between fall on weekdays, usually (though not all) Japanese people file for vacation leaves. It looks like a great time to travel but for many, … Continue reading What I Did for My First Golden Week in Japan