Winter Memories: Toyama, Shirakawa-Go and Takayama Towns

The summer heat that swept Tokyo in the past days made me remember our winter escapade in Gifu prefecture. This is an area that slowly getting attention from foreign tourists, and the best time to visit is "as soon as possible" before it becomes overcrowded.  From Tokyo to Toyama We did this travel early in … Continue reading Winter Memories: Toyama, Shirakawa-Go and Takayama Towns

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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