Hanamiyama, Fukushima
Hanamiyama, Fukushima

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Hanamiyama, Fukushima
Hanamiyama, Fukushima

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Shiroishi Riverbank Hitome Senbon-zakura
Shiroishi Riverbank Hitome Senbon-zakura

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Hanamiyama, Fukushima
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Japan is a holiday destination that guarantees a unique experience to each traveler, whether it be sampling Japanese delicacies or strolling through an old castle town.   There are also many charms in towns that have deviated from the major travel route.   Tourist Map of Japan

白石川堤一目千本桜 Hitome Senbon-zakura

白石川堤一目千本桜

Shiroishi Riverbank Hitome Senbon-zakura or Hitome Senbon Zakura

The Hitome Senbonzakura is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in the Tohoku region, attracting more than 300,000 visitors each year.  The line of cherry trees stretches between Funaoka 船岡 and Ogawara 大河原 stations on the JR Tohoku Line, and it is a short walk from both stations.

Approximately 1,200 trees are lined up for 8 kilometers on both sides of the Shiroishi River and the banks turn pink from mid to late April.  There are many kinds of cherry trees such as white mountain cherry, double-flowers, and an abundance of Yoshino cherry, the most common type in Japan.

​Cherry Blossoms in Southern Hokkaido

五稜郭公園  Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku Park is considered the best place in Hakodate to see cherry blossoms.  The whole park is turns pink in Spring, with around 1,500 cherry blossoms trees.  Many trees were planted when the park was opened to the public in 1914.

 

松前公園  Matsumae Park

See some of Japan’s best blossoms at Matsumae Park.

With around 10,000 trees and 250 different varieties of cherry blossoms, Matsumae Park is an amazing place in spring. 

Thanks to the many varieties of cherry blossoms in the park, Matsumae has a long blooming season, with the delicate pink and white blossoms appearing from late April through late May.

馬籠宿  Magome-juku

馬籠宿 Magome-juku​

The cobblestones on which you walk in the center of Magome-juku in Gifu Prefecture have a history. In the Edo period (1600-1868), merchants and samurais trod them to reach Edo (Tokyo), which was the political capital, and Kyoto, home to the Imperial Palace. The town was an important stage (the 43rd of 69) on the Nakasendo trail, which covered a distance of around 534 km. Today, the town is perfectly preserved ‘open-air museum’.

奈良井宿  Narai-juku

奈良井宿 Narai-juku

During the Edo Period, Narai marked the mid-point between Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) to travelers along a 534-km long route called the Nakasendo trail. It was the most wealthy post town of the Kiso Valley, and was sometimes referred to as ‘奈良井千軒 Narai of a thousand houses’.

Only a few minutes’ walk from JR Narai station, you can easily find the 1-km long Narai-juku with a series of old wooden dark brown houses.

Narai-juku offers a wide variety of shops that showcase some of Japan’s best intangible heritage today. Some houses have transformed into museums and Japanese inns. Stop by lacquerware shops that sell bowls, plates, cups, trays…etc. And stop by food stands selling local snacks such as ‘五平餅 gohei mochi’ rice cake and ‘おやき oyaki’ vegetable buns.

Rusutsu Resort, Hokkaido

Rusutsu Resort, Hokkaido

Rusutsu Resort, Hokkaido's largest single ski resort,  stands alone in a semi-widerness near the base of Mt. Yotei.

Despite its low altitude by the standard of the European Alps or the Rockies,  Rusutsu is particularly well known for its remarkable natural snowfall as sub-zero Siberian winds pick up moisture over the Sea of Japan and dumps it as light powdery snow over the area.
Whether you visit as a family, a couple, a group or single, you'll find the perfect terrain for every style and ability.

奥飛騨温泉郷  Okuhida Onsengo

Five rural and rustic onsen villages

There are many charms of Japan in towns that have deviated from the major travel route.  For example, Okuhida Onsengo.  A nostalgic and rustic atmosphere envelopes the entire village.

Okuhida-onsengo is scattered with five rural and rustic hot spring villages; Hirayu 平湯, Fukuji 福地, Shin-Hirayu 新平湯, Tochio 栃尾 and Shin-Hotaka 新穂高.  All are conveniently accessible on the same bus route. Okuhida-onsengo is said to be a hidden treasure, especially for hot-spring enthusiasts.

Irori - Japanese Fireplace

The 'Irori' Japanese Fireplace not only warms and brightens the room, but also gives you a sense of security and nostalgia just by looking at it.