Plum Blossom Viewing in Tokyo – The Top Umemi Spots!

Jan 27, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

  While the cherry blossom is the flower that tends to dominate the imagination of Japanese botanic appreciation, it is perhaps the plum (ume) blossom that should be the more celebrated. Reddish pink or white flowers, they are distinguishable from the sakura by their split ended petals and their strong...[ Click to read more ]

Diamond Magic – Witness The Diamond Fuji Phenomenon

Dec 26, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Diamond Fuji is a twice annually occurring phenomenon during which the sunrise and sunset align perfectly with Mount Fuji’s summit, looking for all the world like a bright shining jewel placed atop the nation’s crown. There are many great places from which you can witness this startling sunset just a...[ Click to read more ]

Snow Festivals in Japan

By Jason Gatewood

Because Japan is over 70% mountainous and located in the temperate latitudes of the western Pacific where the moist ocean air continually does battle with dry, cold Siberian and Mongolian air coming in from China, the Japan Alps enjoys a healthy dusting of snow every winter. No part of Japan...[ Click to read more ]

Skiing in Hiroshima: Day and Weekend Trips!

Dec 25, 2019 By Matt Mangham

Hiroshima isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of skiing in Japan. We’re a long way from the Nagano Alps, and even further from Hokkaido, but people do go skiing in the Prefecture or just over the border in Shimane. There are a number of options,...[ Click to read more ]

Skiing in Nagoya: Day and Weekend Trips!

Dec 24, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

There’s nothing more exhilarating than standing on the top of a slope, the pure white snow stretching out below you, or that moment when you lean forward and the wind begins to rush around your face as you start down the mountain in graceful arcs to the bottom. Yes, the...[ Click to read more ]

Viewing the Magical Diamond Fuji from Tokyo

Dec 15, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Diamond Fuji is a twice annually phenomenon during which the sunrise and sunset align perfectly with Mount Fuji’s summit, looking for all the world like a bright shining jewel placed atop the nation’s crown. There are many great places from which you can witness this startling sunset in Tokyo and...[ Click to read more ]

Skiing in Kansai: Day and Weekend Trips!

Dec 12, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Skiing might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of tourist attractions in Japan, but the country attracts many enthusiasts each winter keen to experience the powder-dry snow. Kansai has many skiing locations that don't draw in quite as many tourists as regions such as...[ Click to read more ]

Chichibu Night Festival Near Tokyo

Nov 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Located about 2 hours northwest of Central Tokyo, Chichibu is a small mountain community that is popular for weekend getaways thanks to it being the home of Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park and a very picturesque and historic area. Celebrating some of that history is the Chichibu Yomatsuri night festival. This is...[ Click to read more ]

The History of Japan’s Majestic Fall Colors

Nov 25, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Japan's most popular season for tourists is surely spring. When the cherry blossoms bloom people from inside Japan and from all over the world gather in popular beautiful spots to bask in the traditional scenes of pinks, reds and whites that form many of our preconceptions of Japan's natural state....[ Click to read more ]

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Get a Sugar Rush at the Aichi Sweets Marathon

Oct 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Are you too keen on candy to run a marathon? Do you need sugary enticement to get you to that finishing line? Then the Aichi Sweets Marathon in Moricoro Park is right up your, um, running track. While gobbling down sweets mid-run may seem like a major contradiction, the Sweets Marathon...[ Click to read more ]

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