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28 days ago / Administrator

🌸 Yama-zakura (literally, “mountain cherry tree”) 🌸
• the representative type of wild cherry tree in Japan;
• have five relatively small petals, and are generally slightly pink;
• the leaves appear at the same time as the blooms;
• a long-lived tree, Yama-zakura has been found to live 500 years or more.
• Flowering period: late March to mid April
The main cherry blossom viewing spot: Yoshinoyama (Yoshino-cho, Nara Prefecture)
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🌸 山櫻 🌸
• 野生櫻花,生長於櫻花勝地奈良縣吉野山;
• 花瓣相對較小,通常略帶粉紅色;
• 葉子與花朵同時出現 ;
• 有些古樹的樹齡甚至已達數百年。
• 花期:3月下旬至4月中旬
主要的賞櫻地點:吉野山(奈良縣吉野町)
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Source: http://www.593941.com/76463.html

28 days ago / Administrator

🌸 Edohigan 🌸
– got its name from the fact that it starts blossoming around higan (spring equinox) and can be seen a lot around the Kanto region (of which the center was Edo a few centuries back).
– flower shape is small, with one layer; pedicels are pot-shaped, from pure white to pink color.
– has one of the longest life span among the cherry trees , this bloom-covered beauty has a long history of standing tall for generations.
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🌸 江戶彼岸 🌸
– 野生櫻花,壽命長,且可生長成約15至25米高的大樹。
– 日本許多具有代表性的古樹都是江戶彼岸。
– 花形小、開一重花,先開花再長葉子,花梗呈壺狀,花色很多,從純白到粉紅色都有。
– 由於是春分彼岸(日本的掃墓時間,春分或秋分的前後共7天)時間就開花,所以被稱為彼岸櫻,或東彼岸櫻。
😊

Source: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_15ea364900102wcfo.html

32 days ago / Administrator

We will introduce the types of Japanese cherry blossoms one by one to you from today~

 

Source: http://tokyo-trip.org/spot/visiting/tk0451/

Yoshino Cherry

  • The most common cherry blossom in Japan, which is a species developed by a gardener in Edo (Tokyo) in the 19th century.
  • Since there is no seed, it must rely on artificial cultivation to multiply.
  • Life is about 50 years.

The main cherry blossom viewing spots: Ueno Park (Taito-ku, Tokyo), Chion-in (Dongshan-gu, Kyoto), Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture), and others.

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今天起我們會為你逐一介紹日本櫻花的種類 ~

染井吉野

  • 日本最常見的櫻花,是一種於19世紀時被江戶(東京)的園藝師開發出來的品種。
  • 由於沒有種子,因此必須依靠人工種植才能繁衍。
  • 壽命為50年左右。

主要的賞櫻地點:上野公園(東京都台東區)、知恩院(京都市東山區)、弘前城(青森縣弘前市)等。

 

36 days ago / Administrator

 

【最新】2018年 ・ 桜開花日預測

 

Source:https://sakura.weathermap.jp/#sakura_about_box

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Sakura blossom is coming!!

According to weathermap updated on 3/13, Japan’s cherry blossoms will bloom earlier this year!!

On the “First Bloom”, buds start to open and it takes about a week to reach “full bloom”. “Full bloom” means when more than 80% of buds of sakura trees become open. At that time, the cherry blossoms are the most beautiful!

“Sakura Blowing Snow” is about 5 days after the “Full Bloom”. You can see the pink cherry petals falling in the wind. A flurry of cherry blossoms blown in the wind is really romantic.

Really can’t wait to see it ^^

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春暖花開,根據weathermap 3/13更新,日本今年的櫻花將比往年提早開花呢~ 好期待喔^^

  • 提提您:
  • 「開花日」只是櫻花花苞開始綻放,大概在「開花日」後的5~7天左右就是櫻花的「滿開日」,那時候櫻花八分開是最美的!!
  • 「櫻吹雪」則在「滿開日」後5天左右,那時就可以看到漫天粉紅櫻花花瓣隨風飄落呢~
    光是想想就已經覺得很浪漫了^^
39 days ago / Administrator

在漫天粉紅浪漫櫻花季來臨之前,現在正是日本梅花盛開之時。
但你又懂得分辨出同樣都是粉粉的梅花、桃花、櫻花之間的差異嗎? 以下一圖簡單為你辨析唷~

Do you know what are the differences between plum blossom, peach blossom and cherry blossom?

 

Source: @TECHNOuchi Twitter

 

梅花:花瓣前端為圓型,一截枝幹上只有一朵,沒有花梗,顏色最深,也有白色。

桃花:花瓣前端較尖,一截枝幹上有對稱的的兩朵,花梗非常短,只有粉紅色。

櫻花:花瓣前端有分裂,一截枝幹上有多朵,花梗較長,除了粉紅色,也有白色。

下次來日本賞花時不妨試試看喔~~

 

Plum blossom: The front of the petals is round. There is only one branch on a branch and there is no pedicel,the color is the deepest, it also has white color.

Peach blossom: The front of the petals is more pointed. There are two symmetrical flowers on a branch, and the pedicel is very short, only has pink color.

Cherry blossom: The front part of the petals is divided, there are many flowers on one branch and the peduncle is longer, besides pink, it also has white color.

Let’s go to Japan and make use of this skill〜〜

156 days ago / Administrator
30 Hottest Spots in Japan for International Visitors [2016 edition]

30. Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gassho-style houses [Gifu]

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Three villages of Hagimachi, Suganuma and Ainokura, and five valleys of Akaodani, Kaminashidani, Shimonashidani, Togadani and Otan of Gokayama make up Shirakawago, which became one of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1995.  The famous traditional “Gassho-style” houses with the tall, triangular shaped roofs are all the more impressive during the winter, covered with deep snow, creating a spectacular, out of this world atmosphere.

HP: travel.kankou-gifu.jp/en/

HP: travel.kankou-gifu.jp/tw/ (中文)

HP: www.kankou-gifu.jp/spot/1206/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 2495-3 Oaza-Ogimachi, Shirakawa, Ono-gun, Gifu (Google Map)

29. Kinosaki Onsen [Hyogo]

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Kinosaki is said to be the original “Onsen-hopping” site.  You will enjoy touring around its 7 outdoor hot springs, surrounded by an enchanting scenery which showcases its ever-changing charms of the four seasons.  It may become addictive and makes you want to come back again and again!  The first guest of the day gets a special memento, which is an extra attraction.

Open M-F 8:45am-6:00pm,  Sat. 9:00am-5:00pm, Sun & Holidays 9:00-3:00pm

Daily pass for unlimited access to all hot springs at ¥1200 (¥600 for children), available at the reception of each hot springs.

HP: www.kinosaki-spa.gr.jp/global/

HP: www.kinosaki-spa.gr.jp/global/trad-chinese/ (中文)

HP: www.kinosaki-spa.gr.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo  (Google Map)

28. Gear ART COMPLEX 1928  [Kyoto]

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Gear is a unique theater which offers a fun, non-verbal  entertainment with an eclectic mix of magic, dance, juggling etc.  Comical in one moment, touching inanother, it appeals to a wide range of audience, young and old, male or female.  It has become one of the biggest attractions which represent Kyoto at its modern best.

Open from 10:00am to 7:00pm

Admission fees vary depending on the program. Children under 3 years of age are not allowed.

HP: www.gear.ac/en/

HP: www.gear.ac/cht/ (中文)

HP: www.gear.ac/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1928 build. 3F  56 Benkeiishi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto (Google Map)

27. Samurai Museum [Tokyo]

Located in Kabukicho, Samurai Museum was made especially for foreign visitors, introducing the typical culture of the traditional Japanese warriors.   You will enjoy not only the display of armors and helmets, but also have the chance to learn much about their history, which span over 700 years.

Open from 10:30am to 9:00pm.  Last admission at 8:30pm.

Admission: Adults ¥1800, Child ¥800 12 and under, free for children 3 and under.

HP: www.samuraimuseum.jp/en/index.html

HP: www.samuraimuseum.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: Eiwadai 6 bldg. 1-2F, 2-25-6, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo  (Google Map)

26. Kyoto Station Building [Kyoto]

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The ultra-modern Kyoto station building was designed by Koji Hara, and was inaugurated in 1997.  The main atrium opens up to the sky with its 4000 glass panes.  You won’t be able to tear your eyes away from the incredible spaciousness and the grand staircase which leads up to the top floor.  The building is packed with shops, department stores, restaurants, and a hotel, so you can easily spend hours inside.

Hours vary, each shop and restaurants keep its own hours.

HP: www.kyoto-station-building.co.jp/english/

HP: www.kyoto-station-building.co.jp/chinese_traditional/ (中文)

HP: www.kyoto-station-building.co.jp/index.htm (Japanese Only)

Address: Higashishiokoji Kamadono-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-ku, Kyoto (Google Map)

25. Meiji Jingu [Tokyo]

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Like a huge green oasis in the middle of the modern hubbub of Harajuku, just 1-minute walk from the station, Meiji Jingu (or Meiji Shrine) has always been popular with tourists and locals alike. A visit of Meiji Jingu is said to bring a good luck of all sorts to the visitors.  Some of the most known legends are going through the O-torii (large red gate) will guarantee a good marriage, or touching the “Turtle Stone” will bring you happiness.  Why don’t you give it a try, and see if it will come true?  You never know!

Open: from sunrise to sunset.

Admission: Contribution of ¥500 for the maintainance of the garden, and ¥500 for the maintainance of the facility is requested.

HP: www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/index.html

HP: www.meijijingu.or.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo  (Google Map)

24. Misen [Hiroshima]

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Famous in connection with the legendary monk Kobo-Daishi (a.k.a. Kukai), Mount Misen was given the nickname “a miraculous space”.  The vista from the top of the sacred mountain of 1755ft. is purely breathtaking.  You can reach the 1400ft. point with a ropeway gondola.  Enjoy the gorgeous view of the one and only Miyajima from this vantage point!

HP: miyajima-ropeway.info/en/miraculous-scenery/index.html

HP: miyajima-ropeway.info/ (Japanese Only)

Address: Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima (Google Map)

23. Lake Kawaguchi [Yamanashi]

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Located to the north of Mt. Fuji, there are Fuji Go-ko, or the Five Lakes of Fuji:  Kawaguchi, Sai, Yamanaka, Shoji and Motosu.  Only an hour and a half of travel from Tokyo, it is a perfect spot to admire the legendary mountain.  With the amusement park “Fujikyu-Highland” and ample choices of entertainment venue and shopping, Fuji-Go-ko area became hugely popular with holiday makers.

HP: www.fujisan.ne.jp/index_e.php

HP: www.fujisan.ne.jp/index_c.php (中文)

HP: www.fujisan.ne.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: FujiKawaguchiko-cho, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamaguchi (Google Map)

22. Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route [Toyama]

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Tateyama has gained its fame with its massive vertical wall of snow along the road, and the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route will not disappoint your expectation during the winter.  You will never forget the unique experience of traveling through the imposing white wall!  But not only during the winter, you will also find it extremely charming during the autumn, with the beautifully colored trees.  Regardless of the season, you are in for a memorable trip!!

HP: www.alpen-route.com/en/

HP: www.alpen-route.com/tw/ (中文)

HP: www.alpen-route.com/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 2 Bunazaka-Ashikuraji, Tateyama-machi, Nakaniikawa-gun, Toyama (Google Map)

21.Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium [Okinawa]

Located in Motobu, you can admire the majestic whale sharks at the section “Exploring the Kuroshio-current” and many other amazing marine creatures at expositions such as “The Coral Sea” and “Journey to the Deep Six”.  They also offer dolphin shows at no extra charge, it became must-see for the visitors of Okinawa.  Free access to wheelchairs and baby buggies.

Open from 8:30am to 20:00pm.  Last admission 19:00pm.

Closed on the first Wednesday and Thursday of December

Admissions: Adults ¥1850, High School student ¥1230, Elementary & Jr. High student ¥610.

HP: oki-park.jp/kaiyohaku/en/inst/73

HP: oki-park.jp/kaiyohaku/sc/inst/73 (中文)

HP: oki-park.jp/kaiyohaku/inst/73 (Japanese Only)

Address:  424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-district, Okinawa (Google Map)

20. Kenroku-en Garden [Ishikawa]

Kenroku-en of Kanazawa, constructed during the Edo period (about 170 years ago), is considered as one of the three most notable gardens of Japan, along with Kairaku-en of Mito and Koraku-en of Okayama.  Kenroku-en is complete with all of the six necessities in a perfect garden, which are spaciousness, seclusion, artifact of men, antiquity, richness of water, and a sweeping vista.  It is perpetually popular with the tourists, who come to enjoy its seasonal beauty all around the year.

Open all year long. (except Shigure-Tei, the traditional tea house)

Admission: Adults ¥310, 6-18yrs old ¥100

HP: www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/english/top.html

HP: www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/t_chinese/top.html (中文)

HP: www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/japanese/top.html (Japanese Only)

Address: 1 Kenroku-cho, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa (Google Map)

19. Daihonzan Daisho-In [Hiroshima]

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Daihonzan Daisho-In is believed to be the oldest temple in Miyajima.  It is known for its connection with the greats of the Japanese history,  such as Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Hirobumi Ito.  The appearance of this temple may not be as extravagant as the better-known Itsukushima Shrine, Daisho-In offers you the chance to immerse yourself in its wonderful history.  Open to general public, to visit the inside the admission is ¥500. (Appointment required)

HP: www.galilei.ne.jp/daisyoin/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 210 Takimachi, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima  (Google Map)

18. Asakusa [Tokyo]

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The symbol of Asakusa is arguably Kaminarimon, the gateway to the Asakusa Shrine, with its unmistakable huge, red lantern at the center. Stroll along the Sumida River and through the bustle of Nakamise-Dori, which leads up to the famous shrine.  Experience the rickshaw, the taste of eel and Hanayashiki amusement park.  Asakusa, a perpetual favorite for many international tourists, is a world of its own!

Open: 6:00am-5:00pm (Apr. – Sept.)  6:30am-5:00pm (Oct. – Mar)

Open every day of the year.

HP: asakusa-kankou.com/ (Japanese Only)

Address: Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

17. Narita-San, Shinsho-Ji [Chiba]

The famous Shinshoji Temple was founded during the Heian Period, about 940 years ago. Apart from the main structure, you must check out the beautiful pagoda and the impressive Niomon gate.  It is a popular place of worship, and it is also known to be frequented by several celebrities, such as a famous Kabuki actor Kozaburo Ichikawa.  It is easily accessible from Narita International Airport, thanks to a direct connection by Keisei Railway.

Free Admission

Open every day of the year

HP: naritasan.or.jp/pray/index.html (Japanese Only)

Address: 1 Narita, Narita-shi, Chiba (Google Map)

16. Shiratani Unsuikyo [Kagoshima]

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Shiratani Unsuikyo is famous as the location of the film “Princess Mononoke” by the great Hayao Miyazaki.  The climate of Yakushima, where this beautiful ravine is located, is said to rain “35 days a month,” and thanks to its moisture, the moss covers much of the scenery.  The mysterious atmosphere along the Shiratani River at the altitude of 2600-4200ft will take you right to the world of the famous animation.

Admission: Contribution of ¥300 is requested for anyone 16 years old and up.  ¥250 for a group of 15 and more.

Open all year.  The passage may be closed due to a snowfall during the winter.

HP: www.kagoshima-kankou.com/for/

HP: www.kagoshima-kankou.com/tw/ (中文)

HP: www.kagoshima-kankou.com/guide/10740/ (Japanese Only)

Address: Ishizuka National Forest – Mt. Miyanoura, Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima (Google Map)

 

 

15. Ritsurin Garden [Kagawa]

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Open every day of the year

Admission: Adult ¥410, Elementary and Jr. High students  ¥170.  Free for pre-school children.

HP: ritsuringarden.jp/en.Top/en.top.html

HP: ritsuringarden.jp/jp/ritsurinpix/brochures/chinese-brochure.pdf (中文)

HP: ritsuringarden.jp/jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1-20-16 Ritsurin-cho, Takamatsu-city, Kagawa, Japan (Google Map)

14. Sanju-Sangen-Do [Kyoto]

The proper name of this temple is “Renge Oin-do”, however, it became famous as Sanjusangen” (or 33 spaces), because of its notable 33 intervals between the columns of the building.  This temple is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy).  As the legend has it, visitors will find one that looks identical to them among them.  Why don’t you take your time and meet them all, and find your look-alike?

Open 8:00am-17:00pm

Admission: Adult and Uni student ¥600; High school and junior high student ¥400; Children under 12 years old ¥300.  Half price for the handicapped visitors.

HP: sanjusangendo.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 657 Sanjūsangendōmawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto (Google Map)

13. Eikan-do Zenrin-ji [Kyoto]

Zenrin-Ji, or more commonly known as Eikan-do, is one of the best spots in Kyoto to admire the landscape with the beautiful autumn colors.  There are a few must-see attractions when you visit Eikando.  Amida, a beautiful statue in a unique pose of turning its head, looking over its shoulder.  Suikinkutsu, an amazing musical instrument of bamboo and spring water, and of course if you are lucky to be in the season, the splendid autumn colors that surround the temple.

Open: 9:00am-5:00pm

Open every day of the year

Admission: Adults ¥600; Students (6-18yrs) ¥400

HP: www.eikando.or.jp/English/index_eng.html

HP: www.eikando.or.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 48 Eikando-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Google Map)

12. Koyasan Oku-No-In [Wakayama]

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Oku-no-In of Koyasan, with its history that stretches over 1200 years, has always been a big attraction.  It is a sacred spot for Kukai, the legendary master of Buddhist teaching from the 7th century.  Therefore it has been heavily visited not only by tourists but also by the religious followers to pay homage.

Open: 8:30am-5:00pm (last admission at 16:30)

Admission: Adult ¥500; Children 12 years and under ¥200

HP: www.koyasan.or.jp/meguru/sights.html (Japanese Only)

Address: 132 Koyasan, Koya-machi, Ito-gun, Wakayama (Google Map)

11. Hakone Open-Air Museum [Kanagawa]

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The first open-air museum in Japan opened its door back in 1969.  You will encounter some of the masterpieces by great artists such as Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso in a beautiful, natural setting.   At the same time, you will also find plenty of attractions for your children to pass their time in its unique playground.  The museum is truly family oriented, setting itself apart from a typical art gallery.  It is considered one of the largest open-air museums in the world.

Open from 9:00am-5:00pm (last admission at 4:30pm)

Open every day of the year

Admission: Adult ¥1,600; Uni, high school student ¥1,200, Elementary, jr. high student  ¥800, Senior citizen 65yrs and over ¥1,100

HP: www.hakone-oam.or.jp/about/

HP: www.hakone-oam.or.jp/about/ (中文)

HP: www.hakone-oam.or.jp/about/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1121 Ninohira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa (Google Map)

10. Kiyomizu-dera [Kyoto]

Kiyomizu-dera (or Kiyomizu Temple) was founded back in 780, during the Nara Period, as the headquarter of Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools in Japanese Buddhism. You can enjoy a spectacular vista from its famous, massive, soaring main deck.  The deck has inspired a popular aphorism, “Jumping from the deck of Kiyomizu”, which means the moment when one takes an extremely bold decision with no possibility of turning back. The temple was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1994.

Open from 6:00am-6:00pm

Admission: Adult, High school student ¥300; Elementary, jr. high student ¥200

HP: www.pref.kyoto.jp/en/index.html

HP: www.pref.kyoto.jp/cn/index.html (中文)

HP: www.pref.kyoto.jp/isan/kiyomizu.html (Japanese Only)

Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Google Map)

9. Akiba Fukurou [Tokyo]

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Who can resist a chance to sit down and spend a relaxing yet exciting hour hanging and chilling with a group of adorable owls?  Akiba Fukurou offers just that!  Located in the middle of the busy center of Tokyo, you can experience a close encounter of the total Fukurou (=owl) kind!  Lose yourself in their big round piercing eyes, a visit with Akiba Fukurou is sure to be a memorable experience!  Photographing allowed, online booking required for a visit.

Open M-F 12pm-10pm (Wed. 4pm-10pm)  Sat. Sun. Holidays 12pm-11pm

Open every day of the year  *Online reservation required.

Admission: Adult ¥890, Child ¥540

HP: akiba2960.com/

HP: akiba2960.com/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 67 Kanda Neribei-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0022 (Google Map)

8. Rokuon-ji (Kinkaku-Ji) [Kyoto]

While its official name is “Rokuon-ji”, this zen temple has become universally famous as “Kinkaku-ji”, or golden pavilion, because of its stunning golden appearance.  The structure was originally built as a villa for the great Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, symbolizing the extravagant Kitayama culture.  It looks over a tranquil pond and the garden that represents the pure land.  One of the most significant historic treasures of the world, Kinkaku-ji burned down back in 1950, and was completely restored after 5 years.

Open from 9am-5pm

Admission  Adult, uni & high school student ¥400, Elementary, jr. high student ¥300
HP: www.pref.kyoto.jp/en/index.html

HP: www.pref.kyoto.jp/cn/index.html (中文)

HP: www.pref.kyoto.jp/isan/kinkaku.html (Japanese Only)

Address: 1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Google Map)

7. Nara Park [Nara]

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Nara Park became famous for its special residents, the deer.  Currently, 1100-1300 deer live in the park; they are national treasures and are fully protected. The visitors can freely interact with the deer; deer snacks can be bought on the premises.  Inside the park, you will also find Todai-Ji Temple and Kasuga-Taisha Shrine (UNESCO World Heritage Site).  The park is an ideal place to enjoy the amazing colors of autumn.

Open 24 hours a day

HP: www.pref.nara.jp/1713.htm (Japanese Only)

Address: Nara-shi, Nara (Google Map)

6. Shinjuku-Gyoen [Tokyo]

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Shinjuku Gyoen opened in 1906 as a garden for the royal family.  It later became a public park.  It merges the distinct styles of English, French and Japanese gardens, creating a unique, eclectic atmosphere.  A spacious green oasis in the heart of Tokyo, the park is a perpetual favorite for anyone looking for a moment of relaxation and tranquillity.

Open 9:00am-4:30pm (last admission at 4pm)

Closed on Mondays, New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Admission Adult (15yrs and older) ¥200; Elementary & jr. high student ¥50

HP: www.env.go.jp/garden/shinjukugyoen/english/index.html

HP: www.env.go.jp/garden/shinjukugyoen/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo  (Google Map)

5. Samurai Kembu Theater [Kyoto]

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The theater is especially designed for international tourists.  Apart from the amazing Seiga-ryu “Kembu” (Dance of swords) performance, the visitors have the opportunity to transform themselves into real samurai.  The staff will not only help you to properly dress up, but also teach you to act and pose like a real traditional warrior.  You will get a photo at the end of the lesson, which became a perfect souvenir for many tourists.

Admission  starts at ¥1000, depending on the program (Extra charge for a Samurai lesson)

HP: www.samurai-kembu.jp/

HP: www.samurai-kembu.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: Neo Art Bldg. B1F, 3-35-7 Sanjo-Hanamikoji Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi Kyoto-fu (Google Map)

4. Todai-Ji  [Nara]

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Tokai-ji is one of the most famous temples in Nara.  And the star of the temple is arguably the massive statue of Buddha, or “Daibutsu-sama” of Nara.  Just looking at its benevolent expression, you feel as if you received a special blessing.  Other attractions of Todai-ji include Sangatsu-Do and its statues, and Omizutori, or the annual sacred water drawing festival, at Nigatsu-Do in early March.

Admission ¥1000, Children 12 yrs and under free.

HP: www.todaiji.or.jp/english/index.html

HP: www.todaiji.or.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 406-1 Zoshi-cho, Nara-shi, Nara (Google Map)

3. Miyajima (Itsukushima) [Hiroshima]

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Itsukushima Shrine of Miyajima Island is considered as one of the three most scenic spots of Japan.  It became one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1996.  It is one of the most beloved travel destinations for international tourists, along with Kyoto.  Its famous Floating Torii is beautifully illuminated in the evening, truly a remarkable sight.  Cherry trees and maple trees surround the temple, making the scenery even more splendid in spring and autumn.

Admission Adult ¥300; High school student ¥200; Elementary & jr. high student ¥100

HP: www.miyajima.or.jp/english/index.html

HP: visit-miyajima-japan.com/zht/ (中文)

HP: www.miyajima.or.jp/sightseeing/ss_itsukushima.html (Japanese Only)

Address: 1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima (Google Map)

2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum [Hiroshima]

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The victims of the nuclear bombing have contributed many of the materials on display at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.  It is a somber experience, and you are reminded of the incredible tragedy which must never be repeated.  The museum receives increasing number of visitors from abroad in recent years.  It teaches us of the horrific historical fact, never to be forgotten yet we all must learn from it.

Open Mar-July 8:30am-6pm,  Aug 8:30-7pm,  5th, 6th of August 8:30-8pm,  Sept-Nov 8:30-6pm,  Dec-Feb 8:30-5pm

Closed 30 & 31 December

Admission Adult ¥200, High school student ¥100, Children 15yrs and under free.

HP: www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/outline/outlineTop_E.html

HP: www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/outline/outlineTop_C.html (中文)

HP: www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima (Google Map)

1. Fushimi Inari-Taisha [Kyoto]

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, the headquarter of “Inari” Shintoism, is one of the biggest draws of Kyoto.  It is considered as the patron of business.  Walking through thousands of bright red torii gates all the way up to the shrine at the top of Mount Inari is an unforgettable experience.  You can also try your luck with “Omokaru-ishi”, a mysterious stone, by guessing the weight of the stone and then trying to pick it up, which may bring you a good fortune!

Open every day of the year, 24 hours a day

Free admission

HP: inari.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  (Google Map)

 

 

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With the Nintendo Switch launching, one piece of Nintendo hardware that appears to be on the backburner is the 3DS The Switch hopes to be Nintendo’s next home and handheld console, replacing the Wii U and 3DS. So why buy a 3DS if Nintendo looks like it is ready to move on?

It turns out that this is the best time to jump into the 3DS pool. If you are someone who has never owned a 3DS but are curious about owning one, now is the time to do so. Even if you are looking to dust it off your 3DS and explore it even more, this is still the best time. Below are seven reasons why now is the perfect time to start exploring the 3DS and its extensive library.  (more…)

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Green tea is credited with offering many benefits and a lot of them are proven, but did you know green tea can also improve your sex life?

It might sound crazy, but it’s true and, when it comes to putting extra lead in your pencil, one particular kind of green tea offers stiff competition. It’s called Matcha. It’s the kind of tea that is used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and part of its secret lies in the way it is prepared. (more…)

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Japan is a beautiful country, full of exciting cultural phenomena and natural beauty. Bursting with elegance and charm, anyone and everyone should jump at the chance to explore this island. However, the cost of living is high, and many people are deterred from venturing to the stunning beaches and exciting cities of Japan for fear they will spend their entire travel budget in one country. The good news is that Japan’s expensive economy is, in part, an illusion, and it is definitely possible to travel in Japan on the cheap.

 

Traveling to and from Japan is an expense that can’t be avoided; the best flight deals can be found on STA travel, so be sure to check out the STA website before booking a trip. Budget airlines often list low-cost flights that include a stopover. Be sure to select a flight that stops in South East Asia, as opposed to Europe or the USA, as the costs of accommodation and travel during the stopover will be minimal.

 

Travel within Japan can be exceptionally pricey. Hitchhiking is not common in Japan, especially for women, and most drivers will not pick up pedestrians. The organized hitchhiking site, ‘Blah Blah Car,’ does not operate in Japan, as locals do not choose to use the service. Train and bus travel are the only real options for travelers, and these can prove very expensive. In order to get the best deal for trains, arrange for the longest and dearest journeys to occur within a three-week period, and purchase a three-week train ticket for approximately £100, or $150. Any intercity travel will cost a third of even half of this price.

 

Domestic flights often work out cheaper than train and bus travel, even when booked last minute. The two main providers are Blue Star and Peach, both of which offer cheap, direct domestic flights between major Japanese cities.

 

Accommodation in Japan varies immensely, and budget accommodation can be found even in Tokyo. Youth hostel prices are equivalent to those found in Western Europe, but be sure to check out local capsule hotels, as these can sometimes work out cheaper than a dormitory bed in a hostel. A capsule hotel is more private than a youth hostel, although the sleeping pod can trigger mild claustrophobia. ‘Airbnb’ also operates across Japan, especially in tourist cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto. Be aware that many Airbnb hosts in Japan offer a room in their private homes, as opposed to an entire property, and travelers are essentially short-term lodgers in this situation.

 

Budget accommodation in Japan can also serve as a cultural experience. Spending the night in a twenty-four hour manga café is not the most comfortable experience, but it is certainly a cheap and interesting experience. Pop-Eye Manga is a chain café that can be found in most Japanese cities, offering 5 and 10-hour overnight packages. The sleeping arrangements vary; the cheapest option consists of a reclining chair in a public space. A slightly more expensive package consists of a private booth with a foamy mat floor and cushion. Be sure to wear warm clothes, as blankets are not provided.

 

Another option is to rent a private karaoke booth for a night. This is usually only a cheap option for small groups, and is not the most comfortable sleeping arrangement. Karaoke booths can be rented by the hour, and it is common for locals to sleep over, as most trains stop running at midnight.

 

Eating in Japan does not have to be expensive. Eating foreign food, for example, American or European dishes, can be exceptionally pricey. Local food, however, is usually very reasonable, with a bowl of pork ramen costing approximately 600 Yen, equivalent to £3 or $5. Look for small restaurants away from tourist areas; many local restaurants will not have English menus, so it’s worth researching the names of typical Japanese dishes before venturing out. In order to experience an array of Japanese food, try buying snacks from the deli counter at a supermarket. Checkout assistants often offer to microwave food behind the counter, and provide napkins and chopsticks.

 

Alcohol in Japan is expensive, with the exception of beer and lager. Finding a bar that serves wine or spirits can be a challenge, even in big cities, although Japanese rice wine, sake, is usually available in tourist areas. Travelers who enjoy getting drunk might consider pre-drinking before enjoying a night out.

 

Volunteer exchange programs are always a good way of exploring a new country. ‘Woofing’ and ‘HelpEx’ have a lot of opportunities across Japan, while ‘Workaway’ provides a small number of work placements. These sites provide the opportunity to work roughly 25 hours per week in exchange for food and lodging. The voluntary work in Japan is often service based, with opportunities in Guest Houses and Language Cafes being the most prevalent.

 

Tourist attractions in Japan range from famous temples to cat cafes, and are not typically expensive outside of Tokyo. It is worth remembering that small, local temples are free to visit, and are just as fascinating and beautiful as the large, famous ones. Exploring fashionable districts such as Harajuku, Tokyo and Amerikura, Osaka, is akin to watching a street fashion parade, and can be enjoyed for free. Equally, Japan’s natural wonders, its magnificent mountains, beautiful beaches and animal habitats, are free for anyone to explore.

 

Japan is a wonderful place to travel; the people are kind and hospitable. The culture is both elegantly antiquated and technologically advanced, causing a striking and memorable balance that renders any trip to Japan a fantastic experience.

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Here’s a dream come true for many international travelers a vacation to Japan’s former capital, the beautiful city of Kyoto. Now, here’s a catch: what if you have only two days to enjoy as many cultural delights as you can?

If you plan ahead, 48 hours is enough. The following suggestions for your two-night stay in Kyoto, Japan should help you decide on an inexpensive, manageable game plan that won’t leave you exhausted: (more…)


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