Where and when to see shibazakura (moss phlox), nemophila (baby blue eyes), wisteria, roses and lavender in Japan. Continue reading Japan’s Beautiful Flower Fields: What to See After Cherry Blossoms
Sweets buffets, hot springs and even burlesque. Find travel inspirations from my January highlights! Continue reading This was January.
For the busy Tokyoite, the consecutive holidays that make up Golden Week are a much-awaited break. But things don’t always go as planned. Flights and accommodations tend to be more expensive during this period, and April tends to be extremely busy that there’s little room left for planning a trip.
If you’re one of those people who have yet to decide what to do for Golden Week, here are travel ideas within and around Tokyo with minimal planning required. Continue reading “Last-Minute Golden Week Travel Ideas”
Date Visited: September 30, 2017
Fall is my favorite season, and my first fall trip of the year happens to be in the neighboring prefecture of Saitama. For this one-day trip, we made use of the SEIBU Pass, a one-day free ticket which you can use on all SEIBU Lines with the exception of the Tamagawa Line. Foreign visitors as well as non-Japanese residents of Japan can avail of this discounted ticket.
Our trip began at Ikebukuro Station. We booked our tickets through VELTRA, so once we got to the SEIBU Tourist Information Center inside the station, we showed the staff our mobile vouchers and got our tickets in return. After that, it’s off to our first stop: Koma Station.
When is the best time to see cherry blossoms? Where are the best spots to see them? These are two of the most common questions I get from people eager to visit Japan.
The truth is, even for people living in the country, finding the best time and place to see cherry blossoms can be tricky. Forecasts can only predict as much, and if you’re only free on weekends, chances are the places you visit will be packed with (drunk) people.
Of the five years I’ve been Japan, this year was first time I’ve made considerable effort in checking out as many places in Kanto as I could, given the limited time and resources. Below is a gallery featuring the spots I visited.
Otonashi Water Park /音無親水公園 (Oji, Tokyo)
Located near the city hall, Otona Water Park is among the relatively quieter spots to enjoy cherry blossoms. Perhaps this is because the more popular and more spacious Asukayama Park is close by. I personally love the way the branches lean towards the wooden bridge. The spot always makes for good pictures.
Access: JR Keihin Tohoku Line Oji Station/Toden Arakawa Line Oji Ekimae Station/Google Maps URL Continue reading “Chasing Cherry Blossoms: A Gallery”
Tokyo Past 3’s YouTube channel is back, and it opens its 2017 run with a short piece on mortality and cherry blossoms, recited over shots of spring in the Kanto region. Continue reading Bloom: An Ode to Cherry Blossoms