February Cherry Blossoms and Nanohana with the Misaki Maguro Pass

Most people know sakura or cherry blossoms to peak around late March to early April, but these lovely flowers can actually be seen blooming as early as mid-February. Known as kawazu zakura, these type of cherry blossoms can usually be seen gracing the coastal regions of Miura in Kanagawa. What’s more is that with the Keikyu Misaki Maguro Pass, you can enjoy round-trip tickets from Shinagawa to Miura, a tuna meal from one of the 32 participating restaurants and free entry to one leisure facility, too! Below are two sample itineraries you can follow when using the pass. Continue reading “February Cherry Blossoms and Nanohana with the Misaki Maguro Pass”

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[Hiroshima] Shukkeien Garden in Photos

Located in Hiroshima City, Shukkeien Garden is a park that dates back to 1620. Like many traditional Japanese gardens, a pond lies at its center, and around it, a walking trail. It takes around an hour to explore the entirety of the park at a leisurely pace.  Continue reading [Hiroshima] Shukkeien Garden in Photos

[Shizuoka] Kunōzan Tōshōgū

When Tokugawa Ieyasu died, Kunōzan Tōshōgū in Shizuoka Prefecture was built to enshrine his remains. They were lated moved to Nikko, but it is said that a part still remains in its original resting place. To this day, Kunōzan Tōshōgū remains a spectacular feat—an ornate shrine fit for a fearsome ruler. Check outthe video below for more information. Continue reading “[Shizuoka] Kunōzan Tōshōgū”

Anniversaire Omotesando Holds Sakura Fair 2017

Tokyo — Spring has finally come and just as cherry trees have begun to flower, Anniversaire Cafe in Omotesando has also announced the start of their annual Sakura Fair! From March 22nd to April 18th, guests can enjoy sakura-themed items on the menu. Indulge in these treats while basking in the warmth of the spring sun at the cafe’s open terrace! Continue reading “Anniversaire Omotesando Holds Sakura Fair 2017”

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29th Sakura Tulip Festa in Chiba Opens April 1st!

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Sakura City, Chiba — Sakura Furusato Square has announced the official dates for the 29th Sakura Tulip Festa. From April 1st to 23rd, guests can enjoy viewing 600,000 multicolored tulips of  70 kinds. This year’s theme is “scented tulips,” including rare species that flora enthusiasts definitely should not miss! Events and activities include traditional Dutch clothing rental, tulip picking, the Windmill Festival and more.  Continue reading “29th Sakura Tulip Festa in Chiba Opens April 1st!”

Of Flowers and Lanterns: The Zama Sunflower Festival & Asakusa Tōrō Nagashi

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Summer is sizzling in Tokyo and the heat is just unbearable. You’d think that because I’m from the Philippines I’d  be immune to the summer heat, right? Not quite. Japanese summer is just way too humid for my liking.

So what’s the most sensible thing to do during this season? Well, you can either surrender to the heat and laze about, or attempt to beat it by going out and having fun. I obviously opted for the latter, and so here’s a rundown of two summer events I went to: the Zama Sunflower Festival and the Asakusa Tōrō Nagashi. Continue reading “Of Flowers and Lanterns: The Zama Sunflower Festival & Asakusa Tōrō Nagashi”