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50 Magnificent Japanese Views You Shouldn’t Miss. 1.

50 Magnificent Japanese Views You Shouldn’t Miss

Lake Mashu [Hokkaido] This lake has the 2nd world’s high the degree of transparency. People called it the “Mashu Blue” and its surface has wonderful mysterious color of blue. Moreover, the lake is shrouded in mist in lots of times so people also called it “The Mists of Lake Mashu”. 2. Foreign visitors pick the 20 coolest places in Japan. The users of travel website Trip Advisor recently ranked Japan’s best free sightseeing spots.

Foreign visitors pick the 20 coolest places in Japan

Of course, if you’re visiting Japan from abroad and in a position to spring for airfare, odds are you’re not so strapped for cash you can’t afford to spend a little bit to enjoy yourself, since you came all the way here. With that in mind, the site has now compiled the 20 coolest places in Japan, as chosen by overseas visitors, regardless of whether or not they charge admission. 20. Universal Studios Japan (Osaka) USJ (as it’s called by the locals) may not have ever been the filming location for classics of the silver screen, but it does have numerous attractions based on blockbuster hits (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man), as well as movies without such lasting or positive impressions (Backdraft, Water World). 19.

It may not be as tall as its younger sibling, the Tokyo Sky Tree, but 333-meter (1,093-foot) tall Tokyo Tower still offers spectacular views and looks great in its iconic crimson. 18. 17. 9. 8 Places You Must Visit in Japan. Japan was not very high on my list of priorities, but luckily it was right at the top of my husband's bucket list.

8 Places You Must Visit in Japan

So when we planned our first trip to Asia, we both compromised a little and we tailored an itinerary that included both Japan and SE Asia (Bali, Bangkok & the Angkor temples). But even after buying the flights to Tokyo, my expectations didn't skyrocket. I was mostly enthusiastic about eating sushi and visiting a cat cafe than anything else. Google. Karuizawa: A Great Summer Escape from Tokyo. The resort town of Karuizawa in the highlands of beautiful Nagano Prefecture is a perfect destination to escape the heat and humidity of summer in Tokyo.

Karuizawa: A Great Summer Escape from Tokyo

Just a short 70 minute Shinkansen ride from Tokyo Station this summer paradise is the place to be to cool off from the summer heat. Karuizawa is located at the foot of Mount Asama at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level. This means cooler temperatures with average highs of 25 degrees Celsius in summer, and comfortable evening lows of around 15. It’s nice to actually feel cool in the evenings once again and not have to rely on the air-con for some heat relief. Karuizawa has always been a popular tourist spot for people from Tokyo. What does Karuizawa offer? Karuizawa offers cool fresh mountain air and stunning views for starters.

The main shopping street is known as Ginza-dori and is located about a kilometre north of the station. Karuizawa is famous for its food, especially its local fruit jams and honey. Topics: Gifu GP Travel. Exploring Tokyo On The Yamanote Line. With a population of over 13 million people, Tokyo is one of the busiest cities in the world but with an extensive rail network it is also one of the easiest to move around in.

Exploring Tokyo On The Yamanote Line

I recently travelled around Tokyo via the Yamanote Line to explore some of the city’s popular attractions. The Yamanote Line is a rapid transit line operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) that connects many of Tokyo’s major urban centers. The Tokunai Pass allows unlimited rides on local and rapid JR East trains within the 23 Wards of Tokyo. A complete loop of the Yamanote Line takes 1 hour and stops at 29 stations. Miyajima - Hatsukaichi - Reviews of Miyajima. Kyoto's Best Zen Gardens. The Best Ryokan In Kyoto. Planning a Trip to Japan: DOs & DON'Ts. This is a guest post by our friend Amy Cham.

Planning a Trip to Japan: DOs & DON'Ts

Amy compiled us an amazing guide full of her Japan tips to help us plan for our trip there next month and it was too good not to share some of her advice with you. Ah Japan, irasshaimase! Welcome to the land where everything, just works. The land of convenience, the land of delicious food, paradox, naked strangers, and where respect permeates through every part of society and culture… In Japan the food can be described as clean and minimalist, but never simple, which probably sums up Japan as a whole.

Uh-huh, they have the fastest, sleekest, most efficient trains (ever!) TOP20 Must-see Attractions in Japan Awarded by Inbound Travelers【TripAdvisor】 Things To Do In Kyoto. Tokyo Travel: Tsukiji Fish Market. "Turret trucks" transporting goods around the market Tsukiji Market (築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō) is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo.

Tokyo Travel: Tsukiji Fish Market

It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in metropolitan Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. Tsukiji Fish Market - 9 things you need to know before visiting. The Tsukiji Fish Market appears in literally every guide book about Tokyo and on most people’s tour itinerary plus entrance is free!

Tsukiji Fish Market - 9 things you need to know before visiting

It is the largest wholesale fish market in Tokyo, and one of the largest fish markets in the world. It also has a kick-ass Tuna Auction before the sun rises most mornings. 神戸公式観光サイト FeelKOBE -Official KOBE Tourism Website- What are the 5 best cities in Japan? Kyoto: Side Trips — Nara. Kyoto: 10 Things to Do — 3. Ryoan-ji. Ryoan-ji Temple's dry rock garden is a puzzle.

Kyoto: 10 Things to Do — 3. Ryoan-ji

Nobody knows who designed it or what the meaning is of the 15 rocks scattered across its expanse of raked white gravel. Some academics say they represent a tiger carrying a cub across a stream; others believe they depict an ocean accented with small islands or the sky dotted with clouds. There's even a theory that the rocks form a map of Chinese Zen monasteries.

Kyoto: 10 Things to Do — 1. Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion) Be it capped by snow in winter or set against a lush green background in summer, nothing is as symbolic of Kyoto as Kinkaku-ji's golden reflection shimmering across the rippled surface of the pond before it.

Kyoto: 10 Things to Do — 1. Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion)

Not even the crowds of tourists — and they come by the thousands — can detract from Kinkaku-ji's undoubted splendor. The current gold leaf-coated reconstruction was unveiled in 1955, five years after the 14th-century original was torched by one of the temple's monks. Kinkaku-ji is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is ¥400. Sagano Romantic Train Reviews - Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Attractions - TripAdvisor. Kyoto Cuisine and Maiko Evening Reviews - Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Attractions - TripAdvisor.

Kinkaku-ji Temple Reviews - Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Attractions - TripAdvisor. GEAR - Art Complex 1928 Reviews - Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Attractions - TripAdvisor. Things to do in Kyoto – 378 Kyoto Attractions - TripAdvisor. Fushimi Inari Shrine Reviews - Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Attractions - TripAdvisor. How to meet with a Geisha in Kyoto. Fujiyama (Mt.Fuji) and Geisha are two icons that symbolize JAPAN. Unlike Samurai, Geisha are still alive with their white-painted faces, traditional Japanese hairstyles and fabulous kimonos. If you have a chance to meet one, it will definitely be the highlight of your trip to Japan.

So where does one meet them? That’s the problem. Before talking about the ways to meet Geisha, let me explain a little about Maiko and Geiko, the terms used to refer to Geisha in my hometown of Kyoto. Let me give you some tips to actually meet Geisha. For budget travelers who want to see Geisha but don’t want to spend much money, Gion Corner is the best place to go. Still too expensive? If you’d like to “meet ” a Geisha, Gion Hatanaka will make your dream come true. If you want to meet Geisha privately, or you want a more authentic experience, why don’t you try Ochaya-asobi, visiting a real teahouse (traditional banquet house)? Maiko and Geiko are a mystery even to Japanese. For Maiko. Where to Experience A Tea Ceremony in Japan. Where to go for a Tea Ceremony? - Kyoto - Japan Travel, Bonson Lam. Things to see and do in Japan.

10 Things to Do in Tokyo in Spring. The view near the Imperial Palace // Photo by Ari Helminen. Top 10 things to Do in Japan. I heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan. Spring in Japan Photo by jasohill on Flickr March to May brings on the spring season in Japan (be sure to check out our post on winter in Japan). With the weather starting to warm up and the flowers and trees starting to blossom and bud, spring in Japan is a photographers dream come true. Here’s our rundown on things to do in Japan in spring and some outstanding spring photographs from Flickr.

Temperatures Spring weather can vary wildly depending on where you find yourself in Japan. You’ll want to bring a warmer spring jacket with you if you go early in the season. Tokyo: 10 Things to Do — 7. Shibuya Crossing. It would be a shame to come to Tokyo and not take a walk across the famous intersection outside Shibuya Station. On sunny afternoons or clear evenings, the surrounding area is packed with shoppers, students, young couples and commuters.

When the lights turn red at this busy junction, they all turn red at the same time in every direction. Traffic stops completely and pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides, like marbles spilling out of a box. You can observe this moment of organized chaos from the second-story window of the Starbucks in the Tsutaya building on the crossing's north side. After experiencing the "scramble," follow the trendy teens into Shibuya 109, a big shiny mall with more than 100 boutiques, for a look at the latest in disposable fashion. Tokyo: 10 Things to Do — 1. Tsukiji Fish Market. Tokyo: 10 Things to Do — 2. Sumo. Cherry blossom spots in Tokyo (Tokyo Hanami Spots) Cherry blossom spots in Tokyo (Tokyo Hanami Spots)