2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo Travel Guide
Fifty-six years after having organised the Olympic Games, the Japanese capital will be hosting a Summer edition for the second time, from 24 July to 9 August 2020. The Games in 1964 radically transformed the country. According to the organisers of the event in 2020, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era will be “the most innovative ever organised, and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity); and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow)”.Aligning with the reforms advocated by Olympic Agenda 2020, the Tokyo Games will use as many existing competition venues as possible, namely those built for the Games in 1964, such as the prestigious Nippon Budokkan for judo, the Baji Koen Park for equestrian events, and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium for handball. The Tokyo National Stadium, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and athletics competitions will be staged, will be completely revamped and replaced by a new arena.Below are some travel guide about the competition venues may help your tour in 2020 Summer Olympics.1. New National Stadium Basic Information: The New National Stadium is a stadium to be built by the entire reconstruction work of the National Kasumigaoka Track and Field. It spans Shinjuku-ku and Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, adjacent to Meiji Jingu Gaien.This stadium is the Olympic stadium of the 1964 convention and will be transformed into a state-of-the-art stadium by 2020.This stadium is owned by the Japan Sports Promotion Center and is planned to be used for cultural and sports related events such as football international games and athletics' Japan Championships.The Projects will be held at here in 2020: Opening ceremony, track and field competition, football, Paralympic track and field competitionAddress: 10-2, Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan2. JGSDF Camp AsakaBasic Information: Camp Asaka is a base of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The camp was originally the site of a golf course from 1930 to 1940. It served as the site of the Imperial Japanese Army Junior Military Academy from 1941 to 1945, and as a United States Army camp (South Camp Drake) from 1945 to 1960, during which time it housed part of the 1st Cavalry Division.The Asaka Shooting Range was a firing range constructed on the site for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and hosted pistol and rifle shooting and the shooting part of the modern pentathlon. It is a proposed shooting venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics.The Projects will be held at here in 2020: Shooting, Paralympic ShootingAddress: Oizumigakuencho, Nerima, Tokyo 178-0061, Japan3. Nippon BudokkanBasic Information: Nippon Budokan is the sacred place of Japanese martial arts including judo. The judo project was first included in the Olympics at the Tokyo Olympics that year, and the venue for the judo project was here. The roof of the building has the beauty of a fluid line, and the lines are undulating, just like the gentle slope of the foot of Mount Fuji. It is one of the Olympic legacy facilities. Currently it is used not only for martial arts but also for various purposes such as concerts and other events.The Projects will be held at here in 2020: Judo, Karate (new), Paralympic JudoAddress: 2-3 Kitanomarukōen, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-8321, Japan4. Olympic Aquatic CenterBasic Information: A venue that has been refurbished on the basis of the Toei-Chen Sen Mori Park. It is planned to accommodate 20,000 people during the Tokyo Olympics. After the game, the scale will be reduced, and the passenger flow will be reduced to 5,000 people for world-class international swimming competitions and civilian swimming places.The Projects will be held at here in 2020: Swimming program (swim, diving, water ballet), Paralympic swimmingAddress: 2 Chome-2 Tatsumi, Koto, Tokyo 135-0053, Japan5. Musashino Forest Sports PlazaBasic Information: The stadium is adjacent to the Tokyo Stadium and is a new comprehensive sports facility planned for large-scale sports competitions and performances. Except the 4,800 ㎡ main stadium, there is also a sub-field, swimming pool and training room.When the organizers of the Olympic Games have not yet decided, the facility was originally built as a comprehensive sports facility in the Tama area, so it is built earlier. The design is a Japanese design selected by means of an open recruitment proposal.The Projects will be held at here in 2020: Badminton, fencing, Paralympic basketballAddress: 290-11, Nishimachi, Chofu-shi, Tokyo, 182-0032, Japan6. Baji Koen Equestrian Park Basic Information: One of the many original 1964 venues making a reappearance, Baji Koen will be holding a majority of the horse-related events during the Olympics.Tokyo’s Olympic hosting plan is made up of 50% pre-existing venues including the green Baji Koen in Setagaya which was one of the locations changed later in the proposal to increase savings. Hosting the dressage and jumping disciplines as well as the eventing dressage and jumping phases, it is owned by the Japan Racing Authority. Aside from the Olympics, it’s a public park offering a green escape from the busy streets of Tokyo.The Projects will be held at here in 2020: Horse-related eventsAddress: 2 Chome-1 Kamiyoga, Setagaya, Tokyo 158-00987. Yoyogi National Gymnasium Basic Information: Yoyogi National Gymnasium is an arena located at Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, which is famous for its suspension roof design.It was designed by Kenzo Tange and built between 1961 and 1964 to house swimming and diving events in the 1964 Summer Olympics. A separate annex was used for the basketball competition at those same games. It will also host handball competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics. The design inspired Frei Otto's arena designs for the Olympic Stadium in Munich.The Projects will be held at here in 2020: HandballAddress: 2-1, Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo, JapanThere may have many people come to Japan during the 2020 Summer Olympics period, the hotels will be more expensive than usual and may be sold out earlier. So, if you plan to visit Japan in this period, the earlier to plan and confirm your tour, the better.
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2019 cherry blossom forecast in Tokyo Japan
Cherry blossom viewing is also called "Hanami" in Japanese. It is a unique way of enjoying flowers in Japan. When the spring cherry blossom season begins, Japanese gathers in various places Cherry Blossom spots to enjoy the beautiful view. They sit under the white, Red & pink Cherry tree, drinks and sing songs, talks about the spring, and captures the special moment of spring and cherry blossom. Japan in cherry Blossom season is full of romantic flavors...The cherry blossom season in 2019 is expected to start in Kyushu in late March and until Hokkaido in late April, about 3 to 7 days earlier than in previous years. The full bloom period will be about one week period after 4 to 10 days of the blossom season begins. The Tokyo cherry blossom festival in Meguro was on April 2-3 last year. The official announcement for the 2019 full blossom will be on March 1.First stop in Japan's cherry blossom season - TokyoCherry blossoms can be seen all over Japan. But the time of the full blooming is different, you have to choose the right time and place. For the first time visitor, you may not be able to visit all the Cherry Blossom spots, but Tokyo is the must visit place.In end of March, the cherry blossoms of Tokyo will fall into the full bloom season. In the spring of Tokyo, a layer of romantic pink color is plated over the city. There are countless cherry blossom spots in Tokyo. The cherry blossom branches on both sides of the road are intertwined and woven into a dreamy “sakura tunnel”. The river is dyed in pink by the falling cherry blossoms too.What is the best place to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo? Which is the most famous?The best time of Cherry Blossom in Tokyo: From late March to mid-April, Thousands of Cherry Trees are in the full blossom almost all over the city. The famous Cherry Blossom spots are Shinjuku Gyoen, Ueno Park, Chidorigafuchi, and Meguro-kawa. if you want to see the different view between the day and night, I would recommend Shinjuku Gyoen and Ueno Park in the day; Chidorigafuchi & Meguro at night. Among them, Chidorigafuchi and Sumida Park are best place for boating and enjoy the beauty of Cherry Blooms over the river. If you are fan of something unique, you can go to toden arakawa line to feel the Cherry Blossom station view that has been filmed in the Japanese moves. If you want to see the combination of Sakura and Shinto, then go to Kanda Shine. If you dream of going to the cherry blossom arcade, then go to Noah; to experience the most traditional Japanese ancient temple cherry blossoms, the best one is Faming Temple.1) Shinjuku GyoenShinjuku Gyoen is the largest garden in combination of Japanese and French style in Tokyo. It is located in the city center and covers an area of about 58 hectares. From the Meiji period, it is the famous cherry blossoms viewing spot. At present, it is working hard on Cherry Flower researching and collecting. There are 75 varieties and 1,500 cherry trees in the Garden. The cherry blossoms of different varieties are opening one after another, so that the flowering period can be relatively long for one month here. Coupled with other plants and natural scenery in the park, it is a paradise for photographers. [Best visit month]: later March-Later April[Open time]: 9:00-16:00 (close at 16:30）[Address]:11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan2) Ueno ParkUeno Park is Tokyo's most famous cherry blossom attraction, the largest park in Japan. More than 1,300 cherry trees of various in different poses. When the wind passes, the pink, white and red color petals fall in the air, the beautiful scenery satisfies everyone's wish and expectation. Every year, the "Sakura Festival" will be held here. From dusk to 20:00, the night light will be lit up in the garden, reflecting the cherry blossoms to bring you the most romantic feelings. In addition, the National Museum of Art, museums, and zoos are built in the park, fabulous place for family and kids.[Best visit month]: later March to early April[Open time]: 5:00-20:00 Daily[Address]: right next to JR Ueno Station, Tokyo3) ChidorigafuchiOne of the moats of the Imperial Palace is named after the shape of the lake resembling a bird who is spreading its wings. It is near the Nippon Budokan and second only to Ueno Park. During the cherry blossom season, more than 800 Somei Yoshino and Hill Cherry lined up along the river embankment, when the wind blows away the Petals over the river, such beautiful view will only seen in few places in the world. The night view has a different flavor. If you are interested, you can also take a boat ride on the Chidorigafuchi River, and see the cherry blossoms at a close distance. The Sakura Festival shopping street, which spreads the entire trail from Kitanomaru Park, is also very lively and is especially suitable for experiencing the festival atmosphere of Japan.[Best visit month]: later March-earlier April[open time]: 5:00-23:00[address]: 2 Chome-2-１１ Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074, Japan4) Meguro-kawaTokyo Classic Cherry Blossom spot. It runs through the Setagaya, Meguro, Shinagawa, and the 4,000-meter cherry blossom trail on the shore of Meguro River in Tokyo Bay. It is the most beautiful place during the cherry blossom season in Tokyo. More than 800 cherry trees on both sides of the spring river bank together, reflecting each other and obscuring the sky. With the first glance, you will be blow away by such magnificent scenic, and the red wooden bridge is really beautiful. When the blossoms fall, the river will be covered with a layer of petals in pink just as dreamlike. In the evening, you can also enjoy the night view, and the lanterns are interlaced with light and shadow. Because the walk along the river is narrow, it is inconvenient to have a large number of people sitting around. Relatively speaking, although there are many tourists, but the flow is fast, it is also one of the places where photographers love to visit.[Cherry Blossom season]: late March to Early April[Open Time]: 5:00~21:00 Daily[Address]: 3 Chome-9 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo-to 140-0002, Japan5) Sumida ParkOn the banks of the Sumida Park, there are nearly 1,000 cherry trees last for 1 km. It has been the famous cherry blossom spot since the Edo period. The cherry blossoms in Sumida Park will be in full blossom in early April. Along the river, the scenery is very spectacular, especially the one on both sides of the Sakura Bridge. It is impressive. The most special thing is that you can see the Tokyo Skytree tower at short distance, which is especially romantic. During the cherry blossom season, many locals will sit under the cherry trees and enjoy the view while eating & drinking. There are even a lot of food stalls, dances and troupes activities, the atmosphere is very lively. In addition to walking, you can also take a cruise to see the cherry blossoms from close.[Cherry Blossom season]: late March ~ Early April[Open Time]: 24 hours [Address]: １-2-5 Mukojima Sumida, Tokyo 131-0033, Japan6) Roppongi SakurazakaIf you dream of walking through a cherry blossom arcade, then come to Roppongi Sakurazaka Park, A walking path shoulders the cherry tree line in nearly 80 trees who build up a long walking tunnel just like a cherry blossom arcade. At dusk, with the dim light lighting over this line, a nice stroll along the path might be the perfect end to an evening. [Cherry Blossom season]: Later March to Early April[Open Time]: 5:00~22:30 Daily[Address]: 6 Chome-16-46 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo-to 106-0032 Japan7) Toden Arakawa LineI believe that in many traditional Japanese movie and TV dramas, the scenery of trains appearing in the station behind the scenes of cherry blossoms. "Sakura Station" is not only loved by many photographers, but also by many railway fans. Imagine the empty, uninhabited, small Japanese-style platform, the wind blowing, the petals falls, and a traditional train comes in the pink petal rain, the Japanese style is the perfect display here. In addition, the nearby Arakawa Nature Park has a good location to capture the classic "Sakura Station" scenery of the train passing through the cherry blossoms.[Cherry Blossom season]: late March ~ Early April[Open Time]: 24 hours [Address]: 1 Chome-1-5 Machiya Arakawa-ku Tokyo-to 116-00018) Homyoji TempleAn unique cherry blossom spot, located inside the Kishimojin at Zoshigaya. Cherry blossoms, ancient temples, it seems that the most traditional Japan is frozen here. From the entrance of the Kishimojin, the cherry blossoms on both sides seem to be guiding the visitors to a holy and mysterious place. The cherry trees in front of the big red bird, the cherry blossom trees in the gate of the ancient temple, the most representative Japanese colors are naturally gathered here, feels that the time has been reversed here for centuries.[Cherry Blossom season]: late March ~ Early April[Open Time]: 9:00~17:00[address]: 3-15-20, Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-00329) Kanda MyojinIf talk about the combination of Sakura and Shinto, then Kanda Myojin is the one. The vermilion's typical Japanese shrine, together with dozens of cherry trees in the yard, has made Kanda Myojin one of the highlights of cherry blossoms spot since the Edo period. However, because it is not allowed to have picnic there, so there are not many tourists. Most Japanese people will come to enjoy the cherry blossom only when they are praying here.[Cherry Blossom season]: late March ~ Early April[Open Time]: 9:00~17:00[Address]: 2 Chome-16-２ Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan10) Rikugien GardensRikugien Garden is an ancient Japanese courtyard. Most of the tourists who come here in the spring for the centuries-old weeping cherry tree inside. The broadness of the trunk is almost obscured by the sky, and the soft branches that are hanging down are like pink waterfalls.In order to better show the beauty of this ancient tree, Rikugien Gardens offers night-time activities in the cherry blossom season also. The only shortcoming is that there are fewer attractions around the Garden, which is more suitable for those who want to stay away from tourists and enjoy Japanese gardens and various style tea kiosks.[Cherry Blossom season]: late March ~ Early April[Open Time]: 9:00~17:00(close at 16:30), Cherry Blossom season opens at night too.[Entrance tickets] 300Yen[Address]: 6 Chome-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0021, Japan
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10 Amazing Temples in Japan
Known as the “Land of the Rising Sun”, Japan is truly a fascinating destination that boasts a plethora of majestic historic temples. From Shinto Shrines to Buddhist temples, the country has thousands of temples to offer to its guests. Obviously, selecting the best temples to visit in this beautiful country is not easy. With so many temples available, finding the right temples to visit will definitely take a great deal of time and effort on your end. But luckily, we’ve compiled a list that will help you figure out the most amazing and celebrated temples in Japan.No.1 Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto)Situated on top of a small mountain on the east side of Kyoto, Kiyomizudera Temple offers a commanding view of the city. The temple's huge, lattice-supported deck is one of the most famous images of Japan. But Kiyomizudera offers more than just a pretty view, with the experience of visiting beginning long before you reach the temple itself. Take your time to walk around and enjoy all small details of the temples and gardens.No.2 Kinkakuji Temple (The Golden Pavilion) (Kyoto)Kinkakuji Temple’s Golden Pavilion is Kyoto’s most famous sight. Covered in glittering gold leaf, the pavilion dazzles admirers as it shimmers in the sunlight over its mirroring pond. Both the temple and its delightful Zen stroll garden are a must visit location for any visitor to Kyoto. The afternoon light on the temple was amazing. Lovely walk around the temple grounds. It will make you feel very peaceful.No.3 Todai-ji Temple (Nara)Home to the largest Buddha statue in the country, the Todaiji Temple is indeed one of Japan’s top tourist draws. The main hall of the temple, the amazing Daibutsuden or Big Buddha Hall, is the largest wooden building in the world. Not surprisingly, inside the hall is the largest bronze statue of the Buddha in the world. The temple is a wonder by itself. No photo could ever do justice to how amazing Todai-ji Temple is! If you only see one thing in Nara, this has to be it.No.4 Kotoku-in Temple (Kamakura)Kotokuin Temple serves as a home to the world famous Kamakura Daibutsu, a towering bronze statue of Buddha. With an impressive height of 40 feet, this bronze statue is the second tallest Buddha figure or statue in the country. As national treasures, the Buddha statue and the Kotokuin Temple have been projected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Must see in Kamakura! The level of awesomeness is at par with the daibatsu in Todaiji. The goodies outside the temple is pretty cool as well.No.5 Senso-ji Temple (Tokyo)Sensoji Temple (or also referred as Asakusa Temple), is a historic Buddhist temple constructed in the earlier parts of the 7th century. A major tourist attraction in Tokyo, the Senosji Temple is one of oldest and most beloved temples in the city. It’s a beautiful temple with lots of fun shops nearby. If you visit the late afternoon to early evening, the view is stunning and very beautiful. One of the highly recommended place to visit in Tokyo.No.6 Horyuji Temple (Nara)What makes Horyuji Temple so amazing is its five-story pagoda, considered to be one of the oldest surviving wooden structures in the world. The wood used for the pillars of the pagoda has been estimated to date back to 594. If you are interested in history, want to see some of the oldest wooden structures in the world and want to get away from the hordes of tourists at Nara, this is the place to go!No.7 Saihoji Temple (Kyoto)Saihoji Temple (or Kokedera, better known as the Moss Temple), is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple famous for its moss garden. One of the best experiences of Kokedera is walking through the beautiful green gardens. These gardens have been influential with the design of other Japanese gardens.It has a different feeling from other gardens and is calm and restful like the bamboo forests. It’s beautiful rain or sun. Definitely well worth the stop for a peaceful 2 hours of beauty.No.8 Byodoin Temple (Uji)Byodoin Temple embodies the heaven envisioned by an aristocrat of the Heian period. A valuable building that attests to the prosperity of the Fujiwara clan. The highlight of Byodoin Temple is the amazing Phoenix Hall. This impressive building, located on a scenic pond, is the only remaining original building. This place is beautiful and peaceful. The grounds are so stunning and the backdrop is breathtaking. Nice place for anyone to stop!No.9 Nanzenji Temple (Kyoto)Not far from the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto is Nanzenji Temple, an extensive temple surrounded by smaller sub-temples. If you're looking for the quintessential Japan don't miss Nanzenji. This large temple complex is home to priceless treasures, echoes Japan's most violent history, and preserves a culinary style dating back eight hundred years. In the temple, you can witness Fall Foliage in Kyoto starting from end of November until mid of December. It’s unparalleled beauty with keep you in awe of colours of its autumn leaves.No.10 Ryoan-ji Temple (Kyoto)Ryōan-ji is home to one of Japan’s most famous rock gardens, a cultural heritage site that attracts visitors from all around the world every day. Although the rock garden takes the spotlight, the temple offers other beautiful gems such as the Kyōyōchi Pond in its residential-style leisure garden, as well as the beautiful paintings and artifacts in the Abbot's Quarters.
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8 Things You Need To Know Before Traveling to Japan
1. Currency: is yen (円, en). Denominations are 1,000yen, 5,000yen, and 10,000yen. Coins come in 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen and 500 yen denominations. Coins more used for subway.Paying Cash in Japan is preferred way. Especially paying small amounts at smaller shops/restaurants, entrance fee of tourist sights, and taxi. For Credit/Debit Cards, it more acceptable nowadays in most department stores, chain restaurants, outlet malls and hotels.2. WeatherIn main land of Japan. The four season will be more obviously. Spring (March-May): temperature become warmer. Generally speaking, late march to Early April is the period of cherry blossom. Summer (June- August): It’s hot, humid and raining season. Autumn (September- November). Days are sunny and dry. Winter (December-February): cool and cold. In Hokkaido, even in may still a little cool. Below show the average of temperature of Tokyo and Sapporo:3. TransportationIn Japan, major transportation are Train (Shinkansen, JR trains, Private lines), Subway (all major Japanese cities have their own urban subway lines), Bus.For the train tickets, A basic fare ticket is necessary for all train travel. For traveling on a Shinkansen (bullet train) or a Limited Express train, you need to purchase a super (limited) express train ticket in addition to a basic fare ticket.4. LanguageIn Japan, the most widely spoken language is Japanese. The word writing consists of Kanji (several thousands of Chinese characters) and Hiragana and Katakana (two syllabaries of 46 characters each; together called Kana). In Airport, most of train stations, hotels have English sign. The local bus may only show Japanese words.5. Electricity The Voltage in Japan is 100 Volt and the frequency is 50/60 Hz. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 220 - 240 V, you need a voltage converter in Japan. In Japan the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. Type A: mainly used in North and Central America, China and Japan. This socket only works with plug A.Type B: like type A but with an extra prong for grounding. This socket also works with plug A.6. Pocket-WIFIRental a pocket wifi is important. You will easy to access to internet, using browser and use google map to search the direction or other things you need. It will be useful for you to transfer to places or cities via google map.7. Custom to Enjoy OnsenOnsen in Japan is very famous. Japanese hot springs are enjoyed naked (indoor or outdoor onsen). Separately men and woman using. Swimming suits are not allowed in most places. However, it is the custom to bring a small towel into the bathing area, with which you can enhance your privacy while outside of the water. Once you enter the bath, keep the towel out of the water. Participants with tattoos may not be allowed to enter the baths. Taking photos in the hot spring is prohibited.8. Remove your shoes at some restaurant/RyokanSome traditional restaurants, Ryokan when they have tatami area need to remove your shoes before enter in. As well as go to the insides of the shrines and temples.
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5 Best beaches in Japan for Summer 2019
Japan is surrounded by the sea, and it is actually a series of islands. The four main islands of Japan are: 1, Hokkaido2, Honshu, the largest island, on which the capital, Tokyo, is located.3, Shikoku, the smallest and least populous of the four main islands.4, Kyushu.So Japan is dotted with beautiful beaches, the best beaches for sunbathing and swimming are in Okinawa, a Japanese island in the East China Sea, where is north of Kyushu. But nice beaches exist in other regions too. Today, we would like to share 5 wonderful beach destinations in Japan for summer vacation.No. 1 Furuzamami Beach, OkinawaFrequently listed as one of the best beaches in the country, Furuzamami Beach offers soft, white sands and warm, clear blue waters. It's the most beautiful place on Earth, with stunning coral and fish so beautiful you didn't think they could possibly exist. It is just 1 hour by high speed boat from Okinawa to Furuzamami Beach and so because it is easy to visit it is very popular. For beginners, it is a great place for easy snorkeling, if you don't have snorkeling equipment, you can hire some from the onsite rental agencies. You can also use beach house, banana boat, flippers, wet suits, or floats for various aquatic sports.No.2 Yonaha Maehama Beach, OkinawaA popular beach in Miyakojima with many nice beaches. Although it is Miyakojima with a relatively large number of small beaches, this beach has a very large sandy beach, stretching 7 km. The beach hosts the swimming section of an annual "Strongman" triathlon at the end of April. Even in the season where tourists are the most popular in the summer, it is rare that they overflow with people like the popular beaches of Honshu and Okinawa Main Island, and it is a very attractive beach. There is a cafe and facilities nearby for marine activities and foods, so you can enjoy it enough. You can also see Miyakojima's famous Ohama Bridge.No.3 Nishihama Beach, OkinawaNisjhihama is a 1 km long beach along the northeast shore of Aka-jima Island. The clear and transparent sea extends to the far end, and the scenery of beautiful inland sea of the Kerama Islands seen from the beach is outstandingly splendid, which makes it a superb view not only on Keruma Island but also among all of beaches of Japan. Snorkeling here is a must as the coral reef is fairly close to shore and has an abundance of colorful, diverse marine life. The area is peaceful and not too crowded. Japan on the world’s largest travel review site, Trip Advisor. Based off the reviews of travellers from around the world, it received the Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017 award for the World’s Best Beach.No.4 Hirizo beach, Shizuoka prefectureHirizo beach is bordered by steep cliffs and can only be reached by ferry (only operating from mid-July to mid-September). That's incredible that you can find such a tropical place so relatively close to Tokyo. You can get there by car in 4 hours from Tokyo, however, beware the crowd of midsummer weekends. Hirizo Beach trumps its counterparts primarily thanks to its clear, calm waters which offer maximum visibility of the diverse sea life living among the abundance of coral. While the rocky beach most certainly isn’t a good sunbathing spot, it’s the best place to set up a tent to protect your belongings before taking to the waters to discover why the area is celebrated as a snorkeler’s paradise.No.5 Shirahama Beach, Wakayama prefectureShirahama(White Beach in Japanese) is located in the south coast of in Wakayama prefecture and one of the largest, most popular beach resorts in Japan. A two-hour drive from Osaka, you can reach the stunning sand beach which attracts a huge number of visitors. Shirahama is also famous for the hot spring resource and there are numbers of Onsen spots. This popular beach sees lots of visitors during the summer, and shops renting beach paraphernalia open during the swimming season. Public facilities include showers, changing rooms and toilets.
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5 Best Apps for Traveling in Japan
TrafficNo. 1 Hyperdiahttp://www.hyperdia.com/en/product/android/https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hyperdia-by-voice/id379001449?mt=8The best app if your itinerary is transfer from one city to another city in Japan by train. Choose the date/station/departure or arrival station, after some research, you will start to know the operation way of traffic in Japan. All Japan Rail Pass holders should be aware that fastest Nozomi and Mizuho trains are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Instead, JR Pass holder can Hikari/Sakura/Kodama train, etc.Once you have specified from one to another place (town or station), click Search. You will be redirected to the results page which will show you. Do you know that taking Hikari train from Kyoto to Hiroshima, is 20mins more than taking Mozomi train? :Hyperdia web search results: by Nozomi train or Hikari train, time difference is from 20mins.Highly recommend you change your Shinkansen train tickets by using JR pass just arrival at Japan, especially it is in the hot season or peak time of a day. Novaland Tours can reserve JR train tickets (also can purchase JR pass) for you and make tickets delivery to your Japan hotel. Please feel free to contact us if you need this service.No.2 Google Mapshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-maps-transit-food/id585027354?mt=8Google Maps app is one of best-known also simplicity used transportation apps. Japan traffic system program has been almost completely input in Google map that you can easily find your way from one places to another places.By clicking Details you will find more description of the traffic itinerary. The displayed cost is only as reference. One of situation, the JR pass holder taking Hikari/Sakura/Kodama train, etc, would cost less than taking Nozomi/Mizuho train, but spend more time. So you also need the above related app "Hyperdia" when calculate the exact traffic cost (by knowing the exact train depart time, train number and operation company name) from one to another places.Looking for RestaurantNo.3 GuruNavihttps://gurunavi.com/https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gurunavi-japan-restaurant-guide/id430795962?mt=8Gurunavi is a great and easy to used restaurant-finder app for both iOS and Android. Which is a partner of Michelin and TripAdvisor. GURUNAVI carefully choose these recommended restaurants based on the popularity of their area and cuisine. Find a restaurant that suits your taste by simply selecting area and cuisine.The restaurant menus are available in four languages: English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, and Korean. After you find the best restaurant, you can make a reservation directly on GURUNAVI. To do so, select your desired set menu and make the payment in advance (be careful before you make payment with any agency before arrival the restaurant, just when you think it is trusted. Novaland Tours also provide restaurant booking service if you already book any tours with us. We recommend you pay on site at the restaurant but not paying by us, which is more clear). No.4 Tabeloghttps://tabelog.com/en/https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kakaku.tabelog&hl=en_USTabelog helps you to find restaurants nearby and sort them by price and rating. What makes Tabelog reviews so trustworthy is that in Japanese online communities, users typically treat the platform as a way to display their expertise without worrying about judgement from their peers, and they often work hard to build their alter-ego and gain a large following.LanguageNo.5 Imiwa?http://www.imiwaapp.com/The dictionary contains 170000+ japanese entries and corresponding english translations, almost 15000 are translated in french, 94000+ in german and 7000+ in russian.This app is great for those of us who aren’t quite sure how to search kanji by radicals. Users can search for kanji characters simply by drawing the character directly on the screen (or if you want to look up a word by its radicals, stroke order, kana or romaji, you can do that too). Imiwa? also lets its users practice writing Japanese characters.
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8 Best Onsen Towns in Japan
Onsen (natural hot spring) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. Each year, there is an enormous amount of Japanese and foreign visitors of all ages come here to relax mentally and physically and experience the uniqueness of Japanese cultures. Besides, every onsen area has different kinds of minerals that offer different types of benefits such as healing muscle pain, smoothing skins, lessening fatigue, improving immunity, and so on.In case you get confused in choosing an Onsen town to go, I have picked 8 best onsen towns for you. Getting excited?No.1 Kusatsu Onsen TownKusatsu is considered the best onsen in Japan. Among the top 100 onsen selected by travel pros, Kusatsu Onsen has ranked No. 1 in Japan for 15 years in a row!Up in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture, Kusatsu is home to large volumes of high quality hot spring water. Open air or inside, mixed gender or separate are all available for you. If you are a sporty person, the area also offers skiing in the winter and hiking during warmer months. It is about three-and-a-half-hour drive from Tokyo. Although it is chilly and snowy in winter, soaking in the hot springs outside right in the middle of the town will definitely be a warm and wonderful experience you’ve ever had. Also, there is a famous saying for Kusatsu which says that it can cure every illness but lovesickness. The saying is only true for you when you experience once!No.2 Hakone Onsen TownSituated less than an hour train away from Tokyo, close to Japan’s highest mountain, Mt. Fuji, andsurrounded by natural sceneries, Hakone Onsen town has attracted a lot of visitors to come. There are many private onsens provided by nearby hotels, if you are in a honeymoon, drinking a glass of wine with the one you love in a private onsen will be an unforgettable experience for you two. Besides onsen, Hakone Open-Air Museum will also give you an opportunity to explore Japanese culture with a relaxed atmosphere. Does it become a must-visit destination for you? Without hesitation, I will go there when I find the love of my life!No.3 Beppu Onsen Town The first time I saw the town full of smoke, I thought the town was on fire. I found myself hilarious when I realized they were hot spring from drains, eight major hot springs. The lighting makes the town significantly beautiful at night.Some of people found the town less modern and attractive, but if you are a nostalgic person, you will appreciate the originality of the town. It reminds me of the life in late 90th century of China, slow and fulfilling. I will definitely go there someday in future to soak my mind not just body in warm water to recall the life in childhood.Also, there are lots of department stores for you after you totally let off steam in onsen. What is more? Beppu offers sand baths, steam baths, mud baths which await you to unveil the mystery. All I can say is that they are super nutritious and healthy for your skin and body. No.4 Dogo Onsen TownWell, as I mentioned, Beppu Onsen Town is old, like a 90th-century town, but what is really old is the Dogo Onsen which is located in the east of central Matsuyama. It is known as "the Oldest Onsen in Japan" which apparently was discovered in ancient times! If you are a fan of Miyazaki’s film, one thing you can’t miss is Dogo Onsen Honkan which inspired the award-winning animated film "Spirited Away". Also, numerous ryokans are waiting for you after you enjoy onsen. In an artistic perspective, the architecture of the town are various but fitting well with each other. The best combination of body enjoyment and visual satisfaction may be another reason for you to visit.No.5 Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen TownIt was always my dream to relax in a hot spring while taking in a view of the tallest mountain in Japan with soft music. Luckily, my dream came true 2 months ago. I went to one of the Fuji Kawaguchiko onsens to witness the magnificence of the Mt. Fuji. It seemed that I let go of all my pressure of 20 years in 20 minutes. Now it is time for you to go, I will list 5 onsens in town with a view of Mt.Fuji. They are Mifuji-en, Yurari, Onyado Fuji Ginkei, Kozantei Ubuya, and Kukuna. After the bath, it is time for ladies to dress up and put on a delicate make up to go on a date in a random ryokan. I bet you will never feel this elegant and romantic ever!!I highly recommend couples come here to spice up your relationships. It will feel like a movie.No.6 Ibusuki Onsen TownSituated in the southern coast of Kyushu, Ibusuki is famous for its hot sand baths, called Sunamushi. The most popular location for being buried in naturally steam-heated sand is the outdoor Saraku Sand Bath Hall, but the experience is also available at a number of ryokans. Compared to the sand baths in Beppu Onsen town (No.3), it is more clean and comfortable. I am a little bit mysophobic but I felt ok to have myself buried in the hot sand for 10-15 minutes. I felt that I was part of the ocean, sand, and nature. What surprised me the most was that I have suffered from female disorders for several years, but I was back to normal after the journey. Maybe the high sodium sand helped. So I would highly recommend all the ladies to give it a shot.No.7 Kinosaki Onsen TownKinosaki Onsen is located in northern Hyogo Prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan. Hot springs were discovered in Kinosaki around the 8th century and since then the town has developed into a tourism onsen town.I remembered I screamed ‘I am in heaven’ three times when I first arrived at Kinosaki Onsen. How can I not say that? The stunning natural sceneries accompany with hot spring and charmingly artistic arcades. It was voted ‘best hot spring town’ by Lonely Planet. All the onsens in town are close to each other within 10-minute walk, feel free to try out more if time is allowed. Plus, if you are a seafood lover, the winter of Kinosaki Onsen Town will be a paradise for you. I am sure the whole journey will definitely fulfill your appetite and body.No.8 Yufuin Onsen TownYufuin is a popular hot spring resort, located in Oita prefecture in the Kyushu Region. Viewing Mount Yufu while soaking in an open-air bath is an extraordinary experience.What fascinates me the most is the quietness of the town. If Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen Town is considered the best place for couples, well, Yufuin Onsen Town is a lovely place for families. The quite atmosphere will finally allow you to have a deep conversation with your family. Still struggling for finding a place for a family trip? Yufuin Onsen Town welcomes you.
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