Why This Autumn is the Best Time to Visit Japan

If you ask me which season in Japan I like best, I would definitely say it is autumn.I love autumn because the weather is mild. The weather in autumn is good and favorable to visit most of the touristic places across the country. It is neither too hot nor too cold. You no longer feel the summer heat, instead the weather gets cool making visitors roaming around comfortably.I love autumn because it boasts unique festivals. The Takayama Autumn Festival, Jidai Matsuri in Kyoto, Sapporo Autumn Fest, Morioka Autumn Festival, Nagasaki Kunchi Festival and others are considered to be the most popular autumn festivals in Japan. If you want to live like a local, come to attend one of those popular festivals to make sure you have a memorable visit.I love autumn because the breathtaking views show up. Colorful leaves (Koyo in Japanese) are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries and today millions of tourists flock to famous koyo spots both in the mountains and in the cities.I love autumn because it symbolizes hope and harvest. People are busy doing farm work in spring and expect to have a big harvest in autumn. All of their efforts pay off. Fresh fruits and seafood are in season. If you think that spending your time doing nothing but only seeing spectacular autumn colors out there, I have to tell you that you are walking through the wrong path. Fruit picking is a funny outdoor activity I strongly recommend you to give it a try. If you are in the Tohoku region, manage some time for picking some apples at the fruit farms located mostly in Aomori. When you tour Mt. Fuji, you can consider visiting Nakagomi Orchard where you can pick persimmons and make dried persimmons.Autumn is also a great time to taste some seasonal mouth-watering Japanese foods such as Matsutake Mushroom Soup, Yakiimo, Salt-grilled Sanma, Korokke, Oden and so on. In many areas across the country you would encounter many food festivals. Be a guest there, taste the delicious dishes and enjoy a great time!Undoubtedly, autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Japan. To admire the outdoor autumn beauty, some prefer to go hiking in the wild while some prefer to just walk around in the park or garden. That's how people there enjoy the fall. What about you? Have you ever thought of enjoying the autumn like the Japanese way? If so, don't wait anymore, come and enjoy this fantastic season. You won't feel disappointed or regretful.


Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

Top 1: Historic Monuments of Ancient KyotoThe Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto were added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1994. Kyoto should be the city with the most UNESCO sites in Japan. You will be unable to visit all of them in one day since it has 17 UNESCO sites in or nearby Kyoto. The most classical 1-day Kyoto tour for UNESCO sites will be Kinkakuji(Golden Pavilion), Ginkaku(Silver Pavilion), Kiyomizudera, Nijo Castle.Personally, I think Kyoto is the most charming city in Japan. It will be surely in my top list for Japan tour.Top 2: Mount Fuji Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan, standing at 3,776 meters (12,380 feet). Its is considered as a physical, cultural, and spiritual symbol of Japan. Every year, there are a large number of Japanese and foreigners to go climbing Mount Fuji during Summer Season.While you visit Mount Fuji, it is also highly recommended to have one night in local Ryokan with natural onsen experience. For China, haven't been to the Great Wall is not been to China. Comparably, for Japan, the one who doesn't reach the Mount Fuji means not visited in Japan.Top 3: Peace Memorial ParkPeace Memorial Park is located in the downtown area of Hiroshima city. The A-Bomb Dome is inside of the park and is the only structure to have survived the atomic bomb in 1945. It is preserved to show what it looked like the day after the blast and also represent the hope for everlasting peace.Stepping into the park, you will also suggest to keep time for Peace Memorial Museum and Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. It is a good chance to know about War’s ruthlessness and learn to cherish the Peaceful era.Top 4: Itsukushima ShrineWhen you plan to visit Hiroshima, Miyajima must be in your list since it is just off the cost of Hiroshima and famous for its UNESCO site of Itsukushima Shrine and Torii Gate that seemingly floating on the water.Itsukushima Shrine can be considered as the prettiest among all the shrines in Japan. It is so nice just wandering around, taking your time and simply soaking up the history and peaceful surrounds.When visiting Torii Gate, it is better to go during low tides and then you may have a chance to walk up to the age to get a close eye on its elegance and style.Top 5: Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Nowadays, Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are more and more famous among foreign tourists. The Shirakawa-go and neighboring Gokayama are just one hours driving from Takayama or Kanazawa and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1995.There are mainly 3 villages, all located in the deep mountains. They are famous for its unique houses with steep thatched roofs. It is called” Gassho-zukuri”, which means "constructed like hands in prayer".When you visit there in winter season, pls try to have a look at its winter illumination in Ogimachi Village of Shirakawago. It has designated light up dates. Pls check its official website when you mean to it.Top 6: Himeji CastleThe Himeji castle is one of the best preserved castles in Japan. It is a must-visit if you're a castle or Japanese history enthusiast. Himeji castle is very easy to get to with only 15-20minutes walking from main train station in Himeji city. You can take a shinkansen train from Osaka or Kyoto to make a great day trip.The stairs inside the keep can be difficult as they are very steep. There are handrails but it can be a challenge even for able-bodied folk as you need to remove your shoes, and socks are slippery on the wooden floors. Go slowly and watch your head if you are tall.The rest of the grounds are huge and would be gorgeous during cherry blossom season. Overall, it is a gorgeous place to visit and an iconic sight of Japan.Top 7: Nikko Toshogu Shrine Nikko Toshogu Shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868. Toshogu Shrine is built in the mountains. It is stunning and colorfully painted with many intricate carvings.You won’t fail to see the carvings of the three monkeys. Meanwhile, there are a lot more carvings around the temple area. Many of them made from single wood. They look extremely delicate and alive. Take your time to view those pieces as well.This place is packed with travelers in the weekend. So, it is better to come on a weekday instead.Top 8: Nara(Todaiji Temple/ Kasuga Taisha Shrine) Nara was the first capital of Japan with long history. This ancient city is one of the major tourist highlights in Japan and is famous for its semi-wild deer wandering in the city.Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Todaiji Temple surely ranks in the top list of Nara attractions not only because of its unique and long history and culture, but also for UNESCO sites.Todai-ji Temple has amazing ancient buildings with massive Buddha inside. You can’t miss it.Kasuga Taisha Shrine is very serene and beautiful place. There are hundreds of stone and bronze lanterns lining the pathway up to the shrine and are hauntingly beautiful. There is also the odd deer or to wandering around.Nara is easily accessible via train either from Kyoto or from Osaka, so, you can have one day Nara tour from Kyoto or Osaka by local transport on your own.Top 9: Shiretoko Shiretoko Peninsula is located in the north-east of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Shiretoko Peninsula was added to the list of world heritage sites in 2015 for the irreplaceable value of the peninsula's ecosystem and biodiversity. And it's the only one UNESCO site in Hokkaido.Shiretoko National Park is a really unspoiled and beautiful nature wonder. Not overwhelmed with tourist but with lots of wild animals, such as foxes, deers, birds and etc.Shiretoko National Park is around 6 hour drive from Sapporo airport or 50 mins flight from Sapporo airport to Nakashibetsu airport and 1.5 hour drive.In my opinion, the best time to visit is late Summer or early Autumn, not cold or hot but with green scenery. Top 10: YakushimaYakushima is a small and remote island, which lies off the southern coast of Kyushu. Yakushima Island was registered as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 1993. It feels like an undiscovered rural paradise, offering a glimpse of a wilder, primeval Japan.If you're fond of exploring old-growth forest and natural beauty, it won’t let you feel disappointed.  You can find accommodation in the Island, but quite a few. So, if you plan to visit there, please fix the accommodation as earlier as you.Personally, it is highly recommended to have a local tour guide to go with you if you do not understand Japanese since the local people may not understand your language.


The Hello Kitty Bullet Train Is Real In Japan

Dreams do come true, if you are a fan of Hello Kitty. From June 27th, 2018, a special train, that branding by Hello Kitty’s features on the windows, seat covers and flooring, etc., is start to running by Japan's Shinkansen train operator, West Japan Railway Co. Ltd.Hello Kitty is everywhere! There're 2 cars have been transformed into Hello Kitty World. Have a look of inside.Car 1: Hello! PlazaCar 1 as special display space, is dedicated to exhibitions showcasing various regional products and attractions. And you can also buy specialty products and souvenirs here.Car 2: Kawaii! RoomCar 2 is adorned in fashionably cute decorations, geared to furnish added pleasures to all onboard.Pink! Pink! Pink! For all your needs for taking photos, the floor, windows, headrests and armrests are all covered in motifs from Hello Kitty and Friends.Also, you will have chance to take picture in a themed photo booth with a giant Hello Kitty doll.How to ride the Hello Kitty trainYou can ride the train with a regular train ticket, purchased in advance or on the day of the travel.Also, you can board the train with a JR-WEST RAIL PASS.And a timetable can be fine in its website dedicated to the special train.https://www.jr-hellokittyshinkansen.jp/en/ PS: A special Hello Kitty café (open on June 1) and a souvenir shop (open on June 30) selling exclusive merchandises related to Hello Kitty Shinkansen is open at Hakata Station.This special Hello Kitty train now can be ridden from June 30, 2018 until March 10th, 2019 with a few blackout days as seen in its calendar in its website: https://www.jr-hellokittyshinkansen.jp/en/ .Hello Kitty, who not a feline, but a human girl, was introduced by Japanese design company Sanrio in 1974 and has since grown into a multi-billion dollar global brand. Come! Take your chance to enjoy the rapid service and Hello Kitty experience at the same time on this special train in Japan!


My 14 Days Trip in Japan with Novaland

Last year, we plant a family trip to Japan for two weeks. I do not like the group tour from our country, so I google the oversea agency from internet. We found several offers and finally booked a 14 days tour package with Novaland tours since they provide really tailor made tour package based on our interesting and reasonable price. Overall it has been a great experience and we would like to share more for you.The following is a summary of my two week trip to Japan.Day 1 Tokyo arrival:Since we have children together with many luggage, so we included the airport transfer service included. The driver just outside of the airport exit with the board of Novalandtours and our name. Easy to find it. After drop off my hotel in Tokyo, We have relax at the hotel and have dinner near the hotel.Hotel Grand Pacific LE Daiba we stay, it is a nice hotel.Night views from the room window.Since we are too tired, we just have dinner in the hotel. There are several restaurants in the hotel, we choose one, and the meals fee is around 3000 Yen. (The taste is good, just a little expensive compared with the rest day we have in Japan, but to be our first meal in Japan, we are still excited and it is a good choice anyway).Day 2 Tokyo city tour with coach.This is a very well organized tour, much covers a lot of places, a little rush for us to bring child together. But the Food was tasty. I did not take too much photos today.  But the cherry blossom is really beauty.Day 3 Nikko coach tourNikko is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu, and are well known for their beautiful views. But if you do not stay too long in Tokyo, you can skip it, since it is a little far from Tokyo which is more than 2 hours driving time one way. Take much time in the bus.The kids like the money in the temple very much.Day 4 Free day, we choose to go Disney resort on your own.Our Tour Specialist provide the transport map, it helped a lot. We have no problem to go Disney without the English guide even we do not know any Japanese. Actually it is really no need guide, as we stay a whole day in the resort. The kids are very happy. It is one of the most favorite places in our whole trip. And if you take children together with you, it is a must seeing attraction for you. Very worthy it. I can tell you a long day story there if you have interesting, just contact me.Day 5 Mt. Fuji day tourWe were very fortunate to go on a day which had very clear skies and had Mt. Fuji visible from all stops. Tour guide Jade spoke very fluent English and making sure that everyone of us is good and feeds a lot of knowledge to us in the bus on the way to Mt Fuji. Very nice to have such a friendly caring tour guide! But It’s quite a busy day today with coach tour, cruise, cable car and train ride!  Since it is the cherry blossom season, we got to see the long awaited blooming cherry blossoms and so much more that we have experienced. You must have prepared for this if you go to Japan in the cherry blossom time, it is the most peak time in japan. Traffic Jam can not avoid. So after we arrive our Hakone hotel, we are all very tired. We felt very relax with the Onsen in hotel.* Most of the hot spring are public bath, it is a little too shy to share the bath with others, but when you are there, it is just fine. Actually it is very comfortable and relax. Very good experience and recommend. Day 6 Take train to Takayama on your ownI must say that the paper Novaland tours provide was excellent as was the tour content and organisation. We never had anyproblem travelling between cities or indeed on the subways in each city. There are shuttle bus in the Hakone Pax Hotel between Hakone-Yumoto station and hotel, then From Hakone-Yumoto station to Odawara station which is only 310 Yen per person, 15 munites train time. We use our JR pass to book the train ticket to Takayama. JR Pass is very convenient.In Takayama, We stayed at Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan which have the shuttle bus from hotel to Station as well, it is very convenient and helpful. Good family room for 5pax.Day 7 Takayam free day:In Takayama, most of the attractions are walking distance. Like Takayama morning Marke, Takayama Old Town, Takayama Jinya and Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall etc. so Melody recommend us not to take guide for saving cost. It is easy for us to go around on our own. And her suggestions are very helpful, she highly recommend to eat Hida beef, pay 4,000 yen happy to eat tender beef steak. I still miss it now, will be for sure to go again if have time to visit Japan again. That is why we highly recommend Novaland tours, they offered us valuable tips based on their experience and let us value our money. Put the money on our most interesting place.Day 8 Shirakawa-go day tourThe trip was awesome, Shirakawago village was great, we had 2 hours to walk around. Shirakawago observation deckA little cherry blossomGood food(The freshly made coffee from Coffee Shop Hina which is near station. There are also street food, like rice cakes and beef buns, are also worth the try.) After the tour, we drop off at Kanazawa Station. walk around 8 minutes to our hotel, ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa.Day 9 Take train to Kyoto on our ownKanazawa is a small city in Japan, we did a half morning tour there. After the tour, we took train to Kyoto. With the experience from Odawara to Takayama, it is easy for us to take the train to Kyoto this time. Although We have a little trouble to get the train tickets upon arrive station as we did not reserve the train ticket in advance. For the cherry blossom season, it is better to reserve the train tickets in advance with the JR pass or it may no reserved seat ticket available.Kyoto stationHotel is just walking distance from station. We have not much time in Kyoto, so we decide to go Gion on the night. We have much interesting on the Geisha show. It is a pity that We did not see the Geisha show finally since the child under 7 years old not allow to enter. Anyway, the Hanamikoji Street is good for walking and there are many Featured shops.Day 10 Kyoto and Nara coach tourOne day for Kyoto and Nara is very short, but the arrangement made in this limited time is perfect. The child love the deer in Nara park very much, it is very interesting.Day 11 Kyoto to HiroshimaWake up naturally. Have breakfast in the hotel, we start to go next city Hiroshima. Goodbye Kyoto, We will see you again and spend more time for this city.Kyoto to Hirsohima is 108 minutes, with JR PASS, need one connect at Shin-Kobe. It shows the JR pass advantage again. It will be about $200+USD I think for return trip on the Shinkansen. So if you go to Hirsohima, highly recommend the JR PASS. JR pass cost is only 260 USD around. Can ride unlimited time within 7 days. Anyway, you do not need to worry about it since if you booked with Novaland tours, they will recommend the JR PASS for you if your train tickets over the JR PASS COST.Day 12 Hiroshima coach tourI wanted to visit Hiroshima anyway as this city history. Firstly we went to the A-bomb dome building. The A Bomb Dome is a symbol to remind us that the world needs to find resolutions to conflicts peacefully. Next we went to the Museum and peace park. The Museum was half closed and to be honest its just okay but not great (probably better when the other half is open).Miyajima Island and the floating Torii gates were a highlight of this day trip anyway.Day 13 Osaka free dayOur travel consultant suggest us to buy one day Osaka amazing pass, it is easy to get at station.With the Osaka one day pass, you can take Most subway trains, and a lot of scenic spots are free, such as the Osaka castle, cruise, umeda ferris wheel, etc, there are many modle course, you can check the website below:https://www.osp.osaka-info.jp/en/model/model.html It is up to you how to design the route with this card, don't need to be in line to buy ticketsWe went to the Osaka castle in the morning.Take Tombori River Cruise Boarding place is very easy to find, 30 meters away from a LAN ramen, ticket office in the next to the boat dock. With the pass, it is for free, but it is 900 yen tickets, personally it is not very worthy. the yacht boart is a little boring personal, just sitting in the boat look on both sides of the road digging, glittering. There is a commentator on the way, but it is Japanese, I don't understand it. Anyway, the ship Angle for taking photo is better. I would like to try a LAN ramen, but there is a long queue there, we finally find a small octopus balls, is also around the queue for several circles. So many delicious, which all want to try, finally picked a place to eat sushi package meal.Day 14 Osaka departure day.We went to airport 4 hours before our flight time, want more time in the airport and buy! buy! buy! My trip is end as well.I would like to thank you for helping me organize the trip. Everything went seamlessly. We had a such wonderful time. We will definitely recommend Novaland Tours to our friends. Some Tips: 1. Wifi package:  Novaland provide free wifi package to us. And I have to say it is very useful especially for our day free transfer. With the wifi pacakge, Google Maps can be accessed. Subways and trains in Tokyo are highly sophisticated and you will need real-time train schedule most of the time to get on the right train. 2. Luggage transfer: do not worry about the luggage during the tour, almost all of the hotels can deliver the luggage for you normally send today and get tomorrow. For example, from Tokyo to Hakone, or from Tokyo to Kyoto. It is very convenient. Novaland provide many useful guide like How to deliver luggage and fees in Japan etc3. Before booking with novaland: Tell more your thoughts on the tour plan with your travel consultant. Even the price they quoted for you is higher than you required. They will offer you the tour proposal to meet your budget. For explain, tell them your interesting thing like Kimono wearing, sushi making etc, they may recommend you to go on your own for saving cost or included in the tour package.  The more information you provide, the better suitable tour proposal they will recommend to you. As they are really flexible and totally tailor-made tour for each client.4. Do not worry about the luggage barrier. We can learn a few basic phrases in the local language before you travel. Actually, English in tourist-heavy spots, especially in Tokyo, this won't be a problem. You can usually politely ask for help by finding someone who speaks English. The most important with the Novaland tours guide map, you may not miss the way during the trip.


How Much Does it Cost to Go To Japan

Before travel to outside of your own country, you will always be curious for the above question. However, everyone will have a different answer as per his or her own budget. Someone might would like to have a luxury trip to Japan, choose the deluxe 5 star hotel and enjoy the fancy Kaiseki. Someone just wants to go for the economic hostel or apartment, and try the cheap but tasty street food. I am here to share the different price range in accommodation, transport, food and tours with you all. Hope the information will help you to make up your decision. For Transportation: If you plan staying for more than 10 day and travel all around Japan, train will be the first option. JR Rail Pass is highly recommended. JR rail pass is a very cost effective rail pass for long distance train travel in Japan. It can be used by foreign tourists only, and offers unlimited use of JR trains for one, two or three weeks. Remark it up: ‘unlimited use’, ‘for foreign tourists only’. It also covers the well known high speed bullet train. Price is from JPY 29110 (7 days, standard seat). You might think JPY 29110 is quite expensive; but, when you compare the price with just one way bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka (JPY 14500 with standard seat), the JR pass is definitely a cheaper option. After we get the long distance transport sorted, we, now, need to find out the best way for the city transports. In most of cites, there is always a 1-day pass offer you unlimited use of subway, city bus, tram. Price is from JPY 800 to 2500 per person. Some pass provides free admission fee for major sites in its own city such as Osaka Amazing Pass. For accommodation: There are widely options for accommodation; the economic hostel or inn; the luxury hotel by international chain brand. For family, apartment or Minshuku is always the option. Do not forget the Japanese style room, which is one of Must-to- try experience. Following is the price range for most major accommodation options: 3 star hotel: JPY 9000 – JPY 12000 per person per night; room only4 star hotel: JPY 12000 – JPY 18000 per person per night; room only5 star hotel: JPY 20000 – JPY 35000 per person per night; room onlyMinshuku is from JPY 20000 per room per night; usually includes kitchen facilitiesRyokan (Japanese traditional room) from JPY 8000 to JPY 30,000 per person per night; usually combine with breakfast and dinner. For Food: I believe Japanese food is a main attraction for most of foreign travelers. Japanese cuisine has a large variety of dishes and regional specialties such as Sushi, Ramen, Soba, Tempura etc. Food is relatively inexpensive in Japan, but it can also certainly add up if you’re constantly treating yourself or you’re looking to try the best food in the city. Following is my recommended budget for each meal:  Breakfast – JPY 1000 - 1500 Lunch – JPY 2000 - 3000 Dinner – from JPY 3000 Here are some meal images:  


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.


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


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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