Celebrate the Start of Spring with the Yayoi Festival in Nikko!

One of the festivals which mark the beginning of Japanese spring is called the Yayoi Festival. This is held in Nikko, a town popular for lavishly decorated shrines and temples. It is held on the 13th of April with the main attraction on the 17th where you will see a parade of beautiful floats. Gota…

Take Irohazaka Winding Road, the Ultimately Scenic Driving Route

Traveling is fun in Japan. There are so many unique experiences to try. When you travel, the thought of getting to your destination should be fun as well. If you’re on your way to Tochigi Prefecture, try driving on Irohazaka Road.   These are a pair of winding roads connecting the lower elevation around central…

Kegon Falls: Visit One of Japan’s Most Majestic Waterfalls this Autumn!

The town of Nikko sits at the entrance to Nikko National Park. This place is especially famous for being the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu is the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate and the father of modern Japan. Within Nikko is the most lavishly decorated shrine in possibly all of Japan; Toshogu shrine.…

Experience the Ancient Japan in Edo Wonderland!

The Edo Era in Japan was characterized by economic growth, strict rules, isolation from foreign policies, popularity of art and culture and sustainable forest management. It was also a period for Japan’s progress in advanced studies as well as the cultivation of interest in religion and leisure. Japan was considered to be in its greatest…

Walk into a Whimsical Tunnel of Flowers! Wisteria Parks in Japan

Imagine walking into this whimsical tunnel of flowers. Wisteria blooms with lavish purple and white colors, radiating a scent surreal and tender. This is not paradise though for this is a real place in Japan. Some of you may have seen several pictures of this place, but a few may have had the chance to…

A Day Trip from Tokyo to Nikko Toshogu Shrine

History Nikko is a town at the edge of the Nikko National Park which is very famous for its temple Toshogu which is the most decorated shrine in all of Japan! The shrine is decorated so lavishly because it is the resting place for Tokugawa Ieyasu who founded the Tokugawa shogunate. Tokugawa Ieyasu was not…

Avatar Fantasy world in Ashikaga Park

Golden week is just around the corner You might want to plan a fantasy trip to Ashikaga Flower Park seeing that wisteria is on its blooming season peak. CNN Travel crew has chosen Ashikaga Flower Park as one of the 2014 dream vacation spots. The park hosts 143 years old purple wisteria which looks similar…

Attractions in Nikko Shrine World Heritage

Nikko Shrine is the highest mountain located in the Kanto Region (northside). It is one of the gorgeous place listed in the world heritage site or UNESCO because of the two main attractions, the Nikko National park composed on both nature and man-made landscape and the temple and shrines that is considered as the best…

Monkeys at a Restaurant in Japan? Welcome to Kayabuki Izakaya!

Many of us have dreamed of one day having our very own monkey butler, and at one Izakaya (or Japanese restaurant) north of Tokyo, you can finally realise that dream, if only for a night! Kayabuki Author’s photo Kayabuki is a small Izakaya in Utsunomiya (about 2 hours from Ueno by train or just 45…