April

A Hidden Healing Paradise: Kamikochi, Nagano

Kamikochi Kamikochi (上高地, Kamikōchi) is a mountain resort located in the Northern Alps, Nagano Prefecture only accessible between mid-April to mid-November. It is under Chubu Sangaku Park and is off-limits to private vehicles restricting access using only buses and taxis. It can be accessed by train and bus from Matsumoto Station if you are coming…

Authentic Japanese Courtesans in Asakusa, Oiran Dochu Festival

April Courtesan Parade Asakusa Temple and the crowds during the weekend. Author’s photo If you’re ever in Tokyo in April, there’s a parade you can see for free in Asakusa. Asakusa itself is a traditional district in Taito and is famous for the Senso-ji, Asakusa Shrine and Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) with a lot of visitors…