cherry blossom (sakura)

The Best 50 Things to Do in Marunouchi to Make You Fall in Love with Tokyo in 2019

Marunouchi is a modern-looking district found at the very heart of Tokyo, just a stone’s throw from Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. The name Marunouchi translates as “inside the circle” and originates from its location inside the palace walls of the Edo Castle hundreds of years ago. Originally inhabited by some of the country’s…

27 Recommended Hotels and Ryokan in Osaka for the Perfect Trip in 2019

Welcome to the largest city in the west of Japan: Osaka (大阪). There is a unique charm to Osaka that finds visitors falling in love with the metropolis as soon as they set foot in it. This is most certainly in part thanks to its distinctly friendly, outgoing locals, the hip vibes omitted from the…

Have You Tried This Delicious Combination of Mochi and Chocolate in Japan?

When it comes to Japanese delicacies, the rice variety “mochi” easily takes one of the top places. Imagine sweet and sticky rice cake combined with rich and delicious chocolate, and there you have the world’s best “rice chocolate,” namely the “Mochi Mochi Chocola” released a few years back by BOURBON in Japan. Mochi Varieties jp.fotolia.com/…

Top 8 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Osaka for Spring 2018

The air is getting warmer, and what seemed like shy little green buds are starting to give color to the once-naked and leafless trees as flowers start to bloom – signs that spring is just around the corner. It is one of the most beloved times of the year, especially in the land of sakura…

Do You Know These 5 Essential Japanese Vocabulary Items for Spring?

Spring is arguably the best season in Japan. The colder months fade away, millions of flowers and trees burst into bloom all over the country, and everyone has Golden Week and cherry blossom season to look forward to. After the blistering winds, snow, and post-holiday misery of the first few months of the year are…

5 Recommended Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Japan’s Tohoku Region

For the best cherry blossom viewing experience in the Tohoku region, which is located in the north of Japan right below the island of Hokkaido, it is best to follow the direction of the sakura bloom from south to north. The flowers usually bloom from the end of March until the end of April. Let’s…

Celebrate the Coming of Spring With These 2 Cherry Blossom Festivals in Tokyo!

Cherry blossom season is the favorite of many people in Japan whether they are locals or tourists. Winter fades away and thousands of trees across the country bloom with gorgeous pink flowers. Some say that this is the time of year when the gods descend to earth, making these delicate flowers bloom for just a…

Visit Various Attractive Spots in Japan in One Day With These 2 Limited Tours!

Would you like to start your year by touring around Japan? You can’t go wrong with Hato Bus’ multi-language tour courses facilitated by guides who have proficient knowledge of Japanese history. As early as the first quarter of 2018, the company will be offering bus tours that feature many popular tourist spots where you can…

8 Helpful Dos and Don’ts for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan This 2019

Want to experience Japan’s favorite spring event? Sakura (cherry blossom) viewing is one of the most anticipated seasonal events in Japan, both by locals and foreigners. Hanami, which literally means “flower viewing,” is a tradition held during the spring season while cherry blossoms are in bloom. Long ago, the hanami tradition was limited to Japanese…