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Planning your Trip to Japan by Season: Which is the Best Season?

For many people who live outside of Japan planning a trip is an exciting prospect. Flights and hotels can be expensive, especially if you are coming from far away so you want to make the most out of your trip to Japan. There are many things to take into account when you are planning your…

Pick the Best Season for Visiting Japan

Without a doubt, the best times to visit Japan are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Spring jp.fotolia.com/ Spring is the time when Japan’s famous cherry trees burst into bloom. Starting from Kyushu sometime in March, the sakura zensen (cherry tree blossom line) advances northward, usually passing…

4 Kinds of Edible Flowers in Japan

In Japan, there are several types of edible flowers. It can give to the Japanese dishes an elegant touch of fantasy and enrich the flavors. Here below a list of the most known and used flowers. 1. Sakura The Japanese love Sakura blossoms, don`t they? But do you know you can actually eat them or…

Sakura Meets Starbucks For Its Spring Product Line!

In the spring of every year, all of the Starbucks stores in Japan start selling sakura (cherry blossom) flavoured beverages and food. These beverages have been sold every year since 2001 to coincide with the cherry blossoms blooming in the spring. This tradition is the company’s way of incorporating traditional Japanese culture into their products.…

Kenrokuen Garden, one of the Most Beautiful Gardens in Japan

Kenrokuen Garden is one of the three famous gardens along with Korakuen in Okayama and Kairakuen in Mito. These three gardens are known as “Nihon Sanmeien” (The Three Great Gardens of Japan). Kenrokuen Garden is located on a hill in the centre of Kanazawa city, outside the gates of Kanazawa Castle. Kenrokuen Garden was opened…

The 2 Best Parks for Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) in Sakura Season

I’m very excited every time spring comes closer because I have a special thing I really want to do in spring. That is “Hanami”. Have you heard of it before? If you don’t know what it is, don’t worry, I will tell you about it in this article! What is Hanami? jp.fotolia.com/ In short, Hanami…

Sakura teaches you Japanese Culture

Spring is still going on throughout Japan, although Sakura fell down, almost everywhere. If you missed it, you might be lucky to see it in the North part of Japan, such as Hokkaido, where Sakura starts to blossom by the beginning of May. Author’s photo In Kansai area, Sakura starts to blossom in the first…

5 Famous Spots for Hanami in Nagoya

In Nagoya, you can find several beautiful places where it would be perfect to celebrate the Hanami season. I will introduce some of those famous spots. Nagoya Castle Nagoya Castle or also known as Nagoya Jou is one of the most popular places for Hanami. Many varieties of cherry trees are planted around the park…

Beauty of Fukushima, Cherry blossom viewing in Hanamiyama

Famous Hanami spot Fukushima, what does pop on your mind when you hear about this prefecture? Don’t tell me that you are scared to come to this prefecture. Yes, this is where the Nuclear leak was. BUT! Do you know that that was just but a small part of the total area of Fukushima!? Fukushima’s…

Sakura from outer space!

Space travel Japan is famous for having beautiful cherry blossoms but have you heard of space cherry blossoms? In November 2008, cherry blossom seeds from 14 places in Japan were collected to be brought aboard the ISS (International Space Station) with the Japanese astronaut Mr. Koichi Wakata as part of an educational program for children…