The three most famous places in Tokyo, must-visit places

There are many interesting places to visit in Tokyo, but if you are the first time to visit to Tokyo, it is recommended visiting the Imperial Palace, Meiji shrine, and Asakusa, Sensoji-temple First, let’s visit the Imperial Palace, which is close to Tokyo Station, the center of Tokyo. The Imperial Palace has been the residence of emperors since the Emperor Meiji moved his residence from Kyoto in 1869 to here, used to be Edo castle of Tokugawa shogunnate, and is now the residence of the 126th Emperor Naruhito and his royal family. Let’s take a look at the main hall, … Continue reading The three most famous places in Tokyo, must-visit places

Otaue, rice planting, festival at Isasumi Shrine, Aizu

Isasumi Shrine, the Chief Shinto shrine for the former Iwashiro province located in Aizu-misato popular by annual otaue, or rice planting, Shinto ritual praying good harvest. Aizu-Misato is historic town in a quiet rural landscape located just west of Aizu-Wakamatsu, which is famous for Tsuruga Castle well-known by Boshin War at the end of Edo era. The rice planting festival at Isasumi Shrine is a traditional ritual that has continued since the Edo period. This ritual festival consists of many events including Singh chasing and Mikoshi togyo, parade of portable shrine by local children and adults between main building of … Continue reading Otaue, rice planting, festival at Isasumi Shrine, Aizu

Tanabata, Star Festival in Hiratsuka

Hiratsuka, which has a beautiful beach on the Shonan coast in Kanagawa, is also known for hosting one of the largest Tanabata festivals in the Kanto region. Tanabata also known as the Star Festival is a Japanese festival, originating from the  famous Chinese folklore story, “The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl”. According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. It is said that the Tanabata event was introduced to Japan from China during the Nara era, … Continue reading Tanabata, Star Festival in Hiratsuka

Tropical Dream Botanical Garden, Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa

Okinawa, rainy season is over, and we can enjoy paradise in the jewel islands in South Sea. Churaumi Aquarium is famous in Marine Expo Park. Watching whale shark, which has the longest breeding record of 27 years, and Manta rays swimming leisurely makes me forget the hustle and bustle of the city and stress of city life. And in this large ocean expo park, the Tropical Botanical Garden, Dream Center, is as entertaining as the Churaumi Aquarium. In this botanical garden, tropical plants bloom even outdoors, and we can watch beautiful tropical flowers and fruits outdoors and, in the greenhouse, … Continue reading Tropical Dream Botanical Garden, Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa

 Amazing iris in Meiji shrine

The most popular shrine in heart of Tokyo, Meiji Shrine, we can enjoy beutiful iris in the garden of the sheine in June. After I visited main buildings of the shrine, where I could see couple who were having wedding celemony in traditional Japanese style. After I prayed peace and happiness, then I visited the inner garden and enjoyed beautiful iris in marsh. Please enjoy my YouTube video for watching beautiful iris. Continue reading  Amazing iris in Meiji shrine

The most exciting festival in Tokyo, Sanja Matsuri 2022 in ASAKUSA

The most exciting festivals in Tokyo, the Sanja Matsuri “Three Shrine Festival”, has revived for the first time in three years, although some parts scaled down, I’ve been there for three days. After two years of silence, the voice of the festival returns to Asakusa. The night before the first day the head priest of Asakusa Shrine performs a ritual to invite the spirits of the shrine in main building and transfer into the three main mikoshi, portable shrines. Rei-taisai, the most important Shinto ritual held in annually to express for having spent the year safely and pray for future … Continue reading The most exciting festival in Tokyo, Sanja Matsuri 2022 in ASAKUSA

Full blooming apple blossoms

The cherry blossom season in Tokyo is over, but the apple orchards of Nagano, the apple production region, are now in full bloom of apple. It doesn’t bloom as densely as cherry blossoms, but the slightly larger white flowers spread all over the field, and the sight of them blooming against the backdrop of the mountains with remaining snow is beautiful. In the fall, it will produce delicious crimson red apples. Continue reading Full blooming apple blossoms

Beautiful peony flowers in Ueno Tosho-gu

Ueno Park is famous for cherry blossom viewing, but after the cherry blossom season, now is time for tree peony and herbaceous peony. At peony garden in Tosho-gu, we can enjoy both peonies, late-blooming tree peony and early-blooming herbaceous peony right now. Ueno Tosho-gu, now in Ueno Park, used be in the vast precincts of Toeizan Kan’eiji Temple during the Edo period, when it was a Shinto and Buddhist syncretism. It was a place visited by many Edo people who was not able to visit Nikko Tosho-gu. This peony garden is located in precincts of Tosho-gu. Both tree peony and … Continue reading Beautiful peony flowers in Ueno Tosho-gu

Azalea Festival-Nezu shrine, Tokyo’s most beautiful shrine-

I visited an azalea festival of Nezu Shrine, which is said to be the most beautiful shrine in Tokyo. The origin of the azaleas in this garden began when the 6th Tokugawa Shogun Tokugawa Tsunashige planted 350 years ago, and now about 3,000 azaleas of 100 varieties have been planted, making it a spring tradition in Bunkyo city. The garden created in the natural slope is wonderful, and I was able to enjoy the wonderful combination of flower colors. The history of this garden goes back to the time when 6th Tokugawa Shogun Tokugawa Tsunashige planted azareas 350 years ago, … Continue reading Azalea Festival-Nezu shrine, Tokyo’s most beautiful shrine-

Marvelous Wisteria, 1,200years old wisteria

I visited Tokaen for enjoying the wisteria of Ushijima, nearing full bloom. Let’s enjoy flower of wisteria! A wisteria in Ushijima is more than 1200 years old. It is said that it is the oldest wisteria in Japan. It is designated as a natural treasure and the Special Natural Protected Tree. The wisteria is also called nine-syaku (It is about 2m70cm in the old unit of length in Japan) wisteria and it was recorded almost 3-meter- long bunch of flowers in Meiji era. Its flowers can still drape to up to two meters. It is said that wisteria grows inflorescence … Continue reading Marvelous Wisteria, 1,200years old wisteria