I ended my visits to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum with a heavy heart . I do hope the painful lessons would remind people the importance of lasting peace.
Kyoto is peacefully remained as the center of culture, history, religion and tourism in Japan. But the city is much bigger than you think! This time, I explore some farther temples in the city with a bike!
It was an ordinary aquarium in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
Last July, the site was reopened after a renovation with new attractions and facilities. Immediately it became a new and trendy recreational spot in the district…
My pick of urban observatory decks – First, the city itself has to have unique and spectacular cityscape for the viewers to appreciate; Secondly, the observatory deck has to offer the best angle of the iconic landmarks with the backdrop of the stunning skyline. Therefore, some of the choices are tough and they might not be the landmark itself. Instead – they are my “even better” choices.
While Kyoto is simply irreplaceable, I had sweet moments walking in “mini-Kyoto” – Kurashiki, Japan, during the cherry blossoms season. Our first sight of the canal area was stunning – just like we were in a movie set of an old Japanese movie. I could imagine the canal would look much more vibrant when the willow on both sides of the canal turns green.
A short cherry blossom “how-to” guide and night viewing experience in Shukkeien, Hiroshima!
It was the first time that I saw Sakura at night and the serenity and tranquility of the garden even calmed me more. Back home, as I flip through the photos the Sakura was illuminated from the complete darkness, as if a postcard with special printing effects on the flower…
Mount Aso is Japan’s biggest active volcano. We might have changed our plans few times, but Mount Aso had always remained as our “must-see” highlight in our Kyushu trip itinerary.
Another amazing find would be the hot-spring resort in Minami (Southern) Aso that has INDIVIDUAL, OUTDOOR, IN-ROOM, PRIVATE hot spring at an amazing price that’s hard to believe!!
Dining in Japan is an incredible experience. In Tokyo, it is a blast.
Unfortunately, I have only one stomach and one mouth and it is impossible to eat in every single restaurant in the city. However, the adventurous heart may always get you to yet another, amazing place, around the corner.
Now the North side of the Earth is getting hot again and there I saw a beautiful orange Hydrangea blossomed near my home in the morning when I headed off to work.
So, the cherry blossom was over. The rapeseed season has passed. It’s the time of year for hydrangea.
The Matsuyama experience continues in the beautiful Dōgo Onsen… Ride the classic locomotive, watch the cock tower chimes, shop for great local products, and enjoy a historic japanese hot spring bath experience!