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!!
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!
Getting ready for the spectacular cherry blossoms? Many locations in Shikoku are listed in the Japanese national “hidden treasures”. In case you are searching for a new place, a different adventure, journey to Matsuyama and the Togo Onsen. The city has a unique charm and specialty that I found myself rejuvenated.
A great day to see cherry blossoms in Hiroshima, Iwakuni bridge, & giant Dori in Miyajima!
If you are planning a trip to Hiroshima, spend a day outside the city in Iwankuni and Miyajima – and it is what I did…
My 1-day cherry blossom viewing plan in Kyoto… from Philosopher’s Path, Ginkaku-ji, Kiyomizu Temple, Gion, Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park to Hanami Koji Street, to some of my personal favorite picks!