A Perfectly “Pink-ful” Two-day Itinerary in Matsuyama

A Perfectly “Pink-ful” Two-day Itinerary in Matsuyama

Getting ready for the spectacular cherry blossoms? There are so many national “hidden treasures” and sakura viewing locations in Shikoku. Here is a two-day spring itinerary in Matsuyama to explore some of the oldest tramway, onsen, castles and traditions in Japan.

The Reviving Christchurch: An Easy Travel City Guide

The Reviving Christchurch: An Easy Travel City Guide

Visiting Christchurch: Staying in an alpaca farm and take the historic tram in the city center. Known as the “Garden City” to the world, the city enjoys warm weather, abundant sunshine, flower beds, and an expansive Botanic Garden – until it was devastated of being the epicenter of a 2011 earthquake. I witnessed how the city is being restored and it’s recovering.

Mini-Kyoto: Kurashiki

Mini-Kyoto: Kurashiki

Having a sweet moment walking in “mini-Kyoto” – Kurashiki, Japan, to celebrate the charming cherry season.

A Dark Canvas for Cherry blossoms

A Dark Canvas for Cherry blossoms

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…

A Blossoming Day in Sanyo

A Blossoming Day in Sanyo

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…

Kyoto’s Sakura-viewing Route in Spring

Kyoto’s Sakura-viewing Route in Spring

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!