Author: Japan Guides

  • Nasukarasuyama Yama-age Festival

    Nasukarasuyama Yama-age Festival

    Yama-age festival is held on 4th Saturday in July following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Yama-age festival is said to data from 1560, when Suketane Nasu, the lord of the Karasuyama castle deified Susano-no-mikoto, the brother of the Su-goddess to drive out the plague. In Shintoism he was believed to be potent in amelioration of…

  • Ise Azuchi Momoyama Bunka Mura – Historical Theme Park

    Ise Azuchi Momoyama Bunka Mura – Historical Theme Park

    Ise Azuchi-Momoyama Bunka Mura [Ise Sengoku Jidai Mura (Culture Village)] is a historical theme park that reproduces the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568 – 1600). The Azuchi-Momoyama Period was at the end of the Warring States Period when the three great samurai lords named Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu who are still well-known in Japan…

  • Aoyama Plateau (Aoyama-Kogen)

    Aoyama Plateau (Aoyama-Kogen)

    The Aoyama Kogen is a gently sloping highland is located 600 to 700 meters above sea level. Red azaleas blanket the region from mid-April to mid-May, and a local resort offers tennis courts, a golf course, and an equestrian club. A gently undulating plateau in the center of the Murou Akame Aoyama National Park and…

  • Kitabatake House Garden

    Kitabatake House Garden

    The Kitabatake House Garden or Kitabatakeshi Yakataato Teien in Japanese is located in the Kitabatake Shrine and is one of three gardens in Japan famous for having been designed by military leaders. Designed by General Hosokawa Takakuni during the 16th century, the garden is constructed in the wild-style garden (made famous by Kyoto’s Ryonji Temple)…

  • Shizuoka Summer Festivals

    Shizuoka Summer Festivals

    Here’s our of all the fantastic festivals that take place in Shizuoka prefecture over the summer months from June until the End of August. There are also some great Spring festivals held in Shizuoka. Dontsuku Festival, Higashi Izu-machi Festival Period: June 2-3 During this humorous festival, local geisha parade through the streets carrying a phallus…

  • Ryugashi Cave and Museum

    Ryugashi Cave and Museum

    Mount Ryugashi lies 3km north-coast of Lake Hamana. Legend says there’s a rock near the top of this mountain with the claw marks of a dragon (‘Ryugashi’ means ‘dragon’s rock’)- Below, extending 1000m into the south face of the Ryugashi mountain (elevation 359 meters), is another mysterious and magical place – ‘Ryugashido’, the biggest limestone…

  • Things To Do In Kuwana City

    Things To Do In Kuwana City

    In the Edo Period, Kuwana prospered as one of forty-two lodging stations along the historical Tokaido Road that extended from Kyoto to Tokyo. At the time, travelers crossed from Atsuta in Nagoya to Kuwana by boat at a point known as Shichiri-no-Watashi. Kyuka Park, where the ruin of Kuwana Castle are situated, is now a…

  • Toujin Grave Tomb And Kannondo Temple

    Toujin Grave Tomb And Kannondo Temple

    In 1852, a ship crashed into the coast of Ishigaki. This ship was filled with Chinese laborers (Coolies, as they were known at the time) who were brought over by American ships to work in California. While on the ship they were treated like slaves and therefore revolted. They attempted to escape on Ishigaki but,…

  • Akan National Park Area Guide

    Akan National Park Area Guide

    Akan National Park is a volcanic area with craters spread throughout the forest. It also contains three crystal clear lakes. The area surrounding these lakes is covered with forests and dotted with hot springs. Akan is one of Hokkaido’s most unique tourist attractions with its mysterious, foggy Lake Mashu, the marimo algae balls in Lake…

  • Mitsui Outlet Park Nagashima (Jazz Dream Nagashima)

    Mitsui Outlet Park Nagashima (Jazz Dream Nagashima)

    Mitsui Outlet Park Nagashima (Jazz Dream Nagashima) is one of Japan’s Largest Outlet Malls with Around 230 Stores. Luxury-brand outlet mall “Jazz Dream Nagashima”, with its New Orleans themed streetscape, is where shoppers can find a selection of fabulous products priced at affordable outlet prices, 30-80% off regular prices, all the time. In fall 2011,…

  • Mt. Gozaisho Dake Peak on Gozaisho Ropeway & Yunoyama Spa

    Mt. Gozaisho Dake Peak on Gozaisho Ropeway & Yunoyama Spa

    Mt. Gozaisho is the highest peak in the Suzuka range. An aerial rope-way allows visitors to climb to the peak from Yunoyama onsen (hot spring spa), at the foot of the mountain. Mt. Gozaisho-Dake is noted for its splendid autumn colors, which can be viewed from the facilities at the summit. The visitor will also…

  • Nagoya Flea Markets

    Nagoya Flea Markets

    The Osu Kannon Temple hosts an outdoor flea market on the 18th and 28th of every month. Arrive early and pray at the temple for good fortune as you haggle for the best deals on antiques, art, and household items. While it’s usually reserved for the Chunichi Dragons and their doomed opponents, in the off…

  • Ashikaga Gakko: Visit Japan’s Oldest School

    Ashikaga Gakko: Visit Japan’s Oldest School

    Ashikaga Gakko in Tochigi Prefecture appears in history textbooks as “the oldest school in Japan. It is said to have been founded at the beginning of the Heian Period or during the Kamakura Period. There are various theories as to who founded the school, but Ashikaga Yoshikane, the second head of the Ashikaga clan, is…

  • The 5 Mountain Peaks in Nasu

    The 5 Mountain Peaks in Nasu

    Mt. Chausu-dake Chausu-dake, the highest mountain, is an active volcano and at a height of 1915 m above sea level, fumes white smoke. This is a popular hiking trail, where holidaymakers and their families can climb as far up as the 8th stage of the mountain by ropeway. Mt. Minami-gassan Minami-gassan is a mountain ridge…

  • Nagano City Museum, Chausu Yama Park, Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    Nagano City Museum, Chausu Yama Park, Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    Nagano City Museum was established in Showa Year 56 in Hachimanpara (Hachimanbara) Shiseki Park. There are various exhibits on such themes as the History of the Nagano Basin, Zenkoji Temple and its faith, and the medieval Battle of Kawanakajima. You can see the Nagano basin’s history and life in the permanent exhibition. Thus you can…

  • Mei Fruit Picking Guide

    Mei Fruit Picking Guide

    Tangerine Picking in Tsu Oct.20-Nov.30 Adult (Junior high school student or older) 1,000yen per person Child 900yen per person (with souvenir) Infant (3-year old or younger) 300yen Group (20 or more) Adults (Junior high school student or older) 50yen discount per person Children 30yen discount per person (with souvenir) Osatochinai,Tsu-city JA Tsu,Agei Agriculture Management Section…

  • Nagoya Sea Train Land

    Nagoya Sea Train Land

    There are many attractions here: an 85-meter-high “BIG FERRIS WHEEL”, “SKY REVOLUTION”, Shooting Ride – Legend of the Salamander, Treasure Hunting Adventure in Mystic Palace and more. Fares for rides: (Admission is free, As for Nagoya Sea Port amusement facilities other than those mentioned below, please ask a person in charge): Names of rides Fares…

  • Ita and Osezaki (Ose) Diving of Izu Peninsula, Numazu City (Numazu-shi)

    Ita and Osezaki (Ose) Diving of Izu Peninsula, Numazu City (Numazu-shi)

    Ita is a gently curving bay on the west coast of Izu just south of Osezaki. Backed by paddy fields and mountains, this is one of the most tranquil, isolated diving locations in Izu. Facing due west with great views of Mt. Fuji on a clear day, Ita can be cold and bleak in bad…

  • ACT City Hamamatsu

    ACT City Hamamatsu

    Serving as an exchange base for the highest quality of music, culture, industry, and technology attainable, ACT City provides a wide array of amenities including function halls, a first-class hotel, the Exhibition Event Center, the Congress Center, and the Musical Instrument Museum. As an international city, Hamamatsu will dispatch masses of information to the world.…

  • Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park

    Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park

    The tulip is the official flower of Yubetsu Town. By the time the late spring wind blows in this northern land, 1.2 million of them are in full bloom in the Tulip Park along National Route 242. The flower garden, covering a total area of 70,000 m2, features 1.2 million tulips of 120 varieties, including…

  • Keisokuji Temple

    Keisokuji Temple

    Over 1,100 years ago, this temple was opened by Joe Shonin (a Buddhist priest of Todaiji Temple in Nara Pref.). At first, the name was Sesonji Temple (Shakyamuni Temple). During the Tengyo-no-Ran (Tengyo War) (939-940), Hidesato Fujiwara (the head of a powerful family of the Heian period) overthrew Masakado Taira (a general of the Heian…