When I am visiting a bigger city in Japan for the first time, I really like to use observation decks in high-rise buildings for exploring the area. From the top you will get a real feeling of the density of buildings in cities like Tokyo, Osaka or Yokohama. It is like an ocean of concrete till the horizon.
Continue reading Over the top in Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka
When I arrived by rope way on top of Mount Shosha I felt immediately in love with the place. At the observation deck it was even possible to spot Himeji Castle, the most beautiful and most visited castle in Japan, in the distance.
After a short walk through a densely forested area I finally arrived at the Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple complex.
Continue reading Engyo-ji Temple at Mount Shosha – fascinating place
I always had the plan to visit Kyoto, my favourite place in Japan, during the cherry blossom season.
It takes usually 2 weeks and this spectacle is gone.
This year (2016) was my 3rd time in the city and finally I could enjoy the sakura season there.
For 1 week in the beginning of April I deeply enjoyed the amazing scenery.
The parks were crowded with people sitting under the cherry trees celebrating this special time of the year. Continue reading Cherry Blossom season in Kyoto – A once in your lifetime experience
My favourite city in Japan is Kyoto. This city has so many things to offer (good food, sightseeing spots, festivals) . One of the highlights are the summer festivals. The festival with the longest history is the Aoi Matsuri. It is also known as the Hollyhock festival or the Kamo festival. Aoi Matsuri is one of the three major annual festivals alongside the Jidai Matsuri and Gion Matsuri held in Kyoto, Japan. It is a festival for the Kamo shrines, the Shimogamo shrine and the Kamigamo shrine.
The month of July is full of amazing summer festivals in Kyoto.
The Gion Matsuri or otherwise known as the Gion festival or the festival of the Yasaka Shrine is one of Japan’s biggest and most famous festivals held annually in Kyoto. It’s an event that is partly a street event and also bears a religious attachment to the people of Kyoto. As a visitor to Japan, you surely wouldn’t want to miss on such a great occasion.
Continue reading Gion Matsuri / Festival in Kyoto
Since the 25th of March 2016 the northern island Hokkaido is reachable by the new Hokkaido Shinkansen Line service.
Continue reading A new Shinkansen line final connects Hokkaido
Guest post by Jacob Laukaitis:
I am Jacob Laukaitis, a 21 year old digital nomad, who’s already been to more than 30 countries in the last 2 years. I love making videos of places I visit so here’s one from my last trip to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
The Fuji Five Lakes at the northern side of Mount Fuji describes an area of outstanding beauty. The area (appr. 1000 meters above sea level) includes the following lakes: