It is hard to find a more romantic town in winter than Ginzan Onsen (銀山温泉), hidden deep away in the mountainous forests of Yamagata. The Japanese translation of Ginzan Onsen … Continue reading Ginzan Onsen, Winter Wonderland in Yamagata
Zao Onsen is one of Japan’s oldest ski and hot spring resorts located right on the border of Yamagata and Miyagi prefectures in Tohoku. While in summer the resort is … Continue reading Zao Onsen, Home town of the Ice Monsters
A nice easy day trip out of Tokyo leads to the 599 meter high Mt. Takao (高尾山). For over a thousand years Mt. Takao has been regarded as a sacred … Continue reading Day trip from Tokyo to Mt. Takao
Sakurajima volcano is one of the most active volcanos in the world and dominates the beautiful bay of Kagoshima, located in the most south western part of Kyushu. This strato-volcano, said to … Continue reading The destructive beauty of the Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima – Kyushu.
In Japan, early spring is almost synonym for cherry blossom season. The delicately beautiful pink and white blossoms of the cherry are called sakura in Japanese. In this period of … Continue reading Cherry blossom viewing in and around Tokyo
Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩) the pair of wedded rocks in Ise Shima take a special place in Japanese mythology. Judged by the number of tourists visiting the place they are without doubt … Continue reading Meoto Iwa : The Wedded Rocks