Spring heralds one of the most anticipated events of the year popular with millions of Japanese as well as tourists from all over the world. What else could we possibly be talking about than cherry blossom viewing! Due to the limited blooming period, cherry blossoms are often thought of as a metaphor for the preciousness and ephemeral beauty of life. The art of flower viewing or "hanami" in Japanese is a cultural tradition that goes back centuries and during the season when cherry blossoms are in bloom...
The 2017 Sapporo Snow Festival will showcase a huge selection of impressive snow sculptures as always, but this year there's one that will be a real treat for gamers: Final Fantasy VII!
The bus pulled out of Shinjuku a little after 10am, and with clouds parting for peeks of sunlight, it looked to be a fine day for a snow romp. But although I say "romp", think of it as more of a fun play in the snow for kids, or a gentle introduction to snow for adults. With a Thomas the Tank Engine train ride, a genuinely delicious lunch and pretty lights, the whole family can enjoy this modest day out.
Japan boasts an amazing train network and major cities are exceptionally well-connected with its extensive Shinkansen (bullet train) system. While taking the Shinkansen is arguably the nicest way to travel through the country, tickets for these slick vehicles don't come cheap.
Visiting Yamanashi Prefecture lets you take a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and indulge in the tranquility of nature. If you're thinking about visiting Mt.Fuji and would like to see the surrounding Hakone area, the Mt.Fuji and Hakone 1-Day tour could be just what you've been looking for.