Basically, friends and family gather together, get lots of food and drinks, find some space near the trees in a local park, and proceed to eat, drink and be merry. Lets take a tour of the top 5 places to enjoy this hanami season in Hyogo prefecture whilst avoiding the big crowds.
March 15, 2017
Takeda Castle is now one of the top 100 famous castles in Japan due to its stone walls and spectacular views, despite being in ruins. It is possible to witness a sea of clouds surrounding the castle, making it appear as a castle floating in the sky, commonly referred to as “Castle in the Sky” or “The Machu Picchu of Japan”.
March 4, 2017
If you and your significant other are travelling together in Japan around February 14th, you're already well on your way to having a unique Valentine's Day. The Nunobiki Herb Garden would be more suited for those looking for a low-key, quietly intimate day.
February 13, 2017
Have you ever watched a movie and looked at the background, perhaps the buildings, the mountains and seas or maybe even just the layout of the road and thought to yourself “I’ve been there before”?
November 2, 2016
Nunobiki Herb Garden with its German and central European theme, this gorgeous little park at the top of the mountain has a variety of food and drinks on offer, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful and unique flower arrangements.
October 13, 2016
There is no better venue to experience Japanese baseball than a Hanshin Tigers game at Koshien Stadium. Hanshin Tigers fans are known to be enthusiastic supporters and fiercely defensive of their team, which makes for a great atmosphere.
August 23, 2016
Whilst I love to walk around Osaka City itself, in particular the practical straight line 8 km trail from my house to Umeda, many of my friends have recently told me that hiking in the countryside is where one can derive real pleasure. For your consideration today, are the top 5 suggested hikes.
June 5, 2016
Soumen is a very popular kind of noodle in Japan, especially during the summer season. These are very thin hand-stretched strand like noodles made from wheat flour. The main specialty of this noodle is that it is served cold something which helps to bring down the body temperature in the hot summer months.
May 30, 2016
While Kobe may be most famous around Japan and around the world for its beef, there are many other fantastic food options in the port city. Aside from Kansai’s regional staples like okonomiyaki and takoyaki, Kobe also has many delicious ramen shops.
February 4, 2016
The Muko river in Hyogo prefecture finds its source all the way up in Himeji city. It falls from a mountain named Mt Shirakami in the Tamba highland range and travels all the way into Osaka bay and splits the cities of Itami and Takarazuka, doing the same to Nishinomiya and Amagasaki, along the way.
February 2, 2016
Kobe is tourist friendly. That fact is evident, as once you've disembarked the train, you are comforted with English signs everywhere. Where signage fails to direct the path of tourists, guidance can be found at the tourist information office, where staff eagerly assists the lost.
November 20, 2015
I love Kobe. From the rolling Rokko mountain range to sandy Suma beach, Kobe is one of Japan’s oldest and certainly one of the prettiest port cities.
November 10, 2015