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Nagoya Castle, the Rival Not-to-be

According to some, had it not been destroyed by bombardments in World War II, the Nagoya Castle would have surpassed Himeji Castle, as Japan’s most impressive feudal castle. Nonetheless, its current ferroconcrete reconstruction from 1959 and surrounding Meijo Park with over 2,000 cherry trees makes for a marvelous sight in early spring. But the castle is a picturesque vision throughout the year with a variety of blooms.

Botanical Garden: Hamamatsu Flower Park

The botanical garden at Hamamatsu is primarily for flowers and plant-viewing, but the garden management authorities have endeavoured to recreate the gardens into a haven for visitors with some quirky plant-displays, a play area, entertainment and restaurants — all designed to appeal to families and groups. This makes it an interesting day out for people of all ages.

Pedal Your Way Around Furano

In Furano, bike riding is a fantastic way to explore and has a good value at 200 yen per hour. Because Furano has rich and delicious food at many attractions, bike riding is also a good way to sample local delights without adding to your waistline. In Japan, helmets are not compulsory for adults so if you prefer to wear one, bring it along.

Nakijin-Jo Cherry Blossom Festival 2016

Nakijin is in the Northern part of Okinawa, an area that sees the first sakura flowers of anywhere in Japan. It’s a rather lovely drive through Nakijin to the castle ruins, it’s a quiet, pretty town consisting mostly of traditional-style Japanese buildings, some of which are brightly-painted.

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