Green tea, so central to Japanese daily life, actually originated in Northern Kyushu! Below, I present a brief guide to three of Kyushu’s main tea producing regions and their particular types of Japanese green tea.
Since these cities aren't what the typical tourist thinks to drop in on, you also won’t have to suffer through the crushing crowds, and can instead enjoy a more relaxed, authentic taste of Japanese beauty and culture.
In verdant Miyagi, the yearly Lotus Festival of Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma has just begun! Located on an interconnected lake between Tome and Kurihara City, you can enjoy a romantic boat-ride tour through thousands of lotuses, led by local fishermen who know the lake inside and out.
Combined with the abundance of nature, the 10,000 square-meter site is also an outdoor architectural showcase of Japanese buildings, such as a small arbor hut, painting studio (where Hashimoto originally painted), temple, tea ceremony house, restaurant, the main residence and the museum.
The foliage season is approaching, so, although every street and corner is good enough to spot some red leaves, here below is a small list of places where to go for best viewing nature's signs of the changing season (Koyo in Japanese) in Kanagawa prefecture.
When most people visit Japan for the first time, there’s few itineraries they have in mind. Very few of them involve a visit to the Hokuriku region. Here's why you definitely should go, and a sample itinerary stretched across the region's three main cities.
It is amazingly wonderful to wander down country lanes and drink in the absolutely beautiful, peaceful, rural scenery.
Plants were various and dense, and as you walk the path or climb the stairs, you will feel the tranquility of this place, as if all noise is absorbed by nature—leaving only you and nature alone together.
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.
Osaka, a remarkable city might at times become very noisy, crowded and the hustle and bustle can sometimes feel stifling and even a little overwhelming. Enjoy even just a few short minutes of respite from the non-stop chaos of an ever-moving city at Osaka’s best quiet spots.