Ondagawa is a small river that flows through Machida City, a suburb in southwest Tokyo. Unassuming all year long, Ondagawa is however, during Sakura season, one of the most beautiful secret sakura spots in Tokyo that you definitely have to check thanks to its 400 plus cherry trees […]

Read more

Fukagawa city is located on the east side of Tokyo in the Koto ward. It was founded after the Great Fire of Meireki of 1657 and named after its founder Fukagawa Hachirozaemon. The shogunate ordered Buddhist temples on the east bank of the Sumida river, and on both the […]

Read more

Located nearby the quite crowded Oji and Nanbokusenoji Stations, Otonashi Park, also known as Otonashi Shinsui Park (Quiet Water Park), is a small Edo style water park famous for its many sakura. While the water part of this park is only open from 9 a.m. to [...]

Read more

In the early 1900s Nomigawa Ryokudo was a simple river in the Setagaya district of Tokyo leading to Tokyo Bay.  Today the river is partly covered by a road where more than 300 sakura trees are spread all along its path. Nomigawa Ryokudo has a charming suburb or countryside […]

Read more

Just an hour away from the center of Tokyo in the Fuchu district, you will find the beautiful temple of Togo-ji (Togoji - 東郷寺). It was built to commemorate fleet Admiral Heihachiro Togo, who distinguished himself in the Russo-Japanese War […]

Read more

Located in the center of Tokyo in the Nishi Shinjuku district, hidden among Tokyo’s famous skyscrapers, Joenji Temple, a Temple of Nichiren-shu, was moved to its current location in 1585.  It is one of the many still active cemeteries in the heart of Tokyo [...]

Read more

Goshogake Onsen is located on the slopes of Mount Hachimantai in Akita prefecture, at Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Goshogake Onsen is a simple ryokan with an onsen open to all, guest or not. What is by far the most interesting around Goshogake Onsen is the shear beauty of the […]

Read more

Having been a port since the medieval times, Shukunegi went through a prosperous 17th century brought about by the Sado Kinzan Gold Mine. It was developed as a kitamaebune (a famous shipping route from the Edo period) port of call for the merchant shipping industry. [...]

Read more

Having been a port since the medieval times, Shukunegi went through a prosperous 17th century brought about by the Sado Kinzan Gold Mine. It was developed as a kitamaebune (a famous shipping route from the Edo period) port of call for the merchant shipping industry. [...]

Read more

Every second Sunday in March, the Takaosan Yakuoin Buddhist temple holds a unique fire-walking festival known as the Hiwatari-Sai Matsuri where Yamabushi monks display the depth of their faith and asceticism by walking barefoot over smoldering coals, the remains of the matsuri sacred fire.

Read more

Founded in 1349 as the first Jishu School temple in Sado, Shokoji is a small little temple tucked away in the back of the little Shukunegi village south of Sado Island. Shokoji has been enshrining the Tokai Benzaiten or the sea-crossing goddess, since its inception and has continuously […]

Read more

Used for centuries by local fisherman living on the Ogi Peninsula, Hangiri are simple washtub boats made of cedar and bamboo grown on Sado Island. While Hangiri are no longer used by fisherman, it is still possible to enjoy a little “Hangiri” ride at different locations around Sado Island! [..]

Read more