Around 8,000 cherry trees located along the Kawazu River, the Kawazu Sakura Festival is one of Japan’s most famous places for early cherry tree blossom viewing or hanami. Located on the Izu peninsula, Kawazu and its sakura festival attract almost two million visitors each year from mid-February through […]

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Located just an hour away from Mt Fuji in Yamanashi prefecture, Minobusan Kuonji Temple is the head temple of the Nichiren Shu sect of Buddhism. The temple was founded in 1275 during the Kamakura period which saw a series of epidemics and natural disasters. [...]

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Kisami Ohama beach is a gorgeous little stretch of sand and blue water located south of Izu peninsula in Shimoda. While 20 years ago Kisami Ohama beach was rather unknown, outside of locals and some Japanese people living in Tokyo [...]

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Most famous and accessible spots to enjoy views of Mount Fuji are located in Yamanashi prefecture around its many gorgeous lakes.  Shizuoka prefecture also has a lot to offer in that respect such as the many, not often talked about, spots in Numazu. [...]

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Mount Fuji, located on Honshū, is the highest volcano in Japan at 3,776.24m. Mount Fuji is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It is also a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and one of Japan's Historic Sites. [...]

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Located in Yamanashi prefecture just 30 minutes away from Mount Fuji, Kai Saruhashi is officially listed as a Place of Scenic Beauty of Japan.  It is also ranked as one of Japan’s three most unique bridges alongside Kintai Bridge and the famous Shinkyo Bridge. [...]

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Around 8,000 cherry trees located along the Kawazu River, the Kawazu Sakura Festival is one of Japan’s most famous places for early cherry tree blossom viewing or hanami. Located on the Izu peninsula, Kawazu and its sakura festival attract almost two million visitors each year from mid-February through […]

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Shizuoka’s Izu Peninsula is a trove of amazing scenic spots often ignored or forgotten by both Japanese and foreign tourists. Today we would like to give you a unique chance to enjoy the Majestic Mount Fuji from one of Shizuoka’s secret spots : Osezaki Cap [...]

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Ukai is a traditional fishing method using trained cormorants to catch river fish such as Ayu also known as sweetfish. Ukai cormorant fishing has been around for over 1300 years, most prominently along the Nagaragawa River in Gifu City [...]

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Less “violent” than the Okoshi Daiko, the first part of the Hida Furukawa Matsuri, the festival floats parade, known as Yatai, includes the display of nine beautifully decorated festival floats moving through Furukawa. Each Yatai is carried and taken care of by each of the Hida Furukawa city factions […]

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Held each year during a three day period with its peak on April 19th and 20th, the Hida Furukawa Matsuri is not only an national treasure since it has been designated as Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property by the government, but also an amazing festival (Matsuri) strong in color […]

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Obuchi Sasaba is one of the most famous green tea fields in the world. Thanks to its unique scenery, Obuchi Sasaba attracts millions of visitors every year and also happens to be the location of choice for many TV, movie, and the advertising crews. [...]

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