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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Located along the east side of the Izu peninsula, Jogasaki is a small yet beautiful coast. Famous for its lighthouse and suspension bridge, Jogasaki also offers a nice 1-hour long hiking trail that gives you a beautiful view of the area, including the huge Oshima Island. [...]

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Kawaguchiko does not need any introduction. Part of the Fuji five lakes, it’s famous among both Japanese and foreign tourists resulting in hours of traffic jams for the chance to enjoy a view of Mt. Fuji over Kawaguchiko lake. While the area is beautiful all year long, it’s during autumn […]

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Located on the mountain top of Fujiyoshida City in Yamanashi prefecture, the Chureito Pagoda is part of the Arakusa Sengen Shrine and was built as a peace memorial in 1963.  It's one of Japan’s most iconic views all year long. [...]

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Built in 725 by Gyoki under orders from Emperor Shomu, Hattasan is located near Hamamatsu in Shizuoka. Hattasan is one of the three traditional temples in Enshu Area, the other two temples being Kasuisai and Yusanji. Hattasan is dedicated to Maha-karuna Avalokitesvara (Bosatsu of Great Compassion) and believed […]

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Also located in the heart of the peaceful and beautiful Shizuoka countryside, and near Hamamatsu city, Ryotan-ji temple was founded in 744 and is one of the ancient Zen-temples from the Nara era. It had belonged to the Li family for over fourth generations. Ryotan-ji is […]

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Located in the heart of Shizuoka’s peaceful and beautiful countryside and an hour away by car from Hamamatsu, Okuni Shrine is one of the four major Shinto Shrines in the Shizuoka prefecture. According to past official documents, Okuni Shrine was established on February 18, 555 and enshrines the deity [...]

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Kawaguchiko Maple Corridor, or in Japanese the Momiji-Kairo is a very small garden with two dozen maple trees that are conveniently located just in front Mt. Fuji and by the shores of Lake Kawaguchiko. With a lot of patience and if you are ready to be there at […]

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