Hyogo prefecture is part of Kansai region in Honshu island. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX), located in Osaka. This itinerary was a full-packed one; starting the day early and ending it late. It’s a beautiful prefecture and I recommend it to include in your itinerary if you are visiting Kansai region. Here’s the list of places to go if it’s your first time in Hyogo.
I acknowledge the truth that I need sea breeze and salty gust once in a while. And so, during my spring break this year, last March, I had driven 144kms (times 2) to Tahara City in Aichi to be familiar again of the comforting feeling only the sea can give.
Shiga is an underrated prefecture in Japan that needs to be recognized, too. Only few were written about this area yet there are much more to see on this part of Japan. This is because its neighboring prefecture, Kyoto, usually takes the limelight when it comes to tourism. Only about 0.02% of the total tourists visited Shiga in 2000 – a fact from Mr. Wiki. I hope I can convince you to have a stopover at Shiga while you are in the country after reading this.
The best thing about living in Japan is the abundance of sceneries the country can offer each season. It will never run out of places to visit and will still let you feel the same anticipation every time the season starts to change.
For this year, a visit to Korankei in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture is part of the list as it is widely known for Momiji Matsuri or Maple Tree Festival. It is a valley near Nagoya that known to be one of the best spots for autumn colors in Chubu region.
Fuji san is Japan’s tallest mountain. It bestrides the boundary of Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures but you can also view it at some part of Tokyo if you’re lucky since it’s just 100 kms from the city. Mt. Fuji is a solitary beauty that become so popular to both Japanese and foreign tourists. This admired peak is 3,776 meters in height and rises above villages, sea and lakes – adding beauty to its exquisiteness.
Oftentimes than not, theme parks don’t appeal to me as it becomes too crowded and every ride or attraction has never-ending line just to get inside. “No pain, no gain” as they say. But thanks to my sister, we had a family trip in USJ that’s not too tiring and worth to recommend.
When local tile production was starting to decline in 1995, a few volunteers started building a collection of rescued and other “mosaic tiles”. They salvaged buildings earmarked for demolition and asked product samples from tile factories set to close down. They felt the need of the local tile industry to maintain pride in its manufacturing heritage and to continue this legacy in the coming years.
The hill of Mt. Chausu Plateau (Chausuyama) serves as home for six (6) varieties of shibazakura. Elevated at 1,358 meters, these moss pink cover a wide slope (22,000 square meters) of as far as the eyes can see. From May to early June, Shibazakura Festival (Moss Pink Festival) is held when this flora is in full bloom. Festival means the flowers are at its peak, more sightseers alike and more selection of food to devour.
Tourism in Japan is at its peak from March to April — when sakura shows its splendour to the world. They say travelling to/ in Japan is expensive especially during this season. Indeed, it is. However, one can still enjoy the blooming sakura without spending a single penny for entrance fees.
You can visit Gujo City every season of the year. It offers various sightseeing spots and activities to both locals and foreign visitors. The city taught us the importance of culture/ tradition preservation amidst the modernization and changes brought by technology.