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Japan Flower Power: Annual spring festivals always produce a crowd


If you think cherry blossom season is the only exciting event this spring, you are in for a huge surprise. Acknowledging the...

Cinderella Castle at dusk. Photo courtesy of Michael Kaplan May 2008

Tokyo Disneyland: The Magic Kingdom in Japan


For more than thirty years, Tokyo Disneyland has entertained millions of guests throughout its 115 acres of attractions, shopping...

Sakura on Mount Yoshino: Find amazing views of a thousand cherry trees

A part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountains, and designated as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...
Cherry blossom lined Meguro Canal (photo by Twenty-two hours /

Stop! Hanami time: Celebrate this cherry blossom season like the locals

Since the 17th century when Yoshimune Tokugawa planted sakura (cherry blossom trees) along riversides and on the edges of the...

Tokyo's most stunning cherry blossoms spots

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions I get about Japan is “where are the best places to see cherry blossoms in...

National Art Center

The compulsion to visit the National Art Center, Tokyo stemmed from two reasons: firstly because I am a slight photography and...

Mainland Japan's cherry blossom festivals

As of March 14, Sakura Weathermap forecasts that cherry blossoms will start blooming in Tokyo March 18. For the forecast in Japan...

2 affordable options when staying in Tokyo

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Staying overnight in Tokyo is not cheap. Even the most inexpensive hotels in Tokyo cost hundreds of...


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