Walking in Authentic Japan – 川崎市立日本民家園(Kawasaki Nihon Minka-En) Japan Open-air Folk House Museum

Last Sunday, I went to Nihon Minka-En in Kawasaki city with my wife. It took about  15 minutes on foot from 向ケ丘遊園(Mukogaoka-Yuen) station. There are a lot of Japanese traditional folk houses in this park. The price of the entrance fee for adults is 500yen. You can enter inside of some houses. When we entered […]

甲府城 / 舞鶴城(Kofu Jo / Maizuru Jo) Kofu/Maizuru Castle – Yamanashi Pref.

When you get off Kofu station, the statue of Shingen Takeda catches your eye first. He is one of the most well-known warlords in the Sengoku period. There are a lot of historical spots near Kofu station like Yamanote-mon and Kofu castle. Kofu castle has been chosen one of the greatest 100 castles. Kofu-jo is also called […]

黒部ダム(Kurobe Dam) The tallest dam in Japan – Toyama Pref.

Kurobe Dam is not only used for hydroelectric power generation but also Toyama’s major tourist destination because there is the beautiful natural scenery around Kurobe dam. Besides you can see magnificent Tateyama moutain range on the way to it. The water is discharged from the dam according to the schedule. You may see the rainbow […]

來宮神社(Kinomiya Jinja) Kinomiya Shrine – Sizuoka Pref.

Kinomiya shrine is the most well-known shrine in Atami. It is close from Atami station and a number of tourists visit here and pray. There are more than ten shrines named “Kinomiya” in Izu and each shrine has a Japanese camphor tree which lives over a thousand years. The biggest feature of this shrine is O-kusu,big Japanese camphor […]

金沢城(Kanazawa Jo) Kanazawa Castle – Ishikawa Pref.

In 1582, Maeda Toshiie, the feudal lord of Kaga,  begun to build this Sophisticated castle. It is said that he invited Takayama Ukon who is known as a Christian feudal lord for construction. In clear weather, the white walls reflect the sunlight and look more beautiful.玉泉院丸庭園(Gyokusen-inmaru garden) located in Kanazawa castle park is a three-dimensional garden whose stone walls […]

岡山後楽園(Okayama Korakuen ) One of the Three Great Gardens in Japan – Okayama Pref.

Korakuen is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan in Okayama. This spectacular garden was built by Ikeda Tsunamasa, a feudal lord of Okayama in the early Edo period. There are a number of historical buildings which represents Genroku bunka. This place was an oasis for successive feudal lords. In the “Sawa-no-Ike(ike means pond)” of the park, […]

立山連峰(Tateyama Renpo ) Tateyama mountain range – Toyama, Nagano, and Gifu Pref.

Tateyama mountain range is a part of the Hida Mountains that straddles in Toyama, Gifu, and Nagano Prefecture. This huge range has some glaciers and the terrain formed by the large-scale glacier that existed in the ice age. The views of Tateyama mountains from the city is wonderful. However, it is also exceptional what you […]