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The most beautiful Cherry Blossom in Tokyo, Japan – Chidorigafuchi

“Chidorigafuchi” is the most beautiful Cherry Blossom place in Tokyo, Japan. It is close to Tokyo station. Closest Tokyo Metro station is “Kudanshita”.  If you walk from Kudanshita station, you can see following beautiful contrast with green and yellow flowers soon.

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Top photo is the closest place to Imperial Palace in Chidorigafuchi. It takes 20 minutes walk from Kudanshita. In this area, you can see very beautiful Cherry Blossom trees they are extended to surface of moat. This is most famous Cherry Blossom path in Japan. In Cherry Blossom season, there are so many Japanese and Visitors in this place.

In Cherry Blossom season, you can enter to Imperial Place. In Imperial Place, you can walk Inui-street. There are many Cherry Blossom trees with castellated wall.

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Also there is a very beautiful lake with Cherry Blossom in this Imperial Palace as follows.

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This Inui street is opened in Spring cherry blossom season and Autumn leaves season. But because there is a plan to refresh construction, next chance to enter is 2017 Autumn.

 

 

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo and Maihama

Top photo is the Cherry Blossoms’ tunnel in Maihama, close to Tokyo Disney Land.  This is 1 km Cherry Blossom tunnel along a river. You can walk 10 minutes from Maihama station.

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There are so many beautiful cherry blossoms: “Somei-yoshino”.  It blooms only one or two weeks at the same time in the beginning of April.

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This year (2015), it started blooming from 30th March, its peak will be 5th April, I think. There are some large cherry blossom trees in this Maihama town.

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You can walk or drive under this cherry blossom tunnel.

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Also, “Kasai Rinkai Park” is very famous cherry blossoms park in Tokyo.  “Kasai Rinkai Koen” station is next to Maihama station. You can enjoy BBQ if you reserve BBQ area. Also, there is good aquarium in this park.

=> Cherry Blossoms in Kawazu, Japan

 

 

Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine and Ryuokyo valley

Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine (Shinto shrine)  is one of the most famous Shinto-shrine in Japan. It is located at Nikko, it takes 2 hours from Tokyo. As top photo, there is the impressive big shrine (Tohshoh-gu Yohmei-gate). Fine sculptures are  carved around these constructions as follows .

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Most famous sculpture of Nikko is, following “three wise monkeys”.  This Nikko Monkeys are teaching “Should not hear, speak and see evils while young”. It is a traditional symbol in Chinese and Japanese culture.

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After hundreds of stone steps, you can approach to the grave of Tokugawa Ieyasu who is the most famous Shogun (General) in Japan history. Following bronze urn contains the remains of Ieyasu.

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In Nikko Tosyo-gu Shrine, you can also see the  five-story Pagoda. Each story represents Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Ether – in ascending order.

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When you visit to Nikko Tosyogu, you should also visit to Kegon-no-Taki (Waterfall). Its height is about 100m and there is very impressive nature.

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I recommend you to stay at Nikko because there are so many wonderful Japanese style hotels with Hot-Spa, in Kinugawa. If you can stay, you can go to Ryuo-kyo valley. There are beautiful river and good hiking trail in this Japan national park.

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Also, at this Kinugawa river, you can enjoy River Cruise !

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It is also very beautiful in Autumn Leaves season !

 

 

 

Preferred Tokyo SkyTree view Japanese restaurant – “Kunimi”

My best Japanese Restaurant with Tokyo SkyTree view is, “Kunimi”. Kunimi is located in Sora-machi next to Tokyo SkyTree, so it is very close to SkyTree.

Kunimi’s food is like an Art. It is very Japanese style and so beautiful dish up. Following photo is Sashimi on shellfish.

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Next photo is “Chimaki” it is special type of rice cake for Children’s day (May 5th).

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Kunimi is very close to Tokyo SkyTree and we can see it very closely. Following movie is Light-on time of SkyTree.

 

If you do not go up to Tokyo SkyTree, you can enjoy very beautiful and nice Japanese Food seeing SkyTree from Kunimi restaurant.

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Itsukushima Shinto Shrine – Miyajima in Hiroshima, Japan

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, located in Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Japan, is not only on the UNESCO World Heritage List but designated as one of the Three Scenic Spots in Japan. The foundation of the buildings of the shrine is laid under the seabed, and thereby the shrine looks floating on the sea.

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It takes about four hours to travel from Tokyo to Hiroshima by Shinkansen bullet train.

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Miyajima is also famous for its Shamoji, a rice scoop, made from sacred trees in the island. The following photo shows a huge Shamoji at the approach to Itsukushima Shrine.

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Following photo is “Iwaso” it is famous traditional Japanese Hotel (Ryokan).

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In this Iwaso, there is a good restaurant for “Anago jyu (conger bowl)”. It is very soft and good taste.

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You can climb “Misen” which is mountain of Miyajima, using rope-way (cable-way). You can see various small island in Seto-island-sea.

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Momiji-manjyu (bun with a bean-jam filling) is the most famous sweets from Hiroshima. There are so many small Momiji-manjyu factory in Miyajima. You can eat it when it is still hot.

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Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima is famous for floating red Torii in the sea. When it is lowest water, you can walk and touch it. This shrine is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated as National Treasures.

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Asakusa and Tokyo River Cruise

Asakusa is an area enjoying overwhelming popularity from visitors worldwide. The area gives us a good example of Shitamachi, eastern downtown near Tokyo Bay. There is following facous red gate “Kaminari-mon” (Thunder Gate) and Asakusa temple “Senso-ji”.

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Top photo is a scene of New Year festival of Asakusa temple. There are so many small and good traditional stores around approach. Especially, 1-3 of January is very crowded for new year visit.

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In Asakusa,  there is an interesting traditional restaurant “Asakusa Bell”. You can eat “Tokyo SkyTree Omelet-Rice” (photo below). Also, in this building, you can see the legend of Japanese TV Talents ! In Asakusa, you can have pleasant experience of good old days of Japan.

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If you walk to Sumida river side, you can ride on River Cruise ship “Himiko” (or Hotaruna). It seems like a space ship of SF. It takes 50 minutes and 1,560 yen from Asakusa to Odaiba, Tokyo bayside area.

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Around Asakusa ship port, you can see “Tokyo Sky Tree” and buildings of Asahi Beer.

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In this river cruise, you can see overview of Tokyo from river side. Center of following photo is, “Tokyo Tower”.

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At the end of this cruise, ship approaches to Raibow Bridge. It is most famous and big bridge in Tokyo.

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Ship goes through under Rainbow Bridge. It is amazing sight !

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At last, ship arrives Odaiba.  Odaiba means base place of cannon. It is created to attack Perry when he came to Japan in 1854, in the period of national isolation.


 

Cherry Blossoms in Kawazu, Izu, Japan

Kawazu-zakura, one type of Japanese cherry blossoms, is well-known for its blooming period and its marvelous color. It starts flowering early February, while the other types have yet to bloom with a lot of buds on every branch. Many of the cherry blossoms seen everywhere in Japan have pale pink, nearly white, petals, but Kawazu-zakura in deep pink gives people a strong impression.

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It takes about 2.5 hours to travel from Tokyo (Japan) to Kawazu by train. There are thousands of cherry blossom trees along the river as well as around Kawazu station .

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You can enjoy walking around the area for about three hours, surrounded by splendid cherry blossoms.

 

Nice  color combination: cherry blossoms and colza.

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The cherry blossoms in Kawazu begin to bloom two months ahead of those in Tokyo.  Kawazu-zakura  is a good news for people waiting for the coming of spring.

The following photo shows the original tree of Kawazu cherry blossoms. All of Kawazu-zakura were propagated from cuttings of this original tree. I believe that the cherry blossoms in Kawazu are worth seeing for visitors coming to Japan in February.

=> Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo and Maihama