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[Movie] Moss Phlox at Hitsujiyama Park: The Stunning Beauty of Shibazakura! [2018]

Saitama Suburbs Spring

Do you know about Japan’s other sakura? After the cherry blossoms have fallen from the trees, the ground starts to blossom when the shibazakura or moss phlox starts to bloom. It’s like a carpet of flowers, dense and colorful and an absolute must-see sight! One of the best places to experience Japan’s moss phlox phenomenon is Hitsujiyama Park in Chichibu, just an 80-minute train ride away from Tokyo’s Ikebukuro. There, the small flowers spread over a spacious hill with the majestic Mount Bukō in the background – we visited the park to give you a first-hand impression of just how stunning this scenery is!

Under The Train Tracks: Tokyo's New Kokashita Trend Spots in Nakameguro, Akihabara, and More!

Akihabara Lifestyle

Tokyo is full of elevated train tracks, and the image that the general Tokyoite has when thinking about them - cozy izakayas, little restaurants, and smoky bars. Recently, however, these very "under the train track" spots called "kokashita" have been reborn as some of Tokyo's most trendy must-visit spots! Fashionable and modern, these locations represent the pulse of Tokyo like none other, so let's go and take a look!

Layover at Narita Airport? Experience Traditional Japan at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Just 10 Minutes Away!

Narita Historical Places

Did you know that the charms of traditional Japan are just a 10-minute train ride away from Narita Airport? Instead of directly jetting to Tokyo, why not make a little detour to Narita City in Chiba Prefecture? The magnificent Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple stands there, a beautiful complex of the Buddhist Shingon sect. The street approaching this historical hot spot is called “omotesando,” home to numerous shops and stalls offering local delicacies and delights. From Narita’s specialty unaji, broiled eel served on rice in a lacquered box, to homemade rice cakes and dumplings. Look forward to an authentic Japanese gourmet, shopping, and sightseeing experience! Narita Station is a mere 10-minute train ride away from Narita Airport. The way to Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple is about a kilometer long and the latter half, a gentle downhill slope, is particularly lively. If you have a long layover at Narita Airport or are staying at a hotel in the area, do make use of the free guided tours of the Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program!

Information about Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji Outdoor Activities

Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan standing at 3,776 meters above sea level. Located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south-east of Tokyo, it is considered one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains". In 2013 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a Cultural Site. Thousands of people from all over the world come to climb the mountain every year, with hiking trails officially opening to the public.

English Word Usage: Japanese-Style

Japanese uses many loan words from several different languages, and sometimes the meanings differ from the original! Here we’d like to look at some words that originate from English but have a slightly different context than the common English meaning.

[MOVIE] Visiting Classic Maid Café Mai:lish

Akihabara Other Cafes and Sweets

Come join Live Japan with me as we visit Café Mai:lish, a small and homely maid café located on the outskirts of Akihabara, about 8 minutes from JR Akihabara Station and 3 minutes from Suehirocho Station.

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