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5 Gorgeous Hydrangea Gardens Near Tokyo: When and Where to Enjoy the Splendor in 2023

Kamakura Landscapes

During the rainy season of late May to July, the wet gardens of Japan come alive with the color of hydrangeas! From the temples of Kamakura to month-long flower festivals, there are loads of hydrangea gardens you can see on a day trip from Tokyo. Here we’ll share 5 famous spots in Kanto brimming with thousands, if not tens of thousands of beautiful hydrangeas. With plenty of walks encompassed by these vivid balls of color, you can relish the beauty of Japan’s endless summer rain as it provokes a melancholic yet nostalgic sense of contentment. *Main image: PIXTA

What to Do in Tokyo in June 2023: Roundup of Tokyo Area Events and Festivals

Shibuya Other Architecture

In Japan, June marks the beginning of the rainy season. Though the weather can be dreary, there are plenty of events and festivals to enjoy, like Reggae Fest and indoor beer gardens. It's also the perfect time to admire the beautiful blooming hydrangeas. Here we'll share some of the best things to do in Tokyo in June.

Learn the Art of Flower Arrangement at Ohara School of Ikebana

Harajuku Other Traditional Arts

Ikebana, flower arrangement, is one of Japan’s most treasured art forms, a time-honored tradition that continues to be relevant even in today’s modern society. Beautifully arranged flowers and plants have permeated Japanese culture in a way that is seldom found in others. The Ohara School of Ikebana has played a major part in keeping the tradition alive, through its many schools in Japan, as well as its 59 chapters abroad, with over 300,000 members worldwide. The beauty of the Ohara School is not only in its floral arrangements, but its ability to share the culture of ikebana with the world. I visited the Ohara Center of Tokyo to try an ikebana class to learn more about this traditional art form.

10 Must-See Attractions Near Mount Fuji For Spring 2023

Mt. Fuji Rivers, Lakes & Canyons

At long last, spring has arrived! And what better way to enjoy it than visiting some new and exciting attractions near Mount Fuji? From the brilliant moss phlox fields, to the new Peter Rabbit English Garden, to the popular Fuji-Q Highland theme park, fun awaits you this spring!

The Shizuoka Tea-Picking Experience: Learn All About Japan's Tea Culture

Shizuoka Suburbs Outdoor Activities

Shizuoka Prefecture is home to a number of famous landmarks, from Mt. Fuji to vast tea plantations. But to fully appreciate everything this tea production center has to offer, it's not enough to simply sip a cup and learn about its history. Travel just one hour away from either Tokyo or Nagoya Station on the Shinkansen Hikari Line, and you'll arrive at Shizuoka Station. Before you even arrive, the expanse of tea gardens let you know exactly where you are. To dig deeper into Japan's tea culture, we decided to try the Shizuoka Tea Picking Experience for ourselves. Today, we tag along with LIVE JAPAN editorial staff, Bella and Chia-chi as they visit the Tea Museum, Shizuoka. Join us as we explore the vast tea fields, and learn about Japan's tea culture through immersive and extraordinary experiences!

Narita Airport 2023: Updated Guide on Arrival and Departure Procedures in Japan


Narita International Airport boasts the largest number of international flights in Japan. Also known as Japan’s doorstep, it welcomes many foreign visitors from around the world. Since the spread of Covid-19, the airport has been quick to enhance and increase its sanitation measures to become a space where foreign guests can feel at ease. Here we will introduce the required tests as well as the arrival and departure procedures at Narita Airport as of November 2022.

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