A big drawcard for many visitors to Japan in autumn is to partake in Momiji-gari, (in English meaning “hunting red leaves”). Deriving from the Japanese words of momiji (red leaves, or maple tree), and kari (hunting). The autumn colours of Japan generally start to appear from October through to the end of November, and transforms the country’s many forests…
Although Japan has been slow to re-open its borders to tourism, they are finally accepting tourists that are travelling as part as a fully guided group tour, from 10 June 2022. However, it is anticipated that this may change before the end of the year. So if you’re planning a trip to Japan it is…
Lake Towado and Oirase Gorge is where you can relax and slowdown and really immerse yourself in nature. I could easily lose myself in the mystique and beauty of this area.
I have been to some of the world’s largest cities; New York, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Paris, London and Istanbul, but nothing prepared me for the energy and the throng of world’s most populous metropolis – Tokyo.
The Kakunodate Samurai district, which once housed about 80 families, is one of the best examples of Samurai architecture and housing in the country.
The annual Chagu Chagu Umakko Horse Festival is not simply a parade of horses, but the whole farming district gets involved with a gorgeous display of flowering gardens and people from afar and the local community flock to the parade in their thousands to watch the spectacle.
There are few travel experiences in my lifetime that could match the beauty, the cultural stimulation and the food immersion of Northern Japan. My senses overflowed with new tastes, aromas, vistas, sounds of nature and the soft touch of the gentle people in this land.
Yes that’s right, in a few short days I will be turning Japanese and touring parts of Northern Japan on a media trip sponsored by Prince Hotels and All Nippon Airways.