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    Hokkaido

    Sapporo / Hakodate / Asahikawa / Obihiro

    Japan’s northernmost island and an outdoor lover’s paradise

    Akita

    Kakunodate / Tazawa / Nyuto Onsen

    Relax among mountains and lakes in summer, or be dazzled by the winter snow while enjoying unique, northern cuisine.

    Iwate

    Morioka / Hiraizumi / Tono

    Stunning in all four seasons, Iwate is full of opportunities to enjoy great food and festivals, as well as magnificent scenery.

    Tohoku

    Yamagata Prefecture / Fukushima Prefecture / Aomori Prefecture

    Sceneries, history, cuisine, skiing and hiking... enjoy a trip that will rejuvenate your soul.

    Niigata

    Sado-ga-shima / Naeba / Myoko Kogen / Echigo-yuzawa-Onsen

    The land of snow, hot springs and fine sake

    Chiba

    Narita / Tokyo Disneyland

    The gateway to Japan. Packed with great spots for sightseeing where are easily accessible from the capital.

    Tokyo

    Shinjuku / Akihabara / Asakusa

    Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis

    Mie

    Kii Peninsula / Ise

    Most sacred shrine, Excellent pearls, and Samurai theme park. Touch the tradition and history.

    Kyoto

    Arashiyama / Gion / Kurama

    The traditional and cultural heart of Japan

    Osaka

    Umeda / Namba / Shin-Sekai

    One of Japan’s major cities and home of good eating

    Fukui

    Fukui / Echizen-Ono

    Sample seafood delicacies such as Echizen crab and puffer fish, as you soak yourself in the history of Fukui’s many heritage sites.

    Hyogo

    Kobe / Toyooka / Himeji / Kinosaki

    Enjoy tradition, modernity, sightseeing spots and culinary delights

    Tokushima

    Iya Valley / Tsurugi-san

    Hidden springs and fantastic scenery amid pristine natural surroundings.

    Kochi

    Shimanto City / Ashizuri-misaki

    Combining unspoiled natural beauty with a tropical climate

    Hiroshima

    Miyajima / Iwakuni / Tomo-no-ura / Onomichi

    Steeped in history and a symbol of peace the world over

    Ehime

    Uwajima / Matsuyama / Ishizuchi-san

    Fresh fruit and fish. Tour some of the castle, explore the history.

    Fukuoka

    Fukuoka / Dazaifu

    Many sights to see and delicious cuisine. Fukuoka leaves you satisfied every time.

    Saga

    Karatsu / Imari / Arita

    Experience breath-taking natural scenery and traditional crafts. A trip with delighting surprises around every corner.

    Kumamoto

    Kumamoto / Aso-san / Kurokawa-Onsen

    Surround yourself with nature and taste gourmet flavors you will find nowhere else.

    Kagoshima

    Kirisima-Yaku National Park / Satsuma Peninsula

    The home of historic heroes and a living volcanic landscape. Toast with delicious shochu and sample the unique Kagoshima cuisine.

    Okinawa

    Osumi Island / Amami Islands / Miyako Island / Yaeyama Islands

    Japan’s tropical side offering a unique culture and history

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Sakura Adventure

What brings me back to Japan again? The colorful four seasons, the bountiful Japanese cuisines, the well preserved temples and shrines that existed for centuries, and the traditional cultures that never fades away. This time, I will experience the peak seasons of the year – spring for sakura or cherry blossom.

First trip: Narita city. When I researched about this city, I found out about Narita-san (成田山 "Narita mountain") where the Shinsho-ji Temple is located. Next day, I walked down to explore. Usually it takes about 15-20 minutes by walk from Keisei Narita station. Along the way, there are various shops and restaurants for tourists and locals.

Honestly, it took me more than 20 minutes as I checked the shops. As I reached down to Narita-san, there were stairs that leads to the Shinsho-ji Temple. There are sakura trees around the park and as the wind gently blows, the petals “snowed” everywhere and I was enchanted.

Second trip: Nikko, Kinugawa. I took the Tobu Railway from the main station located in Asakusa and the train ride took a total of two hours heading to Kinugawa Onsen station. Despite of the long hours of train ride, you will enjoy the scenic view of the sakura trees and the beautiful mountain areas. When I finally reached the station, I had a chance to roam around and spotted sakura trees.

Next day, I went to the cultural theme park called Edo Wonderland (Nikko Edomura). This place will transport you back to Edo period where you will be greeted by the locals while samurais and ninjas roam around. To make it more fun, you can rent and choose to wear a kimono as a local or as a princess, a samurai and many more. I chose to be the samurai’s daughter and had a lot of fun walking around the village and being acknowledged by the people around. There are ninja shows, the Oiran parade, and other shows that you can watch although they are all spoken in Japanese.

But not to worry, you will still appreciate the whole show by watching the ninjas in action and the beautiful Oiran performing on stage.

Last stop: Asakusa. When it comes to Asakusa, we all thought of the famous red Kaminarimon Gate where the Sensoji Temple is located. This time, I was lucky enough to watch the Yabusame that was held in Sumida Park. Yabusame is a traditional Japanese archery and it has existed for centuries up to now. Watching Yabusame adds the highlight to my adventure. Many photographers and media groups came and a lot of tourists were eager to squeeze into the crowd just to watch. The whole ceremony took around three hours long but I can say that it’s worth the time and experience.

And this ends my Sakura adventure and I will never forget that I had a chance to become the samurai’s daughter for a day! If you have the chance to visit Japan again during this season, do visit these places and you will have fun!

Name: Miyako Paltu-ob

From: Philippines
Current section: JAL Mileage Bank Coordinator/Senior Passenger Sales, Manila Office

Narita-san (成田山)
Address: 1 Narita, Chiba Prefecture 286-0023, Japan
Telephone: +81 476-22-2111
Website: This page will open in a new windowNarita-san (成田山)

Tobu Railway
Website: This page will open in a new windowTobu Railway
Contact and address details: This page will open in a new windowhttp://www.tobu.co.jp/foreign/en/tourist/

Edo Wonderland (Nikko Edomura) (江戸ワンダーランド 日光江戸村)
Website: This page will open in a new windowEdo Wonderland (Nikko Edomura) (江戸ワンダーランド 日光江戸村)
Contact and address details: This page will open in a new windowhttp://edowonderland.net/en/access/access.html

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