Tagged: nature

Meguro – Institute for Nature Study

The Institute for Nature Study (自然教育園) in Meguro is a park where you can find many different species of trees, plants and flowers. This institute is to preserve the natural environment of Tokyo’s marshlands, parks and forests and is mainly used for education and research. You wouldn’t think you’re still...

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is beautiful all year round, especially during the Sakura period. The park is one of Tokyo’s most popular Hanami (Sakura viewing) spots, but is large enough to reserve a nice spot for yourself to pick-nick under the Sakura trees. The park also has a beautiful greenhouse with...

Ibaraki-ken: Kairakuen Garden

Kairakuen Garden, located in Ibaraki-ken,  is one of the best places to see Plum Blossom during the begin of Spring. Besides plum blossom you can also visit a beautiful, traditional house which gives you a nice view of the surrounded nature. One side of the garden is filled with bamboo...

Utsunomiya – Gyoza and the Futaarayama Shrine

Utsunomiya (宇都宮市) is the capital of Tochigi Prefecture(栃木県) and is famous for it’s delicious Gyoza (dumplings). In front of Utsunomiya Station there is even a Gyoza statue and there are about 200 specialty Gyoza shops spread throughout the city. All the Gyoza shops have their own special flavored Gyoza and...

Fukushima – Koriyama and Bandaimachi

Many people think that Fukushima is not accessible anymore due to the major disaster that happened in 2011. However, many cities inside Fukushima were not affected by the disaster and are definitely worth visiting. You will support the economy of Fukushima by visiting their prefecture and the people will be...

Hakone – Odawara Castle and Onshi Hakone Park

Hakone is surrounded by beautiful nature. These photos were made during my school trip to Odawara Castle and Onshi Hakone Park. Unfortunately it was raining, otherwise we could have seen mount Fuji. Odawara Castle is a beautiful castle with a long history to it. Entry fee is 400 yen. The...

Odaiba – Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Hot Spring)

During your busy trip in Japan, you might want to take some time to relax and recharge. In this Onsen (hot spring) theme park you’ll find many different baths, 2 sauna’s, a beautiful garden with a huge foot bath filled with various stones to massage your feet (some really hurt...

Hibiya Park – Obon Matsuri

This Obon Matsuri in Hibiya Park is one of my favorite summer festivals in Tokyo! Not too crowded, plenty of space to relax on the grass, great atmosphere, dancing and live performances of Taiko drumming, Enka and more. Of course there is also lots of food. During this festival everyone...

Ueno Park

Ueno Park (上野公園) is located close to Ueno Station and is a huge, public park. You’ll never get bored of this park as it’s filled with museums, temples, a zoo and more. Ueno Park is great to visit all year round. You can rent Swan Boats, enjoy nature and on...

Todoroki Valley

Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷) is the only valley in the Tokyo area and is located in the Setagaya city ward. Most of the nature in Tokyo is artificial, but Todoroki Valley is the real deal which has been preserved throughout Tokyo’s history. The valley runs a length of 1 kilometer and offers...