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Spot report – Takayama (2019-11-22)

Webmaster visited Takayama three weeks ago. Takayama is a small city in the central mountainous region, which maintains an atmosphere of old Japanese town.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 1:45) Nagoya (express train 2:25) Takayama @   Sakurayama-hachiman Shrine   Takayama Festival Float Exhibition Hall   Miyagawa Morning Market and colored carp in Miyagawa River.   Jin’ya Morning Market   Historic… Read more →

Spot report – Aquarium Sagamihara (2019-08-26)

Webmaster visited Aquarium Sagamihara in Kanagawa Pref. this month.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:55) Sagamihara (bus 0:25) Fureai-kagakukan-mae @   The entrance hall and an approach to the main exhibition room.     This aquarium isn’t very big, but has fine exhibition of fresh water life of Sagami River which is the largest river in the prefecture.    … Read more →

Spot report – Yugyo-ji Temple (2019-08-07)

Webmaster visited Yugyo-ji Temple in Kanagawa Pref. last week. Yugyo-ji Temple is the headquarters of Jishu sect. The temple has the long history since 1325, although the original buildings are not left.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:44) Fujisawa (walk 0:15) @   It needs to walk for 15 minutes from Fujisawa Station. Once passing through the Somon Gate, visitors… Read more →

Spot report – Oyama-afuri-jinja Shrine (2019-08-06)

Webmaster visited Oyama-afuri-jinja Shrine in Kanagawa Pref. last week.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:14) Shinjuku (local train 0:54) Isehara (bus 0:25) Oyama-cable (walk 0:15) Oyama-cable (cable car 0:06) Afuri-jinja (walk 0:05) @   From the bus stop, it needs to walk for 15 minutes to the station of cable car.     There are souvenir shops and restaurants along… Read more →

Spot report – Choan-ji Temple (2019-02-11)

Webmaster visited Choan-ji Temple in Hakone last week.     Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:37) Odawara (bus 0:50) Sengoku (walk 0:05) @   You can encounter the stone statues of Rakan, there. Rakan are the honorific title of Buddhist disciples who have attained the high status of spirit.       Choan-ji temple started to make and set the statues in… Read more →

Spot report – Hakone-komagatake Ropeway (2019-01-31)

Webmaster took Hakone-komagatake Ropeway this week. It was a very clear day providing a nice view.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:37) Odawara (bus 1:20) Hakone’en (walk 0:05) @   The bus trip started from Odawara Station.   As it was a weekday in winter, not so many people visit to Hakone. In fact I was the only passenger from the… Read more →

Spot report – Kamakura (2019-01-28)

Webmaster have a half-day-visit to Kamakura last week. It was a fine day and good to have a walk.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:46) kamakura @   Wintersweet or Japanese allspice (Chimonanthus praecox) flowers in the garden of Hasedera Temple. The yellow flowers match blue winter sky!     This is the great Buddha of Kotoku-in Temple known as… Read more →

Spot report – Joetsu Aquarium (2018-09-30)

Webmaster visited Joetsu Aquarium a few weeks ago. This aquarium was renovated and reopened last June. http://www.umigatari.jp/file/guidebook_en2018.pdf     Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 2:05) Joetsu-myoko (local train 0:14) Naoetsu (walk 0:15) @   This is the main aquarium in which sea lives of the Sea of Japan are kept. Visitors can observe the sea lives from various directions.       A… Read more →

Food of the region – Tare katsudon of Niigata (2018-09-17)

Katsudon is a bowl of rice topped with a pork cutlet, one of popular Japanese foods. Normally, the cutlet is wrapped with a beaten egg with soya-based sauce. (Common katsudon (Source: Wikipedia)) Once, Country-Japan introduced sauce-katsudon and demi-katsudon. Now, the other type of katsudon is introduced you, which is tare-katsudon of Niigata Prefecture.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 2:15) Niigata @… Read more →