Spot Report

Spot report – Matsuyama (2022-07-16)

Webmaster visited a historical city Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture.   Access: “Itami AP, Osaka (plane 0:45) Matsuyama AP (bus 0:15) Matsuyama @ Shin-osaka (shinkansen 0:50) Okayama (express train 2:45) Matsuyama @   The tram running in the center of the city may be convenient for touristic activities, It costs 180 yen for a ride, and the service is frequent enough.… Read more →

Spot report – Kamikochi (2021-10-17)

Webmaster visited Kamikochi where one can enjoy pure nature and alpine view.   Official website of Kamikochi   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:14) Shinjuku (express train 2:40) Matsumoto (local train 0:31) Shin-shimashima (bus 1:00) @   Kappa-bashi Bridge, which is only 6-minute walk from the bus terminal, and the view from the bridge.     Kappa-bashi Bridge at the… Read more →

Spot report – Five-story pagoda of Ryuko-ji Temple (2020-08-23)

Webmaster visited Ryuko-ji Temple in which precincts there is a five-story pagoda.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:44) Fujisawa (local train 0:11) Enoshima (walk 0:03) @   This is Niomon Gate, the main entrance to the precincts.     A pair of Nio guards the gate.     Then, the next Sanmon Gate is on top of stairs.    … Read more →

Spot report – Hakone-jinja Shrine (2020-08-08)

Webmaster visited Hakone-jinja Shrine. The shrine is located at the shore of Lake Ashinoko on Mt. Hakone. Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:37) Odawara (bus 1:10) Moto-hakone (walk 0:15) @   Mt. Hakone is an active volcano with huge caldera, and Ashinoko is a caldera lake.     This lake has a legend of the dragon with nine heads which had caused… Read more →

Spot report – Apricot blossom in Fuchu Museum (2020-02-19)

Webmaster visited the apricot garden in Fuchu City Kyodonomori Museum (Fuchushi-kyodonomori-hakubutsukan) this week.   Tokyo (local train 0:50) Bubaigawara (bus 0:06/walk 0:20) Kyodonomori-seimon-mae @   Japanese apricot (Prunus mume) blooms in February, about one month and half earlier than cherry blossom. Therefore, we Japanese consider apricot blossom a notice of that the arrival of spring is not very far.  … Read more →

Spot report – Riding Steam Locomotive (2020-02-10)

Webmaster went to ride a steam locomotive (SL) in Yokokawa of Gunma Prefecture last weekend.   Tokyo (shinkansen 0:55) Takasaki (local train 0:35) Yokokawa @   The steam locomotive stars from Yokokawa Station, which is a small station located at the Eastern foot of Usui Pass. The railroad extended to the other side of the pass until 1997 when Bullet… Read more →

Spot report – Otsuka Museum of Art (2019-12-18)

Webmaster visited Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima Prefecture last week.   This museum is of fine art ceramic reproductions. The museum houses more than one thousand reproductions of treasured Western artworks in actual size, from ancient frescoes to modern paintings.   Although all exhibited are reproductions, but those are reproduced (printed on ceramic boards) very detailedly. Moreover, visitors… Read more →

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 →