Cherry Blossom Forecast for Spring 2013

Cherry Blossom Forecast for Spring 2013

In Japan, cherry blossoming is the most important event of spring. Millions of people gather in the nearby parks or Japanese gardens to observe this beautiful and amazing condition of nature. Cherry blossoms, or in Japan, Sakura, are 'celebrated' by picnicking under the cherry trees. This nice, nature-loving practice is called hanami. The Japanese Meteorological Agency lets Japanese people know the Sakura Zensen, or the cherry blossom front every year; which means the movements of cherry ... [ read more ]

Top 5 Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

Top 5 Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

Japanese gardens (or Nihon Teien) are very important symbols of Japanese art and culture. The gardens represent idealized landscapes with amazing views. They can be rock gardens, Zen gardens, roji, stroll gardens or courtyard gardens. These gardens usually include sand, ponds, rocks and of course, plants and flowers. The aesthetic pleasure of the gardens appeared in the Edo Period. Since than, Japanese gardens had conquered the world: they not only attract tourists, but many Japanese gard... [ read more ]

Most Beautiful Rare Animals in Japan

Most Beautiful Rare Animals in Japan

Japan, a country consisting of thousands of islands, has a very unique and interesting ecosystem. Most of these islands have specific climates. The animals inhabiting Japanese islands are believed to have their origins from the surrounding territories, like Korea, China or Siberia. In these days, 370 species of endangered animals live in Japan. Unfortunately, 47 species had already become extinct. Japanese people are already trying to conserve these endangered animals by creating natural ... [ read more ]

Top 5 Attractions in Nara

Top 5 Attractions in Nara

Nara is one of the most important cities in the history of Japan. It was founded in the 8th century and in 2010 it celebrated its 1300th anniversary. Nara is surrounded by bigger cities, such as Kyoto or Osaka. Though it is not one of the biggest cities of Japan, Nara is famous for its huge temples. Some of the oldest shrines of Japan can be found here. There are dozens of must-see places in Nara: mainly temples and shrines, but beautiful gardens and museums also worth a visit. Most of t... [ read more ]

The best hiking spots in Japan

The best hiking spots in Japan

Japan's landscape is amazingly diverse, and many other countries of a similar size could not boast of such a great mix of mountains, valleys, lakes, hot springs and beaches like Japan. And despite being among the most densely populated countries on earth, Japan's natural environment is quite well preserved - no matter how developed and neon-tinged the metropolises are, the countryside is just as tranquil and picturesque as ever. When you feel like you need to escape the urban jungle for a da... [ read more ]

The most famous travel destinations in Japan

The most famous travel destinations in Japan

Traveling throughout the country is quite a popular pastime among the Japanese, and many people take advantage of their school breaks and vacations in order to explore their country. Of course, many travel destinations that are extremely popular with domestic tourists might not yet have risen to international fame, but it is only a matter of time. Japan is an amazing country, where technology, culture and traditions complement each other almost flawlessly, and visiting the most famous travel... [ read more ]

Tips for cherry blossom viewing in Japan

Tips for cherry blossom viewing in Japan

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are one  of the most famous symbols of Japan, and quite possibly the favorite flower of many Japanese. The soft pink petals of the sakura flowers announce the arrival of spring, and the time of the year when you can spend time outside, admiring the beauty of nature. Cherry trees grow all over Japan, and while the precise time of the year when they bloom depends on the weather and the altitude, one thing all cherry trees in Japan have in common is their power to a... [ read more ]

The weirdest attractions in Japan

The weirdest attractions in Japan

Japan is a wonderful country with fascinating culture and history, where you can see works of art and monuments at practically every corner, if you know where to look. It's not difficult to single out the most popular attractions in Japan, although there are many of them. But if you've had your fill of exquisite temples, glamorous shopping centers, parks and nature, then maybe it's time to look at another side of Japan - one that is funny, irreverent and not afraid to step into bizarre terri... [ read more ]