The Japanese have long been told to visit Zenkoji Temple at least once in their lifetime. The 1,400-year-old temple is one of Japan’s most important pilgrimage sites since the 7th century and is regarded as a National Treasure.
While the lake is fictional in the movie, it is based on Lake Suwa, a body of water in the central region of Nagano Prefecture, Japan.
Lake Suwa, located in the middle of the city, is one of Japan’s most famous lakes. It is known for its hot springs (onsen) and the spectacular Suwa Fireworks Festival where 40,000 fireworks take off, enchanting tourists every summer.
The Suwa area is also known as the “Switzerland of the East”, home to many watchmakers, glassmakers, music box and other precision manufacturers.
Matsumoto Castle is one of the five castles designated as National Treasures of Japan. It’s over 400 years old, making it the oldest castle donjon remaining in the country. Unlike many palaces in Japan, its original structure was, fortunately, not bombed during WWII. That’s why it was able to keep most of its original wooden donjons and walls intact.
It is nicknamed as the “crow castle” for its contrasting color of black and white. It’s currently my favorite castle in Japan because I find it exceedingly rare to find a Japanese castle so well preserved in its original state.
It’s my second time visiting the famed attraction and here are some tips that I wished I knew on my first visit…
Nikko is one of the more beautiful places we have visited in Japan. Famous for its heritage sites and breathtaking mountains, it is also known for the many onsens built around the hot springs that dot the area.
About a 2-hour train ride from Tokyo, Nikko is the perfect destination for travelers who want to see a more rural side of Japan.
Winter in Hokkaido is an exciting season marked by gorgeous snow festivals and winter activities held throughout the country. It transforms into a gloriously white winter wonderland, filled with exciting bucket-list-worthy experiences from sparkling winter wonders, to thrilling snow activities and heartwarming onsen spas.
It may not be the first choice for many travelers going to Japan, but for most who have been to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Hokkaido is exactly the next Japan adventure we are all looking for! Good thing, you can now conveniently fly from Manila to Sapporo in less than 5 hours! No more stopovers in Tokyo, unlike my previous trips.
Here are my top 10 recommended experiences you should try when visiting Hokkaido…
One of my greatest joy, when traveling to Hokkaido are sampling the delicious cuisines!
Blessed with the surrounding ocean and bountiful nature, Hokkaido offers a paradise of ingredients from fresh vegetables, dairy farming to mouthwatering seafood. It is known for its ramen, king crabs, milky sweets, “Genghis Khan” mutton and fresh sushi!
Here’s a guide to Hokkaido’s must-try food, from home-cooked dishes to seasonal specialties that’ll make your mouth water…
Star Cruises is now offering visa-free tours to two of Asia’s hottest summer destinations. This year, Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo will call Manila her home port from April until May.
The 5-day cruise takes you to Taiwan and Japan without the hassle of securing a visa.
The SuperStar Virgo is a 13-deck luxury cruise ship with 935 cabins including ‘sea-view’ and balcony suites.
There are a wide variety of international restaurants that range from; Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Western, and an al fresco bar.
The ship also has a number of facilities such as Duty-Free shops, jewelry boutiques, a salon, a spa and gym, karaoke rooms, a child’s activity center, a game room, and a two-level theater that can comfortably seat 800 guests.
Outdoor activities include a 100-meter mega slide, an outdoor swimming pool, mini golf course, and a calendar of themed activities.
Mt Fuji is Japans most recognizable geographical formation and one of the worlds most famous Volcanos. Its nearly symmetrical cone shape has inspired Japanese artist, musicians, and poets for centuries and is considered to be one of Japan’s most sacred sites, playing an important role in Shinto traditions and Japanese culture.
Mt Fuji us one of Japanese Three Sacred Mountains and was officially recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Home to beautiful surrounding forests, Mt Fuji is one of the Japanese most scenic locations, with to a wide verity of plant and animal life.
Today Mt Fuji is a hotbed for tourist activity attracting Millions of tourist and mountain climbers from around the world.
Gettig a chance to visit such an iconic place is something that you will always remember. The beautiful scenery and breathtaking views are an experience every tourist in Japan should try.
Sunrise Tours JTB Bus Tour (Mt Fuji & Hakone Day Trip) Hanshu, Japan (Main Island)
Tokyo – Mt Fuji, Chūbu Region
9am – 8pm JTB Western Japan, Corp.International Travel Division 608-9 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto, 600-8216 Japan
+81-75-371-7910(Japan) 075-371-7910(domestic) Website: JTB Sunrise Tours Email:[email protected]