Urban oasis – Hamarikyu garden

Urban oasis – Hamarikyu garden in central Tokyo.
This garden was originally built as a feudal lord’s Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo Period.Now it’s open for public.The gardens are built around a central pond. In the middle of the pond is a teahouse.You can sit down to enjoy a cup of matcha tea. Throughout the park there are a number of plum and cherry trees.It full bloom in spring and beautiful.Many people come to have a picnic and relax there.The contrast with the skyscrapers is spectacular.
都会のオアシス 浜離宮恩賜公園。江戸時代に創設され、歴代の将軍に愛された由緒ある庭園。海水の池、水上の茶室。高層ビル群とのコントラストが壮観です。

Mt.Kintoki in Hakone town

Mt.Kintoki is famous for the spectacular view of Mt.Fuji and related to the Kintaro legend.It’s only about one hour hike. This mountain in located in famous Onsen town Hakone.How about refresh yourself with Onsen after hiking. Highly recommended!

Tokyo walking

It was a nice and warm day. I started from Kanda via Akihabara, Okachimachi,then arrived at Ueno.The cherry blossoms have started to bloom. Spring is just around the corner.

North Japan Autumn Leaves Touring – Day 4

Day 4 Aomori to Hachimantai
After enjoy Hokkaido, let’s move to the Tohoku region by ferry.

Today we ride from Aomori to Hachimantai area.First visit to Oirase area northern Aomori.

Tsutanuma Lake is surrounded by the deep primeval forest of the beech and they are dyed bright red and yellow in autumn. It’s the gorgeous world where it is reflected in the lake.

The Oirase Gorge is one of the most beautiful river valleys in Japan. Let’s get off your bike and enjoy walking along the river for a while. it’s nice to walk through a beautiful deciduous forest, known for its spectacular colors in autumn with fantastic shades of yellow and red leaves.

North Japan Autumn Leaves Touring – Day 3

Day3 & 4 Hakodate to Aomori(Tohoku region)
Hakodate is Hokkaido’s third largest city located at the island’s southern tip.In Hakodate,at first let’s visit Tobetsu Trappist Monastery.It’s located about 18 km west of Hakodate. To the gate, there is a lovely avenue lined with trees.

The cookies and butter made by the monks are very popular souvenirs.From late April to late October, soft serve ice cream with the Trappist Cookie is sold and it is popular.Try them!

Then visit Goryokaku.It’s a star-shaped fort completed almost 150 years ago.It’s famous as the site of the last battle of the civil war for the Japanese Revolution. From the Goryokaku Tower Observatory, we can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire beautiful star-shaped estate and surrounding moat.