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The 6 things you must know about the science of persuasion

first_imgIf you have never read the classic book Influence by Robert Cialdini, you really should. But you’re also in luck, because the Influence at Work team just released this summary of the six principles of persuasion that the book covers. Spend 11 minutes watching this video – it’s well worth your time.Trouble viewing the video? Go here.No time to watch? Here’s my summary of the principles and how they apply to us.1. Reciprocity – People tend to return a favor, thus all those annoying address labels charities send out as a fundraising ploy.2. Scarcity – Perceived scarcity fuels demand. “Only four memberships are left” prompts action!3. Authority – People will tend to obey authority figures. What expert can attest to the value of your organization?4. Consistency – If people commit to an idea or goal, they are more likely to follow through. It’s why pledging is a great option for people who aren’t ready to take action.5. Liking – People are easily persuaded by other people whom they like. That’s why you want your champions spreading the word about your cause among their friends and family.6. Consensus – People will do what other people are doing. That’s why it’s great to show who is taking action for your cause – others are likely to conform.last_img read more

The state of the nonprofit sector? Not so hot.

first_imgThe Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has released its annual State of the Sector survey, and it shows nonprofits like yours are struggling with a tough funding environment and increasing need for the services you provide. This is requiring tough choices – and changing the way you do business, according to the survey.Here’s a summary of the report from the NFF. Does it capture your situation? Are you better or worse off than your peers?According to NFF:Nonprofits need new funding sources and models:• 42% of survey respondents report that they do not have the right mix of financial resources to thrive and be effective in the next 3 years.• 1 in 4 nonprofits has 30 days or less cash-on-hand.• Over the next twelve months, 39% plan to change the main ways they raise and spend money.• 23% will seek funding other than grants or contracts, such as loans or investments.Nonprofits that receive government funding face particular challenges:• Only 14% of nonprofits receiving state and local funding are paid for the full cost of services; just 17% of federal fund recipients receive full reimbursement. Partial reimbursements require additional funding to cover the growing gap as nonprofits serve more people.• Government is late to pay: Among those with state or local funding, just over 60% reported overdue government payments; over 50% reported late payments from the federal government.Under these challenging conditions, many nonprofits are unable to meet growing need in their communities:• For the first time in the five years of the survey, more than half (52%) of respondents were unable to meet demand over the last year; 54% say they won’t be able to meet demand this year.• This represents a worrying trend; in 2009, 44% of nonprofits said they were unable to meet demand.• Jobs (59%) and housing (51%) continue to be top concerns for those in low-income communities.• 90% of respondents say financial conditions are as hard or harder than last year for their clients; this is actually a slight improvement from prior years’ outlook.Nonprofits are changing the way they do business to adapt to the new reality. In the past 12 months:• 49% have added or expanded programs or services; 17 percent reduced or eliminated programs or services.• 39% have collaborated with another organization to improve or increase services.• 39% have upgraded technology to improve organizational efficiency.• 36% engaged more closely with their board. For more on the survey and detailed data, go here.last_img read more

Think your data is too overwhelming? Start here.

first_imgIn the recently released Individual Donor Benchmark Report, the folks at Third Space Studio and BC/DC Ideas looked at fundraising data for organizations with budgets under $2 million. The report contains a wealth of information—including insight on donor communication, recurring giving programs, and technology use—that can help small and medium nonprofits understand how to best reach potential donors. The research also observed data practices of small nonprofits. Not surprisingly, these organizations often struggle to collect and use their own data to optimize their fundraising approach. Since this information can make a huge difference in the success of a campaign, how can fundraisers make the time to dig into their data to identify new opportunities and communicate more effectively with donors? Consider these three tips on getting started from Third Space Studio’s Heather Yandow: 1. Start small.It can be overwhelming to think about all of the types of data you could be collecting. If you’re just starting out, focus on tracking just a few key metrics like number of donors, number of new donors, and average gift. Also consider the reports built into your database and fundraising tools. 2. Get the most bang for your buck.Understand which metrics have the most impact on your fundraising program and start there. Are you struggling with keeping donors year after year? Take a closer look at your retention rate by type of donors (volunteers, activists, major donors) or by channel (online, direct mail, events). Are you considering moving from direct mail to online only? Try an experiment with a subset of your donors and track the results. (Try this simple worksheet to design and track your experiments.)3. Make it easy for Future You.Keep a record of how you define your metrics and how you measure them. A year from now, you may not remember if lapsed members meant someone hadn’t given in one year or two – or if you counted people who bought tickets to your special event as donors. Be sure to capture those distinctions, including how you tricked your database into giving you the data you wanted, in a safe place so that Future You can calculate the data in the same way next time around.How are you using your fundraising and marketing data to shape your approach with potential and existing donors? Share your tips and challenges in the comments below!last_img read more

Millennials as Your Secret Weapon

first_imgNonprofits are finding new ways to tap the most vocal supporters outside their core networks to become active supporters of their causes. These supporters, or peer influencers, could be even more important than your brand. While young people may be inclined to “like” or share your existing information, you must respect the fact that they are capable of much more. Focus instead on inspiring Millennials to create and share their own perspectives. Give them the opportunity to take greater ownership over how you are perceived in the world. Peer influencers can help establish trust, exchange ideas and information, and demonstrate relevance. You can begin to embrace peer influencers and make them work for you by following these steps:Consider working with influencers so you can know the message they are sending while giving them room to adapt and remix it.Create opportunities for influencers to be creative, and recognize their efforts when they have success.Make sure your website and landing pages are easy to read and access, or the influence will not work.Monitor the reach of your influence (retweets, etc.).Help your staff understand and leverage the power of influencers.At the end of the day, Millennials are highly selective about what organizations they engage with in a crowded and noisy marketplace. Even though peer influence might attract a Millennial to click or read, it might not be enough to persuade them to follow your social channels. The key to reaching and engaging Millennials isn’t to do more traditional, expensive advertising and marketing campaigns or flashy, creative social efforts that emerge from inside your operation. It’s about finding a way into conversations between Millennials, and then letting those conversations take their course.Adapted from Network for Good’s eBook “The Millennial Donor Playbook,” by Kari Saratovsky, Chief Engagement Officer at Third Plateau Social Impact Strategieslast_img read more

Boards and Fundraising: The Role Every Board Member Can Play

first_imgWant more tips on boards and fundraising? Download the full eGuide: How To Create a Fundraising Friendly Board In my experience, there isn’t a board that doesn’t groan when the topic of fundraising comes up. Board members often consider fundraising one piece of an organization’s fiscal health. When it comes to rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in it, they suddenly disappear. This happens for three reasons:1. Board members may think that soliciting gifts is the only way to fundraise.To debunk this myth, it’s important to explain the different roles Board members can play in fundraising. Some Board leaders are ambassadors. Ambassadors cultivate connections and introduce new people to an organization. Some can be connectors to their networks and bring other donors to you. Some may enjoy being solicitors and asking potential and current donors to invest in your work.Finally, all Board members can and should be stewards of your donors. Take Board “thank you” calls. They have an incredible effect on donor retention. Penelope Burk’s 2003 research showed that if a donor received a thank you call from a Board member within days of making a gift:93% said that they would “definitely or probably give again the next time they were asked”84% said they would “make a larger gift.”74% would “continue giving indefinitely.”The next time your Board balks at calling or writing a donor, share these powerful statistics with them.  Or better yet, show them this graphic:Tips: Identify a few specific activities for ambassadors, connectors, solicitors and stewards. Each year, ask Board members what role they feel most comfortable playing in fundraising and assign them a couple of tasks. Build time during every Board meeting for members to write “thank you” notes and regularly assign calls to Board members to thank your donors.2. They need help talking about your organization and why it deserves donor support.This may seem strange given the assumption that Board leaders are the real “insiders” of an organization. However, Board members may be wary of fundraising if they weren’t given a good orientation when they started or aren’t provided regular updates about your organization’s latest successes, challenges, and opportunities.Tips: Give every new Board member an in-depth orientation which includes fundraising training. Kick off each fiscal year with a refresher orientation to ensure that all Board members really understand your work and how to ask for support. Create standard talking points and an “elevator pitch” so that everyone is literally speaking off the same hymn sheet.3. They fear rejection.Who doesn’t, right? Board members may feel that fundraising is “begging,” or that they’ll make a prospective donor uncomfortable or caught off guard. Here’s a little secret: if you’ve trained your Board members to exude passion for your mission, they’ve made their own personal financial commitment, you’ve cultivated the prospect, and brought that Board member into the process well before the ask, there’s no question you will get a “yes.” It’s a lot like dating. If you propose to someone on the first date, your chances of getting accepted are pretty unlikely.Tips: Ask Board members what’s holding them back from talking about your organization or feeling comfortable soliciting a gift. How can you allay their fears? Coach the Board member on the fundraising cycle and what they can do to ensure a potential donor eventually says “yes.”last_img read more

Study Demonstrates Far-reaching Impact of Maternal Deaths on Children in Tanzania

first_imgPosted on August 28, 2013February 16, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Maternal health advocates often point out that when a mother dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, her surviving family members, particularly her children are left to face a range of negative effects. And, indeed, substantial quantitative evidence from around the world has reinforced this claim: there is little doubt that maternal deaths are strongly associated with an increased risk of poor health, educational outcomes and economic status for their children. Further, the effects seem to be particularly acute for girls. However, gaps in knowledge remain: while it is obvious that mothers’ and children’s health are connected, it is not clear how these connections function.  A new study, “Costs of Inaction on Maternal Mortality: Qualitative Evidence of the Impacts of Maternal Deaths on Living Children in Tanzania,” by Alicia Ely Yamin, Vanessa M. Boulanger, Kathryn L. Falb, Jane Shuma and Jennifer Leaning published in PLOS One offers critical evidence on this gap  in knowledge. The researchers’  in-depth, qualitative approach provides crucial evidence on both the profound effect of a mother’s death on her surviving children, and sheds new light on the many connections between mothers’ and children’s well-being. The authors write: “The study illuminates the high costs to surviving children and their families of failing to reduce maternal mortality in this region and highlights potential pathways through which maternal mortality and maternal orphan morbidities are linked. Our findings are consistent with the existing literature on vulnerable children, but highlight the specific health and social impacts that a maternal death can have throughout the course of a child’s life and the all too frequent cycle of poverty and suffering that stems from the high cost of failing to prevent a maternal death and subsequent inaction to protect and support maternal orphans.”Throughout, they emphasize the critical role of underlying factors, such as poverty and inequitable gender norms in enhancing the health risks faced by women and children alike. The study is the first in a series led by the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights program on the Health Rights of Women and Children (HRWC), and supported by the Hansen Project on Maternal and Child Health, both of which are based at the Harvard University School of Public Health. The project aims to document both root causes and long-reaching impacts of maternal and child mortality in order to inform the development of evidence-based policy and advocacy at the national and global levels.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Meet Wild Dolphins Near Tokyo In Mikurashima

first_imgHave you ever heard of an island called Mikurashima before? This island is currently gaining attention as it is being developed into an eco-tourism hotspot.The main feature of Mikurashima is its naturalness. With the ocean surrounding it, untold numbers of wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins call this area home, and as a result, of the magnificent views afforded here, many tourists stop by each year. Today, let’s take a virtual tour of Mikurashima via Google Street View and get a 360 degree look at the abundant nature to be found there.Part of Tokyo Floating in the Pacific – MikurashimaMikurashima is a small island floating in the Pacific. While classified as part of the Izu islands group, Mikurashima is counted as part of the Tokyo Metropolitan area.Located roughly 200 kilometers south of Tokyo, the natural beauty of this island has remained relatively untouched.Mikurashima can be accessed by either air or sea. However, there are no direct flights to this island. In order to reach the island, you will have to first fly from Haneda Airport to Hachijō Island or fly from Chōfu Airport to Ōshima or Miyakejima then take either the ferry or a helicopter to Mikurashima itself.If you want to take just the ferry, you should depart from Takeshiba wharf, where you will first stop at Miyakejima before reaching Mikurashima. Takeshiba wharf may be accessed from Daimon station on the Asakusa line, JR Hamamatsuchō station, or Takeshiba station on the Yurikamome line. If you leave at night, you will arrive at Mikurashima in the morning.Mikurashima – Home of EcotourismAn abundant expanse of blue ocean spreads out right before your eyes. This is Mikurashima. Unusual for an island, Mikurashima is covered in primeval forest and has beech and other large trees spreading out across it.Many different types of fish live near this island as well, thanks to the abundant nutrients and fresh water pouring off into the ocean and giving rise to lots of plankton. This in turn draws Mikurashima’s greatest attraction: the dolphins come to the outskirts of the island to gorge themselves on the fish.The vast majority of tourists to Mikurashima come every year from April to November during dolphin-watching season. What a precious experience it must be to swim with the wild dolphins. By all means, please try this once in your lifetime.See All of Mikurashima from High GroundIf you stand on higher ground, you will find yourself surrounded by almost impossibly beautiful scenery: the brilliant greens of the landscape, vivid blue waters and soft white clouds. On Google Street View here, you can see the north-west of Mikurashima where Mikurashima Harbor is located. This is the only harbor in all of Mikurashima, making it the front door to the island.As the harbor was built in such a way that it appears to cling to the cliffs, in order to reach the harbor from the village, detours along hill roads had to be designed. For that reason, it may seem a bit difficult if you elect to walk to the harbor.Mikurashima harbor not only hosts large ships but is also the anchorage site of the island’s fishing boats. As the scale of the harbor is on the small side, there are careful restrictions on the size of the boats that may dock at it. Thanks to the careful adherence to the rules of the island fishing industry, Mikurashima harbor has continuously played the role of the safe front door to the island.Dolphin Watching HillJust on top of the hill road overlooking Mikurashima harbor you will find the Dolphin Watching Hill. As you have a near panoramic view, if you stand on this point during the dolphin season, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the dolphins as they swim about below you.But, if you can’t see the dolphins, at the very least you have this picturesque scenery to enjoy. Unfortunately, the street view footage was taken on an overcast day, but on sunny days you can fully appreciate the painting-like colors of the land and seascape. If you click the street view screen and face it forward, you can see the ocean view from the Dolphin Watching Hill, so please take a look around at the sights via this service.In ConclusionWhat do you think of the scenery here at Mikurashima? Thanks to Google Street View and the hard work of the people that live in Mikurashima, anyone can have a taste of the gorgeous scenery that they see throughout the day, every day. Thanks to the efforts of the islanders, you can enjoy this incredible 360 degree view of their home.From spring to summer, you can enjoy the Mikurashima Dolphin Swim tours. Like the townspeople, if you follow the rules and behave with good manners, you too can enjoy the unspoiled nature and impressive scenery of Mikurashima to your heart’s content.Recommended articlesMeet and Swim with Wild Dolphins at Notojima Island, Ishikawa!Experience the Pacific Rim at the Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKANCome See the Whale Sharks at the Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa“Sunshine Aquarium”, Perfect Place for Everyone to RelaxExploring the Stalactite Cave on Ishigaki Island, OkinawaInformationMikurashima Town HallAddress: Tokyo, Mikurashima Island, JinyukanegasawaPhone Number: 04994-8-2121 (Mikurashima Town Hall)Homepage: Mikurashima Town (Japanese)last_img read more

Japanese Encyclopedia Valentines Day

first_imgAlthough it was once common for people to purchase their honmei choco, there are many women nowadays that make their own chocolates, cookies, brownies and other sweets to give to the person that they are interested in. According to popular thought, putting your feelings into making the item is more important than the price of the item itself.Practically everyone from kindergarten age onwards celebrates Valentine’s Day in one way or another in Japan now, and new traditions are being added as the years go by. For example, tomo choco, or ‘friend chocolates’, which are made for your friends to enjoy, are now quite popular among the younger generations. Valentine’s Day, celebrated on February 14th, is an international holiday on which people celebrate love. How people celebrate however varies from country to country, and this is no different in Japan. Today, let’s take a look at Valentine’s Day in Japan.Godiva chocolates are very popular in Japan. Photo by: EverJean on FlickrJapanese Valentine: The Day When Ladies Give Chocolate to the One They LovePhoto by: Rosa y Dani on FlickrIn general, Valentine’s Day is a day on which couples express their love for one another in some manner, be it through gifts, going out to celebrate, or some other romantic gesture.Lovers and married couples may send flowers or cards to each other at work; in some countries people send presents to each other, while in other countries men send flowers to their ladies.In Japan, however, the situation is a little different.For the Japanese, Valentine’s Day initially began as a day on which people would confess their love for each other. It became customary for a single woman to give expensive chocolates to the man that she had a crush on. This practice began in the 1930’s, by a Japanese confectionery company that started selling Valentine’s chocolates.Before we talk about the present, here are some important terms to know when discussing Valentine’s Day in Japan.Giri ChocoPhoto by: yosshi on FlickrPeople from North America might remember having to give out Valentine’s cards to everyone in their class as a child, in order to not leave anyone without a Valentine. There is a slightly similar practice in Japan.Giri choco, or ‘obligatory chocolates’, are chocolates that women present to the various men in their life, whether at work or school. These are typically low-priced, store bought chocolates that can be purchased in bulk. The message given by giri choco is “I appreciate you as a friend only” or “thank you for being my friend”.On the other hand, honmei choco (‘true feelings chocolates’), is the term used for those high quality chocolates that are given to the person you have feelings for.Recent Valentine’s Day TrendsPhoto by: gamemall104 on FlickrThe practice of handing out giri choco has not changed over the years, save for in the variety of chocolates available and in the number of shops selling chocolates and other foods specifically for this purpose. Everything from band aid shaped chocolates to chocolate dinosaurs to liquor-filled chocolate bottles can be found at any of the numerous department and variety good stores in Japan – for a limited time only.Places like Tokyo SkyTree, Tokyo Tower, aquariums, restaurants and other establishments all throughout Japan have special Valentine’s events ranging from special illuminations, Valentine’s limited night hours, exclusive menus and more just for this day.last_img read more

Hokkaidos Shirogane Blue Pond A Stunning Sight Created By Accident

first_img8 Things To Do In Furano-Biei – Seasonal Views And Nature In Hokkaido Hokkaido Travel Guide: Points Of Interest, Weather, Events, And More! The Shirogane Blue Pond gets its water from the nearby Shirahige Falls. In the waterfall, the water mixes with aluminum from the cliff it flows through. Once the aluminum infused water settles in the pond, it reflects and breaks the sunlight in a unique way, giving it a vivid blue hue.The blue water also wouldn’t appear nearly as bright if the rocks on the bottom were not white. Substances like sulfur in the pond are responsible for bleaching the rock so the ethereal blue color can reflect off their clean canvas.Shirogane Blue Pond – A Mystical Nature Spot The Shirogane Blue Pond gets its name from its unreal looking blue waters. Depending on the weather and the season it can change from a milky light blue to a deep green-turquoise.The Shirogane Blue Pond is an artificially created pond, and it is rather new. It is one of the ponds that were a by-product of creating a dam at the Biei River. This was to stop the volcanic mud of the erupting Mt. Tokachi from reaching the town of Biei in 1988. However, it is the only one of these ponds that displays the beautiful blue color. Just like everything else in Japan, the ponds surrounding are tinted red in the fall. It creates a stark contrast to the pond, which is usually emerald green in autumn.Read also The color is not the only unique aspect of the pond. It houses dead trees that are not baring any leaves in its middle. They add to the enchanting and eerie appearance.These trees are Japanese larch and silver birch trees that grow all around the pond as well. The ones in the pond became partly submerged when the area flooded. Their withered appearance offers something that could be straight of a dark fantasy movie. The pond’s mystical look is the reason why it is considered and even used as a spiritual place by many people. Hokkaido 2019 – 10 Best Spots To View The Autumn Leaves In spring, the blue pond is at the height of its enticing color. In early spring the water is often still slightly frozen over. It is not a thick layer of ice but just enough to let the water shine through.The water is brightest and clearest between May and June. However,  the color always depends on the amount of aluminum in the water as well as the weather.Summer – Nature in Full Bloom In summer the blue is accentuated by the green trees and illuminated by the blue sky. Most of the pond’s pictures you can find online are shot in summer. Furano And Biei In Hokkaido – A Summer Escape To A Fairytale Worldcenter_img While the blue pond is a unique spot in the area, its surrounding nature is also stunning. The trees growing all around the pond seem to merge with the blue water, creating a picturesque scene.It should be mentioned that even a slight wind can influence the color of the pond, as it disturbs the surface and the reflection that creates the colored appearance. It is usually the most beautiful on a clear, bright day without wind or rain.This area is also popular for nature walks and hiking. It is home to Mt. Tokachi, Mt. Tomurashi, and the Daisetsuzan National Park.Changing Beauty Through the Seasons The Shirogane Blue Pond is beautiful year-round. Every season will offer a different display.Spring – The Bluest of Them All Picture from 8 Things To Do In Furano-Biei – Seasonal Views And Nature In HokkaidoVisiting the pond in summer is not only recommended for the beauty of the pond alone. The pond is not far from some of Furano’s famous lavender fields, so if you visit in July you can enjoy two of Furano’s most famous sights.Fall – Blue Waters Surrounded by Red Leaves The pond was not accessible in winter until a couple of years ago. However, in recent years they opened it to the public and even started to illuminate it in the evening.Hokkaido can get snow as early as October, and the pond usually freezes over. The ice has an unusual hue of blue, and the snow adds to the whimsical look of the scenery.Shirogane Blue Pond – How to Get There Traveling in Hokkaido it is easiest if you can rent a car. Buses are scarce, and a car will save you a lot of waiting time. From Biei Station it will take about twenty minutes to drive to the pond.You can access the Shirogane Blue Pond by a direct bus connection from JR Biei Station as well. The Dohoku Bus starts from near JR Biei Station, and the ride takes about twenty-five minutes.Nature’s Beautiful AccidentThe blue pond just as a side effect from a necessary action that had to be taken after Mt. Tokachi erupted. However, it is one of Hokkaido’s most popular outdoor sights. Several unusual incidents had to come together to create its blue color and whimsical look. Make sure to visit the Shirogane Blue Pond when you are in the Furano area. Shirogane Blue Pond View InformationRead also Winter – Snow Illuminated by Light Shirogane Blue Pond – Beautiful All Year Round The area of Furano and Biei in Hokkaido is mainly known for its gorgeous lavender fields in late summer. However, in recent years, the Shirogane Blue Pond in Biei has become another popular reason to visit the area. One of the appeals is that its appearance isn’t tied to a season, but has an ethereal beauty all year round.Why is the Shirogane Blue Pond Blue?last_img read more

The Tokyo Vegan Meetup Group A Monthly Buffet in Roppongi

first_imgTravelers and expats alike gather in Roppongi.About 3 minutes from the Roppongi station there’s a restaurant, where lovers of vegetarian cooking meet up once every month.Over 1700 members! “The Tokyo Vegan Meetup Group”The group is mainly intended for vegans and vegetarians, but anyone can join.The 1700 members (as of December 2014) is made up of both those visiting Japan and Japanese (50/50).Vegetarians, people who love vegetables, people searching for new friends, or even people who just love Roppongi, are welcome.Vegan BuffetMembers pay at the front, and then enter.Every month there are about 40-60 participants, so it’s always lively.Both in line and at the tables people is casually enjoy their conversations. They discuss a litany of topics, such as vegan restaurants they visited recently, or how to search for stores for vegetarians, or even how they make food at home. All of the food is vegan, and as such contains no meat, fish, or dairy products.Put whatever you like onto your plate and enjoy your meal.This is their pumpkin pie. At this meetup they had a good menu for dishes specific to the season.Every season they have a slightly different menu. The menu is displayed on their homepage before the event.Only 3 minutes from the Roppongi Station! “The Pink Cow”Walk a brief 3 minutes from Tokyo Metro/Toei Chika Tetsu Roppongi station’s 3rd or 5th exit, and find their meeting place, “The Pink Cow”, near the Roppongi 5-cho intersection. It hosts a lot of events, and has staff that can speak both Japanese and English. Their vegan menu is specific to the vegan meetup parties.How do I join?(Meetup Homepage)The Tokyo Vegan Meetup Group HPFirst, get on their homepage and register. (They also have an application for smartphones and tablets.) You can also register with your Facebook account.Set the location to Tokyo, and search for “vegan”, and several groups will pop upClick “The Tokyo Vegan Meetup Group” and join.When an event is scheduled, a confirmation mail in your email inbox, press “join”, and you’re registered.Final CommentsThe meeting is once a month in Roppongi.It could be a great way to meet not only vegans and vegetarians, but people from all walks of life.InformationThe Pink CowAddress: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi 5-5-1 Roppongi Roa Building B1FHours of Operation:Fri~Sun: 17:00~00:00Tue~Thurs: 17:00~00:00Scheduled Holidays: Mondays, For other holidays, please check the HPWi-Fi: NoneAccepted Credit Cards: VISA, MASTER Card, JCB, AMEX, Diners*Cash only for the vegan buffetLanguage Accessibility:English, JapaneseMenu Language: English menu availableNearest Station: Roppongi StationAccess: 3 minute walk from Tokyo Metro/Toei Tikatetsu Roppongi StationPrice Range: 2000~4000 yenPhone Number: 03-6434-5773Official Webpage:The Pink Cowlast_img read more

Ishikawas Shiroyone Senmaida See 1004 Beautiful Rice Paddies

first_imgSurprisingly, visitors to the Noto area can participate in an actual rice harvest; a hands-on experience reaping a crop that the local Japanese people have grown with all their heart! When you go to Ishikawa prefecture’s Noto area, the first place you need to visit is Shiroyone Senmaida in Wajima city. Nestled between the main highway and the ocean is steep sloping farmland covered with an unbelievable 1004 terraced rice paddies, arranged in stair-like layers. Shiroyone Senmaida, which takes on a distinctly different appearance with the changing of the seasons, has received high acclaim internationally, and in 2011 was officially designated as a World Agricultural Heritage Site.For those of you who would like to know more, please refer to the following article What A View! Terraced Rice Fields And Sandy Beaches: 2 Secret Spots In Ishikawa(Japanese).Shiroyone SenmaidaAddress: Ishikawa, Wajima, Futatsuyamachi 2-29Phone: 0768-23-1146Website: Shiroyone SenmaidaTry Your Hand at Harvesting Rice! This rice harvest activity is something you can experience with all five senses, and with your hands you can actually touch the crops that were produced with love and dedication by the Noto farmers. This is a unique chance because even most Japanese people have never participated in a rice harvest before.So on your next visit to Noto, please visit the rice paddies and see for yourself where Japan’s staple food – white rice – is produced!For those interested in the rice harvest experience, and for those who’d like to register, please refer to the Wajima Tourist Information.You May Also Like:Sogen Sake Brewery: Taking Pride In Brewing The Local Sake Of NotoYamanaka Onsen – A 1300 Year Old Hot Spring Town in Ishikawa4 Things to Do in the Historical City of Kanazawa, IshikawaKanazawa Sightseeing – The Perfect Two-Day ItineraryKenrokuen and Other Historic Attractions – A Guide To Kanazawa When winter arrives at Shiroyone Senmaida, the tops of the rice plants are blanketed with a dusting of snow, and during the summer harvest period, the ripe ears of rice are illuminated by the evening sun and the whole area is covered in golden waves, greeting visitors with a vivid, unforgettable sight. Noto area rice takes time and effort and is grown with care by local farmers.center_img Shiroyone Senmaida, A World Agricultural Heritage Site! White rice is an indispensable part of the Japanese diet and can only be grown in areas with clean, pure water and rich, fertile soil. To join the rice harvest you don’t need to bring anything. Just put on the rubber boots provided for you, then take the small sickle and head for the rice paddy. As the local farmers teach you about the rice harvest process, all the participants join forces and perform the harvest duties. As you can see in the pictures, participants cut the rice with the sickle, then gather up the plants with their hands and put them in a bundle (called a hosa), and finally place them over a horizontal bar to dry. The rice paddy is filled with people beaming with delight at their first time harvest experience.last_img read more

Ward Off Evil With Food 3 Souvenirs From Kawasaki Daishi Temple

first_imgKawasaki Daishi Templein Kawasaki city, Kanagawa, is known for its ability to ward offfuture misfortunes (yaku) and is a popular spot frequented by a large number of visitors.Surrounding the front of this large, well-known temple is a shopping street which sells goods related to the warding-off of evil. Among them are the candy specialty shop Matsuya Sohonten, the popular Tsudaya , which sells daruma-shaped rice crackers, and Sumiyoshi , where you can find a local favorite called kuzumochi. These famous shops are an excellent choice for souvenirs.The area can be reached within ten minutes on foot from Kawasaki Daishi Station on the Keikyu line. Kawasaki Daishi Station is about 30 minutes from Haneda Airport. If you are coming from the direction of Tokyo Station, hop on the Keikyu line at Shinagawa Station and you will arrive in about 45 minutes.Easy to access and full of Japanese charm, the Nakamise-dori is a must-see when visiting the popular Kawasaki Daishi Temple. Within the grounds you will find well-known souvenir shops sporting unique gifts for home that may also grant you a bit of luck.Read also:3 Million Visitors In 3 Days! Kawasaki Daishi Temple In Kanagawa1. “Tontoko Candy” fromMatsuya SohontenAs soon as you set foot in Nakamise-dori you will find a shop called Matsuya So Honten. This confectionery specialist, founded in 1868, features a tempting storefront with rows of candy in all shapes and flavors.Manufacturing is done in-store, and on holidays and weekends the staff put on live performances designed to drum-up business. After kneading swathes of white candy called sarashi ameto mix air inside, they slice the long sticks then into bite-sized pieces with a knife. The sight of the confectionery makers skillfully cutting up the candy is almost like seeing a magic act.Their most famous product is called Tontoko Candy (300 yen). This name comes from the quick, rhythmical sound made by the knives when cutting the candy. The idea is that the sound ‘cuts’ misfortune or evil, thereby bringing in good luck.Here we have a perennial item since the company’s establishment, cough drops made with extracts from medicinal plants. Sekidome ame(300 yen, pictured above) is made with a blend of five herbs and, as its name implies, is used for treating coughs. It’s a particularly good choice for those who feel a cold coming on.Also popular with visiting tourists is the Ningyo ame (500 yen, pictured below), otherwise known as doll candy. A sweet little item with a variety of faces – it’s an entertaining sight. Apparently some of them are even winking! Wouldn’t this make a wonderful souvenir to buy?2. “Daruma Rice Crackers” from Tsudaya “Kashiwa Uematsu Shouten” specializes in Daruma.Walking along the Nakamise-dori shopping street, your eyes will be drawn first and foremost to this unusual doll. Known as a Daruma(around 500 yen) in Japan, these dolls are said to fulfill wishes. Kashiwa Uematsu Shoten, Ishidayaand Kadoya Kaiundoare among the shops in Nakamise-dori specializing in these dolls.There is a wealth of daruma to be seen in every color and size! From ones designed to ward off evil to ones that promote success in business or even exams, there is a daruma for every type of wish. As you browse these famous shops, you will undoubtedly find a daruma suited to whatever you desire.Those looking for something a bit easier to transport will want to stop by Tsudaya, a shop with over 60 years of history. Their daruma senbei (350 yen) are well worth picking up. Senbei, or rice crackers, are a Japanese snack made from actual rice and are similar to a cookie but without the sweetness.These snack items range from mini-sized at 2-3 cm to the jumbo 30 cm, and come in different flavors such as soy sauce, sesame and chili pepper. Cushioned packaging is available for the jumbo sized ones, so you can transport them easily without having to worry about your rice crackers breaking.Incidentally, the absolute largest daruma rice cracker they have in-shop is a massive 60 cm in size! While this item is not for sale, the detail and craftsmanship put into the design is a definite must-see.3. “Kuzumochi” and “Yakuyoke Manju” from SumiyoshiRight in the heart of Nakamise-dori, just in front of the gate (Daisanmon) to Kawasaki Daishi Temple, you will find a shop called Sumiyoshi.Kawasaki Daishi is famous for a food called kuzumochi, made from the fermented starch of wheat flour. Boasting a 150-year history, many of the temple’s visitors buy this item as a souvenir. This item doesn’t keep long though, so why not give it a taste while you’re in the area?Kuzumochi (430 yen) comes covered in brown sugar syrup called kuromitsu and a yellowish powder made from soy beans called kinako. The velvety kuzumochi, combined with the subtle sweetness of the syrup and the savory kinako, produce a unique texture that will leave you craving more.Another popular choice is the Yakuyoke Manju (290 yen.) This type of soft, steamed bun is made from a wheat flour dough filled with a sweet paste called anko, a combination of boiled red beans and sugar. The brown one is filled with ‘tsubuan’ (anko made from azuki red beans with the skin left on) and the white one is ‘koshian’ (anko paste without beans’ skin). Both are very tasty.The gentle heat of freshly-made manju, combined with their elegant sweetness, are sure to ease the aches and pains of your journey. Enjoyed with a cup of green tea, this combination is sure to give you the energy and strength you need to make the most of your trip.Lined with old shops and always bustling with people, Nakamise-dori features a vast selection of goods to ward away misfortune. If you also stop by Kawasaki Daishi to pray, you may just find yourself blessed with even greater luck than usual.Why not take a stroll down Nakamise-dori and sample some of their famous foods?InformationKawasaki Daishi Shopping StreetAddress: Kanagawa, Kawasaki, Daishimachi 4-47Nearest Station: Kawasaki Daishi Station, Keikyu Daishi LineAccess: 10 minute walk from Kawasaki Daishi Stationlast_img read more

Oyama Shrine In Kanazawa A Wonderful Blend Of Architectural Styles

first_imgA sculpture of his wife, Matsu, is also situated in a place not far from the statue of Toshiie Maeda. She almost appears to be quietly watching over her husband as he dispatches his troops.Highlight 4: East Shrine GatesThe East Shrine Gates, located in the back of Oyama Shrine, was originally an installation in Kanazawa Castle. By passing through the East Shrine Gates, you can visit the historic ruins of Kanazawa Castle where the Maeda household once lived.Visit Oyama Shrine when You Come to Kanazawa!Oyama Shrine is an unusual shrine that combines the three styles of Japanese, Chinese, and European architecture. It may even be said that this shrine is very much like Toshiie Maeda as he loved new things.Please also try visiting Oyama Shrine when you come to visit Kanazawa. There is no doubt that Toshiie Maeda himself would be pleased! Oyama Shrine View Information Kanazawa – the Northern Little KyotoKanazawa, in Ishikawa Prefecture, is nicknamed the Little Kyoto of the old Hokuriku region. Kanazawa retains a similar number of old townscapes and cultures as Kyoto and it is for this reason that this nickname was given to the city.The foundations of Ishikawa and Kanazawa were constructed during the Edo period. Ishikawa at the time was called the Kaga Domain and was governed by the Maeda family. The Kaga-Maeda family’s founder is Toshiie Maeda.Oyama Shrine was erected in Kanazawa to honor the spirits of Toshiie Maeda and the Kaga Domain. This article will introduce Oyama Shrine, a distinctive shrine that is furnished with a European-style appearance, while also being a blend of Japanese-Chinese styles.Toshiie Maeda and KanazawaToshiie Maeda loved new things. He built up the still-undeveloped Kanazawa and then strengthened the foundations for the economy, culture, and education of present-day Kanazawa.A well-known story is that of Toshiie and his wife Matsu. The historical drama “Toshiie and Matsu” featuring the pair was broadcast in 2002; this series handed down the tale of the harmony that existed in this couple, earning not only high TV ratings, but also rapidly increased the popularity of Kanazawa.Four Highlights of Oyama ShrineOyama Shrine is located nearby Kanazawa’s largest shopping district, Korinbo. The predecessor of Oyama Shrine is the Utatsu Hachiman Shrine that was dedicated to the Maeda household. The shrine was moved to its current location in 1873. Let’s visit some of the fascinating spots at Oyama Shrine.Highlight 1: The Japanese-European Oyama Shrine GatesOyama Shrine is different from most shrines as it has a gate that blends Japanese and European styles.This gate was designed by people from Holland and was constructed as a three-floor structure of brick and wood. Its most characteristic feature is its European-style stained glass on the third floor. Japan’s oldest lightning rod is installed on the topmost part of the gate.The Meiji period, when the shrine gates were built, was a time when European culture was pouring into Japan. Many structures built in those days, such as Dogo Onsen in Ehime and Yamashiro Onsen Kosoyu in Ishikawa, use stained glass in their construction.When compared to those buildings, the gates of Oyama Shrine are even more unique thanks to their inclusion in a shrine, where European elements such as bricks and stained glass are exceptionally rare.Please also pay attention to the carvings on the shrine gates. There are numerous carvings of ume (Japanese plum), which is the Maeda family crest.Those who visit in the evening should also watch the gates light up after sunset. The gentle light passing through the stained glass will enchant those watching. It is an experience that you will definitely not get at a typical shrine.Highlight 2: The Japanese-Chinese Main ShrineWhen you pass through the shrine gates, the first thing that will immediately come into view will be the Japanese-Chinese styled main shrine. The roof of the main shrine utilizes a traditional Chinese architectural style. The elements of Japan and China are melded together in one building.Enshrined in the main shrine is the founder of the Kaga Domain, Toshiie Maeda.Highlight 3: The Gold Catfish Tail HelmetYou can spot carvings and ornaments that honor Toshiie Maeda throughout the shrine.What is worth checking out is this gold helmet. Called the Gold Catfish Tail, this helmet is the same model as the helmet that Toshiie Maeda used long ago. It is designed to look like a catfish’s tail, which were thought to hold spiritual power, and is decorated with gold leaf, a specialty of Kanazawa.last_img read more

Explore The World Of Sake At Akihabaras KURAMOTO STAND

first_imgAt a Japanese gourmet theme park called Chabara Aki-Oka Marche, located in Akihabara, you’ll find two amazing stores where you can experience the wonders of Japanese sake to your heart’s content. The names of the stores are KURAMOTO STAND and KAYOIGURA, and both are run by a sake factory from Niigata prefecture, called Kikusui Sake.The theme of the stores is “The Amazing Sake World”. The concept is to create an opportunity for both sake lovers, and those are yet to become so, to discover different wonders and charms of this traditional drink.What Kind of a Place is KURAMOTO STAND? You’ll find KAYOIGURA to be right next to the KURAMOTO STAND café, where you can purchase various types of Japanese traditional sake.The ball-shaped object you can see in the photo is sugidama, or sakabayashi, a type of traditional decoration made from Japanese cedar and hung in front of the store when the new brew of sake is done. The concept behind it is in the changing of its color – when the first brew was made, the ball was still fresh and green colored, but as time passes, it slowly turns brown, serving as a proof of the aging of the sake.KAYOIGURA shares the same cash register as all other shops in Chabara Aki-Oka Marche, so customers can take their time looking around the shopping center and touring through the shops.How About Making Your Original Sake Bottle?You can choose to receive a special service called “custom-made Japanese sake” at KAYOIGURA.Just pick a sake brand you find most appealing from the ones offered, and let your imagination run wild with the design! You can either bring your own preferred photo or picture, or choose from the templates available at the store, and make your own style bottle for Japanese sake.As long as you don’t infringe on other designers’ rights, any picture will do. It will take about two hours to get it done right on the spot, and the prices are 667 yen, 1714 yen, 3000 yen, and 5000 yen. The prices vary depending on the bottle size and type of the bottle, as well as the type of the sake you choose.How did you like our little tour through these two shops? If we got you interested in this new aspect of the wonderful world of Japanese sake, make sure you pay a visit to Akihabara’s KURAMOTO STAND and KAYOIGURA.Lastly, it might be good to know that Kikusui Sake occasionally gives lectures on how to properly enjoy Japanese sake especially for customers from other countries. If you feel your general knowledge about this beverage isn’t deep enough and want to find out more on this interesting topic, you can take full use of this opportunity and leave it to Kikusui Sake’s professionals to expand your (sake) horizons.InformationKURAMOTO STAND/KAYOIGURAAddress: Tokyo, Chiyoda, Kanda, Neribe 8-2 Chabara Japanese Department and Gourmet StoreHours: 11:00-20:00Closed: January 1st and on the maintenance days (twice a year; in accordance with Chabara Department Store’s holidays)WiFi: AvailableCredit Cards: JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA, MasterCard, DISCOVER, Diners ClubLanguage: Japanese, English, Chinese (KAYOIGURA)Menu/Pamphlets in Other Languages: NoneNearest Station: JR Akihabara Station (JR lines, Tokyo Metro Hibiya, Tsukuba Express)Access: 2 minute walk from the Electric Town Exit of Akihabara StationPrice: from 500 to 2000 yenPhone Number: 03-3258-0131Website: KURAMOTO STAND (Japanese) The first dish that stands out from the KURAMOTO STAND menu thanks to its immense popularity is the smoothie made with sakasuke. The photo shows their sakasuke ginger banana smoothie (650 yen).Since there is almost no alcohol in sakasuke, everyone can try out this extraordinary sake drink, including those who can’t hold their liquor that good, or simply don’t appreciate the taste of Japanese sake that much.Although both sakekasu and sakasuke are known to have a peculiar aroma to their taste, you can hardly notice any of it while drinking this smoothie. The rejuvenating power of ginger makes it easy and enjoyable for anyone to give their taste buds a little feast with this beverage.What About KAYOIGURA?center_img At KURAMOTO STAND, not only will you discover plenty of types of sake, you’ll also be pleasantly surprised to find the menu has much more to offer, starting of sakekasu (a very nutritional byproduct gotten during the process of brewing sake), sakasuke (sakekasu fermented by using lactic acid, thus is nutritionally even richer than sakekasu), and various other menu items that bring to life the fantastic new world of “sake cafe”.It was their wish to provide their customers with a fresh, new way of relishing delicious sake, other than drinking it as an alcoholic beverage in bars and izakayas, that inspired Kuramoto to create this menu.Discover the Japanese Sake Menulast_img read more

7 Recommended Hokkaido Hotels With Soothing Hot Springs

first_imgSeven Hokkaido Hotels with Convenient AccessHome to the most hot springs in Japan, Hokkaido is a hot spring haven with a total of 244 onsen resorts. There are several accommodations that take pride in utilizing the natural waters gushing from their hot springs.We introduce accommodations with spacious hot springs that also have great access from Sapporo, a major destination Hokkaido, and each airport on the island. Relax at these lodging and enjoy a much-deserved soak!Hakodate Yunokawa Hot Spring ResortPhoto by PixtaYunokawa Hot Spring Resort in Hakodate is ranked as one of three best onsen facilities in Hokkaido alongside Jozankei and Noboribetsu Hot Spring Resorts. It is also one of the most famous hot springs compiled on a list of 100 onsens. A five-minute drive from Hakodate Airport, it is known as a hot spring district located near Japan’s best airport.A Picturesque Outdoor Bath! Yunokawa Prince Hotel NagisateiYunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei is fifteen minutes from JR Hakodate Station or five minutes from Hakodate Airport by car. Its location gives it convenient access for those traveling from afar.Equipped with a picturesque open-air bath that overlooks the Tsugaru Strait and Mt. Hakodate, the hotel also has the most accommodations in Japan with 124 rooms and an outdoor hot spring bath. In other words, this is an onsen facility that hot spring connoisseurs will find irresistible.The hotel’s interior was renovated in 2018, creating the stylish but warm environment felt at the restaurant buffet, and other communal spaces.An on-site kitchen is utilized during the dinner buffet. You can taste made-to-order menu items from sushi, tempura, steak, and much more that will fill adults and children alike with excitement.Students on school trips are not accepted into the restaurant. The restaurant, which caters to each diner’s individual needs, is recommended for guests who plan on booking an extended stay. 20 Top Hakodate Spots – Guide To A Port City With A Million Dollar Night View! Access from the Nearest Station9 minutes by bus and foot, 11 minutes by tram and foot, or 15 minutes by foot from JR Hakodate Station Main image by Pixta Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest AirportTake the Niseko Express Bus from the Sapporo Station Bus Terminal (in front of Ikoino Yuyado Iroha). Express buses are also available from New Chitose Airport in the winter. Check now for available rooms at Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei! Yunokawa Prince Nagisatei View InformationlodgingLa Vista Hakodate Bay – Boasting a Million Dollar Night ViewLocated in the Hakodate Bay Area, La Vista Hakodate Bay is surrounded by popular Hakodate tourist spots such as the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse: a commercial complex packed with interesting shops. By car, it is 20 minutes from Hakodate Airport, which may seem a bit far. However, buses connecting to Hakodate Airport and Hakodate City Tram are located next to the hotel, making it a convenient location.You’ll find four types of open-air baths—a bathtub encased in rock, cypress wood bath, clay bathtub, and barrel bath—on the hotel’s top level (13th floor). Known in Japan as a “Million Dollar Night View,” you can take in Hakodate’s spectacular night view while bathing in your favorite bathtub.Once you’ve finished soaking, take a break with a complimentary popsicle at Sora, the outdoor rest area on the same floor.La Vista Hakodate Bay is also known for its delicious Japanese and Western-style breakfast buffet. The Katte Don is a bowl of rice topped with as much fresh seafood as you want—including salmon roe, squid, northern shrimp, and cod roe. It is a very popular dish. Website Language SupportNone Photo by Pixta Kojohama Onsen is located near Noboribetsu Onsen and sits along a national highway overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Its water output is so abundant that it’s said to be the best in all of Hokkaido with its many varieties of hot springs. There are also sightseeing spots in the vicinity like Lake Kuttara, a circular caldera lake that is a must-see.Kokorono Resort Furukawa – Wheelchair Access and Dog-Friendly!The amazing scenery at Kokorono Resort Umino Bettei Furukawa appears as if it transformed to become one with the Pacific Ocean, with nothing obstructing it from your view in the open-air baths. The open-air baths and footpaths are where bathers can appreciate the ocean. Hammocks on the open terrace also add to the relaxing mood that hangs in the air throughout the premises.The employees at Kokorono Resort work their hardest to make sure everyone visiting will enjoy their stay. By considering the needs of guests with young children, the inn offers a plan that allows them to leisurely use a private bath with a sweeping view of the ocean for 110 minutes. A wheelchair-accessible Japanese-Western style room with electric beds and a terrace are also available.Additionally, there are two types of rooms where you can stay with your dog. The twin room has a yard furnished with a washing area and there’s the Japanese-Western style room that can accommodate up to five people. The fact that both of these rooms have an entryway is another great feature. On-site English SupportAvailable Photo by Pixta The Niseko Hot Spring Resort boasts a variety of hot springs gushing from the many wellsprings found on Hokkaido.Niseko Resort is the generic term for the hot springs in the Niseko area, including Niseko Konbu Onsen. It was selected as one out of a hundred most prestigious hot springs in Japan.Relaxing Family Time at Hotel KanronomoriHotel Kanronomori is where the Forest Concert, performed in the lobby by local musicians, is held every night.In the Forest Sky Open-Air Bath, you’ll be able to bathe as if you’re floating in a forest. With a scenery lined with trees, this view will change with the coming of each season. This attractive feature also makes it an ideal place to visit during different periods each year.The private bath can hold up to ten people and even comes with a sauna. This allows families or groups to simultaneously soak and relax in the hot springs.Dinner is a semi-buffet that comes with a main course, such as sashimi (sliced raw fish) or a meat dish, and as many appetizers, seasonal dishes, and desserts as you like. Stay in one of their top-quality rooms to indulge in a multi-course meal in the lounge.Niseko is known to be difficult to navigate around. However, you can access the inn on just one bus from Sapporo or Otaru Station by taking the Niseko Express Bus. Direct buses to Niseko also leave from New Chitose Airport in the winter. Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest AirportTwo hours by the Waku-Waku Shuttle Bus from Sapporo Station Check now for available rooms at Wakamatsu Hot Spring Resort! Kappo Ryokan Wakamatsu View InformationlodgingNiseko Konbu Onsen On-site English SupportAvailable Access from the Nearest Station10 minutes by taxi, 18 minutes by bus and foot from JR Noboribetsu Station Access from the Nearest Station13 minutes by taxi, 15 minutes by bus from JR Noboribetsu Station Sapporo Travel Guide – Sightseeing, What To Wear, Local Food, And More! Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest Airport100 minutes by hotel bus from Sapporo TV Tower Website Language SupportNone Check now for available rooms at Kokorono Resort Umino Bettei Furukawa! Kokorono Resort Umino Bettei Furukawa View Informationlodging Check now for available rooms at Hotel Mahoroba! Mahoroba View InformationlodgingDai-ichi Takimotokan – Sumptuously Soak in 5 Types of Hot Springs with 35 BathsAt Dai-ichi Takimotokan, guests can soak in five types of hot springs (sulfur, sodium sulfate, acidic iron sulfate, common salt, and alkaline springs), which is half the number of onsen varieties found in Japan. Its large public bath is open 24 hours so you can bathe for as long as you want, whenever you want.There’s also a 25-meter heated pool, a 50-centimeter deep children’s pool, and water slides that families can enjoy. This is sure to become a very fulfilling stay for both adults and their playful children.For dinner, you can choose to have your meal served in your room, in the dining hall, or at the buffet. In the buffet dining area, menu cards for dishes that use seven specific ingredients (wheat, egg, shrimp, crab, buckwheat, dairy, and peanuts) are marked with an icon for guests with allergies. For vegetarians, please let the inn know beforehand to prepare non-meat meals.The official website is complete with language support in Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean. A private shuttle bus also departs from Sapporo Station, making the inn easily accessible for international tourists. On-site English SupportAvailable Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest AirportNone On-site English SupportAvailablecenter_img Access from the Nearest Station5 minutes by taxi from JR Noboribetsu Station. A shuttle bus is available. Website Language SupportJapanese, English, Chinese Access from the Nearest Station13 minutes by taxi, 18 minutes by bus and foot from JR Hakodate Station Website Language SupportJapanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean On-site English SupportAvailable Read also On-site English SupportAvailable Access from the Nearest Station15-minutes by taxi, bus, or foot from JR Hakodate Station Check now for available rooms at Hotel Kanronomori! Hotel Kanronomori View InformationlodgingNoboribetsu Onsen Check now for available rooms at Dai-ichi Takimotokan! Dai-ichi Takimotokan View InformationlodgingKojohama Onsen Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest Airport21 minutes by shuttle bus (in front of Hakodate Bay Area) and foot from Hakodate Airport Website Language SupportJapanese, English On-site English SupportAvailable Access from the Nearest Station10 minutes by taxi or hotel bus from JR Niseko Station Check now for available rooms at La Vista Hakodate Bay! La Vista Hakodate Bay View InformationlodgingWakamatsu Hot Spring Resort – Michelin Star AwardeeOpening its doors in 1922, Wakamatsu Hot Spring Resort has a long history dating back to the Taisho period—even earning one star in the “MICHELIN GUIDE to Hokkaido.” It is a long-established resort with beautifully furnished facilities and guest rooms that are reminiscent of Japan at every turn.Upon arriving, you will be treated to a matcha welcome drink accompanied with the “Matsu no Midori”: an original dessert consisting of a meringue-filled dacquoise layered with matcha cream. At the inn, you can experience a tea ceremony and soba noodle making workshop, creating a space where guests can immerse themselves in both Japanese aesthetic and tradition.Seasonal seafood and other ingredients are used in abundance for dinner. For breakfast during the summers, you can eat squid freshly-caught that morning.The spacious public and open-air baths that look out onto the Tsugaru Strait and Shimokita Peninsula are free-flowing from its own wellspring (*1). You can see the water gushing from the wellspring in the pavilion at the front of the entrance.*1 Gensen-kakenagashi: a bathtub filled directly from a gushing wellspring. Minimal amounts of outside-sourced water and heat are added for temperature regulation. Photo by Pixta Noboribetsu Onsen is a famous Hokkaido hot spring that boasts nationwide popularity. There are nine different types of hot springs—a rarity even internationally. It’s considered to be a hot spring department store in Japan.Infants Are Welcome at Hotel Mahoroba!A feature of Hotel Mahoroba is its theme park-like hot springs spread across the first and second-floor basement levels! Here, you can soak in four hot springs with 31 different types of baths.The hotel warmly welcomes guests with infants. Naturally, you can enter their large public baths with your baby, but there are also cribs placed in the dressing rooms and a portion of the women’s restrooms. Additionally, high chairs for bathing use can be rented, as well as a diaper trashcan and diaper-changing mats. Diapers are sold in the stores on the premises.Dining can be served a variety of ways, including in the banquet hall, your private room, or at a buffet restaurant. At Green Terrace, a restaurant on the second floor, diners can indulge in all-you-can-eat crab. You’ll be able to enjoy Japan’s top three crabs (hairy, red king, and snow crab) to your heart’s content. Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest AirportNone Website Language SupportNone Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest AirportNone Website Language SupportNone Niseko Sightseeing Guide: Access, Area Information and Souvenirslast_img read more

4 World Heritage Sites You Must Visit in Your Lifetime West Japan

first_imgWhen people go on trips, they often want to check out the World Heritage Sites of that country or area. We have carefully selected four registered World Heritage Sites located in western Japan that we would like to introduce to you in this article.1. Genbaku Dome (A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Prefecture)Photo by Yasunari Nakamura on FlickrThe Genbaku Dome or A-Bomb Dome, a structure intended to convey the calamitous nature of nuclear weapons, was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1996.Before the Second World War, the A-Bomb Dome was the Hiroshima Prefectural Hall for the Encouragement of Industry. When the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, the blast detonated vertically above this building, so its structure was miraculously spared from destruction. After the end of the Second World War, the dome at the top of the Hiroshima Prefectural Hall for the Encouragement of Industry came to be known by the city residents as the Genbaku Dome.The A-Bomb Dome is encircled by a fence, and ordinary visitors are barred from entry, but it can be seen at any time from outside the fence.To get to the Genbaku Dome from Tokyo, you can go either by plane or by shinkansen (bullet train). If you go by plane, travel from Haneda Airport to Hiroshima Airport, then take the Limousine Bus from the airport bound for Hiroshima Station. Get off at the Hiroshima Bus Center. It takes up to three hours to arrive at the A-Bomb Dome from Haneda Airport. If you go by shinkansen, get off at Hiroshima Station and switch to the city bus or streetcar. It takes up to five hours to arrive at the A-Bomb Dome from Tokyo Station.2. The Cultural Assets of Kyoto, The Former Capital (Kyoto Prefecture)Kiyomizudera Temple – A Must-See in KyotoWith regard to World Heritage Sites in Kyoto, the 17 cultural assets located in Kyoto City, in Uji (Kyoto Prefecture), and in Otsu City in Shiga Prefecture, are collectively registered as one Cultural Heritage Site under the official name The Cultural Assets of Kyoto, the Former Capital (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu). Incidentally, in an article published in the July 2014 edition of TRAVEL+LEISURE, a major American travel magazine, Kyoto was first on the list of “The World Cities You Most Want To Visit,” marking the first time ever that a Japanese city topped the magazine’s rankings.The registered cultural assets include Kiyomizu-dera, known for the sight of its beautiful fall foliage, Byōdōin-Hōō-dō, which is etched on the 10-yen coin, and Enryakuji, which has a history more than 1200 years old, among others.The shinkansen is a convenient way to reach Kyoto from Tokyo. It takes roughly two and a half hours to travel from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station.3. The Heritage Site Ensemble of the Kingdom of Ryūkyū (Okinawa Prefecture)Photo by Yuichi Sakuraba on FlickrThe Kingdom of Ryūkyū, the former name of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, existed as an independent country from the early 15th century up until the late 19th century. Ryūkyū engaged in trade with China, Korea, Japan and various South Asian countries, and because of this, its own culture mixed with those of foreign countries. This led to the formation of Ryūkyū’s totally unique culture, and the Gusuku fortresses, which are World Heritage Sites, are striking cultural representations. Officially, they are registered under the name Gusuku Related Heritage Site Ensemble of the Ryūkyū Kingdom.Of these sites, the Shuri-jō Ruins, pictured at the start of this section, are particularly impressive. You can see how different Shuri-jō is from castles that exist in other regions of Japan.Going by plane is the fastest way to get to Okinawa from other parts of Japan, and it takes up to three and a half hours to arrive.4. Himeji Castle (Hyogo Prefecture)Over 400 Years Of History – Himeji Castle, The Pride of JapanHimeji Castle was registered as one of Japan’s first World Heritage Sites. Due to the castle’s magnificent white walls and the imposing figure it cuts by towering above its surroundings, it is also known as Shirasagi-jō, or the White Egret Castle.Himeji Castle was constructed in 1609 and occupies a place in the highest echelon of wooden buildings built in Japan. It is valued for the fact that 400 years after the castle’s construction, the watchtower, the gates, the packed mud walls and other castle structures made from dirt and wood are currently still in satisfactory condition.Over 400 Years Of History – Himeji Castle, The Pride of JapanFrom the top floor of the castle, you can see the entire Himeji Castle and the neighborhoods of Himeji. You can also get a good view of the roof tiles of the castle, and really understand their beauty.To get to Himeji from Tokyo, going by shinkansen is the best way. Get off at Himeji Station, then walk from there. Alternatively, take the Shinki Bus and get off at Ōtemon-mae. It takes approximately three and a half hours.Read also:Over 400 Years Of History – Himeji Castle, The Pride of JapanMore to Love: 7 Must-See Spots in Himeji CastleWhat do you think? These Heritage Sites are a bit far from Tokyo, but they are all very worth your time. By all means, go west and see what Western Japan has to offer.last_img read more

Sakata Meet Maiko And Taste Exquisite Seafood In A Retro Port Town

first_imgSuzumasa’s main concept is “to serve fine sushi at a reasonable price.” It is a restaurant which serves delicious sushi in a casual atmosphere. Telephone number +81-234-24-4311 Address Yamagata, Sakata, Onari-cho 7-7 View InformationHomma Museum of Art {“map_code”:{“pin”:[{“title”:”Yamagata, Sakata, Onari-cho 7-7″,”code”:”38.9239018, 139.8419563″}],”center”:”38.9239018, 139.8419563″,”zoom”:”14″,”latitude”:”38.9239018″,”longitude”:”139.8419563″}} The Homma family was a major jinushi (*2) of Sakata. The family built its wealth in finance, rice trade and through Kitamaebune. Homma Museum of Art, built in 1947, displays the vast family collection of ceramic ware, paintings and calligraphic works.*2 Jinushi: A landowner. Fixed holidays From December to February/Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Year-end and New Year/From December 22, 2018, to January 11, 2019.The museum will also be closed from February 19 to 22, 2019. Somaro is a famous ryotei built in the Edo Period (1603 – 1867). It was rebuilt after being burnt down by a disastrous fire in 1894, and has been registered as an important cultural asset by the Japanese government in 1996. Not Available If you plan to visit various areas of Sakata, visit the Tourist Information Center located at Sakata Station, and rent a free bicycle. By registering your name, hotel telephone number and address, the bicycle can be used for a day.There are coin-operated lockers at the station, so stow away the big luggage, and let’s begin the tour on a bicycle.9:30 — Sankyo-soko – A Photogenic Row of Zelkova TreesFrom Sakata Station to Sankyo-soko — 10 minute bicycle ride. Website Homma Museum of Art (Japanese) Yamagata And Niigata – 5 Local Dishes And Tasty Snacks You Must Try! Yamagata – Enjoy Scenic Yamadera Temple And Exquisite Fruit Parfaits! Sankyo-soko, built in 1893, was a storehouse for rice on its way to Osaka on the Kitamaebune. It is located near the Sakata Port, with a row of zelkova trees in the back. It is said that the trees were planted to shield the storehouse from the sea breeze and direct sunlight. Sakata faces the Shonaihama Coast, a treasure trove of seafood. If you want to taste sushi made with Shonaihama fish, go to Suzumasa, an established restaurant adored by the local residents, and also frequented by visitors from abroad. Homma Museum of ArtView Map Sakata Yume no Kura is located inside Sankyo-soko. It is a sightseeing spot to where vistors can view exhibts of local dolls, buy souvenirs and enjoy dining.Local products such as Tsuyahime Cube (360 milliliter size), a famous Yamagata rice brand priced at 380 yen including tax, and Yamagata Daihyo, a 100 percent fruit juice priced at 154 yen including tax, are also popular souvenirs. Sankyo-soko View Information10:30 — Homma Museum of Art – A Splendid Garden and National TreasuresFrom Sankyo-soko to Homma Museum of Art – 10 minute bicycle ride. Access Five minute walk (two minute bicycle ride) from Sakata Station. Visitors can also enjoy the Japanese garden called Kakubuen. Mt. Chokai, located on the border of Yamagata and Niigata Prefectures, stands out in the distant background, as the garden greets the visitors with a different scenery every season. Seienkaku, a wooden building, is located next to Kakubuen. In the Meiji Period (1868 to 1912), the building welcomed members of the Imperial Family and high-ranking government officials.There is a tea room on the first floor, serving matcha tea produced in Kyoto, along with sweets, for 500 yen including tax. Visitors can also enjoy the room on the second floor, which has been visited by the Showa Emperor. Upper Photograph: Tokujo Sushi/Lower Left: Madai (Red Sea Bream)/Lower Right: Nodoguro (Blackthroat Seaperch)Tokujo Sushi (2,160 yen and up, including tax) offers a wide variety of sushi. They are all fresh, with a soft texture, and will melt in your mouth.Madai, served with bay salt and sesame, has a unique texture and taste. The lightly roasted Nodoguro is fragrant, and has a smooth texture. Suzumasa View Informationrestaurant13:00 — Sannou Club – Experience Traditional CraftsFrom Suzumasa to Sannou Club – 1 minute bicycle ride.center_img Business Time From April to October/9:00 – 17:00 (Entrance closes at 16:30.)From November to March/9:00 – 16:30 (Entrance closes at 16:00.) The Jellyfish Dream Theater, with its special illumination, offers a dreamlike view! Sakata – Yamagata’s Charming Port TownIn the Edo Period, Sakata prospered as one of the important port towns of the Kitamaebune (*1) route. Sightseeing spots such as Homma Museum of Art, which boasts a rich collection of historical materials, and Somaro, where visitors can enjoy a dance performance by maiko at lunchtime, owes much to the heritage of Kitamaebune.We will introduce an itinerary that starts from Sakata City. From Tokyo Station, it takes about four hours and twenty minutes to Sakata Station, riding the Shinkansen to Niigata Station, and switching to the local Uetsu Main Line from there.We will be using the convenient JR EAST PASS (available for the Nagano and Niigata areas) for transportation. This discount ticket enables visitors to enjoy the sightseeing places and fine cuisine of Sakata.*1 Kitamaebune: Merchant ships that were active from the Edo (1603 to 1868) to Meiji Period (1868 to 1912).9:00 — Starting from Sakata Station 12:00 — Suzumasa – Excellent Sushi Made with Fish Caught near ShonaihamaFrom Homma Museum of Art to Suzumasa – 10 minute bicycle ride. Accepted Credit Cards Picture courtesy of JR East.If you plan to visit Sakata or Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture, then how about using the JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata)? The pass user will be able to ride all types of JR trains and buses in the designated area.For further information, please check the following website:■JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata)** The JR EAST PASS is limited to international visitors to Japan. It cannot be used by Japanese nationals or foreigners residing in Japan with a visa other than the tourist visa.Read also Sannou Club hosts a sixty minute kasafuku workshop. Participants are asked to purchase a kasafuku kit (1,000 yen including tax) in advance. An English pamphlet will be handed out to visitors from abroad. Sannou Club View Informationmuseum14:00 — Somaro – Watch a Traditional Maiko Dance PerformanceFrom Sannou Club to Somaro – 1 minute bicycle ride. The second floor is decorated with kasafuku. It is made from scraps of Japanese kimonos and hanged inside a parasol. The design varies from farm products to fish, animals and plants. Kasafuku symbolizes the prayer for the health of the family, business prosperity and a good relationships. Takehisa Yumeji Museum (*4) is located on the first floor, along with a rest space which offers a view of a Japanese garden and the a training room for the dancers. A dance hall is located on the second floor.*4 Takehisa Yumeji: A prominent poet and painter in the Taisho Period (1912 – 1926). Yonezawa, Yamagata – Experience Local Cuisine And Traditional Crafts! WiFi Not Available Sannou Club is an example of historic architecture which reminds us about the legacy of Sakata, and its ryotei (*3) culture. Originally built in 1895 as a ryotei, it has been transformed over the years into a sightseeing spot.*3 Ryotei: A high-class restaurant serving Japanese cuisine, mainly used by business companies for entertaining their guests. Price Adults: 900 yenStudents: 400 yenThere is no admission fee for Junior High and Elementary School children.Matcha tea and confectionary: 500 yen, including tax. Visitors flock to Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium to watch the jellyfish. The aquarium is listed on the the Guinness Book of World Records for breeding more than fifty species of jellyfish. There is a twenty minute dance performance every day, starting at 14:00. Maiko are a part of the ryotei culture, as they enliven the atmosphere with their music and dance.After the performance, ride the bicyle back to the Sakata Station, and head for the next destination: Kamo Aquarium. Somaro View Informationmuseumrestaurant15:45 — Kamo Aquarium – Exhibits Featured in the Guinness Book of RecordsFrom Sakata Station to Kamo Aquarium – 35 minute taxi ride. Nearest station Sakata Station The most popular souvenir is the six-piece kurage iri manju (jellyfish bun), priced at 540 yen including tax. It is filled with sweet anko (red bean paste) along with jellyfish, and has a salty, seafood taste. Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium View Informationaquarium17:30 — After Sakata, Enjoy the Hot Springs in TsuruokaThose who wish to enjoy Tsuruoka City should stay for the night at Yunohama Onsen, a hot spring facility, and take in the great view of the sunset.From Kamo Aquarium to Yunohama Onsen, it is a 10 minute bus ride. There is only one bus per hour, so check this timetable in advance.If you would like to learn more about Sakata and Tsuruoka, please take a look at this article: Shonai, which Flourished due to the Kitamaebune, Traditional Japanese Dance, and Jellyfish Aquarium + Taxi & Yunoham-Onsen Lodging Plan.JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata) Visit Yamagata And Niigata with the JR EAST PASS! Yamagata and NiigataDiscover the many charms of the Tohoku Region: TOHOKU BUFFET.Written by ChenSponsored by Yamagata Prefecture and Niigata Prefecturelast_img read more

Take a StreetLevel Stroll Around the Tokyo Station Area

first_imgTokyo Station is the gateway to Tokyo. In 2012, the station building was restored to its original state, and it has become a popular sightseeing spot in its own right. As a terminal that not only sees visitors from everywhere in Japan, but from all over the world, the station contains a considerable array of shops and restaurants. If you plan to go sightseeing in Tokyo, it should absolutely be one of your stops.This time, we’re going to go down to street level and take a stroll at the Marunouchi area of the station. We will introduce places where you’ll definitely want to take some snapshots, so treat this as a planning session for good photo opportunities.Grasp a Bird’s-Eye View of the Marunouchi Buildings!The allure of a stroll around the Marunouchi area lies in the elegant structures and rows upon rows of stylish building exteriors. This time, we’ll use Google Street View to focus mainly on the area in the vicinity of the station. First, let’s head over to the main Tokyo Station building.The structure of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi building stretches horizontally, so you’ll have to step back quite a distance if you want to fit it into one shot. A good vantage point for photos is the aboveground rotary, located in front of the station’s Marunouchi exit.Get a Grasp on the Station’s Overwhelming Atmosphere!Once you’ve gotten some shots of the station from the front, let’s draw a bit closer and find some other picture spots. Go out the Tokyo Station Marunouchi-side south exit, and the KITTE (キッテ) building will be to your left. Formerly the postal bureau for Tokyo’s Chuo Ward, part of the building was revitalized as a shopping center; there is also a post office inside. By the way, “kitte” (切手) means “postage stamp.”While there are plenty of fascinating stores inside, we particularly recommend the sixth-floor terrace; from here, you can look down at Tokyo Station from up close.From here, you can also see the station when it’s been lit up, so we would also recommend coming at night.A Stroll Around Stylish MarunouchiAfter taking pictures of the station exterior, this time let’s enjoy the streets a bit. As the development of the Marunouchi area has progressed, the historic buildings and the polished new structures have come together to form a harmonious whole.In this street, even a photo taken off-the-cuff will capture the area’s atmosphere, so get your camera ready. If a signboard or shop catches your eye, point your camera at it without hesitation.Once Christmastime rolls around, this area will be illuminated with lights. While it’s quite charming normally, the fully lit-up townscape will have even more ambiance. Visit the area in different seasons; you can fully enjoy the sights by yourself, with a friend, or with a special someone.Capture the Changing Lights!Finally, head a short distance from Tokyo Station to the Tokyo International Forum. The halls and conference rooms of the Tokyo International Forum serve as relays for comprehensive culture-related information by hosting international conventions and ceremonies, as well as academic conferences, fashion shows, and a wide range of other cultural activities.Held in high regard as an architectural structure, the Forum’s artistic shape regularly stops passerby in their tracks as they crane their necks to take a look. The photo opportunities are not limited to the outside, as the inside also has excellent vantage points. We recommend stopping by the lobby gallery on B1F.While the gallery is underground, the walls are made of clear glass to give the space a pleasant, open feeling. The atrium, 560㎡ wide and 60 meters high, captures plenty of light to really brighten up the building. If you look up, your gaze will be taken by the strange ship bottom-shaped object above. The way the light enters the building will change as the day goes on, so we recommend that you spend some time looking for the best vantage points and other curious symbols in the Forum.Retro vibes and modern-day architecture form a fascinating mixture in the streets around Tokyo Station. There are plenty of other great places to take pictures, like the Imperial Palace and the Marunouchi Building. When you come to Tokyo, see them with your own eyes.Recommended articlesLet’s See Tokyo Station From Three Great Free Viewing Spots!Japanese Sweets Exclusive To Tokyo Station? 5 Fun Tokyo Souvenirs!SHARED TOKYO – Find Unique Japanese Souvenirs In Tokyo StationConnected To Tokyo Station – The Scholarly Museum IntermediathequeFinding Inspiration In Calligraphy – Mitsuo Aida MuseumMap: Strolling Around the Tokyo Station Areallast_img read more

【SNAPSHOT】Lolita Vol1 Classical Version

first_imgJapanese summer is humid … … almost all Lolita girls bring a frilly umbrella to prevent their beautiful skin like a doll from the sun light. Wearing Lolita fashion is difficult in summer, but many Lolita girls never give up wearing what they really like.Fluffy cute pannier and twinkling decoration on your head make your day special! I will introduce Kawaii in Summer from pretty Lolitas.Cool Classical Lolita Style in SummerShe is Abiba from the U.S.The combination of navy flower jumper skirt and calm pink blouse is good. The color of navy makes us cool even in humid summer. Furthermore, the head accessory with beautiful roses and elegant lace completes her classical atmosphere. Her classical style is wonderful! She says she’s using a wig today.Classical Lolita with short bob hair seems smart!Elegant Wonderland! Classical Lolita Featuring AliceChristine was wearing such elegant coordination of brown and pink. The color remains us the beginning of the autumn.There is classical Alice (*1) print on her skirt. Her cute and fluffy milk tea hair style seems like Alice.This pretty pastel blue dress expresses both coolness in summer and Alice in wonderland. All bottoms on this clothe shapes in cookies, so she is also sweets Lolita!Everyone has their original Kawaii spirits. This “Lolita Snapshot vol.1” introduced wonderful classical Lolitas. Next we will show pop and cute Lolitas in summer! Please be looking forward to it!■CooperationAbiba: FacebookChristinelast_img read more

Nagasaki Prefecture – A Magnificent View From The Hirado Castle Tower

first_imgPhoto provided by: Public Interest Incorporated Association, Hirado City Promotion AgencyThe best part of Hirado Castle is the view of the landscape from the hillside castle tower. Surrounded by ocean on three sides, you’ll be able to view Kurokojima’s primeval forest across the ocean or Hirado’s very own Ohashi. You’ll also get a wonderful view of the city sights in Hirado. Since the inside of the castle tower has been made into a museum, you can enjoy learning about the history of Hirado Castle.Basic Information about Hirado CastleEntrance FeeAdults 510 yen, high schoolers 300 yen, elementary and middle schoolers 200 yen.Hours of OperationOpen from 8:30 – 17:30. Last entry: 17:00.HolidaysThe museum is usually only closed on December 30th-31st, but some extraordinary circumstances may cause the museum to be closed on other days, so please confirm beforehand.How to get to Hirado CastleFor those of you traveling from abroad, it is recommended that you use Fukuoka Airport. Since there are a lot of flights going in and out of that airport, you may also want to use Nagasaki Airport, which is also close.Here is a list of steps to take in order to reach Hirado Castle.STEP 1 : Fukuoka Airport→Hakata Station→Sasebo StationIt takes five minutes from the Fukuoka Airport Terminal Station to Hakata Station by subway. At Hakata Station, take the Express Midori Train (bound for Sasebo Station) and head for Sasebo Station. The train ride will last approximately two hours and cost 3360 yen for unreserved seats.STEP 2: Sasebo Station→Tabira-Hiradoguchi StationHead towards Tabira-Hiradoguchi Station using the Matsuura Railway (bound for Tabira-Hiradoguchi). The train ride will last approximately 90 minutes and cost 1340 yen.STEP 3: Tabira-Hiradoguchi Station→Hirado CastleAt Tabira-Hiradoguchi Station, take the Saihi Bus bound for Hirado Sambashi. You can reach Hirado Castle in 10 minutes on foot if you get off at either Yukokan Bus Stop or the bus stop in front of the City Office.For information on how to access Hakata from Tokyo, please look at the article: Ways to Travel From Tokyo To Fukuoka! A Thorough Comparison.Hirado’s Seasonal Events Photo provided by: Public Interest Incorporated Association, Hirado City Promotion AgencyIn Kameoka Park, approximately 1000 cherry blossom trees have been planted and every year at the end of March the park is filled with tourists coming to witness its beauty. Inside the park, there are also cherry blossoms that bloom once between October and January and then bloom once again in the springtime. It would also be a good idea to come and see these cherry blossoms blooming out of the standard season! What is Hirado Castle?center_img Photo provided by: Public Interest Incorporated Association, Hirado City Promotion AgencyHirado Castle is located in Nagasaki prefecture, Kyushu on Hirado Island. It was constructed during the Edo Period as the home for the Matsura family who ruled over the land at that time. It was completed in 1718. However, in 1873, it was abandoned and what is standing there now is the 1962 version reconstructed by the city of Hirado.Incidentally, because the castle was built in Kameoka, it is also known as Kameoka Castle.Points of Interest at Hirado Castlelast_img read more

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