Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in April and May

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Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of a new beginning in many Japanese literature. | Photo by Dawn Sim

 

A symbol of new beginnings and hope, spring is a season in Japan eagerly anticipated by residents and visitors alike. From its arrival in March to the comfortable weather of April and May, spring brings with it a plethora of activities and festivals to celebrate this fresh start. As cities and towns across the country host these events, an exhilarating sense of anticipation fills the air.

Heading to Japan this April and May? Take a look at these seven things you can do this spring season that you shouldn't miss out on!

 

1. Cherry Blossom Viewing (Hanami)

A hanami picnic under sakura trees at Kamo River in KyotoFamilies and friends gather at Kamogawa Delta in Kyoto to welcome spring through hanami. | Photo by Dawn Sim

No other flowers spell spring as much as the cherry blossom, or sakura (桜), does. The gorgeous flowers typically bloom in the southernmost part of Honshu starting from mid to late March and reaching the northernmost parts of Japan by early May, transforming the entire nation into different shades of pink and white. During this time, numerous individuals commemorate the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms through the tradition of hanami (花見), where locals come together in parks to enjoy beer, food, and companionship while appreciating the cherry blossoms.

Historic cities like Kyoto and Nara present a captivating fusion of history and natural beauty — majestic temples nestled amidst mountainous landscapes are adorned with the delicate hues of white and pink cherry blossoms, reminiscent of scenes depicted in ukiyo-e paintings. Among Kyoto's most sought-after hanami locations is the Kamogawa Delta (鴨川デルタ), where two rivers converge. Given the high demand for prime spots, it's advisable to arrive early to secure a favourable picnic spot beneath the stunning cherry blossoms.

 

Sakura trees along the Meguro River.Sakura trees along the Meguro River. | Photo by photoAC

In Tokyo, the Meguro River (目黒川) is renowned as one of the prime locations within the 23 wards for cherry blossom viewing. As evening descends, the cherry blossoms lining the river are illuminated, offering spectators one of the finest yozakura (夜桜) experiences in the vicinity.

 

2. Other Spring Blooms: Wisteria and Moss Phlox

Illumination of wisteria blooms at Ashikaga Flower ParkIllumination of wisteria blooms at Ashikaga Flower Park. | Photo by PhotoAC

Although the sakura is Japan's most iconic flower, the country boasts numerous other varieties, including notable ones such as wisteria (藤 fuji) and moss phlox (芝桜 shibazakura). While the arrival of spring is often heralded by the early blooming of pink plum blossoms in February and March, the period from April to May is truly the best time to enjoy Japan's many blooms.

From mid-April to mid-May, the annual wisteria blooms at the Ashikaga Flower Park (あしかがフラワーパーク) in Tochigi Prefecture, presents another breathtaking spectacle of spring. A highlight of the park is the majestic 150-year-old Great Wisteria Tree (大藤 Ofuji), boasting an astonishing 80,000 individual purple blossoms. During the evenings, the tree is illuminated, creating a stunning display reflected in the still waters that surround it.

 

Shibazakura carpeting the grounds of Lake Motosu in front of the majestic Mount FujiA replica of Mount Fuji sculpted with shibazakura in front of the majestic Mount Fuji. | Photo by GoodFon

Another captivating spring bloom to behold at is the moss phlox, typically reaching its peak from mid-April to May, coinciding with the Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク) holidays. Among the premier locations to admire these enchanting flowers is Fuji Motosuko Resort (富士本栖湖リゾート) in Yamanashi Prefecture, where the stunning sight of expansive flower carpets, adorned with vibrant pink and white hues, in full bloom, provides a breathtaking backdrop against the majestic Mount Fuji.

 

3. Cycling 

Shimanami Kaido is a 70km bicycle route offering some of the most picturesque views of the Seto Inland Sea.Shimanami Kaido is a 70km bicycle route offering some of the most picturesque views of the Seto Inland Sea. | Photo by PhotoAC

Cycling in Japan during spring can be an exceptionally relaxing experience with the blossoming flowers providing a delightful visual treat as you effortlessly glide through the pleasant spring temperatures.

One of the most renowned and visually captivating cycling routes is the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido (瀬戸内しまなみ海道), spanning 70km and linking Onomichi City in Honshu with Imabari City in Shikoku. A relatively manageable route for beginners, this route traverses six islands and nine bridges, providing a comprehensive exploration of the Seto Inland Sea. You can also enjoy an unobstructed panorama of the area from the Hanaguri Seto Observation Deck (鼻栗瀬戸展望台) on Omishima Island. 

 

Lake Biwa is a popular cycling spot in Shiga PrefectureWould you cycle 200km around Japan's largest lake? | Photo by photoAC

Another popular cycling route takes you around Lake Biwa (琵琶湖), Japan's largest lake located in Shiga Prefecture. While the lake's 200km circumference may initially appear daunting, amateur cyclists can typically complete the course in just 2–3 days.

Lake Biwa is home to numerous captivating sightseeing spots, including Hikone Castle, the former merchant town of Omihachiman City, and the enchanting floating torii (鳥居) gate of Shirahige Shrine (白髭神社), which resembles an entrance to another realm.

 

4. Strawberry Picking

Pick and eat as many strawberries as you can in a Japanese strawberry farmReward yourself by picking some of the largest and sweetest strawberries in a strawberry farm in Japan. | Photo by PhotoAC

Cultivated in temperature-controlled greenhouses, Japan's strawberry season begins in the heart of winter, typically lasting from December to May. Renowned for producing some of the finest strawberries globally, Japan offers an exceptional strawberry-picking (イチゴ狩り ichigo-gari) experience that is a must-try during spring. From January to mid-April, you can indulge in an all-you-can-pick session at one of the strawberry farms, allowing you to savour the fresh and juicy strawberries at their peak. These farms often provide a complimentary condensed milk dip, which you can use to enhance the sweetness of your strawberries.


For strawberry enthusiasts, a trip to a strawberry farm in Tochigi Prefecture could offer an unforgettable experience. Renowned for its abundant nature, fertile soil, and pristine water sourced from the areas of Nikko and Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture provides ideal conditions for cultivating some of Japan's finest strawberries and stands as Japan's largest strawberry-producing region.
Yoshimura Strawberry Park (吉村農園), situated in the Mashiko area, allows visitors to not only delight in unlimited strawberries and compare various types, including Tochigi's renowned Tochiotome (とちおとめ) and Skyberry (スカイベリー) varieties but also bring home the taste of spring. 

 

5. Celebrate Children’s Day

Carp streamers are decorated in commemoration of Children's Day in JapanThousands of carp streamers 🎏 are flown annually during the Carp Streamer Festival at Tsuetate Onsen in Kumamoto Prefecture. | Photo by PhotoAC

Children’s Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi) in Japan is an annual national holiday observed on May 5th, dedicated to celebrating the joy and well-being of children and showing appreciation for their mothers. This holiday marks the conclusion of Japan's Golden Week, which also includes Showa Day (昭和の日 Showa no Hi), Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日 Kenpo Kinenbi), and Greenery Day (緑の日 Midori no Hi), all occurring between late April to early May.

Traditional decorations like carp streamers (こいのぼり koinobori) are prominently displayed outdoors on public buildings or private residences. These decorative windsocks, fashioned in the likeness of carp fish, are hoisted atop tall poles, symbolising attributes of strength and determination thought to bring upon success in life. Parents often display them with the aspiration that their children will come to embody these virtues.

During the Carp Streamer Festival, held annually in spring at Tsuetate Onsen (杖立温泉) in Kumamoto Prefecture, approximately 3,500 koinobori take to the skies above the Tsuetate River (杖立川), forming a breathtaking spectacle, appearing to swim downstream, or soaring toward the sky, lending an almost lifelike quality to the scene. During nightfall, these koinobori are illuminated, transforming the ambiance and creating a mystical scene. 

 

5. Shiohigari

Digging for clams is a spring activity in JapanFamilies engage in shiohigari, a leisure activity popular during spring and summer. | Photo by Adobe Stock

Since the Edo Period, shiohigari (潮干狩り), or “low-tide gathering”, has remained a beloved recreational pursuit, particularly during the spring and summer seasons. Typically between March and June, when tidal flats expand along gently sloping beaches, this outdoor pastime is commonly enjoyed by families and groups of friends to dig for shellfish. 

Although May and June might offer optimal conditions for “hunting”, this period coincides with Golden Week, when beaches are bustling with peak crowds. Each year, thousands of Japanese make their way to the shores to gather these shellfish, which are later cooked and savoured in a delicious meal. 

Odaiba Seaside Park (お台場海浜公園) is renowned as a prime location for shiohigari, as it not only serves as a fantastic retreat after a day of shopping but is also the nearest shiohigari spot from central Tokyo boasting a variety of shellfish, including asari (あさり short-neck clam), shiofuki (潮吹き thin-shelled surf clam), aoyagi (青柳 surf clam), and numerous others. However, visitors should be mindful of certain regulations at each shiohigari site, such as refraining from collecting clams smaller than 2cm and limiting the total weight of clams taken home to 2kg. These rules are in place to promote environmental awareness and ensure an enjoyable experience while digging for these delectable shellfish.

 

7. Enjoy Seasonal Foods

Bamboo shoots are a spring delicacy enjoyed in JapanBamboo shoots is a must-try during spring in Japan. | Photo by photoAC

A spring trip would simply be incomplete without having a taste of the seasonal local delicacies. While enjoying the stunning spring landscapes and activities, remember to savour seasonal foods that will surely enhance your experience of spring in Japan.

In harmony with the cherry blossom season, sakura-flavoured delights captivate the nation. Among them, sakura mochi (桜餅), a traditional Japanese sweet featuring pink-coloured mochi filled with red bean paste and wrapped in a pickled sakura leaf, stands out as one of the must-try foods. While traditionally enjoyed during Hina Matsuri (雛祭) on 3rd March, sakura mochi is also a popular treat at cherry blossom viewing picnics.

Additionally, spring brings forth an abundance of fresh produce. Sea bream, known as tai (鯛), reaches its peak weight and fattiness during this season, rendering it exceptionally delicious. Moreover, the word tai makes up part of the word “medetai” (めでたい), referring to a happy event, making it an auspicious fish loved by many. 

Another prevalent spring delicacy is the bamboo shoot, known as takenoko (たけのこ), commonly enjoyed with rice as served in takenoko gohan (筍ご飯). Otherwise, it can be savoured as tempura (天ぷら). The tender and sweet tip of the shoot, coupled with its delicate and earthy aroma, makes it one of the most symbolic foods representing spring. 

 

It’s Time to Visit Japan in Spring!

A time of vibrant renewal and celebration, there is much to enjoy during this enchanting season. Whether partaking in a hanami session, or simply indulging in the season’s freshest produce, spring offers a treasure trove of experiences for locals and visitors alike. Before the season draws to close, make sure to have your fill of this mesmerising season until its return next year. 

 

Spring Beginnings Omiyage Snack Box by JAPAN RAIL CLUB

In the meantime, you can experience spring in the comforts of your own home with JAPAN RAIL CLUB! Titled “Spring Beginnings”, April 2024’s Omiyage Snack Box features a delightful range of sakura- and plum-flavoured snacks that will surely remind you of your time frolicking amongst cherry blossoms in Japan. 

Keen to get started? Subscribe to a subscription plan of your choice at JAPAN RAIL CLUB. Check-out by 30 April 2024 with the promo code “SPRING14” to enjoy discounts of up to USD33 and get ready to receive seasonal and regional treats from all over Japan every month. Happy spring!

Meet the author

Dawn Sim

An avid lover of nature, photography, and Japanese literature, you will find Dawn (@oyakodawn) either lost in the midst of a historical pilgrimage route or in any local book cafes from the north all the way to the south of Japan. Dawn has lived in Kyoto for a year and still can’t get enough of its cultural and historical richness - not to mention the hipster cafes that serve to satisfy their coffee addiction!

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Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for nature―Midori-no-Hi (みどりの日 Greenery Day). Observed annually on 4 May, this national holiday is a testament...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Expl...

Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for...

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central Wholesale Market
Sue Lynn

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top producer of agricultural products and seafood: the vast lands covering Japan’s second largest island and...

Wendy Ng

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top...

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of Japan
Sue Lynn

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes but even amongst these, there are three locations that rise above the others and are...

Dawn Sim Nature

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes...

Japan celebrates Golden Week between April 29 to May 5
Sue Lynn

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of Japan's most prominent and bustling holiday periods, usually spans from late April to early May...

Dawn Sim Culture

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of...

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉
Sue Lynn

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Carissa Loh Nature

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Than Sakura
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with spring than the beloved cherry blossom (桜 sakura). However, other than these pretty, pink blossoms,...

Carissa Loh Nature

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with...

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in April and May
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of a new beginning in many Japanese literature. | Photo by Dawn Sim   A symbol...

Dawn Sim Spring

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other than the mesmerising cherry blossoms painting the landscape, spring is the best season to experience...

Wendy Ng Food

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festivals in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing with it beautiful flowers, comfortable temperatures, and a time of celebration. While most travellers head...

Carissa Loh Festival

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing...

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in Japan
Sue Lynn

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich history and enduring cultural heritage, is particularly famous for its magnificent Japanese castles (お城 oshiro)....

Carissa Loh Culture

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich...

Sakura Karinto and Marui Suzuki
Sue Lynn

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions of celebrating this season is to enjoy “ohanami” (お花見)! Ohanami means “flower-viewing”, and this is...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions...

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the start of springtime in Japan. Spring is the prettiest and most enjoyable season with radiant...

Wendy Ng Spring

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the...

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of Shochu Distilleries in Miyazaki
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese drink more shochu than sake. Considered to be Japan's national spirit, Shochu is gaining great...

Wendy Ng

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese...

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultural Icons
Sue Lynn

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition, Tohoku (東北), the northeastern part of Japan comprising of six prefectures – Aomori (青森), Akita...

Dawn Sim Culture

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition,...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you can unearth more culinary treasures spread throughout the country if you venture into the less...

Wendy Ng Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you...

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo for Ohanami
Sue Lynn

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you have witnessed the enchanting sight of cherry blossoms (桜 sakura) in full bloom. A cherry...

Carissa Loh Culture

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from Tohoku
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six prefectures, and is a treasure trove of beautiful nature and fascinating history. It’s a wonderful...

Carissa Loh Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six...

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souvenir & Gift-Giving Culture
Sue Lynn

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably seen the colourful and beautifully packaged boxes of local confectionery filling the gift shops along...

Carissa Loh Culture

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably...

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers from Akita by Kanaeya
Sue Lynn

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers...

The Tohoku Region is home to some of Japan’s best untouched nature. Take Akita as an example, a prefecture where lush landscapes meet premium rice fields. Renowned for its exceptional...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers...

The Tohoku Region is home to some of Japan’s best untouched nature. Take Akita as...

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from Takachiho (Winner of JR East Omiyage Grand Prix 2023 - Koshin’etsu Area Prize)
Sue Lynn

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from...

If you have been to Japan, you will understand the universal struggle of finding the perfect souvenir or omiyage (お土産) to bring home for your loved ones and colleagues. While...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from...

If you have been to Japan, you will understand the universal struggle of finding the...

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival Celebrating Girls’ Day
Sue Lynn

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival...

Displaying exquisitely made hina-ningyo dressed in traditional Heian attire is the main activity associated with the Hina Matsuri | ©photoAC Have you ever heard of Japan’s Hina Matsuri (雛祭)? Otherwise known...

Dawn Sim Culture

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival...

Displaying exquisitely made hina-ningyo dressed in traditional Heian attire is the main activity associated with the...

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Through The Eyes of Japanese Writers
Sue Lynn

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Throug...

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, take a walk in the footsteps of literary giants and look no further than Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島), which lies just about 1-2...

Dawn Sim Travel

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Throug...

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, take a walk in the footsteps of...

Mount Fuji with tea plantation in the foreground
Sue Lynn

Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy J...

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is Japan’s highest mountain, and has become a symbol of the country, recognised worldwide for its...

Carissa Loh Travel

Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy J...

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is...

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in Japan to Meet Feline Friends
Sue Lynn

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in J...

Are you a cat (猫 neko) lover? If you’ve been to Japan, you might have noticed how beloved cats are over there. Think maneki-neko (招き猫) cat figurines that beckon luck,...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in J...

Are you a cat (猫 neko) lover? If you’ve been to Japan, you might have...

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s Day in Japan
Sue Lynn

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s ...

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day! On 14 February, Valentine’s Day is universally celebrated across the globe where presents like chocolates, candies, and flowers are gifted...

Wendy Ng Culture

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s ...

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day! On 14 February, Valentine’s Day...

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the Izu Peninsula
Sue Lynn

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the...

With so many captivating attractions, you can spend days exploring the Izu Peninsula with your loved one, but where to start? Here are our top five picks for romantic dating...

Carissa Loh Travel

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the...

With so many captivating attractions, you can spend days exploring the Izu Peninsula with your...

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo”, Cafes, and the Railway Museum
Sue Lynn

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo...

Located just about half an hour north of Central Tokyo, Ōmiya Station (大宮駅 Ōmiya-eki) is the gateway to the neighbouring Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県). It is also a stop on more...

JAPANKURU Travel

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo...

Located just about half an hour north of Central Tokyo, Ōmiya Station (大宮駅 Ōmiya-eki) is...

February Maker’s Story: Shizuoka-grown Wasabi by Kameya Foods
Sue Lynn

February Maker’s Story: Shizuoka-grown Wasabi b...

Are you familiar with wasabi (わさび)? Made from the Wasabia japonica plant, wasabi or the Japanese horseradish is a unique spice native to Japan and is a staple in Japanese...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

February Maker’s Story: Shizuoka-grown Wasabi b...

Are you familiar with wasabi (わさび)? Made from the Wasabia japonica plant, wasabi or the...

Winter Wonderland: 7 Snowiest Cities in Japan and Must-do Activities
Sue Lynn

Winter Wonderland: 7 Snowiest Cities in Japan a...

Winter season in Japan boasts some of its most amazing and picturesque sceneries, especially in regions lying alongside the Sea of Japan (日本海), otherwise known as Yukiguni (雪国), or Snow...

Dawn Sim Festival

Winter Wonderland: 7 Snowiest Cities in Japan a...

Winter season in Japan boasts some of its most amazing and picturesque sceneries, especially in...