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Gunma, Japan
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15 September 2009
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2015/11/19 - Shiobara Onsen, Tochigi

This past Monday my husband and I took advantage of the nice weather to go on a day trip to Tochigi Prefecture's Shiobara Onsen by car... read all

2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Miyazaki City

My last day was spent in Miyazaki City before heading home on a late afternoon flight... read all

2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Nichinan Coast and Cape Toi

After spending the night at Kitago Onsen in the Nichinan Area, we headed to Cape Toi in the morning, the southernmost part of Miyazaki Prefecture... read all

2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Takachiho, Miyazaki

After spending the afternoon in Kumamoto visiting the castle, we continued driving east to Takachiho, Miyazaki... read all

2015/08/27 - Southern Kyushu: Kumamoto Castle

I visited the prefectures of Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki in a week-long vacation to Southern Kyushu... read all

2015/08/25 - Southern Kyushu: Ibusuki and Kirishima

I visited the prefectures of Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki in a week-long vacation to Southern Kyushu... read all

2015/08/24 - Southern Kyushu: Kagoshima City, Kagoshima

I visited the prefectures of Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki in a week-long vacation to Southern Kyushu. The first place I visited was Kagoshima City, Kagoshima... read all

2015/08/03 - Tambara Lavender Park

he lavender fields of Hokkaido are famous across Japan and popular with tourists, but for those of us who can't make the long journey to Hokkaido to see these flowers... read all

2015/07/13 - Event: Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium

Do you like goldfish? How about goldfish lit by neon lights in interesting aquariums? The Art Aquarium is a annual, multi-city event from the mind of Hidetomo Kimura... read all

2015/05/01 - Kanna-machi Koi-no-Bori Festival

In the small town of Kanna up in the mountains of Fujioka City, Gunma Prefecture is an annual koi-no-bori matsuri... read all

2015/05/01 - Wisteria Festival in Fujioka

Gunma Prefecture Fujioka City's annual "Fuji Matsuri", or Wisteria Festival. It is usually held from the end of April to the beginning of May... read all

2014/11/15 - Sakurayama Koen: Fall Colors and Winter-blooming Cherry Blossoms

Sakurayama Koen in Onishi area, Fujioka City, Gunma Prefecture is known for its "fuyu-zakura", or winter-blooming cherry blossoms... read all

2014/11/15 - Ueno-mura Sky Bridge and Fall Colors

Most people, when you say "I went to Ueno this weekend," assume you visited Tokyo. read all

2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 1: Gifu City and Gujo Caves

We had originally planned this road trip the weekend before Obon started, but due to the typhoon, ended up postponing the trip to this past weekend... read all

2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 2: Gujo City and Shirakawa-go

Picking up from after we left spooky cave #2, we drove to Gujo City, parked the car, and headed up the mountain to the castle... read all

2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 3: Hida Takayama

We spent the night near Takayama, and spent our final day exploring the city, starting with Takayama Hachiman Shrine and the Yatai Kaikan... read all

2014/07/02 - Rainy Season around Tokyo: Hydrangea Flowers

The rainy season in Japan can be a headache for travelers, whose limited time and wardrobe are often at odds with the sometimes copious amounts of rain... read all

2014/05/27 - Road Trip: Yamadera, Yamagata

The last of 4 parts, finishing up with the main goal of the entire trip, Yamadera in Yamagata... read all

2014/05/26 - Road Trip: Yonezawa, Yamagata

After finishing up at Ouchijuku in Fukushima, we drove to Yonezawa, Yamagata to spend the night at a Toyoko Inn there... read all

2014/05/19 - Roadtrip Fukushima's Ouchijuku

After Aizu-Wakamatsu, my friends and I drove to Ouchijuku, the preserved post town south of Aizu-Wakamatsu, to explore... read all

2014/05/16 - Roadtrip: Aizu-Wakamatsu

For the weekend of April 19th and 20th, two friends of mine joined me on a mini road trip up to the Tohoku area... read all

2014/04/30 - Climbing Gunma's Mt. Myogi

Since Japan-Guide published their article on the best hiking in Japan, I thought I'd post my most recent hiking experience at Gunma's Mt. Myogi... read all

2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 2: Tokyo Report

So Gunma's plums aren't so great yet... we'll just go a bit further South and find better! And using that as an excuse, we headed to Tokyo for a day trip... read all

2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 1: Gunma Plums

This weekend we desperately wanted to get out of the house, and decided that combining a motorcycle trip with photographing the plum blossoms would be a good way to do that... read all

2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 1

This past weekend was a three-day weekend for some Gunma cabbages like myself since Monday was Kenmin-no-hi for Gunma and Tochigi... read all

2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 2

Kita-Karuizawa (Naganohara, Gunma), and waterfalls in the area, including Asama Ootaki and Shiraito no Taki.

The hotel we stayed at was in the middle of Kita-Karuizawa...
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2013/10/30 - Cosmos and Mt. Myogi

Ichonomiya Nukisaki Jinja is a beautiful and popular shrine in Tomioka, Gunma, Japan. It is surrounded by great views, including that of Mt. Myogi, one of Gunma's three famous mountains... read all

2013/10/01 - Fall Flowers: Higanbana

Higanbana, called "red spider lily" in English (official name Lycoris radiata) is an ubiquitous fall flower blooming in late summer and early autumn usually after a heavy rain... read all

2012/12/01 - Winter Cherry Blossoms at Joumine Kouen

Perhaps you've heard of Sakurayama Park in Gunma Prefecture, home of the famous winter cherry blossoms (fuyuzakura), that bloom in fall and into winter... read all

2012/11/18 - Annual Coco Harvest Festival

The annual Coco Harvest Festival i has come and gone once again! The Winery, located in the mountains of Ashikaga City in Tochigi Prefecture, is famous for its annual Harvest Festival... read all

2012/11/11 - Ueno Cat cafe ''Nekomaru''

Living in Japan and can't have a pet, traveling and miss your companions, or just a cat lover who doesn't want the trouble of owning? read all

2012/11/10 - Tokyo Design Festa vol.36 at Odaiba

Tokyo Design Festa, a bi-annual arts and crafts show held at Tokyo Odaiba Big Sight, just finished its 36th event this past weekend... read all

2012/11/04 - Utsunomiya, Tochigi Gyoza Festival

This past weekend in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture was the annual Gyoza Festival. Utsunomiya wants to be the Gyoza capital of Japan... read all

japan travel profile
how often
more than five times
how long
more than two months
travel pace
travel style
individual travel
travel interests
Shrines and Temples, Castles, Gardens, Historic Towns, Museums, Arts and Crafts, Modern Cities, Popular Culture, Theme Parks, Shopping, Night Life, Outdoor, Hot Springs, Flowers, Wintersports, Beaches, Festivals, Food
accommodation used
Business Hotel
transportation used
City Bus
Highway Bus
Domestic Flight
Overnight Bus
tickets used
JR Kanto Pass
destinations visited
Ise Shima
Kiso Valley
Kusatsu Onsen
Noto Peninsula
Yaeyama Islands
Fuji Five Lakes
Izu Peninsula
sightseeing spots visited
Ouchijuku (Aizu)
Kanto Festival (Akita)
Jomon Site (Aomori)
Nebuta Matsuri (Aomori)
Otaki Cave (Gujo)
Hikone Castle (Hikone)
Himeji Castle (Himeji)
Kokoen Garden (Himeji)
Mount Shosha (Himeji)
Mount Haruna (Ikaho)
Ise Shrines (Ise Shima)
Meoto Iwa (Ise Shima)
Kintai-kyo Bridge (Iwakuni)
Samurai District (Kakunodate)
Enoshima (Kamakura)
Hasedera Temple (Kamakura)
Meigetsuin Temple (Kamakura)
Kenrokuen (Kanazawa)
Ninjadera (Kanazawa)
Onioshidashi Park (Karuizawa)
Shiraito Waterfall (Karuizawa)
Candy Alley (Kawagoe)
Tsumago (Kiso Valley)
Canal Area (Kurashiki)
Ivy Square (Kurashiki)
Ohara Museum (Kurashiki)
Kusatsu Hot Springs (Kusatsu Onsen)
Mount Shirane (Kusatsu Onsen)
Sainokawara Park (Kusatsu Onsen)
Yubatake (Kusatsu Onsen)
Yumomi Performance (Kusatsu Onsen)
Fushimi Inari Shrine (Kyoto)
Ginkakuji (Kyoto)
Gion (Kyoto)
Kinkakuji (Kyoto)
Kiyomizudera (Kyoto)
Matsumoto Castle (Matsumoto)
Hot Springs (Minakami)
Mount Tanigawa (Minakami)
Outdoor Activities (Minakami)
Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima)
Mount Misen (Miyajima)
Zenkoji Temple (Nagano)
Railway Museum (Nagoya)
Toyota Related Sights (Nagoya)
Kasuga Taisha (Nara)
Todaiji Temple (Nara)
Wakakusayama (Nara)
Futarasan Shrine (Nikko)
Irohazaka (Nikko)
Kegon Waterfall (Nikko)
Lake Chuzenji (Nikko)
Rinnoji Temple (Nikko)
Shinkyo Bridge (Nikko)
Keta Taisha Shrine (Noto Peninsula)
Okunoto Coast (Noto Peninsula)
Korakuen Garden (Okayama)
Kita (Umeda) (Osaka)
Minami (Namba) (Osaka)
Osaka Aquarium (Osaka)
Osaka Castle (Osaka)
Railway Museum (Saitama)
Sendai Downtown (Sendai)
Tanabata Matsuri (Sendai)
Asakusa (Tokyo)
Imperial Palace (Tokyo)
Odaiba (Tokyo)
Shinjuku (Tokyo)
Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo)
Tokyo DisneySea (Tokyo)
Ueno Park (Tokyo)
Yebisu Garden Place (Tokyo)
Oirase Stream (Towada)
Iriomote Island (Yaeyama Islands)
Taketomi Island (Yaeyama Islands)
Chinatown (Yokohama)
Cup Noodles Museum (Yokohama)
Kirin Beer Village (Yokohama)
Yamashita Park (Yokohama)
Tsuruga Castle (Aizu)
Gujo Town (Gujo)
Hachiman Castle (Gujo)
Hakone Shrine (Hakone)
Lake Ashinoko (Hakone)
Castle Road (Hikone)
Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki)
Neputa Mura (Hirosaki)
Hot Spring Baths (Ikaho)
Ikaho Town (Ikaho)
Ago Bay (Ise Shima)
Engakuji Temple (Kamakura)
Great Buddha (Kamakura)
Kenchoji Temple (Kamakura)
Higashi Chaya District (Kanazawa)
Kanazawa Castle (Kanazawa)
Omicho Market (Kanazawa)
Oyama Shrine (Kanazawa)
Warehouse District (Kawagoe)
Ohashi House (Kurashiki)
Arashiyama (Kyoto)
Kyoto Station (Kyoto)
Kyoto Tower (Kyoto)
Ryoanji Temple (Kyoto)
Sanjusangendo (Kyoto)
Tofukuji Temple (Kyoto)
Daisho-in Temple (Miyajima)
Senjokaku (Miyajima)
Walking Trails (Miyajima)
JR Central Towers (Nagoya)
Nagoya Castle (Nagoya)
Kofukuji Temple (Nara)
Nara Park (Nara)
Toshogu Shrine (Nikko)
Myojoji Temple (Noto Peninsula)
Sojiji Temple (Noto Peninsula)
Wajima City (Noto Peninsula)
Okayama Castle (Okayama)
Bay Area (Osaka)
Ogimachi Village (Shirakawago)
Ameyoko (Tokyo)
Government Building (Tokyo)
Harajuku (Tokyo)
Ikebukuro (Tokyo)
Kappabashi Street (Tokyo)
Marunouchi (Tokyo)
Meiji Shrine (Tokyo)
Nihonbashi (Tokyo)
Sensoji Temple (Tokyo)
Shibuya (Tokyo)
Tokyo Disneyland (Tokyo)
Tokyo Skytree (Tokyo)
Yoyogi Park (Tokyo)
Lake Towada (Towada)
Ishigaki Island (Yaeyama Islands)
Minato Mirai (Yokohama)
Osanbashi Pier (Yokohama)
Fuji Q Highland (Fuji Five Lakes)
Green Bokujo (Ikaho)
Kikko Park (Iwakuni)
Old Town (Takayama)
Takayama Jinya (Takayama)
Yatai Kaikan (Takayama)
Akihabara (Tokyo)
Ginza (Tokyo)
Imperial East Gardens (Tokyo)
Shinagawa (Tokyo)
Shiodome (Tokyo)
Tokyo Motor Show (Tokyo)
Tokyo Tower (Tokyo)
Takayama-sha (Tomioka)
Roppongi (Tokyo)
Mizusawa Temple (Ikaho)

japan living profile
living duration
5-10 years
staying until
a few years
current visa
Spouse Visa

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