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2017/04/12

2017/04/12 - Hiroshima Report

Today, I headed back to Hiroshima, nine days after my last visit. The last time, the flowers were just opening, and today, they have reached their peak and the petals have started falling. Yesterday's cool...
2017/04/03

2017/04/03 - Hiroshima Report

Today, I headed to Hiroshima to see how the cherry trees were faring a week after the cherry blossom season was declared open on March 27, on par with the average year. The blossoms seem to be progressing at a slower...
2016/11/22

2016/11/22 - Miyajima Report

Today I went to check out the autumn colors on one of the jewels of Hiroshima Prefecture said to be one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, Miyajima. The colors here usually peak around mid November, when the leaves burst into color and make this little isle of wonders one of the most popular autumn color viewing spots in western Japan...
2016/03/31

2016/03/31 - Hiroshima Report

With the warm weather all week, lots of cherry trees have been flowering and from chasing the openings of the season, we have progressed to best viewing periods for the sakura season. Nagoya was one of the first few...
2016/03/30

2016/03/30 - Miyajima Report

The cherry blossom season has started in over two thirds of the country except for the Tohoku Region and Hokkaido. The warm spring weather over the last three days saw temperatures rising to about 20 degrees Celsius,...
2015/11/25

2015/11/25 - Miyajima Report

Today I headed over to Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture to check out the autumn colors (koyo) on the island. When Raina visited Miyajima...
2015/11/08

2015/11/08 - Miyajima Report

Today, I made my way to Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture from Dazaifu where I was yesterday. The autumn colors have...
2015/04/04

2015/04/04 - Hiroshima Report

After a few days of cold, wet weather around much of Japan, it was nice to arrive in Hiroshima this morning and be greeted by warm, sunny skies. Like many cities around the country, the cherry trees in...
2014/11/18

2014/11/18 - Miyajima Report

My destination for today was Miyajima, one of Japan's three most scenic places. The other two top scenic places are Matsushima near Sendai and...
2014/04/05

2014/04/05 - Hiroshima Report

After yesterday's cool weather and falling cherry blossom petals in Osaka, I headed west towards Hiroshima today. It has been five days since...
2013/11/21

2013/11/21 - Miyajima Report

Miyajima Island is reputed to be one of Japan's top three scenic view spots; the other two being Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture and Amanohashidate in Kyoto Prefecture. Miyajima...
2013/04/02

2013/04/02 - Hiroshima Report

Hiroshima's cherry blossoms were reported to have opened on March 22 and to have reached full bloom four days ago on March 29, almost one week earlier than in the average year. Today, I checked the state of the...
2012/11/23

2012/11/23 - Miyajima Report

Today I headed west to Miyajima, famed as one of Japan's top three scenic spots. The island is separated from main land by a 15 minute ferry ride from Hiroshima. I visited a few of Miyajima's places...
2012/04/10

2012/04/10 - Hiroshima Report

Tomorrow is expected to be a rainy day all across Japan, so please prepare your umbrellas if you will be here. Depending on the intensity of the rain, the life span of the cherry blossoms may be shortened, so let's all hope for not too...
2011/11/21

2011/11/21 - Miyajima Report

Miyajima Island just outside of Hiroshima is not Japan's most outstanding fall foliage spot, but it does offer a moderate amount of colors that are currently around their peak and can further enhance a visit to the shrine...
2011/04/07

2011/04/07 - Hiroshima Report

Today I headed out to check on the cherry blossoms in Hiroshima and Miyajima, after which I made a quick afternoon visit to Iwakuni (a separate report can be found here). However, before reading these you may want to check out this...