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2017/04/17

2017/04/17 - Tokyo Report

A new week and a new chapter for this year's cherry blossoms, with various major viewing spots nearing or at the end of their sakura season. On the plus side, Japan's higher and more northern locations are now coming...
2017/04/14

Sneak Peek from Ginza Six

On April 20, the much awaited new shopping mall in Ginza, Ginza Six will open, and I had the opportunity to check it out before it opened to the public. Part of Ginza Six stands on where the former Matsuzakaya Ginza department store used to be...
2017/04/12

2017/04/12 - Tokyo Report

The 2017 cherry blossom season is well underway, with excitement now building for the opening of the blossoms in north and high places including Takayama and the Fuji Five Lakes region; both of which are predicted to...
2017/04/10

2017/04/10 - Tokyo Report

Last week and over the weekend, cherry blossoms all over southern and central Japan--from Kyushu as far north as Tokyo and Kanazawa--have reached full bloom, beginning the season's peak week for many of the...
2017/04/06

2017/04/06 - Tokyo Report

The 2017 cherry blossom season is moving along nicely, with multiple cities entering their best viewing periods in the past few days. Yesterday, Raina and myself reported from two such cities; Fukuoka and Nagoya, and...
2017/04/03

2017/04/03 - Tokyo Report

In line with Sam's predictions last Friday, this seems to be the week to see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo. After a relatively cold spring which seemed to delay the 2017 sakura season, finally temperatures are...
2017/03/31

2017/03/31 - Tokyo Report

Tokyo's cherry blossom season has been an interesting one so far, having officially started ten days ago ahead of the rest of the country's cities, but then, as Andrew reported earlier this week, stalling slightly due...
2017/03/29

2017/03/29 - Tokyo Report

Although Tokyo's sakura season officially opened several days ahead of the rest of Japan, blossom develop seems to have temporarily stalled. Over the weekend temperatures were lower than average across the country...
2017/03/23

2017/03/23 - Tokyo Report

Tokyo's sakura season officially kicked off on March 21, five days earlier than average, and the earliest announcement of the opening of the first blossoms (kaika) in the country in the last five years..
2017/03/11

Escaping to the roofs in Tamagawa

Deciding that I needed a little escapade before the rush of the cherry blossom season, I headed to an area in western Tokyo known as Tamagawa. The area is not a major tourist area unlike some of the more popular...
2016/12/06

2016/12/06 - Tokyo Report

In our final Tokyo 2016 autumn color report, I visited the city to check out the colors at some of the popular gardens. The fall color season is slowly but surely coming to an end judging from the fallen leaves that...
2016/11/29

2016/11/29 - Tokyo Report

The last time Joe was in Tokyo, he reported that many of the trees in the places he visited, Mount Takao and Shinjuku Gyoen were at their peak. Today, I headed back into the city just four days after our previous...
2016/11/25

2016/11/25 - Tokyo Report

This year's autumn colors are now hitting their peak in Japan's big cities like Tokyo and Kyoto as our seasonal coverage continues. While Sam is covering the action in western Japan this week, I headed to Tokyo today to track the season's progress in the nation's capital....
2016/11/15

2016/11/15 - Tokyo Report

As this year's autumn color season is finally wrapping up in the north and central mountainous areas of Japan, western Japan and the country's urban coastal areas are now starting to reach their peak color...
2016/11/04

2016/11/04 - Tokyo Report

Today, I visited Tokyo again two weeks after my last trip. The last time I was here, the colors were barely starting with majority of the trees in the city still sporting green leaves. Today, I am pleased to report...
2016/10/20

2016/10/20 - Tokyo Report

A month ago, we started our first autumn color report of the season in Daisetsuzan, Hokkaido. Since then, the season color spectacular has been in full swing in the north and we've covered a number of popular autumn...
2016/09/30

Designs on Tennozu Isle

With fall fast on the heels of summer, the temperatures are starting to cool down and the country gearing up for the autumn color season. Having at least another month before the colors make their way down towards the...
2016/08/27

Fool's Dance at Koenji Awa Odori

Every year, on the last weekend of August, over ten thousand dancers converge in Koenji, a district in the Suginami Ward of Tokyo, to dance the lively and energetic fool's dance - or Awa Odori...
2016/07/04

Shitamachi Yanesen

Yanesen, which is made up of the three neighbourhoods of Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi, is one of Tokyo's most well known shitamachi areas. A literal translation of the term
2016/05/20

Wandering through Kagurazaka

When you're filled with a craving for travel and are a little restless, there's no better way to soothe that urge than to go out exploring. In an attempt to curb the wanderlust, I spent a cheeky weekday in Kagurazaka...
2016/04/12

2016/04/12 - Tokyo Report

Today I visited a few of the best cherry blossoms spots in Tokyo to check out the state of the blossoms since Scott visited on April 8. The relatively strong winds over the weekend combined with warm weather may have...
2016/04/08

2016/04/08 - Tokyo Report

Everyone's been worried about the storms that swept through much of Japan yesterday, as the blossoms around the cities that reached full bloom a week ago now are at the point where they are vulnerable to being knocked...
2016/04/04

2016/04/04 - Tokyo Report

Cherry blossoms all over southern and central Japan--from Kagoshima and Kumamoto as far north as Tokyo and Kanazawa--have just reached full bloom over the last week and weekend, bringing us into what might be this sakura season's peak week in those regions...
2016/04/01

2016/04/01 - Tokyo Report

After almost two weeks since a slightly earlier-than-average opening, I am excited to report that cherry blossoms all over Tokyo have started to reach full bloom today...
2016/03/29

2016/03/29 - Tokyo Report

After a brief progress-stalling cold spell, temperatures rose today across Japan, kickstarting cherry blossoms back into full gear towards what might be a slightly earlier...
2016/03/27

2016/03/27 - Tokyo Report

It's been almost a week since the cherry blossom season officially opened in Tokyo. It usually takes about a week for the flowers to reach full bloom after opening. However, the weather in the past week was slightly...
2016/03/24

2016/03/24 - Tokyo Report

Cherry blossom reporting is now fully underway, and from here on out we'll be bringing you nearly daily sakura reports from across the country. Today sees us back in Tokyo to check out a few more of the city's best...
2016/03/20

2016/03/20 - Tokyo Report

The 2016 cherry blossom season has gotten underway! From today, the japan-guide.com team will be reporting from popular cherry blossom spots across the country about the blossoms' current state until the seasonal...
2016/02/20

Tokyo Plum Blossom Report

Today I spent a wet Saturday in Tokyo checking out the plum blossoms in Yushima Tenjin Shrine not far from Ueno Park. Due to the warmer temperatures this year, the...
2015/12/09

2015/12/09 - Tokyo Report

After 45 reports spanning three months, it has come time for our final autumn color (koyo) report trip of the season. This year has been an unusual one that started off strong in the northern regions of...
2015/12/03

2015/12/03 - Tokyo Report

As this year's autumn color season is coming into its final stretch, around two of the country's biggest cities, many spots are just reaching their best color this week...
2015/11/27

2015/11/27 - Tokyo Report

Today, I headed to Tokyo to check out the state of the autumn colors, while Schauwecker and Scott are in the Kansai...
2015/11/19

2015/11/19 - Tokyo Report

Continuing our coverage of this year's autumn color season, we're following the late-season colors as they are beginning to approach their peak color in southern Japan...
2015/11/18

2015/11/18 - Mount Mitake Report

While mentioning the name Tokyo usually evokes images of a crowded, sprawling, concrete and glass jungle, there is literally another side to Tokyo that seems to be a world apart...
2015/11/16

2015/11/16 - Mount Takao Report

The autumn color season has finally begun in Tokyo this year, and our team is here to cover the progress at each of the city's best leaf-watching spots...
2015/11/12

2015/11/12 - Tokyo Report

With temperatures dropping across the country, this year's autumn color front has just started creeping into Japan's large cities. While the season is coming into full force in western Japan this week, in and around Tokyo...
2015/11/04

2015/11/04 - Tokyo Report

The autumn colors around the northern parts of the country seem to be coming to a close a bit faster than in a typical year, leaving us with a bit of a gap before we would normally start covering...
2015/10/28

The 44th Tokyo Motor Show

Celebrating over 60 years of history, the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 is held at Tokyo Big Sight from October 29 - November 8. Tickets to the country's largest...
2015/06/23

Takumi no Waza - Master Craftsmanship of Japan

Today Schauwecker and I visited the Takumi no Waza, or Master Craftsmanship of Japan, a twice-yearly handicraft exposition of craftsmen held on the 7th floor of Mitsukoshi's flagship department store in Tokyo's...
2015/04/09

2015/04/09 - Tokyo Report

Back in Tokyo once again, a mere three days after my last trip. This time I checked out a spot in western Tokyo that we haven't been to this cherry blossom season. Scott is in Kyoto and will bring you an update on...
2015/04/06

2015/04/06 - Tokyo Report

After spending about a week in the Kansai Region, I'm back in Tokyo today to bring you the latest cherry blossom update. Scott was in Kyoto today and reported that the petals are...
2015/04/02

2015/04/02 - Tokyo Report

Except for a few outliers, the cherry blossoms are now blooming in almost every part of the country save the northernmost Hokkaido and Tohoku regions. In addition, we...
2015/03/30

2015/03/30 - Tokyo Report

After a slightly early start to this year's season, the cherry blossoms around much of Japan have been racing towards full bloom with city after city reaching their...
2015/03/25

2015/03/25 - Tokyo Report

The cherry blossom season has started slightly early this year, with the trees in many cities opening about two to three days earlier than average. Nagoya, Kumamoto and Kagoshima kicked off the season on March 21...
2015/01/08

Exploring Tokyo's revitalized Nihonbashi District

Today Schauwecker and I headed down to Tokyo to check out the Nihonbashi District, which grew up as an important merchantile and trade district during the Edo Period and remains a popular one of...
2014/12/05

2014/12/05 - Tokyo Report

After 80 days and 40 reports from all over Japan, our 2014 fall color reporting season comes to an end today as the last of the autumn leaves...
2014/11/27

2014/11/27 - Tokyo Report

Today we took a break from Joe's coverage of the Kansai Region and headed down to Tokyo to check on the progress of the autumn...
2014/11/18

2014/11/18 - Tokyo Report

Continuing our coverage of this year's autumn color season in Tokyo, I headed back to the city today check on a few of the city's...
2014/11/13

2014/11/13 - Tokyo Report

This year's autumn colors have finally begun to make their slow debut in Tokyo over the last week or two, so today I headed back to the capital...
2014/11/07

2014/11/07 - Tokyo Report

Temperatures are starting to drop all over Japan this week, and this year's autumn color front is finally moving down from the mountains into the cities...
2014/06/19

Toranomon Hills opens in Tokyo

Opened on June 11, 2014, Toranomon Hills is Tokyo's newest landmark. It is named after the Toranomon district which lies between Tokyo Station and Tokyo Tower. Toranomon Hills is...
2014/04/10

2014/04/10 - Tokyo Report

Today I visited western Tokyo, after being away in the Kansai region for the past week. Petals are starting to fall in Kyoto...
2014/04/07

2014/04/07 - Tokyo Report

The cherry blossom season is really starting to come to a close around Tokyo and Kyoto now with petals falling around most of the major sites across both cities....
2014/04/04

2014/04/04 - Tokyo Report

After a quick visit to Kamakura this morning, I rushed over to Tokyo to check on the blossoms at Sumida Park and...
2014/04/02

2014/04/02 - Tokyo Report

Over the past few days, city after city across the county has reached full bloom, to the point that most of western Japan is now within the peak of the cherry...
2014/03/26

2014/03/26 - Tokyo Report

Exactly three weeks after my early Tokyo blossom report, yesterday was the official start to Tokyo's sakura (cherry blossom) season....
2014/03/04

Early Tokyo Blossom Report

Started off the day with checking out the early flowering sakura varieties, namely the Okanzakura and the Kanzakura types in Ueno Park. It...
2013/12/11

2013/12/11 - Tokyo Report

It's been two and a half months and 33 reports since this year's first autumn color report, and in that time we have trekked all over Japan following the changing foliage as it moved down from the...
2013/12/03

2013/12/03 - Tokyo Report

Today I headed down to Tokyo to make my final autumn color (koyo) report from the city for this year. It's not the last Tokyo report of the season though, as that one is traditionally done by...
2013/11/26

2013/11/26 - Tokyo Report

The skies had cleared after heavy downpours drenched Tokyo yesterday. With the buzz that always seems to accompany the nation's capital, autumn colors in their juvenile stages spread out in the bright sunshine...
2013/11/20

2013/11/20 - Tokyo Report

It's been just over a week since Schauwecker made our first autumn color report from Tokyo, and as expected, he mostly...
2013/11/12

2013/11/12 - Tokyo Report

Nearly two months after our first autumn color report of the season, it is time to start checking the trees of Tokyo and Kyoto, the two...
2013/04/08

2013/04/08 - Tokyo Report

About one week ago we observed that the cherry blossom season around central Tokyo has pretty much come to a close, but today we went back down to revisit two of the later season hanami spots around the...
2013/04/01

2013/04/01 - Tokyo Report

Today I challenged myself to cover Ueno Park and Shinjuku Gyoen in central Tokyo where the season is approaching its end, as well as three hanami spots west of central...
2013/03/29

2013/03/29 - Tokyo Report

Today I headed down to Tokyo to revisit some of the city's popular hanami spots. The cherry blossoms were at full bloom when we...
2013/03/25

2013/03/25 - Tokyo Report

Four days after my last visit, I returned to Tokyo to check out its cherry blossoms. Peak season had arrived at the capital ...
2013/03/21

2013/03/21 - Tokyo Report

The cherry blossoms at Tokyo have been making news recently for a record-setting start to the season. The official recorded date is Mar 16, ten days faster than the average year and...
2013/03/17

2013/03/17 - Tokyo Report

After a cold winter, many weather services predicted this year's cherry blossoms in Tokyo to open at an average pace in their initial forecasts. Yet, the city's representative tree ended up opening already yesterday...
2013/03/12

2013/03/12 - Tokyo Report

Today, as a prelude to the main cherry blossom season, we visited Tokyo to check out some early blooming varieties of cherry trees. After a cold winter, the weather has taken a sharp turn and forecasts have predicted...
2013/02/25

Tokyo Plum Blossom Report

Today the entire office headed down to Tokyo to check out this year's plum blossoms. The plum trees (ume in Japanese) usually bloom several weeks ahead of the cherry blossoms, and may open as early as February and last through March....
2013/01/02

Tokyo New Year Report

A very Happy New Year to all. Wishing everybody a 2013 blessed with health and happiness. Another exciting year begins here at japan-guide. You might have already noticed, but we have marked the start to this year with...
2012/12/11

2012/12/11 - Tokyo Report

Today I headed to Tokyo for our last report for this autumn season. The past couple of days had been very windy and that could have had an adverse effect on the longevity of the autumn leaves...
2012/12/07

2012/12/07 - Tokyo Report

Its been a week since our last autumn report from Tokyo, and in that time the autumn foliage has reach the peak around most of the sites in the city. Today I revisited some of Tokyo's best autumn color spots,...
2012/12/01

2012/12/01 - Tokyo Report

The first autumn color report of December comes from Tokyo, one of the last places in Japan to see its trees change colors. The seasonal spectacle had already advanced nicely earlier this week in many of...
2012/11/27

2012/11/27 - Tokyo Report

Another week has passed since Schauwecker made our last autumn color report from Tokyo, so today I headed back down to the city to revisit some of last week's...
2012/11/21

2012/11/21 - Tokyo Report

Eight days after our first autumn color report from Tokyo, I revisited some of the city's best fall foliage spots. Overall, the season was still at an early stage, and I do...
2012/11/19

2012/11/19 - Takaosan Report

Takaosan (Mount Takao) is located in the suburban west of central Tokyo, and is popular as one of the few natural recreation areas within the metropolitan city. The summit of the 599 meter tall mountain offers nice views of Tokyo...
2012/11/13

2012/11/13 - Tokyo Report

Today I made our first autumn color report trip to Tokyo. As it is still relatively early in the season, the trees around Tokyo are understandably pretty green. However, some of the earlier changing trees are...
2012/10/09

Tokyo Station Renovation

For about a decade, the redevelopment of Tokyo Station has been ongoing. While the entire process won't be completed for another year, a major milestone was reached with the reopening of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building...
2012/09/17

Exploring Tokyo: Gate Bridge

Today I explored grounds in Tokyo that didn't exist a century ago. I walked through Wakasu, Shin-kiba and Yumenoshima, which are among the several small islands around the Tokyo Bay area that were formed by land reclamation in...
2012/06/04

Tokyo Skytree

Today, on the 14th day since its official opening, I visited the Tokyo Skytree. For those who haven't heard, this is the new tallest structure in Japan, and it has also been entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest...
2012/05/11

Sneak Peek from Tokyo Skytree

A few days from today, on May 22, the tallest structure in Japan, the 634 meter tall Tokyo Skytree will finally open to the public. japan-guide.com visited the massive tower and shopping complex at its base to give our users a sneak...
2012/05/07

New Tokyo Buildings

Today we headed down to Tokyo to check out a host of new department stores and shopping centers that seem to be rushing to open ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Sky Tree on May 22. Our first stop of the day was at...
2012/04/18

2012/04/18 - Tokyo Report

So far this season, I have been mostly covering cherry blossoms of the Somei Yoshino variety. As Somei Yoshino are the overwhelming majority among cherry trees in Japan, they have become synonymous with ...
2012/04/13

2012/04/13 - Tokyo Report

Today I headed down to Tokyo to check out the cherry trees around Shinjuku Gyoen, Ueno Park, and Sumida Park. The cherry blossoms around the capitol reached full bloom about a week ago and since then...
2012/04/09

2012/04/09 - Tokyo Report

Today I made a follow up trip down to Tokyo to check out the cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen, Koishikawa Korakuen, Chidorigafuchi, and Ueno Park. Both...
2012/04/06

2012/04/06 - Tokyo Report

Heavy rains and extremely strong winds swept through Japan since our last report from Tokyo and a lot of people were concerned about the effect that this would have on the cherry blossoms. I'm happy to report that...
2012/04/03

2012/04/03 - Tokyo Report

Today I headed down to Tokyo to check on the state of the cherry blossoms around Shinjuku Gyoen, Koishikawa Korakuen, Rikugien, and...
2012/03/31

2012/03/31 - Tokyo Report

While cherry blossoms have started opening in Kyushu and some southern areas on Shikoku and Honshu in recent days already, they are forecast to officially start opening in Tokyo today. Starting with this report from the capital,...
2012/03/22

2012/03/22 - Tokyo Report

Today we headed for Tokyo to do our second cherry blossom report for the year. As the weather didn't become much warmer over the past week, we weren't expecting much progress from our...
2012/03/15

2012/03/15 - Tokyo Report

Tokyo's cherry blossoms are not expected to start opening for another two weeks, however, a small number of early blooming cherry tree varieties have begun to provide...
2012/03/15

Tokyo Plum Blossom Report

Almost a month after our first visit to Tokyo's Yushima Tenjin Shrine, I revisited the popular plum blossom spot to check on the state of its flowers.Most of the shrine's...
2012/02/21

Plum Blossom Report from Tokyo

Today we visited the Yushima Tenjin Shrine and the Koishikawa Korakuen in Tokyo to check out the progress of the blossoming of the plum tree flowers. The plums, or ume in Japanese, often bloom about a month before the sakura, and...
2011/12/13

2011/12/13 - Tokyo Report

Three months after this year's first autumn color report from Hokkaido, I concluded the seasonal reporting with a grand tour to seven of Tokyo's best koyo spots. The capital's colors usually peak around late November and early...
2011/12/05

2011/12/05 - Tokyo Report

Today I returned to Tokyo to check out the autumn colors (koyo) at Rikugien, Koishikawa Korakuen, Hama Rikyu and the Icho Namiki...
2011/11/27

2011/11/27 - Tokyo Report

Today I headed back down to Tokyo to check on the progress of the autumn colors (koyo). The first stop of the day was Icho Namiki (Ginkgo Street) near the National...
2011/11/22

2011/11/22 - Tokyo Report

I took another trip down to Tokyo today to continue our reporting on the autumn colors (koyo) in eastern Japan. A little progress has been made since my trip last week, however it is still very...
2011/11/15

2011/11/15 - Tokyo Report

Today I made our first official Autumn Color (koyo) report trip to Tokyo. As expected, it is still pretty early in the season and most of the trees around Tokyo haven't really begun to change colors yet. Although...
2011/10/13

Tokyo Fall Colors?

Fall colors in Tokyo are usually best around late November and early December. Nevertheless, I used my time between two appointments in Tokyo today to check on a couple of koyo spots...
2011/10/04

Visit to the Sunshine Aquarium

Three weeks ago I failed to visit the newly renovated Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro. Today I got my revenge with a successful visit. There were no waiting times when I arrived at 4pm on this regular Tuesday, but the aquarium was,...
2011/10/04

Ceatec Japan 2011

Today we headed down to Chiba Prefecture to check out the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) tradeshow held at the Makuhari Messe convention center. CEATEC is the largest...
2011/09/12

Failed Visit to the Sunshine Aquarium

Japan has the largest number of aquaria per capita. Tokyo alone has the Tokyo Sea Life Park in Kasai Rinkai Park, the Epson Aqua Stadium in Shinagawa and the Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro in addition to several more in neighboring...
2011/04/19

2011/04/19 - Tokyo Report

Today I set out on our final Tokyo cherry blossom report trip of the year. As expected, the season has either ended or is quickly coming to a close at the majority of the famous hanami spots around the city. Shinjuku Gyoen April 19,...
2011/04/14

2011/04/14 - Tokyo Report

I've returned to the Kanto Region this week and am reporting today from Tokyo. The cherry blossom season around the capital has been progressing pretty much on track since our last report from the city on April 11, 2011. Most of the...
2011/04/11

2011/04/11 - Tokyo Report

Three days ago I found many spots in Tokyo at or near full bloom during the April 8 Cherry Blossom Report. Since then the blossoms have advanced quite a bit so that the spots that were approaching full bloom have now reached it and those that were at full bloom are now in decline...
2011/04/08

2011/04/08 - Tokyo Report

Today I made the 5th cherry blossom reporting trip to Tokyo this season. When we first visited on March 27 the buds of the somei yoshino trees hadn't opened yet, and just a few days ago on April 5 some spots were approaching full bloom...
2011/04/05

2011/04/05 - Tokyo Report

Today I made another visit to Tokyo to follow up on our previous cherry blossom report trips on April 2, 2011, March 30, 2011, and March 27, 2011. Shinjuku Park April 5, 2011 - opening...
2011/04/02

2011/04/02 - Tokyo Report

Today I stopped by Tokyo on my way home from the Kansai Region to check out the cherry blossoms. This is our third Tokyo report this year after our previous visits on March 30, 2011, and March 27, 2011. Shinjuku Park April 2, 2011 -...
2011/03/30

2011/03/30 - Tokyo Report

The cherry blossoms officially opened in Tokyo two days ago on the 28th, the day after Schauwecker's initial report from the city. Today I visited a number of the same attractions that were visited on the March 27 cherry blossom...
2011/03/27

2011/03/27 - Tokyo Report

The cherry blossoms have started to open on the southern islands of Shikoku and Kyushu over the past few days; however, I begin this year's reporting in Tokyo, where the blossoms are still officially closed...