Jess' Japan Travel Journal
by Jess, writer

Ajisai Viewing in Kamakura

Today I headed out to Kamakura to visit a few temples famous for their hydrangea flowers. Hydrangea are called ajisai in Japanese, and typically bloom from around mid-June to mid-July, which coincides with the rainy season during the month of June. read all

Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park

Taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather, today I visited Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture, located northeast of Tokyo in the Kanto Plain. My purpose today was to see the tulips and the famous blue nemophila flowers which are blooming in the park now. read all

Alpen Route Snow Wall 2016

Yesterday I traveled the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route to view this year's snow walls at Murodo. Murodo is the highest point on the route that connects Nagano Prefecture's Omachi Town with Toyama Prefecture's Toyama City through the spectacular Northern Japan Alps of the Chubu Sangaku National Park. read all

Plum Blossom Report from Kairakuen

About two hours north of Tokyo lies the city of Mito, home of Kairakuen, one of the top three landscape gardens in Japan along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama. Although a great... read all

2016 Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival Report

Today I traveled to the ocean-side town of Kawazu on Shizuoka's Izu Peninsula to see the Kawazu cherry trees, an early-blooming and long-lasting variety of cherry. This type of tree gives people the chance to see... read all