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2017/04/05

2017/04/05 - Fukuoka Report

Today, I returned to Fukuoka, three days after my last report there. As expected, many more blossoms have opened thanks to the warm temperatures and full bloom (mankai) was officially announced for the city today,...
2017/04/04

2017/04/04 - Kumamoto Report

Continuing with my tour of western Japan, I headed to Kumamoto on the west coast of Kyushu. The opening of the first blossoms (kaika) in Kumamoto was announced on April 1. I visited the popular cherry blossom viewing...
2017/04/02

2017/04/02 - Fukuoka Report

Today I found myself in Fukuoka, where the opening of the first blossoms (kaika) was announced on March 25. However cold temperatures in the days following the opening slowed down the progress of the blossoms opening....
2017/03/23

2017/03/23 - Kumamoto Report

Today, I took a trip to another city revered among blossom chasers and traditionally among the country's first cities to see the opening of the cherry blossoms...
2017/02/07

Travel to the Goto Islands

The Goto Islands are a group of over 100 islands about 100 kilometers west of Nagasaki in the East China Sea. Due to their location and remoteness, the islands have an interesting history...
2015/10/21

Hirado, where East meets West

Hirado consists of a number of islands, and is connected to mainland Kyushu by the Hirado Bridge. If you are traveling between Fukuoka...
2015/10/19

Navigating the Christian sites in Nagasaki

Christianity had a major influence in the history of Nagasaki and it is difficult to miss out on the deep Christian history that shaped the area. The prefecture was where most foreign...
2015/04/30

Wisterias at the Kawachi Fuji Garden

Today Schauwecker and I undertook a mission to check out one of the more elusive, yet popular sites in Japan. You may remember photos of beautiful tunnels of purple, pink and white wisteria flowers that went viral...
2015/03/27

2015/03/27 - Fukuoka Report

To round up the week, I headed to Fukuoka and checked out Fukuoka Castle Ruins in Maizuru Park, and then to Kitakyushu, to check out Kokura Castle. Next week, Scott will be giving you an...
2014/04/03

2014/04/03 - Fukuoka Report

The peak period for cherry blossoms started this year on March 27 at Fukuoka, about five days earlier than the average year...
2014/04/02

2014/04/02 - Kumamoto Report

For the most of Kyushu, the cherry blossom season had begun slightly earlier this year than the average year, by about three to five days. Following that, continuous...
2014/03/28

2014/03/28 - Kumamoto Report

Today I headed down to Kumamoto to check out the cherry blossoms around the city's popular hanami spots. The blossoms in Kumamoto officially reached full bloom...
2014/03/27

2014/03/27 - Fukuoka Report

The cherry blossoms continue to open up in cities across the country, including Kyoto and Osaka, both of which officially marked their...
2013/03/27

2013/03/27 - Fukuoka Report

Today I headed to Fukuoka Prefecture for a last cherry blossom report from Kyushu this year. I visited one representative hanami spot each in the prefecture's two...
2013/03/23

2013/03/23 - Kagoshima Report

I spent my last day in Kyushu today visiting Kagoshima. One of the southernmost prefectural capitals of Japan, the blossoms here opened on March 15th and are currently at full bloom over most of the...
2013/03/22

2013/03/22 - Kumamoto Report

Today I stopped by Kumamoto as I made my way south across Kyushu. The blossoms here opened on March 16th, which is a little bit earlier than expected, but not quite as early as those around...
2013/03/21

2013/03/21 - Fukuoka Report

Today I headed over to Kyushu to check out the cherry blossoms around Fukuoka. The blossoms here were some of the earliest to open in Japan and were first seen on March 13th....
2012/11/01

2012/11/01 - Kuju Report

Today I visited the Kuju Mountains, which are part of the Aso-Kuju National Park, located across Oita and Kumamoto prefectures. The weather forecast had predicted a cloudy, cold and windy morning for the day,...
2012/04/04

2012/04/04 - Fukuoka Report

If you haven't already noticed, castles - or the remains of them - are usually good places to do hanami (cherry blossom viewing). If you happen to be in Japan during the cherry blossom season and do not know where to go to see them, the...
2012/04/03

2012/04/03 - Kumamoto Report

Today we travel to Kumamoto, the city with the famous Kumamoto Castle, one of the most beautiful in Japan. Kumamoto is usually one of the first cities in Japan to reach full bloom. Indeed, the Weather Agency announced...
2012/04/02

2012/04/02 - Kagoshima Report

It's that time of the year again! From today for about a month, the japan-guide team will be sweeping Japan from south to north, bringing you coverage of the cherry blossoms at famous locations across the nation. The cherry blossoms...
2011/11/12

2011/11/12 - Unzen Report

Today we visited Mount Unzen in Nagasaki Prefecture for our first autumn color (koyo) report of the season from Kyushu, Japan's southern-most main island. Mount Unzen...
2011/05/18

Kagoshima Report Trip

The few weeks between the end of Golden Week in early May and the beginning of the rainy season in June are my favorite time of the year for traveling in Japan thanks to the absence of crowds, the pleasant weather and the attractive...