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2017/11/13

2017/11/13 - Korankei Report

After a somewhat average pace in the north, it seems that the autumn color (koyo) season has picked up its pace a little, about a week early compared to the average year in western and central Japan. We will be...
2017/04/05

2017/04/05 - Nagoya Report

This past couple of days has seen a fair bit of development on the cherry blossom front, with Fukuoka and now Hiroshima following in Tokyo's footsteps by entering their best cherry blossom viewing periods. Following...
2016/03/28

2016/03/28 - Nagoya Report

The cherry trees have by now opened across a good number of Japan's major cherry blossom sites, save for those in the more northern Tohoku and Hokkaido regions. Much of the county experienced a cold spell over the...
2015/11/18

2015/11/18 - Korankei Report

Today, we mix things up a little and head out of the Kansai Region, to Aichi Prefecture in the Chubu Region. My destination today was Korankei, a...
2015/04/03

2015/04/03 - Nagoya Report

Cherry blossoms along the Yamazakigawa RiversideThe cherry trees are now at full bloom across a good part of the country (minus the...
2014/11/19

2014/11/19 - Korankei Report

Today I leave the Kansai Region and detour to Korankei, a valley near Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture,...
2014/04/02

2014/04/02 - Nagoya Report

Nagoya is 1.5 hours west of Tokyo and 35 minutes from Kyoto, famous for Nagoya Castle, and...
2013/11/19

2013/11/19 - Korankei Report

I spent a day with Schauwecker at Korankei, a popular autumn leaf spot in Aichi Prefecture. This is an area which offers nice forested paths along a river and traversing a small mountain called...
2013/07/10

Nagoya Castle gets back its palace

When thinking about Japanese castles, their most representative structure, the castle tower or donjon, naturally comes to mind first. Next we may think about walls, gates, moats and turrets, but only few tourists...
2013/03/26

2013/03/26 - Nagoya Report

Nagoya is the fourth most populous city in Japan, after Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka. Interestingly, although the city's first cherry...
2012/11/27

Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination 2012

Since I was spending a few nights in Nagoya this week, we decided that it was a good time to check out the winter illumination at Nabana no Sato Flower Park in nearby Mie Prefecture. Part of...
2012/04/06

2012/04/06 - Nagoya Report

The cherry blossoms in Nagoya officially started opening one week ago on March 30, one day ahead of Tokyo (from where Scott is reporting today) and...
2011/04/07

2011/04/07 - Nagoya Report

Today I made this year's only cherry blossom related visit to Nagoya, checking out three of the city's many attractive hanami spots. Furthermore, I took the opportunity to drop by a new railway museum, which had opened on March 14 just...