I’m sorry I haven’t write any post since Mar due to my busy days in the past 2 weeks in L.A ! Of course I will share my L.A post later once I catch up all the post from my FEB trip in Japan and Bangkok! ahh.. it seems to take me forever!
Anyways let’s continue from my previous post of Imaiso Hot spring hotel. As mentioned this year, the cherry blossom blooming was a bit early, when I was there it was around 18th of FEB but base on last year, it’s a month earlier! Lucky me during my business trip, I can arrive 2 days in advance to Kawazu. Just a bit background of this place. it is located about 2 hrs 40 mins from Tokyo, each year of the sakura (cherry blossom) blooming period, many people come to visit from all over Japan. as it takes only around 3 hrs from city to a countryside to enjoy such a brilliant view. If you were the first time to Tokyo, highly suggest to take some time from Tokyo to here during this period and stay for a night. There’s not only cherry blossom but also famous onsen, some great sight seeing spot as well!
I have added this link below from the official site of Kawazu. The seven waterfalls of Kawazu is the most famous!
So the next morning after my delicious breakfast in Imaiso Hot Spring Hotel, I decided to go to Kawazu river for some nice shot of Cherry blossom in Kwazu river.Since there is free shuttle from hotel, it took me directly to Kawazu station within 10 mins! How convenient this was! Once arrived, there was a guy wearing the pink Japanese outfit guiding people to Kawazu river. Believe or not, it was my first time seeing Sakura in real! I can’t tell how excited this was!
I didn’t plan where I should go but only walk along the Kawazu river as I knew the two sides are full of blooming Sakura! Once I crossed the road, not only sakura but also little yellow flowers along the street! I really love the combination of the pink and yellow! It formed a pretty live painting!
Each year during March to April, is the peak season of Japan’s cherry blossom. Many tourist and locals spend their time either to travel out town or in town to appreciate the beauty of the Sakura.
Throw back to my Tokyo business trip last month, I decided to arrive 2 days in advance to Shizuoka due to the blossom Sakura period in Kawazu. I made this last decision only 2 weeks in advance! I finally decided to go without accompany because I have never seen this in real life except in photos from friends. Since I made this decision very late and due to the cherry blossom peak season, there’s not much choice for hotels. Literally almost 98% were fully booked except this one – Imaiso which is quite convenient and only a station to Kawazu. Most of the hot spring hotel offers meals in the package if any of you have experienced, so it is not surprise this hotel do offer the same.
Before introducing this hotel, would like to tell you a bit background of Kawazu, it is a very small town located in the east coast in Japan with only approximately population of 7000 and a couple spot for hot spring. This year, Kawazu is the first place to have Sakura fully blossom in Japan and it is even earlier than last year. When I was there it’s around Feb 18 and it was suppose to be end of Feb! So guess what, I’m just on the right time and this is not really plan at the beginning! yea Bingo!
In terms of transportation to Kawazu, it takes approximately 2-3 hours by high speed train (Shinkasen) from Tokyo. I would highly recommend those who plan to visit this little city shall check the time table of the high speed train and buy the ticket in advance especially in a peak season like this! As the last train to there was 15:00 which was out of my expectation! I was supposed to take the high speed train to Kawazu however due to the delay of my baggage I had missed it!!! It finally took me 4 hours to arrive at 07:00 p.m at night (1.5 hours later than original time). Anyways, thanks God I was just on the right time to catch the night view of Sakura.
Throw back to my previous Tokyo trip in Nov, we went to the Planetarium in Sunshine City. I marked this place for a long time when I heard Konica had launched this in Tokyo.
It is not only a theatre but it provides both educational / entertainment show with aromatic smells for healing experience. It is direct managed by Konica Minolta of the planetarium technology. You can enjoy and relaxed under the starry sky and aromatic smells. Because healing planetarium show is targeted for adult only, so small children are not allow for healing planetarium. So let’s see how it’s actually works.
Continue of my previous Hokkaido trip, our final stop was Tokyo. After the late arrived from Sapporo to Tokyo, I decided to visit the amazing Christmas lights in Shibuya and Shinjuku. Both are located pretty close to the JR station. So I would like to show you how lovely these are.
SPOT 1: SHIBUYA – TERRACE CITY ILLUMINATIONS
That’s the first time I experienced Tokyo’s Christmas and everywhere is full of Christmas vibes. One of the prettiest decoration would be Shibuya Terrace City. It is located in front of Lumine2 exit in Shibuya JR station. If you exit in Lumine 1 you probably might not able to see it, so beware of the correct exit.
Everywhere is decorated with thousands of little light bulbs. Just like I entered in a Pink wonderland. I think I don’t need to say much but just show you how incredible this place was. It last until 2017 Feb 14th, so don’t miss out if you will be around even early next year! I also uploaded a vlog below showed how beautiful it was.
Continued my trip in Hokkaido, after my first post of Christmas festival in Hakodate, we went to visit the second Christmas festival in Sapporo. It is situated in Odori Park, which is in front of clock tower. (I took the above shot from there) It is amazingly huge and there are lots of different food counters, gifts counters and a live band as well. It was known as a Munich Christmas Festival in Sapporo. Also don’t miss out the Christmas tree and the heart shape Christmas wheel in font! It is the best photo shoot spot!
The environment is full of Christmas vibes with such a huge Christmas tree in the middle. Unlike the normal Christmas tree, it was decorated with thousands of little light bulbs. Sure you can see it from very far away. There’s also a Santa photo corner in front of the Christmas tree. It’s a great spot to have a shot with Santa! It’s such a pity that I didn’t have a chance to take a shot as there’re lots of people. I took a video showed how great it was!
Hey guys! I haven’t updated my blog this December as I was traveling in Tokyo and Hokkaido last week. I took lots of shots and things to share before this coming Christmas! I know you can’t wait for it, so let’s start with something related to Christmas which is the Christmas festival I just visited in Hakodate and Sapporo. I will post another one tomorrow.
So a little introduction of my trip before getting into the Christmas festival. I travelled from Tokyo to Hokkaido by using the JR South East Hokkaido Rail pass, it allows you to use for any 6 days within the chosen 14 days. This is something only benefit to tourist! It sounds something interesting wasn’t it? I will post on how this work in my next post so don’t miss that out! It can save the travel budget if you tend to visit different spots in Japan. Also it just launched in MAR only!
Anyways, let’s get into the topic. So I have visited 5 spots in this trip which is Tokyo -> Hakodate -> Noboribetsu -> Otaru -> Sapporo. Today I would like to show you how amaze the Christmas festival in Japan!
This is our first spot when we arrived in Hokkaido, it is a very beautiful little city! especially the night view is one that you don’t want to miss! We stayed for a night before we went to appreciate the night view in Hakodate mountain. We walked to Hakodate Bay as there is a Christmas festival at the moment. It was easy to find as you can see a huge Christmas tree from far away! This great huge Fir tree was a present from Canada, Halifax a sister city of Hakodate. It has travelled over 18,000 km!! Besides, the colour of the tree changes every 5 mins. I took several shots when it turns from pink, blue and green.
I haven’t visit Tokyo since 6 years ago! Last year my friend and I were lucky enough to buy the low fare ticket. I took a lot of photos and sure will share to all of you! There are too much to share as this is the first post of Tokyo, I would like to pick one of my favorite place – Alice on Wednesday.
Why it named Alice on Wednesday? as the owner think Wednesday is the most boring day of the week which I don’t actually agree as I found Monday is much boring! By naming this gift store on Wednesday was aim to inject some fun and cool to every Wednesday. So Let’s see how I lost in the wonderland!
With such an amazing doors in the exterior, if you ever read Alice in wonderland story, you will find that it has successfully reproduce the world of Alice. There are 4 different sizes of doors with beautiful colors and only one has opened! There’s no rabbit lead you to inside but only the small opened door. I’m tiny enough to get in! yay! Continue reading “Lost in Wonderland – Alice on Wednesday Review in Tokyo “