The Best View of Tokyo Tower 目線の高さに東京タワー!

There are lots of places commanding a nice view of Tokyo Tower in the Tokyo metropolitan area. But not so many places provide views at the same level as your eyes. The 40F of the World Trade Center Building has an observatory called Seaside Top; it is directly connected with JR Hamamatsu-cho Station (Yamanote Line), and is open to the public throughout the year. From here, you have an amazing look at the tower, neither looking up, nor looking down. And moreover, the tower is very close and looks huge. read more


Christmas in Yebisu Garden Place 恵比寿ガーデンプレイスのクリスマス

This year, 2014, is its 20th Anniversary, and it is also the 250th Anniversary of the Baccarat Crystal Company. To celebrate both, a huge, gorgeous chandelier was made. read more


Tour of Hasedera Temple, Kamakura 鎌倉 長谷寺の境内一巡り

Hasedera is a well known temple with its beautiful sea view and many kinds of flowers by season. read more


Roppongi Christmas 六本木ヒルズと東京ミッドタウンのクリスマス

The observatory at Roppongi Hills (Tokyo City View) is one of Tokyo's most popular viewpoints, commanding an impressive view of the entire city. read more


Fascinating view of the port, hills, and skyline of Yokohama 横浜 港と丘と夜景に心奪われる

At Osanbashi Pier, some international cruise ships dock. When they arrive and leave the port, whistles can be heard blowing throughout the town. Many Western-style houses, churches, and some stone buildings stand high on the bluffs of the Yamate District and near Yamashita Park. They make for an exotic atmosphere. And the silhouettes of the modern buildings of the Minato Mirai District create beautiful geometric patterns in the twilight. The night view is more than gorgeous. read more


Japanese Garden next to Stadium 横浜スタジアムとなりの日本庭園

I think here is a great place to feel Japanese autumn in the city of Yokohama. read more


Xmas Illuminations in Yokohama みなとみらい1周、キラキラ・ツリー巡り

In December, Minato Mirai 21 district celebrates the Christmas holidays by decorating all its buildings. read more


The Atomic Bomb Dome 原爆ドーム

At 8:15 AM on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded in the skies over Hiroshima. This famous dome (designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel) was 160 m southeast of ground zero. read more


The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum 広島平和記念資料館

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum exhibits many articles remaining from the atomic bombing. It also displays records and photos showing the actual horrors of the bombing.

It was at 8:15 AM on August 6, 1945 that an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. At the moment of explosion, the bomb eliminated intense thermic and radioactive rays. Almost the entire area within 2 km of the hypocenter was completely destroyed.



Miyajima Highlights 宮島ハイライト

The places I introduce in this video (and links) are listed below:

1. Itsukushima Shrine
2. Senjokaku & Five-story Pagoda
3. Café “Kakiwai”
4. Momijidani Park
5. Hiking Mt. Misen
6. Daisho-in Temple
7. The 500 Rakan Statues

1. 厳島神社
2. 千畳閣と五重塔
3. カフェ『牡蠣祝』
4. 紅葉谷公園
5. 信仰の山・弥山
6. 大聖院
7. 五百羅漢庭園

The Fun Street of Miyajima 歩くだけで楽しい 宮島の参道と小路

In the old days, Miyajima Island was protected as a place of God. So, people were not allowed to land here, and even Shinto priests weren't permitted on the island, except during special rituals. Ancient Japanese offered a prayer to Mt. Misen (the place where God came down) from a distance. read more


Hiking Mt. Misen, Miyajima 宮島 弥山ハイキング

Mt. Misen is considered to be a sacred mountain, standing north of Itsukushima Shrine. For thousands of years, Japanese climbed Mt. Misen only as an object of their faith. read more


Miyajima Momijidani Park 宮島 紅葉谷公園

Momijidani Park is in a valley at the mountain foot of Mt. Misen. There are about 700 Japanese maple trees scattered around the park, and they create a stunning view of autumn foliage. read more


Café “Kakiwai” カフェ『牡蠣祝』

Café “Kakiwai” sits on a hill commanding a magnificent view of Miyajima's five-story pagoda and the inland sea of Japan. read more


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Yokohama Nihon Odori Street 日本大通の銀杏並木

You know that autumn has finally come to Yokohama when the leaves on the Ginko trees of Nihon Odori Street turn yellow. These leaves create a yellow tunnel and help create a beautiful palette of colors. read more


Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine 宮島 厳島神社 

Miyajima is also called Itsukushima Island. The name means "Place where God came down." Because of this, the people strongly believed in the holiness of this island. Around 850 years ago, Tairano Kiyomori (samurai and political leader; 1118-1181), sponsored the building of this "Shrine on the Sea". The original building that he had built was completed in around 1168. read more


Miyajima Daisho-in Temple in Autumn 宮島 秋の大聖院

Daisho-in Temple was under the administration of Itsukushima Shrine until the end of the Edo era (1603-1868). It is said that it was established by Kukai (774-835), but there is no historical evidence to prove that. Daisho-in is located to the south of Itsukushima Shrine, a 20-minute walk from Miyajima Pier. read more


The 500 Rakan Statues, Miyajima 宮島 五百体の羅漢像

In the old days, Itsukushima Shrine was managed by Daisho-in Temple, where numerous Buddha statues are still displayed. But the most unique and intimate statues among them might be the 500 Rakan Statues in the garden that starts just to the left of the temple gate. read more


Nagoya Domannaka Matsuri 名古屋 ど真ん中祭り

The summer dance festival in Nagoya, “Domatsuri”, short for “Domannaka Matusi”, is Japan’s biggest dance festival, and it was registered in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010. read more


Kyoto Gion Shirakawa Street 京都 祇園白川

Gion Shirakawa

Gion Shirakawa is in the entertainment district near Yasaka Shrine. Traditional wooden houses, restaurants and teahouses (machiya) along the stream create a special atmosphere. read more