Kyoto- Toji Temple: Cherry Blossom

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Toji (東寺) is a Buddhist temple near Kyoto station. The temple was founded in 796, two years after the capital moved to Heian-kyo (Heian period). Toji literaly means “East Temple” and served as the capital’s guardian temples, together with its…

Kyoto – Kodaiji Temple: Cherry Blossom

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Kodaiji (高台寺, Kōdaiji) is a temple in Kyoto’s Higashiyama District. Kodaiji temple was established in 1606 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (1548-1624) in memory of her husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598). Kodaiji temple belongs to the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. The buildings have…

Rikugien Garden: Cherry Blossom

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Rikugien garden (六義園) is a traditional Japanese garden located in Tokyo. The garden consists of a small pond, trees, and a hill, which is a typical example of a garden from the Edo period. Rikugien garden was constructed between 1695…

Kitanomaru Park: Cherry Blossom

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Kitanomaru park is located on the north of the Imperial Palace, former Edo Castle. The park is along Chidorigafuchi, and on the opposite side of the moat to Chidorigafuchi park way. Likewise Chidorigafuchi (See Chidorigafuchi: Cherry Blossom), Kitanomaru park is…

Chidorigafuchi: Cherry Blossom – Night View

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In Chidorigafuchi, cherry blossoms (Sakura) are lit up during night. The light up lasts from sunset to 10 PM. For the access and general information of Chidorigafuchi, see Chidorigafuchi: Cherry Blossom. Sakura give very different impressions at night. Just before…

Chidorigafuchi: Cherry Blossom – Boat Ride

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In Chidorigafuchi, you can enjoy a boat ride in cherry blossom (Sakura) season (For access and general information on Chidorigafuchi, see Chidorigafuchi: Cherry Blossom). The Boat dock is located in middle of the park road. Business hours are from 9:00…

Chidorigafuchi: Cherry Blossom

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Chidorigafuchi is a moat located in the northwest of the Imperial Palace, former Edo Castle. Currrently, it is known as one of Tokyo’s most outstanding cherry blossom (Sakura) sights in spring. Kudanshita station on Tokyo Metro Tozai line, Hanzomon line…

Minami-Izu: Cape Irozaki

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Cape Irozaki (石廊崎) is the southernmost point on Izu peninsula. Irozaki Lighthouse stands on the cape. The cape is also famous as a wether observation point. From Shimoda station, it takes 50 minutes by bus. From the entrance and the…