Spot report – Momijidani Garden and Wakayama Castle (2023-11-12)

Webmaster had visited Wakayama Castle and Momijidani Japanese Garden.   Access: Osaka (local train 0:12) Shin-imamiya (express train 0:55) Wakayamashi (walk 0:15) @   A bridge over the moat of the castle.   Stone walls and path in the precincts of the castle.   This is Ohasji-roka Bridge connecting Ninomaru Area and Nishinomaru Area of the castle.   Momijidani Garden… Read more →

Spot report – Chichibu Shrine (2023-11-05)

Webmaster had a short visit to Chichibu Shrine in Saitama Prefecture.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:40) Kumagaya (express train 0:55) Chichibu (walk 0:05) @   The torii gate, temizuya for purification, and approach to the sanctuary.   Shinmon Gate and the main hall at the depth.   According to the tradition, the shrine has a history for more than two… Read more →

Spot report – Kushiro (2023-10-30)

Webmaster visited Kushiro Region of Hokkaodo Prefecture.   Access: Haneda AP, Tokyo (plane 1:35) Kushiro AP @ Haneda AP, Tokyo (plane 1:30) Shin-chitose AP (local train 0:03) Minami-chitose (express train 3:35) Kushiro @   Kushiro Station and the express train Ozora.   The first place to go in Kushiro City is Washo Market (Washo-ichiba). There are many shops of fish,… Read more →

Spot report – Nikko (2023-10-16)

Webmaster visited Nikko last week.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:15) Asakusa (express train 1:50) Tobu-nikko @   Firstly, Webmaster visited Kegon Waterfall – This waterfall has a drop of 97meters.   It was a little earlier for colored autumn leaves, but the scenery is very beautiful.     Then, I visited Toshogu Shrine in which Shogun Ieyasu is enshrined.… Read more →

Spot report – Ofuna Kan’non Temple (2023-09-21)

Webmaster visited Ofuna Kan’non Temple. This temple is famous of the huge statue of Kan’non (the Deity of Mercy).   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:40) Ofuna (walk 0:10) @ The statue can be seen from the station.   Get out of the west gate of the station to the temple.   The entrance gate of the temple is a 3-minute… Read more →

Spot report – Brew pub Sankt Gallen (2023-07-21)

Webmaster visited the brewery pub of craft beer brewery Sankt Gallen.     Access: Tokyo (local train 0:14) Shinjuku (local train 0:45) Hon-atsugi (walk 0:01) @   The brew pub is on the ground floor of a commercial building close to Hon-atsugi Station.     There are twenty kinds of beer offered for your choice. Can you see the twenty… Read more →

Season’s topics – Tanabata Festival (2023-07-16)

The Tanabata Festival (the Star Festival) is celebrated on 7th July in Japan and other East Asian countries.   The Star Festival is based on a Chinese legend on two stars, Vega and Altair. The two stars were in love but lived on different shores of the Milky Way. Their master, the heaven’s lord, allows them to meet just once… Read more →

Spot report – Lake Kawaguchi & Oshino-hakkai (2023-02-10) 

Webmaster visited Lake Kawaguchi and Oshino-hakkai, and enjoyed the views of Mt. Fuji. Access: Tokyo (local train 0:14) Shinjuku (express train 1:00) Otsuki (local train 0:55) Kawaguchiko @ Webmaster went by train to Kawaguchiko Station, the entrance of today’s trip. Mt. Fuji already welcomed us. After removing the confinement caused by Covid-19, many tourists have returned. Bus service is convenient… Read more →

Spot report – Gotenba Kogen Beer (2023-02-07)

  Webmaster visited the brewery pub/restaurant of craft beer brewery Gotenba Kogen Beer (GKB) in Shizuoka Prefecture. Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:50) Mishima (courtesy bus 0:35) @ There are courtesy bus services from Mishima Station and Gotenba Station. Webmaster took it from Mishima. The view of Mt. Fuji welcomes us. In fact GKB is an amusement complex. There are not only… Read more →