Kagurazaka Slope: One of the Greatest Tourist Attractions of Japan

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Are you planning to go to Japan anytime soon? If yes, then you might want to find out a little about the country before you visit. If you want to visit unique areas of Japan, then it is best to do an in-depth study of the place. There are various places where you can visit but if you want to go to a place that is not too crowded and something other than a castle or a colossal statue of Buddha, then you may consider taking a trip to Kagurazaka Slope. This place is in the middle of the Yamanote line in Tokyo. In this area, years ago, politicians, artists and Geishas used to mingle.

The word Kagurazaka is a combination of two words, kagura and saka. Kagura means ‘a shrine-dance to music’ and saka means ‘hill’. This area of Tokyo is very beautiful. Most of the area had to be rebuilt as it was burned during an air raid in 1920. However, even after restoration, it looks a lot like what it used to look like in the 17th century.

A Kagurazaka festival takes place on a yearly basis every July and is one of the greatest Japan tourist attractions. The festival includes a Hozuki Ichi which literally means ‘ground cherry pod festival’, and parades that feature folk dancers called Awa Odori. The area is great to explore during the time of the festival. As the events of the festival are scheduled in the evening, you can start early in the day to explore this beautiful area. This was the area where Geisha culture or Karyukai was born. Around 1910, around 600 Geisha made this area their home. In fact, till date, a few Geisha houses or Ryotei, still operate out of this area. You can also grab yourself a copy of a walking guide of this place, which will make things easier for you.

Awa Odori, the folk dance, on Kagurazaka Slope

This is the highlight of the entire festival. This local dance is performed by 15 dance troupes who parade down the Kagurazaka Dori.

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Hozuki Ichi

The Hozuki Ichi is hosted near the area around the temple Bishamonten Zenkokuji. You take a lovely stroll through the beer garden and enjoy the fair.

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This is truly a unique and wonderful place to visit on your next trip to Japan. Read up on it before you go, so that it is easier for you.

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Visit Sapporo in Winter to Witness Snow Wonders

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Wondering what to do this winter to escape the gloom? Why don’t you plan a trip to an exciting yet beautiful country? If you’re still wondering where to go, then why don’t you try visiting the picturesque country of Japan? Japan is one of the most beautiful countries to visit in winter and spring. Also, if you like snow, then there is no place like Japan. Japan has a spectacular, eye-pleasing treat to offer tourists in winter.

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The land native to culture and tradition has loads to offer travellers other than wonders related to the ‘old world’. If you visit Japan during winter, then you must visit Sapporo to check out the Sapporo Snow Festival or Sapporo Yuki Matsuri. This festival exhibits colossal snow and ice sculptures. These sculptures are put on show along 12 blocks in the centre of the beautiful city, in Odori Park. Large teams work in an organised manner to erect massive sculpture by mixing hundreds of trucks full of ice and snow. Machinery is used to create the basis or the foundation of the structure but skilled hand work is used to craft the wonderful structures. The snow structures vary in height but most are a number of stories high. Often a stage is set up in front of the structures, where people perform dance shows.

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In the year 2014, the festival will be held from February 5 all the way to February 11. You can also go to Sapporo a little before so that you can check out how the structures are built. The large structures are usually complete well before time but you will be able to check out the construction of the smaller structures. One of the popular themes of these structures is manga or Anime characters. Another site where these ice structures are exhibited is Sapporo’s entertainment district, Susukino. Therefore, if you want to see something new and spectacular this winter a visit to Sapporo is definitely a good idea.

Must-visit Tourist Attractions in Tokyo

You will fall in love with Tokyo, if you spend a few days in the city. This city has everything to attract you. Tokyo is one of the most civilised and well organised cities in the world. You can reach to the Tokyo’s tourist destinations by subway or train. It is advised to get a Japan Rail Pass for commuting by the trains.

Not only in Asia but worldwide, Tokyo is a completely different place for the foreign tourists. Tokyo does not only represent peak of civilisation, law and order and fashion but the city stands out in many good ways.

Following are some of the most frequented tourist places to visit in Tokyo Japan, take a look:

Shibuya 109 and Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya is the Mecca of fashionistas in Japan. If you are looking for fashionable clothes and accessories, Shibuya is the point zero of fashion. You will be amazed to see the high pedigree of fashion sense followed by girls in Shibuya. The young girls sporting contact lenses, lace, ruffles, colourful socks and ribbons along with highly fashionable clothes make unique fashion statements at the streets of Shibuya. The boutiques at Shibuya 109 are available with a large number of trendy outfits, in different designs.

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At couple of minutes of distance from Shibuya 109 is one of the busiest places in the world, Shibuya crossing. It’s a sight to see the function of traffic signals at the busy crossing. You can experience an ultimate example of civilisation by looking at the people crossing the road at the crossing.

Meiji Shrine

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This is a Shinto shrine situated at the Shibuya Ward, in the midst of a beautiful forest. The Meiji Shrine is very near to the Harajaku Station on the JR Yamanote Line. This shrine is dedicated to the sacred spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. The Meiji Shrine nowadays is a favourite place for wedding ceremonies.

Yoyogi Park on a Sunday

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This park is the best place to watch people in Tokyo. Popular with young Japanese people, you could spot the wacky aspect of an otherwise reserved nation on Sundays. You can spot classy girls to shy Lolitas enjoying their red wine drinks from crystal glasses. The Yoyogi Park is very much popular with couples in love and lots of club meetings and teenagers rehearsing plays are organised there on the Sundays.

Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky-tree

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Tokyo Tower holds lots of similarity with the Eiffel Tower and draws many tourists because of that. The Tokyo Sky-tree, on the other hand, is relatively a new kid in the town. Tokyo Sky-tree is 634m tall while Tokyo Tower is 333m of height. Both the artificial structures are favourites among tourists.

There are many other tourist destinations in Tokyo. You can get to know about them on blogs from Japan.

Wonderful Places you must visit in Japan

Japan is a traveller’s paradise. The country is picturesque and considered to be the epitome of culture and tradition. A trip to this wonderful country where modernity and antiquity collide will be spellbinding and a life changing experience for you. There are many places in Japan that are worth visiting. As Japan is an amalgamation of beauty and history, the tourist spots in the technological capital of the world are breathtaking and really exciting.

Here are a few places that you must visit while you are in Japan:

Great Buddha of Kamakura

If you like to visit places that are culturally inclined, Japan is the right place. If you are spiritual and like tourist spots that speak volumes about the country’s cultural past, then the Great Buddha of Kamakura is a must visit. This is a massive representation of the Amida Buddha which is an extremely popular Buddhist figure in Japan. This statue weighs 93 tonnes and is 40 feet high. The statue stands outdoors in open air. It is cast in bronze and it is a tourist hot spot.

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Himeji Castle

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also called the “White Egret Castle” as it looks like a bird that is about to take flight. This is one of the ideal places to visit in Japan as it is one of the greatest examples of Japanese castle architecture. It was built in the feudal period and survived the bombings of the Second World War. This castle is the perfect place to visit if you are truly interested in history and art.

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Ginza, Tokyo

Ginza captures the essence of technology and shopping in Tokyo. It is home to shops, malls and a lot of neon. It is best to visit Ginza at night as it is all lit up. If you are in Tokyo, you cannot afford to miss this place.

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Japan is full of fantastic and exquisite sights and sounds. If you are planning to visit Japan, make sure that you chalk out the places you want to visit so that your trip is memorable.

Travel Blogs will Guide you in Japan

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Japan is one of most beautiful and friendly countries around the world. From biggest trading cities Tokyo and Osaka to cherry blossom festival and Mount Fuji, Japan is a technically advanced country where people are still rooted to their past and value old customs and etiquettes. Japan has beautiful temples and shrines, Zen gardens, national parks, serve world class food and have a rich history.

According to Japan travel info blog one should must see and do such things while visiting Japan:

  • Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. This market starts at 4am in the morning and you can see the fish frenzy for a marvelous sushi in breakfast.
  • Climbing Mt. Fuji is must. 3500 meter long this mountain is located near Tokyo and presents a jaw dropping sun rise.
  • You should spend a day in Gion/ Geisha district. It is good to see fascinating architecture and do window shopping.
  • Heian shrine is popular tourist attraction. Filled with beautiful cherry blossom trees, gardens present a picture clicking views.
  • Ueno Park is beautiful place to capture scenic beauty and spend whole day.
  • Imperial Palace, home to Japanese Emperor, is a good opportunity to learn about Japanese culture.
  • Make sure you visit the Miyajima – shrine Island for its scenic beauty and peaceful environment. A ferry can take you there.
  • Bitchu Matsuyama Castle is the only standing, original and highest castle.

Besides these tourist places some small districts mentioned in Japan travel info blog are also worth watchable:

Kyoto – The city has beautiful temples and gardens. Traditional Japanese lifestyle is visible here and it is one of the top travel destinations in Japan.

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Hiroshima – The dropping of nuclear bomb makes the city a historical place to visit.

Nikko – Great temples and shrines are located in this wood and it is good place for hiking and meditating.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel – It is a 17 minute ride located in Osaka which presents awesome site of Osaka bay.

Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama – It is a hill park in Kyoto which is an interesting place to see wild monkeys and click some memorable pictures.

The Hells – Hells or Jigoku is a natural collection of hot springs. It is a beautiful amusement park.

Maika – the Gion district offers a traditional way of geisha treatment to women in Maika. You can get the full make up done and wear a Kimono to look like a Geisha woman.

Tokyo – it is the capital, largest and most essential city of Japan. The high-tech center, technology market and shopping stores all are located here. It is largest trade center of Japan.

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Tourists go to Japan round the year but it better to check to the weather and season before going so that you can enjoy the trip. Avoid going during rainy season and also during ‘Golden Week’ and ‘Obon’ festival. The best time to visit Japan is during spring and autumn.

Hot Springs in Niigata is a Beautiful place to visit in Japan

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If you love travelling and want to explore the world, there would have been certain places you would like to visit again or some places which are your dream. Japan is a wonderful country you must not miss! ‘The land of rising Sun’ has so many features and colors that you will be amazed every time you see or know something new. In Japan the old tradition and modern culture walk hand in hand. The entire nation is a marvelous blend of culture, tradition, history and heritage.

A trip to Japan will change your perspective about the tech giant country. Even though you will see highly advanced technology used in the country and well designed high rise towers all around, you will also come across well protected heritage sites, shrines and temples. Japanese people are extremely well rooted to their past. They still believe in age old customs and traditions and willingly follow them.

If you are planning to visit Japan in the near future, study about the country and its culture, lifestyle, tradition and beautiful landscapes. Then note down the names of places you would like to visit and what you are going to do. You may get the information from internet, blogs, travel guides and books etc. However if you are willing to visit the country during a winter holiday, you must not miss a chance to see Onsen Ryokan in Niigata.

Onsen Ryokan in Niigata

‘Onsen’ is a hot spring and ‘Ryokan’ is the Japanese version of ‘bed and breakfast’. Niigata is a beautiful place to visit during the chilly winter weather. Hot spring baths are one of the major attractions of the place. Niigata is one hour and twenty minutes ride away from Ueno station in Tokyo if you go by a bullet train. It is one among the snowiest places in Japan. Niigata is a perfect place you will love if you want to go away from the chaos of the city. The hot spring bath in a snowy weather has a different charm altogether.

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Typical Japanese style is followed to go to Onsen. Ryokans can offer you private as well as shared baths. Jizaikan is one of the best Ryokans in Niigata, having three private baths and two big baths which are shared with two other Ryokans. Outdoor bath gives you an amazing feeling of immersing in warm water with snow all around you. Delicious food is served by these Ryokans in a room on ground floor. If you are willing to enjoy such beautiful moment in the midst of tranquility then Onsen Ryokan is a must visit for you. Read more to get more information about the place and language so that you don’t face any problem.

Onsen Ryokan: A Great Stress-Buster for the Weekend Revellers

On the weekdays, hectic and chaotic lifestyle gives people a little chance to relax and explore themselves. Work pressure and other responsibilities take a toll on them. Most people want to spend some time in solitude or with family and friends but find it hard to do so.

When weekend comes, they find a reason to be happy and do of their mind. Relaxing and spending some quality time with loved ones becomes their priority. Almost every part of world functions in the same way.

Japan and Japanese people are not exception to it. On the weekends, they organise parties and go for relaxation and other therapies to reduce stress that has piled up during the week.

Going for weekend spa breaks is quite popular in UK but it is also well-accepted by their counterparts in the East Asian country. Tokyo is by no means less busy than London. Similar to the Londoners, people living in Tokyo go to spas and other place to relax themselves.

Onsen Ryokan in Japan

There are many places in the vicinity of Tokyo where you can go for weekend spa break in Japan, but Kinugawa in Tochigi prefecture houses some of the best ryokan facilities.

This place is famous for Onsen Ryokan and Wakatake no shou is one of the most frequented ryokans by the tourists and local people. This is situated next to the Kinugawa River. Similar to the name, bamboo tress in the garden of Wakatake no shou elaborate its beauty.

You can book an annex where all the rooms are attached with private onsen bathing facility. From the onsen baths at annex, you will have a wonderful view of Kinugawa River and vegetative mountains.

There are shared onsen baths as well at this ryokan. Besides the main bath, there are two separate outside baths for women and one for men. If you do not want to share the public bath, by paying extra money you can use the private onsen baths.

Before using onsen baths, you should be abreast of a few rules. You must take a shower before entering the bath and use of face towels is not considered an ideal choice inside the onsen bath.

Wakatake-no-shou-Custom

Wakatake-no-shou-Custom

There is a sauna next only to outside baths. Other facilities at the ryokan include aroma therapy treatments and lymphatic massages. The latter one is provided with a slimming effect only for women and prior to taking dinner.

Dinner is booked as soon as you check in to stay at the ryokan. Mainly, you will be provided seasonal dishes and there is a monthly change in menu.

After staying there for whole weekend, you will fall in love with the ryokan and plan to visit it more often.