Category Archives: TRAVEL

Kitayama - Takayama

Source: j-hoppers

Hello everyone,
It is Nana from J-Hoppers Hida-Takayama.

Since I first came in Takayama one of my favorite place in Takayama is Kitayama Parc.

To get to this parc you need to go up hill behind the main shrine : Sakura Mangu Jinja. As you go up and up, you will see the city from above going along the Miyagawa river. Then you will get pass the cafe Ichii and reach the parc.

Then I recommend you to go to Ichii and enjoy the sunset from the terrace.
The night ambient is nice too.

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Kyushu Pilgrimage Templ 24 Rengeji

Rengeji, which means Lotus Temple, is number 24 on the Shingon Kyushu Pilgrimage and is located in the little coastal town of Hiji on the northern part of Beppu Bay.

The pilgrimage guidebook has little to say about the temple. Right next door was a large shrine with similar architecture to the temple so that suggest they were both the same place previously. Both had some nice onigawara.

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Plum Blossoms and Some Mountain Climbs


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 —
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About That Time of Year Again

plum blossoms at the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan

Some photos from this ride that I did yesterday…

On the way out of the city, I swung by the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine to see their famous plum blossoms…



Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Little-Used Side Entrance


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 31mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
map & image datanearby photos


I don’t wash my bike during the winter, it seems,

and it shows


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 32mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Staff

looks like they’re waiting around for someone


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
map & image datanearby photos


Main Entrance

The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is known for its plum blossoms
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Haral restaurants in Takayama

Source: j-hoppers

We have a lots of Muslim visitors from Malaysia and Indonesia in Takayama.

Many of them bring foods from home because there are few Haral restaurants in Japan.

A lot of restaurants in Takayama support Haral foods for Muslim visitors lately.

We have pamphlet of the map so you do not need to worry about foods in Takayama.

You do not need to buy only rice ball at convenient store anymore!!

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The Best Season to Visit Kyoto

So you’ve decided you want to come visit Japan. Great! Now all you have to do is figure out when

Japanese locals are notorious for their insistence that the changing of the four seasons is one of the things that makes Japan special. (They’re always shocked to hear that yes, the leaves change color in North America and Euorpe as well) Nonetheless, the yearly cycle in Japan is quite stunning and dramatic.

So when’s the best time to come to Kyoto? I’ll tell you the answer up front: any time of year is great here. However, picking the right time to visit can mean a big difference between temperatures and local happenings, and it also affects things like seasonal food and sightseeing scheduling. Here’s a breakdown of each season, with some pros and cons for each time of year.


Spring

This is the Japan that most visitors want to see: cherry blossoms, comfortable temperatures, colorful kimonos, and lots of sweet treats. The cherry blossoms usually peak in Kyoto in the first half of April, and enjoying the flowers in the park with a bottle of sake and multicolored dango rice dumplings is one of the most sought after activities at this time of year.

Be warned that the blossoms draw massive crowds of both foreign and domestic tourists, so hotel prices go way up and sell out fast. Trains and sightseeing locations can be crowded as well during peak times. Many other flowers start blooming in May, and by the middle of the month the countryside is green and lush.

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