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Isawa-Onsen, located approximately 110 kilometers from Shinjuku, Tokyo, is a traditional hot spring town near Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi prefecture. Upon arriving at Isawa-Onsen Station, a sense of tranquility and comfort overcomes visitors. On a hot, sunny day in May, visitors were greeted by the fragrant smell and vivid color of hundreds of roses blooming around the station. It is hard to disagree with such a welcome. Not far from the...

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  This old temple can be reached from Shinjuku, Tokyo, by an express train in 90 minutes.   After walking down a long approach to the temple, San-mon gateway is coming into your sight as shown in the first picture. As this temple was built by the well known Zen priest Muso Soseki, also known as a leading landscape designer of the day, the garden as shown in the second picture creates a traditional beauty of Japanese landscape...

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Diamond Fuji Wows Crowds in Tokyo

Diamond Fuji Wows Crowds in Tokyo


Posted By on Jan 30, 2014

Diamond Fuji, a sight which occurs only twice a year, refers to when the setting sun aligns behind Mt. Fuji, giving the summit a diamond glow. It is mesmerizing, enchanting. People congregate at high viewing spots in the city and closer to Fuji to witness the event. Some popular viewing spots are Mt. Takao, Lake Yamanaka (where “double Diamond Fuji,” the original and reflection made in the water) can be seen, and various observatories...

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This year’s climbing season for Mount Fuji is rapidly coming to a close. At 12,389 ft high, this exceptionally symmetrical stratovolcano is world renowned as a symbol of Japan. It is one of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains” and many Japanese make the pilgrimage to the top at least once in their lifetime. I had always dreamed of visiting Fuji-san, or to at least see it from a distance; but often Fuji-san is considered “shy” and is...

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Hoshigaki is made not only in Japan but also in China, Korea and Taiwan.  This is eaten as a preserved dessert in winter in Japan. On the other hand, the people in the other three countries make it mainly for a medicine or tea. This sweet is widely produced throughout Japan, especially in Gifu and Yamanashi Prefecture.  Many hoshigaki dangling from the eaves of farmhouses are familiar rural scenery early in winter, as shown in the...

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                                                        This old temple can be reached from Shinjuku, Tokyo, by an express train in 90 minutes.   After walking down a long approach to the temple, San-mon gateway is coming into your sight as shown in the first picture. As this temple was built by...

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