Many flower festivals are held in May.
Yae Sakura begins to bloom in mid April in Tokyo
Somei-yoshino, the most popular kind of Cherry Blossom (Sakura), begins to bloom around the end of March and its flowering period soon ends in early April. However, there are many kinds of cherry blossoms and those called Yaezakura begin to bloom in the middle of April, last over 3 weeks.
Do you like cycling? Toshi Nogyo-koen Park is a rest point for cyclists, filled with Yae Sakura blossoms. Read more
Mashiko Toukiichi 益子陶器市 is one of the largest pottery market held in Mashiko in Tochigi prefecture, famous for its pottery Mashiko-yaki. During the event, more than 500 pottery stalls line along the streets and various types of potteries are sold, including tea cups, rice bowls and Ramen bowls designed in a traditional or modern Japanese style.
Mashiko Pottery Market Spring 2017
April 29th(Sat) - May 7th(Sun)
9:00 - 17:00 (5:00PM)
Kasama Pottery Market
Kasama Pottery Town next to Mashiko also holds a large pottery market from Apr.29 to May.5. During the period, on Apr.29,30 and May.3-5, a shuttle bus is served between Kasama and Mashiko. (45 min ride. 500 JPY) *It will be crowded as the market is so popular. Kasama Pottery Town is reachable by JR Joban-sen train bound for Tomobe Station. From Tomobe Sta. to the market, a shuttle bus is served. (15 min ride Fare:100JPY)
Narita International Airport, a gateway to Japan for travelers by air, is formerly known as Tokyo New International Airport although its actual location is in Narita city, Chiba prefecture. Soon after arriving at the airport, most of the travelers instantly leave for Tokyo and chances are that Narita city is still off the beaten track for international tourists.
Location : Ibaraki prefecture, Greater Tokyo
Category : Sightseeing & Strolling
Hitachi Seaside Park(Hitachinaka Kaihin Koen), located in Hitachi city, Ibaraki prefecture, is known for its hill on the seaside, covered with baby blue eyes flowers in spring
Odawara is a city known for the gate way to Hakone, the popular Onsen Resort area. Many tourists use Odawara Station to take a bus or a train heading to Hakone, however, Odawara is not a place just to pass through on transit. Odawara is actually a castle-town having a glorious history back to Samurai era over 550 year ago. Don’t miss out on visiting Odawara where you will find things to see and do, including Samurai and Ninja costuming.
Location : Leisure activities, Sightseeing & Strolling
Category : within Tokyo 23 wards
Tokyo is just one prefecture (province) in Japan and its shape is kind of long and slender. The area called the center of Tokyo is not actually located in the center of the prefecture, but in the eastern area composed with 23 districts. In western Tokyo, there are many mountainous areas with beautiful scenery where you can enjoy hiking. However, you might feel it is too far from the central Tokyo and you might have limited time. If you want to enjoy a walk in the forest for the day here's a good place: Todoroki Keikoku in Setagaya-ku (ward).
Toden Arakawa-sen(line) is a streetcar system that is served between the historic neighborhoods Waseda and Minowa in the northern area of Central Tokyo. There are various attractions along the tramline, such as Japanese gardens, temples, old shopping streets, and Sakura viewing spots, allowing you to have a short tour and enjoy a nostalgic, friendly atmosphere there.
A bicycle is so a convenient vehicle indeed. It is eco-friendly and helps saving money on train or bus fares. Although there are some hilly towns within the 23 wards of Tokyo, such as Shibuya, Roppongi, Shinjuku (Kagurazaka), Kanda, and Yanaka, most of the 23-ward areas, especially in the eastern areas, are flatland where people can enjoy cycling with no sweat.
The Tokyo Station, another labyrinth you face in Tokyo
Tokyo Station or Tokyo Eki is the hub station that connects Tokyo and major cities in Japan by train and bus services. As well as being a terminal of numerous train lines, this 335m-long station building is a complex of facilities where new people easily get lost.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government provides a website allowing you to find and use Free Wi-Fi services in Tokyo. This site available in English, Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), Korean and Japanese, and includes information about how to use their service as well as where to get Wi-Fi at public facilities in Tokyo.
A number of large outlet malls have opened around Kanto region and many of them are located in a resort area or popular tourist spots.