The Enoshima Touroku 2023 (江の島灯籠2023) is an illumination event that allows visitors to experience the evening coolness while surrounded by 1,000 lanterns of various sizes inspired by Enoshima’s folklore and the illuminations at Enoshima Shrine. 2023 marks the 23rd edition of the event. Over the years, I have visited this event multiple times, but this
July 16-17 2023 Odaiba, Tokyo’s captivating waterfront district, becomes a beacon of light and enchantment on Marine Day. This special holiday celebrates the ocean’s beauty and significance, and in Odaiba, it takes the form of a mesmerizing lantern festival. In 2004, the festival of lights, known as the “Sea Illumination Festival,” began at Odaiba Beach.
In the bustling world of airports, where stress and chaos often dominate, finding a tranquil haven seems like an unattainable dream. However, hidden within the magnificent Narita Terminal 1 in Tokyo, lies a hidden gem that offers solace and serenity—the Lotus Pond. Just outside the Terminal 1, amidst the modern architecture and vibrant atmosphere, this
Updates July 10, 2023 : The flowers are now on FULL BLOOM mode in our visit yesterday. Tokyo has a couple of Lotus flowers spots with my favorite one being the Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park. The summer festival in Ueno Park is accompanied by beautiful lotus in the Shinobazu Pond which bloom late July
In the age of ChatGPT when mostly all information is on the internet, and we all research our travel destination before hand, the fun of “discovering” gets diluted. But then again, there are always surprises when we physically start exploring and today, I want to share with you an incredible discovery I made during my
Although I am happy to be born in 21st century with all the comforts todays modern world offers, anytime I come across a Ukiyo-e painting, I have this desire for simplicity or escapism, and the allure of a bygone era. Just look at the brilliant piece by Utagawa Hiroshige of the Asukayama Park with a
The enchanting world of anime figures comes to life against the backdrop of Sumida River in Asakusa, Tokyo. As the delicate petals of hydrangea blossoms unfurl, this picturesque location becomes a haven for photographers and enthusiasts eager to capture the synergy of nature, art, and pop culture. Visit this location in the month of June
I posted about Kameido wisteria blossoms just yesterday and following up with the same location albeit with a difference. Yesterday I posted about the blue sky and the lavender like color contrast in the morning, but today I want to post a photo story on the night time illuminations of the Wisteria flowers at the
“He who climbs Mount Fuji once is a wise man, he who climbs it twice is a fool“ OK so this applies to “climbing” and not “watching”, this mystic and sometimes frustrating mountain has its own charm. Year after year I discover new locations around the Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures but there in one spot which
War makes people do things which are unthinkable in times of peace. Today with over six seven decades of relative peace in Japan it is ironic to think that a Buddha statue in World War II WWII was melted down for the war effort. Buddha for bullets thats the story behind the Ueno Park Daibutsu (Buddha Statue).
Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway is a complex network of roads across the city. The most complex is at Haokozaki Junction. You plan to drive to Narita Airport and a small mistake and the wrong lane and you could be driving towards the Tohoku Expressway in the northern direction than the south eastern part of Chiba prefecture.
I have known of Inokashira Park on the west side of Tokyo and had visited this place a couple of times in autumn for beautiful color season. Had never been here in spring and it was a discovery that Inokashira Park is one of the top 100 famous cherry blossom spots in Japan! Went over
Tokyo has got a brand new FREE OBSERVATION terrace and lounge. The Tokyu Plaza Ginza. Opened for business on March 31, 2016, Tokyu Plaza Ginza is a brand new department store in the upscale shopping district of Ginza with a brilliant exterior motif of a traditional Japanese craft—Edo Kiriko cut glass.The exterior is brilliant piece
Lined endlessly with a number of cherry trees, Ueno Park main street is a favourite place that many Japanese people would think of when it comes to a beautiful scene of cherry blossoms in spring. During the festival, 1000 lanterns, which were originally intended for nighttime security, illuminate the park and invite people to celebrate
For a cultural immersion most travelers to Japan head to Kyoto, the cultural capital of the country. Understandably so, but Tokyo has many hidden gems and one in my neighborhood Tomioka Hachiman Shrine at Monzen nakacho is one of them. If you are interested in the history of the Sumo sport, this shrine should be on your to-do-list