Each year for one month, mid-April to mid-May, people across Japan and from all over the world come by the thousands to enjoy a beautiful parterre of Shibazakura flowers (~800,000) with, of course, Mt. Fuji in the background. It's amazingly beautiful, and shooting it in 4K is...one of the reasons we need 4K!
Part of the Tokyo Tower-adjacent Zojo-Ji Temple, this cemetery, or garden, is unique in manParty ways since, unlike usual cemeteries, you will not find any graves, but hundreds of small stone statues that parents can choose and decorate with small clothing and toys for their unborn child or children.
What stands out the most at the 425-year-old Zojo-Ji Temple grounds is the striking contrast between old and new Japan. While the surrounding neighborhood is dominated by modem buildings and Tokyo Tower, Zojo-Ji feels like it’s in a time bubble where everything moves at a much slower pace.
It’s safe to say that when the world thinks ”Tokyo,” first to mind are the flashy, bombastic, visually stunning urban Asia aesthetics of the iconic Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ginza neighborhoods. ...but, what if it all - big and small - just vanished? Now we have that answer.
Tokyo Seaside Upper Observatory, located on top of WTCB or Tokyo World Trade Center, is the place where all those Tokyo photographers get all those amazing shots of the city. Enjoy gorgeous scenic views of Odaiba, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Skytree, and Shiodome in a relatively relaxing and casual setting.
Built in the 16th century, Matsumoto Castle is unlike many other Japanese castles in that it is built on a plain rather than on a hill or mountain top, and it is surrounded by a picturesque moat. The castle is either the second or third most beautiful castle in Japan, and to be fair, we cannot disagree either way!
Located in Shibuya, Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine) is a Japanese holy site dedicated to the spirit of the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. Built only recently (from 1915 to 1926), the shrine was constructed in the traditional ‘nagare-zukuri’ style, using mainly copper and Japanese cypress.
Step aside, Harajuku! For, like the over-tanned ‘Gyaru’ fad, you are not cool anymore! That’s right...we said it - Japan’s fashion-oriented youth who once shopped around Harajuku have a new safe haven with Shimokitazawa.
We were blessed with the chance to have a famous Japanese chef with more than 35 years of experience prepare our very own plate of sushi. We predict that this video will generate a spike in traffic to Kayak, Expedia, Travelocity, etc...
Congratulations, Kyoto! Kyoto City is chosen as the most attractive travel destination by the Travel + Leisure readers - two years in a row! Unlike a whole lot of Japan, Kyoto's taken a lot of extra steps to get the honor.