Saturday, May 30, 2015 on Channel NewsAsia
This week, we will explore Northern Tohoku, and check out various mountains and hot springs in the area. We will drive 700km starting from Matsushima and end our trip at Mt. Hakkoda, the northernmost point of Ou Mountains.
There are several islands with beautiful pine trees at Matsushima. Pray for a safe trip at Godaido, which is an important cultural property. Then, cross the red Sukashi Bridge to another important cultural property, Kodaido - a temple which was built by Date Masamune about 400 years ago. After this, drive to Ichinoseki City in Iwate Prefecture. Ichinoseki is famous for glutinous rice, so rice cakes are often made for auspicious occasions. Visitors can also participate at rice cake-making events held at roadside stations. Then, head to Genbikei, a valley created by erosion and which is a natural monument. From Genbikei, drive towards Mt. Kurikoma. On the way, make a stopover at an ice cream shop, which sells delicious handmade ice cream made from local fruits and vegetables. About 20 kinds of ice cream are available, such as cold tofu ice cream, rhubarb ice cream and tomato sherbet. F
23 May 2015
Join us as we check out various sightseeing spots in Kyoto and Kamakura, with the help of experts. We begin in Kyoto, which was ranked as a top sightseeing area by a US travel magazine this year. With its many World Heritage sites, Kyoto attracts visitors from all over the world.
16 May 2015
We continue our adventure along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. From the Shomyodaki bus stop, walk towards the highest waterfall in Japan. There is a sightseeing platform, located 1,050m above sea level. The water of the Shomyodaki waterfall comes from the Tateyama Mountain Range.
09 May 2015
Join us as we embark on an adventure along the magnificent Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in the beginning of autumn. It is one of the most famous mountain routes in Japan. We have to complete several “missions” while visiting several sightseeing spots in Tateyama.
02 May 2015
This week, we visit the top 10 hot springs in the Kanto area, which are surrounded by gorgeous greenery in summer. We start with a hot spring which is at the 10th spot. Travel by shuttle bus for half an hour from Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture to Myojinkan, situated 1,050m above sea level.
25 Apr 2015
Join us as we embark on a unique summer trip in Nagano this week. We will travel from Zenkoji Temple to Karuizawa and at several points, we will have to choose between two options - from food and lodging to sightseeing spots.
11 Apr 2015
This week, we make a trip to hot springs with milky-white water and splendid autumn views in Tohoku and Kitakanto. The first destination is a little-known hot spring inn, Tsuruno-yu Onsen.
04 Apr 2015
We continue our autumn trip to scenic spots at World Heritage sites and hot springs. At Kusatsu, watch the yumomi show - a tradition which has been passed down since the Edo period. It is held at Netsuno-yu, which was built in 1968.