Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 on Channel NewsAsia
This week, we will visit scenic spots in Yamagata during winter. First, travel from Tokyo by bullet train and local trains to Yamagata. Then, take a boat trip around Mogami River and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery of the icicles and mountains as the boat slowly makes its way down the river.
Look out for the ruins of a former village called Sotogawa. People used to live in this village until 1974. In the past, there were no bridges around this area, with small boats being the only mode of transportation. So the residents decided to leave the village and move to the opposite shore. The highlight of this boat trip is the gorgeous Shiraito Waterfall. After the boat ride, take a local train from Furukawa to Semi Onsen. Legend has it that the hot spring here was discovered by famous general Minamoto Yoshitsune and his companion Benkei. Drop by Kanshokan for a hot spring bath. It costs 600 yen (S$7) per person. From the bath, which has crystal-clear water, you can admire the snowy landscape and mountains. Next, take a train to Oishida Station and go to a soba restaurant near the station. It serves soba made with 100 per cent buckwheat flour. Soba tea and soba crackers are served
20 Sep 2014
This week, we embark on a two-day trip to Kita-Shinsyu in winter. We start by taking a bus from Nagano to Togakushi, also known as a “ninja town”. In the past, it used to be a training place for mountain ascetics. The first place we will visit is Togakushi Shrine. It has a history of over 2,000 years and attracted many monks in the past.
06 Sep 2014
Join us as we embark on a two-day trip to two popular sightseeing spots in the Kanto area - Enoshima and Oyama. Start by travelling on the Enoden Line to Enoshima Station. Enoshima has a circumference of only 4km so one can walk around the island easily.
30 Aug 2014
Join us as we take a tour around Shinshu (Nagano) this week. We will try autumn specialities such as chestnuts and matsutake mushrooms and check out the famous hot spring town of Shibu. The budget for this two-day trip is 40,000 yen (S$ 493), including transportation.
23 Aug 2014
Join us as we travel by bus around Lake Kawaguchi this week. We will check out several places which command beautiful views of autumn leaves and Mt. Fuji. Let’s start the trip at Lake Kawaguchi Station, which is a two-hour bus ride from Shinjuku.
16 Aug 2014
This week, we will visit the ruins of Takeda Castle, also known as “Japan’s Machu Picchu”, and the hot spring town of Kinosaki Onsen. During this three-day trip, we will not only get to enjoy magnificent scenery but also savour a variety of seafood from the Sea of Japan.
09 Aug 2014
Join us as we continue our local bus trip from Yamaguchi to Muroto Misaki in Kochi. We resume travelling across the Inland Sea and from the fourth island of Omishima, we cross the 328m-long Omishimabashi Bridge to the next island of Hakatashima.
02 Aug 2014
This week, we will travel by local buses from Yamaguchi to Murotomisaki in Kochi. Besides enjoying breathtaking views during the bus rides, we will also get to savour different local dishes along the way.