Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 on Channel NewsAsia
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.
It comprises five shrines which are dedicated to the gods related to Amano-mikoto. Besides the beautiful winter scenery, mountains such as Mt. Togakushi can also be seen from Togakushi Shrine. These mountains all have a height of more than 2,000m. Soba is a famous local specialty in Togakushi. So for lunch, drop by one of the several soba restaurants in Monzen-machi. A popular place is Uzuraya, which often attracts long queues, especially on weekends. It opened 50 years ago and its chef makes soba noodles from scratch. The chef recommends cold soba even in winter and it is served with wasabi. After relishing your soba meal, take a bus from Togakushi to Nagano, and then travel by train on the Iiyama Line to Iiyama. The small castle town has about 20 temples and Touson Shimazaki called it the “Little Kyoto at the Land of Snow”. Some of the castles were built during the Warring States Per
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.
26 Jul 2014
The North and South teams continue their driving trip around Japan while trying different local curries. The former team has to reach Hokkaido at the end of four days while the latter’s goal is Kyushu.