This Saturday, May 25, 2013 on Channel NewsAsia
Our search for stunning autumn views takes us to Japan’s mountains this week. The first destination is Mt. Gassan. Located in the middle of Yamagata, it is 1,984 metres high. It is known as one of the three Dewa Mountains, together with Mt. Haguro and Mt. Yudono. Famed as a popular spot for viewing autumn leaves, it is also easy to climb.
First, travel by public bus from Nishikawa to halfway up the mountain Head towards the Nature Centre, which is located inside the Bandai-Asahi National Park. There are a variety of exhibits here and staff will also take you around the beech forest for free. You will notice that the beech trees are all bent in the same direction. This is because the falling snow from the hills puts pressure on the trees, leading to them being bent in that angle. The beech trees are about 250 to 300 years old. These trees have yellow leaves, unlike maple trees which have red ones. Admire the breathtaking view of the forest filled with lush autumn leaves. Do make sure you take a sip of the spring water which can be found in the beech forest. After walking for about 2.5 hours, you will arrive at the Kashiwaya lodge at Shizu Onsen, where you can stay the night. Located at the foot of a mountain, this place
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We continue our journey along Japan’s national highways this week. As you walk along Route 308 towards Nara, enjoy the rustic landscape and beautiful terraced rice fields. There is an interesting soba shop located in a unique house on the way.
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We travel along various national highways in Japan this week. Let’s check out Route 256 first. Spanning 241km, it stretches from Gifu-shi in Gifu to Iida-shi in Nagano.
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We continue our scenic train trips to view autumn leaves this week. At Nashigi-kan inn in Nashigi Onsen, after taking a bath at Yakushi no Yu, enjoy a dinner comprising local ingredients. Dishes include tempura made from Japanese horseradish leaf, eggplant and pumpkin; and Japanese pheasant meat hot pot with lots of vegetables.
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Join us this week as we travel by trains to experience splendid autumn views. Along the way, we will check out various scenic spots with beautiful autumn leaves and savour delicious local cuisines featuring seasonal ingredients.
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Our search for Japan’s best hot springs continues this week. These “All Five” onsens have been certified by Japan's Hot Spring Association. Minakami Sanso is located in Tanigawa Onsen. Its hot spring water is said to be good for one’s stomach and intestines.
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Spa lovers are in for a treat this week as we visit the best hot springs (onsens) in Japan. The country has over 20,000 hot spring facilities spread across the country. However, only 16 have been accorded the coveted “All Five” status by Japan's Hot Spring Association.
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“Shimanto River” Known as The Last Clear Stream in Japan. Discover Unknown Hot Springs, Enjoy The Natural Eel Specialist And More! (Part 2)
We continue our journey to the origin of the Shimanto River – which spans 196km - this week. On the second day of the trip, after savouring the dishes at Iwaki restaurant, take a stroll along the river, which is also known as the last clear stream of Japan.
TREND30 Mar 2013
“Shimanto River” Known as The Last Clear Stream in Japan. Discover Unknown Hot Springs, Enjoy The Natural Eel Specialist And More! (Part 1)
Our adventure this week takes us to the source of the Shimanto River, which flows through Kochi. This beautiful river surrounded by untouched swathes of nature is known as Japan's last clear river due to its crystal clear water. It is joined by smaller streams and flows along the border of Ehime, emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The river spans 196 kilometres.