Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 on Channel NewsAsia
We continue our road trip around the Kii Peninsula in early summer. On the third day, from Kumano Kodo, drive along the sea to Onigajo. Located in Kumano City, Mie Prefecture, it was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2004. Here, you can see unique rock formations, created by years of wind and sea erosion.
A famous spot here is Senjojiki, with its layered rock formation caused by erosion from waves over thousands of years. Then, drive in the mountains for half an hour to the next destination, Maruyama Senmaida. Situated in Maruyama District, Kumano City at an altitude of 730m, its main attraction is over 1,300 paddy fields on the slopes of Mount Shirakura. These fields are divided into many small sections and because of its beautiful scenery, Maruyama Senmaida has been ranked among the top 100 terraced rice fields in Japan. An “owner system” was introduced in 1996, where one can sign a contract to rent a field for 30,000 yen a year. If the owners live far away and can't take care of their field, members of the local preservation society look after the fields for them. After this, head to the Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine, a World Heritage Site in Wakayama Prefecture. You will arrive at Na
21 Nov 2015
This week, we will take a road trip around the Kii Peninsula in early summer. The trip starts from Ise Shima and ends in Nanki-Shirahama. During our adventure, we will get to enjoy the sea, the mountains and even visit World Heritage Sites.
07 Nov 2015
Highway express buses are a convenient mode of transport for long-distance trips in Japan. One hundred million passengers ride on these buses each year. So this week, we will travel by highway express buses from Kyushu region’s Kumamoto to Tokyo over five days, passing through 15 cities.
31 Oct 2015
We continue our culinary journey to famous tourist towns and remote islands to savour popular delicacies and specialities at different eateries. The next trip takes us to Yokohama and we begin our adventure at Chinatown.
24 Oct 2015
This week, we embark on a culinary adventure and visit restaurants which serve mouthwatering dishes. These eateries attract customers from all over Japan, with some travelling for hours just to try the specialities.
17 Oct 2015
This week, we will visit places such as Ise, Toba, Numazu and Nakaizu, while learning about their history and culture. We begin at Ise Bay, Mie Prefecture and our first stop is the famous Ise Jingu Shrine. Established 2,000 years ago, it occupies up to a quarter of the area of Ise City.
10 Oct 2015
We resume our winter road trip from Nagano to Kanazawa, along the route of the Hokuriku Shinkansen. The next stop in our journey is Zuiryuji Temple. Zuiryuji, which was established 400 years ago, is the family temple of Kaga Domain's second feudal lord, Maeda Toshinaga.
03 Oct 2015
This week, we embark on a winter road trip from Nagano to Kanazawa. The Shinkansen railway line in Nagano was extended to Kanazawa this year, so we will drive along the route of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, which started operations on March 14. We will also check out some Shinkansen stations along the railway line.