Cosmos: The Flower of Autumn

Cosmos flowers are the cherry blossoms of fall in Japan, indeed, its name in Kanji is “秋桜” (akizakura), which literally mean autumn cherry blossom. Showa Kinen Park holds an annual “Cosmos Festival” from mid September to early November where cosmos of different colors bloom over the period. Being an avid flower lover, I definitely had to head there […]

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Kyu-Furukawa Gardens Rose Festival

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (旧古河庭園, Kyū Furukawa teien) is a place for rose lovers. It can be separated into two parts, a western garden with an impressive European-style villa, and a traditional Japanese garden with a teahouse and some notable stone bridges. While the park entrance fee is ¥150, you can choose to have a guided tour […]

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Rape Blossoms in Hama-rikyu Gardens – Hidden Oasis in Urban Tokyo

Hama-rikyu Gardens (浜離宮・Hama Rikyū) is only 10 minutes walk away from Tsukiji Fish Market, so if you have gone to the market early in the morning and had spent half a day exploring the area, why not drop by at the garden for some nature’s respite from the busy market? Hama-rikyu Gardens is a traditional […]

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Exploring Kanazawa

Kanazawa is often considered to be a local getaway that can be rivalled to Kyoto’s beauty. And when I first saw Kanazawa, I was pleased to find that not only did it rival to Kyoto’s beauty, but also because not as many tourists flock to this ancient city, its beauty was left unmarred by the […]

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Discovering Yokohama – Suburban Chill

Yokohama is less than half an hour away from Tokyo by train, but the city differs greatly from the chaotically fast-paced and almost cold city of Tokyo. The city has an suburban vibe, with less crowds and almost no sense of rush that one gets in cosmopolitan cities. The chilled vibe of the city is […]

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(Re)Discovering Kyoto – The New & The Old

Visiting Kyoto brought back fond memories for me. Back in my university days, I had stayed in Osaka for summer exchange, and during my six weeks there, there was a student trip organised to Kyoto where we met Kyoto University students and learned more about the beautiful city steeped in history and traditions. There were […]

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