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Our insider’s guide to secret sakura spots

TOK YO SAKURA

Spring Fun with

Tobu Railway

Peek into

Saitama City

Singapore’s

Sensational Seafood

Discover Nurturing

Niigata

All in

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The home of Ninja

Togakushi

From north to south:

Traverse Kyushu


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IN HARMONY WITH THE SEASONS

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野点

text & coordination/ Rieko Ido, photo/ Hajime Watanabe 文とスタイリング:井戸理恵子、写真:渡辺肇

In the days of old, when winter turned to spring, the weather turned mild and agreeable and when various flowers started to bloom, the Japanese would head out to the fields and hills with their bentos, and sometimes with tea and sweets. This was also done in the belief that those had departed from this world to the next, via the mountains and sky, would descend from the mountains during this period, and

it was a chance to meet and greet them. And so as time went by, this tradition of picnicking under fully-bloomed sakura trees, or having a cup of matcha or sencha outdoors became known as nodate. Savouring tea, enjoying conversation and sometimes reciting poetry on fine and fair spring days accompanied by a refreshing breeze. Such immersion of oneself in nature as green shoots of grass and flora

are sprouting is an elegant pastime unique to the Japanese who are keenly in tune with the changes of the seasons.

Rieko Ido A graduate of Kokugakuin University, researcher of ancient Japanese customs and knowledge, conducting technical analysis on findings to apply them to modern lifestyles. Currently teaches at Tama Art University.

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Explore another side of

HOKKAIDO

Started in 1996 by the Japanese Association, the Singapore Japanese Speech Contest’s aim was to encourage cultural exchange. With the support of the government and private enterprises, the four winners of 2016 embarked on an unforgettable trip to Obihiro and Sapporo.

From left to right, Joo Bo Bin, Tan Yi Ling, Faye-Ann Ho, Ashley Koh

= Day 1 = = Day 3 =

After touching down in Sapporo, the students transferred to Obihiro City and met with tourism officials to share their first impressions of the city before going live on a local radio show!

Enjoyed delicious butter-grilled potatoes, learned about new farming techniques and rode on a new-age tractor at a local farm.

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Visited the beautiful Former Hokkaido Government Office in the morning before exploring Sapporo City. Other highlights included watching an exhilarating Banei horse race and a cookie decorating session at Ryugetsu Tokachi Sweetpia Garden.

= Day 2 =

Met fellow Singaporeans studying in Hokkaido University Admiring the winter illuminations in Odori Park

= Day 6 =

Made a stop at Kōfuku Station (幸福駅), a popular sightseeing spot said to bring happiness to all who visit. The speech presentation commenced shortly after an exchange session between the local and Singaporean students.

Barbecue Kagura is known for its organic beef and classy interior

Leaving for Singapore with fond memories and lots of yummy souvenirs!

= Day 4 =

Scrumptious butadon (豚丼, pork bowl)! The speech presentation was held at Obihiro Financial Centre, with themes surrounding family and the importance of communication.

Experienced mochi-making and tea ceremony demonstration by the friendly local students before making our way to Sapporo City. Proudly supported by Obihiro City, Hokkaido Government Tokachi General Subprefectual Bureau, Tokachi Airport Promotion Council, Tokachi SG Friendship Association, Sapporo City, Hokkaido University, Hokkaido Government Representative Office

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Secret Sakura Spots in Tokyo

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Spring Fun with Tobu Railway – Best places to view spring blossoms in Asakusa and Kawagoe

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Saitama City

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隠れ桜、 東京の秘密 板橋区 itabashi-ku

足立区 Adachi-ku

北区 kita-ku

練馬区 Nerima-ku

葛飾区 Katsushika-ku

豊島区

荒川区

toshima-ku

Arakawa-ku

中野区 Nakano-ku

TOKYO DOME 文京区

杉並区 Suginami-ku

TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT BUILDING

新宿区 shiNJUKU-ku

HACHIKO STATUE

SENSOJI TEMPLE 台東区

bunkyo-ku

ASAHI BEER HALL

Taito-ku

千代田区

墨田区

chiyoda-ku

Sumida-ku

新宿区

江戸川区 Edogawa-ku

shinjuku-ku

TOKYO TOWER 渋谷区

GINZA KABUKI-ZA 中央区

shibuya-ku

世田谷区

TOKYO SKY TREE

江東区 Koto-ku

chuo-ku

Setagaya-ku

港区 minato-ku

TOKYO DISNEYLAND

目黒区 meguro-ku

品川区 shinagawa-ku

大田区 ota-ku

Haneda Airport

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secret

Spring is the season of new beginnings, and what better way to welcome it than by surrounding yourself with Japan’s unofficial national flower — Sakura. In Japan’s glittering capital, locals and tourists usually flock to large public parks for their annual hanami (花見 , sakura viewing). This year, why not beat the crowds and enjoy sakura in style with our curated picks of trendy cafes, ritzy restaurants and hidden spots in the Greater Tokyo Area?

Sakura inTokyo Spots


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Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo 2-Chome 10-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8680 Nearest Station: Edogawabashi [Yurakucho Line] hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com

This luxury hotel prides itself on its lush Japanese gardens. It is an ideal place for admiring camellias and cherry blossom. Spring-themed food events including buffet spreads will also be held for a limited time only. Guests who sign up for the special stay plan will enjoy access to the Pagoda Lounge to view early-blooming sakura.

日本橋桜通り

Nihonbashi Sakura Street 1 Chome Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0028 Nearest Station: Tokyo

Stroll along the street leading from the Yaesu North Exit of Tokyo Station to Nihonbashi and admire over 150 cherry trees while window shopping. The trees are lit up with elegant illuminations in the evening. During the annual sakura festival, rickshaws are available for hire to take visitors to sightseeing spots. 10

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千代田区

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ニューオータ二ホテル東京

Hotel New Otani Tokyo 4-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8578 | Nearest Station: Kojimachi [Yurakucho Line] newotani.co.jp/en/Tokyo

Enjoy splendid views of sakura in the comfort of your accommodation. This luxury hotel has its own 10-acre Japanese Garden, where around 17 species of sakura bloom in spring. From 1 March to 28 April, guests who book the special SAKURA package can enjoy the limited-time only Sakura Bath as well as exclusive traditional performances. Other must-tries include their seasonal macarons; the sakura macarons are scented with cherry blossom liqueur while the sake-kasu ones are made with sake lees and coated with white chocolate.

国立劇場

千鳥ヶ淵緑道

National Theatre of Japan

Chidori-ga-fuchi Ryokudo

4-1 Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0092 Nearest Station: Hanzomon [Hanzomon Line] ntj.jac.go.jp/english

From 2 Chome Kudanminami to Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074 | Nearest Station: Kudanshita [Shinjuku Line] | kanko-chiyoda. jp/tabid/1117/Default.aspx (Japanese only)

Opened in 1966, the three halls within the theatre host kabuki and buyō performances, and organises its own mini sakura festival during spring. In 2016, visitors were able to see up to five rare species of sakura while seated under Nodate umbrellas (野点傘), which are widely used in shrines and temples. 暮らしのうつわ 花田

Kurashi no Utsuwa Hanada 2 Chome-2-5 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074 | Nearest Station: Kudanshita [Tozai Line] | utsuwa-hanada.jp

This Japanese tableware specialist works with more than 300 artists across Japan and sells an assortment of pieces that are both functional and beautiful. The store’s prime location next to Chidori-ga-fuchi City Park makes it a prime spot to shop and sit down for a snack during sakura season.

This 700-metre-long lush walkway is found along the moat on the west side of the Imperial Palace. Visitors can rent a boat (¥500 for 30 minutes) and paddle out into the waters where over 260 cherry blossom trees reach out with their heavy branches. The flowers are illuminated with LED lights after sunset so you can admire them from day to night.


足立区 Adachi-ku

葛飾区

Sakura

Katsushika-ku

荒川区 Arakawa-ku TOKYO SKY TREE SENSOJI TEMPLE

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台東区

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江東区 Koto-ku

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隅田公園

Sumida Park 7-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032 Nearest Station: Asakusa [Asakusa Line] http://www.city.taito.lg/jp/index/event/ kanko/sakurabashihanamatsu.html

スターバックスコーヒー上野恩賜公園店

Starbucks Ueno Park 8-22 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007 Nearest Station: Ueno starbucks.co.jp (Japanese only)

Bring your hanami party to this Starbucks outlet located in Ueno Park. Get an outdoor seat to make the most of your experience and be sure to try their limited SAKURA Blossom Cream Frappucino with Crispy Swirl. This limitedtime only drink is made with sakura milk sauce, sakura petals and rice cracker bits. 12

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Celebrate the coming of spring like a local at the annual Sakurabashi Hana Matsuri, held on 1 to 2 April. Enjoy the sight of 600 cherry trees and snack on Japanese street food while watching performances by famous enka (演歌 , ballad) singers.

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台東区

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タリーズコーヒー 隅田公園店

, Tully s Coffee Sumida Park

1 Chome-1-31, Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0033 | Nearest Station: Asakusa [Asakusa Line] www.tullys.co.jp /en

Found in the heart of Asakusa on the bank of the Sumida River, this particular outlet of one of Japan’s most popular coffee chains offers aromatic cuppas and a great view of cherry blossoms planted right outside. The store has an intriguing wooden box-shaped exterior with modern floor-to-ceiling windows. The Uji Matcha Latte is a best-seller and highly raved about by customers. A special tumbler with sakura and fireworks print is also sold exclusively at the Sumida Park outlet all year round.

ザ・ゲートホテル雷門

The Gate Hotel 2-16-11 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0034 Nearest Station: Asakusa [Asakusa Line] gate-hotel.jp/English

A short walk from the famous Kaminarimon, this tastefully decorated hotel is also home to an in-house restaurant and bar that provides spectacular views of the downtown landscape. Aside from rows of sakura trees along the Sumida River, guests are also treated to the sight of Tokyo Skytree Tower. Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

舎人公園

Toneri Park 1-1 Tonerikoen, Adachi-ku, Tokyo 121-0837 Nearest Station: Toneri-Koen [NipporiToneri Liner]

This park was initially opened to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of Emperor Hirohito’s ascension in 1981. An estimated 1,100 sakura trees can be found in the area, which consists of many sports facilities. Their annual Senbonzakura Matsuri (千本桜まつり) will be held on 1 – 2 April this year.

谷中霊園

Yanaka Cemetery 7 Chome-5-24 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0001 Nearest Station: Nippori [Yamanote Line]

This famous graveyard is beautifully kept and a great variety of foliage, including sakura, lines its narrow alleys. Sakura-dori (桜通り, Cherry Blossom Street) runs through the middle of its grounds. Far from being eerie, the place feels more like a park and is considered a peaceful sakura haven. WAttention Singapore |

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板橋区

北区

itabashi-ku

kita-ku

練馬区 Nerima-ku

Sakura

豊島区 toshima-ku

中野区

TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT BUILDING

Nakano-ku

新宿区

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HACHIKO STATUE

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From 2 Chome Fujimi to Kioicho (Gobancho), Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004 | Nearest Station: Yotsuya or Iidashi [Chuo Line] kanko-chiyoda.jp/tabid/1120/Default.aspx (Japanese only)

This park stretches about 2 kilometres from Iidabashi Station to Yotsuya Station and is built on top of castle ruins dating back to the Edo era. Aside from admiring the flowers in full bloom, the view of the petals scattering onto the surface of the outer moat is also equally stunning. Those looking for a unique experience can take trains on the Sobu or Chuo Line as the view of sakura from the train windows is a memorable sight.

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小田急ホテルセンチュリーサザンタワー

Hotel Century Southern TOWer 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8583 Nearest Station: Shinjuku en.southerntower.co.jp

カフェフレンズ

Cafe Friends 3-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0052 Nearest Station: Sangubashi [Odakyu Line] | cafefriends.me

Perched on Shinjuku Southern Terrace, this 4-star hotel is located just 3 minutes away from the world’s busiest rail hub. Apart from the glorious sight of cherry blossoms near the hotel, delectable spring-themed menus are available as well — The Sakura and Strawberry Soba Flour Crepe

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at Lounge South Court and Chef’s Dinner at TRIBEKS Restaurant are must-tries!

カナルカフェ

Canal Cafe 1-9 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825 | Nearest Station: Iidabashi [Chuo Line] canalcafe.jp (Japanese only)

Not many al fresco cafés in Tokyo can beat the view and atmosphere of this riverside spot. Found along the outer moat of the Imperial Palace which is lined with sakura trees, the café serves a variety of Italian-themed food such as Panini and pizzas. Rowboats are also available for rent at ¥600 per half hour.

オリオール

AUREOLE 1-3-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022 | Nearest Station: Shinjukugyoen-Mae [Marunouchi Line] | aureole.ne.jp/index.html

A short walk away from Shinjukugyoen-Mae Station, this restaurant serves homely Italian dishes and has a great view of cherry blossom trees lining the road. Known for its cosy atmosphere and mini beer garden, this place also has a rich selection of wines from Italy, France and Spain.

カフェ ラ・ボエム

Cafe La Boheme 1-1-7 Shinjukugyoen-Mae, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022 Nearest Station: ShinjukugyoenMae [Marunouchi Line] boheme.jp/shinjukugyoen

This vintage-style Italian place is adorned with chandeliers and serves an array of pizzas, pastas and desserts. Couples can soak in the romantic atmosphere while seated by the tall glass windows that look out into the sakura-lined streets.

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港区

TOKYO TOWER

Sakura

minato-ku

世田谷区 Setagaya-ku

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Thrush Cafe 1 Chome-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8631 | Nearest Station: Shirokanedai [Mita Line] happo-en.com/restaurant/ thrushcafe

Found within Happo-en Garden (八芳園), this stylish café prepares its food using vegetables delivered daily from a local farm. The terrace overlooks approximately 33,000 square metres of garden so those seated al fresco will be able to enjoy majestic views of cherry trees, lush foliage and wild birds.

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The tranquil garden is also a highly sought-after venue for traditional wedding ceremonies and MICE from all around the world. Other highlights within Happo-en include Muan, an authentic Japanese tea house.


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CafE Randy 1 Chome-3-37 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Nearest Station: Roppongiicchome [Nanboku Line] cafe-randy.jp (Japanese only)

Tucked away in a corner next to the Spanish Embassy is an openconcept café offering Katsu sandwiches and fluffy pancakes. Customers seated outdoors on the terrace can admire the breathtaking cherry blossoms up close while bathing in the cool spring breeze. Pastries and cakes are also available for those in need of a sugar boost.

旧芝離宮恩賜庭園

Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden 1 Chome Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0022 | Nearest Station: Hamamatsucho [Yamanote Line] | tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index029.html (Japanese only)

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Huit Cafe 1 Chome-10-23 Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0061 | Nearest Station: Naka-Meguro [Hibiya Line] east-meets-west.jp/shopinfo/ huit-nakameguro

This chic French-inspired café is highly popular amongst fashionistas in Nakameguro because of its cute vintage décor and appetising dishes. Diners will have the added bonus of admiring cherry blossom trees in full bloom along the Meguro River. Big-eaters will also be happy to note that the food is tasty and the portions generous.

Built on reclaimed land from Edo Bay in the late 1650s, this classic Japanese landscape garden is often regarded as the most beautifully designed garden in Tokyo. The garden is home to flora species such as spring azaleas and cherry blossoms. The contrast between the natural scenery and surrounding urban landscapes makes this an interesting spot to visit.

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The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo 3 Chome-13-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8612 | Nearest Station: Shinagawa [Yamanote Line] princehotels.com/sakuratower

This elegant hotel boasts a spacious garden where guests can take in the splendour of all four season. A total of 20 kinds of cherry blossoms including rare species can be found on the property grounds. During their annual Sakura Matsuri, many cultural activities including koto (琴, traditional string instrument) performances are held. Guests can also take commemorative photos on a traditional rickshaw. Try the artfully plated seasonal dishes made by the hotel’s in-house restaurant for a refreshing taste of spring!


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To commemorate sakura season, this patisserie will be pushing out six desserts inspired by Japan’s beloved flower. The exquisite creations include their signature sakura eclairs, which are piped with sakura liqueur and custard cream.

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Tuck into the new Berry Fomage Cheesecake from Japan’s favourite cheesecake maker. Made with juicy strawberries and rich raspberry cream cheese, this is a delicious treat to share with loved ones.

This spring, enjoy Asahi Super Dry draft beer in its limited-time only packaging. The beer remains the same but the pink wrapping adds a touch of fun to one’s drinking experience.

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The birthplace of anpan (アンパン, sweet roll filled with red bean paste), this western-style bakery’s Sakura Anpan contains red bean jam and a single salted cherry blossom soaked in plum vinegar.

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PERFECT SEASONAL MOMENTS

Noto Peninsula

能登半島

Discover a lesser-known area of Japan known for its unforgettable coastal scenery and rural beauty with JTB’s Spring Flower & Discovery tour!

Kenrokuen

兼六園

Known as one of Japan’s three most beautiful landscape gardens, visitors can see plum blossoms from mid-February to end March, and cherry blossoms around mid-April. Its name literally means “Garden of the Six Sublimities”, referring to the six attributes that make up a perfect garden. © Ishikawa Prefecture

Ashikaga Flower Park あしかがフラワーパーク

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This 9-hectare park showcases a variety of flowers including its star flower fuji (藤 , wisteria). More than 350 wisterias of various colours bloom during spring, and visitors can also see the “Great Miracle Wisteria”, a huge 140-year-old tree found in the centre of the park.

高山

The old town of Takayama, which dates back to the Edo Period (1600 – 1868), has retained much of its charms due to the beautifully preserved shop houses and streets. Enjoy a leisurely stroll down Kami-sanno Machi, where you can catch a glimpse of old homes and sake breweries.

Shiroyone Senmaida

白米千枚田

Found on steep slopes along the seaside, these 1,004 small rice paddies have been designated a “Special Place of Scenic Beauty” in Japan. Due to the irregular shapes and small sizes of the paddies, no machinery can be used for farming. With bright green hues against the blue sea, this is the ideal spot for landscape photography.

Wajima Morning Market

輪島朝市

Plenty of fresh fish and local produce can be found in this bustling market. Aside from food, you will also be able to find wajima nuri (輪島塗). This distinctive lacquerware is achieved through multiple stages of coating and specialised processes, and is a great souvenir!

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Noto Satoyama Sakura Train 能登里山さくら列車

During spring, sakura trees blossom on both sides of the train tracks at Noto-Kashima station, creating a ‘Sakura Tunnel’ effect. More than 100 cherry blossom trees line the long stretch leading to the station, which is open 24 hours so visitors can admire the sight from the platform.

Higashi Chaya Street

東茶屋街

The largest teahouse district in Kanazawa, which once housed many geisha in entertainment facilities, is now home to cafes and souvenir shops. After a relaxing stroll, try your hand at gold leaf-making, a process in which thin gold sheets are applied onto everyday items such as utensils or jewelry boxes.


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Dōgo Onsen

道後温泉

This rustic onsen town is one of the oldest in Japan, with over 3,000 years of history. The main building (道後温泉本館 , Dōgo Onsen Honkan) is said to be the model of the spirit bathhouse in Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”. After a soothing soak, you can also spend a leisurely time shopping for souvenirs in the Dōgo Arcade dressed in yukata.

Shikoku

四国

Located between the Seto Island Sea and the Pacific Ocean, this island is made up of four prefectures. Join JTB to experience the distinct sights and sounds of amazing Shikoku.

Matsuyama Castle

Katsurahama

桂浜

Located at the entrance to Urado Bay, the beach stretches in an arc between Cape Ryuzu (竜頭岬) and Cape Ryuo (龍王岬). Considered one of the most picturesque spots in Kochi Prefecture, there is also an aquarium as well as the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum found in the park area.

Ritsurin Garden

松山城

This is one of Japan’s 12 castles which have survived since 1868, the post-feudal era. Located on the steep hill of Mt. Katsuyama, more than 200 sakura trees bloom on the castle grounds during spring, making it a popular cherry blossom viewing spot for locals and tourists alike.

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Uzu-no-michi

栗林公園

This landscape garden features many ponds, hills and gorgeous pavilions. Construction of the sprawling grounds began in the 1620s but was only completed more than 100 years later. Stop by a teahouse for a break and enjoy the view of greenery set to the backdrop of Mt. Shiun (紫雲山).

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渦の道

View the world’s largest naturally formed whirlpools from the safety of this ocean promenade. Located 45 metres above the sea, the walkway also has a rest station with four glass floors for visitors to observe the tidal whirlpools (Naruto no Uzushio, 鳴門の渦潮).

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Iya Kazurabashi

祖谷かずら橋

Mount Bizan

Made of mountain vines, these suspension bridges were one of the ways to move goods and people across the river of the Iya Valley. This is the largest of the three bridges which survive today, which provides visitors with a clear view of the gushing waters 14 metres below.

眉山

A symbol of Tokushima, the 290-metre high mountain offers a spectacular view of the city from its peak. During spring, you will be able to see cherry blossoms covering the mountain slopes. Visit Awa Odori Kaikan (阿波踊り会館) at the foot of the mountain to learn about Tokushima’s famous Awa Odori Festival.

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Kyushu

九州

Japan’s third largest island has a variety of great hot springs and trekking trails. Discover these and more with JTB’s Kyushu Spring Flower & Onsen Indulgence tour! Nakayama Grand Wisteria

中山大藤

The 300-year-old trees found at Kumano Jinja Shrine reach their peak in the second half of April, when they drape wisteria across 1,700m2 of trellises. Take a stroll under the cascading purple flowers and browse stalls selling local goods. Illuminations at night also provide visitors with a unique view of the flowers.

Daizafu Tenmangu Shrine 大宰府天満宮

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This is one of the most important Tenmangu Shrines dedicated to the scholar Sugawara Michizane. As such, education related good luck charms are extremely popular especially during exam season. Around 6,000 plum trees can be found on the grounds, which typically bloom from late February to mid-March.

湯布院

A popular hot spring resort not far from Beppu, this area is surrounded by a plethora of nature. The most prominent feature of the small town’s skyline is the twin-peaked Mt. Yufu. Aside from onsen ryokans and hotels, there are many small cafes, boutiques and art museums lining the streets, giving the place a trendy atmosphere.

Nokonoshima Island Park

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Famous for its seasonal flowers, this park is located on the northern tip of Nokonoshima Island. Aside from a myriad of magnificent blooms such as sakura, azaleas and corn poppies, there is also a mini zoo perfect for families with young kids. Visitors can participate in a simple ceramic workshop too.

Ohana Estate

御花

This was once the residence of the Tachibana Family, the feudal lord of the Yanagawa clan. The area occupies prime real estate in the centre of the canal city of Yanagawa and the buildings have Western-style interior design paired with Japanese elements such as tatami mats and paper screens.

Unzen Hell Mifuneyama Garden

御船山楽園

Sprawled out at the western foot of Mt. Mifune, the park took approximately three years to build. Within the area, you can find over 500 statues of Buddhist saints and view more than 200,000 azaleas in bloom. The largest sakura illumination in Kyushu is also held here during spring. © JNTO

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雲仙地獄

This sulphurous field of geothermal activity is full of high-temperature hot springs emitting steam and gasses. The area was designated as Japan’s first national park in 1934. Many believe that the source of Unzen’s energy lies in the magma reservoir at the bottom of the Tachibana bay.


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Cherry blossom viewing, a century-old tradition in Japan, means enjoying sweets with friends under a sakura tree and watching pink petals fall gently to the ground. Follow us as we take you on an exciting tour around Asakausa and TOKYO SKYTREE, an area with many sakura viewing spots and famous landmarks! FACEBOOK CHECK-IN SPOT

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Sumida Park

The park, stretching for a few hundred of meters along the Sumida River with an unblocked view of the TOKYO SKYTREE, has been a popular destination for admiring cherry blossoms since the Edo Period (1603-1867). Home to a wide variety of cherry trees, Sumida Park is a great checkin spot for tourists. Chomeiji Sakuramochi, or rice cake with sweet red bean paste wrapped in salt-preserved cherry leaves, is a traditional sweet to bring to outdoor picnics.

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OUTSKIRTS OF TOKYO

Sakura Viewing in Little Edo Ikebukuro

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Kawagoe

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Kawagoe, a little town that still preserves the nostalgic atmosphere of Edo, is barely an hour away from urban Tokyo and has become one of the most celebrated places for cherry blossom viewing in spring in recent years.

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Shingashigawa River Kawagoe is connected to Edo (former name of Tokyo) by Shingashigawa River, whose riverbank served as a stopping place for merchant boats in the past. Address: 53-36 Kamishingashi Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Access: Get off at Shingashi Station on the Tobu Tojo Line then walk for 9 minutes or get on the Kawagoe shuttle bus and get off at Asahibashinishi bus stop

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Kitain Temple Kitain, a Buddhist temple founded more than a thousand years ago, is a prime spot for sakura viewing in spring.

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Address: 1-20-1 Kosenba Street, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Admission: ¥400 (adults), ¥200 (middle and elementary school students) Hours: [3/1-11/23] 8.50am-4.30pm (weekdays) 8.50am-4.50pm (weekends and holidays) [11/24-2/28] 8.50am-4pm (weekdays) 8.50am-4.20pm (weekends and holidays) Closed on 12/25-1/8, 2/2-3, 4/2-5 and 8/16 Access: T2 Kitainmae bus stop on the Tobu Koedo Loop Bus

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The shrine, known for matchmaking, gives out 20 small stones to those who are eagerly looking for their better half every morning at 8am. Visitors can also get a fortune-telling poem in the form of a sea bream.

Have a perfect ending to your day trip to Kawagoe by enjoying gourmet at SPICE food court in Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro. Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Hours: 10am-10pm (B2-3F, 9F and 10F operates until 9pm, except on Sun & holidays) SPICE Hours: 11am-10pm Mon - Sat (11F-13F), 11am-11pm (14F-15F) and 11am-10pm on weekends (11F-15F)

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More than Just Cherry Blossoms!

All Kinds of Flowers in Full Bloom @Ryomo Area (Ashikaga and Tatebayashi)

Besides cherry blossoms, there are many other flowers, such as shibazakura (phlox moss) and colourful flowering vines, to add cheer to the romantic atmosphere in spring in Gunma Prefecture and Tochigi Prefecture.

Tobu Treasure Garden

Over one million plants of 4,000 species is a natural spectacle you do not want to miss. The Shibazakura garden starts to flourish in early April with white, red and pink blossoms, while other gardens turn into a sea of dreamy colors with a wide variety of flowering plants.

Address: 1050 Horikucho, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma Access: Approximately 15 minutes by foot from Morinjimae Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line or 10 minutes by taxi from Tatebayashi Station Website: http://treasuregarden.jp/en/ *25 Mar 17 Spring Opening! Nemophila blooms from early April to early May.

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Tsutsujigaoka Park The civet cat, featured in Japanese fairy tale, is as cute as ever. Choose from a collection of cat-theme goods, including key chain holders and smartphone straps.

The park has many interesting landscape attractions, such as an 800-year-old giant azalea tree and 10,000 azaleas of 50 different species. Mid April - early May is the best time for flower viewing. Address: 3181 Hanayamacho, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma Access: Approximately 30 minutes on foot from Tatebayashi Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line

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Wisterias come in many colors and flower in the order of pink, purple, white and yellow for a whole month.

Ashikaga Flower Park The astonishing vigor of wisteria contrasts greatly with the romantic pink color of cherry blossoms, which come into full bloom each spring all over Japan. Night illumination adds a touch of mystery to the romantic atmosphere. Home to a variety of purple, pink, white, yellow wisteria, this park is a must visit for flower lovers.

Winter night illumination is just as impressive as the scenes of spring

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Ryomo

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Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi Telephone: 0284-91-4939 Access: Approximately 30 minutes by shuttle bus from Ashikagashi Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line (refer to the website for shuttle bus schedule) Website: www.ashikaga.co.jp/english/index.html

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Ryomo(りょうもう) Ryomo connects Tokyo with Gunma and Tochigi. Since it only takes one hour from Asakusa Station to Tatebayashi Station by Ryomo rapid express, Gunma makes a great destination for a day trip.

Tobu Tourist Information Center Asakusa

The center provides multi-language sightseeing information on Ryomo, Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree, Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen. Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen area Tobu passes can also be purchased here. Address: Tobu Asakusa Station on the Tobu Line Hours: 7.20am-7pm (open all year round)

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A Peek into Japan s Past and Future in Saitama

Easily accessible from Tokyo, Saitama City of Saitama Prefecture has an estimated population of 1.27 million and ranks as the 9th largest city in Japan. In this multifaceted city, flourishing urban vibrancy comes into perfect balance with simple countryside scenery. See for yourself how tradition and modernity coexist in Japan by paying a visit to Saitama City!

Encounter Japan s Future

The highlights of Saitama City’s booming skyline include Saitama Shintoshin Station, high-rise skyscrapers, a super arena with spectator capacity of 30,000 and COCOON CITY, a cluster of shopping malls offering pretty much everything you can think of.

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The fields of Saitama City’s Minuma-ku commands a great view of the fast growing Shintoshin, which means “the New Heart of the City” in Japanese. Believe it or not, you can actually feel the metamorphosis taking place right here. Take the walking trail recommended by locals to view this city in a new way.

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COCOON CITY is a mega shopping complex close to Saitama Shintoshin Station. Consisting of three large shopping buildings and two spacious parking areas, the mall offers all kinds of shopping options and entertaining activities to make sure everyone has a great time. For a glimpse into local cuisine and fashion, you can’t go wrong with COCOON CITY.

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Experience Japans Traditional Way of Living Besides bustling excitement, Saitama City is full of remarkable historical and cultural heritage which you can discover through walks and excursions. There is no place better to enjoy Japan’s rich and colourful tradition.

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● Hikawa Dango Shop Located next to the path leading to Hikawa Shrine, the shop has won the hearts of locals for years. Mitarashi dango, or grilled mochi balls dipped in sweet soy sauce, and fried manju confectionery are popular options. Hours: 9am-6.30pm Closed on Mon Address: 2-130 Takahana-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture Access: Approximately 10 minutes by foot from JR Omiya Station East Exit.

● Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

● Masuya Unagi Restaurant

With more than 2,000 years of history, the shrine is one of the oldest in Japan. As its name “Ichinomiya” suggests, it is the top shrine in the Musashi area. This is the shrine that gave Omiya its name.

Although there is no lack of restaurants in Urawa offering melt-inyour-mouth eel dishes, Masuya is the most famous because it has been around for over 120 years. The secret sauce gives the fish a special grilled flavor you can not get anywhere else.

Address: 1-407 Takahana-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture Access: Approximately 15 minutes by foot from JR Omiya Station East Exit and Kita Omiya Station on the Tobu Noda Line

Hours: 11am - 2.45pm, 5pm - 8.45pm, L.O. 7.45pm on Sun & Weekend Closed on Mon Address: 7-1-3 Kishi-cho, Urawa-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture Access: 6 minutes by foot from JR Urawa Station - West Exit (Keihin Tohoku Line, Utsunomiya Line, Shonan Shinjuku Line)

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Omiya Bonsai Village

Trivia information! According to the staff at Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, beginners can try looking at the bonsai from bottom up for an amazing outline of branches. This is a good trivia to impress your friends with!

Saitama’s Kita-ku Bonsai-cho is within a couple minutes walk from the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum. In 1923, a group of gardeners from Tokyo moved in after the Great Kanto Earthquake, laying a solid foundation for today’s bonsai village. Although the number of bonsai gardens has dropped from 30 to six in recent years, the place remains the centre of Japanese bonsai culture.

● Omiya Bonsai Art Museum Opened in March 2010, the museum aims to preserve the tradition of bonsai culture. As the only public bonsai art museum in Japan, it welcomes bonsai beginners from all around the world. The multilingual voice guide explains how to appreciate bonsai and is recommended for those who want to know more about Japanese culture.

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The 8 th World Bonsai Convention in Saitama Bonsai is celebrated not only as an aesthetic piece of art but also as an aff ordable, cute interior feature all over the world. The World Bonsai Convention, slated to be held from 27 30 April , is a great chance to check out the latest trend in bonsai art.

Le Tour de France SAITAMA CRITÉRIUM Named after Le Tour de France, the closed circuit race has been held in Saitama’s Shintoshin for four times, attracting top riders who have participated in Le Tour de France as well as professional riders across the world. Experience the excitement and adrenaline rush of Le Tour de France by visiting Saitama!

● Minuma Tsusenbori Park

Into the bamboo forest we go!

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Lush Green Views and Crisp Fresh Air

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Day Trip from Tokyo that will Leave You in Awe Located northwest of Yamanashi Prefecture, this secret garden is only a two hour train ride away from Tokyo. Surrounded by South Japanese Alps and the Yatsugatake Mountains, Hokuto has an abundance of breathtaking natural beauty, including fabulous views of Mount Fuji. Vegetables and dairy products here are exceptionally rich in flavor, thanks to clear spring water, nutritious soil and sufficient sunshine. Gourmet lovers will definitely be taken aback by how local cuisine embodies originality and style. For anyone who loves nature but lives in a metropolis, Hokuto is the perfect location for a getaway all year round.

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Approximately 80 minutes by car: Take the Chuo Expressway from Hachioji IC and exit at Sutama IC. Approximately 2 hours by train: Take the JR Chuo Main Line from Shinjuku Station and get off at Kobuchizawa Station. Hokuto City: www.city.hokuto.yamanashi.jp/ Hokuto Tourism Association: www.hokuto-kanko.jp/visit_hokuto.html Yatsugatake Tourism: yatsugatake-ga.com/en/

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Home to Clear Springs and Natural Water Since long ago, Hokuto has gained its fame as one of the few spots in Japan that have crystal clear spring water used for both farming and wine making. Sensational Flavor

Suntory Hakushu Distillery Built in 1973, the distillery is located at the foot of Mount Kaikomagatake, a large area of lush greenery with high quality pure water. Suntory produces a variety of distinctive whiskies that can be sampled during a guided tour (¥1,000). Access: Approximately 10 minutes by taxi from Kobuchizawa Station on the JR Chuo Main Line Address: 2913-1 Hakushucho Torihara, Hokuto Website: www.suntory. co.jp/factory/hakushu/ ( Japanese)

Branded Quality Water

Sanbuichi Spring

A four-hour trail from the historic Takeu Komagatake Shrine takes you along spectacular waterfalls, suspension bridges and breathtaking cliff s. The Jinja Waterfall has such a high drop that water falls in three different levels. The scenery is especially appealing in the autumn when leaves turn their colors.

The spring, full of minerals, was designated by the Japanese government as one of the top quality waters in the country. It is said that Takeda Shingen, a famous warlord in the 16th century, once solved water disputes by placing a triangle shaped stone in the center of the spring to divide the water into three channels. Hence its name Sanbuichi, or "one into three" in Japanese. Freshly picked vegetables and homemade soba noodles are sold in nearby shops.

Access: Approximately 30 minutes by taxi from Nagasaka Station on the JR Chuo Main Line Website: www.city.hokuto.yamanashi.jp/genre/detail/1835/ ( Japanese)

Access: Approximately 10 minutes by foot from Kaikoizumi Station on the JR Koumi Line Address: 292-1 Nagasakacho Koarama, Hokuto Website: hokuto-kanko.jp/guide/sanbuichi ( Japanese)

Spiritual Hike

Ojiragawa Valley

Recommended Self-drive

Road Trips

Enjoy a self-drive holiday in Hokuto, where nature reigns supreme. The Flower Route cuts through Hokuto from south to north. Vast fields of golden sunflowers decorate the Kayagatake Koikinodo, with the Yatsugatake Mountains and Mount Fuji in the backdrop. Cosmos flowers of bright colors are in full bloom from autumn, a great season to get outdoors. Meanwhile, the Art and Nature Route connects the northeast and western parts of Hokuto. Roll down the car window for a majestic view of Yatsugatake before stopping by museums along the way. 32

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Koumi Line Plateau Train After leaving Kobuchizawa Station, the JR Koumi Line, or the Yatsugatake Plateau Train, takes passengers through Hokuto's rich offerings such as high rise mountains. Do not forget to press the shutter on your camera when the train makes a big turn at Kobuchizawa because the blue sky with clouds over green fields is a view you will not find anywhere else. JR East Japan Railway Website: www.jreast.co.jp/tc/routemaps/index.html

Fairytale World

Moeginomura

The theme park is tucked in the forests of Kiyosato Plateau. With more than 20 attractions, rest assured that you will never get bored. There are many entertaining and fun shops for adults and kids to spend the afternoon exploring. When tired, take a seat at the merry-go-round cafĂŠ for a hot meal or shop for pet accessories. Access: Approximately 12 minutes by foot from Kiyosato Station on the JR Koumi Line Address: 3545 Takanecho Kiyosato, Hokuto Website: www.moeginomura.co.jp/ ( Japanese)

Paradise on Earth Sun Meadows Ski Resort Lying down on a sofa overlooking Mount Fuji and the South Japanese Alps is a relaxing experience for the mind and the body. About 1,900 meters in altitude, the Kiyosato Terrace serves light meals and beverages. For those with a big appetite, there is a buffet restaurant at the foot of the mountain that uses locally grown ingredients. Terrace is open 10am-3pm (weekdays) 9.30am-3.30pm (weekends, holidays and summer) from late May to early November Access: 5 minutes by taxi from Kiyosato Station on the JR Koumi Line Address: Sun Meadows Ski Resort 8240-1 Oizumicho Nishiide, Hokuto Website: snow.gurunavi.com/guide/htm/r0018ens.htm

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Best Sakura Tree in Japan

Yamataka Jindai Sakura

This 1,800-2,000 years old cherry blossom tree was said to be planted by ancient Japanese emperor Yamato Takeru-no-mikoto. It measures 10 meters in girth and has unique historical and cultural value. Each spring, the tree bursts into bloom, attracting scores of tourists. Access: Approximately 15 minutes by taxi from Hinoharu Station on the JR Chuo Main Line Address: 2763 Mukawa Yamataka, Hokuto. Jissohji Temple Website: www.hokuto-kanko.jp/sp/sakura_ jindai ( Japanese)

Enjoy the Change of Seasons

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The change of seasons in Hokuto is fully reected in its natural scenery, local cuisine, DIY courses, outdoor hot springs and pretty much everything. Here are some of our recommended must visits!

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Picturesque Scenery

Higashizawa Bridge

The 90-meter red bridge spans gorgeously across Higashizawa Gorge, creating a photogenic contrast with the lush green surroundings. Leaves turn into bursts of brilliant red, orange and gold in autumn, a season that sees tourists rushing in from all over Japan. Summer Enjoyment

Akeno Sunflower Field

As many as 600,000 bright and majestic sunflowers spread across the fields in the summer. With Mount Fuji, the Yatsugatake Mountains and South Japanese Alps in the backdrop, the place sure makes a great photo spot. Access: Approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Nirasaki Station on the JR Chuo Main Line Address: Akeno Sunflower Festival 5664 Akenocho Asao, Hokuto Website: www.hokuto-kanko.jp/event/ sun owerfestival2016 ( Japanese) 34

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Address: Oizumicho Nishiide, Hokuto Website: www.city.hokuto.yamanashi.jp/genre/ detail/1749/ ( Japanese)

Spectacular Fuji

Beautiful view of Mount Fuji from the Farm Park It is a dream come true for many to see the stunning Mount Fuji before their eyes. Hokuto has quite a few spots with an unblocked view of Mount Fuji, such as the Yamanashi Prefecture Farm Park. Website: www.city.hokuto.yamanashi.jp/photos/fuji (Japanese)


Fun for All Ages

Segway Experience Looking for a unique way to appreciate nature? Sign up for a Segway tour at Moeginomura. Do not worry if you are a beginner as there are professionals to teach you how to operate. Get ready to explore the rough tracks around the woods!

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This hundred-yearold Japanese sweet shop specializes in Mizu Shingen Mochi, a confectionary that looks like a big drop of water. The innovative creation, made using top quality water from Hakushu, tastes sensational. Hours: 9am-6pm (Closed on Thu) *Mizu Shingen Mochi is sold from June to September during weekends (subject to change according to stock availability) Access: Approximately 15 minutes by taxi from Nagasaka or Hinoharu Station on the JR Chuo Main Line Address: 2211 Hakushucho Daigahara, Hokuto Website: kinseiken.co.jp/news/3310

Hours: 9.30am-12pm / 1.30pm-4pm (The tour is about 2.5 hours. Closed on Wed and Thu with the exception of summer) Address: 3545 Takanecho Kiyosato, Hokuto (Inside Moeginomura in front of Yatsugatake Outdoor Activities Office) Website: www.y-outdoor.com/ ( Japanese)

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Access: Approximately 10 minutes by taxi from Kaioizumi or Kiyosato Station on the JR Chuo Main Line Address:8240-10 Oizumicho Nishiide,Hokuto Website: www.yatuboku.jp/makiba/ ( Japanese) www.kiyosato-okanokouen.com (Makiba Restaurant) ( Japanese)

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Yamanashi Makibakoen Park The park is a family-friendly attraction where fun and farming go hand in hand. Enjoy a spectacular view of the South Japanese Alps while dining at the Makiba Restaurant. Recommended dishes include beef stew and jumbo pork hamburger, all made using quality local ingredients.

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Just as its name suggests, the hot spring offers an impeccable view of the grand Mount Fuji. Take your time in the outdoor bath to unwind after a long day of travel. There are separate baths for men and women.

Built in 1938, Seisenryo is loved by tourists as a destination for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. After enjoying a hearty meal at the restaurant, be sure to visit the souvenir shop and the bakery for some fresh milk and bread. The rich soft cream, made of Jersey milk, always attracts a long line of crowd.

Access: Approximately three minutes by foot from Kaioizumi Station on the JR Koumi Line Address: 8240-1 Oizumicho Nishiide, Hokuto Website: panoramanoyu.sakura.ne.jp/panorama.htm ( Japanese)

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Togakushi:

Home of Ninja and Mystery With its ninja legend, natural landscapes and close proximity to Tokyo, this is a trip worth making. Hidden on a highland surrounded by mountain ranges, the Togakushi area of Nagano is the legendary home of Togakure Ninja. Yes, those mysterious masters of espionage and stealth are said to have honed their ninja skills in the highlands of Togakushi since more than 800 years ago. Daisuke Nishina, who served the Genji clan, founded the school of Togakure-ryu in the 12 th century during the ongoing war between the Genji and Heishi (Taira) clans. This fighting style would later become the origin of ninjutsu’s diverse fighting styles. Generation after generation, a ninja’s role in assassinating and spying may have been replaced by modern weaponry and the Internet. Nevertheless, the sense of mystery remains in Togakushi, due to its ninja legends, historical shrines, and the rows upon rows of old cedar trees that seems to lead you into another world.

Togakushi Shrine

A place of peace and spirituality Togakushi Shrine consists of five shrines located at the base of Mt. Togakushi. According to Japanese mythology, the goddess of the sun, Amaterasu, grief ridden, hid herself in a cave, plunging the world into darkness. The other deities strived to lure her out, finally succeeding in flinging away the stone door which Zuijinmon Gate it landed to form Mt. Togakushi (literally,“the door of hiding”), thus returning the sun to our world. Whether or not the story is true, deities that appeared in the story are enshrined here and the mythology has added a bit of charm to Togakushi. Seeking peace and spirituality, we first visited Chusha (the middle shrine) to see the triplet cedar tree and the ceiling painting of a dragon. The former is the gift of Mother Nature, and the latter a masterpiece of human creativity. From Chusha to the entrance of Okusha (the upper shrine) is about 5 minutes by car or 20 minutes on foot. Okusha is a further Chusha: the ceiling painting of a dragon 2 kilometers uphill from the entrance. Passing the thatched-roof Zuijinmon Gate, we walked through countless cedar trees and a series of stone stairs to arrive at Okusha. The 30-minute walk was inspiring in itself, and we invite you to experience it yourself. Togakushi Shrine togakushi-jinja.jp

Path to Okusha (upper shrine) lined by Cedar trees

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Chusha: the triplet cedar tree


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Togakushi Ninja Museum Experience and learn about Togakushi ninja

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Start your exploration of Togakushi ninja by visiting this three-in-one museum. First, the folklore museum displays more than 2,000 items used in everyday life of rural Japan. The collection includes farm and forestry tools, as well as household items that will give you a flavor of how local people lived and worked in the old says. Second, the ninja museum contains an impressive display of ninja weaponry and materials. Third, the Ninja Karakuri Yashiki is a challenging trick maze for you to sneak through trapdoors and hidden staircases in a series of secret-filled rooms. Just a heads up for ninja wannabes, the maze is real and you may need some ninja talent to get out of it! Togakushi Ninja Museum www.togakushi-ninja.com

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Posing with the owner of Togakushi soba

Ninja soba The star-shaped tempura looks like a ninja’s shuriken; moreover, the shredded radishes served over soba are like the mystic smoke through which a ninja escapes from enemies.

Togakushi Okushamae Eatery Naosuke The soba shop is known for its Kamozarusoba, cold buckwheat noodles with dipping duck soup. For those who like it hot, spicy Kamozaru-soba is also available. Togakushi Soba’s menu continues to evolve with time and seasons.

Ninja soba served by modern ninja

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Spicy Kamozaru-soba

A ninja-themed amusement park for both kids and adults If you are traveling with kids who have lots of energy to spend, check out this ninja theme park offering various hands-on attractions and ninja shows. Here you can dress up as a ninja and work your way through various obstacles as if you are a real ninja sneaking into enemy territory by climbing over a wall or crossing a pond. If that sounds too exciting for you, there are also exhibitions on how ninjas are portrayed in pop culture such as anime and video games.

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Togakushi Soba While you may already know that soba is a kind of buckwheat noodles eaten chilled with a dipping sauce, Togakushi soba has its own history and characteristics that make it a must-try for everyone. It was no exception for us as we tried Togakushi soba at Yamaguchiya and learned the story behind it from Mr. Yamaguchi, the restaurant’s owner who is practicing to become a modern ninja himself. He told us that Togakushi soba originated as a portable food for monks practicing asceticism in the mountains of Togakushi. Since soba is easy to prepare and contains essential nutrients, it makes an ideal food for ninja as well!

Kids’ Ninja Village

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Field of soba flower with a great view of Togakushi Mountain

Access Take Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano (about one and a half hours), and then take a bus for Togakushi (about an hour).

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Accommodation Tokyo In front of Togakushi Shrine are dozens of Shukubo, special accommodations offered by temples and shrines. Often run by officials at the shrine, Shukubo is a great opportunity to experience simple lifestyles, homemade meals and unique history. Nagano City Tourist Information Center (Inside JR Nagano station) TEL: +81 (0)26-226-5626 (English available) Nagano Convention and Visitors Bureau www.nagano-cvb.or.jp WAttention Singapore |

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Traverse KYUSHU from North to South

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Charles Chen

Mojiko Station

A Taiwanese who has lived in Tokyo for 5 years. He has traveled to all 47 prefectures in Japan and loves exploring the country by rail.

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Unlimited rail travel across Kyushu!

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JR Kyushu Pass is a convenient and money saving railway pass that gets you unlimited train rides within the JR Kyushu railway network. Be it a Shinkansen bullet train, a limited express train, a local train, or even a sightseeing train, JR Kyushu Pass has got it all covered! There is an exclusive rail pass counter in Hakata Station to serve foreign tourists.

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Retro and romantic Arriving at Fukuoka Airport, you will be amazed by its vicinity to the city centre. A 6-minute metro ride got me to Hakata Station, and an hour later, I found myself standing on the antique platform of Mojiko Station, the northern tip of Kyushu’s railway network. The port city was prominent as an international trade hub until the early 20th century. Buildings were constructed one after another with the highest aesthetic standard at that time and many of them were preserved to form the modern Mojiko, a retro and romantic scenic town. Take a leisurely stroll along the streets and imagine

you were one of the esteemed patrons visiting Mojiko a century ago. Built in 1921, the Old Moji Mitsui Club once welcomed Albert Einstein and his wife. Now it is a small museum and restaurant serving Mojiko’s signature grilled curry to any guest. Apart from the many antique western style buildings around town, there is an exquisitely designed railway museum that deserves a visit even if you are not a big fan of trains. After exploring Mojiko, I headed back to Hakata and transferred onto an 800 series Shinkansen for Kumamoto. Though the 40-minute journey was too short to admire the astonishingly fast and beautiful bullet train, it left me plenty of time to discover the night life in Kumamoto.

Kumamoto

Kyushu Railway History Museum houses a fine collection of vintage trains.

Take a chance and try something new. Basashi, or raw horse meat, is a Kumamoto specialty that will excite one’s curiosity.

Day 2

Kagoshima

Watching the majestic scenery unfolds from over-sized windows of the limited express Isaburo.

The art of slow travel The plan for today was to take a series of slow (relative to Shinakansen) yet charismatic trains all the way down to Kagoshima. But before that I had to marvel at the strong presence of Kumamoto Castle, which is the symbol of Kumamoto and has stood firmly after a major earthquake struck the city in April 2016. Though the castle will not be open to the public any time soon, you can get a close-up view from Kato Shrine or a bird’s eye view from the free observatory of Kumamoto City Office.

then from Hitoyoshi to Kagoshima, it was show time for JR Kyushu’s sightseeing trains — Isaburo & Hayato no Kaze. The gracefully designed trains spiral and zig-zag through the mountains as if you are traveling on one of those Swiss mountain railways. It slows down at scenic viewing spots and makes extended stays at small stations that each have their own characteristics. A long journey, if measured by traveling time, but definitely a worthy one measured by memorable experiences.

Leaving from Kumamoto, I first made a stop at Hitoyoshi for its National Treasure — Aoi Aso Shrine. The thatch-roofed building was one of a kind, and the delicate engravings were more than beautiful. And

Of course, if you prefer to see more of the city of Kumamoto and Kagoshima, the Shinkansen bullet train will do its work in about 50 minutes and leave you plenty of time to weave your own tale of two cities. The night in Kagoshima was saved for its Kurobuta pork. A cup of Kagoshima Shochu to go with it? You bet.

Kagoshima

Nishi-Oyama

Journey to the south Most people visiting Kagoshima, are likely to stay near the city and visit historical sites such as Senganen Garden and Ijinkan Residence. But since I am already in southern Kyushu, I was determined to go further southward. On the first leg of my journey I traveled from Kagoshima to Ibusuki on the limited express Ibusuki no Tamatebako. Riding on the specially designed sightseeing train was an enjoyment by itself, and the majestic view of Sakurajima volcano from the window made the trip even nicer. Before long, I arrived at Ibusuki and then took a

Day 3

Savor the highly popular Kareigawa bento on the limited express Hayato no Kaze. (Limited numbers available on Fridays, weekends, and holidays)

Already in his seventies, Mr. Shoubu still sells bento in a traditional hand-carried manner at Hitoyoshi Station. Grab a kurimeshi bento (chestnut rice lunch) and help Mr. Shoubu unload his burden.

Double the fun by stamping the commemorative postcard and tasting the black sesame pudding on the limited express Ibusuki no Tamatebako.

short walk to Saraku Sand Bath Hall to try the famous sand bath. Buried in geothermal-heated sand, you will soon feel the heat and start to sweat. The recommended time to stay in the sand is 10 - 15 minutes. After getting recharged in this unconventional onsen bath, I continued my journey southward to Nishi-Oyama, the southernmost train station in Japan that is operated by JR. There is a yellow mailbox next to the platform. It is said that postcards and letters delivered from this mailbox to your important ones will bring them happiness. I believe that being able to travel is a blessing, so why not share it forward?

Ibusuki no Tamatebako is furnished with teak wood and exudes a warm ambiance.

This ekiben contains a nice selection of specialty food from all across Kyushu.


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Discover the warmth of Japan’s No.1 rice

Niigata

For many Singaporeans and Japanese alike, the idea of a warm bowl of rice conjures up the image of a heartfelt meal with family or loved ones. Experience the same feeling of familiarity and comfort with a visit to Niigata, the motherland of Japanese rice. Just a short two hours away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, Niigata is found along the coast of the Sea of Japan. Blessed with an abundance of nature, the heart of this prefecture lies in its key produce — rice. Grown with care throughout the year, the beautiful harvests are the result of much hard work and dedication, which is reflected in its homely food, distinct culture, traditions and people. 40

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Get your hands on Niigata Koshihikari Rice from Meidi-ya Supermarket, Redmart or ThinkRice

Cooking method STEP 1: Lightly brown spam cubes in a wok and set aside. STEP 2: Fry beaten egg in scrambled-egg style and set aside. STEP 3: Add one tablespoon of oil and fry chopped onions until fragrant. Add rice and shitake mushroom and stir well. STEP 4: Add soy sauce, scrambled eggs, spam and fry evenly for 3 minutes. STEP 5: Remove from heat before adding spring onions. Serve and enjoy!

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MUST DO Visit a sake museum – Found inside Echigo-Yuzawa Station, visitors can try up to 100 varieties of sake at Ponshukan (ぽんしゅ館越後湯沢店). There is even a sake onsen right next door so you can soak your worries away too. Make your own senbei – At Senbei Okoku (せんべい王国), you have the rare opportunity of roasting a huge 25cm wide rice cracker, and drawing on it with shōyu to make it your very own.

Try out snow activities – Known for its high snowfall, you will be spoiled for choice when picking a resort. Gala Yuzawa has 15 different runs with varying difficulty, while Naeba offers spa treatments and is also the host of the famous Fuji Rock Festival.

Terraced rice fields of Hoshi-toge – These overlapping paddies are also known as senmaida (千枚田), or “thousand-fold rice fields”. Selected as one of Japan’s 100 best rural spots, the appearance of the fields change with the growth of rice each season and is a sight to behold during sunset. Toki-no-mori Park – This park is dedicated to the toki (朱 鷺, Japanese Crested Ibis), which was once an integral part of Japan’s rural landscape. Here, you can learn more about the conservation efforts made by Takada Castle – Constructed Sado Island as well as admire in 1614 as the home base of the ibis in its natural habitat. Tokugawa Ieyasu’s sixth son, the area surrounding the threetiered turret is renowned as a sakura-viewing spot. During summer, lotus flowers bloom in abundance and cover the entire outer moat.

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MUST STAY Osado Onsen Hotel Osado – Situated on Cape Kasuga, the open-air baths offer panoramic views of the coastline so you can sit back and relax while taking in the scenery. The meals also feature plenty of choice seasonal produce from Sado Island.

Kirinzan Onsen Yukitsubaki-noYado Furusawaya – Opened since 1935, this ryokan faces the Agano River and the foothills of Mt. Kirin. With only 15 rooms available, you are guaranteed a serene stay with gorgeous views of the surrounding nature.

Matsudai Shibatoge Onsen Unkai – This inn is found 400 metres above sea level and has an exquisite outdoor bath that overlooks the mountains of the Uonuma Range and terraced rice paddies. With the right conditions, a sea of clouds form so you feel as though you are floating on them.

Kiwami Sushi Platter (極み寿司) – A luxurious platter including uni (ウニ, sea urchin), ikura (いくら, salmon roe) and white fish atop warm home-grown sushi rice. Order the extravagant Kiwami Gozen set at Tomi Sushi (Niigata) to taste the best seasonal fish, which also comes with ara-jiru (あら汁, miso soup with fish) and tempura.

*Tomi Sushi is also available at Millenia Walk, Novena, Katong and Echigotei in Singapore.

Sasadango (笹団子) – This famous treat is made of mugwort-flavoured mochi (も ち, glutinous rice) and red beans wrapped in bamboo leaves.

Tare-katsu Donburi (タレ カツ丼) – Niigata’s take on the katsudon (かつ丼, deep-fried pork cutlet over rice) comes with katsu cutlets dipped in a savoury-sweet sauce.

Wappameshi (わっぱ飯) – A local specialty containing seasonal vegetables and seafood over seasoned rice, which is steamed and arranged in a container made from cedar wood.

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Taste the difference in Japan’s finest rice

Here are some tips on cooking Niigata rice without a rice cooker~

1.Wash the rice gently in circular motions and discard the water. Repeat thrice.

2.Soak the rice for at least 30 minutes.

4.Water used when cooking should be about 1.2 times the amount of rice.

5.Steam for 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat and remove from fire.

3.Drain the rice for 10 to 15 minutes.

6.Keep lid on and let rice sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

7.Use a rice paddle to fluff up the rice and serve!

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Try handmade onigiri made from famous Niigata rice

Get free Niigata rice at NATAS 2017

Swing by to find out more about Niigata Prefecture and grab a tasty rice ball made by Fukushimaya Tasting Market. There will also be informative panels and a commemorative photo corner available too!

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Seafood We love our seafood, almost as much as Japanese do. But with so many dierent options, it is easy to get confused or feel intimidated by the extensive menus you might come across in many Japanese restaurants. Instead of the usual maguro, sake, tako and tamago, why not try something new? Here is a quick introduction to some of the more interesting Japanese seafood you can ďŹ nd in Singapore.

Photo provided by Chikuyotei (p.50)


穴 子

Amaebi Sweet Shrimp

数 の 子

Kazu no ko * Salted Herring Roe

Normally served as a part of Osechi Ryori ( Japanese New Year food), this dashi soy sauce seasoned treat is considered a rare and expensive delicacy.

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Yellowtail/ Japanese Amberjack

Known for their translucent pink meat, sweet taste and creamy texture, these small shrimp are best enjoyed raw though their heads are often served fried.

This fish has translucent, pinkish white flesh and high fat content which results in a rich, buttery flavour. Best enjoyed during winter.

Anago

甘 海 老

Sea Eel

The less rich and oily cousin of unagi, anago has sweeter, softer flesh and is often served as nigiri sushi or tempura.

Spanish Mackerel

帆 立

Popular for its strong fatty flavour and meaty texture, it is similar to maguro and often served smoked or grilled.

秋 刀 魚

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Scallop

One of the more prized shellfish in Japanese cuisine, fresh it has a firm texture and sweet, almost creamy taste. Some of the best scallops come from Hokkaido and Aomori.

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Pacific Saury

Sawara Uni

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Usually caught off the north-eastern shores of Japan during autumn, sanma have reddish-white flesh that has a sweet, buttery taste.

Kanpachi

It is similar to buri but with a lighter and more translucent colour. Its meat is lean and mildly flavoured. Best eaten in summer.

Relative of the more famous maguro, mebachi is appreciated for its lean, red flesh which can be served raw or grilled.

メ バ チ

Japanese Horse Mackerel

A prized - and expensive - delicacy in Japan, the yellow-orange coloured roe has a rich, buttery texture and a sweet, briny, ocean-like flavour.

Greater Yellowtail/ Amberjack

Bigeye Tuna

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Sea Urchin

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雲 丹

A silverfish with a lighter flavour, tender texture. It is usually served vinegared or salted instead of raw.

つ ぶ 貝

Tsubugai Whelk

This shellfish has a crunchy mouth feel and a sweet taste. It is a lean, refreshing meat that is high in protein and Omega3.

Turban Shell

Best enjoyed between winter and spring, these turbo shells are a popular treat that are often grilled over a charcoal fire or served raw.

平 目

Sea bream/bream

Has a mild, watery flavour, delicate, sweet aroma and slight fibrous texture. It is considered one of the top white-fleshed fish in Japan.

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Japanese Sandfish

Akita’s prefectural fish is most famous for its eggs, buriko and versatile nature which allows it to be served in numerous ways. Found only during winter.

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Hirame Flat Fish

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JF Kanda Wadatsumi

This cosy Japanese restaurant is well- known for their fresh seafood. As a satellite shop of the JF ZENGYOREN (Japan’s National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Association), they import only the freshest, high quality seasonal fish directly from the different prefectures. This ensures that their customers can truly savour the flavour of each season. Their menu is made up of traditional Japanese dishes such as their signature Takikomi Gohan – a type of Japanese claypot rice; Seiro Mushi (bamboo-steamed dishes), Touban Yaki (ceramic grilled dishes), and Horakuyaki which is a special dish

$88

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location 50 Tras Street 6221-6264 Mon-Sat 12noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm Closed Sun & PH www.kanda-wadatsumi.sg/en Kanda Wadatsumi Japanese Dining

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Also available is one of Japan’s most beloved fish, the tai ( 鯛 , sea bream). A spring fish with a clean flavour and delicate aroma, it can be enjoyed as sushi, sashimi, grilled, in soup or even steamed. Other interesting seafood include Shizouka rainbow trout and Hiroshima kaki (oysters). Plus, to celebrate their 2nd anniversary, they will be introducing an exclusive set menu that will be available for a limited time only.

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Special 4 Pax Menu

The Mihara Yassa Octopus from Hiroshima is a rich, bright purple colour. It has a thick, chewy texture and clean, sweet taste that will delight all tako fans with every bite.

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menu 2nd anniversary course meal

served during celebrations to ward off bad spirits and welcome good fortune.

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Himonoya If you are tired of the same old sashimi and sushi menus, pop down to this cosy diner and discover a different kind of homely Japanese seafood dish. Himono are savoury, sun-dried fish traditional dishes that have rich cultural roots. At Himonoya, you can taste a variety of himono such as Shima Hokke, Bansuke Saba, Kinmedai and Toro Aji. Shima Hokke, a type of mackeral, is fattier, meatier and juicier. After grilling, the skin becomes crispy but the meat stays moist; it has the strongest umami flavour out of all the fish.

They also offer top tier sakes such as the award-winning Nabeshima. It is best enjoyed cold, has a fruity aroma and a dry, slightly sweet body which is perfect for chilling with after a hot day. If you prefer course dinners, choose from their Ryoshi or Gokai courses. The number and types of dishes served vary with each course and they all come with free flow drinks including alcoholic options.

Bansuke Saba is a famous mackerel brand. The fish are marinated in their special sauce before being grilled to perfection. It is rare to find Kinmedai prepared himono-style — it is a premium fish with delicate meat, while Toro Aji, or fatty horse mackerel, is a smaller fish that has a rich taste and melts in your mouth.

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Gokai Course

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$29.8~

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$39.8 $65

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$75

Gokai Course

$100

(courses come with free flow drinks)

location Robertson Walk #02-14 11 Unity Street 6235-9110 | Daily 6pm - 12am singaporehimonoya.com Singapore Himonoya

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Tuck into

tempting tuna Tomi Sushi Maguro (tuna) is one of Japan’s

Plus, why not round out your meal by bringing out the full flavour of your sushi with a bottle of sake? Choose the Jozen Mizunogotoshi – a junmai daiginjyo that has an elegant fragrance and smooth palate.

superstar fish. It offers up a variety of cuts from lean to fatty. This includes one of the most sought after piece of fish, ōtoro (fatty tuna). And there is no better place to enjoy high quality maguro than at an authentic Japanese sushi joint.

Maguro Zanmai

True to its Niigata heritage, this popular sushiya only serves maguro fished from its home region. Their menu includes honmaguro (本マグロ, northern bluefin tuna) ōtoro, chutoro, akami. The fish are incredibly fresh as they are flown in three times a week. The akami has a vibrant red colour and a tender, meaty texture while the chutoro and ōtoro have a buttery, melt-inyour-mouth consistency.

Frie d M aguro Cheese Cutlet

The sushi is made with Niigata Koshihikari rice, famous for its slightly sticky texture and sweet, slightly nutty taste. The rice enhances the flavours of the fish and adds extra dimension to texture of the sushi.

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Katong V #02-14/15/16 30 East Coast Road 6348-7897 11.30am - 2.30pm (L.O. 2pm) 5.30pm 10.30pm (L.O. 10pm)

Novena Square (Velocity) #02-76/77 238 Thomson Road 6255-2355 11.30am - 3pm (L.O. 2.30pm), 5.30pm - 10pm (L.O. 9.30pm)

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Tomisushi Echigotei Cuppage Terrace 35 Cuppage Road 6333-4633 5pm - 12am (L.O. 11.30pm)


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Lunch Special Takewaka Japanese meal $38 → $30

Nestled in Wisma Atria, this classic sushi joint has a history of 28 years serving delicious dishes in Tsukiji. Their extensive menu includes authentic Japanese cuisine such as kaiseki courses and edomae sushi.

Ladies’ course $75 → $60

By Reservation Only

One of Tsukiji Takewara’s most popular fishes is tuna, better known as maguro. Fresh maguro has a dark red colour and a rich umami flavour.

Shochu Fair Mao(魔王) 720ml $388.50 → $194.25 Iichiko 720ml $107 → $60 While Stock Lasts.

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izakaya serves up tantalizing traditional warayaki and sumiyaki cuisine. Must-tries include their Katsuo Warayaki – a smoky, lightly seared thick cut of tuna and Sashimi Ohachimori or Sashimi Moriawase which are mixed sashimi platters featuring the chef’s selection of freshly flown in fish including Japanese maguro.

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location Suntec City 3 Temasek Boulevard #03307 6268-8043 | Sat - Thurs 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm Fri, Sun & Eve of PH 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-12am

$24.10

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$58

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Sushi Kou With a Chirashi Don that comes with 12 different kinds of seafood for $26 and omakase that starts at just $50 per person, this is one of the most affordable places in town. Plus, all seafood is directly imported from Tsukiji for the best flavour possible.

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dining experience that are imported live and carefully prepare them over a charcoal grill for a hint of smokiness. The eel is then coated and grilled with a secret sauce that is made from a 150-year-old secret recipe. Two of the ingredients include the purest shōyu and mirin in Japan.

Chikuyotei An ‘unagi specialist’, you

The sets are served with Hokkaido Yumepirika rice. This top quality rice is highly valued for its slightly sticky texture and rich sweetness that brings out the full flavour of the unagi.

would be hard pressed to find a place that serves better grilled eel. They use only the highest quality Mikawaishiki eels from Aichi Prefecture

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location UE Square UE Square (River Valley Wing, Corner Unity Street and Mohamed Sultan Road) #01-61 6235-2795 | Mon-Sat 12.00pm-2.30pm, 6.00pm-10.30pm Closed on Sun Chikuyotei UE Square Intercontinental Intercontinental Singapore #01-01 6738-1990 / 6825-1064 | Daily 12.00pm2.30pm, 6.00pm-10.30pm ChikuyoteiSingapore

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Kan Sushi This intimate 22-seater sushi joint serves up well-balanced palate pleasers featuring Akita Rice, Tsukiji seafood served with a unique Iga City soy sauce.

Sushi Set Nigiri Koji Sushi Bar

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You will not be disappointed by the offerings at this trendy bar whether you are stopping by for a quick bite sh imi during lunch or taking the time to Rice enjoy a luxurious omakase dinner. Expect nothing but generous portions of top quality seafood and great Japanese sake to match.

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Toreenaa Sweatshirt

Comes from ‘training shirts’. Sounds similar ‘trainer’ but does not refer to ‘trainers/sneakers’.

ワンピース

Wanpiece

As in a ‘one piece‘ dress.

パーカー

Dress Paakaa Hoodie

Taken from the Inuit word “parka”, meaning a type of hooded jacket.

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Fronto

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Reception at hotel

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Taken from the term ‘front desk’ which is used at hotels.

ビニール袋

Biniiru bukuro Plastic bag

Plastic was translated as ‘vinyl’, pronounced Japanese way and had ‘bag’ in Japanese added at the end.

Literally “open car”, which describes the car’s top when it is open

クリーニング ストア

Kureening stoa Dry cleaning

Interpreted wrongly so they only say ‘cleaning’, forgetting the ‘dry’.

Rental + car and they took out ‘al’. Possibly misheard ‘rent-a-car’.

ベビーカー

Bebee kaa

Another literal term, “baby” + “car”

This term has been around since 2015 in Japan. It is a mixture of neko (猫 , cat) + economics. In Japan, dogs were more popular than cats but the rise of Instagram and hashtags(# 猫 #ねこ) saw the increase in Cat café map (Japanese) www.nya-n.jp/nekocafe/gmap.html

push chair, buggy

demand for cats. Cat features in magazines, cat photo books, many cat cafes, TV commercials, cat games such as Neko Atsume, etc have seen cat-gained economic benefits at about 2 trillion yen ($25 billion SGD). Kawaii Kitties on Instagram @ryotukoro @mash1126a @matsumotoooooo @utamaruru Illustration credit: www.irasutoya.com

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Singer-song writer Aimer has worked with popular artistes such as Taka from ONE OK ROCK and Yojiro Noda from RADWIMPS. Her 12th single Akanesasu/ everlasting snow was the ending theme for Natsume Yuujinchou.

Alisa Takigawa is best known for her smash hit Sayonara no Yuke the third single from Owarimonogatari. She also performed the two ending theme songs for The Seven Deadly Sins series, Season and Irosenai Hitomi.

Having performed anime theme songs since 2007, ELISA is no stranger to the anisong scene. She has released singles for various series including A Certain Scientific Railgun, Hayate the Combat Butler and most recently Expelled from Paradise.

For the first time ever, Anisong Fantasy Live will be debuting in Hong Kong and Singapore in March 2017. This celebration of anime music will see six of the Anisong industry’s top acts in a showcase of popular theme and series songs like never before.

Vocalist/composer duo GARNiDELiA is another familiar sound having performed songs for The Irregular at Magic High School, Gundam Reconguista in G, Gunslinger Stratos and Kill la Kill.

An active KERA model, Luna Haruna gained tremendous popularity in the

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FIND OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN JAPAN & SINGAPORE 22 Apr Best of Rimi Natsukawa Live in Singapore Hailing from Okinawa, acclaimed Japanese songbird Rimi Natsukawa is set to perform for the very first time in Singapore! She is the beautiful voice behind the Japanese original classics Nada Sou Sou, Shima Uta, Hana and more! Do not miss the chance to listen to her ‘LIVE’! Starts at 8pm | Standard $98, $108, $128, VIP$168 | The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre www.sistic.com.sg/events/rimi0417

SG: 5 Mar - SEKAI NO OWARI Live in Singapore J-rock band “End of the World” is in Singapore for their first ever live concert. The band made their international debut with Anti-Hero and SOS, the theme songs for the movie Attack on Titan and its sequel. Standard $118, Door $148, VIP$168 The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore Resorts World Sentosa lushington.com/event/sekai-no-owari-2017

17-19 Feb NATAS Travel Fair Singapore’s annual travel fair is back. Explore new vacationing ideas, spot amazing deals and get ready for your holiday of the year! Free admission Singapore Expo Halls 7 & 8 natastravelfair.travel

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24-26 Feb Travel Revolution 2017 Rethink how you travel with the latest holiday options and amazing offers at this annual travel exhibit held at Marina Bay Sands. Free admission Marina Bay Sands Halls A-B travelrevolution.sg


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WAttention Singapore vol 37  

① Secret Sakura Spots in Tokyo – Beat the hanami crowds with our insider’s guide to hidden sakura spots in the city ② Spring Fun with Tobu...

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