Cherry Blossom at Tsurugajo Castle

Tsurugajo Castle, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, is a must-visit for anyone visiting Tohoku this spring. Located just 2.5 hours from Tokyo, Aizu-Wakamatsu is an historic city which looks absolutely amazing in cherry blossom season. Tsurugajo Castle – originally constructed in the 14th century – has passed through the hands of many local rulers. The castle was mostContinue reading Cherry Blossom at Tsurugajo Castle

Photo Blog: Hanamiyama Cherry Blossom 2018

With less than a month to go until hanami (flower viewing) season reaches Fukushima Prefecture, I wanted to share some of my photos from Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima City. These photos are from my visit last year! The weather wasn’t the best, but the park still looked amazing. For more information on Hanamiyama Park: Here’sContinue reading Photo Blog: Hanamiyama Cherry Blossom 2018

Rotenburo Heaven – Private Open-Air Baths in Fukushima

In this article, I’m going to introduce you to a number of traditional Japanese inns (ryokan) in onsen towns throughout Fukushima where you can experience the magic of private rotenburo outdoor baths. What are Rotenburo? ‘Rotenburo‘ translates as ‘open-air bath’. The word refers to onsen baths that are located fully or partially outside. Depending onContinue reading Rotenburo Heaven – Private Open-Air Baths in Fukushima