Mt Issaikyo ‘The Witch’s Eye’ – in Fukushima City

For nature-lovers, I recommend checking out the trekking course from Jododaira Rest House to Mt Issaikyo. The course up to the peak of Mt Issaikyo (altitude of 1948.8m) and back down to the Rest House is around 7km in total, and takes around 3 hours. The official first day of Mt Issaikyo’s 2018 hiking seasonContinue reading Mt Issaikyo ‘The Witch’s Eye’ – in Fukushima City

Bonsaiya Abe – Fukushima City’s Own Bonsai Master

I visited Bonsaiya Abe around a year ago, and was lucky enough to spend time talking to Daiki Abe, the 3rd generation of the Abe family to be involved in growing bonsai trees. The Abe family have been cultivating Goyomatsu (Japanese White Pine) bonsai trees for over 90 years. Kurakichi Abe began growing bonsai fromContinue reading Bonsaiya Abe – Fukushima City’s Own Bonsai Master

Guide to Visiting the Famous Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint

I am often asked about how to reach the No. 1 Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint which has become the focus of spotlights across the world. Taking a look at the beautiful photographs that can be taken there, it is easy to understand why people all around the world have fallen for this picturesque area. WhenContinue reading Guide to Visiting the Famous Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint

Lake Inawashiro’s Shibuki-Gori Ice Sculptures

The best time for going to see the picturesque naturally-forming ice sculptures, known as ‘shibuki-gori‘ is swiftly approaching! Lake Inawashiro is one of the only places in Japan where you can see shibuki-gori, so make sure to pay Lake Inawashiro a visit this winter! What is Shibuki-Gori? Shibuki-gori literally translates into English as ‘ice spray’.Continue reading Lake Inawashiro’s Shibuki-Gori Ice Sculptures

5 Reasons to Visit Mishima Town

Mishima Town, in rural Okuaizu, is known for its beautiful scenery, historic craft techniques, delicious soba (buckwheat), and high quality Paulownia wood, known as ‘kiri’ in Japanese. Mishima has also been gaining attention in recent years for a less positive reason – the population of the town is shrinking, fast. Approximately 1700 people now liveContinue reading 5 Reasons to Visit Mishima Town