A Cultural Walk in Shuzenji

A soul who fancies culture and heritage should visit Shuzenji Onsen for day. This small hill complex in Izu, Shizuoka will make you feel like you’re time-traveling back to the 1800s. Its streets are packed with old shops and houses. Their ancient temples still proudly standing. Their old hotspring resorts are easily accessible to visitors. All of those on top of a hill in the middle of Izu that is Shuzenji Onsen.

Excited to know how my 1-day Cultural Walk in Shuzenji went? Read ahead!

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The Unli-ride Day in Itō

I didn’t intend to travel to Itō. Right after my day in Atami, my sole intention is to sleep the night in Itō then head off to Shimoda to surf. But when the universe conspires, there’s pretty much nothing you can do but to enjoy the ride!

Today is a story of my day trip around Itō, Shizuoka last September 2020, when the winds were still not as cold as today while I’m writing this. This is a narration of my stay in my favorite hotel by far and my scary walk in a forest just to find a place full of New York lamps. Excited with all of that? Read ahead!

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The Ryokan (旅館) Experience in Itō

I didn’t really know that Ryokans still exist in Japan. To be able to stay in a 100-year-old Ryokan for a night and experience the cultural immersion it offers is such a privilege.

A Ryokan (旅館) is a traditional Japanese inn. Now that Japan is very much modernized, one cannot expect that Ryokans still exist. However, we are lucky that Japan treasures and preserves their cultural relics dearly that even centuries old inns still survive up to today. I am privileged enough to have met and stayed in to one last September 2020, and this is my experience. Read ahead!

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Autumn Getaways: Chasing Kouyou (紅葉) in Aichi

When people ask me of my favorite season, I usually will not have an answer. When you’re living in Japan, you know that Japan is just very beautiful all year round and it’s just impossible to choose a favorite season. Each of the season just has its own beauty! However, one cannot simply deny the beauty of Autumn, especially when the Kouyou (紅葉) blossoms into different colors.

I lived in Nagoya, Aichi for 2 years and in those time I was able to run around Aichi chasing where the Kouyou blossoms. That is why this article is written. I want to share to you the beauty of Aichi during Autumn. May this article guide you if ever you decide to venture around Aichi for your Autumn getaway!

So let’s start!

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A Day in Atami

If you want to spend a worthwhile day in Atami City in Shizuoka, this article is for you.

Atami City is one of the darlings of Shizuoka. It might not have a closer view of Mt. Fuji, but it sure does have a lot of things that people would definitely need to try and visit. This article is for those who wants to learn about the must-goto places of Atami, specifically those would are asking what locations would be perfect for a Day Trip to this popular beach city. If you are dying to know all of those, then read ahead!

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Dropping by Atami’s Akao Herb and Rose Garden

A person who wants to see some nature to escape their busy cities should visit Akao Herb and Rose Garden.

If you are in Shizuoka, Atami City will surely appear in your radar. After all, Atami City is a popular city during Summer because of its beaches. However, once a person is in Atami City, you will only hear about their famous Onsen 温泉 (Hotsprings). After all, that’s what Atami is most popular for. When I went to Atami, I decided to stay there for 1 whole day (read here: A Day in Atami), so I had the time to tour the city. I did not expect to find a huge, and I say hugeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, garden housing variety of flowers, trees, and many cafes. The place is called Akao Herb and Rose Garden (アカオハーブ&ローズガーデン).

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The Magic that is Nabana no Sato

Nabana no Sato was in the itinerary of the pre-booked tour that I booked for that Saturday. Unfortunately, I missed the tour despite being there 30 minutes before the meetup time. Yes, I missed my packaged tour, but I figured that I shouldn’t let it hinder me from visiting this beautiful place. After spending a whole day there, I’ve never been so grateful of missing a pre-booked tour in my whole life.

Come and see the magic that is Nabana no Sato!

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