Surprisingly my favorite season in Japan is not Spring or Fall but the Summer months from June to September. I simply cannot get enough of how beautifully the mountain temples and stone paths blend together with the lush green forests of Summer. The hiking season here in Japan is about to begin and I cannot wait to spend entire days hiking up mountains and through forests here in Tohoku!
You don’t have to travel far from the city centre of Morioka to get a view of Mount Iwate. This dormant volcano is also known as the Mount Fuji of Tohoku for similarities in their appearance, making it an ideal spot for climbers and tourist alike.
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Personally, I find early mornings to be the best time to take photos at this location. The golden outline created by the rising sun is sure to highlight the unique shape of Mount Iwate.
What is your favourite time of the day to take photos?
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The fresh green of summer at the Harigawa River in Mt. Haguro. This river is where yamabushi monks conduct rituals to purify themselves before heading deeper into this holy mountain.
Day2 Karatsu ~ Ureshino Hotsprings♨️ Very nice sunny day☀️ One of our favorite spot in Saga, The Ricefield at Hamanoura is BREATHTAKING‼️There is a small beach 10min walk from lookout. Water is super clear 💎
Cute fashion for Jizo Bosatsu!
Jizo is a statue of the Bodhisattva, which is usually standing by the country roadside and considered as guardian deities of children.
📷Thank you @fabio_zhiyi for the lovely picture!
Late night bites on a private food trip through Sangenjaya. (This dish is braised beef soaked in bone marrow and dashi served with a garlic buttered baguette alongside some peanuts and edamame. Sake and fresh lemon sours not pictured)
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Day 1 Fukuoka ~ Karatsu 🏄♂️ Our journey started today😃
Got a Lucky Charm at Munakata Taisha ⛩️ famous for housing a god of path 🚌
Karatsu has some nice beaches🏖️ We camped at Tachigamiiwa ( Standup Rocks )
Nice quiet beach with some local sufers catching waves🏄♂️ They even got free hot shower 🚿
I’m not sure many foreigners realize how much of a staple potato salad is at any given Izakaya restaurant in Japan. I was never been a fan of potato salad until I moved here because, of course, its done crazy next level here with smoked bacon and some gorgeous egg porn adorning the top of it. 👅 🥚 🥔
Do you love the beach?🚐🏖
For me, I can feel the sunshine and wind and sea in whole my body!!!!!(←Does this make sense?😝)
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The sashimi on our food trips is the prettiest of them all ☺️
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A few hours northwest of Tokyo, in the middle of Gunma prefecture, there is a temple where several hundred years ago the first Daruma dolls were made.
The process of using a Daruma doll is easy: 1) Have a goal to fulfill. 2) Paint in one eye. 3) Work for it everyday. 4) When the dream is achieved, paint the other eye.
Darumas dolls are constant reminders of the Japanese working hard (ganbaru) spirit. Life is full of bumps on the road. It’s inevitable that you’ll stumble sometimes. But it’s up to you to get keep moving. As the Japanese proverb says, "Fall down seven times, stand up eight." So it’s always about the work. No matter the lack of rewards or motivation, the ganbaru spirit treads forward when you have a goal to achieve.
That’s why Daruma dolls have such determined expressions. They never give up. They are built to bounce back when knocked over.
🚴🚴🚴 Cycling in rural Japan! We adapted our 3 day cycling tour to a 2 day tour for our guest short on time...We know she's going to have a great time exploring real Japan! Here she is leaving Shikoku...see you in two days! Have a fab time.
The course meal at this charming little new wave bistro combines influences from French and Japanese cuisine and is quite impressive.
1. Anago topped with eggplant, a fried egg, and some clam mousse.
2. Incredible lamb from Hokkaido
3. Sea snail seasoned with tomato and cucumber in vinaigrette
4. Lemon Verbena ice cream tart topped with pineapple and passion fruit.