The Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa is one of Japan’s “three most beautiful landscape gardens”. The garden used to be the outer garden of the Kanazawa castle and has been open to the public since 1871.The garden features elaborate water system to keep each section of the garden well irrigated. Many professional gardeners can be seen taking an expert care of the various plants and flowers featured in the Kenrokuen garden.
Kanazawa Station is currently the terminus of the Hokuriku shinkansen line which is still under construction. The distinctive features of the station include a large glass dome and the iconic Tsuzumi wooden gate, symbolizing a traditional Japanese drum. The area surrounding the station features several shopping malls. A fountain clock also indicates the time as well as welcoming visitors to Kanazawa.
Hakuba is a famous ski resort of the Northern Japanese Alps in Nagano prefecture. In 1998, the ski competitions of the Nagano Olympics were held at the Hakuba ski resort. Other than ski in winter, the Hakuba resort offers a magnificent mountain scenery with famous mountains such as the Kashima-Yarigatake and mount Yarigatake. It can serve as an elevated starting point to some serious hikes in the Northern Japanese Alps.
Tokyo Skytree is now the highest tower in the world with a height of 634 meters. You can get some incredible views of Tokyo including the Sumida river region, Sensoji temple, Ueno park, Tokyo Tower, Mount Fuji and more! Sky Tree is extremely busy since its opening, get there early to minimize the wait. A 30 min wait to buy tickets is not uncommon and gets longer during the day (the ticket line extended out of the building and under the sun by noon). The second deck requires you to buy an additional ticket from the main observatory, be prepared to wait 15-30 minutes again in crowded conditions. Plan plenty of time for waiting in line because the visit is well worth it!
The Tokyo national Museum contains diverse exhibitions of Japanese cultural heritage with an impressive collection of art and archaeological artefacts, including many national treasures. We visited only one of the six buildings that forms the Tokyo National museum. The Honkan, which is the main building, exhibits Japanese artworks from Buddhist statues to elegant traditional clothes. A large collection of ancient weapons and armors is also on display.
This post targets the ultimate camera geeks, who like me, like to see the latest camera bodies and all the latest lenses when entering a camera store. Besides stores like Adorama and B&H in New-York, perhaps the most exciting place in the world for a camera gear enthusiast is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There, two big names in the camera world compete for your business. Those to major players are Bic Camera and Yodobashi camera. One gigantic electronics store is not enough in Shinjuku, those two companies have two stores each located within minutes of the Shinjuku station! This time, I visited the Nishiguchi (West exit) Bic Camera store. In my opinion, the choice of camera is great but the accessories offered cannot beat the Yodobashi Camera store also located on the west side of Shinjuku station.
Tokyo Station is surrounded by the very modern business district of Marunouchi. One may wonder where to get a good view of the impressive train station, and perhaps more importantly, where to eat delicious Japanese food around the station. I’m going to answer those two questions at once. Continue reading Delicious grilled chicken and a view of Tokyo Station in Shin-Marunouchi building