Every Saturday and Sunday (10:00 to 17:00) the United Nations University campus transforms itself in a farmer’s market. Many organic and locally grown produce are for sale and several food trucks are usually found on site. Once in a while, special events are held such as the sake festival and the beer fest. It is a great place to find and taste different kinds of vegetables, honeys, jams, teas and more…
I love the quietness and the beauty of the countryside in Nagano Prefecture. These photos were taken in Furuma, not too far from Mount Kurohime and lake Nojiri. Unfortunately I don’t remember the exact location but it should be easy to get similar vistas by walking around Furuma station.
Harajuku is an unofficial name used to refer to the area surrounding the Harajuku station in Shibuya. It is known for being a place where fashion is pushing the boundaries. One of the most popular place in Harajuku is without a doubt Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) where many trendy shops are located. This place becomes seriously crowded on weekends. To the south of Takeshita Dori is located Omotesando, a famous shopping street featuring leading fashion brands.
Hanamomo-no-sato is a large garden of peach trees located in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture. The best time to visit the region is at the end of April or at the beginning of May when the trees are in full bloom. At that time, the small village is filled with the white, pink, and red color of the peach flowers. It is a great place to do Ohanami, the Japanese picnic, so bring snacks to eat with your favorite beer or sake.
The Uga Shrine is located on an island in the middle of Lake Nojiri. The only way to access it is by a taking a cruise boat from Nojiri city. The cruise does a brief tour of the lake before stopping on the Island. You can spend as much time as you like visiting the shrine since you can hop on subsequent cruises as well for the return trip.
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Mount Karita is a nice and easy hike (about one-and-half hour climb up) with a rewarding view of the valley surrounding the city of Obuse. The mountain got its name because it looks like a bird (Kari) spreading its wings. The trailhead starts at Gansho-in temple and the hike is not so steep. The trail eventually goes through the ruins of an old castle located on the mountain. I also recommend walking in the region surrounding the trailhead parking since the fields at the base of the mountain are really picturesque.