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8 – 9 February 2014

Last weekend in Japan before I will come back to Thailand for 2 week vacation, Snow Festival 2014 in Sapporo is my destination.
Early morning in Tokyo, snow start falling as heavy snow forecast. Luckily that my flight is still flying on time to Shin-Chitose.

65th. Snow Festival or Yuki Matsuri is very big yearly event and it’s my first time here to see.

First day after arrived Sapporo, I enjoy traveling around 3 places of the festival till late evening. The weather is quite cold here ( -10 degree celsius).

AS usual, there is a contest on snow sculpture which Thailand team resulted in the third place. The name of sculpture is ‘The Kingdom of Thailand’ :D

After enjoy the matsuri and eating around for the whole afternoon, it’s time to take a rest for tomorrow plan to Otaru. I also have to wait and check my flight back to Tokyo because the effect of heavy snow is widespread in Japan.

Back to Otaru for the second time and this time is full of snow. Food here is still very good especially the sound of orgel. Really love it :D

Heading back to Shin-Chitose, and my flight is delayed from 9PM to midnight. Finally, I can manage to arrive my place in Tokyo around 4am. Even this trip is quite tough but it’s very good experience to see Snow Festival and Hokkaido still have a lot of places for me to visit.

I really love Hokkaido :D

30 November 2013

It’s my forth time in Kyoto since 2010.

Absolutely this period, I visit Kyoto for Autumn color and crowded everywhere here during the weekend.

After arrived Kyoto station by Shinkansen, directly move to Kinkakuji Temple where Golden Pavilion located there and it should be the special day for me because it’s a blue sky day :)

I have plan to visit Kiyomizu-dera during evening time to see the light up so in the afternoon, I still have a few hours. The destination is a strange place for others where is Itsukushima shrine near by Kyoto Imperial Palace. Not crowded here in such a big garden, It’s a nice rest before evening come.

Then I arrive Kiyomizu-dera where is another very crowded place as always.I immerse in temple with Autumn color view here in the whole evening time till the light up come. I can realize that just seeing the photo in internet is totally different than my real experience. Nothing less but you will get more from traveling.

The next day starting from Tenryuji temple in Arashiyama area. Big beautiful area in west of Kyoto always attracts everyone who visit here in every season. This is one of the must place in Japan I can say :)

I have not much time here because I have a big plan in the evening before Shinkansen back to Tokyo as well which is going to the top of Mt.Inari. Then I can just walk passing Tenryuji temple through Bamboo Groves and end there at Togetsukyo Bridge.

After lunch, heading cross from west to east of Kyoto, Tofukuji temple is the destination before last place in Inari. This very large Zen temple is also one of the best place for autumn color. Momiji is everywhere in the temple and the best view is from Tsutenkyo Bridge inside.

Finally time to challenge Fushimi-Inari come. I arrive here around 3PM and start walking to the top of Mt.Inari. Everytime I visit Kyoto, I have to come here in Inari where is my most favorite place in Kyoto. Until now, I still can’t find the answer why I love this place so much. Thousands of torii gates I walk pass just make me fall in love every time.

Almost 5PM I reach to the top, it’s time to go back to Tokyo for the working day coming. And now … I’m waiting for my fifth :D

24 November 2013

Come back here again in Takao after completely 3 years.

Takao is the mountain in Tokyo with very nice city and Fujisan view point. This is the reason why it’s one of the most favorite hiking place for Tokyo people.

During this time, autumn color is also here in Takao. When I arrived in early morning, this place is already crowded and I have to wait in very long line for cable car (no energy to walk actually hahaha).

Walking and hiking around with plenty of Japanese people up to the top of Takao, even I feel a bit tired on my leg but my mind is fully fresh with the weather and the color of autumn as always. Fujisan also show herself from the top of Takao that is very nice weekend for me :)

The way back to the train station also need very long wait but Takao, hiking and dango are reminding me to come back here again in the future … Yes, I will come back :D

16 November 2013

It’s about 1 year and 1 month passed … then I come back here again in Kawaguchiko to meet my beloved Fujisan.

Autumn color here might be a bit late so I decide to travel around 5 lakes just to see this Japan symbol from the lakes it made long time ago.

First day arriving, go directly to Chureito pagoda and Oshino Hakkai to see Fujisan in different view and this time is great because shy mountain reveal itself to me clearly :D

Time left in the evening, Yamankako is a good choice as last destination for the first day. Shadow of Fujisan when the sunset is also amazing.

Early morning on the second day, my target is to see sun rise then the best place is Motosuko (Lake Motosu) where you can find the view point in 1000Yen note :)

Also traveling around 5 lake is interesting. Starting from Motosuko, Shojiko, Saiko, Kawaguchiko and end up at Yamanakako before going back to Tokyo for freshly working week coming. Feeling of seeing how Fujisan made this 5 lakes with nice weather come inside my body are releasing all of my stress. I recommend you all to try once or twice a year especially office guys in the city :D

These 2 days weather is really nice and I can clearly see my beloved mountain. What a very nice weekend :D

9 November 2013

Just another weekend and I should go some where. The destination is really unknown for me where is Semboku in Akita, Japan.

This trip is mainly for my desire that is riding on super trains, Super Komachi (Akita Shinkansen) and Hayabusa (Tohoku Shinkansen). These 2 trains are new shinkansen here in Japan and the big thing is they are very beautiful train :D

Starting with Super Komachi from Tokyo station, I decide to stop my destination at Semboku, the nearest city in Akita for Akita Shinkansen. This city actually has a lot of places to visit and 2 places I want to see where is Dakigaeri valley and Tazawa lake.

On the first day, I arrive and be ready to walk around at noon time so Dakigaeri is the first destination. Dakigaeri is a forest near by Kakunodate station and mostly people here are Japanese (I think I’m only Thai here). Autumn colors contrast with water color from the falls are very nice to see here and worth my few hours before sunset in the evening. That’s such a very good experience of my life :)

Dakigaeri valley is named from its terrain that the path is quite narrow then visitors need to holding each other while walking (Daki = to hold or to hug). Also Mikaeri waterfall inside Dakigaeri velley is named from its look that it’s so beautiful when you move your eyes out of the fall, you will need to look back to it. So sweet huh?

Second day again is the whole day raining in Semboku but at least I should go to see somewhere. Tazawako, the deepest lake in Japan is the place. Just one round circuit bus from Tazawako station, having lunch near by the lake, riding on boat trip to see surrounding lake then walk a bit further that is just my day. Raining can’t stop me for traveling. :D

Late afternoon, I come back to wait for the Super Komachi to Morioka to connect with Hayabusa there that is to complete my trip. At Tazawako station, there is a small exhibition about Korean series named IRIS. This series have been filmed in Akita so I realize that Akita is the most beautiful place in Japan or at least in every provinces I used to visit.

Autumn color and Cloudy color in this blog will remind me to come back here in Akita again :D


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