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10 Best Spots for Hydrangeas in Kansai: From Famous Sites to Charming Hideaways (2021)

Fushimi, Uji Other Nature

Japan's rainy season, which lasts from June to mid-July, is also the best time to see hydrangeas in the Kansai region! With raindrops glowing on their petals, these flowers showcase their enchanting beauty. During this time, you can enjoy hydrangeas in the famous ancient temples of the Kansai region, at nature parks, and many other areas. Starting with spots in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, we will introduce the top ten places to go for viewing hydrangeas in Kansai and how to access them.

Learn the Art of Flower Arrangement at Ohara School of Ikebana

Harajuku Other Traditional Arts

Ikebana, flower arrangement, is one of Japan’s most treasured art forms, a time-honored tradition that continues to be relevant even in today’s modern society. Beautifully arranged flowers and plants have permeated Japanese culture in a way that is seldom found in others. The Ohara School of Ikebana has played a major part in keeping the tradition alive, through its many schools in Japan, as well as its 59 chapters abroad, with over 300,000 members worldwide. The beauty of the Ohara School is not only in its floral arrangements, but its ability to share the culture of ikebana with the world. I visited the Ohara Center of Tokyo to try an ikebana class to learn more about this traditional art form.

Iconic Neighborhoods and More: Inside Tokyo's Top 10 Shopping Streets

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Tokyo’s fascinating tourist attractions aren’t limited to high-profile locations and shopping malls. More than 90% of Tokyo’s shopping malls were developed after World War II. Prior to that, people did much of their shopping in “shopping streets” where they could purchase daily necessities. One of the most famous of these streets, Ameya Yokocho, more commonly known as “Ameyoko,” began as a black market hotspot for the selling of American military supplies after the war. As more reputable retailers gradually opened shop in the area, its reputation as a tourist location grew. Many shopping streets were located near train stations, which brought a steady flow of customers. With the development of society and increased prosperity, shopping street began to feature a wider variety of shops and affordable restaurants, and now they’ve evolved into an interesting mix of old and new stores standing side by side. Each shopping street has its own unique style and charms. For example, if you want an amazing variety of stores, head to Kichijoji Sun Road. Koenji Junjo is known for exotic foods. Sugamo Jizo-dori is known as “The Grandmothers’ Harajuku,” and has great ramen shops. And Nakano Sun Mall is an otaku’s dream. Get ready for a stroll down Tokyo’s top ten shopping streets!

Ayabe Gunze Square: Here Is The Must-See Spot On a Kyoto Trek!

kyoto Suburbs Clothing Stores

Gunze, one of Japan's leading textile manufacturers, was founded in Ayabe, a city in the middle of Kyoto Prefecture, in 1896. Ayabe Gunze Square is the perfect spot to take a break, with a museum about the history of Gunze, souvenir shops with specialty products, and a cafe where you can try Ayabe tea. Here we’ll introduce this charming place—the perfect spot to stop by during a drive around the prefecture!

Top 10 Fun Things to do in Dotonbori Osaka According to Die-Hard Fans!

Namba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi Other Sightseeing

Dotonbori is one of Osaka's most popular tourist attractions. With a fun nightlife scene and a huge number of great restaurants and shops, this area is known for its giant glowing signboards running along the canal. Here are the top 10 things to do in Dotonbori, as recommended by a die-hard Osaka fan, from classic attractions to unique, hidden experiences.

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