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  • Hitachi Seaside Park Kochia field
    Area: Hitachinaka

    Hitachi Seaside Park's Autumn Kochia Fields make a Vast Red Carpet In autumn, the fields of Hitachi Seaside Park become a gorgeous red carpet of kochia plants, that awes the eyes of viewers. Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture is well-known for its spring-time nemophila fields, but the autumn scenery of 30,000 Kochia plants is equally breathtaking. Kochias are cute and visually fun to look at too, making them just as enjoyable in the summer as they are in their autumn prime. 【Related Article】 For more on the history & travel information of Hitachi Seaside Park↓↓ [Enjoy Hitachi Seaside Park & its 4 Vibrant Seasons of Flowers!](https://thegate12.com/article/12) ######12######

    12.jul 2018

  • The streets of Narai-juku

    5 Edo-Period Old Towns: Traditional Post Town Sceneries of the Nakasendo Road During the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), post towns were built and used throughout Japan. Post towns served as a resting and lodging spot for travelers, and were located on major routes connecting Edo (present day Tokyo) with other significant cities throughout the country. Nakasendo is one of the “Edo Five Routes”, and connected Edo with Kyoto by going through central Honshu. Some of the post towns on Nakasendo remain today, and retain the Edo period atmosphere. Here are 5 post towns on the Nakasendo Route that you can visit.

    6.sep 2018

  • Grape picking
    Category: Outdoor Activities
    Area: Hirosaki-shi

    Fruit Picking in Japan: Which Fruits, When and Where? In Japan, fruits are grown year-round in different regions of the country. In many of the fields, you can experience fruit picking during the right seasons. Here is a guide to what fruits to pick in each season, and the best places for it!Strawberry Picking (Dec. to May) <amp-img width="1000px" height="666px" src="https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/thegate/2019/06/13/17/09/39/Strawberry-Picking.jpg" layout="responsive" alt="Strawberry-Picking"></amp-img> <small>Strawberry picking</small> Strawberries stock up on their sweetness and deliciousness in the colder winter months. Since strawberries can be made in greenhouses, strawberry-picking season lasts for a while. In some places, strawberry picking begins as early as early December. Most places begin in mid-January. Strawberries made in greenhouses can typically be picked in January and February. How to find the best strawberries <amp-img width="1000px" height="667px" src="https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/thegate/2019/06/13/17/09/35/Strawberry-Picking-Delicious.jpg" layout="responsive" alt="Strawberry-Picking-Delicious"></amp-img> <small>Pay attention to the stem!</small> In order to find and pick the best strawberries out of the field, pay attention to the berries’ stems. Sweet strawberries tend to have darker stems that curl upwards. The darker the stem, the riper the strawberry. Where to go strawberry picking Since strawberries can be made in greenhouses, there are many places throughout Japan that offer the strawberry picking experience. If you want to stay in the Kanto area, “TOKYO STRAWBERRY PARK” is a good option. Located in Yokohama, the strawberries here are all grown indoors, meaning you can go strawberry picking any time of the year. Other areas in Japan that are famous for strawberries and strawberry picking is Tochigi, famous for the “Tochiotome” strawberry brand, and Fukuoka, famous for the “Amaou” strawberry brand.

    12.jul 2018

  • kyaraben
    Category: Cooking
    Area: Shinjuku

    Kyaraben: How to Make Cute Japanese Bento Box Lunches! A bento box is a packed lunch box, and an important part of Japanese lifestyles. In a bento box, a variety of different dishes are compactly fitted into a lunch box and brought to school and work. In recent years, “kyaraben” (abbreviated term for “character bento”), have gained popularity. “Kyaraben” are bento box lunches that are made to resemble characters from anime, manga, games and more. Some kyaraben portray characters so accurately, that they look like works of art. This article will introduce you to the world of kyaraben, by telling you what they are, how to make them, and showing you some photos for your own bento box inspiration!

    11.jan 2019

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