The five-storied Chureito Pagoda in Yamanashi Prefectureis a key part of Japan’s most recognizable landscape—the area around Mount Fuji. You’ve definitely seen it placed in the foreground of Japan guidebooks and Instagram photos, even if you haven’t been there.The only catch is that to get to the pagoda and soak up these incredible views, you have to walk up 398 stone steps.Also known as the Fujiyoshida Cenotaph Monument, the pagoda was built in 1963 as a memorial for the city’s 960 citizens who died in war. It honors those lost from the First Sino-Japanese War in 1868 all the way to WWII. Tod...
Miura Kaigan Cherry Blossom Festival
Feb. 5, 2020 to March 8, 2020Nighttime illumination starts from around 5 p.m.From about the first week of February all the way through the first week of March, tourists both local and foreign head toward Miura Kaigan Stationto see over 1,000 Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom.Picture bright, cotton candy pink flowers hovering above you as you make your way down the street.One of the reasons this festival is so popular is because its cherry blossoms called kawazu-zakurabloom much earlier and last much longer than the other varieties that come after it. Just south of Yokohama, and right on the e...