Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (旧古河庭园)

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (旧古河庭园)

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens is located in the Kitaku district of Tokyo. It is a small garden according to the map, which made me think it is unknown to the public (I passed by the near station everyday and passengers seldom get off at that stop). This time I came to visit not only the garden but also this quiet area. 旧古河庭园坐落在东京都北区,从地图上来看是面积比较小的一个。这一带在东京都内显得默默无闻,每天通勤的电车通过附近的车站时都几乎无人上下。借拜访庭园的这个机会顺便来这一带看看。

The “Landmark” of Yokohama (横滨“地标”)

The “Landmark” of Yokohama (横滨“地标”)

Being the metropolis of Kanagawa province and a a famous port city though, Yokohama is actually seemed as the biggest edge city of Tokyo. Most of railways in Kantou area start from Saitama, and go southward to Sagami Bay. This time I went to the “Landmark Building” in Yohokama, bucause I heard the night view there is superb, you can even see Mt. Fuji and Tokyo skyline at the same time, which makes this place an excellent place for photographing….

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Inubosaki sunrise on the first day of 2017 (日出犬吠埼 2017元旦)

Inubosaki sunrise on the first day of 2017 (日出犬吠埼 2017元旦)

On Dec.31 2016, I received a message from my friend. He had a plan to watching the first sunrise of 2017 at Inubosaki, a beach at the eastern tip of Choshi peninsula. Why  Inubosaki? The reason can be found on map, Choshi is at the eastern of middle Japan, thus makes Inubosaki the east most point that can be reached from Tokyo by relatively convenient transportation.

Oirase River (奥入濑溪流)

Oirase River (奥入濑溪流)

The last stop and the most important one in Aomori is the Oirase River. It flows from lake Towadako, pours into the Pacific Ocean after hundreds of miles journey to east. For tourists, it is famous with the first 14km between Nenokuchi and Yakeyama, which is considered the most beautiful river one can find in Japan during autumn.

Mount Hakkoda (八甲田山之秋)

Mount Hakkoda (八甲田山之秋)

In Japan, people like visiting certain places and doing certain things together in a short period. For example everyone go out to see sakura in March or April, Hanabi in July, and red leaves in October and November. By the end of October 2016, I spent a weekend taking a trip to Aomori, a place which is famous for its autumn scenes. 在日本,大家经常在相同的时间做相同的事情并且乐在其中,用一个比较准确的文艺用词来概括就是“仪式感”。比如说每年三四月份从南到北的樱花,七八月的烟花,十月十一月的红叶,都已经成了全国性的活动。特别是樱花季的时候,从电视台到电车的电子屏幕上每天都不断地更新全国各地的开花情况,善于分类的日本人在这样的活动中充分发挥特长,如今足不出户就能知道全国几乎任何一个公园里有多少株樱花开花了,开到什么程度,或是某座山的红叶开始落了还是刚刚变红。

Tokyo Tower from Roppongi Hills (六本木Hills视角下的东京塔)

Tokyo Tower from Roppongi Hills (六本木Hills视角下的东京塔)

It is said that Roppongi Hills is the best place for Tokyo Tower viewing, well, that is true. 据说六本木的Hills大楼是眺望东京塔的最佳地点,此言不虚。从六本木地铁站出来绕过几圈之后就能看到Hills的入口,登上顶层眺望台需要1800日币,如果只是上去看一眼可能显得有些贵了,但对于一个计划好的拍摄来说是物有所值。

Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden (旧芝离宫恩赐庭园)

Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden (旧芝离宫恩赐庭园)

This garden is quite a small one, comparing to other famous gardens in Tokyo. However, I think it really deserves a visit. 相比于其他著名庭院来说,这个园子显得有些小,但我觉得它绝对值得一看。从JR滨松町站出来,立刻就就能看到隐藏在高大树木后的这个庭园。

Rikugien Garden (六义园)

Rikugien Garden (六义园)

This is the second post in the whole series. Rikugien Garden is one of the most famous Japanese garden in Tokyo. Like many other gardens in Tokyo, this one is also located in the center of the city. The park is open from 9:00 to 17:00 (open at night during Autumn-Leaf Viewing season), it took me about two and a half hours to go around the garden.

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (小石川后乐园)

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (小石川后乐园)

I paid a visit to Koshikawa Korakuen Garden on a Saturday. This is my first experience of Japanese Garden sightseeing, since then I decided to take a photo series for Japanese gardens. This garden is located in the center of Tokyo. It is interesting that I had never realized there are many famous Japanese gardens in downtown of Tokyo and can be reached by JR or Tokyo Metro. 前几周的一个周六到小石川后乐园游览了一番,这是第一篇关于日式庭院的,我打算以后做一个系列。之前没想到在东京都内就有这么多著名的日式庭院,得益于发达的公共交通系统,大部分庭院都在JR线或者地铁的覆盖范围以内,出行相当方便。