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2022/05/01 Do you know of any places in Kanto where you can enjoy Hanami during GW holidays?

Spring is a season of many new encounters, such as entrance and initiation ceremonies.
Cherry blossoms have long been loved by Japanese people not only for their lovely pale pink appearance, but also as a flower that appears in memories with family and friends.

When we Japanese see cherry blossoms, we think like, Okay! Cherry blossom viewing!
That's Japanese people's nature, don't you think?

The blooming date of Someiyoshino cherry trees in Tokyo in 2022 is March 20.
It takes about one week to 10 days after the bloom date for the trees to be in full bloom.

This year, the blooming seems to have been delayed by about a week, but most people probably feel that way until approximately late March or early April, which is usually the best time to view cherry blossoms.
(As for the cherry blossoms around shrines and temples area this year, they also bloomed late but were at their best from early to mid-April, as usual.)

So, after mid-April, some people living in the Kanto area may think that the cherry blossom season is over and all we can do now is wait for summer...

But wait a minute! There is a place in Nikko where you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing during GW holidays!

It is here, in Oku-Nikko.

Someiyoshino is probably the most famous cherry tree often seen in town, but at the altitude of Oku-Nikko, Oyama-zakura is the most common variety.
While Someiyoshino cherry trees have green leaves after their flowers fall, Ooyama-zakura cherry trees have flowers and red leaves that appear at the same time and bloom later in the season.

Although it is not well known, the Ooyama-zakura cherry trees in Oku-Nikko are usually at their best around GW holidays every year. So it would be a perfect place for those who still want to enjoy cherry blossoms!
It is fun to enjoy viewing cherry blossoms in the city, but it is also enjoyable to admire cherry blossoms in the magnificent nature and to take pictures of various compositions.

Please come to Oku-Nikko to see the last cherry blossoms in 2022 ;)


北京オリンピック2022 冬季大会の興奮冷めやらぬうちに…

2022/02/20 While the excitement of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games has not yet cooled down...

The Beijing Olympics were held under difficult circumstances.
Many of you may have been cheering at home instead of going outside.

This time it was the Winter Olympics, so athletes from various countries showed us heated competition in "sports that only winter can offer!
I would like to thank all the athletes for their hard work and excitement.

By the way, Nikko is known as a cold and snowy area, even though it is located in the Kanto region.
For those who live in areas where it does not snow, there are probably many people who have seen skiing, snowboarding, skating, etc., but have never actually experienced them, or have done them a few times but are not aware that they are familiar sports... What do you think? :)

I am from Nikko, where we have skating classes during physical education and an "Ice Skating Competition" in the winter, so I am very familiar with winter sports, especially skating, and it is one of my favorite winter activities.
So this time, I would like to invite you to enjoy the fun of skating in the great nature! With this in mind, we would like to introduce you to a spot where you can rent shoes and enjoy skating easily.

The name of the place is Nikko Kirifuri Skating Center.

It is a 5-minute drive from JR Nikko Station and Tobu Nikko Station. It is a full-scale skating rink with a certified standard double track of 400 meters per lap and 1.6 meters in width.
As you can see from the photo, the location is perfect, overlooking the snow-capped Nikko mountain range.
There are skating rinks in the city, but I want you to experience this open atmosphere that only the great outdoors can provide!

Furthermore, there is an indoor ice arena attached to this rink, which is a full-scale rink that conforms to international ice hockey standards.

It is also used as the home rink of the H.C. Nikko Icebucks, a professional field hockey team that plays in Nikko City, and you can experience the excitement of skating on the same ice as the players!

The period of operation changes depending on private practice, games, maintenance, etc., so please inquire when you visit.

(Unfortunately, the open period of the outdoor rink for 2022 has ended...)
(Please come back next year and bring your friends and family to make winter memories♪)