I went to the 2019 Azalea Festival at Nishiyama Park in Sabae.


Nishiyama Park is a historic park, which is designated as one of Japan’s top 100 historical parks. I wrote about the history of this park in a previous post(2018 Autumn Leaves Festival at Nishiyama Park in Fukui Prefecture), so please read it.

Nishiyama Park is a good place to visit all year round. In April, you can see cherry blossoms, in May, you can see azaleas, and in November, you’ll see autumn leaves. Also, you can see a snowy landscape in January and February. read more

Cherry Blossoms(Sakura) along the Asuwa River in Fukui: Asuwa Sakura Tunnel


There’s a tunnel of cherry blossoms(sakura), which appears once a year along the Asuwa River in Fukui City. I personally call it the Asuwa Sakura Tunnel. It’s about 2.2 km long and there are about 600 cherry trees. The Asuwa River has been selected as one of Japan’s 100 best spots for viewing cherry blossoms. A lot of people come and see them every spring. read more

A 370-year-old Japanese weeping cherry tree in Asuwa Shrine in Fukui


Cherry blossoms are very special for Japanese people. Every year, when spring is approaching, they get excited. The timing of the flowering of the cherry blossoms is forecasted by the Japan Weather Association. A lot of people in Japan look forward to seeing the flowers.

Motoori Norinaga(1730-1801), a famous Japanese classical scholar, wrote a poem about the Japanese spirit and the cherry blossoms: read more

It was exciting for me to see the Lake Suigetsu project team.

They are Lake Suigetsu 2006 project members.


Today I went to an international symposium about varves in Wakasa-cho, Fukui Prefecture.

I’ve written about varves before, so if you don’t know about them, please read my previous post(The Miracle Lake in Fukui Prefecture, Japan). About 270 people attended the symposium, and most of them were ordinary citizens. read more

Meikyodo: a mysterious cave in Takahama-cho, Fukui Prefecture

↑↑This is Shiroyama Park.


The power of nature is always beyond people’s imagination. A while ago I read about a mysterious cave in Takahama-cho in Fukui Prefecture, and I recently went there. (In Takahama-cho, there are a lot of sightseeing spots like beautiful beaches. If you want to know more about them, visit the official English website.) read more

2018 Autumn Leaves Festival at Nishiyama Park in Fukui Prefecture

(source: 福井県公式観光サイト)


Today I went to Nishiyama Park, which is in Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The Autumn Leaves Festival was being held there. There are about 1,600 Japanese maple trees in the park. Usually, you can enjoy seeing autumn leaves the best at Nishiyama Park from mid-November to late November.  read more

Do you know the Miracle Lake in Fukui Prefecture, Japan?

This is Lake Suigetsu.

Today I went to the Fukui Varve Museum, which just opened this September in Wakasa, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. My mother and I had talked about it and I’d wanted to go there.

Varves are striped layers at different depths in lakes. Remains of plankton and mud fall and accumulate, and they become varves. Light and dark patterns make pairs and represent one year. read more

I went to Summit park to see Mikata Goko (Mikata Five Lakes)with my brother.

This is Mikata Goko.(source: Fukui Photo Gallery)

(source: Fukui Photo Gallery)


Today I went to Mikata Goko with my brother. It was cloudy.

Mikata Goko is an area consisting of five lakes. Among the five lakes, Lake Suigetsu is the most internationally renowned. I’ll write the reasons why in my next post(The Miracle Lake in Fukui Prefecture,Japan). read more