Showa Day is a Japanese holiday held on April 29. People celebrated that day as the birthday of Emperor Showa from 1926 to 1989. Emperor Showa died on January 7, 1989. Then April 29 was renamed Greenery Day as part of Japan's Golden Week. The April 29 holiday was finally renamed Showa Day in May 2005.
Ikegami-Sone Historic Site Park is located in Ikegami-cho ,Izumi City and Sone-cho , Izumiotsu City all within Osaka Prefecture. The park is designated as a national historic spot in 1976. It is the moat community site with the nation's largest scale and contents in the Yayoi period which is an era dated 300 BC to 300 AD . A large-sized building was found out in the center of the site. The columns of this building turned out to be felled in 52 B.C. by using dendrochronological measurement. These historical findings have been reconstructed from 1995.
Hara Castle is a castle in Hizen Province(present-day Nagasaki Prefecture). During the Shimabara Rebellion, the rebellious peasants led by Amakusa Shiro were besieged in this castle. There is a statue of Amakusa Shiro at the site of Hara Castle.
Tatsuta Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Sango-cho, Nara Prefecture in Japan. An old record says that the shrine was established by order of Emperor Tenmu in 675. The shrine is famous for being dedicated to the deity of wind. It is also famous for maple leaves in autumn.
Heijo Palace was the Imperial Palace of Japan during the Nara period. The Palace was located in the capital city, Heijo-kyo. The remains of the palace was established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
The Eizan Cable is Japanese funicular line in Sakyo District , Kyoto City, operated by Keifuku Electric Railroad. The line runs between Cable Yase Station and Cable Hiei Station. The line opened in 1925, as a western route to Enryaku-ji. Sakamoto Cable is on the other side of the mountain. The Eizan Cable has the largest vertical interval, 561 m, in Japan.
The Sakamoto Cable operated by Hieizan Railway is Japanese funicular line in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture. It runs for 2.0 km between Cable Sakamoto Station and Cable Enryakuji Station. This is the longest funicular line in Japan. The line opened in 1927, as an eastern route to Enryaku-ji.
Okayama Electric Tramway operates two tram lines,the Higashiyama Main Line and the Seikibashi Line,all within the city of Okayama. The operational tram system have been kept since the Meiji period. With 4.7 km in total, the tram lines are known to be one of the shortest railway lines in Japan, as well as Kishu Dentetsu in Wakkayama Prefecture and Shibayama Tetsudo in Chiba Prefecyure.
The Shimabara Railway Line is a Japanese railway line running for 43.2km between Isahaya Station in Isahaya City and Shimabara-gaiko Station in Shimabara City within Nagasaki Prefecture. The line runs along the coast of Shimabara Peninsula. The southern part of this line , between Shimabara-Gaiko and Kazusa, was closed on April 1, 2008 because of having few passengers.
Sefukuji is a Buddhist temple of Shingon sect located in Makiosan Cho, Izumi City,Osaka Prefecture. The temple is said to have been founded by Gyoman shonin in Emperor Kimmei's era. The main deity of this temple is Miroku Bosatsu. Sefukuji also enshrines Senju Kannon. It is the 4th temple of the Kansai Kannon Pilgrimage or a pilgrimage of thirty-three Buddhist temples that enshrined Kannon throughout the Kansai region. It is crowded in spring for cherry blossoms in its grounds.
Mt. Mitake is a mountain in Ome City,Tokyo. It belongs to the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park. It stands 929 m tall. Mt. mitake has long been worshiped as a sacred mountain. A cable car leads to its top. A Shinto shrine named Musashi Mitake jnja is on the mountain .
The Oigawa Main Line is a Japanese railway line which runs between Kanaya Station in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture and Senzu Station in Kawanehon, Haibara District, Shizuoka Prefecture. The line is operated by the Oigawa Railway. It is known for its steam locomotive trains.
The Ofuna Kannon is a Buddhist temple located in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The reinforced concrete statue of Kan'non painted white is a 25 meter tall. Although construction of the Temple began in 1929 , work was suspended during the Pacific War The Temple was finally completed in 1960.
Onbashira is a festival held every six years ,in the years of the Monkey and the Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac ,in Nagano, Japan. People cut and bring down 16 big trees of the firtree from the mountains as a pillar for the four shrines of Suwa Taisha. They raised sacred trees in every direction of the main shrine as a symbolic renewal of the Suwa Taisha.
Japan Mint’s Blossom Viewing will be held from April 14th to 20th. This year 354 trees and 127 varieties are blooming in its Cherry Blossom Lane. Japan Mint is located in Temma 1-chome, kita-ku, Osaka.
Izumi Koganezuka kofun is an old burial mound located in Uedai Cho,Izumi City,Osaka Prefecture. It is the oldest burial mound in the city of Izumi. This keyhole- shaped kofun, built in the early Tumulus Period, is 94 meters in length. A bronze mirror with the four-gods and four-beasts design was found in the tomb. The mirror was signed with the name of the “Third Year of Keisho,” the era of Wei(ancient China.) The mirror suggests that the tomb related to Himiko, Queen of Yamatai.
Mount Yoshino is a mountain located in Yoshino, Nara Prefecture. It is famous for its many thousands of Sakura trees. and attracts many visitors. In 2004, It was designated as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kumeda dera is a Buddhist temple of the Koya-san Shingon sect ,near to Kumeda pond, in Ikejiri Cho ,Kishiwada-shi, Osaka. The temple was founded by the monk Gyoki in 738 in order to maintain the Kumeda pond that is the largest pond in Osaka Prefecture.
Usuzumi-Zakura ,standing in Motosu City, Gifu Prefecture, is in full blooms now. It is one of the Three Great Cherry Trees and is allegedly 1500 years old. The name, Usuzumi ,was given to this tree because petals turn from pink to light grey like pale Chinese ink before falling.
Kishiwada Castle was erected by Koide Hidemasa in 1597. Okabe Nobukatsu took possession of the castle in 1640. His descendants maintained its position for 13 generations until the Meiji Restoration. The castle's main tower was destroyed when struck by lightning in 1827. The current main tower with three stories was reconstructed in 1954. However, the original main tower had five stories.
Sefukuji is a Buddhist temple of Shingon sect located in Makiosan Cho, Izumi City,Osaka Prefecture. The temple is said to have been founded by Gyoman shonin in Emperor Kimmei’s era. The main deity of this temple is Miroku Bosatsu. Sefukuji also enshrines Senju Kannon. It is the 4th temple of the Kansai Kannon Pilgrimage or a pilgrimage of thirty-three Buddhist temples throughout the Kansai region.
Kuzunoha inari shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Kuzunoha Cho, Izumi City, Osaka Prefecture. The shrine is known as a stage for “Kuzunoha Folklore.” The folklore tells us that Abe no Seimei, a leading specialist of onmyodo during the middle of the Heian Period, was born in the Shinoda Forest. His mother was a white fox, Kuzunoha, dwelling in the forest.
Heira Denhai no enkyo is one of the Shoso-in Treasures The back of this white bronze round mirror has a floral design done in mother-of–pearl and amber pieces. The diameter of this mirror is 39.3cm. It is thought that this mirror was made in China and imported into Japan.
Kimiidera is a Buddhist temple located in Kimiidera, Wakayama City,Wakayama Prefecture. It was opened in 770 by Iko, a monk from Tang (present-day China). There are approx.1,200 cherry trees on the grounds of the temple . Kimiidera Temple is known as a major viewing spot of early-flowering cherry blossoms. The cherry trees at Kimiidera Temple are famous for being the earliest bloomers in Kansai area.
Suwa Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Suwa, Nagano and Shimosuwa, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, It consists of four shrine building complexes, the Kamisha, Shimosha, Harumiya, and Akimiya. The origin of this shrine is uncertain. However, Suwa Taisha is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. It has 10000 branch shrines throughout Japan.
Maruyama Koen is a public park in the Higashiyama district, Kyoto City. In the first half of April, it becomes the main center for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto, The centerpiece of the park is a tall shidare zakura. The place near the tree becomes Kyoto's most crowded spot for cherry blossom viewing parties. In the night , the tree gets lit up.
That's the name of a small river in Nachikatsu’ura Cho, Wakayama Prefecture, which the prefecture designated a Class 2 River on October 22, 2008. The Butusbutsu River is only 13.5 meters long, so it is now officially the shortest river in Japan. Its name is derived from the water bubbling to the surface from streams below ground.
The huge weeping cherry tree in Uda City,Nara Prefecture, is called Matabei zakura. The name Matabei comes from Goto Matabei Mototsugu,who was a samurai of the late Sengoku through early Edo periods. He was defeated and killed during the siege of Osaka as the chief commander of Toyotomi Hideyori's Western Army at the battle of Domyoji, His residence used to be at the place where Matabei cherry stands.
The Hakuto Jinja is a small Shinto shrine located in Hakuto, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture. The main deity of this shrine is a Hakuto (white hare) which appeared in the old Japanese fable of "Inaba no Shiro Usagi. The origin of this shrine is uncertain. The current shrine here is an 1896 reconstruction of an earlier shrine.