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Manjushage Festival

This carpet of over 5,000,000 bright red spider lilies beside the Koma River made it to the list of the top 30 reasons to visit Japan or really, the top 30 most beautiful places in Japan. So remarkable, in fact, that the Emperor and Empress of Japan came last year to see it for themselves.

Basics of Running in Tokyo

Running in Tokyo can seem daunting to someone who may not speak, let alone read, Japanese. Here are some helpful pointers to have a great run in one of the safest cities in the world.  

Koma Shrine Thanksgiving Day

Koma Shrine celebrates its more than 1300 year history in a two-day event, beginning at 16:00 of May 19 (Saturday). On May 20 (Sunday), festivities begin at 10:00 and run until 15:00.

Cafe Nichigetsudo

Somewhere along the picturesque road on the way to Chichibu from Hidaka is a cozy nook of a stop called Cafe Nichigetsudo (カフェ日月堂). The warm brown of the all-wood house surrounded by greenery makes for an inviting combination. Right beside the cafe is a separate hut with a wood furnace where bread is lovingly crafted and freshly baked using natural yeast.


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