Journeys in Japan : The Niyodo River

The Niyodo River in Shikoku is one of Japan’s most beautiful rivers. It is known for the clarity of its water, which has such a distinctive aquamarine color that it’s become known in Japan as “Niyodo Blue.” Sara Ariafar explores the river and the surrounding forests. She meets with people living in the area. And…

萩 Hagi: The Cradle of Modern Japan

Hagi is a former castle town off the major transport ways along the tranquil Sea of Japan coast in Yamaguchi Prefecture. It used to be the capital of the Mori Clan, one of the most powerful clans during the feudal age. Mori lords governed present Yamaguchi (then known as Choshu) for more than 250 years…

Cycle Around Japan – Nagano Life Deep in the Mountains

Australian Paul Salisbury takes on the challenge of a 2000m peak in Nagano Prefecture. The Japan Alps mountain pass provides breathtaking views to inspire him onward and upward. Off the bike, Salisbury experiences traditions such as the harvesting of wasabi plants in pristine waters and the making of baskets from wild bamboo. All in all,…

Cycle around Japan : Riding with the wind in Toyama

This time we visit Toyama Prefecture in the Hokuriku region. Toyama is about 2 hours from Tokyo by Hokuriku Shinkansen. Bordered by the Sea of Japan to the north and the 3,000-meter Tateyama mountains to the south, this has been a fertile and prosperous area since ancient times. We’ll climb into the deep mountains to…

Shirakawa-go

Ogimachi (荻町) is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, the village is home to several dozen well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. The farmhouses are quite amazing structures, designed to withstand the harsh winters while providing a place…

Cycle around Japan : From Tokyo to Izu-Oshima

Starting from Tokyo we journey to the popular towns of Yokohama, Kamakura and Hakone. Our final destination will be Izu-Oshima, a volcanic island under the administration of Tokyo. Izu-Oshima is located about 100 kilometers south of the metropolitan Tokyo. The island is a popular tourist destination, especially for those in Tokyo seeking a cycle ride….

Cycle Around Japan : A journey through Noto Peninsula

In this episode of CYCLE AROUND JAPAN by NHK, we will take you to a spring journey of Noto Peninsula. The Noto Peninsula makes up the northern half of Ishikawa Prefecture, extending about 100 kilometers into the Sea of Japan. The peninsula is known for its coastal scenery, particularly along the Okunoto coast, as well…

Cycle Around Japan : A Journey through Boso Peninsula

In this new episode of CYCLE AROUND JAPAN by NHK, we will recommend a journey that you may start cycling as soon as you arrived at Japan. Our destination of this episode is Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. Chiba Prefecture is located directly east of Tokyo. A large part of the prefecture is made up…