When Spring meets Autumn

DSC_0062Ever wondered what Cherry Blossoms look like during autumn or missed the sakura this year and planning a trip on autumn? Fret not because you can actually see the cherry blossoms during the autumn season in Obara Town in Aichi Prefecture, leaving you in complete awe of its unique charm!

DSC_0066-2The Shikizakura (Four-Seasons Cherry Blossom) is popular among tourists for its amazing wonder. The Cherry Blossom tree is thought to be a hybrid of the species called “mamezakura” and “edohigan” and blooms first in spring (around March-April) and in autumn (around late October – early December). With about 10,000 trees throughout the district, tourists can indulge in the colourful landscape the town offers.


The Shikizakura usually begins to bloom in late October and is at their peak in mid-November. However, the peak time varies yearly.


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For those who can understand Japanese, they can rely here (for the oiden bus. 豊田市- 小原大草) or in this website (both for bus and train schedules)

Here’s the schedule for Toyotashi Station and Obara Ohkusa I translated for your convenience.

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* Schedule is subject to change depending on certain circumstances such as weather, road constructions, delay of departure, etc.

DSC_0047From the Obara Fureai Koen, you can see the four-season cherry blossom, its rosy white petals contrasting the red, orange, yellow and green hues of the autumn air which makes the view breath-taking. They hold yearly autumn festival in the cherry blossom haven, showcasing the town’s specialty products and talents while offering the visitors free warm drinks.

Last year’s cherry blossom didn’t bloom that well though, according to the local staff. Nevertheless, seeing the Sakura petals was a delight from a spring and autumn fanatic like me.


  • Washi no Furusato
  • Hisajo Sugita Haiku Monument
  • Toyota City Kabuki Heritage Hall
  • Dorobuchi Kannon
  • Ichiba Castle Ruins


  • Obara Fureai Koen
  • Washi no Furusato
  • Maebora Shikizakura
  • Senmi Shikizakura no Sato
  • Obora Shikizakura
  • Kakigairi Path
  • Miyashiro




Yura Station is also called Conan Station

It’s thanks to Gosho Aoyama, the creator of the manga Detective Conan (also known as Case Closed) that we enjoy countless crimes, crime scene investigations, hopes for Conan to transform into his original form as Shinichi, and the Holmes fanatic staying in his true form forever. Because let’s admit it, we have that longing for Ran and Shinichi to have their happily ever after, right?

DSC_0487As a celebration for the popularity of the manga and anime, the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory is established in the town of Hokuei in Tottori Prefecture. In addition to that, a number of Detective Conan artefacts – bronze statues, stone monuments are built, and pavement signs and manholes are even inspired by the anime around town. To make your visit a memorable one, why not take the challenge of finding all of the relics?

DSC_0510Pass by the Conan Bridge and you will see a handful of Conan statues.

DSC_0525Go further the Conan Street, and you will find the Kudo Residence. Let Conan know you’re there by ringing the doorbell.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.

DSC_0520DSC_0515Explore into the Beika Shopping Street beside the Kudo Residence and try the Conan Gelato or warm yourself with a coffee in a Conan-themed cup! (More artifacts are found here!)

DSC_0562On your way in finding the last artifacts, you will surely pass by the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory – a museum established in honor of the man behind the world-renowned animation. At the museum, the professor’s car and the junior detective club will welcome you. Inside the museum is apparently 7 rooms where you can immerse yourself in the world of Case Closed. You can even use Conan’s bowtie voice changing experience and sound like Conan, imagine what it feels like to ride Conan’s skateboard and more!

DSC_0566This is your chance, aspiring Junior Detectives, Conan Edogawa is waiting for you!

Fateful encounter with the childhood crush!


From Tottori station, ride the San-In Line towards Yonago then alight at Yura Station (the one way ride takes approximately 1 hour and 7 minutes and costs 840 yen)


  • A taxi is available near Yura station which can show you around town and transport you to the museum.
  • A discount in the museum will be given upon showing of passport or residence card!
  • Hokuei town map is available in Tottori station / Yura station and you may take one for free
  • Yura station tourist information center is open from 9:00 am to 5:15 pm. You can rent a bicycle for 400 yen and a more detailed guide map for 200 yen and coin lockers are available for 500 yen.

Click here for more info!


The infamous sand dunes in Japan is finally getting its recognition in recent years!

I can imagine being stranded in a desert and this oasis is my only lifeline.

Definitely a one-of-a-kind experience, Tottori Sand Dunes located in Tottori Prefecture, in the Chuugoku Region of Japan is slowly showcasing its charm and attracting more tourists.

The expanse of this tourist spot stretches 16 km from east to west and 2.4 km from north to south, with the lowest and highest point having a 90 m height difference. Once you step in, you may be reminded of its likeness of the deserts around the world.

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The camel ride

You may be having an image of Japan as a country full of hot springs, ryokans, temples, anime, and maid cafes, but seeing the sand dunes where you can ride a camel, do sandboarding and paragliding from the sand hill is quite unthinkable isn’t it?

Screenshot (106)While it is possible to ride a camel, you can also just opt for a Photo Op with a camel for only 500 yen. The camel riding is inclusive of Photo Op for 1,300 for one person. A photographer will be present to take pictures from your device and in addition to that, he will also take another from his camera as a service.  Claiming of the picture will be at Rakudaya Shop (らくだや) just across the Sand Dunes. The 3R size (or L size in Japan) of the photo will be given for free while the A5 size will be available too and it comes with a Camel-themed photo holder for 1,100 yen.

Victory pose after climbing the hill

Sandboarding and paragliding activities require reservations. Both activities operate for certain periods only.

After a lengthy hike towards the hill, you are handsomely rewarded with this magnificent view of the Sea of Japan.

Apparently, the sand dunes has introduced a new activity called “Sakyu Segway”. This experience provides yet another unique experience wherein tourists can traverse across the sand dunes on wheels. The slots are limited for 300 persons this Golden Week (April 28 – May 6). Reserve a slot here!

Walking towards the highest dune

It is preferable to go by car for a free entrance. A free parking is available near the Rakudaya Shop. Going by bus will require to ride the lift in order to arrive to the actual sand dunes. By doing so, purchasing from a ticket machine (300 for round trip, 200 for one way) outside the souvenir shop will be required.


And while you’re at it, visit the Sand Museum too! It will be open from April 2018 to January 2019.


Keep in mind that the bus operation schedule around Tottori doesn’t go till late night so for a convenient stay, it is advisable to book a hotel near the station.

Access by bus: From Tottori station, ride the bus at bus stop 0 (zero) to tottori sand dunes (370 yen).