When is the best time to visit Japan?

I frequently asked “When is the best time to visit Japan?”. So I’d like to answer the quetion. My opnion is based on my life in Kyoto, so North part of Japan or Southern Islands Okinawa might be different.

◆January: If you come to January 1st-3rd, you can see authentic Japanese culture. Our new year celebration is similar to authentic Christmas celebration in North America. Family gathering, go to shine to wish good luck for the new year.

◆Febuary: Cold, but in Kyoto it snow only a few days. Compare to other season, less domestic tourists. But there’s Chinese New Year holiday, so you might see more Chinese tourists in this month.

◆March: Good season, but after March 20th, Japanese schools ends, so you’ll see more domestic family tourists. At the end of March, Sakura cherry blossom starts blooming. Even you couldn’t see Sakura, cherry blossom, you’ll see Ume, plum flower blooming.

◆April: Around April 1st, Sakura cherry blossom bloom. It last only a week to two weeks. Short life- that is one of the reason why people in Japan love Sakura so much.
(My last post “Why people in Japan love Sakura so much?” https://akarijapanese.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/why-people-in-japan-love-sakura-so-much/)

◆May: Good season. But it’s better to avoide May 2nd-5th. It’s “Golden Week” in Japan. We have a few national holidays in a row, and people travel a lot.

◆June: Early June is ok. But late June, we have “Tsuyu 梅雨” rainy season. Also it’s going to be humid.

◆July: Early July is still rainy season. After rainy season, it’s going to be hot and humid. In Kyoto, we have big traditional festival called “Gion-matsuri” which have 1,110 years history. All days of July, some events related to Gion-matsuri held.
(My last post “Gion Matsuri Festival that has 1,100 years history” https://akarijapanese.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/gion-matsuri-festival-that-has-over-1100-years-history/)

◆August: Hot and humid. In the middle of August we have “Obon” period. People believe our ansester’s spirit come back in this period and spend time with thier original family. So many people go back to their home town, and it’s going to be crowded. Also schools in Japan are holidays in this month, so you’ll see lots of kids.

◆September: It’s a tyhoon season experially Okinawa, and Kyushu, but sometimes main land too.

◆October: Good season.

◆November: It’s getting cold. In Kyoto, you’ll see leaves’ color change beutiful.
And because of that, there is more domestic tourists.

◆December: Cold, but if you don’t mind, you can see Christmas atmospher and traditional Japanese New Year atmospher both.

When I was living Kyoto 2008-2011, I had an impression that only March, April, some festival season in July and August, and October to November are crowded. But recently, after Kyoto selected No. 1 destination on “Travel + Leisure magazine” in 2014 and 2015, almost all the season it’s crowded in  touristic areas, like 清水寺 Kiyomizu-temple, or 金閣寺 Kinkakuji-temple.

But in 2016, Kyoto became No.6 in the award. I personally feel that it is became too crowded in some places. One of the beauty in Kyoto is you can see historical and mordan site, nature and city, silence and lively close each other. But recently it became bit difficult to find places that I can feel peceful silence because of the tourists. For example, “哲学の道 Tetsugaku no michi”, Philosopher’s Path is one of my favorite place. The area has that name because a professor of Kyto university took a walk every day that path to think about Pholosophy. It was quite, peaceful area. But recently I went there, but I feel it’s impossible to think about something seiuos because it’s crouded. If it’s noisy, the place’s charm become less than half.

So I think that Kyoto, we have to think about what kind of tourists we want, and which country to promote. Quality is very important. Do we want bus tour tourists who vist only famous places quick and gone? or indivisual tourists who appreciate our culture, and try to understand and experience it as much as possible?
I often disscuss about this kind of topic with frineds in Kyoto.

I reached 1,000 lessons today \(^o^)/ 

Today I reached 1,000 lessons on italki.
\(^o^)/ Yahoo!

I started using italki from 2012, then I registered as a
Japanese teacher April 2013.
Though italki, I met amazing people. Some of them visited me in Japan, and
we went coffee, or meal and chat face to face, “off-line” 😉

I feel so lucky that I could meet this community.
My next goal is 3,000 lessons.
Also I’m looking forward to meeting amazing people and exchange knowledge through languages.

Thank you very much italki community, staff, and all the people who took my lessons.
I’ll keep improving my skill as an Japanese language teacher and also as a member of italki community 😀
Arigato (^o^)/


Spring has come in Japan 春が来た

Yesterday was “春分の日”(しゅんぶんのひ、shun-bun no hi, Vernal Equinox Day), it was national holiday in Japan.

I had some lessons, but weather was so good, so I decided to go to the flower park, and have a lesson out side. The flowers starts blooming and very pretty. I saw many family and couples enjoy doing picnic, taking a walk, and taking pictures of flowers.

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I’m watching this scenery and had lesson 🙂 So relaxing.


This flower park are attached with zoo, so after the lesson, I went say hi to the animals.

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In this season, on TV, they starts board casting not only weather forecast, but also “Sakura (Cherry Blossom) forecast” in Japan. According to the Sakura forecast on TV, sakura starts blooming today in Tokyo. It’ll be full-bloom on March 31st there.

Sakura is very special flower for people in Japan. I go take pictures of Sakura soon and show you next time.

Vending Machine in Japan

Happy New Year 2016!
(I’ve been busy these days, and I haven’t update my blog recently. Anyway,
May 2016 bring us happiness :))

One year pasted after I came back to Japan from Atlantic Canada.
Recently I realized I often forget to bring my thermos  with me when I go outside.
When I was working in Atlantic Canada, I put tea or coffee in it, and bring it to my work place. But in Japan, thanks to the vending machine, I feel like “I can get something to drink anywhere, so that’s ok”.

Buy I feel bit guilty when I buy something to drink from vending machine,
especially plastic bottle one. I don’t want to waste energy as much as possible.

Anyway, we can find vending machine anywhere in Japan. We have unique one- the one with emergency alarm, the one you can open and can drink freely when natural disaster happens, or digital one etc.

The video below I found on Youtube was shoot five years ago, but still fun to watch 🙂



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#PresentingJapan on Youtube

It seems that a very interesting event will be held on Oct 24th-30th in London.

It is called “Presenting Japan”.
I can’t go to the event this time, but I found another way we can enjoy it even if we’re not in London.



If you scroll down, you can find lots of videos about Japan,
or you can search them with #PresenginingJapan on Youtube.
Find your favorite one 🙂

Rugby Japan

I think I’ve never seen a Japanese team get such a huge compliment from the world. I’m talking about the rugby match between Japan vs South Africa the other day.

Actually rugby is not a popular sport in Japan.
So this time, I was honestly surprised and still wondering about why so many people gave them warm messages.
It’s very nice of them, and I’m very happy as a Japanese.
But I still don’t get it yet.
Is it because of the game, right?

We’ll have Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019, so now I start having more interest in rugby.
I learned the rules a little bit, and I learned the head coach, Mr. Eddie Jones is half Japanese- his mom is Japanese, and dad is Australian.

Thank you for the fans who gave the Japanese team warm messages.

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