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Justin Schultz
Aug. 18, 2023
Went on a trip to Matsumoto during the Obon holiday. We arrived Friday and our first stop after checking in at our hotel was Matsumoto Castle. The statue in the first photo is of Banryu Shonin (播隆上人). Apparently he was a Buddhist monk and prominent mountaineer during the early 1800s. I thought it was interesting so I took a photo of it. Matsumoto Castle was really incredible. I think it's definitely one of the most beautiful castles in Japan. If I had a better camera, I would have been able to take some nicer photos, but I'm pretty pleased with the photos I took, despite having taken them from my smartphone. The inside of the castle was really awesome and I spent a lot of time looking at all of the different exhibits showing the weaponry used on the battlefield, etc. Most of the exhibits have English and Japanese too, which is nice if you don't speak Japanese but are interested in learning about the history of the castle. On Saturday we took a bus to Kamikochi. The bus to Kamokochi took about an hour longer than expected as there was a lot of people going there for the Obon holiday. The views were really incredible, and compared to the city of Matsumoto, the area was a nice cool temperature. One of the other bridges near Kappa Bridge (河童橋) was probably like 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the Kamikochi area too. We hiked from Taisho Pond (大正池) to Kappa Bridge in about an hour. It was pretty good exercise and totally flat, so pretty much anyone can enjoy the walking trails. There are a lot of scenic views along the trail from Taisho Pond to Kappa Bridge, and some of the views of the water were just magical. I wasn't able to capture just how beautiful the place is with my photos, but it's really gorgeous. Once we got closer to Kappa Bridge we started seeing a lot of monkeys walking around too, which was kind of neat. Apparently their population is increasing in the area because people keep feeding them, so make sure not to do that if you visit. On our last day in Matsumoto we decided to check out some other spots in town, and ended up visiting Nawate Street, a nice little shopping street with some cool shops and cafes. We got some ice cream and sat down by the river running through the town and relaxed for a bit. After that we headed up to Joyama Park (the last photo). The walk to the park was pretty long with how hot it was outside but the view from the top was pretty incredible. It was a nice way to end our trip. I think Matsumoto Castle and Kamikochi are definitely some of the best places to visit if you're sightseeing in Matsumoto, so definitely make some time to visit them.
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Obihiro Tourism and Convention Association
Aug. 5, 2023
【The 50th Hokkaido Balloon Festival】 The first hot air balloon competition in Japan was held in 1974. The event, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in August 2023, attracts nearly 40 hot air balloons from all over Japan every year. From the green land of Hokkaido to the endless sky - we will deliver to you the scenery of colorful hot air balloons soaring. Date: August 10, 11, 12, 13, 2023 *4 days Venue: Kamishihoro Air Park Organizer: Hokkaido Balloon Festival Organizing Committee Japan Balloon Federation Number of participating aircraft: 63 (including official and moored) 🎈 Learn more 👉 hbf.jp 🚌Access: "Kamishihoro Elementary School" about 15~20 minutes on foot (about 1.2km) ・ Hokkaido Takushoku Bus Corporation   "61/62" line, "Kamishihoro"    ・ Tokachi Bus Corporation   "49", "Kamishihoro", "51", "Nukabira Gensengo"   
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Mombetsu Tourist Information Center
Aug. 5, 2023
Posted from Monbetsu Tourist Information Center! This time, we will introduce the impressions and charms of Monbetsu to the two people who are currently working as trainees. ・Darshani Weeerakkodi (from Sri Lanka / live in Yokohama) Nice to meet you😊 We came to Monbetsu on 2023.07.30. I ate ramen 🍜 at a Chinese restaurant as I came. I also got delicious bean paste sweets from this shop. It was very tasty. (The ramen in the photo is another shop "Ramen Nishiya") On the second day, we went sightseeing in Monbetsu. - Okhotsk Sky Tower🗼 ー Crab Claw Statue 🦀 - Seal Land 🦭 ーIce Sea Observatory Tower Okhotsk Tower⚓️🛟🪝 -The drift icebreaker is the Rinko ⛴️ ーDrift Ice Science Center❄️🥶, I went to see such a place. I was surprised that it was a place that I couldn't see anywhere else. When I went to Okhotsk Sky Tower, Monbetsu looked like a map 🗾. I was surprised to hear that the Crab Claw Statue object weighed 7 tons. In Seal Land, the time I went was the time for a seal rice called Mina. It was interesting to go as it was so that I wouldn't mind calling her Mina. I also saw the Rinko ⛴️ for the first time. The place I really enjoyed was the location of the drift ice science center GIZA. It was cold inside the -20C, but it was interesting. I was able to see and touch the big drift ice 🧊 and fish 🐟 in the ice, which I had never experienced before. I also saw plankton called Clione for the first time. From the third day, I started working at the Monbetsu Tourist Information Center. I worked on websites and introductions for foreigners. On the fourth day, I went to take pictures of the famous place of Monbetsu with the office staff. - Omsaro Nature View House 🪻 - Okhotsk Garden 🍀 ーI went to see the coast 🌊. I took a lot of beautiful pictures. From the fourth day, I have been making videos using the photos and videos 📹I have taken so far and putting them in the social media. I really enjoyed working with the people at the office. Everyone is kind and gentle, always helping me. Also, thank you to Mr. Onukiyama of the city hall and Mr. Nakamura of the Monbetsu Tourist Information Center, who have been helping me from where I came to Monbetsu until now. Thank you for your support. It was really fun to come to Monbetsu's Inter ship and have a good experience.
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Mombetsu Tourist Information Center
Aug. 5, 2023
This time, we will introduce the impressions and charms of Monbetsu to the two people who are currently working as trainees. ・Le Thi Lan Huong (from Vietnam / live in Yokohama) Nice to meet you, my name is Fong. I'm from Vietnam. I did a one-week internship in Monbetsu. When I came to Monbetsu for the first time, there were fewer houses and buildings than in Yokohama. Instead, there are many trees, flowers and the sea. The atmosphere was 😌 very comfortable. I couldn't interact with many people, but everyone was friendly and kind. I stayed at Monbetsu Prince Hotel 🏨. Every day when I leave after the internship, I say, "Thank you for your hard work." I was told. I was impressed. 🙇 ♀️😊 I feel like I'm coming home to myself. The charm of crest... It's not buzzing, it's not brilliant. There is a special charm of Monbetsu City. The tranquility and gentle scenery are 🍁 attractive. If you are tired from work and need a place to relax, Monbetsu City is the place to go. In addition to the scenery, there are experiences and tours that can only be found in Monbetsu City. For example, the Sea of 🌊 Okhotsk ... Recommended in summer is a large Crab Claw Statue object 🦀 and view of the Sea of Okhotsk. Next is a forest park 🍀🏞️, green grass and yellow flowers 🌼 dotted around. It was very beautiful. A lot of huge ice ❄️🧊 floes come in winter, you can do snow sports (skiing, snowboarding⛷️ ⛸️...). Others have flower gardens in spring, summer and autumn. Purple lavender🪻, pink moss phlox 🌸, red yellow orange tulips 🌷 . Everyone, please come to Monbetsu City. 🤗🎉
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Tomakomai Tourism Promotion Division
Jul. 26, 2023
The program of the 68th Tomakomai Port Festival has been completed! Finally, we will introduce the program of the 68th Tomakomai Port Festival to be held next week from 12:00 on Friday, August 4th! The cover of the program adopts a design written by a junior high school student in the city who was selected as the grand prize out of a total of 17 entries! There will be plenty of stage events during the festival, including the opening ceremony on Friday, August 4, a character show that is very popular with children on Saturday, August 5, a Yoshimoto comedy live on Sunday, August 6, and a jumbo lottery to win luxurious prizes totaling 1 million yen! On Saturday, August 5, the "Tomakomai Citizens' Odori" will be held from 10:00, which will be revived for the first time in four years, and from 19:30, the "Tomamin Tomakomai Centennial Fireworks" will be the centerpiece, where large fireworks illuminate the night sky of Tomakomai using sound and light! On Sunday, August 6, from 12:15, the "Marching Festival Port Carnival" will be held for the first time in four years, just like the citizens' odori! In addition, for three days from August 4 (Friday) to August 6 (Sunday), about 110 stalls will be lined up at the main venue, and there will be many events that make you feel the summer of Tomakomai City, such as beer gardens, so please come and visit the venue.
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