Make the best of your summer/autumn holiday at these wonderful Japanese attractions.
Tokyo Strawberry Park
Red, juicy and sweet – how can you not be tempted by Japanese strawberries? Sure it’s easy to buy them at the supermarket, but wouldn’t you rather pick them out yourself? A popular activity for locals, strawberry picking is available at Tokyo Strawberry Park all year round! Just don’t forget to reserve your session when planning a trip here and prepare to munch on all the delicious strawberries your heart desires! www.tokyo-strawberry-park.jp/
Beat the heat with a fun cruise along Tokyo’s picturesque rivers and waterways. Hop on the futuristic-looking suijo bus (water bus), or go for yakatabune (traditional Japanese boat) and check out the amazing cityscape as you dine on delicious Japanese cuisine onboard. www.suijobus.co.jp/en/
Ginza Sony Park
Slated to open in August 2018, the new three-dimensional Ginza Sony Park has four floors of underground park space, in addition to 707 square metres of outdoor greenery. There’s also a concept store as well as cafés inside the complex, and visitors can also look forward to cool events happening from time to time. www.ginzasonypark.jp/e/
Located less than an hour by train from central Osaka, it is a popular spot for locals to escape the city’s hustle and bustle. A highlight here is the Minoo Waterfall, which stands out magnificently against the lush surrounding foliage. While summer is a great time to visit, autumn is when the place transforms into a dreamland of leaves with hues of red, orange and yellow.
Rokko Meets Art
Would you travel for art? Then you need to check this out! Just a short train ride from Osaka is Mount Rokko, home of the Rokko Meets Art event. This annual event, which takes place every summer to autumn, features various works of art by local and international artists. With fantastic views of Kobe city, Mount Rokko also has plenty of attractions including the Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden, Rokko International Musical Box Museum and Tenran Observatory. www.rokkosan.com/art2018/la/
This is no ordinary park – its lush grounds are dotted with dramatic sculptures, which add character to the place. Picnics and cycling aside, there are plenty of other things to do here, such as a leisurely hike up Mount Moere for a 360-degree view of the park, or a playful dip around Moere Beach — a shallow artificial beach just perfect for kids. The 48-metre-tall Sea Fountain is another good spot to unwind, and don’t forget to check out Hidamari, a stunning glass pyramid building which houses a gallery, a shop and a restaurant. www.moerenumapark.jp/english/
Lake Toya Fireworks
One of the best things about visiting Japan in summer time is how there always seems to be fireworks happening somewhere. At Lake Toya in Hokkaido, this is a nightly event! There are three ways to enjoy it: on a boat cruise, from the lakeside or you can also check into one of the many lakefront ryokans (traditional Japanese inn)!
GETTING THERE: AirAsia X flies to Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo from Kuala Lumpur. For low fares and flight info, visit travel360.com.