If you happen to be a manga and anime lover who also loves being outdoor, then Nijigen no Mori is definitely the place to spend your day. Even I, who only know the tip of the manga and anime iceberg, had an enjoyable time exploring this park. It is situated in Hyogo's Prefectural Awajishima Park in the northern hills of Awaji Island. The name in English means "two-dimensional forest", but Nijigen no Mori definitely has much more to offer than simply picnicking in its vast park or hiking the forest. During the day, take a stroll along the trail of trees, hydrangea and wisteria flowers. Don’t forget to take pictures with Shin-chan in all of his silly signature poses; from squatting in a sheep costume to holding his pee while showing his bare butt. It sure was a walk down memory lane for me as I used to watch Crayon Shin-chan every Sunday morning. For the adrenaline junkies, the park also features 7m high obstacle courses and a pair of 210m and 130m long ziplines across the pond. Be … [Read more...] about Nijigen no Mori Park in Awaji-shima
At its best, the Shoup Bay Trail is a sampler of what makes Alaska great. For 10 miles, the route traces the shoreline of Valdez and Shoup Bays, passing through alder forest and flower-filled meadows on its way to views of Shoup Glacier. But last summer one thing was missing: the trail.The path, overgrown with spiky devil’s club and cat’s claw, represented one small portion of Alaska state parks’ $65.1 million in deferred maintenance, but the four-person crew that showed up to tackle it in the summer of 2017 hadn’t been sent by the state. Instead, they were working for Valdez Adventure Alliance, a local nonprofit experimenting with a new way of keeping Alaska’s public lands open.Alaska’s state park system is the biggest in the country, managing some 3.6 million acres. Unfortunately, its budget—$14 million in 2017—is minuscule by comparison, a fraction of the $522 million that California will spend on its parks this … [Read more...] about Can Privatization Save State Parks?
Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo announced on January 10 that it will hold an event on February 3 to observe a "Setsubun Mame-maki" festival at Zojoji Temple. The event is designed to allow guests from overseas to experience and enjoy Japanese culture and customs.Setsubun" literally means "the division of seasons" marking the last day of winter. In Japan, "mame-maki" is a custom in which people throw beans at their house to drive evil away.setsubun" custom, and escort guests to Zojoji Temple to observe the Setsubun Mame-maki festival. Guests at Shiba Park Hotel are welcome to join the event without any fee.Rentaro Yanase said:Setsubun' is an important day as the financial year starts from spring in Japan, and we pray for happiness in the year. I hope that guests will become familiar with 'setsubun' culture through this event."Yuka Inoue said:We hope to enjoy the event together with guests, share the 'setsubun' custom, and pray for their safe trip in Japan and back home." … [Read more...] about Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo to hold “Setsubun Mame-maki” festival at Zojoji Temple
Taipei Sky Tower. Riant Capital Limited will be hosting the announcement ceremony for Taipei Sky Tower, the new landmark of Taipei, on 23 January 2018. Housing two hotels and an experiential retail podium, Taipei Sky Tower will be joining hands with Hyatt International luxury brands, Park Hyatt and Andaz, to revolutionize the hospitality industry. Scheduled to complete by 2020, this world-class architecture will be designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners (ACPV), one of Italy’s most prominent architecture practices associated with international luxury hotel brands and modern furniture brands such as Kartell, B&B Italia, Hermes etc.Aaron Chan, will share his insights on how he plans to create an iconic lifestyle center that will help strengthen Taipei’s position as the top destination for luxury travel in Asia.David Udell, Hyatt’s Group President – Asia Pacific Hyatt Hotels Corporation, will be sharing the concept of integrating two … [Read more...] about Taipei Sky Tower officially announces its collaboration with Park Hyatt and Andaz Hotel
The insiderThe northern Rockies’ punishing cold has never deterred Ken Sinay, founder of Yellowstone Safari Company. For 27 years, he’s guided multiday trips into the park in all seasons, so it’s easy to take him at his word that winter is the best time to see “large animals in big numbers, in vast landscapes.” Herd-spottingWith warmer air temperatures and thinner snowpack, the relatively low elevations (6,200 to 7,600 feet) across the northern portion of the park attract wintering bighorn sheep, wolves, bison, and elk—lots of elk. As many as 5,000 of the ungulates spend winter here. See them by driving 20 miles east from Mammoth Hot Springs to Tower Junction along the Northeast Entrance Road, the only route open to auto traffic in winter. Just east of Tower, some of the biggest herds congregate in the open, grass-and-sagebrush plains of the Lamar and Yellowstone River Valleys. From the junction, head out on snowshoes or skis to tour 3 miles east … [Read more...] about Explore Yellowstone National Park’s Geysers in Winter
Traveling to Yellowstone National Park is a terrific chance to experience adventure in the great outdoors. Know what to bring before you go so you can be comfortable and make the most of your time there. If you’re not planning on doing any real hiking, comfortable walking shoes will suffice for most walks in the park, however, if you do plan to hike, pack your boots – the hiking trails can be rather steep and rocky. Wear synthetic layers for the very changeable weather in Yellowstone. Remember, this park averages 8,000 feet above sea level and is generally a cool, if not cold, place. If you intend to stay overnight in the park, pack warm clothing and plan for all kinds of weather. With the high altitudes, the sun is hot, tuck a hat and sunglasses into your bag. There are general stores in each main tourist area but bring the basics so you don’t waste your vacation time shopping. Additional items to bring: Prices are higher in the general stores in the park. A camera … [Read more...] about Yellowstone National Park – What to Pack – Clothing and Supplies Tips
Featuring amazing red rocks and sunsets, you are sure to fall in love with Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock). If you want to have an enjoyable trip, think about the items you need to pack. The hot Australian sun will make you feel thirsty. Pack at least 2 large bottles of fresh water in your backpack to quench your thirst and keep your body hydrated. A good pair of shoes or boots will help protect you from falling. Watch your step and proceed with caution while exploring the park. Protect your lips and skin from the sun. Wear your favorite lip balm and sunscreen lotion to make sure you do not get sunburned lips or skin. By the way, if you shy away from insects, you may want to pack a reliable insect repellent for protection from unwanted nibbles. Australia is near the hole within the ozone layer. You really need to think about this fact of nature before embarking on your journey. Bring a hat wide enough to protect your face and nose from getting burned by the notorious sun. In addition … [Read more...] about Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) – What to Pack
For breathtaking views and whitewater rafting along the Colorado River, head to the Grand Canyon. Located just a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Las Vegas, the canyon measures more than 275 miles long and a mile deep. There are many options for rafting on the Colorado River. Single-day whitewater-rafting trips offered by the Hualapai tribe. Wilderness River Adventures offers a three-and-a-half-day, 88-mile trip in the Upper Grand Canyon, including transport, camping accommodations, and all meals. You can also raft the Colorado River without an outdoor outfitter, though that requires a permit, issued by the National Park Service at least one year in advance. See the park another way by hoofing it along Bright Angel or Kaibab trails from the South Rim to find the only lodging facility below the rim, Phantom Ranch. Open year-round, the 91-year-old lodge can only be reached by mule, foot, or raft on the Colorado River. For breathtaking views and whitewater rafting along the Colorado … [Read more...] about 7 Wild National Park Adventures You’ll Never Forget
Author: Diane RobbinsDate of Trip: April 2013 Our final stop on our Costa Rica trip was the Manuel Antonio/Quepos area along the southern Pacific coast. We had four nights here and this was to be our R & R at the end of our trip … my beach time. I had visited Manuel Antonio National Park previously, had good memories of it and hoped to spend our last days relaxing at the beach and enjoying the wildlife the park had to offer. What a disappointment! The entrance to the park has changed since my last visit. Our hotel was within easy walking distance but if you came by public bus, the closest bus stop was now a 15 to 20 minute walk to the park entrance through streets that took you away from the water. As you walked to the entrance you were approached by guides soliciting clients. (They were very pleasant and didn’t keep bothering us after we said “No.”) Tours were $20 per person and we figured that — at least the first time into the park — … [Read more...] about Manuel Antonio National Park
One of Africa’s largest game reserves, Kruger National Park attracts many visitors each year. If you plan to be one of them, you should be aware a few dangers that might await you inside the park. While this is a place where humans are welcome, it’s also a place above all where the emphasis is on the natural world. Some of the largest land mammals in the world can be found here. Keep in mind they rule this park not you. Some of the most dangerous things in the park aren’t the animals. The most dangerous things are the people. You can drive in the park but you must stay inside your vehicle unless you are specifically at a rest area. Do not let anyone else tell you otherwise. When you are driving, be mindful of observing the speed limit and not causing problems for the animals or for other drivers. Keep in mind that the weather can change frequently. If you find yourself in a sudden, unexpected storm, drive more slowly and carefully as muddy creeks can quickly get … [Read more...] about Tips on Kruger National Park Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!