Allergy Sufferers in Japan

Over 20% of the Japanese population suffer from hay fever which is caused by the Japanese sugi and hinoki trees along with the many other pollinating plants. However, these two trees produce high amounts of pollen between the middle of March to the middle of April and cause symptoms like dry itchy skin and eyes and coughing.

In recent years the levels of pollen have increased as the sugi trees have matured. As more trees grow and mature pollen allergies will continue to affect people living in Japan.

One way to fight suffering from hype fever has been to wear a mask. But recently people are wearing a type goggles to keep from developing itchy dry eyes, which is one of the most common symptoms. Others resort to medication that helps but does not prevent all the symptoms.

If you suffer from allergies like hay fever and plan to come for a visit to Japan, you may want to visit your doctor prior to receive an allergy injection or medication.

tenmabashi blossoms

Tenmabashi Cherry Blossoms and River Cruise

Osaka is a big metropolis! There are many buildings throughout the large city, but there are also many great places to view cherry blossoms.

One of the best places to see cherry blossoms and stroll with friends of family is along the river near the Keihan Tenmabashi station. From there walk along the river and view some 4000+ cherry blossom trees that line the river.

Another great way to enjoy viewing the beautiful blossoms is by boat. Hop on a water bus, as they are often referred to in Osaka, and see the cherry blossoms from a totally different perspective. Water buses leave frequently from Hachikenya Port at the Tenmabashi bridge. Prices are reasonable and the water is not choppy, so you won’t have to worry about seasickness. Just sit back and relax as you travel along the river lined with almost endless cherry blossoms.


Fushimi Inari Shrine Renovated

One of the most amazing shrines in Japan is Fushimi Inari. It is located just outside the city limits of Kyoto. What makes this shrine stand out among others is the thousands of gates that stand along the mountain lining the walkways. People from all over Japan come to this shrine to experience walking through the gates as they hike up the mountainside.

Recently, the shrine has remodeled the landscape and built new structures in the northern part of the property. They’ve also planted numerous cherry blossom trees to accent the landscape. The trees in this area are small now, but they will gain in their beauty each year from now as they grow.

If you visit Fushimi Inari shrine, spring, summer and autumn are the best times of the year although it is also beautiful right after a winter snow.

There is no fee to enter the shrine area and hike. Take a bento and a drink up with you when you go hiking as there are not many vending machines or places to buy snacks.

Before the shrine entrance are many shops for food, souvenirs and tea. If you’ve never tried barbecued sparrow, you can try some at several shops just before the northern gate entrance.