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The Monthly Japanese Calendar 2017 in English Japanese of this page

Post: Monday November 14, 2016

For a foreigner living in Japan, the calendar showing the national holidays in Japan is indispensable for everyday life, but it is in fact difficult to find the one described in English. We, PLAZAHOMES, here to present the original calendar that we issue every year with English description of the holidays in Japan.

The picture posted for each month describes the natural and scenic beauties and night views of various tourist attractions in Japan with some additional illustrations so that you can taste the seasonal change in Japan.

The description below is the name of the scenery, the place, and its explanation posted for the page of each month.

Calendar 2017

Please click the link to the right of the month you would like to download for your free PDF calendar.


January 2017

Biei, Blue Pond, Hokkaido

Blue Pond is located outside the hot spring town of Biei, Hokkaido at the foot of Mt. Tokachi. The pond and the scenic beauty is incidentally created when a dam was erected to protect the region from mudflows that might occur from the nearby volcano on Mt. Tokachi. It is named after its deep blue color due to natural minerals dissolved in the water.



February 2017

Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival

It is the feature festival of Yunishigawa Onsen, Nikko, in Tochigi Prefecture, held from late January to early March every year. In daytime visitors can enjoy snow sledding on the slope and barbeque in a kamakura (snow hut). In nighttime rows of miniature kamkakuras candlelit from inside along the river create fantastic scenery.



March 2017

Gotokuji-temple, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Gotokuji-temple, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo is regarded as the origin of the maneki neko, or literally "the beckoning cat", which is the small cat doll and is believed to be a lucky charm that brings in customers and money into the shop. Due to the widely known story in Edo Era, people began to offer maneki neko figurines to the temple as a sign of gratitude when their wishes come true.



April 2017

Mt.Yoshino, Nara Pref.

Mount Yoshino, in Nara Prefecture, has been Japan's most famous cherry blossom viewing spot for many centuries. It is said that the first trees were planted along its slopes more than 1300 years ago. Today in the spring time every year the mountain is covered by approximately 30,000 cherry trees of many different varieties including Yamazakura or wild cherry blossom.



May 2017

Nikofuchi, Kochi Prefecture

The river called Niyodo-gawa in Kochi Prefecture is so clear and looks very blue in the sun that the color is called "Niyodo Blue ". Nikofuchi is the most famous and beautiful water fall located in the place going up the river. Its waterfall basin looks emerald green and its mystical sight attracts many visitors recently.



June 2017

Michinoku Hydrangea Garden, Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture

From late June to late July, hydrangeas bloom brightly in the cedar forests of Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture. You can enjoy 30,000 flowers representing 300 varieties of hydrangea while you stroll 1.5 km of walking paths.



July 2017

Urabandai Goshiki-numa Ponds, Fukushima-Pref.

Goshikinuma, the "Five Colored Ponds," is a group of very picturesque lakes and ponds in so-called Urabandai area at the north foot of Mt. Bandai. It is officially called Goshikinuma lakes group and is composed of many swamps such as Bishamon-numa, Akanuma, Midoro-numa, Benten-numa, Ruli-numa, and Aonuma. These water surfaces shine with emerald green and cobalt blue and attract visitors by the mystical colors.



August 2017

Heart Rock, Okinawa-Pref.

From the main island of Okinawa, you can drive to Kourijima Island over the beautiful blue ocean on Kouri Ohashi Bridge. Heart Rock is on the northern shores of this island. Heart Rock, a natural formation, has become an especially popular tourist attraction for couples. Kourijima island used to be called the "Love Island" (Kuijima) because of a local legend that resembles the story of Adam and Eve. Together with the legend a glimpse of Heart Rock creates a romantic time for many visiting couples.



September 2017

Kobe city, Hyogo-Pref.

Considered one of "Japan's Big Three Night Views" the night view in Kobe is called "The Ten Million Dollar Night View." Among the various popular night view spots in Kobe, the view of Kobe’s bay area is so fantastic and the visitors can enjoy the night views of the harbor and the water surface which the city lights reflect on. The picture posted here is the view from Takahama Quay, one of the popular night view spot to look over the Meriken Park direction. Symbolic building lights in the bay area can be seen lined up including Port Tower, Kobe Marine Museum, and Meriken Park Oriental Hotel and those lights sometimes overlap with lights of ships.



October 2017

Shirakawa-go, Gifu-Pref.

The many traditional Gassho Style houses in the area have been designated as World Heritage in 1995. Around the area there are the facilities showing local traditional cultures and an open-air museum restoring the lifestyle which the people used to spend a long time ago. It is the popular tourist attraction every year as the old Japanese landscape restored and its scenic beauty in the area. The picture posted here is the famous panoramic view from Ogimachi-Jyoshi (the observation platform).



November 2017

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Shizuoka-Pref.
It is a national park which consists of Mount Fuji, Fuji Five Lakes, Hakone, the Izu Peninsula, and the Izu Islands. It includes a collection of dispersed various famous and popular tourist sites with their scenic beauties, rich nature, and many natural foundations. Shizuoka-Prefecture covers the core part of the Park such as the major area around Mt.Fuji, a part of Hakone, and all of the Izu Peninsula. The picture posted here shows colored leaves in a woodland area.



December 2017

Otaru, Hokkaido

Otaru Canal posted here is the symbolic sightseeing spot in Otaru City, Hokkaido. Otaru Canal is completed in 1923 as the only one cannal in Japan which did not dig the inland but reclaimed the seashore, giving it slightly curved line. Otaru Port had developed as doorway of Hokkaido reclamation. The group of stone and wood made warehouses along the canal is symbolic and important historic sits. The picture also shows a winter festival called "Otaru Snow Light Path" held every February, during which the city becomes decorated in lights and small snow statues for ten days. Otaru Canal is its major festival place.


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