Senshu Park – 千秋公園

Akita, May秋田 5月

The last day of my Rail Pass I traveled to Akita City, the hometown of Endo. The journey from Tokyo took almost four hours even with the Shinkansen. Cherry blossoms had already fallen, but now it was azalea blooming time, and everywhere was bright pink, aniline red and purple bushes.


Senshu Park is in the heart of the city; a luscious green oasis full of things to see throughout the seasons. It’s built to the ruins of Kubota Castle, and there still are some of those ancient buildings like omonogashira gobansho, the guard house. One of the Kubota Castle’s turret towers is restored, and open to the public.


The park is one of Japan’s top 100 historical parks as well as one of the top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots. They also have a beautiful Kogetsu pond, a few museums and shrines in the area.


The outer moat
Kogetsu Pond
Tower of Kubota Castle
View from the tower

Senshu Park

1-6 Senshukoen, Akita, 010-0876, Japan

Kubota Castle Ruins

1-39 Senshukoen, Akita, 010-0876, Japan


〒010-0876 秋田県秋田市千秋公園1


〒010-0876 秋田県秋田市1 秋田市千秋公園1番4

Niigata – 新潟

Niigata, May新潟 五月

After Shodoshima and Osaka, I headed to Tokyo; I still had a few days left on my Japan Rail Pass and wanted to explore some new cities. Inspired by Sato’s father, I booked a day trip to Niigata.


After a two-hour journey I arrived at the city and immediately felt relaxed; the weather was a bit cooler, and the streets were less crowded.. I fancied a bird’s-eye view, and the best place for that was Niigata Nippo MEDIA SHIP building’s free observation deck.


Niigata took me by surprise. I don’t know what I had imagined, but certainly not this; wide promenades at the river banks, fishing vessels and old tug boats floating in the shiny water, people enjoying beautiful weather while sitting on the benches. No wonder why it’s called the city of water.

新潟には驚かされました。 川岸の広い遊歩道、釣り船、輝く水上に浮かぶ古いタグボート、人々はベンチに座って美しい天気を楽しんでいます。私はどんな街を想像していたのかわかりませんが、間違いなくこの様ではありませんでした。水の都と呼ばれるのも不思議ではありません。

View from Niigata Nippo MEDIA SHIP building
Niigata Nippo MEDIA SHIP
At the riverside promenade

Niigata Nippo MEDIA SHIP

3-1-1 Bandai, Chuo Ward, Niigata, 950-0088 Japan


〒950-0088 新潟県新潟市中央区万代3丁目1−1