Maniwa City – The Jersey Cows and the Cherry Blossoms in Autumn


Maniwa City (真庭市), located in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture, is the place to be for all dairy lovers. The soft-serve ice cream and the cheese made from hundreds of Jersey cows’ milk, are the must-try especially if you plan to go to the Hiruzen Highlands!

The city is also known as one of the best places to be during the cherry blossom season. Spots such as the cherry blossom tunnel and a gigantic thousand-year-old cherry blossom tree atop a hill are the places you won’t want to miss when you visit Japan in spring. There are even a few places where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms and autumn foliage at the same time (*’▽’).

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Hiruzen Highlands – A Great Place to Enjoy the Nature


Hiruzen Highlands (蒜山高原), also known as Hiruzen Plateau is one of the best highland resorts in Western Japan. It is reminiscent of Karuizawa near Tokyo. While it might be less fashionable in terms of architecture, it has a lot more capacity for you to enjoy nature. At the same time, there are still stylish boutique shops for you to visit just when you start missing the urban life (´▽`*). Renowned as a summer resort, cycling through the 29km well-maintained bike road is the most enjoyable activity to avoid the summer heat!

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