I often hear that Japan has “4 seasons” and although I agree with this, I believe that this statement needs a slight adjustment. Summer is hot and humid, but not too long. Winter is cold, but not too cold and not too long. Spring and Autumn are perfect, and both are quite long and wonderful.
Spring usually arrives perfectly on time for Golden Week, and this year was no exception. Though we never left Shiga prefecture, we took advantage of, and absolutely enjoyed the outdoors and the perfect weather. What a great season to be in Japan! We enjoyed a few short hikes, picnics, splashing in a stream, walks by the lakeside and lots of park time with our kids and their friends.
Every city has some green spaces in which to enjoy nature and reconnect with mother earth, but Otsu city is a truly wonderful place. Only 15 minutes from Kyoto and 45 minutes to Osaka, and yet so much green space! Otsu is neither a big city or a country town, but somewhere right in the middle. Lots of parks, lots of waterways, lots of forests and mountains. I love living in Otsu!