Explore 3 Unique and Impressive Realms of Himeji in Hyogo Prefecture!

Himeji. By just looking at the word, most people will only think of one thing.. Himeji Castle. Himeji Castle is a stunning castle that was bestowed the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as “One of Japan’s three premier castles”. Himeji Castle is definitely worth a visit. However, despite these bold titles,…

Headed to Awaji Island? Here Are 10 Enjoyable Things You Should Do

Awaji Island or Awaji-shima (淡路島) is located between Honshu (本州) and Shikoku (四国) in the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海). It is near the city of Kobe (神戸) within the Hyogo Prefecture (兵庫県). From beautiful sceneries to vibrant festivals and captivating performing arts, this island has everything to offer. Here are 10 awesome things to do…

Treat yourself with a Relaxing Countryside Getaway to Rejuvenate in Hyogo!

Self-care is important in many ways and is a great way to help people recover from the stresses and the fatigue from being overworked. It is all about caring for the body and mind in a relaxing way to increase productivity and happiness. So, if you’re feeling stressed, why not take some time out from…

Discover the Most Fascinating Sights in Asago, Japan’s Hidden Gem City

Near the center of Hyogo Prefecture is a city which possesses beautiful nature with rivers and mountains. It is inhabited by more than 33,000 people who are living in a place with a great amount of historical and cultural sites. It is a wonderful place to experience the history, culture and food of the Japanese…

Koko-En Near Himeji Castle: 9 Beautiful Gardens Wrapped Into One

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Himeji municipality, a Japanese garden was constructed in 1992. It was called Koko-en Garden or Himeji Koko-en. It is located next to Himeji Castle and covers an area of 3.5 hectares consisting of nine beautiful gardens. travel.davidmbyrne.com/ The Garden’s Design zh.zekkeijapan.com/ The main location of the…

3 Interesting Activities on the Beautiful Awaji Island

There is a particular island in Japan which is tucked away from the bustling city and is less than 2 hours away from Osaka. It is called Awaji Island, the largest of the Inland Sea’s islands. The island is a beautiful place that is overflowing in historical landmarks and many interesting activities. Here is a…

Magnificent Himeji Castle, An Absolute Guide of all Must-See Highlights

As the largest, most often visited and one of the Japan’s oldest surviving castles, Himeji Castle dates back to 1333. Originally built as a fort by Akamatsu Norimura and later transformed into a castle two centuries later in Himeji City, Hyogo, the “White Heron Castle” as Himeji is also known as, is a World Heritage…

Himeji Castle: 5 Best Ways to View this World Heritage Site

What do you think of when you picture a castle? In Japan, the image of a castle is quite a distinctive one. Castles, though built to protect nobility and defend them against enemies, still have a certain beautiful quality. Himeji Castle in Hyogo prefecture is the largest of these castles in Japan. It has so…

Relax and Unwind in the Beautiful Awaji Hanasajiki Garden

Looking for a nice relaxing garden to enjoy some beautiful flowers in the weekend but do not want the hassle of traveling all the way to Hokkaido to do so? Why not stop by Awaji Hanasajiki, a garden located in Awajishima. Author’s photo Various flowers are grown at different times in the year depending on…

Kinosaki Hot Springs Town: Relaxing Getaway from the Big City

One of the foreign-friendly places to visit in Japan is the Kansai region. Located in the southern-central part of Honshu, the region is considered to be the cultural and historical heart of the country. Here, you can find the place Kinosaki, a perfect getaway from the busy metropolitan area where you can stroll around the…
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