Ride a Special Pikachu-Themed Train in Japan This Summer 2017!

It is always a pleasure riding luxurious trains in Japan. Besides being free from clusters of people, these trains are amenity-rich and outfitted with hotel-quality sleeping compartments. This coming summer, the “Pokemon with You” Train will be back in service! Though not that luxurious, the train has been designed to give everyone an awesome and…

Experience a Tech-Free, Traditional Japanese Life at This Inn in Iwate

Have you ever dreamed of experiencing the traditional Japanese way of living complete with the serene countryside ambiance and the absence of technology and the city’s bustle? Finding a traditional inn or hotel in Japanese provinces is now made easy given that establishment owners are only one call away. In fact, many accommodation sites are…

The Mysterious and Beautiful Temple Built into a Cave: Bishamon-do in Iwate

Over a thousand years ago, a Buddhist Temple was built in the rock wall of a cliff in Hiraizumi, Iwate. It was called Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo which was primarily dedicated to the warrior gods of the 9th century. At that time, Japanese territories were expanding northwards which was followed by several battles with Emishi…

Check Out Japan’s Version of New Zealand Culture in Tohoku!

In the mountains of Iwate nestles a deteriorating theme park known as Tohoku New Zealand Village. It was built based on Japan’s idea of New Zealand culture. The village is quite charming where you are likely to see alpacas, sausages and unique architectures. There are also a few attractions such as rides and performances by…

Hachimantai Ski Resort: The Perfect Place for Winter Holidays!

‘Tis the season to be jolly! It is about that time of the year when families get a nice long holiday. Deciding the destination can be really time-consuming so I am suggesting a beautiful winter destination somewhere in the slopes of Japan. The Hachimantai Ski Resort is renowned for its amazing powder snow which has…

Be in Awe of Konjikido, the Golden Palace of Iwate

Many people know of the very famous building Kinkakuji in Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion. Few people are aware of the golden hall, Konjikido, which stands in Iwate prefecture. Entirely covered in gold, Konjikido is a sight to behold. Tendai Buddhism japan-iwate.info/ The Tendai sect of Buddhism originated in 805. The founder, Saicho, was influenced strongly…

Visit Iwate this Winter and Experience a Fun Rural Escape!

A land of abundance surrounded with nature’s beauty, Iwate, is one of Japan’s largest prefectures just second to winter wonderland Hokkaido. There are many natural sights and sceneries as well as historical landmarks which you can visit in Iwate. There are also numerous hot springs to go to and relax. dantai-ryokou.com/ There is no right…

Chagu Chagu Umakko: Iwate Prefecture’s Horse Festival

On the second Sunday of June, you can hear a beautiful sound coming from horses’ bells. This is known as “chagu-chagu,” which is an onomatopoetic expression for it. Thus, the event is known as Chagu Chagu Umakko, a festival of horses. In Iwate prefecture, about 100 horses with brightly colored harnesses parade through a distance…
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