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Discover 9 Places From Natsume Yuujinchou on a Japanese Anime Pilgrimage

For those who want to go on an anime pilgrimage, the biggest question is “Where do I begin?” Natsume Yuujinchou (夏目友人帳) fans, look no further! Let us follow Nyanko-sensei to Hitoyoshi (人吉) in Kumamoto (熊本), Japan. Nyanko sensei, buta neko, Ponta, Madara. He may come with many names but our favorite cat is a popular…

Head to Tamana and Visit the Rengein Tanjyoji Temple for Peace and Quiet

On my first visit to Tamana in Kumamoto, we headed straight for the popular temple that houses a giant, 40-ton bell (which you can have the pleasure of ringing if you arrive at the right time of day). On the second trip, my friend was keen to see this famous site and we programmed the…

Calorific Deliciousness in Kumamoto ー Try Bubble Tea at Tapiking

I first tried ‘milk tea’ in China – what we would call ‘builders tea’ in England but made super sweet and super milky, and more often than not with little tapioca balls bobbing around at the bottom of the cup. Served with a jumbo straw through which to suck up the afore mentioned tapioca balls,…

Unwind at Daifuku no Yu – a Quality Onsen in the Heart of Kumamoto!

One of the truly heartwarming things that came out of the Kumamoto Earthquake was seeing how local businesses rallied together and tried to support the citizens in need of help. I discovered the Daifuku no Yu earlier this year – it is only a few minutes away from my apartment and has become my local…

An Amusing Tale of the Quirkiest Aquarium in Kyushu: Wakuwaku Undersea Aquarium

Given that seafood is part of the staple diet for most people in Japan, it’s hardly surprising that aquariums are also popular. Some Japanese aquariums (such as ‘Kaiyukan’ in Osaka) are world famous and make for an outing that you’ll never forget. The smaller aquariums in Japan are charming in their own way too, and…

Explore Kumamoto: Visit the Country Park for a Breath of Fresh Air

Living in a small city, it can be easy for residents to run out of fun things to do on the weekend. Once you reach the stage of life in Japan where you feel like you’ve done everything, that’s when you start considering visits to places of little interest that you probably wouldn’t go to…

Tomioka Castle: A Spot of History for Your Seaside Visit

Like most of Amakusa, Tomioka (an island peninsula jutting out from the North-West tip of the Amakusa District) is well known for its beaches and during the summer, it attracts many beach-goers hoping to soak up the sun. If the idea of a week spent lying on a beach isn’t entertainment enough for you, fear…

Explore Kumamoto: the Historic Beauty of Tatsuda Nature Park

Kumamoto is only a small city, yet is has a wealth of interesting places for tourists and residents to visit. One such place is the Tatsuda Nature Park. Just a short distance from the centre of Kumamoto you can find a slice of paradise in this quiet, relaxing park and see some historical sights while…
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