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Quiet, Beautiful and Close to Tokyo? Discover the Best Place to Live in Japan!

Living in Japan is something many people dream of doing one day. Everyone has their own reason, whether that’s wanting to experience Japan’s culture or fulfilling their dream of studying or working in the country. Many people consider living in Tokyo, the capital of the country due to its easy access to popular tourist spots,…

See the Phenomenal “Sea of Clouds” in Chichibu, Saitama This Spring

One of the places in Japan that provides an otherworldly feel is Chichibu (秩父). It is a historic city embraced by mountains, lush forests, and relaxing hot springs located in Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県). Chichibu is also a popular weekend getaway for those who live in the central part of Tokyo (東京). The place has dramatic…

See This Natural Ice Sculpture in Chichibu, Saitama This Winter 2017

Ever wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life but find it difficult or troublesome to get to the countryside and get some fresh air or see nature’s sights? If you are in or near Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県), look no further than Chichibu City (秩父市) this winter 2017 for some…

Step Into the 4th Dimension For a Luxurious Sauna and Onsen Experience in Saitama!

Across Tokyo and Saitama, there are a plethora of super sentos offering a range of different baths, jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and other ways to relax away from the madness of the metropolis. One popular super sento favourite is ganbanyoku (stone sauna) and in Kita-Urawa, Saitama one bath house has taken the stone sauna into…

Step into the City of Warabi and Experience a Place Buzzing with Diversity!

With easy access – thanks to the train system in Japan – many people living in the vicinity of Tokyo can reach the capital’s city center in no time. Warabi, a city in Saitama Prefecture is also one of those places that have easy access to Tokyo. But aside from easy access, there is also…

Trek Into the Evergreen Forest of Saitama’s Mount Buko This Spring!

Spring is one of the best seasons to go trekking in the Japanese mountains as you have the chance to admire the beautiful spring flowers. Choosing which mountain to go trekking on can be very confusing as Japan is a mountainous country. If you’re living near Tokyo, you can go to Mt. Buko which is…

Soak In the Baths While Soaking In the View at Miyazawako Onsen

Miyazawako Onsen offers a tranquil bathing experience with their outside infinity baths overlooking Lake Miyazawa framed by the Chichibu hills in the backdrop. Located in the west of Saitama, this serene onsen is easily accessible from central Tokyo in around one hour. From Ikebukuro take the rapid Seibu Ikebukuro line to the final stop, Hanno…

Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Day at Hanasaki Spa in Saitama

Having visited countless onsens across Japan, few rival the hidden gem of Hanasaki Spa in Haraichi, a short train ride from Omiya, Saitama’s central hub. Omiya is easily accessible in just over 30 minutes from central Tokyo with the express Saikyo services running from Shinjuku. From Omiya, get on the New Shuttle and in ten…

Relax in One of Tokyo’s Best Hot Springs and Spas: Gorakuyu Wako

Gokuraku literally translates as land of bliss and specifically refers to Sukhavati, Amitabha’s pure land in Mahayana Buddhism. It may be a stretch of the imagination to declare Gokuraku-yu a paradise but nonetheless the spa chain provides excellent facilities for a few relaxing hours. The company is one of Japan’s largest spa operators with 38…
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