Feel the Heat as You Celebrate These 2 Fire Festivals in Hamamatsu, Japan

Fire symbolizes light, warmth, and purification. In the mountains of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture, fires are lit, dances are performed, and prayers are offered. Check out these two fire festivals in the area this December 2017! 1. Kanzanji Fire Festival The Kanzanji Temple holds a fire festival annually on December 15. During the festival, prayers…

4 Fascinating Things to Do in Hamamatsu, Japan’s City of Music

Music is sometimes called the universal language because of its ability to express and connect with our emotions even in the absence of words. Let us experience and understand music in Hamamatsu (浜松市), Japan’s City of Music! Hamamatsu is one of the 23 cities in Shizuoka Prefecture. Manufacturing companies of musical instruments are mostly based…

Guests with Tattoos Can Now Enjoy Hot Spring Baths at This Japanese Onsen!

One of the common rules that a lot of people know about hot spring bathing is the “no tattoo” rule. Despite Japan’s advanced way of living, there seems to remain a stigma that accompanies people who have tattoos on their bodies. To many locals, tattoos still signify an association with notorious groups and organized crime…

Do You Like Unusual Hotels? Check Out This One in Japan That Used to Be a School!

Japan has a long-time issue of a declining birthrate, which has brought about the closing of around four hundred to five hundred schools in Japan per year. Osori Elementary School on the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka Prefecture is one educational institution that was unfortunately closed. It was founded in 1892 and shut down in 1973…

This Small Ghibli-Inspired Town in Japan Will Transport You to Another World!

Nestled on the outskirts of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (静岡県浜松市) is a town that looks straight out of a fairy tale or a Ghibli movie. Nukumori no Mori (ぬくもりの森) is the kind of place where it’s impossible not to feel like you’ve been transported to another world. Check it out! Nukumori no Mori Author’s photo Nukumori no…

Enjoy a Challenging Excursion with This Unusual New Mt. Fuji Climbing Route!

Summer is the season to climb Mt Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan. The place is open to climbers and hikers from July to September as the weather conditions are mostly stable at these times. There are many popular plans on how to climb the mountain with some even suggesting taking a break at the…

77 Luxury Hotels and Ryokans for a Relaxing Stay in Shizuoka This 2017

Shizuoka (静岡) is a beautiful prefecture in central Japan, boasting warm weather and home to the iconic tallest mountain in the country, Mt. Fuji (富士山). The southern peninsula, Izu (伊豆), is famous for its gorgeous beaches and hot spring resorts. Shizuoka is easily reachable from Tokyo (東京), and is popular among visitors for its breathtaking…

Try Green Tea Gelato Covered in Gold in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture This Summer!

Uji (宇治) is a small city in Kyoto (京都) highly popular for producing high-quality powdered green tea. It is one of the biggest tea producers in Japan. But did you know that there is another top tea-producing area closer to the capital city? Around 40% of Japan’s cultivated tea areas lie in the picturesque fields…

Check Out 9 of the Best Places to Visit in Numazu City, Shizuoka!

Numazu City (沼津市) in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県) was recently placed in the spotlight because of the anime, Love Live! Sunshine!! Numazu City is a gateway to major tourist sites such as Mt. Fuji (富士山) and Hakone (箱根). The city is also known for its numerous hot springs. If you are setting off for an…

Visit This Strange Yet Cool Japanese Sex Museum in Shizuoka!

Atami (熱海) is a city located on the coast in Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県) of Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島). It is adjacent to Tokyo (東京) and Hakone (箱根), making it one of the most frequented cities in the region. Thousands of tourists visit Atami every year, discovering its famous onsens (温泉; hot springs), museums and culture. There…
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