Monthly Archives: January 2017

Staying in Japan is never complete without soaking in an "onsen (温泉)" or a Japanese hot spring. For hundreds of years, the Japanese people have enjoyed this activity mainly for socializing and its health benefits. It is considered as one of the great ways to enjoy the Japanese culture...

One of the major decisions to make when planning a trip is choosing a place to stay at. With options between Western and traditional style and prices that range from budget-friendly to splurge-worthy, Japan certainly has an abundance of interesting accommodations. Adding to the number of guest houses that...

Japan is well-known around the world for its fast, safe, and modern public transportation. However, using crowded trains may not always be the best idea for travelers to the Land of the Rising Sun. If you are traveling with your children or people with special needs, you may want...

Easy access to snow monkeys, mountain ranges, historic shrines, and perhaps the best-preserved castle in Japan; first-class bars selling regional wine and sake, a local football team whose fans are amongst the most loyal, and people whose genuine smiles warm the hearts of locals and tourists alike – this...

It's a new year for a new hanami (花見 - flower viewing) experience! Year after year, tourists from all around the world specifically plan their Japan trips around the spring season to get a glimpse of the cherry blossoms' surreal pink petals blooming in their full glory. It's one of...

When you think of Japanese pop groups, you probably think of cute and sexy girls who are competing for fame. But did you know that a certain group in Japan called "Pottya (ぽっちゃ)" is shaking up the world with the weight of their chubby members? Yes, it's true! This...

High-quality delicious food is not rare in Japan. You can find it almost anywhere. Different cities offer varieties of dining experiences ideal for gourmet enthusiasts. These are often frequented by gastronomes and food journalists who enjoy world-class cuisines and food tours. However, if you're looking for the best places...

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....

I personally think that chiffon cakes are a staple baking recipe to have in one's arsenal for baking. However, it’s actually pretty difficult to get these cakes to be fluffy and moist. Chiffon cake is my all-time favorite kind of cake because you can prepare them in any way...

Night trains or sleeper trains are an essential part of Japan's train services. Though these are rapidly becoming rare, they give us a throwback to the past. Most of the time, these trains look more luxurious than the ordinary ones. One of the anticipated luxury trains that will go...

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