2017 May

How to Drive in Hokkaido: Top Tips on Safety, Gas Stations, and Restrooms

Hokkaido (北海道) is one of the most beautiful places on earth, comprising of low population and rich flora and fauna. It has some scenic wetlands, lakes, glaciers, forests, mountains and more! The government wants to develop Hokkaido as a region that is sustainable instead of heavily industrializing it like other prefectures in the mainland, meaning…

Check Out These 2 Amazing Iris Festivals Accessible From Tokyo!

Soon, irises, or “ayame (あやめ)” in Japanese, are going to be in full bloom in Japan. As a matter of fact, two big iris festivals are about to take place in Katori City (香取市), Chiba Prefecture (千葉県) and Itako City (潮来市), Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県). These two cities face each other across the Hitachi-Tone River (常陸利根川).…

Visit the Mystic Lake of Akan in Hokkaido and Witness These 3 Natural Wonders

Lake Akan, or Akanko (阿寒湖) in Japanese, is one of the clearest and most transparent lakes in Japan. You can have a clear view of its water up to 3 to 4 meters deep. It is located in Eastern Hokkaido (北海道) in the region of Kushiro (釧路), and is situated between two volcanoes, namely Oakan…

The Ninja Crisis: What Is the Reason Behind the Shortage of Ninja in Japan?

Ninja (忍者) is one of the famous images that represent Japan. They are known to many as agents who specialized in espionage and infiltration during the olden days of Japan. So much so that it is even portrayed in popular culture in the West like in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the G.I. Joe series, and…

Celebrate Japanese Bathhouse Culture With This Silent Disco Event in Tokyo!

Have you ever seen a sento (銭湯), or public bathhouse before? Sentos used to be common among people who lived in small housing facilities that didn’t have private baths. Recently, the number of sentos has been decreasing as most Japanese residences already have bathrooms and shower rooms. Public bathhouses, therefore, are often either shut down…

This Bike Rental in Tokyo Offers Coffee, Cycling, and Sake – in That Order!

Tokyo is full of entertaining and interesting things. Though it is a huge metropolis, its main hotspots are not that far apart. Going around the city can be done easily in a more intimate and street-level perspective than by bus or train. In order to do this, by bicycle is an excellent way to get…

Take Your Kanazawa Trip to the Next Level by Staying at These 2 Luxury Hotels

Kanazawa (金沢) preserves many of Japan’s ancient architecture. It has several landscape gardens, ponds, streams, and castles frequented by travelers from different parts of the world. Thanks to the Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線), it is even more accessible for people coming from the Tokyo area. If you’d like to enjoy the old-world atmosphere of Kanazawa, might…

Ghouls, Get Ready! A Tokyo Ghoul Cafe Will Be Coming to Tokyo for a Limited Time!

If you’re a fan of the Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種) series, then you surely already have a hint what this article will be about just by reading the title. That’s right! The internationally popular Tokyo Ghoul will be opening its very own cafe serving Anteiku’s (あんていく) menu right in Tokyo (東京) for a limited time! Tokyo…

Following the Yamagata Mountain Pilgrimage of One of Japan’s Greatest Poets

The Mountain Temple has long been synonymous with haiku master Matsuo Basho (松尾芭蕉) and his immortal travel log, Oku no Hosomichi (奥の細道; The Narrow Road into the Deep North). Its very name evokes feelings of mystery and tranquility. Situated in the Yamagata (山形) region of the beautiful Tohoku (東北), Yamadera (山寺), meaning “mountain temple”, is…
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