2017 June

Do You Know What the Ultimate ‘Ekiden’ or Relay Race in Japan Is?

Have you ever run long distance for days from one city to another? Do you watch relays or cross country races often? There is a Japanese term that has gotten into the English vocabulary called “ekiden (駅伝),” which was initially used to refer to stagecoaches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Now, “ekiden”…

Visit Japan’s Largest Indoor Wave Pool in Hokkaido!

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu (星野リゾート トマム) is a large ski area in Shimukappu Village (占冠村) which is found in central Hokkaido (北海道). The resort is often referred to simply as Tomamu (トマム) after the mountain on which it is located. Tomamu is one of the best resorts in the region and it can be visited during…

Where Is This Park in Japan That Changes Colors as the Seasons Change?

The first time I heard about a burning bush was back when I was a child reading an Old Testament Bible, the Book of Exodus (if you are a Christian or familiar with the bible, I am sure you know about this, too). The book says that the bush was on fire but wasn’t really…

Don’t Miss These 3 Major Summer Festivals in Osaka Held in July!

Osaka is not only known for its food and shopping districts but is also home to dozens of festivals held during the summer season. If you are traveling to this beautiful city at this time of the year, you definitely won’t fall short of things to do. Among its numerous summer festivals, these three major…

Do You Know These 3 Great Festivals Around Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture?

One of the oldest lakes in the world and the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) possesses a long and rich history. While it is known for the many tourist spots and resorts that surround it, there are also three festivals that should not be missed when visiting the lake. Let’s find out more…

See the Curious Belly Button Festival in Furano, Hokkaido

Furano (富良野) is a beautiful small town famous for lavender farms, located in the middle of the mountains in Hokkaido (北海道). It is covered with thick white snow in the winter but becomes a paradise filled with colorful flowers in the warmer months. Nicknamed ‘Lavender Town’ because of its lavender farms, Furano has a lot…

Enjoy Table Tennis and Delicious Food All in One at This Cafe in Tokyo!

Table tennis, also known as “ping-pong,” is one of the classic games around the world. Its popularity spread to Asian countries like Japan through the British armies who held posts in those places. In 2016, Japan’s table tennis representative, Jun Mizutani (水谷隼), made history by winning bronze in the Rio Olympics, the first Olympics table…

All You Need to Know About Mt. Hakodate, One of the Top 3 Night Views in Japan

Given the highest possible rating of three Michelin stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan (published by the world-famous French company Michelin), the views from Mt. Hakodate (函館山), especially at nighttime, are spectacular and deserve to be on every traveler’s must-see list whilst traveling around the Hokkaido region. This article presents all the information you…

Prepare for the Upcoming ‘Gintama’ Live Action by Joining This Event in Kyoto!

Calling all Gintama (銀魂) fans, are you up for some adventure? Then get ready as the most anticipated Gintama live action film is currently collaborating with the City of Kyoto (京都) in commemoration of its premiere on the 14th of July 2017! Gintama’s anime and live action adaptation is uniting for an event which will…

9 Places to Visit in Karuizawa, Nagano for a Refreshing Summer Break

Summer in Japan is known to be hot and humid. When you are in the city, the heat can be quite intense. To escape the heat, some travel to other areas so that they can enjoy a refreshing summer. In Nagano Prefecture (長野県) lies Karuizawa (軽井沢), a popular summer destination. The town is a mountain…
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