2018 April

6 Must-Visit Spots in Miyajima, Japan’s Island of Gods

An hour away from Hiroshima is Miyajima, an island regarded as the “Island of Gods.” The island is officially named Itsukushima but is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, which means “shrine island.” Aside from the shrines and temples that can be visited, Miyajima also offers beautiful scenery of nature and delectable local cuisine. In…

10 Wonderfully Weird Japanese Festivals to Look Forward to for the Rest of 2018

Because normal festivals are overrated; because life is too short to be doing the same old stuff. Fortunately, Japan’s inventive and unique culture simply knows no bounds! Japanese people find reasons to celebrate the things that are usually taken for granted in Western societies with festivals, or more commonly known as “matsuri.” Since hanami season…

7 Things to Do in Oyama, Japan’s City of Good Fortune

Discover the secrets of a city that brings good fortune. Visit Oyama City (小山市) in Tochigi Prefecture on your next trip to Japan! One of the 14 cities in Tochigi, Oyama is the second most populous city with a population of 166,000. It became known as the “City of Good Fortune” as it is believed…

Want to Learn About Some of Japan’s Famous Classic Writers? Watch This Anime!

William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and F. Scott Fitzgerald are just some of the most widely acclaimed classic authors. Literature is an essential part of a country’s culture, and Japan is also known for its diverse literary heritage. Unfortunately, people today prefer to watch television or play video games instead of reading books. While…

Help Support Kumamoto With This New Unique Flavor of Kit Kat in Japan!

Through the relentless effort of various communities and institutions, Kumamoto, Japan continues to recover from the devastation it has suffered brought by the earthquake that struck the region in 2016. Nestlé lets us lend a helping hand to these efforts by creating Kit Kat flavors specifically for Kumamoto! Kumamoto Tea Kit Kat On the same…

Top 5 Spots You Must Experience in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Minato Mirai 21 (横浜みなとみらい21) is the biggest business, shopping, and tourism district in all of Yokohama. It is just a few minutes by train from Yokohama Station using the Minatomirai Line, or about 40 minutes away from Tokyo Station. Though there are countless things to see and do in this area, here are five recommendations…

Love Running Marathons? 5 Tips on How to Plan a ‘Runcation’ in Japan

Food, cherry blossoms, nature, culture, technology, history – these are just some of the many reasons to visit Japan. But consider this reason for your next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun: to join a marathon. With its ideal weather, stellar organization, exciting race expos, and the festive-like atmosphere of race day, participating…

Check Out This Hotel in Osaka That Has a Striking European-Inspired Chapel

Most people choose a hotel based on the unique features and facilities it offers. While not all hotels are blessed to have historical facilities, some have an edge over the rest. One particular hotel in Osaka that has such feature is Hotel Monterey. It stands out like a magnificent European palace amid the tower blocks…
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