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As you head to Tochigi Prefecture, just north of Tokyo, the high-rises gradually disappear and space opens up to make room for farm fields and rushing rivers. Mountains ring the horizon, snow-capped in winter and lush with verdant greenery in summer. Here, where the Kinu River cuts a wide...

It is a known fact that Japan is one of the safest countries in the world so it’s not surprising to hear that a lot of people are interested in living in the country, whether temporarily or for good. While making the decision to live in Japan is one...

As we know, there are many Japanese restaurant branches in other countries. However, these restaurants may have changed their recipes from the original dishes offered in Japan. This might be because ingredients of certain dishes are hard to come by, or because restaurant owners decide to tailor to the...

When foreigners think about Japan, the representative Mt. Fuji (富士山) may first come to mind. When most visitors plan to see Mt. Fuji, they may imagine Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県) as a destination to see Japan’s most famous landmark. However, there is another area – Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県) – where...

Have you heard of the term “bonsai (盆栽)?” If you have and think of those little trees that you see in a friend’s house or in gardens, you are partly right. But more than just the plant themselves, did you know that bonsai is actually a form of Japanese...

Japan is among travelers’ top choices of destination whether their main purpose is to sightsee, go shopping, or just simply relax and take a break. Aside from these reasons, many people also choose to go to the country to experience the cold temperatures of winter and to enjoy skiing,...

When someone asks you "Is Japan a train society or a car society?" you might answer that Japan is a train society since it is known for its technologically advanced railway system. Trains Do Not Cover All of Japan? It is true that the railway networks in Japan's urban areas are...

No matter where you live in the world, you have probably heard about Zen. When you hear the word Zen, the image of meditation and pursuit of knowledge is strong. Additionally, many people probably believe that Zen is difficult to understand and that it is a whole other world...

When visiting Japan, there are two sides to the country that most visitors want to see. The vibrant, busy sights of Tokyo or the traditional, serene areas outside of the city. While the modern version of Japan is often associated with craziness and fun, the traditional customs of onsen,...

Whenever I go traveling, one of the most important information that I prepare beforehand is where and how to get Wi-Fi access during my trip. The obvious solutions are, of course, to spend money and buy a SIM card, or rent a pocket Wi-Fi. But wouldn't it be great...

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