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Enjoy the Magic of Disney at the Limited-Time Disney Art Exhibit in Tokyo

Disney characters and films are incredibly popular in Japan, with Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea being some of the most visited locations for both Japanese and tourists alike. However, if you want a more in-depth, behind the scenes peek at Disney animation, look no further than the Disney art exhibit in Tokyo. The exhibit includes…

Banyan Forests: Discover 2 of Yakushima’s Natural Hidden Gems

Yakushima has much to offer nature lovers, and its spectacular Yakusugi – ancient Japanese cedar trees – are well worth the hype. However, there is far more to Yakushima than hiking its beautiful forests, and there are other trees that are worth seeing. While the Yakusugi are undoubtedly the highlight, I was just as enchanted…

Enjoy a Spectacular Projection Mapping Show at Tokyo Tower This Summer 2017!

While Tokyo Tower may now be dwarfed in popularity as well as size by Tokyo Skytree, there are still plenty of reasons to visit the older Tokyo Tower instead, particularly this summer. There are two illumination events happening every night until September 3rd 2017. Better yet, there is no extra admission fee; you simply need…

Be Transported to China With This Stunning Garden in Okinawa

Japan has a well-deserved reputation for beautiful gardens and many of its cities have at least one picturesque garden. Visitors to Okinawa often flock to Shikinaen, the former residence of the Ryukyu Kings and one of Okinawa’s World Heritage Sites. While Shikinaen is undoubtedly worth visiting, it is not Okinawa’s only noteworthy garden. In fact,…

Visit 2 Amazing Beaches on Zamami, Okinawa’s Island Paradise!

Okinawa is known for its pristine beaches where you can sunbathe, swim, and snorkel to your heart’s content. However, while Naha and Okinawa Honto have plenty of amazing attractions and beaches, the best beaches are located off the main island. Miyako is a popular spot, but another flight is required to reach the island. Fortunately,…

Explore Akiyoshidai, Japan’s Otherworldly National Park in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Japan has no shortage of beautiful sceneries. You can find almost everything in the country, from gorgeous mountains, ancient forests, picturesque beaches, and even sand dunes. One of the most unique spots is located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, the southernmost part of Honshu. Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park is home to a staggering number of karst formations that…

Explore the Unique Beauty of 2 Nature Reserves on the Island of Yakushima!

The island of Yakushima is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in Japan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its scenery has inspired the anime film Mononoke Hime. While it is a fairly small island, there are many things to do in Yakushima. You can go snorkeling or white water rafting, walk…

15 Things to Do in Matsuyama, Japan: Castles, Temples, Museums, and More

Matsuyama, located in Ehime Prefecture, is one of Shikoku’s most famous cities. There is so much to see here, including an original castle, a renowned onsen, and beautiful temples. The city also boasts a rich literary history, and many important Japanese authors have written about it and lived in the city. World-famous Natsume Soseki lived…

5 Sweet Cat Cafés That Will Make Your Visit to Tokyo “Purr-fect”!

Tokyo, Japan and cat cafés are a “purrfect” match for a cat lover’s vacation! These amazing cafés can be found throughout the metro Tokyo area, including Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Asakusa, and Ikebukuro. An incredibly novel concept, cat cafés originated in Taiwan in 1998 and spread like wildfire to other countries, most notably to feline-loving Japan.…

Learn How You Can Become a Samurai and Study the Art of the Perfect Cut

“Samurai” as a concept has been one of Japan’s hottest exports in last few decades. The rise in the popularity of anime, martial arts, and anything Japanese in the West has piqued the interest of younger generations in a way that other cultural imports haven’t been able to match. For many Japanophiles, their interest extends…
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