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Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery and Warlord Era Museum at Gifu Castle

If you know anything about Japanese history then you have probably heard the name of Oda Nobunaga, one of the country’s most famous warlords. Gifu castle, located atop Mount Kinka was at the centre of his campaign for power in Japan. If you find yourself staying in Gifu city it’s definitely worth your time to…

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Climbing Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks, and it became a world heritage site in 2013. It is the tallest mountain in Japan, with its peak stretching up to 3,776 meters high, and is one of the most iconic images of Japan, featured in lots of famous pieces of art. The mountain is…

Gifu’s Squirrel Park: Experience the Cute Side of Mount Kinka

Japan is famous for it’s many animal attractions, such as it’s many dog and cat cafes around the country, however one animal spot that’s not so well known is the Squirrel village in Gifu! /guide.travel.co.jp/ It’s pretty easy to find as it’s just outside the entrance to the upper station of Mount Kinka’s ropeway, or…

Learn to Make Your Own Knife from a Japanese Swordsmith

The Japanese sword or “katana” is one of the most iconic images of Japan around the world and the masters who make these weapons in the traditional way are becoming increasingly rare. In Gifu, however, you can spend the day with a government certified master swordsmith and even try your hand at the forge as…

Learn How to Make Traditional Japanese Sweets in Kyoto!

Wagashi are delicious Japanese sweets, often served as part of a traditional tea ceremony. They are crafted to look like symbols of the season Japan is experiencing at the particular moment when the sweets are made. In Kyoto, Japan’s most traditional city, the way of making wagashi is known as Kyogashi and there are many…

Macho Bar in Kyoto: The Perfect Place for Cocktails and Eye Candy!

If you are in Kyoto and looking for somewhere, you can enjoy a drink and also enjoy the view then you need to get yourself to “Macho Bar” off Kiyamachi street between Shijo and Sanjo. Author’s photo It’s pretty easy to find, from Kiyamachi street if you’re going south from Sanjo street take the next…

Getting a pet in Japan? Animal Refuge Kansai is the place to go!

One of the news stories that regularly does the rounds about Japan is the problem of its decreasing population as fewer and fewer families are choosing to have children. However, at the same time time that the number of children is decreasing, the number of families who are choosing to keep a pet is on…

Tokyo Zombie: Hilarious Japanese Horror Movie

Everyone loves a good horror film and everyone loves a good comedy and there is a Japanese film which combines both for a fantastic 104 minutes of hilarious horror! If you get the chance you should definitely check out Tokyo Zombie! In some ways it follows the classic formula of any good zombie film- there…

Can you Survive the Zombie Apocalypse at Universal Studios Japan?

Have you ever wanted to experience the horror and the chaos that you would usually only see in the scenes of a zombie film? Lots of us have wondered how we would handle it and if you go to Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan around Halloween time you can experience the madness for yourself! travelcaffeine.com/ Universal…

Death Note: Perfect For Those That Love the Darker Side to Anime

Death Note is a really well-known manga and anime in Japan and around the world. You might not see as many people wearing Death Note clothes the way you do with some of the more kid-friendly animes, but it’s still hugely popular among those who prefer their manga and anime a little darker. The Death…
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