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Take Part in the Top 5 Sunflower Festivals of Japan This Summer!

Japan’s seasonal flower festivals attract thousands of tourists each year. If you are looking to appreciate nature’s beauty while in the country, don’t miss these five sunflower festivals this summer! 1. Akeno Sunflower Festival (あけのひまわりフェスティバル) hokuto-kanko.jp/ Over 600,000 sunflowers welcome visitors at the Akeno Sunflower Field (明野のひまわり畑) during the annual Akeno Sunflower Festival in Hokuto…

Witness the Beautiful Bloom of Iris Flowers at These 4 Festivals in Japan!

Many kinds of flowers grow on Japan’s land and one of them is the Japanese iris in its beautiful shades of blue and purple. See the full bloom of iris flowers that blanket select parks and gardens in Japan at these four iris festivals! 1. Suigo Itako Iris Festival (水郷潮来あやめまつり – May 27 to June…

Pay a Visit to this Beautiful and Historical Lighthouse in Chiba

Witness how the ocean waves meet the shore and follow the light towards the land. Discover the wonders of the Inubosaki Lighthouse (犬吠埼灯台) in Choshi (銚子市), Chiba (千葉県). Inubosaki Lighthouse First lit on November 15th, 1874, the Inubosaki Lighthouse is among the oldest lighthouses in Japan. It is the 24th western-style lighthouse in the country…

Check Out JR Kyushu’s Newest Sightseeing Train in Kumamoto, Japan!

JR Kyushu’s (九州) newest train makes its first trip this March and with it are tales of hope. Named after kingfishers local to the Kuma (球磨) region, the KAWASEMI YAMASEMI (かわせみ やませみ) is the first sightseeing train launched by JR Kyushu after the Kumamoto (熊本) earthquake in 2016 and is hoped to be a symbol…

Enter the World of Music in these 5 Music Box Museums All Over Japan!

Music boxes have been popular for decades with children, collectors, and historians alike. Would you like to listen to the gentle music from a hundred years past? Or do you fancy making your own music box? Visit these music box museums in Japan and you can do both! 1. Kyoto Arashiyama Orgel Museum (京都嵐山オルゴール博物館), Kyoto…

Travel to the World of Teddy Bears at These 5 Museums in Japan

No one is too old to love teddy bears. What is it about a good cuddle with a teddy that gives you that magical sense of comfort? If you’re a teddy-loving fan, get transported into the world of soft toys at one of these five Japanese teddy museums! 1. Izu Teddy Bear Museum (伊豆テディベアミュージアム), Shizuoka…

Discover 9 Places From Natsume Yuujinchou on a Japanese Anime Pilgrimage

For those who want to go on an anime pilgrimage, the biggest question is “Where do I begin?” Natsume Yuujinchou (夏目友人帳) fans, look no further! Let us follow Nyanko-sensei to Hitoyoshi (人吉) in Kumamoto (熊本), Japan. Nyanko sensei, buta neko, Ponta, Madara. He may come with many names but our favorite cat is a popular…

Top 10 Things to Do in Omi Jingu, the Holy Land of Karuta!

What is Omi Jingu (近江神宮) like? It’s a fiery place that burns with the passion of every Karuta player who has played in a competition. Discover the charms of Omi Jingu, the Holy Land of Karuta! Omi Jingu is a shrine in Otsu City (大津市), Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県). It is located at the foot of…

10 Things to Do on the SL Hitoyoshi, the Sightseeing Train Along Kumamoto

Japan is known for its extensive train network that runs throughout the country. From local trains to the fastest bullet train, each will surely bring you to your destination on time. How about hopping on a sightseeing train down south? Let us take a ride on the SL Hitoyoshi (人吉)! It was as if time…