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Snorkeling on Hirizo Beach

Location Hirizo beach is located at Minami-Izu, 200 kilometers away from the Tokyo metropolitan. The main activity here is snorkeling. The place is clean and the beach itself has no touristic structure (i.e. restroom and snacks stall). Hirizo beach can be accessed by service boat from the Nakagi Port. You have to pay for the…

Oshino Hakkai Ponds, the 8 Wonders Around Mt. Fuji

Oshino Hakkai are the eight ponds formed by the melted snow of Mount Fuji, located in between Lake Kawaguchiko and Lake Yamanakako. Listed as one of the Mount Fuji constitution assets, and it is said that people used the water to purify themselves as a part of Mount Fuji pilgrimage. The story has been told…

Green Guide in Nagatoro, Saitama

Nagatoro near Chichibu area in Saitama Prefecture, has been listed as one of the must visit place in Japan Green Guide Michelin. Nagatoro has many beautiful scenic spots including Nagatoro Iwadatami. Iwadatami literally means ‘Japanese rock flooring’. The area consists of 80-meter wide and half a kilometre long layered rocks along the Arakawa river. Japan…

Kimono and Yukata For Everybody

Kimono Women (seijin-no-hi kimono) jp.fotolia.com/ Men (Hakama) s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/ Kimono is a traditional Japanese full-length robe, it is worn the most during special occasions such as weddings and tea ceremonies. We can see a lot of people wearing kimono, for example, during ‘seijin-no-hi’ (Coming of Age Day), to celebrates and to congratulate those who have reached…

Silent Sea Tank, a powerful message in Kagoshima City Aquarium

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kagoshima City Aquarium is a home for colorful tropical fish, whale shark and sea creatures of all sizes. It is a seven floor aquarium with a massive Kuroshio Tank as their main attraction, which can be found as you enter the complex. You can learn a lot about marine life in here.…

Jizo, the Protector of the Children’s Souls

Have you ever seen a little buddha statue on your way to the nearest supermarket, or maybe, on a roadside while heading to your college? Ever wondered what exactly those little buddhas are? Those little buddhas are called Jizo or politely ‘o-jizo sama’. They are said to guide Buddhists to Nirvana. And are the most…

The best hiking route for beginners, Mt. Nokogiri in Chiba

The weather is getting warmer. You don’t want to stay indoors. There are many brilliant things to do in spring. Have you tried hiking up one of the Japan’s mounts or hills? Before aiming for Mount Fuji, you’d better start with a less challenging path. Mount Nokogiri Author’s photo In Japan, they indicate the toughness…

Shrine vs. Temple, telling them apart is easy!

I have always been confused as how to differentiate between a shrine and a temple. It took me few years before I was finally fully able to distinguish them. When my friends and family were coming to visit me in Japan, they would ask me the same questions. So, let me summarise the differences that…

Avatar Fantasy world in Ashikaga Park

Golden week is just around the corner filmbaker.tumblr.com/ You might want to plan a fantasy trip to Ashikaga Flower Park seeing that wisteria is on its blooming season peak. CNN Travel crew has chosen Ashikaga Flower Park as one of the 2014 dream vacation spots. The park hosts 143 years old purple wisteria which looks…