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Do You Like Unusual Hotels? Check Out This One in Japan That Used to Be a School!

Japan has a long-time issue of a declining birthrate, which has brought about the closing of around four hundred to five hundred schools in Japan per year. Osori Elementary School on the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka Prefecture is one educational institution that was unfortunately closed. It was founded in 1892 and shut down in 1973…

Enjoy Japanese Nature at the Beautiful Fukushima Lagoon in Niigata Prefecture

Fukushima Lagoon, or Fukushimagata, is a 271-hectare irrigation lake located near Niigata City, facing the Sea of Japan. The lagoon has a park with literally hundreds of varieties of flora and fauna. It is also chosen by many public and private magazines as one of the most beautiful sightseeing places in Japan filled with tons…

This Small Ghibli-Inspired Town in Japan Will Transport You to Another World!

Nestled on the outskirts of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (静岡県浜松市) is a town that looks straight out of a fairy tale or a Ghibli movie. Nukumori no Mori (ぬくもりの森) is the kind of place where it’s impossible not to feel like you’ve been transported to another world. Check it out! Nukumori no Mori Author’s photo Nukumori no…

5 Interesting Things to Do in Takayama, Gifu’s Charming Old Town

Hida Takayama (飛騨高山), or simply Takayama (高山), is an interesting city in Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県) known for its well-preserved old town, rustic surroundings, and colorful festivals. Home to many temples and shrines, the city has been popular to local and foreign tourists as it is also a famous gateway to Shirakawa-go (白川郷). Spending two days…

Relax in a Hot Spring Above the Clouds at this Onsen Retreat in Nagano

Have you ever heard of the onsen (温泉; hot spring) in the clouds? Takamine Onsen (高峰温泉) is 2000 meters above sea level and offers a vast view of the surrounding nature while allowing you to soak in its blissful hot spring water from the Asama Mountains (浅間山). Though located in a rural area where everyday…

Discover Nagoya’s Comfort Food at These 2 Kishimen Noodle Shops in the Area

Nagoya (名古屋) is popular for its Italian-like flattened udon called “kishimen” noodles. This is a staple cuisine in the area and it can be eaten by first-timers to Japanese cuisine. Its broth is considered to be between the Kansai (関西) and Kanto (関東) style. The noodle is 4.5 mm or more in width, 2 mm…

Enjoy a Challenging Excursion with This Unusual New Mt. Fuji Climbing Route!

Summer is the season to climb Mt Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan. The place is open to climbers and hikers from July to September as the weather conditions are mostly stable at these times. There are many popular plans on how to climb the mountain with some even suggesting taking a break at the…

9 Places to Visit in Karuizawa, Nagano for a Refreshing Summer Break

Summer in Japan is known to be hot and humid. When you are in the city, the heat can be quite intense. To escape the heat, some travel to other areas so that they can enjoy a refreshing summer. In Nagano Prefecture (長野県) lies Karuizawa (軽井沢), a popular summer destination. The town is a mountain…

Have Fun and Go on Rides With Your Beloved Pooch at Fuji-Q Highland This Summer!

Fuji-Q Highland (富士急ハイランド) is a popular amusement park in Japan which has been attracting several day-trippers from Tokyo (東京). Though it is not that famous compared to Tokyo Disneyland (東京ディズニーランド), it offers heart-pounding and thrilling rides which plummet down from tall heights. This summer 2017, it has introduced Fuji-Q Wanland (富士急わんランド), an event that allows…

3 Must-Visit Spots in the Beautiful yet Underrated Prefecture of Fukui

Fukui Prefecture (福井県), an hour away from Kyoto via train, is probably one of the most underrated prefectures among tourists in Japan. However, there is much to see in this prefecture that most people are not aware of. Let’s now see three of the most interesting places to visit in Fukui Prefecture! 1. Tojinbo Cliffs…
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