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5 Things to Do for a Perfect One-Day Road Trip to Mt. Fuji From Tokyo

Mt. Fuji continues to be at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists. However, given its remote location from the city (more than 100 kilometers), reaching it by public transport can be difficult. The best thing to do would be to rent a car, especially if you’re going as a group since it would be…

Feel the Heat as You Celebrate These 2 Fire Festivals in Hamamatsu, Japan

Fire symbolizes light, warmth, and purification. In the mountains of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture, fires are lit, dances are performed, and prayers are offered. Check out these two fire festivals in the area this December 2017! 1. Kanzanji Fire Festival The Kanzanji Temple holds a fire festival annually on December 15. During the festival, prayers…

4 Fascinating Things to Do in Hamamatsu, Japan’s City of Music

Music is sometimes called the universal language because of its ability to express and connect with our emotions even in the absence of words. Let us experience and understand music in Hamamatsu (浜松市), Japan’s City of Music! Hamamatsu is one of the 23 cities in Shizuoka Prefecture. Manufacturing companies of musical instruments are mostly based…

The Top 8 Spots in Karuizawa to Experience the Beauty of Autumn in Japan

Karuizawa-machi in Nagano Prefecture is a popular summer destination because of its cooler weather. The town is considered as a highland resort known for skiing in winter, golf in summer, and shopping all year round. Though more popular in the summer season, Karuizawa is also a perfect autumn destination. If you love the explosion of…

Savor the Best of Gifu’s Flavors Through These 4 Local Specialties!

At the mention of Gifu Prefecture, the first thing that probably comes to mind would be the thatched-roof village of Shirakawago. Shirakawago no Gassho-Zukuri (白川郷の合掌造り集落) is a World Heritage Site along with Gokayama no Gassho-Zukuri which is located in the neighboring Toyama Prefecture. Being a landlocked prefecture, Gifu may not be well known for seafood-related…

See the Beautiful Autumn Leaves of Japan at These 5 Maple Festivals in Aichi

There is inexplicable beauty in how our surroundings change with the seasons. When the green foliage of summer turn into blazing blends of red, orange, and yellow, people look forward to “momijigari” or autumn leaf viewing. Enjoy the colors of autumn at these five festivals in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture! 1. Korankei “Momiji” Maple Festival jp.fotolia.com/…

4 Must-Visit Spots in the Less-Traveled yet Historic City of Gifu

While both picturesque and historic, Gifu, located next to Aichi Prefecture, tends to be engulfed by its more famous cousin. Nagoya City in Aichi is usually the tourist destination of choice for many. Yet Gifu City, a small attractive town only 30 minutes from Nagoya by train, holds some wonderful sights and is ideal for…

Witness an Outstanding Japanese Martial Art at a Festival in Aichi This October!

Traditional dances, folk music, and a parade of portable shrines or decorative floats are common to most festivals in Japan. However, in Aichi, a martial art form takes center stage in one festival. Be amazed by a masterful performance of martial arts in the Sanage Festival! History The Sanage Festival or Sanage Matsuri (猿投まつり) is…

Guests with Tattoos Can Now Enjoy Hot Spring Baths at This Japanese Onsen!

One of the common rules that a lot of people know about hot spring bathing is the “no tattoo” rule. Despite Japan’s advanced way of living, there seems to remain a stigma that accompanies people who have tattoos on their bodies. To many locals, tattoos still signify an association with notorious groups and organized crime…
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