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Visit Shodoshima, One of the Best Islands to See Autumn Beauty in Japan

There are many islands in Japan that possess a plethora of nature’s beauty, and Shodoshima is one such island especially famous for its beaches and autumn trees. You can expect a Mediterranean style of climate here and on many of the islands in the Seto Inland Sea which are usually covered in thick vegetation. Shodoshima…

Indulge in Melodious Music Under the Moonlit Autumn Sky at Sankeien in Yokohama

As the long autumn nights approach, are you wondering about what you can do other than explore the nightlife or enjoy a nice dinner? If music is your thing and you are interested in exploring a traditional Japanese garden under the moonlit sky, how about heading to Sankeien (三渓園) to participate in its kangetsukai (観月会)…

Do Not Miss the Enchanting Street Illuminations of Arashiyama, Kyoto This December

Kyoto, being the old capital of Japan, is home to great temples, shrines, gardens, and geishas. This December 2017, Kyoto’s old streets will be adorned with lights and flowers as the Arashiyama Hanatouro is held. Here’s what you need to know about this much-awaited illumination event! Hanatouro “Hanatouro,” which literally translates to “flowers and lanterns,”…

Enjoy the Harmony of Nature and People Under the Moonlight at This Event in Japan

Kinugawa Onsen (鬼怒川温泉) is a famous hot spring resort located at the upstream of Kinugawa River in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. Being located near Tokyo, it is known as one of the “inner rooms of Tokyo (東京の奥座敷)” along with its counterparts, Hakone and Atami. However, other than having a relaxing bath in the warm onsen,…

Savor 6 Local In-Season Delicacies From Japan’s Tohoku Region This Autumn!

Have you heard of the Japanese phrase, “shokuyoku no aki (食欲の秋)”? Literally, it means that people have an increased appetite for food during the autumn season, and there are three reasons as to why this theory holds true. First of all, many food items tend to be in-season during autumn where there is a lot…

Explore the Autumn Paradise of Nikko National Park on These Breathtaking Roads

There are many scenic roads nestled amidst nature in Japan that are perfect for a cool weekend trip. If you are near Tokyo, you should definitely visit Nikko National Park, a place filled with gorges, waterfalls, marshlands, and so on. On the way to the national park are two breathtaking roads that are actually popular…

Enjoy Jazz Music Under the Autumn Night Sky at This Japanese Festival in Yokohama!

As the sweltering summer nears its end, the cooler autumn is fast approaching as September arrives. Being the season of harvesting, many of Japan’s autumn festivals are related to celebrating the year’s bountiful fruits of labor from the fields. For a different experience this 2017, how about heading to a jazz-themed autumn festival taking place…

The 4 Best Places to See Maple Leaf Hues in Tokyo This Autumn 2017

Autumn is almost ready to knock on the doors of Japan and fill its landscapes with autumn leaves (koyo). Many gardens with Japanese maple trees (momiji) turn red, brightening up the whole area. If you live in the urban districts of Tokyo such as Shinjuku or Bunkyo, here are the four best places to see…

Adore the Beauty of Japanese Nature at the Bush Clover Festival in Tokyo This Fall

Japan has numerous beautiful gardens all throughout its different prefectures. One of these is a flower garden that is located in Sumida, Tokyo. It is called “Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens,” a popular sightseeing place where flowers bloom all year round. Every year, from mid-September to the beginning of October, the Hagi (Bush Clover) Festival is held here.…

5 Kabocha Squash Dishes You Must Try in Japan This Late Summer!

Kabocha squash (南瓜) is a Japanese household item which one has as a side dish mainly in the form of a salad or soup in washoku (和食), the traditional Japanese meal. Kabocha usually refers to winter squash and it is cooked as an appetizer or side dish in Japan. The flavor of kabocha is uniquely…
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