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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…

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…

Nature Lovers Would Love to Visit This Buried Forest Museum in Uozu, Toyama!

While Toyama (富山) is often overlooked by tourists who flock to the neighboring Ishikawa (石川), this off-the-beaten-path city has a lot to offer. Toyama is home to a small castle, a spectacular glass museum, and the amazing hotaru ika (ほたるいか) or firefly squid. However, there is one more spot that makes it a worthwhile city…

Take Your Kanazawa Trip to the Next Level by Staying at These 2 Luxury Hotels

Kanazawa (金沢) preserves many of Japan’s ancient architecture. It has several landscape gardens, ponds, streams, and castles frequented by travelers from different parts of the world. Thanks to the Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線), it is even more accessible for people coming from the Tokyo area. If you’d like to enjoy the old-world atmosphere of Kanazawa, might…

Heading to Fukui? Here Are the Top 7 Souvenirs to Take Home!

When going on a trip, one question that is always at the back of one’s head would be, “What are the best souvenirs to bring back home?” Shopping for souvenirs is an activity that some people may thoroughly enjoy, while some may find stressful and time-consuming; which is why it is particularly helpful if you…

Have an Affordable yet Comfortable Stay at These 3 Guesthouses in Kanazawa

Kanazawa (金沢) is the prefectural capital of Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県). Though it is remotely located, it provides interesting historical and cultural places to visit. It is popular for seafood and other high-quality delicious cuisines. If you’re a tourist who is interested in visiting the place, let me show you three affordable guesthouses which can comfortably…

The 3 Unique Natural Wonders of Uozu, Toyama That You Must See This Spring!

Uozu (魚津) is a small beautiful city located in Toyama Prefecture (富山県), which is known for its pristine rivers and mountain ranges. It is easily accessible from Toyama City via Shinkansen (新幹線). It is also quite an international city with many foreign nationals living in harmony. The city is famous for its awesome festival, Uozu…

Travel Around Niigata, Japan While Gourmet Dining Aboard These 2 Bus Tours

Joining a bus tour is an economical way of going around Japan. It is available in most cities and can be used for short- or long-distance travels. But wouldn’t it be nice if you can go on tour while wining and dining at the same time? A Japanese bus company called Willer Travel (ウィラートラベル) is…

A Sweet Rice Bowl? Try This Unique Strawberry “Don” at a Cafe in Fukui, Japan!

Donburi (丼), or “don” for short, refers to a rice bowl with various kinds of toppings. Some examples of this are gyudon (牛丼; beef bowl), oyakodon (親子丼; chicken and egg bowl), and katsudon (カツ丼; pork cutlet bowl). But in Fukui Prefecture (福井県), there is a cafe that offers a sweet kind of don! Fukui Prefecture…

Bandai Bridge: An Iconic Landmark of Niigata City

Did you know that there is a bridge that is known as the symbol of Niigata City (新潟市)? The bridge is called Bandai Bridge (萬代橋) and it is the perfect place to picnic, see blooming tulips and even cherry blossoms! Let’s learn more about this historic and beautiful site! Niigata City Niigata City is the…
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