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Take a Look at These 30 Charming Hotels in Hokkaido for a Relaxing Trip in 2019!

Hokkaido is the most northern of Japan’s four main islands and is a stunning place boasting natural beauty and unique experiences. With excellent ski and snowboard resorts such as in Niseko, Rusutsu, and Asahidake, impressive mountainous areas all over the island, and charming traditional towns such as Biei and Tsurui, this area of Japan is…
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Classic shrines of Chiba – a glimpse of tradition before you fly out of Narita.

When you say the word “Chiba” or “Narita” to most foreigners, images of Japan’s largest international airport comes immediately to mind, along with that mad rush foreigners make to catch their plane. Yet, if you say Narita or Chiba to most Japanese, you might hear two diverse descriptions – the first, of course is the…

A Guide to Trash and Garbage Disposal in Japan

In most countries other than Japan, throwing away trash is pretty simple. Garbage is garbage, and that’s the end of unwanted items. Just put them in any container and bid goodbye to your waste. Although some efforts have been made in other countries to separate rubbish to a certain extent, such as cardboard or food…
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Hiraizumi : Pure Land Buddhism and Tohoku Pride

“夏草や 兵どもが 夢の跡”(`Natsukusa ya tsuhamonodomo ga yume no ato`) – “Grasses in summer, the warriors’ dreams… all that is left”. This poem, written by Master haikuist Matsuo Bashō after he visited the ancient temple complex of Hiraizumi, is one of the most famous in Japan. Located in Iwate on the banks of the Kitakami-gawa, these simple words…
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Circus Outdoor introduces a New Glamping Site within Tokyo’s City Limits

“Glamping,” also known as glamorous camping, is nothing new in Japan. It is one of the latest trends that are spreading out in the country. Just this year, another luxury camping experience opened in Tokyo’s Okutama region. Okutama is a town located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis. Although the place is not located…

3 Breathtakingly Beautiful Places Where You Can Go “Forest Bathing” in Tokyo

Have you heard of the Japanese practice called “shinrin-yoku”? In English, it is translated to “forest bathing,” which is also known as forest therapy, a form of health care and healing in Japanese medicine. There are many places in Japan where you can forest bathe; even in the bustling area of Tokyo! What exactly is…

4 Adventurous Things to Do on a Day Trip to the Hidden Gem City of Kobe

Okay, so you’re done seeing the magnificent cherry blossoms during the spring season in Japan. (Or maybe you have missed your chance to see it.) You are now wondering what to do and where to go to enjoy your short spring trip in the country. If you are in the Kansai area, there are lots…

Visit These 2 Dreamy Cafes in Tokyo That are Out of This World!

Japan is abundant in themed restaurants and cafe’s and really does have something for everyone. There are so many of these kinds of places and they are which are scattered throughout the cities of Japan. Some of these are literally hidden gems which can be so thrilling to look for. If you’re after a dreamy,…

This Gorgeous Limestone Cave on Japan’s Ishigaki Island Is a Must-Visit!

Ishigaki Island is a gorgeous tropical paradise, geographically close to Taiwan but counting as one of the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, Japan. It is less crowded and busy but warmer than Okinawa’s main island, and is loved for its tropical climate, delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, friendly locals, and the huge amount of things to…

Top 8 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Osaka for Spring 2018

The air is getting warmer, and what seemed like shy little green buds are starting to give color to the once-naked and leafless trees as flowers start to bloom – signs that spring is just around the corner. It is one of the most beloved times of the year, especially in the land of sakura…
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