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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…
Hiraizumi

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…
Glamping

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…

8 Helpful Dos and Don’ts for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan This 2018

Want to experience Japan’s favorite spring event? Sakura (cherry blossom) viewing is one of the most anticipated seasonal events in Japan, both by locals and foreigners. Hanami, which literally means “flower viewing,” is a tradition held during the spring season while cherry blossoms are in bloom. Long ago, the hanami tradition was limited to Japanese…

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…

Be One With Nature and Visit the 3 Great Gardens of Japan!

A simple walk in the park or garden can sometimes bring some of the most unforgettable experiences you’ll have while on vacation. And when in Japan, one shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the country’s rich natural havens open all year round for locals and foreigners alike. Among the most recommended attractions are the “Three…
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