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Located in Saga Prefecture (佐賀県) on Kyushu Island (九州), Karatsu (唐津) is a city filled with the beauty of Japanese culture. The city was an important trading port in the past because of its proximity to China and Korea. Karatsu’s name has its origin from the words "kara (唐),"...

Did you know that there are a variety of activities in Japan that you can participate in to mark the momentous occasion of the new year coming in? Other than letting your hair down during countdown parties or reflecting on the past year and making New Year's resolutions, why...

The Ogasawara Islands (小笠原諸島) are a group of 30 islands located about a thousand kilometers away from Tokyo (東京) to the south of Izu Islands (伊豆諸島). These are also known as Bonin Islands (ボニン諸島) which translates to "uninhabited islands" in Japanese. The archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

One of the perfect places to relax at is located in the middle of Japan. The prefecture of Shiga (滋賀県) is where you can find Lake Biwa (琵琶湖), the largest lake in the country. Shiga is a mountainous place as it is surrounded by Mt. Ibuki (伊吹山) to the...

Home to Japan's coral reefs, Okinawa (沖縄), a.k.a. Ryukyu Islands (琉球諸島), is one of the most visited archipelagos in the East China Sea (東シナ海). Famous for its rich marine life, turquoise waters, and tropical climate, Okinawa attracts many tourists from around the world. It is located at the southern...

There are many interesting and unique places to visit all across Japan. It is a beautiful country that is rich in natural resources, especially in flora and fauna. There are some unique species in Japan that you can't see anywhere else in the world. For example, Japan's Ogasawara Islands...

Ueno (上野) is a MUST on any tourist’s agenda. Located conveniently to the north of the city (connected by numerous JR and Metro lines), Ueno is a visitor's dream come true. Its park and pond boast many beautiful walks, its shrines and temples are amazing, and its museums are...

Yakushima Island (屋久島) is located in the Kumage District of Kagoshima Prefecture (鹿児島県熊毛郡) in the Kyushu (九州) region of Japan. It is part of the Osumi Islands (大隅諸島) that extend from the southern end of Kyushu. It has a sub-tropical climate with thick vegetation and a hilly terrain. Many...

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with aliens and the unexplained. I remember getting a book from the library about unexplained phenomena: the Bermuda Triangle, the Mary Celeste, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and much, much more. In the book, there was a short chapter on a...

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto (フォーシーズンズホテル京都) has recently opened last fall 2016 in Japan's historic imperial capital with an 800-year old traditional garden. The hotel is located at the foot of Higashiyama Mountain (東山) which is surrounded by very significant landmarks. It is also conveniently located near Kyoto's tech industries,...

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