Shikoku

Visit Shodoshima, One of the Best Islands to See Autumnal 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…

This Waterfall Wonderland in Tokushima, Japan Will Take Your Breath Away

I’ve always considered myself a nature lover, but admittedly, waterfalls never used to be something I’d make an effort to seek out. That all changed when I started traveling to Japan a few years ago, as the country’s wide variety of many spectacular waterfalls really took a hold on me. That interest has increased since…

Visit These 4 Challenging Yet Scenic Roads in Shikoku!

After our recent wedding in Japan, my wife and I decided to have our honeymoon in Shikoku. It was a 3-week driving trip which encompassed a large portion of the island. Whilst it was a wonderful journey through an amazingly beautiful area of Japan, it also happened to present the most challenging driving experiences of…

15 Things to Do in Matsuyama, Japan: Castles, Temples, Museums, and More

Matsuyama, located in Ehime Prefecture, is one of Shikoku’s most famous cities. There is so much to see here, including an original castle, a renowned onsen, and beautiful temples. The city also boasts a rich literary history, and many important Japanese authors have written about it and lived in the city. World-famous Natsume Soseki lived…

Where in Japan Can You Have a Hands-On Indigo Dyeing Experience? Find Out Here!

While many prefectures boast of local food specialties, one of Tokushima’s (徳島) claims to fame is actually a color – indigo. Awa indigo dye (阿波藍染) is produced in the region and its dyeing methods are even considered an intangible cultural asset. Let’s find out more about it! How is indigo dye created? In order to…

Explore the Breathtakingly Beautiful Iya Valley of Japan on This Bus Tour!

Iya Valley (祖谷渓) is a remote, picturesque valley hidden in the mountains of Tokushima (徳島). While it is renowned for its beauty, it is hard to access, especially for foreigners who can’t drive. Even for those who can, the drive through the narrow, winding mountain roads can be intimidating as it involves a fair amount…
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4 Things to Do in the Town of Uchiko, a Remnant of Rural Japan

One of the biggest attractions in Japan apart from the first-class technological advancements in the country is its traditional sites. From the rustic beauty of its ancient Shinto and Buddhist temples up to the pristine beauty of authentic Japanese residences, the country has a lot of sites to be proud of. Among these places is…

A Vending Machine for Origami? Only in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture!

When it comes to vending machines, Japan’s always a champion. While the rest of the world settles on the simplicity and practicality of the machine, here comes Japan bringing it to an entirely new level by dispensing all sorts of items not just limited to those we use every day. From bento and noodles to…

Explore These 3 Beautiful Viewpoints in Japan’s Kochi Prefecture

Kochi Prefecture (高知県) is located on the small island of Shikoku (四国). It is formerly known as Tosa (土佐), and is popular for Kochi Castle (高知城), which is one of the 12 remaining castles in Japan. Kochi’s major food item is katsuo no tataki (鰹のたたき), a slightly broiled sliced bonito over a straw fire. Other…

Where is this Japanese Town That Aims to Be “Zero Waste” by 2020?

There is a town in Japan which is known by many as the world’s first “zero-waste town”. It has been challenging its residents to reduce waste to zero by 2020 since the start of 2003. Part of the town’s policy is to separate different household waste into 34 categories that are sent to be recycled.…
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