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How to Take a Bath in a Japanese Household: 5 Rules That May Surprise You

Visiting a Japanese home comes with a lot of rules. If you have ever had a homestay family or visited a friend, you may have already noticed that you need to take a small gift with you and make sure you wear slippers. Etiquette and social rules in Japan aren’t too difficult to pick up…

Going to Japan’s Ishigaki Island? Consider Staying at This Gorgeous Hotel!

Ishigaki is one of the islands of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture and what many call a tropical paradise. It is packed with great things to do and many people from mainland cities flock here during their holidays to throw off the stress of the city and relax in the sun for a few days. Many…

6 Things to Do on the Beautiful Hateruma Island in Okinawa

Okinawa is a beautiful group of Japanese tropical islands close to Taiwan, perfect for those looking to escape the winter cold and relax in warmer weather. With gorgeous white sand beaches, delicious food, and plenty of things to do, Okinawa is a very popular destination for vacationers and those looking to discover the unique culture…

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…

Check Out this Restaurant in Ishigaki to Try Delicious Premium Quality Beef

Ishigaki is the westernmost island of Okinawa prefecture, loved for its tropical weather, white sand beaches, friendly people, and delicious food. There are many wonderful things to do on this island that attracts thousands of tourists each year and keeps the locals living there their whole lives. As well as gorgeous beaches and resorts, Ishigaki…

Vegan Food in Okinawa: 3 Must-Visit Restaurants!

Okinawa is renowned for having a unique culture that’s distinct from Mainland Japan, and that includes their food. Luckily for plant-based travelers, lots of Okinawa’s famous ingredients are vegan-friendly, from vibrant purple sweet potatoes (紅芋) and goya (bitter melon) to jimami (peanut) tofu and mozuku seaweed. Here are three fantastic restaurants on Okinawa’s main island…

Take a Look Into Japan’s History in the Castle Town of Odawara in Kanagawa

When people think of Japanese castles, castles like Himeji spring to mind. Usually, these places are far from Tokyo, accessible by Shinkansen, and require an overnight stay. However, there are lovely, more accessible castles that are equally full of history and tradition. Located in Kanagawa, Odawara Castle and the nearby Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine are such…

Visit the Stunning Area of Hakone, Where Diversity and Beauty Await!

One of the greatest images of Japan would have to be that of Mount Fuji after the snowfall. Famous in print and art, “Fuji-san” around 3,776 meters high, is considered one of the most sacred mountains in the country, and the best place to see it is in Hakone. However, Hakone, a convenient 90-minute train…

Find Cheap International Groceries at This Great Supermarket in Japan!

For international people in Japan or even Japanese people who are fans of foreign products, purchasing foreign imported food can be difficult and sometimes very costly. A small piece of cheese can set you back 1000 yen, and many items you will struggle to find at all. You may know of the chain stores such…

5 Reasons Why You Should Make Okinawa Your Winter Getaway!

Before I came to Japan, I had only vaguely heard of Okinawa. In fact, I’d heard of it because it was featured in the first Kill Bill movie. And when I came to live in Japan, I definitely didn’t think I would be in a country which holds tropical beaches and Hawaii-like weather. I assumed…
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