Magnificent Himeji Castle, An Absolute Guide of all Must-See Highlights

As the largest, most often visited and one of the Japan’s oldest surviving castles, Himeji Castle dates back to 1333. Originally built as a fort by Akamatsu Norimura and later transformed into a castle two centuries later in Himeji City, Hyogo, the “White Heron Castle” as Himeji is also known as, is a World Heritage…

Himeji Castle: 5 Best Ways to View this World Heritage Site

What do you think of when you picture a castle? In Japan, the image of a castle is quite a distinctive one. Castles, though built to protect nobility and defend them against enemies, still have a certain beautiful quality. Himeji Castle in Hyogo prefecture is the largest of these castles in Japan. It has so…

Relax and Unwind in the Beautiful Awaji Hanasajiki Garden

Looking for a nice relaxing garden to enjoy some beautiful flowers in the weekend but do not want the hassle of traveling all the way to Hokkaido to do so? Why not stop by Awaji Hanasajiki, a garden located in Awajishima. Author’s photo Various flowers are grown at different times in the year depending on…

Kinosaki Hot Springs Town: Relaxing Getaway from the Big City

One of the foreign-friendly places to visit in Japan is the Kansai region. Located in the southern-central part of Honshu, the region is considered to be the cultural and historical heart of the country. Here, you can find the place Kinosaki, a perfect getaway from the busy metropolitan area where you can stroll around the…

Enjoy the spring on Awaji Island, Hyogo

Awaji Island or Awajishima is located in Hyogo Prefecture. Author’s photo The most convenient way to get there is from Kobe City, Maiko Station. Then you can take a ride by the famous bridge called the Akashi-Kaiykyo, which is said to be the longest suspension bridge in the world. (with its central span measuring 1,991m.)…

The “Castle in the sky” : Takeda, Hyogo prefecture

Often referred as Japan’s Machu Picchu by local residents, Takeda Castle seems to be floating in the air, it looks like a castle in the famous animated film “Castle in the Sky” produced in 1986 by Ghibli Studio. jp.fotolia.com/ Located at an altitude of 353.7 meters above sea level, in the Wadayamacho District of Asago,…

Visit the ruins of Sky Floating Castle from 15th century!

Locally referred to as the “Machu Pichu” of Japan, this astounding castle was built at 353 meter altitude and can be seen surrounded by the sea of clouds; that’s why it is also called the castle in the sky. Takeda Castle: The Castle in the Sky jp.fotolia.com/ We strongly recommend you to visit the ruins…