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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…

Experience Mouth-Watering Kobe Beef at Steak Land!

Are you a fan of premium beef but not sure if it’s worth the money to splurge it all at pricey fine-dining restaurants? Well, fear not as there is a place which would be able to satisfy your cravings and at the same time not burn a huge hole in your pocket: Steak Land Kobe!…

Mount Rokko Snow Park: Fun in the Snow!

In Japan when winter comes around lots of people enjoy heading to the slopes around Japan for a spot of skiing or snowboarding. There are famous ski resorts all over the country in mountainous areas such as Hokkaido, Nagano and Shiga where experienced skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes in spectacular surroundings. If you…

Kobe-Nunobiki Falls: Be Absorbed in a Breath-taking view of Kobe

Kobe is the sixth largest city in Japan and is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture. Kobe is on the south coast of Honshu, between Osaka and Himeji. Kobe has a population of 1.5 million people! Kobe was historically one of the ports which were opened following the years of seclusion. Kobe’s prominence as a port…

Kobe Luminarie’s Wondrous Winter Lightshow

In Kobe, each year in December as the festive season approaches millions of people flock to the city to see the annual Luminarie festival. It’s a huge illuminated event that has been held in the city centre every year after the big earthquake that struck the city in 1995. The Luminarie is very easy to…

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…

Play with Kangaroos, Penguins, and Capybaras in Kobe Petting Zoo

The Animal Kingdom in Kobe is a fantastic ‘petting zoo’ style place but with a fantastic twist! There are no cages here, all the animals are free to roam around their large rooms that are open to the public. You have the opportunity to walk through these rooms and interact with a wide variety of…

Share a drink with Penguins in Kobe!

Japan is famous for its variety of crazy bars and restaurants. There are Maid Cafes in Tokyo, Monkey restaurants in Utsunomiya, Prison-themed restaurants across Japan, and, my personal favourite, a Penguin Bar in Kobe. That’s right, there really is a bar in Sannomiya, only about 10 minutes walk from the station, that is home to…

Hunting Kobe Beef, Japanese Best Quality WAGYU

Kobe Cattle Kobe beef is a delight! Who doesn’t like it? Whoever eata it, I am sure they will have a temporary life changing experience! Kobe beef is a kind of wagyu that comes from Tajima beef cattle in Kobe city, Hyogo prefecture. The cattle are fed with high-quality plants and water. That’s why the…