Experience the Beauty of Yokohama’s Secret Garden in Sankeien

Yokohama’s close proximity to Tokyo means that it is a great choice for a day trip you can take just outside the capital. Being one of the first ports that opened to foreign trade, the city offers a wide range of sights such as the largest Chinatown in Asia, buildings and streets showcasing foreign influence…

Cafe Omnibus: Sandwiches and Baked Goods from All Around the World

This might be an extreme personal preference that comes from my love of architecture, but I love it when you imagine a building to be one thing from its exterior and when you walk inside, the interior is completely different to what you were expecting. Has anyone else experienced that? Cafe Omnibus Building History This…

Take a Tour of Ajinomoto’s Factory in Kawasaki and Learn About Their Famous Product

Ajinomoto Co., Inc. is a popular Japanese company known to produce monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG might have a bad name these days but it doesn’t stop the company from operating in many countries abroad. They even have a factory tour in their Kawasaki Plant where the company’s mascot known as Aji Panda guides visitors who…

Experience the Mystic Charm of Iwaya Caves on Enoshima

Enoshima is a small island at the mouth of the Katase River in Kanagawa Prefecture. Nestled in place are caves called “Iwaya” which have been eroded by tides over thousands of years. It has quite a long history with its first ever recorded historical document in 552 AD. It then became a tourist spot for…

Venetian Glass Museum: Enjoy a Romantic Italian Art Experience in Hakone!

The Venetian Glass Museum in Hakone is a museum, shop, and cafe in one. It features Italian buildings in nature with a large strolling garden. It exhibits 100 antique Venetian glass and some modern art forms of making glass. The museum also offers classes on glass art as well as a dress-up service for that…

The Hakone Open-Air Museum Is More Than Art – It’s an Adventure!

Hakone Open Air Museum is an elaborate sculpture garden which opened in 1969. It stretches over an area of more than 70,000 square meters and is regarded as the first open-air art museum in Japan. It is located in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park where it showcases a mixture of nature and art together. The Outer Ground…

See How Kawasaki City are Leading the Way in Japan’s Outstanding Green Revolution

Kawasaki City, once known as the industrial centre of Japan associated with images of exhaust stacks spewing pollutant-filled gas and creating the dangerous smog that plagued Tokyo in the 1960’s, has in recent years been at the forefront of the promotion of clean energy and waste disposal. At the heart of this effort is the…

Need to Organize a Big Event? Why Not Try Sarushima, An Island You Can Rent!

Sarushima, which means Monkey Island, is a small island at Yokosuka, Kanagawa. However, you may be disappointed by the lack of monkeys on the island. Originally named Toshima, the name of the island was changed to Sarushima after Nichiren was shipwrecked on this island and prayed for help which came in the form of a…