Try 129 Kinds of Sake in One Go at This Museum in Niigata, Japan

The Ponshukan Sake and Rice Museum, in the area of Echigo-Yuzawa Station in Niigata, is famous for a few things – mainly for its sake, sake bath, and “bakudan onigiri.” Continue reading to find out more about them! Sake-tasting One of the best things in Ponshukan is its huge variety of sake that you can…

Would You Climb One of the Deadliest Mountains in Japan?

Mt. Tanigawa is not only one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains but also one of the deadliest. It is said that a total of 805 people have died on the mountain since 1930 which makes it worse than Mt. Fuji. Because of this, the mountain is not recommended for novice climbers. Some training groups have…

Get Amongst the Party in the Mountains at Fuji Rock Festival this Summer!

Fuji Rock Festival is one of the most long-awaited annual festivals in Japan. It’s a three-day event held in summer and is mostly attended by young people who want to gorge themselves with loud rock music and is like a non-stop party hosted by many famous bands from around the world. How the Festival Started…

Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum: Explore Natural Science Buried in Snow

Situated in Matsunoyama, Nigata of Japan is a large museum called Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science which appears as if it is in ruins every year due to harsh weather conditions. It was designed by Takaharu Tezuka, an architect who wanted to create the concept of this ‘ruins’ appearance. The museum centers around education and…

Check Out the ’Naked’ Man Festival in Snowy Nigata!

There in Japan are at least a dozen festivals that in the eyes of tourists will be considered “eccentric” or “strange” in nature. However, I would like to introduce a “naked man” (or at least close to it) festival that takes place during winter in the small-but-warm town of Minami Uonuma in the Niigata prefecture.…

Tokamachi Snow Festival: Fun Activities and Beautiful Snow Sculptures

Tokamachi is a city with one of highest snowfalls in Japan located in the Niigata prefecture. As the city seems like a perfect location to host this kind of festival, Tokamachi holds their Snow Festival every year. The 2016 Tokamachi Snow Festival is going to be held between February 19 and 21. It is a…

Tarai Bune: Take a Ride in a Traditional Japanese Washtub

A Tub Boat is basically a small boat in the shape of a round wash tub which was extensively used in the past for fishing along the coast of Sea of Japan and on Sado island. It was very famous due to its durability and low cost. But nowadays, only a few villages in the…

Niigata Wara Art Festival: Come See Giant Straw Beasts Rule Japan

The rice harvest is on the way and usually you would expect a whole bunch of leftover rice straw (wara) are expected to accumulate and be thrown away. But definitely, this would not be the case in Japan. Rather than disposing of them at the end of this season, Niigata and Kagawa prefectures will hold…