All about the SHISA Lions of Okinawa-the Stone Guardians of Japan

Off the shores of Kyushu (the third largest island of Japan), there are a number of volcanic islands flowing south-west towards Taiwan. These are named the Ryukyu Islands, also known as the Nansei Islands, but many people simply call them Okinawa because two thirds of them form the Okinawa prefecture of Japan. In the center…

Can You Still Visit the Recently Burned Down Shuri Castle in Okinawa?

On the morning of October 31st 2019 Japan found out that the beloved landmark of Naha, Okinawa, Shuri castle had burned down. The damage is huge, and although there are many donations and government support, it will take years and years to restore Shuri Castle to its full glory. by Zoria Petkoska (more about the…

Why is Okinawa Best Visited in Winter?

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 in Karate Kid. And when I came to live in Japan, I definitely didn’t think I would be in a country with tropical beaches and Hawaii-like…

O-souji: The Big Pre-New Year Cleaning Ritual in Japan

jp.fotolia.com/ While it is the time of the year for preparing Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties in many countries, in Japan things are a little different. There is some version of Christmas social gatherings, while for New Year enjoy a few quiet days together with their families. There are many preparations, decorations and ritual,…

Explore the Temples and Shrines of the Ueno Fusion District

Japan is full of rich, historic culture as well as it is a vision of the future. If you are someone who can’t wait to see both sides of Japanese culture you can see both sides in a full day just by walking around a particular area. Ueno, rightly known as the fusion district harmoniously…

Can You Believe There Is An Okinawan Wine Made from Venomous Snakes?

Unless you have a knack for all things dangerous, bizarre or weird, you’ll most likely find this popular alcohol beverage from Okinawa (沖縄) pretty scary. After all, who in their right minds would intentionally breed poisonous snakes only to gut them out and preserve them for weeks just so their venom can be mixed with…

100 Things to Do in Okinawa, the Beach Island Paradise of Japan, in 2019

Okinawa is a gorgeous collection of islands around 400 miles south of mainland Japan. It boasts sandy white beaches, glamorous hotel resorts, and fun activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming with marine animals. It is also home to several sightseeing spots such as gardens and castles, making the group of islands a worthwhile visit…

12 Hotels on Okinawa, Miyako, Ishigaki, and Iriomote Islands for a Perfect Stay in 2019

Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, is a group of tropical islands that are popular as summer vacation destinations. They boast excellent activities such as snorkelling, diving, and surfing, and visiting lovely local places such as Fukushu-en and Shikina-en Gardens, the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, and Nakagusuku Castle. Okinawa is famous for beautiful beaches,…

30 Hotels in Okinawa for a Luxury Stay in Japan’s Island Paradise in 2019!

Okinawa (沖縄) is the southernmost prefecture of Japan and a group of tropical islands which are popular destinations for vacationers. With a unique culture and cuisine as well as stunning views of beaches, the sea, the sky and more, it remains a great group of islands to snorkel, hang glide, swim, and sunbathe as well…

17 Affordable and Relaxing Hotels in Gorgeous Okinawa for a Perfect Stay in 2019!

With secluded islands, transparent waters, friendly locals, and glorious beaches, it’s no surprise that Okinawa is hugely popular among both Japanese people and international visitors. Okinawa is a prefecture in the south of Japan which consists of several large islands and many smaller ones. The popularity of Okinawa can be attributed to its warm climate…