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3 Culinary Delights to Try in the Old Capital Kyoto

Kyoto is a historical city with a rich history, surrounded by vast gardens and nature. It is one of the most well-preserved cities in Japan, and it is also known for its abundance of delicious Japanese cuisine. As a city away from the sea, Kyoto contains a variety of culinary delights peculiar to the place.…
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Traveling to Japan: Katsuyama – temple meditation without the crowds

Nestled within the beautiful Fukui Mountains, the Taishizan Seidaiji temple in Katsuyama is indeed one of those places that words can never fully describe. Yet for many, the temple is not the first thing they think of when they hear the word Katsuyama. Katsuyama is synonymous with the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. This well advertised…

Dogo Onsen Honkan Exhibition: Reborn like a phoenix from the Ashes

One of the most noticeable events at the end of this March is the exhibition of a famous onsen spot called Dogo Onsen Honkan in Ehime Prefecture, Matsuyama City. This exhibition is held on the upper floor of the luxury shopping center Ginza Mitsukoshi, from March 27th to March 31st. Author’s photo   Representing for…

Take This Cruise Train to Explore Akita’s Natural, Akita Dog and Geishas!

Akita Prefecture has a great number of Important Intangible Cultural Assets in Japan such as one of the three major festivals in Tohoku “Akita Kanto Matsuri”, together with a variety of sake and many local dishes. Also, there are Japan folk rituals “Namahage”, registered as UNESCO intangible heritage in the category “Raiho-shin, ritual visits of…

Walking Along the Rainbow Bridge Into Odaiba

There are many famous bridges in the world. England has its London Bridge, Australia its Harbour Bridge, and America its Golden Gate. Not to be outdone, in 1993, the Japanese built their own bridge “attraction” in Tokyo (東京) and named it Rainbow Bridge (レインボーブリッジ). However, unlike Sydney and San Francisco, Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge is pedestrian-friendly…

30 Great Hotels Near Tokyo Station for a Relaxing and Convenient Stay in 2019

Tokyo Station is found in the heart of the Japanese capital. Right next to the Marunouchi area, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the picturesque skyscrapers of Tokyo that hide away chic eating and drinking establishments but within a short walk of the ever beautiful Tokyo Imperial Palace. As one of the most accessible…

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…
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Love the unique and quirky? Check out these 3 unusual hot springs in Japan!

When in Japan, many people will seek relaxation and relief at the numerous onsens located nationwide especially after a long day of traveling and sightseeing. However, have you become bored with the “norm” where the hot springs either look similar or boast of almost identical health effects? If you are the type who wants to…