3 Historic Things to see in Aizuwakamatsu Fukushima

Aizuwakamatsu is a city in the centre of Fukushima prefecture, in Tohoku Northern Japan. Once known only as Wakamatsu (meaning young pine), the name of the area changed to Aizuwakamatsu in 1955. Aizuwakamatsu has a rich and long history, being the site of the ancient Mutsu province. This region was said to have been settled…

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,…

4 Ways to Spend the Christmas Season in 2019 in Japan

Just like other countries in the world, Japan celebrates Christmas in a fun and festive way. Though the holiday is quite new, not traditionally Japanese, and it is not based on any religious reasons, it is still celebrated with a lot of excitement. Everyone being in a festive mood, and a lot of businesses catering…

3 stunning sunrise spots in Tohoku

Japan is often called the land of the rising sun, but where should you go to witness the sun rise over this beautiful land? For those of us travelling to Japan we have probably seen a sunrise whilst struggling with jet lag, from our hotel room or the airport. Even from the plane window! However,…

The 8 Best Popular Day Trips from Tokyo

Tokyo (東京) is unarguably the most popular destination in Japan and for the first timers, a visit to this modern capital is a must. Some might say that they never run out of things to do in Tokyo. But for others who have already been to this well-loved city and have already seen enough, then…

Kamata: The Last Rooftop Ferris Wheel

In the past, department stores in Japan were a common place for families to hang out. Because of this, and to appeal to more and more families, some department stores had amusement parks on their rooftops; and the most popular ride that could be found was the Ferris wheel, which provided a majestic view of…

Kumamoto’s Hidden Gems: Top 10 Travel Spots in Uki, Uto & Misato

The beautiful off the beaten path Uki area near Kumamoto city in Kyushu is the true embodiment of the Japanese concept of ‘satoyama’ – nature at its most authentic and beautiful self. From stunning nature landscapes and phenomena, to rich history and culture, and even unique photo spots you can hardly believe are real –…

Things to See and Do in Yokohama: Past, Present & Future

Who knew a small sleepy fishing village of the Edo period would one day become the legendary “Port of Yokohama”? Yokohama is the port that opened Japan to the world about 165 years back when the fleet of US naval warships arrived at the Honshu coast of Japan forcing the end of its long isolation.…

Kuidaore Taro: Insanely Famous, and Insanely Creepy

Dōtonbori (道頓堀), Osaka (大阪) is home to some of the region’s most famous symbols and landmarks. Most of these landmarks are associated with restaurants, such as Kani Dōraku’s (かに道楽) giant moving crab that hangs above the restaurant door, seemingly waving to customers going inside. この投稿をInstagramで見る Yasutaka Asakura(@asakuraskate)がシェアした投稿 – 2019年 7月月12日午後8時51分PDT One of Dōtonbori’s, and perhaps…