Tochigi Prefecture: Japan’s Silk Road

As you head to Tochigi Prefecture, just north of Tokyo, the high-rises gradually disappear and space opens up to make room for farm fields and rushing rivers. Mountains ring the horizon, snow-capped in winter and lush with verdant greenery in summer. Here, where the Kinu River cuts a wide swath, more than a thousand years…

3 Things to Do at This Flower Park in Japan This Wisteria Blooming Season

Booking a flight to Japan can be challenging for those who want to witness the beauty of the cherry blossoms during springtime. Some might be lucky enough to get a flight in early to mid-April, just in time for sakura, but there are those who settle for late April to early May. But don’t worry…

3 Things to Do and Experience in Nasushiobara, Tochigi

One of the most attractive tourist destinations in Tochigi (栃木) is the mountain resort city of Nasushiobara (那須塩原). Nasushiobara is situated about an hour and a half ride by bullet train from Tokyo. In this article, we will talk about things to do at Nasushiobara. As soon as passengers step out of the bullet train,…

Make Your Wedding Unique and Walk Down the Aisle with an Alpaca in Japan!

Weddings are majestic occasions that are blessed by the heavens and have the ability to truly mesmerize and enchant guests as the bride and the groom exchange their vows to unite as one. The preparation itself can be a very demanding task and it’s understandable that couples seek out wedding venues that help to provide…

Get out of Tokyo and Enjoy a Cheap Mini-Vacation Relaxing in a Private Onsen

A mere two hours away from the noise and lights of Shinjuku is the semi-forgotten onsen town called Kinugawa. With a direct express train leaving from Shinjuku station and the option of a free or reduced price onsen bus leaving from Ikebukuro, it is easy to get out of town for a night. Kinugawa A…

Spend Quality Time with your Favorite Characters at Bandai Museum!

Bandai Co., Ltd. is a popular Japanese toy and video making company which is considered to be the world’s third largest producer of toys. The company started putting up its own Bandai museum in Chiba last 2003 which was dedicated to the Bandai characters. It immediately closed in 2006 and was moved to Mibu, Tochigi…

Ice Trek in an Adventurer’s Winter Wonderland at Nikko’s Unryu Keikoku Canyon

Nikko city, known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Toshogu Temple, usually has visitors to sightsee or pray. That said, the mountains lining Nikko make more than perfect terrain to trek. Particularly during winter, ice stalagmites and drift ice transform the landscape into an adventurer’s winter wonderland. Getting there and Equipment Author’s photo…

Discover the Magic of Nikko National Park and Its World Heritage Sites!

Explore one of Japan’s most beautiful natural experiences at Nikko National Park. It is surrounded by peaceful plateaus, cascading waterfalls, towering forests and serene lakes which are unparalleled beauties of nature. Its solitude is a perfect place for the green traveler in search of pristine Japanese heritage. It is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites…

5 Reasons You Must Visit Nikko, A City Rich in World Heritage Sites

When people think of a trip to Japan, many think of only visiting Tokyo and Kyoto. However, you will also have an enjoyable experience in Nikko – a great place with a long history in Japan. It is also only one and a half to two hours away from Tokyo. Here are 5 reasons why…