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Be a samurai for the day in Kyoto!

If you want the chance to be a samurai for the day and to learn to use a samurai sword you should check out Samurai Kembu! We tried their 3 hour full program with costumes at their Otsu dojo and it was a great day! Author’s photo Getting there was really easy, one of the…

Going to a Movie Theater in Japan

Have you wanted to see a movie in Japan, but were not sure if you might run into some problems? Maybe the ticketing process is different or the movie will be dubbed in Japanese or the theatre etiquette will be different. Read on to find out what an experience in a Japanese movie theater is…

A Full Day Adventure: Happo Pond Hakuba, Nagano

Looking for an easy full day adventure in the Hakuba area? Then a hike up to Happoike or Happo Pond is just perfect. It is not a strenuous hike as the gondola and chairlifts will provide you a lift and you can enjoy the short hike to Happo Pond at a leisurely pace. This hike…

Must-read guide before climbing Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji, most familiar Japanese symbol, dominates the region southwest of Tokyo. Although Hakone is probably the most famous spot for Fuji-viewing, those with an aversion to crowds will prefer the scenic Fuji Go-ko region. Mt.Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan standing 3776m high. When its capped with snow in late autumn, winter and…

Grabbing some fun waves on the Japanese coast

Japan allows relatively easy access to miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean on its east side, and the Sea of Japan on its west. The coastline is riddled with bays and inlets of all shapes, so exposure is the key to finding the right waves here. As in many other surf destinations in the…

A Hidden Healing Paradise: Kamikochi, Nagano

Kamikochi Kamikochi (上高地, Kamikōchi) is a mountain resort located in the Northern Alps, Nagano Prefecture only accessible between mid-April to mid-November. It is under Chubu Sangaku Park and is off-limits to private vehicles restricting access using only buses and taxis. It can be accessed by train and bus from Matsumoto Station if you are coming…

Summer: Time to try Nagashi Somen

Somen and Nagashi Somen Maybe some of you already know what Somen is. Somen is a Japanese noodle made from wheat flour that are thinner in diameter than the standard noodles. It becomes a favorite dish in Japan during summer, as it is usually served cold and is eaten by dipping it in a sauce…

3 Ideas for One-Day Trip from Tokyo

If you have one day holiday in Tokyo and you want to visit some other places, where can you go? This article was inspired by one of my friends who wanted to visit Tokyo and was confused as to which of these 3 places to choose. Yes! There are a few options when it comes…

Caribbean Beach in Gunma!

Tired of the same swimming pools? Do your senses demand a new and fascinating adventure? Do you want to go swimming but you don’t want to get tanned? Well nowadays, there are a lot of gimmicks that can easily catch our attention. So, brace yourself for an exciting experience in the Caribbean Beach located at…