Akita

Experience authentic Japanese culture and lifestyle at wanoi KAKUNODATE, Akita

The town of Kakunodate, also known as Little Kyoto, is full of charming historical samurai residence streets which have been preserved since the Edo period. It takes about 3 hours by train to reach this town, from Tokyo station with the JR Akita Shinkansen Komachi train. Located here in the charming Kakunodate, wanoi KAKUNODATE is…

Savor 6 Local In-Season Delicacies From Japan’s Tohoku Region This Autumn!

Have you heard of the Japanese phrase, “shokuyoku no aki (食欲の秋)”? Literally, it means that people have an increased appetite for food during the autumn season, and there are three reasons as to why this theory holds true. First of all, many food items tend to be in-season during autumn where there is a lot…

Have a Perennial Feast of Oysters at Emit Fishbar

There’s a popular myth about only eating oysters during months which contain the letter “r.” So, if we follow this myth, oysters shouldn’t be eaten over summer. It is advisable not to eat raw oysters at this time due to higher red tide levels. Contrary to this belief, one restaurant is swimming against the tide…

Meet Sui Kizakura- Akita Prefecture’s Newest and Cutest Mascot!

Akita is a mountainous prefecture in Japan which is popular for its beautiful hot springs and rich nature. However, its declining birthrate has caused a stir in the prefecture’s future in the agricultural industry. In an attempt to attract younger people to visit or reside there, a new mascot is being introduced. Her name is…

3 Famous Filming Spots in Japan to Re-Live Some of those Favorite Movie Scenes!

Did you know that Japan has one of the oldest and largest filming industries in the world? It has been producing films since 1897 and for more than 100 years has continued to expand around the globe. In its history, one aspect that is particularly interesting are the various attractive locations used during filming. Here…

10 Unique Japanese Festivals to Celebrate During the Month of February!

Japan has plenty of festivals and almost every other day, there is something or the other happening in Japan. It makes us think Japanese culture is truly a culture of celebration. Japanese festivals are often based around an event with food stalls, entertainment and carnival games to keep everyone entertained. Usually, they are based around…

A Trip to the Past: Visit a Samurai Town

Many people know of the samurai, the nobility of the military in medieval Japan. Lots of people find themselves fascinated with these icons of the Japanese past. Today, you can still experience a bit of this rich past. The history of Samurai Originally, samurai were known as bushi or buke. The word samurai first appeared…

Travelling by Train in Japan: The Ultimate Sightseeing Experience

Are you wondering what it is like to ride on a Japanese Passenger Train? If your tour itinerary includes a train ride to the countryside, you better be excited for it means you are hopping on a sightseeing vehicle. 1. Yurikamome (Odaiba) jp.fotolia.com/ Let’s start in Japan’s metropolitan city, Tokyo. The Yurikamome transit system is…

The 6 Beautiful Prefectures of Tohoku

Tohoku region in the northern part of Japan has six beautiful prefectures that are rich with nature and abundant resources from the sea and the mountains. This region is one of Japan’s most beautiful. We will review it for you! Miyagi Prefecture Located in the northwestern part of Japan in a heart of Tohoku region,…

Discover the Magic of Northern Japan – Akita!

Have you ever heard of Akita Prefecture? Akita prefecture lies in northern Japan. Akita prefecture’s foods Akita prefecture’s rice is very famous in all of Japan, rice brand name is “Akita komachi”. “Akita komachi” is considered to be a top rice brand in Japan. You can buy “Akitakomachi” at supermarkets or at rice shops in…