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Visit 2 Amazing Beaches on Zamami, Okinawa’s Island Paradise!

Okinawa is known for its pristine beaches where you can sunbathe, swim, and snorkel to your heart’s content. However, while Naha and Okinawa Honto have plenty of amazing attractions and beaches, the best beaches are located off the main island. Miyako is a popular spot, but another flight is required to reach the island. Fortunately,…

Explore Akiyoshidai, Japan’s Otherworldly National Park in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Japan has no shortage of beautiful sceneries. You can find almost everything in the country, from gorgeous mountains, ancient forests, picturesque beaches, and even sand dunes. One of the most unique spots is located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, the southernmost part of Honshu. Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park is home to a staggering number of karst formations that…

Explore the Unique Beauty of 2 Nature Reserves on the Island of Yakushima!

The island of Yakushima is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in Japan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its scenery has inspired the anime film Mononoke Hime. While it is a fairly small island, there are many things to do in Yakushima. You can go snorkeling or white water rafting, walk…

15 Things to Do in Matsuyama, Japan: Castles, Temples, Museums, and More

Matsuyama, located in Ehime Prefecture, is one of Shikoku’s most famous cities. There is so much to see here, including an original castle, a renowned onsen, and beautiful temples. The city also boasts a rich literary history, and many important Japanese authors have written about it and lived in the city. World-famous Natsume Soseki lived…

5 Sweet Cat Cafés That Will Make Your Visit to Tokyo “Purr-fect”!

Tokyo, Japan and cat cafés are a “purrfect” match for a cat lover’s vacation! These amazing cafés can be found throughout the metro Tokyo area, including Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Asakusa, and Ikebukuro. An incredibly novel concept, cat cafés originated in Taiwan in 1998 and spread like wildfire to other countries, most notably to feline-loving Japan.…

Learn How You Can Become a Samurai and Study the Art of the Perfect Cut

“Samurai” as a concept has been one of Japan’s hottest exports in last few decades. The rise in the popularity of anime, martial arts, and anything Japanese in the West has piqued the interest of younger generations in a way that other cultural imports haven’t been able to match. For many Japanophiles, their interest extends…

This Small Ghibli-Inspired Town in Japan Will Transport You to Another World!

Nestled on the outskirts of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (静岡県浜松市) is a town that looks straight out of a fairy tale or a Ghibli movie. Nukumori no Mori (ぬくもりの森) is the kind of place where it’s impossible not to feel like you’ve been transported to another world. Check it out! Nukumori no Mori Author’s photo Nukumori no…

Where in Japan Can You Have a Hands-On Indigo Dyeing Experience? Find Out Here!

While many prefectures boast of local food specialties, one of Tokushima’s (徳島) claims to fame is actually a color – indigo. Awa indigo dye (阿波藍染) is produced in the region and its dyeing methods are even considered an intangible cultural asset. Let’s find out more about it! How is indigo dye created? In order to…

Nature Lovers Would Love to Visit This Buried Forest Museum in Uozu, Toyama!

While Toyama (富山) is often overlooked by tourists who flock to the neighboring Ishikawa (石川), this off-the-beaten-path city has a lot to offer. Toyama is home to a small castle, a spectacular glass museum, and the amazing hotaru ika (ほたるいか) or firefly squid. However, there is one more spot that makes it a worthwhile city…