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Fuji-Q Highland: these 5 Japanese roller coasters are not for the faint-hearted

Fuji-Q Highland is a theme park based at the foot of Mount Fuji. It boasts four of the craziest roller coasters in Japan, and in the world. Takabisha, Eejanaika, Dodonpa and Fujiyama are roller coasters for thrill-seekers and dare-devils, and they will definitely get your adrenaline pumping. 1. Takabisha Takabisha was opened in 2011 and…

Try 1 of 5 Alice in Wonderland Restaurants in Tokyo For a Magical Dinner!

Alice in Wonderland is very popular in Japan, and there are five restaurants in Tokyo inspired by the story. The restaurants are decorated with Alice in Wonderland theme, female staff dressed in Alice in Wonderland costumes, and even some of the food is inspired by the book. If you like Alice in Wonderland, cosplay, Lolita…

Tottori, Where the Yokai Meets the Traditional!

If you are planning a trip to Tottori prefecture and looking for a ryokan (traditional Japanese style accommodation) experience, I have an excellent recommendation for you. Located in Yonago city, Shogetsu faces directly towards the sea of Japan and has a direct entrance leading from the hotel onto the beach. I stayed here with my…

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Yakitori

My favourite food dishes seem to change as regularly as my fashion, but there is always one which never goes out of season – yakitori. Maybe it’s the seemingly simpleness of the dish. Or perhaps it’s the casual and laid-back dining atmosphere in which they are usually served. Whatever it is, these delightful sticks of…

Miyajima: The Island where God dwells

Miyajima literally means in Japanese the “Shrine Island”. Miyajima is an island in the coast of western Japan and it is designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also celebrated in Japan as one of the “Three Best Views of Japan” noted by Hayashi Razen. Miyajima is a popular travel destination for both foreigners and Japanese…

Hidden Gems in Osaka: Expo 70’ Commemoration Park

The first World Expo in Japan On the 15th of March, 1970 in Suita, northern Osaka the first World Expo in Japan opened its doors. It attracted a record number of visitors (64 million) over the 6 months of operation, a record which was held until the 2010 expo in Shanghai. There were stunning national…

The Top 5 Anime Films you NEED to See

You probably remember watching Dragon-Ball Z or Pokemon in the morning when you were a kid eating breakfast and just associate anime with the good old days. However, animes haven’t to be something only steeped in nostalgia. As you probably know, anime is kinda synonymous with Japan so if you`re thinking of coming over then…

Daruma doll: Make your own good luck charm!

Throughout any journey across Japan, many visitors will likely come across the Daruma doll. Typically small and red, they are oval shaped dolls sporting a wide-eyed look of surprise. There are many variations of Daruma and one will also find that different regions have applied their own unique look and feel to the doll. Of…

Hidden Gems in Osaka: Nipponbashi Festival

While Japan is very well known for its unique and rich history, it is almost equally as famous for its modern cultural exports such as video games and anime. Anime is synonymous with Japan and many of everyone’s favourite games have been branded with a Made in Japan hot iron. Many people come to Japan…

Real Monster Town that Won’t Scare the Children

My 2.5-year-old daughter first introduced me to Yokai – mythical creatures in Japanese folklore. Some are mischievous while others are known to bring good fortune. There are many different kinds of Yokai and although I hadn’t been familiar with the word itself, I was actually more acquainted with Yokai than I realised. Kappa For example,…