by Melz

6 Exciting Things to Do in Togakushi, Nagano

Nagano Prefecture (長野県) has always been known as the number one winter paradise in Central Japan. With its position surrounded by the Japanese Alps, Nagano Prefecture has become home to many world-class ski resorts and famous natural hot springs. The most famous ski resorts area is Hakuba (白馬), a former 1998 Winter Olympics site. But…

Doro-kyo Gorge: A Scenic Hidden Treasure with Emerald Water in Wakayama

If you are looking for scenic places with fewer people, then head down to Wakayama prefecture, in the southern part of the Kansai region. A lot of beautiful hidden places can be found there. One of these hidden treasures is the scenic and secluded gorge named Doro-kyo. Author’s photo What is Doro-kyo? Author’s photo Doro-kyo…

Interact with Nara’s Deer at Shikayose, a Winter Deer-Calling Event

Shikayose or deer calling is a winter event in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. This event held every morning (except on Monday) during February to mid-March, starting from 1892 until now. Shikayose is also held for a few days during the summer. Author’s photo The Deer in Nara Author’s photo As we know, deer…

Kumano Sanzan: Japan’s Sacred Trail of Shrines

Kumano Sanzan consists of 3 grand shrines in Kumano area. It is one of the most popular spiritual areas in Japan, located in the southern part of Kii Peninsula, Wakayama Prefecture, about 100 km south of Osaka. The three grand shrines were the final destination of Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage route used for over…

Minoo Park: An Enchanting Autumn Getaway

If you are in Osaka this autumn and want a short getaway to enjoy the season, there’s a beautiful place considerably near the city. Though it is close by, it has a completely different feeling from Osaka. This place is called Minoo Park (or Minoo Koen). Minoo Park is a Quasi-National Park, located on the…