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Enjoy An Easy Winter Hike up Mt. Kongo, the Tallest Mountain in Osaka

For beginner hikers in Kansai area, one of the easier hiking courses is probably Mt. Kongo, located in the borders of Nara and Osaka. Apar from that it is the tallest in Osaka. For these reasons, many people of all ages come here for a hike all year round. Getting there   blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ Some may…

4 Amazing Places that Will Make You Want to Visit Hakodate!

When I visited Hakodate (函館) in winter, there were a few places that I wanted to visit while I was there. As one of the bigger cities in Hokkaido, Hakodate has a lot to offer, from magnificent views to fresh seafood due to its location near the sea. 1. Morning market near JR Hakodate station…

Soak in These 3 Breathtaking Night Views This Winter

If you love enjoying night views, I am sure you would be interested to know more about their location. I personally recommend going to Nagasaki, Kobe and Hakodate, also well known as the “Major Night Views of Japan” to enjoy the spectacular view. 1. Mt. Inasa, Nagasaki When I went to Nagasaki, I knew I…

Give Japan’s Popular ’UFO Catcher’ a Go and Win Fun Prizes!

Have you ever visited game centers such as Namco, Taito, and Sega in Japan and noticed lots of attractive prizes in the machines. The prizes range from plush toys, figurines, utensils and even food. What makes this game interesting is that the prizes are usually new and are limited edition. Usually, each play costs at…

2 Hidden Gems to Visit in Osaka Away From the Hustle and Bustle

The common replies that we usually hear when asked by people regarding the attractions in Osaka, one usually suggest places such as Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, Universal Studio Japan or even Umeda Sky Building. However, did you know that there are other nice, lesser-known attractions as well? Suigetsu Park (水月公園) Author’s photo The first gem I…

Embrace the Gorgeous Autumn Scenery of Katsuoji Temple in Osaka!

November provides plenty of great opportunities to travel all over Japan to enjoy the beautiful scenery that nature provides with the autumn season in Japan. However, if you find yourself in Osaka in particular, there is one place that stands out from the rest that comes highly recommended – and nope, it isn’t the famous…

Satsukiyama: A Hidden Treasure in Osaka

Mount Satsuki or Satsukiyama(五月山), located in Ikeda City, Osaka has more to offer than just a mountain area. There is a nice park, better known as Satsukiyama Park (五月山公園) and Satsukiyama Zoo (五月山動物園) as well. Mount Satsuki Author’s photo First, let me introduce Mount Satsuki. This mountain is around 320 meters tall and is connected…

Introducing Gudetama and Kirimi-chan, New Additions to the Sanrio Family!

When mentioning Sanrio, one would most likely remember the adorable Hello Kitty and some of her equally famous friends such as My Melody, Little Twin Stars and Keroppi. But did you know that recently, there are two newer characters that have been making their presence felt just as strongly? Welcome, Kirimi-chan and Gudetama. Kirimi-chan Author’s…

Play Ichiban Kuji: A Win-Win Game of Fun Prizes!

Have you came across the word Ichiban Kuji, usually written in the following Japanese character 一番くじ? Have you seen cute items on display at the racks of game centers, bookstores or even convenience shops with respective alphabet letters (e.g. A to G) labeled on them? Ichiban Kuji is actually a lottery game and the main…

Relax and Unwind in the Beautiful Awaji Hanasajiki Garden

Looking for a nice relaxing garden to enjoy some beautiful flowers in the weekend but do not want the hassle of traveling all the way to Hokkaido to do so? Why not stop by Awaji Hanasajiki, a garden located in Awajishima. Author’s photo Various flowers are grown at different times in the year depending on…