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6 Hot Spots in Matsue including an Untouched Traditional Castle and Samurai House!

Matsue(松江) is the capital of the Shimane Prefecture on the sea coast of Japan with an estimated population of 207,000. It is located on Okashi River, which is situated between Lake Shinji and Lake Nakanoumi. As there is a network of canals and rivers in Matsue’s cityscape and scenery, it is also called the “water…

The Many Charms of Dogo Onsen, the Inspiration for Spirited Away

Did you know that Spirited Away, an Academy Award winner and Japan’s highest-grossing movie of all time got its inspiration through a magnificent bathhouse? Well, the bathhouse is none other than a place called Dogo Onsen, a famous hot spring in Shikoku.   History Dogo Onsen is a hot spring located in Matsuyama (松山), Ehime…

Book and Bed Tokyo: A Bookworm’s Paradise in the City

So, you are a book lover. People have always called you a bookworm. And you like to travel too. Why not we combine both elements into one? Why, you ask? Because a newly launched book-themed hotel in Tokyo is just the place for your next visit to Japan! Aren’t you getting excited? Let’s have a…

Kinkakuji: Make the Golden Pavilion Your Next Destination

Kinkakuji (金閣寺) which can be translated as “Temple of Golden Pavilion”, is a Zen temple located in northern Kyoto, Japan. It is also formally known as Rokuonji (鹿苑寺). The temple was originally a villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. After his death in 1408, it was converted into a Zen temple by his son, according…