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Visit Kochi’s Obiyamachi Shopping Arcade for a Spot of Fun-Filled Retail Therapy!

Those who have been lucky enough to travel to Japan may already be familiar with the countless covered shopping arcades that are spread throughout the country. Teramachi and Shinkogyoku are two large shopping arcades in Kyoto and there are several in central Tokyo as well. However, Shikoku’s Kochi City has one too – Obiyamachi. Though…

Who Knew Japan Loved Fried Food This Much?

I’m a new writer to this site, but after living in Japan for 4 and a half years, I thought I’d like to share my experiences through the eyes of a third generation nikkei (Japanese descent but born and raised in the western world). I was born and virtually lived my whole life in Canada.…

Tempo: The Perfect Cafe for a Delicious Pit Stop Off the Beaten Track in Kochi!

Kitakubo isn’t somewhere that travelers to Kochi usually think of visiting. It isn’t close to other tourist attractions like Obiyamachi or Kochi Castle, but as it is only about ten minutes from Kochi Station it is still easily accessible. There are actually quite a few shops, restaurants, and cafes here, as well as the Museum…

Hitsuzan Park: One of Kochi’s Hidden Gems with a Stunning View

Many people venture to Godaison (五台山) to enjoy a scenic view of Kochi, but there are other beautiful ‘night views’ (yakei) hidden amongst Kochi’s green hills. Hitsuzan Park (筆山公園), not far from Kochi’s downtown, is one such place. Hitsuzan park photo-ac.com To the casual passer-by, Hitsuzan looks like little more than a small hill curled…

Venture off the Beaten Path to Tosayama and Explore the Beauty of Rural Japan

Tosayama rests in the gentle hills just outside of Kochi City in Shikoku. With a population of less than a thousand and a centre town that boasts only a post office, general store, and government office, it is a quiet town that hasn’t yet caught the eye of eager tourists. It is, however, a beautiful…

3 Places to Find Samurai Ghosts In and Around Tokyo

Planning to visit Tokyo? Wondering how you can make your visit truly memorable and unique? Why, by searching for samurai ghosts, of course. As it happens, stories about the lost souls of samurai have been a staple of traditional Kabuki and Noh theatre, for centuries, and are still popular in modern Japanese films, such as…