Japanese hot springs (onsen)

8 Things To Do Around Rausu, the Easternmost Town of Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido

Rausu (羅臼) is on the easternmost edge of the Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島) overlooking Nemuro Strait (根室海峡) that separates Russia and Japan. With an estimated population of just over 5000, this is one of the least populated towns in Japan. Despite this, there are plenty of things to do in and around the pristine town of…

How Many of These 5 Facts About Japanese Hot Springs Do You Know?

Have you ever experienced bathing in a hot spring or onsen (温泉) in Japan? In the summer of 2016, I took my European husband to an onsen ryokan (温泉旅館), a Japanese-style hotel with hot springs. Apparently, his expectations were hugely betrayed in many ways. He had heard about onsen many times before but imagined something…

The Top 10 Hot Spring Hotels and Ryokan to Stay at Near Tokyo in 2019

Japan is a country that has perfected a complex blend of tradition and modernity on many levels. If you’re planning a trip to Japan in 2017, finding a hotel or ryokan (旅館; traditional Japanese guest house) that reflects both traditional and modern aspects of Japanese culture, history and architecture is one of the best ways…

Try Japan’s Top Breakfasts at These 3 Hotels and Inns!

Breakfast is generally considered the most important meal of the day as it provides fuel for the day ahead. While traveling in Japan, the hotel or ryokan (旅館; traditional Japanese inn) where you are staying at will most likely provide breakfast for its guests, be it in Japanese-style or Western-style. Usually, the Western-style breakfast is…

Not a Fan of Crowds? Here Are 3 Places to Visit in Tottori, Japan

Tottori (鳥取), a prefecture in the Chugoku (中国) region of Japan, is blessed with volcanic mountains and white sandy beaches. It abounds in sceneries that it becomes a dream escape for those who want to experience quintessential Japan. It hosts so many tourists every year that it becomes a little crowded during seasonal times. However,…

Top 30 Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan’s Glamorous Capital!

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and one of the most glamorous cities in Asia. With its low crime rate, countless bars and restaurants, and numerous cultural and historical sites, it’s no wonder that it sees millions of tourists every year. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are coming and an even larger number of tourists is…

3 Things to Do and Experience in Nasushiobara, Tochigi

One of the most attractive tourist destinations in Tochigi (栃木) is the mountain resort city of Nasushiobara (那須塩原). Nasushiobara is situated about an hour and a half ride by bullet train from Tokyo. In this article, we will talk about things to do at Nasushiobara. As soon as passengers step out of the bullet train,…

Feeling Shy? Here Are 3 Ways to Enjoy a Traditional Onsen in Private

Experiencing a traditional onsen (温泉) in Japan has always posed a problem for me. It’s not the hot water nor the price that worries me, but the obligation to get completely naked before jumping in. That handkerchief-sized, piece of cloth handed to you before entering? That’s intended for a little forehead dab while bathing, not…

16 Hilarious Pictograms are Being Used in Iwate Prefecture for Tourists

It can be difficult for foreigners to get around in Japan due to the language barrier, as many locals are not well-versed in English. With the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, many more foreigners are expected to make a visit to Japan. As such, authorities are making efforts to reduce the language barrier and make tourists…

Visiting Kyushu? Don’t Miss These 4 Locations in Oita Prefecture!

If you love hot springs (温泉) and beautiful scenery in Japan, Oita Prefecture (大分県) is the place to be. It is located on the eastern side of Kyushu (九州), which is a perfect spot to see and experience the earth’s powerful force beneath our feet. Japan is known for being located on the Ring of…