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Learn All About Rural Life in the Past in This Open Air Museum in Kawasaki

Are you interested in seeing traditional Japanese residences that existed more than 200 years ago? Why not visit the Japan Open Air Folk House Museum (Nihon Minka-en) in Kawasaki? It is an outdoor museum that showcases traditional Japanese houses that have been preserved over the years. It is also a sanctuary for folk materials and…

Learn About a Sad Part of History at This Little-Known Museum in Nagasaki

It was during the Obon festival (one of the only decent-length holidays we get all year) when a freak storm cancelled our boat across to Tomioka (and therefore, also our booking at a luxury hotel). Checking into a cheap hostel, we thought our perfect summer break had been cancelled. However, always determined to look on…

Step into the Stone Age and Explore the Glacial Period in Tomizawa!

The Glacial Period (20,000 years ago) was a time when ice-cold temperatures were at its time of advancement. With the vast ice sheets and freezing temperatures, it was hard to survive for Paleolithic people (people of the Stone Age). However, a great discovery was made when the camping site for the people of the early…

Spend Quality Time with your Favorite Characters at Bandai Museum!

Bandai Co., Ltd. is a popular Japanese toy and video making company which is considered to be the world’s third largest producer of toys. The company started putting up its own Bandai museum in Chiba last 2003 which was dedicated to the Bandai characters. It immediately closed in 2006 and was moved to Mibu, Tochigi…

Venetian Glass Museum: Enjoy a Romantic Italian Art Experience in Hakone!

The Venetian Glass Museum in Hakone is a museum, shop, and cafe in one. It features Italian buildings in nature with a large strolling garden. It exhibits 100 antique Venetian glass and some modern art forms of making glass. The museum also offers classes on glass art as well as a dress-up service for that…

Naramachi Museum: A Trove of Local Treasures Off the Beaten Track

While it’s always nice to visit the big, famous museums in the cities you go to in Japan, it can also be worth your while to seek out less well-known museums for an insight into something a bit different. Going down the road less traveled can introduce you to tourist attractions that are known only…

Explore Japan’s Naval History and the Inside of a Real Submarine in Hiroshima!

Japan has a long maritime history of various naval interactions among different nations. In the Warring States Period, feudal lords started competing for supremacy that they built several hundreds of warships. However, when Japan was defeated in World War II, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) was formally created which was tasked with the naval…

Takeo Arishima: the Great Socialist Writer with a Tumultuous Life

In the Taisho period (early 20th century) there was a famous writer who went by the name of Takeo Arishima. Besides being a writer, he was also known for dividing his land amongst peasants and allowing them to farm and make a good living without requiring them to pay any rent. This beloved man now…

Visit Yachiyoza Theatre in Kumamoto for a Traditional Japanese Theatre Experience

Are you a theatre enthusiast who loves to see plays and performances of all sorts? If so, consider paying a visit to Yachiyoza in Yamaga (Kumamoto Prefecture). This theatre has a long history and will enable you to glimpse into the past as well as catch some up-to-date performances by top modern artists. History Author’s…

Visit the Lost World at the Fascinating Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is one of the largest dinosaur museums in the world located in Katsuyama city of Fukui prefecture. It is one of the many museums in Japan supported by its prefecture. Let’s have a look at this museum that has a lot to offer to tourists. Exhibits   grosso.jp/ Katsuyama is one…