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Saitama City: A place where sport and culture unite

  Heading to Kumagaya Stadium during your time at the Rugby World Cup this year? Saitama City is just a stone’s throw away, and it’s a great destination for sports fanatics looking to explore a local, welcoming city—one that loves sports as much as they do. Saitama City is just a 40-minute train ride from…
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Save more Japanese yen with the Nanaco card

Every bill, every dime. Whatever form of money, you name it, Japan has it! Japan is a country of handy dandy’s and if you’re not riding the wave then you’ll get washed out behind. In Japan, point cards can save you from high expenses as your rewards add up while using it. One of the…

Have Some Winter Fun at the Newest Ski Resort in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan!

Enjoy the snow and the great outdoors by skiing at the newest ski resort in Japan this winter! There are currently 16 ski resorts in Hyogo Prefecture. After 14 years, the newest ski resort opened in December 2017 in the town of Kamikawa in the Kanzaki District – the Mineyama Kogen Resort White Peak! Check…

Looking for Bouldering Gyms in Japan? Here Are 2 of the Best in Kyoto

Are you an active person who likes rock climbing? If you have good stamina and finger strength, you might want to consider bouldering in Kyoto. Since Kyoto is a busy city, bouldering gyms serve as substitutes for rocky mountains in countrysides. This form of rock climbing’s growing popularity is evident in the number of bouldering…

5 Awesome Things About Japan That Will Convince You to Visit in Winter

Japan enjoys millions of tourists per year and the season generally affects how many people you can expect to see at famous hotspots. Kyoto gets especially crowded during spring, Hokkaido and Nagano see lots of tourism in winter, and popular vacation destinations are booked full during the holiday seasons of Golden Week and Obon. If…

Do You Know The “Big Four” Horse Racecourses in Japan and Where to Find Them?

Japan is a famous destination for equestrian sports such as horse racing (“keiba” in Japanese) as it has some of the biggest venues in the world which attract thousands of visitors and punters from various countries. The Japan Racing Association (JRA) is the ultimate administrative body that manages events at the 10 biggest racecourses in…

Do You Know What the Ultimate ‘Ekiden’ or Relay Race in Japan Is?

Have you ever run long distance for days from one city to another? Do you watch relays or cross country races often? There is a Japanese term that has gotten into the English vocabulary called “ekiden (駅伝),” which was initially used to refer to stagecoaches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Now, “ekiden”…

Enjoy Table Tennis and Delicious Food All in One at This Cafe in Tokyo!

Table tennis, also known as “ping-pong,” is one of the classic games around the world. Its popularity spread to Asian countries like Japan through the British armies who held posts in those places. In 2016, Japan’s table tennis representative, Jun Mizutani (水谷隼), made history by winning bronze in the Rio Olympics, the first Olympics table…

Find Your Olympian Sports Potential at This Prestigious University in Tokyo!

Japan is one of those countries which never ceases to showcase its talent in any major sports event. The Japanese are keen on sports such as judo, gymnastics, athletics, wrestling, ski jumping, speed skating, and others. Tokyo hosted the 1964 summer Olympics and it is all ready to host it for the second time in…

A Beginner’s Guide to the Japanese Martial Art of Kendo

Have you ever heard of kendo (剣道)? It’s a type of Japanese martial arts. A kendo player wears armor and fights with a bamboo stick called “shinai (竹刀).” By hitting your opponent in the right place with the shinai, you will gain a point. There are four parts of the body that you should aim…