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10 Wonderful Spots to See Japan’s Cherry Blossoms This Spring 2017

It’s a new year for a new hanami (花見 – flower viewing) experience! Year after year, tourists from all around the world specifically plan their Japan trips around the spring season to get a glimpse of the cherry blossoms’ surreal pink petals blooming in their full glory. It’s one of the country’s fleeting beauties that…

4 Picture-Perfect Spots Worth Traveling to in Shiga Prefecture

One of the perfect places to relax at is located in the middle of Japan. The prefecture of Shiga (滋賀県) is where you can find Lake Biwa (琵琶湖), the largest lake in the country. Shiga is a mountainous place as it is surrounded by Mt. Ibuki (伊吹山) to the east, Mt. Hira-san (比良山) and Mt.…

4 of the Most Impressive 2016-2017 Winter Illuminations in Japan

Winter is already here and the best way to celebrate it is, of course, to decorate all the city streets with colorful bright lights to express the joy of the season. While all countries do their best to impress their citizens with the blindingly bright decorations, there is something about the holiday season in Japan…

3 Things That Make This Illumination Wonderland a Must-Visit in Japan

With the recent hype about Mie’s ninja museums (伊賀流忍者博物館) and trick houses, you may be lured to go out of your way just to catch a glimpse of these innovative and fun attractions. Yet, another thing you need to know is that beyond shinobis (ninjas) and shurikens, Mie (三重) has another ace up its sleeve…

Check These 3 Gorgeous Spring Flower Destinations in Japan!

Did you know that Japanese people love flowers? One of their favorites is the beautiful wisteria, which has captivated the interest of the Japanese for a long time. It consists of clusters of flowers which gorgeously sway in the wind, creating an enjoyable sight. There are actually several locations for one to witness wisteria in…

Catch One of These 3 Eventful Festivals at Mt. Yoshino in Nara

Mt. Yoshino (Yoshinoyama) is a mountain in Nara Prefecture that has been a subject in so many literary writings, and with good reasons: it is a gorgeous spot for cherry blossom viewing. It has also served as an important destination for religious purposes such as pilgrimages and the area continues to attract many foreign people.…

Don’t Miss One of Japan’s Largest and Liveliest Festivals this Golden Week!

Fukuoka is located on the island of Kyushu in Japan and is well-known not only for its beautiful landscapes and architecture but also for its amazing festivals. Among many spectacular festivals across Japan, Hakata Dontaku can definitely be considered as one of those. It is an extravagant event which is also referred to as the…