Tourism

photo by Zoria April

Planting the Seed of Beauty: Rice Paddy Art and Where to See it in Japan

Nazca Lines in Peru and Cerne Abbas Giant in the UK are amazing large scale works with long history. Rice field art in Japan comes close in that it has a similar scale, but it is transient – disappearing with the harvest. And in that it perfectly embodies the Japanese concept of “mono no aware”…

Japan Vs. Tourists: Bans and Limitations That Impact Tourism

There is a saying with a couple of variations that goes something like “tourists seem to leave their brains at home when they travel”. Many will read this and nod in agreement, as tourists everywhere are often seen disoriented, bumbling, fumbling, miming, breaking social rules and norms, and some even breaking laws! The bigger the…

Why is Okinawa Best Visited in Winter?

Before I came to Japan, I had only vaguely heard of Okinawa. In fact, I’d heard of it because it was featured in the first Kill Bill movie, and in Karate Kid. And when I came to live in Japan, I definitely didn’t think I would be in a country with tropical beaches and Hawaii-like…

Foreign Tourists Are Misbehaving, and Japan Is Not Pleased: What’s Going On?

For many years, Japan had been a country that foreign tourists overlooked. This might seem a bit funny at first, considering how influential Japanese cuisine, manga, anime, video games, and technology have been. It was not uncommon to see Western media talk about Japan and the wonders of The Land of the Rising Sun, from…
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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…

Record Number of Tourists Visit Japan

At this point it shouldn’t be a surprise to know that the number of tourists visiting Japan has been increasing. In fact, each year has seen a new record, and 2019 is no different. The number during the first half of the year: 16.63 million. That’s a 4.6 percent increase from 2018. Additionally, the Japan…

Spotted in Japan: What Are “Begpackers” And Why Are They Hated So Much?

Tourism is a very important industry, bringing billions of dollars to the most visited countries. Japan has become a very important touristic destination in recent years, and as its popularity increases, a trend that has been on the rise around the world might be making an appearance in the Land of the Rising Sun. However,…

Explore the Different Sides of Mount Fuji at the Fujisan World Heritage Center!

Whenever people talk about visiting Mount Fuji, there are a few standard approaches to go about it. If you are physically fit or the adventurous type, you would probably relish the experience of making the tough ascent during the summer months and experience its spiritual strength and visual beauty from the summit. For those who…

Enjoy Summer in Traditional Japanese Style at Sumida Aquarium’s Special Event!

With the summer coming closer, many establishments all over the country are now bringing out their own set of preparations for the upcoming season. One particular establishment that is often visited by tourists in Tokyo has also prepared their own share of excitement for summer! While the season may come with the heat, Edo Kingyo…