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Nishi Awa: Japan’s Hidden Nature Getaway in Tokushima Prefecture

If you have never heard of Shikoku Island in Japan, it will for sure be on your radar soon as many more tourists and foreigners are choosing this area to either travel to or settle down in. But more specifically, one of the prefectures that is gaining a lot of

Naomi Osaka & Typhoon Jebi : This Week in Japan

1. 20 year old Naomi Osaka defeats Serena Williams in US Grand Slam In recent news about 20-year old tennis champion Naomi Osaka beating American all-star Serena Williams spread internationally like wildfire. In one of the most intense finals of the US Open,

Top 5 Things To Do In Tokamachi: Japan’s Hidden Kimono City in Niigata Prefecture

When the word “kimono” comes up in conversation, many will immediately think of Japan and more specifically, Kyoto. And if that person knows alot about Japan, they may even know about Kanazawa as a huge kimono city. But very few people know that To

Confectionery, Fuji Cycling and a Digital Assistant Wife : This Week in Japan

19% increase on Japanese Food purchases by International tourists Alright guys, chill on those sake-flavoured Kit Kats because too many of you guys are dropping some mad paper on these Japanese snacks. According to the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestr

Pikachu Outbreak : This Week in Japan

1. Pikachu Outbreak You were warned, and we hope you listened when we told you to hide yo’ kids and hide yo’ wives again this year because the annual Pikachu Outbreak occurred this year in Japan! And, with rumors of an Eevee epidemic parade&hellip

Sailor Moon Themed Yukatas: This Week in Japan

Sailor Moon Themed Yukatas In the name of the moon, I’ll punish you… for looking devilishly stunning in these Sailor Moon themed Yukatas! Kimono-maker Kyoto Marubeni is coming in to save us from the heat this summer by releasing the most beautiful Sailor

Beach in Fukushima Reopens After 8 Years: This Week in Japan

Fukushima beach reopens after 8 years After the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit north-eastern Japan, Haragamaobama beach in the Fukushima Prefecture has finally reopened to the public. Like Haragamaobama, several other beaches were ravaged by

Why Oita Should Be On Your Next Itinerary To Japan

 Tucked away on the eastern coast of Kyushu island, Oita Prefecture has many attractions suitable for all types of tourists. While the average visitor may only visit this area for their amazing onsen (hot spring) culture, there is a lot more to this prefecture

Top 10 Spots in Shima City, Mie Prefecture

Top 10 Spots in Shima City, Mie Prefecture  Introduction:  One of Japan’s most popular resort areas, Shima City can offer the perfect paradise vacation for any tourist. Located in Mie Prefecture, neighboring Ise and Toba city, Shima hosts some of the most beau

Akita Food Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user yoppy 44124362019@N01/2303950259/Kiritanpo Nabe Want to warm up after spending a day in the cold Akita Winter? Look no further than the classic Kiritanpo Nabe, a hot pot dish that is served with the season’s ingredients, but most impor

Akita Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user Hyougushi 71481771@N00/3686900111/Plane Akita has an airport, with domestic flights coming in from such places as Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo. Buses connect the airport with Akita Station, and a ride costs ¥980 and takes 40 minute

The Best Times to Visit Akita

Senshu Park in SpringSenshu Park is known for its beauty in all four seasons, but is especially beautiful in the spring. The park has over 800 sakura cherry trees that all bloom at the same time. It’s at this time that there are festivals that happen, where pe

First Time in Akita

Photo Cred: Flickr user Sorasi Photography 85755314@N06/7880328252/Akita Museum of Art The Akita Museum of Art is Akita prefecture’s leading art installation, built by the famous architect Ando Tadao, known for creating many prefectural art museums as well as

Fukui Food Guide

Saba no HeshikoWhat makes Saba no Heshiko is that, rather than being dried regularly, the fish is actually pickled in “Nuka” or rice bran. Nuka is the shavings taken off of individual rice grains, as normally rice grains are brown. These shavings give the vege

Fukui Access Guide

Getting to Fukui is relatively easy, and there are two ways to get to the prefecture by train from the Tokyo Area. Depending on where you want to visit before or after your trip to Fukui, you may want to think about which route to take. You can also get to the

Fukui 1-day-tour Itinerary

Fukui is relatively small, and many of the points of interest are close by. Unfortunately, some of those points may be a bit far from public transportation, so best case scenario would be to rent a car and drive directly to these spots. If not, you can still t

The Best Times to Visit Fukui

Echizen Historic Pageant in SpringThe Echizen Pageant is a festival that is held every year in order to celebrate Fukui’s culture and important historical figures. Each year people dressed in elegant traditional Japanese clothing and armor walk a 1.5 km stretc

First Time in Fukui

Photo Cred: Flickr user Pyonko 99001450@N00/5799941068/The Tojinbo Cliffs Fukui is characterized by its rocky shores, and the Tojinbo Cliffs are Fukui’s most famous rocky outcropping. The cliffs are basaltic cliffs, which gives the rocks their distinct geomet

Fukushima Food Guide

Kozuyu – a combination of Mountain and SeaKozuyu is a type of soup that includes an assortment of unique ingredients, diced and simmered in a pot for some time. Traditionally, it was made by both well-off samurai and common folk alike, as the ingredients were

Fukushima Access Guide

Fukushima can be easily accessed from Tokyo through various means, as with many prefectures in the northern part of Japan. While the exclusion zone may make your travels a little longer depending on where you want to visit, most places in Fukushima are unaffec

Fukushima 2-day-tour Itinerary

Fukushima is great for experiencing a Japan that is not usually seen in the metropolitan area. The prefecture is filled with mountains and wilderness that is also conveniently located, though it may not be as accessible as most other tourist destinations. Phot

The Best Times to Visit Fukushima

If you are interested in seeing the seasons in its primal state, while being close enough to urban centers, Fukushima is a perfect solution. Situated in the southern part of the Tohoku region, it enjoys a mild climate that is comfortable year-round, yet can st

Fukushima For the First Time

If it’s your first time in Fukushima, it should be noted that your trip would be made several times easier and better with the use of a rental car, or some sort of automobile transportation. Fukushima is relatively large and mountainous, making public transpor

Gunma Food Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user nakashiKonjac Ever heard of Konjac? If not, don’t be intimidated by the plant’s outer features. Simply put, Konjac is a type of yam, and the starch taken from the root can be cooked and used to make a faux-gelatin. It is especially han

Gunma Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user KurumanGunma is relatively close to the Metropolitan area, and therefore is a great destination for those that want to get out of the urban center and experience rural Japan, without wanting to go too far out of the way or spend too mu

Gunma 2-day-tour Itinerary

Gunma prefecture is perfect for that 1 or 2-day getaway from the urban center of Japan. It is relatively easy to get to the prefecture from Tokyo, as well as being relatively cheap to get there. Here is an itinerary to get you started.Photo Cred: Flickr user D

The Best Times to Visit Gunma

Photo Cred: Flickr user T-Hino 41165803@N02/4261464599/Lake and Mount Haruna Fuji in Spring If for some reason you cannot visit Mount Fuji on your trip in Japan, why not try visiting Mount Haruna Fuji in Gunma? Gunma is known for being the home of the second

First Time in Gunma

Photo Cred: Flickr user kc7fys 14179298@N00/269734598/Kusatsu Hotsprings The Kusatsu Hotspring is the leading hot spring in Gunma prefecture, not just in fame but in health benefits as well. It is the number one hot spring in Japan in water output, as 32,300