Monday, May 28, 2018

The Takaoka Doraemon Tour

For fans of Doraemon, a pilgrimage to Takaoka, where Fujiko F. Fujio created the futuristic blue robot cat, is a must. And though you may not have a Dokodemo door—one of Doraemon's handy gadgets—to...

The Takaoka Top Sites Tour

Not all cities can boast of National Treasures, vast nature, and one of Japan's Three Great Buddhas, all within walking distance of the main station. So for some quiet meditation or some dazzling festival floats,...

The Takaoka Traditional Crafts Tour

More than anything—yes, even Doraemon—Takaoka is a city of craftsmanship. In particular, metalworking here dates back to the Edo era, when it was designated as an industrial zone under the ruling Maeda lords. Over 400...

The Takaoka Street Treats Tour

Situated between the two capital cities of Toyama and Kanazawa, Takaoka is often bypassed by tourists. But with lots to offer in terms of culture, crafts, gourmet, historical streets and a Doraemon street, Toyama's...

The Takaoka Taste Tour

From historic copperware craftwork to the futuristic cartoon cat Doraemon, Takaoka City is the home of traditional and modern culture for all ages. And thanks to the recently completed Hokuriku Shinkansen, visiting this picturesque town located...

World Heritage (5): Shirakawa-go & Gokayama

Shirakawa-go & Gokayama: Fairy tale-like farmhouse villages  Like a scene straight out of a fairy tale, the twinkling towns of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama possess a magical beauty that moves with the seasons. Surrounded by steep rugged mountains and...

Owara Kaze no Bon Festival

Owara Kaze no Bon: Enchanting evening wind festival For a dreamlike festival under the darkness of night, the Owara Kaze no Bon will take you on a time slip to Toyama's traditional past. Unlike many upbeat and...