Religious Encounters and Culinary Surprises in Shingu

By Rozemarije Zijlmans It’s said that the Kumano gods first descended to earth at the gigantic white, greyish rock that sticks out of the Gongenyama mountain. From this sacred spot, marked by the small red...

First Shrine visit of the year – Hatsumode

New Year's is one of the most important holidays on the Japanese calendar. During the Edo period and the old way of counting, everyone was one year old at birth (because they counted the...

Beyond the Beaten Track : Finding Japan’s Lesser-Known Magnificence

WATTENTION AUTUMN TRIP REPORT Never underestimate Japan. It’s a mistake to confine yourself to the sprawling, labyrinth-esque borders of Tokyo on a visit to Japan. The incessant gleam of neon lights has a sedative effect that...

Dragonball themed Café at Tower Records Café – Omotesando

The next time-limited café for November opened its doors in the beginning of the month. The popular anime series “Dragonball” celebrates its 30th anniversary, therefore the Tower Records Cafe branch opened three Dragonball themed...

Gudetama lost in Edo!

Japan's popular lazy egg, Gudetama, is lost in the Edo period! This autumn and winter only you can visit Gudetama world at the Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Born in 2013, Gudetama's name is a play...

3 Historic Fan Shops in Kyoto

Kyoto’s rich history even extends to its many shops and these shinise, or historic shops, are some of the Kyoto's oldest. In fact, these three fan shops are among Japan's most historic, with some...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Osaka

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Osaka Osaka 30 ~ 38  30 Katsuo-ji (勝尾寺) in Minoo First colors: Beginning of November until the middle of November Color Peak: Middle of November until the end of November Hours: Mo...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Osaka (2)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Osaka 32 Saiko-ji Temple (西江寺) in Minoo Guardian lion looks happy;) #goodweather #beautiful #colorful #mapleleaves #blue #sky #yellow #green #guardianlion #gate #temple #西江寺 #箕面 #大阪 #japan A photo posted by...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Osaka (3)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Osaka 34 Sefuku-ji Temple (施福寺) in Izumi [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m0!3m2!1sen!2sjp!4v1477905980004!6m8!1m7!1sF%3A-KZCLgVmqdJo%2FWANXP6uoKYI%2FAAAAAAAACZ0%2FIw6dBL1GdGEblqQcFIDWNgbhi5CvZ_9CwCLIB!2m2!1d34.395161!2d135.5053769!3f9.404565357758372!4f-7.432155256378763!5f0.7820865974627469&w=600&h=450] First colors: End of October Color Peak: Middle of November until the end of November Hours: March – November 8am – 5pm ;...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Osaka (4)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Osaka 36 Kyuan-ji Temple (久安寺) in Ikeda A photo posted by Rina (@rinana.o) on Dec 6, 2015 at 2:59am PST //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js First colors: Middle of November Color Peak: Middle of November until...