Monday, August 19, 2019

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...

Kyoto’s Okonomiyaki

Most people who have been to Japan have encountered Japan's savoury pancake known as "Okonomiyaki". The name of this dish literally means "bake it how you like it", so it's to no surprise that...

Diary of a Japan Tour Guide: James and Debra in Kyoto

Japan Tour Guide (JTG) is an online portal that aims to match volunteer Japanese guides with visitors coming to Japan. Read about their tours put together for tourists by these friendly local guides in...

World Heritage (8): Monuments of Ancient Nara

In 1998, eight locations were immortalized as cultural heritage sites: Gangoji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple, Yakushiji Temple, Kasugaya Taisha Shrine, Kasuga-yama Forest, and Heijo-kyo Palace ruins. This cluster of Buddhist and Shinto...

5 New Halloween Desserts

With the end of October coming up, department stores and sweets shops are preparing their new special Halloween treats. Here's Wattention's pick from this season's lineup. Halloween Bunny Parfait (1,810 yen) This parfait brings you all the...

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

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Kyoto 10 Kosho-ji Temple (興聖寺) in Uji A photo posted by 拓?風 (@sohkai_works) on Dec 10, 2015 at 5:24pm PST //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js First colors: End of November Color Peak: End of November until...

3 Wild ‘Onsen’ Theme Parks

Want a little more than just a soak in hot water? Try an onsen theme park, where a whole world of water-related adventure awaits! 3. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs Amusement Park & Spa Resort...

Toba: A Small Fisherwoman’s Village

The home of pearls and Ama-zing female divers Most of our readers have probably never heard of Toba, a small fishing village in Mie Prefecture, not too far from Ise Town. The name Mikimoto however, might...

World Heritage (2): Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle: Japanese castle architecture perfected and preserved After 5 and a half years of renovations, Himeji Castle reopened to the public in March in blazing white glory, with not just repainted walls and new roof tiles,...

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 ;...