Friday, September 20, 2019

Japan`s World Heritage Site: Buddhist Monuments in Horyuji

Horyuji Temple: The World's Oldest Wooden Building While Kyoto may be home to many of Japan’s most famous and photographed temples, it was nearby Nara Prefecture’s Horyuji Temple that captured UNESCO's attention to become Japan's first...

Onsen Oasis: Arima Onsen

1,400 years of history hidden in the outskirts of modern Kobe After introducing two of Japan's three oldest hot springs (Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture and Nanki Shirahama Onsen in Wakayama Prefecture) it is now...

Ise Grand Shrine: Japan’s Top Power Spot

A Shrine For The Bucket List  Since days of old, there has been a saying about the Ise Jingu, or Ise Grand Shrine: isshoni ichido wa omairi o, meaning one should worship there at least once...

Tenjin Matsuri: Osaka’s Festival of Fire and Water

If you are in Osaka tomorrow, you can catch this rare scene of a women-only contingent carrying a 200kg mikoshi (portable shrine) at the Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street. This is the lead up to Osaka's...

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...

Ukai: A 3-in-1 Truly “U”-nique Experience

To enjoy Japan’s culture, cuisine and scenery, try a Ukai river cruise. “Ukai” literally means the rearing of cormorants and refers to a traditional fishing method deploying these long-necked aquatic birds to hunt for river...

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...

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...

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 ;...

Nara National Museum

The Nara National Museum, situated in the Nara Park, is one of the four prominent national museums in Japan, along with Tokyo, Kyoto and Kyushu. It houses about 1,400 collection items which are extensively...