Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Enjoy the best of Universal Studios Japan™ With Klook

The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM celebrates its 5th magical year with a castle illumination show at night from 20 Mar - 4 Nov’19.

The Vibrant World of Hineno Katsujiro Syoten

New Breeze from Kyoto Dyeing Products: Tie, Chief, Watch Band by Hineno Katsujiro Syoten’s Artisans Not Only for KIMONO Japanese fashion and lifestyle continue to change. Hineno Katsujiro Syoten’s products prove that quality hand-dyed fabrics still...

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...

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...

Naka-Harima: Delve into the mythical lands of Japanese folklore

So you have gone to the must-see Himeji Castle and you are wondering if there is anything else worth checking out. Well, hidden away in the mountains and waters of Himeji are some of...

No Beef with Kobe: Eat, See, Enjoy!

I took a day trip with K-san (unnamed for privacy) to Kobe during my week-long Japan vacation. We took the direct JR line (around 50 minutes) from our Osaka accommodation to Kobe’s central station,...

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...

Tenkawa Shrine, Japan’s Most Seclusive Power Spot

Simultaneously valuing traditions and welcoming the new What exactly does religion mean in Japan? What is Shinto and how important is it to the Japanese? Never during my 10 years in Japan did I ask myself...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Kyoto (9)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Kansai Kyoto 25 Genko-an Temple (源光庵) in Kyoto First colors: Beginning of November Color Peak: Middle of November Hours: 9am – 5pm Admission: 400 yen (adults) , 200 yen (Children) Access: 15min bus ride...

Sakura Sightseeing In Kyoto (1)

See the Eternal City tinted in the delicate pink of Spring and sigh at the fleeting beauty of the sakura. Here are the top spots to for ohanami (cherry blossom viewing). 1)  Tenryu-ji Temple This is...