Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Sakata

The Hina dolls of Sakata

The Shonai area located in Yamagata is formed up of Sakata and Tsuruoka City. In the past, Sakata flourished as a port for Kitamaebune ships, and as a result became a melting pot for...

A Glorious Golden Age: Hiraizumi & Chuson-ji Temple Konjikido

Hiraizumi consists of temples, gardens and more than 3,000 national treasures and important cultural properties that date back to the 11th and 12th centuries. The entire expanse, impressive and dazzling in appearance, was originally...
Hina dolls

The Hina dolls of Murakami

Located in the north of Niigata-ken lies Murakami-shi, a once powerful jokamachi ( 城 下 町 , castle town) back in the Edo period. Its legacy can still be seen and even felt till...

Cool Treks Around Tokyo (4): Oirase Keiryu in Aomori Prefecture

The Oirase Stream trail, which runs for 14km from Nenokuchi at Lake Towada, is a surreal setting of endless gushing and gurgling streams that course over moss-covered boulders, through an emerald green forest of...

Odate, Akita: the home of the Akita Inu breed of dogs, beloved throughout the...

The city of Odate, Akita-ken in northern Japan, is home to the breed of dog known as Akita Inu, beloved throughout the world for their cute, curly tails; pointy triangular ears; and fluffy fur....

Ski in Japan: Top 5 Central Japan Resorts

Within just 3 hours of Central Japan, you can find slopes to suit any ski level, not to mention a great selection of spas. Our top four picks take you high, where trees freeze into "ice...

Aomori’s Oirase Mountain Stream

A magical world of tiny creatures awaits Aomori is located in the northern-most part of Honshu island and its vast land area is divided into three major regions: Tsugaru, which neighbours the Sea of Japan; Hakkoda and...
koriyama fukushima asaka canal

The Canal that Ensured the Future of Asaka – Koriyama, Fukushima

Koriyama's Path to Modernisation and Economic Success Koriyama, the economic center of Fukushima ken, is surrounded by abundant nature, including steep mountain ranges and the deep blue Lake Inawashiro. Stroll through Kaiseizan Park’s lanes of...

The “DATE Culture” Fostered by Masamune

More than Just a Warrior Born in a time when Japan was plagued by civil wars during the Sengoku period (mid 15th century - early 17th century), Masamune rose quickly to become a tactful, ruthless...

Top 3 Autumn Leaf Viewing Spots in Japan

As sweltering summer turns to autumn, leaves take on an amber hue starting from the mountains in Hokkaido and spreading southwards. Here are three top spots where Japanese people go “koyo (autumn leaf) hunting”!  Arashiyama, Kyoto 嵐山-京都   Best...