Sunday, May 26, 2019

Protected: Matsushiro Area:A historic town of samurai, powerful clans and castles

If you are interested in the history of Japan, then you cannot miss the chance to visit Nagano city. In this historic district, ninjas and warlords familiar from games and manga lived and played...

Protected: Togakushi & Iizuna Area: Ninja history shrouded in stunning nature

Togakushi Jinja Shrine Discover mysterious legends and powerspots Togakushi Shrine consists of five shrines located at the base of Mt. Togakushi. According to Japanese mythology, a grief-ridden Amaterasu, goddess of the sun, hid herself in a...

Tradition, Technology and Tries: 2019 in Toyota City

When you hear the word “Toyota”, I doubt the next word in your mind is “city”. Toyota City, as the name suggests, is the thriving hub of technology and innovation home to the Toyota...

Enjoy SNOWART in Echigo-Tsumari, Niigata

Niigata is located in the region of Chubu, on the main island of Japan, Honshu. It is the third largest city with direct access to the sea of Japan. And it opened to international...

Sendagaya– The main stage for Tokyo 2020 Games

Sendagaya area has mysteriously avoided attention up until now, despite being surrounded by Tokyo's hippest and liveliest neighbourhoods – Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku. A 30 minute walk from Shibuya station, weaving through the cute...

FOODIE TOURS JAPAN: GIZEM’S TASTE OF TOKYO

“No one should be missing out on Japanese food!” Sounds like a cliché, but everything points to Gizem Sakamaki being born to do this. Even before starting her tour company Foodie Tours Japan, she...

Protected: Nagano Station Area:A cultural core, a splendid temple and a historical gathering...

Zenkoji Temple attracts numbers of tourists who seek knowledge of ancient Japanese culture and enlightenment. Among the picturesque mountain peaks, you can sense the spirituality that filled patrons of this sacred place when Zenkoji...
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A short winter trip to Akita – seeing, doing, tasting the best of the...

The snow-covered Akita prefecture in the north of Japan is known for several things, and in February, I headed out there to experience the best it has to offer. Invited by the local Akitainu...
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Heroes and heroines behind the festivals: Sendai’s Tanabata Festival

Sendai’s Tanabata Festival: Wonders of traditional Japanese paper-making by shopkeepers Sendai’s Tanabata Festival is touted as one of the three major summer festivals in the Tohoku region, Held in Sendai from August 6 to 8, the lavish...
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Tohoku Outdoor Activities

Hachimantai: Hiking Through the Valleys of Hell When you think of areas for hiking and enjoying leisurely strolls, usually places covered with lush green vegetation spring to mind, right? Well, if you are tired of...