Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Go on a nature adventure in Niigata

Niigata is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, such as enduring mountain ranges and the longest river in Japan— the Shinano River. While nature lovers can have a blast exploring out-of-town spots, sports...

Kanagawa Beaches: Guide to Cozy Restaurants with a View

The sweltering concrete jungle that is Tokyo has a few escape routes, one of them being the beaches in Kanagawa, just an hour or two train ride, depending on where you live in Tokyo....
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Swimming Pools in Tokyo

Swimming and sunbathing in Tokyo’s concrete jungle Japanese summer is notoriously hot and humid, even dangerously so at times. However there are silver linings to everything, and in summer there is the joy of swimming...
Michael Feather Photography from Sanja Festival

The Spirit of Summer Festivals and Portable Shrines

WAttention Tokyo Culture Special Hot nights, traditional costumes, portable shrines and the rhythmical beating of drums immediately spell out matsuri, summer festivals, to any Japanese person. One of the three biggest in Tokyo and one...
Nishiasa Sankita (Nishiasakusa Sanchome Kita Chokai) mikoshi carrying

Backstage at Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa

Hot nights, traditional costumes, portable shrines and the rhythmical beating of drums immediately spell out matsuri, summer festivals, to any Japanese person. One of the three biggest in Tokyo and one of the earliest,...
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Mount Haguro: Walk the Mountain Path to Enlightenment

Experience the ancient shamanistic practices of Yamabushi spiritual training Yamagata has one of Japan’s most well-known sacred places for mountain worship, the Dewa Sanzan or the “Three Mountains of Dewa”. This ancient shamanistic training practiced...
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Rediscover the Charm of Niigata

1. Cycling through the City Visiting the Old Town The city of Niigata is divided into two parts by Shinano River, the longest river in Japan. The district between Shinano River and Niigata Station is called...

Lake Yamanaka: The Perfect Weekend Getaway

Lake Kawaguchiko is probably one of the most known out of the Fuji Five Lakes, but we decided to explore Lake Yamanakako. In the morning, the bus ride from the Fuji 5th Station to...

Suikawari: Blindfolded watermelon smashing

The quintessential Japanese beach activity. Similar to the Mexican piñata, suikawari involves blindfolded players trying to smash open a watermelon guided by the shouts of their friends. Usually, a sheet or piece of cardboard is...

Guide to marvelous Summer Festivals!

From firework festivals, shrine events and dance parades; among the hundreds of events going on during the hottest time of the year, here are some suggestions for you! Asakusa Summer Night Festival - Toro...