Saturday, October 19, 2019

What’s in Kyushu? Vol. 2 Saga Prefecture

Although Saga Prefecture (佐賀県) is the smallest in Kyushu, it played an important role in Japan’s history as a hub for trade and transmission of culture between the Japanese archipelago and mainland Asia. Rich...
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A Panoramic View of Sakura Blossoms in Kaminoyama-shi, Yamagata-ken

Located at the foot of Mt. Zao, Kaminoyama-shi thrived as a castle town and a place for travelers to rest as they traveled along the Ushu-kaido, one of the routes established to connect Edo...

A bite of Niigata

The secret to Niigata’s rice—especially the famous rice variety Koshihikari—lies in melted snow and run-off water which contain an abundance of nutrients and minerals. The area is also known for producing prestigious sake and...

How to Enjoy a Weekend in Japan. Tokamachi, Niigata.

When I first think of Niigata, I imagine trekking snow-covered mountains, skiing  slopes sipping sake. However, Niigata is so much more than just a winter destination. The small city of Tokamachi, internationally famous for...

6 Things You Need to Know About Izakaya

An izakaya is a Japanese-style pub. This means you'll have alcohol as well as food, but instead of everyone receiving their own main dish, the standard procedure is for everyone to order lots of...

Discover Drinking Alleys In Japan (II): Neighborhood Yokochos

Almost every area has its own yokocho for locals to gather and unwind. Here are some other alleyways with character worth stopping by. 1) Asakusa Hoppy Dori  Hoppy has a reputation as being the mixer of...

Yamagata Adventure (4) – Nakano Sake Shop

Right beside the Dewazakura Sake Brewery is the Nakano Sake Shop, which sells all the popular beverages produced in the brewery. Dewazakura Sake Brewery was founded in 1892 and due to its long tradition, experience...

FIVE unforgettable experiences during our Yamagata Minshuku stay!

by Chew Yan Qiao My colleague and I were blessed with the opportunity to stay at a minshuku at Iide town in Yamagata Prefecture. Minshuku are Japanese-style “bed and breakfast” lodgings. They are usually family...

Hokkaido By Rail and Car Day 5 : Feasting at Furano

Hokkaido, Japan's second largest island, is also referred to as the "The Big Land in the North" by the locals. Blessed with picturesque nature and bounty from the sea and land, it is a...

Bar Hopping in Osaka

Tokyo is not the only city that never sleeps in Japan. Osaka, the neon lit metropolis also offers a plethora of nightlife experiences. From classic bars to specialty bars, live houses and a whisky gallery, your...