Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Festive Christmas Markets In and Around Tokyo (2)

3 Roppongi Hills Christmas Market This year is the 10th anniversary of Roppongi Hills’ Christmas Market. It´s based on the biggest Christmas market located in Stuttgart, Germany and features a total of 11 stores lining...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Yamagata Prefecture (3)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Tohoku Yamagata 34 Yama-dera (山寺) in Yamagata [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d100179.79068631277!2d140.39740647638536!3d38.3115068240329!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x5f8bce641e8b2f1b%3A0x5b7af6fbee095cf7!2sYamadera%2C+Yamagata%2C+Yamagata+Prefecture+999-3301!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sjp!4v1476149978990&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: Middle of October Color Peak: Beginning of November Access: 5min walk from Yamadera Station (JR Senzan Line) Address: 4495-15 Yamadera, Yamagata-shi, 999-3301 Yamagata Ranking:...

Tokyo Edo Week : Wattention reports

Last week Tokyo organized a new event called the Tokyo Edo Week to promote traditional Japanese dress. There were definitely more people out in kimono than usual and Wattention was there to catch them all...

Katana Fair and Samurai dining

Go on a journey back in time to two of the most iconic periods for samurai; the Sengoku and the Edo period. Diamond Dining is offering a unique dining experience for Japan's history-loving women called...

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...

Japan’s 8 Best-Preserved Castle Towns

Original surviving Japanese castles are a rarity. Only a dozen retain their original keeps, though there are many more that lie in ruins or have been reconstructed. Beyond the castles, however, many historic castle...

3 Wild ‘Onsen’ Theme Parks

Want a little more than just a soak in hot water? Try an onsen theme park, where a whole world of water-related adventure awaits! 3. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs Amusement Park & Spa Resort...

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...

What’s in Kyushu? Vol. 1 Fukuoka Prefecture

Recently, the southern parts of the Japanese archipelago has seen a spike in the number of tourists visiting. What is so attractive about Kyushu (九州)? Shrouded in tranquility, each of the seven prefectures of Kyushu...

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,...