Explore the unspoiled nature and unique culture of Yanaizu town

Far-removed from the Tokyo lifestyle, the Yanaizu area in Fukushima prefecture is a little-known place filled with unforgettable sights and untapped Japanese cultural history. Even the trip there is something straight out of a...

Forget ramen – the noodles here are one-of-a-kind!

Wanko Soba These soba noodles are for the competitive eater! Stack up your dishes and see who will become the noodle master. These small servings can quickly add up and a popular goal is to...

How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Japan

The Japanese way of celebrating New Year's is very different from Western countries. New Year's is possibly the most important day of the year and is usually celebrated with family or good friends. We'll...

Visit the Origin of Ninja (3) : Ninja Soba

Togakushi Soba Yamaguchiya On the way back from the hill, we visited Yamaguchiya Soba restaurant. They specialize in making Togakushi Soba with a unique concept. The recommended menu is Ninja Soba (cold soba with shredded...

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...

A Day Trip from Tokyo: Chichibu

Speaking of tourist destinations on the Seibu Railway network, Chichibu and Kawagoe are by far the most well known. In particular, Chichibu has been gaining popularity in recent years on the back of traditional...

Scenic Food Spots: Mori no Eki Fujisan

Our next spot to get good food with a million-dollar view is Mori no Eki Fujisan, a newly opened eatery and souvenir shop at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Look out of their giant...

Restaurant Review: Soba Restaurant Sanbuichi

The common soba (buckwheat noodles) is made from buckwheat flour mixed with wheat flour that acts as a "tsunagi" or binding agent that keeps the dough together. Only soba restaurants with the most skilled...

Edo Tokyo Soba no Kai : One-day soba making lesson

Become a Soba master Love eating Soba (buckwheat) noodles? You’re not the only one, as these noodles have been a beloved specialty in Tokyo ever since the Edo period. Especially since soba is considered auspicious...

Yamagata Adventure (1) – Soba-Making class on the high plateau

Yamagata prefecture, one of the six prefectures in the Tohoku region (the northern part of Japan), offers many exciting experiences you don't want to miss! This series of articles features all the fun and magical...