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Immerse yourself in Japan’s nature: majestic mountains, fields of vibrant flowers, centuries-old bamboo groves and beech forests, as well as little pockets of paradise hidden among Japan’s high-rise cities.

Kyoto by the Sea. Enchanting places. Engaging locals

So you’ve seen the golden splendour of to Kinkaku-ji, and walked the famed paths of Fushimi-inari taisha and Arashiyama. Perhaps you’ve even wondered the back alleys of Nishiki market and peered around town from...
Rokuya Great Buddha

Nishitama, Okutama : A Trip Into Tokyo’s Untapped Forests

Forests in Tokyo? Impossible – you might think, but it’s very possible. Two hours west of Shinjuku, lies the Nishitama area, part of greater Tokyo. Now, to many Tokyo residents, Nishitama is nothing special...

【Ibaraki】And More to Visit…

Ibaraki is proud of its cultural heritage and incredible nature sprawling across the whole prefecture, and there is a lot to love. Witness the dreamlike ocean views of Oarai lsozaki Jinja as waves from the Pacific...

【Ibaraki】Modern Technology and Japanese Nature in Ibaraki

Japanese Nature and Modern Technology in Ibaraki Tsukuba Science City / Mt.Tsukuba / Kasumigaura Modern Technology On the more modern side of Ibaraki, the studious city of Tsukuba has become influential in the world of science and...

【Ibaraki】Alluring Traditional Crafts and the Learning Spirit of the Last Samurai

Alluring Traditional Crafts and the Learning Spirit of the Last Samurai Kasama / Yuki / Mito Traditional Crafts Over the years, Ibaraki has carved out its identity as the patient craftsman of some of Japan’s greatest art,...

Discover Niigata from Tokyo. Let’s Go!【Nature】

Be captivated by the Scenic Landscapes of Niigata 【Yuzawa•Uonuma, Uonuma City】 Crossing a Dreamy Sanctuary   JR Tadami Line This line passes through the secluded mountainous areas in Tohoku, which connects Niigata and Fukushima. Its mystic atmosphere...

Yamadera, Mogamigawa and Kisakata

Nostalgic and Picturesque Yamadera and Mogamigawa On our way to Yamagata-ken, we made a detour to drop by Hojin- no-ie Inn, the only remaining inn out of the ones that Matsuo Basho stayed in. According to records,...
Sanja matsuri

The Roots and History of Summer Festivals in Japan

Hot nights, traditional costumes, portable shrines and the rhythmical beating of drums immediately spell out matsuri, summer festivals, to any Japanese person. 'Tis the Season for Matsuri If you know Japan, you know it breathes with...
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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...
Hirosaki castle cherry blossoms

Guardians of Hirosaki Sakura Trees in Aomori

Hirosaki Park Built more than 400 years ago within today’s Hirosaki Park, Hirosaki Castle is a popular place for sakura blossom viewing. Every spring, the grandeur of the castle tower is accentuated by...