Thursday, January 23, 2020

Spots

Historic, scenic, the uniquely Japanese to the truly bizarre, these are the places to visit in Japan if you are looking for a memorable experience.

A Lavender lover’s wonderland

Fragrant fields in the heart of Hokkaido For the scents, sights, and even tastes of this beloved purple flower, escape the summer heat and head to Hokkaido's Farm Tomita. Two hours by train from Sapporo by the rustic Furano...

Hiraizumi: Representing Heaven on Earth

Hiraizumi, created as a Buddhist heaven on earth over 1,000 years ago, celebrates its third year as a World Heritage site this June. Its temples, gardens and buildings were recognized as a rare example...

À la Kagurazaka

Tokyo's classy hill Tokyo boasts an almost uncountable amount of shopping and dining districts. Kagurazaka is not only one of the most authentic and chic, but also definitely the most French district.  Two French schools are located in...

Let’s Talk Subculture Vol.02: Love Live! Charms

Explore the fascinating world of Japan’s subcultures with insights from the inside Answering Anime Fans’ Prayers–Love Live! fans pay pilgrimage to the Kanda Myojin. All the stars were aligned for fans of the Love Live! anime...

Cool Treks Around Tokyo (2): Goshikinuma in Fukushima Prefecture

Here you can row a pleasure boat in one of the largest lakes in the 800m high Bandai Highlands, Lake Hibara, before embarking on a 3.6km route through the cluster of lakes at Goshiki-numa...

Onsen Oasis: Zao Dairotenburo

King of Onsens - The Princess Water hot spring Some hot springs are so good you never forget them. For me, the Zao Dairotenburo Hot Spring in Yamagata prefecture is one of those. A decade...

Picturesque Japan: The Kujuku Islands

Natural seaside beauty at Kyushu's "99 Islands" Nearly untouched by human hands and abounding with intricate islet formations, the Kujuku Islands offers an unparalleled scenic seascape view. Scattered along Nagasaki's coastline for 25 km, the Kujuku Islands (literally...

3 Lovely Lavender Spots Around Tokyo

Updated: 2018 Even if you're not headed to Hokkaido around July-August, there are plenty of places around Tokyo where you can get your fill of purple fields and natural aromatherapy - and the season is...

Hidden gems of Sugamo, the ‘Harajuku for obasans’

This street could hold the secret to Japanese ‘obasans’’ longevity

Cool Summer Treks Around Tokyo (1): Kamikochi in Nagano Prefecture

With the mercury rising in the concrete jungle of Tokyo, it’s definitely time to drop a few degrees Celsius by taking a hike somewhere in the lush, green hills of Japan. And while the average...