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Matsumoto Must See Sights

Matsumoto City is probably most well-known overseas for its historic castle, the Matsumoto Castle, which is over 400 years old and a National Treasure of Japan. Nagano's second largest city also has lots else...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Ode to Oden!

For the past three days, I've had oden for lunch. Oden, for the uninitiated, is a staple winter dish in Japan that comprises fishcakes, tofu, radish, konjac, boiled eggs , kelp and anything that...

Maple Hunting In Saitama: Nagatoro

A river engulfed in floral flames Located along the Arakawa river in the mountains of the Chichibu area in Saitama Prefecture, is the town of Nagatoro, a picturesque nature paradise that flaunts its assets throughout the year....

A Taste of Sh旬n: Nuts over Chestnuts

The slightly acrid smell of roasting chestnuts in the air is one of the fixtures of autumn in Japan, and heading to the countryside for some chestnut picking is one of the popular autumn...

World Heritage (5): Shirakawa-go & Gokayama

Shirakawa-go & Gokayama: Fairy tale-like farmhouse villages  Like a scene straight out of a fairy tale, the twinkling towns of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama possess a magical beauty that moves with the seasons. Surrounded by steep rugged mountains and...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Sanma-time in Autumn

The end of summer brings about the season for the similar-sounding "sanma" - or Pacific Saury. But it's name in Japanese characters, 秋刀魚, means literally "autumn sword fish", and the aroma of salted, grilled sanma...

Yokohama Minatomirai: Port of the Future

A skyline that truly impresses Yokohama's Minato Mirai skyline has become iconic to the city. A cruise along this port skyline at night will be among the most romantic and exciting experiences during your trip in...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Power of Shijimi

For many Japanese, summer brings to mind the eating of unagi, or eel, on designated days called Doyo no Ushi no Hi, in the hopes of beating summer fatigue with nutrition from the unagi. But...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Time for Tokoroten

As hot and humid days continues to suppress appetites in what may sometimes seem like a never-ending summer in Japan, cooling, light and slurp-easy foods like the tokoroten provide gastronomic relief. This is perhaps best...

Strolling the Shotengai: Togoshi-ginza

The most original "unauthentic" Ginza If you are a tourist in Tokyo for only a short time, there's a pretty big chance you will skip on Togoshi-ginza Shotengai (shopping street). But if there is one...