Category: Area Guide
Nunobiki Herb Garden with its German and central European theme, this gorgeous little park at the top of the mountain has a variety of food and drinks on offer, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful and unique flower arrangements.
October 13, 2016
Horie. This area combines boutique fashion of areas and intimate coffee shops without the bustle of areas such as Umeda and nearby Shinsaibashi. This area is also home to bicycle stores, furniture shops and second hand clothing stores.
October 12, 2016
We've heard many people say that Japan is beautiful in all seasons. Whether it is spring’s cherry blossom, autumn’s ever-changing colours, summer’s fireworks, or the white wintery days, there is never a wrong time to visit Japan. Or is there?
September 12, 2016
What can you imagine about Shinjuku? It is labeled by the government as a shopping area. Full of branded goods and tall buildings. Yes, you can find all of that soon once you arrive at Shinjuku station. Lumine Est, Odakyu Department Store, Odakyu Mylord, Lumine 1 shopping mall, Lumine 2 shopping mall, Keio Department Store, Keio Mall and Odakyu Ace have direct access to Shinjuku Station. This is good for commercial reasons because Shinjuku station is served by JR East, Odakyu Electric Railway, Keio Rail Corporation, Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway.
September 10, 2016
Quite possibly one of Japan’s most famous shrines, Fushimi Inari lies at the base of Inari Mountain, Kyoto. You may well know of it without even knowing the name; it’s famous for it’s “Senbon Torii”, or “thousand gate” walk, which takes you to the summit of the mountain with which it shares its name. Read on to discover more about this fascinating tabernacle, and discover the history behind the beauty.
September 10, 2016
You wouldn’t expect to be able to feed ducks staying in the middle of a large city like Sapporo. How wrong you would be. I am going to plan a morning for you and you are going to do exactly as I say.
September 7, 2016
Situated by Lake Towada (十和田湖 Towadako) which holds it’s water in the crater of a dormant volcano; hidden in it’s own sanctuary is a Shinto shrine recognized as a holy place in Aomori Prefecture. Once you enter from the village and pass the Tori (gate of entrance) the path to Towada Jinja Shrine is called "Suginami", a shortened version of the word from the Edo period “Suginamiki”, which, when translated means "avenue of Cedars". The trees are tall, sturdy and magnificent!
September 6, 2016
Ryugashi-Do is an hour’s bus ride from Hamamatsu. It was opened to the public in 1983, after explorers widened the cracks in the limestone to allow access and cleared away rubble. The length of the cave is about 1000 metres but only around 400 metres are developed and accessible to tourists. The stalagmites and stalactites at Ryugashido have been given whimsical names and are artfully lit so they appear resemble real things.
September 4, 2016
Art Aquarium, promises to deliver a unique mix of tropical fish, colours, geometric shapes, lights and music to create a full sensory experience like no other.
September 4, 2016
Book that bargain ticket and spend a momentous weekend in Kagoshima. Enjoy the hot springs, good food and scenic views of its almost-tropical setting. Not sure on what to do? Here are some tips for your weekend itinerary.
August 29, 2016
Usually when we hear about Kyoto, we think of a city mostly undisturbed, placid and preserved in the richest and most authentic setting of traditional Japan - and rightfully so! Many travelers usually go straight to Kinkakuji. We cannot blame them, however, on the other side of the town are a handful of other amazing temples. Nanzen-ji and Zenrin-ji are worth a mention. Take the Philosopher's Walk and get off the beaten track!
August 27, 2016
Most visitors to Japan like to visit the best-known spots, or what I call the “Big 5” destinations, which are Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima. While these are all must see places in Japan, some of the smaller cities like Kanazawa and Kawagoe are often overlooked, and usually do not make it onto a tourist’s itinerary. I recommend checking out these “Next 5” destinations, which aren’t as big or well known as the “Big 5”, but pack a punch and offer you some amazing experiences and memories of Japan.
August 26, 2016