Beautiful scenery, mouthwatering cuisine and historical sites are only a few things the city holds for the perfect tourist destination. Here is a quick guide to help you get the most out of your trip to Hiroshima.
October 25, 2016
There are plenty of restorations, but if you want to stand at the castle gate and see the same feudal keep that stood centuries before, you’ll have to make a special trip to one of the twelve. Matsue city, capital of Shimane prefecture, is home to one such castle, built in 1611 by Horio Yoshiharu.
October 4, 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
If there is one thing Japan is often associated with abroad, it must be a cat. But not just any cat: the little waving cat called maneki neko. Usually, at a shop’s entrance there are figures of cat with a raised paw, which is said to attract good fortune. Some cat figures are automatic lifting and lowering the paws non-stop.
August 5, 2016
Delving into a book, whether it be fictional of factual, and delving into a museum are very much two sides of the same coin for me. They both embody escapism from this plane of existence and both fire my mind by exposing it to new vistas. The human brain metabolises and catabolises knowledge in much the same way as the body absorbs the nutrients we consume. The challenge gifted to each if us when we encounter new stimuli are essential and without such lethargy and stagnation can plague each of us.
July 31, 2016
There are 19 sites registered as a World Heritage throughout Japan as of May 2016, with some Meiji Industrial Revolution sites recently registered in 2015 including the Nirayama Hansharo reverberatory furnace. Nirayama Hansharo is one of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining registered by UNESCO, together with the sites in Kyushu, Yamaguchi and Iwate.
June 15, 2016
After the crowd in Central Kyoto, the wide and sprawling space and parks in Nara is such a welcome break. You can almost feel you are one with nature, especially since deer are roaming freely around. One such place is the Kasugayama Primeval Forest and the Garden of Kasuga Taisha Shrine. A World Heritage Site and considered a sacred forest. But then as you walk further down the road, this warm and cozy-looking café is right there by the roadside. Welcome to the Kasuga Ninai Jaya!
June 8, 2016
Said to be one of the finest examples of Japanese architectural and design tradition in its purest form, Katsura Imperial Villa truly is a sight to behold for those who love architectural and traditional arts. As one of Japan’s most cherished treasures, a visit to Katsura is a truly enriching experience.
May 30, 2016
Daikakuji is what one would consider “slightly off the beaten path” as although it is located near Kyoto’s popular Arashiyama district it hardly attracts any visitors outside the autumn and spring season. Featured in the Tale of Genji, the first Japanese novel, Daikakuji was originally a palace for Emperor Saga from which it derived its second name “Saga Imperial Palace”.
May 25, 2016
When Japan opened up to America and Europe after the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854, Yokohama became a gateway for the introduction of new technologies and Western culture. Items such as ice cream, games such as tennis, and expertise in areas such photography all made their first appearance in Yokohama.
May 2, 2016
The tropical island of Miyako in the Okinawan prefecture offers all kinds of sights and cultural heritage. As you drive down south along the coast of Miyako island, tall castle-like houses rise like in a fairy tale scenery. You have reached the German Culture Village in Ueno, Miyako City (うえのドイツ文化村).
April 26, 2016
Not so much a week as 4 distinct national holidays within 7 days of each other, Golden Week is one of those all too rare times on the Japanese calendar when even the most dedicated of “company men” (and women) will have to take at least a few days off.
April 20, 2016
If you have time in Nagoya, that big and under-appreciated metropolis on the Tokaido shinkansen line, you can use the opportunity to do a quick jaunt up to Inuyama Castle (犬山城, Inuyamajō), the smallest (and supposedly oldest) original castle of them all.
April 2, 2016
When I moved to Nagoya, Japan I didn’t expect to have much to do. It’s a big city, sure. But compared to party towns like Osaka and Tokyo there’s not a lot. Luckily for me, I moved into a share house that used to be a hotel, which includes twenty natives.
March 28, 2016