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This country I have grown to love deeply over the past 10 years is today also radically different in a number of ways. Some of the changes have undoubtedly been for the better, others perhaps not so much. However, I still retain the same sense of hope and optimism today as I think about Japan’s future that I had in my heart 10 years ago.
It is not a new thing for Japan to have unique and entertaining restaurants as people’s hangout destination. Let’s say maid cafes, animal cafes, etc. Girls may not enjoy maid cafes the same way guys do, but luckily Japan has made a kind of cafe girls can enjoy.
Kyoto is especially known for traditional sweets, particularly colorful (pink, green, yellow, beige, light purple) higashi dry confectionery shaped as leaves, flowers, fruits or Japanese crests, which usually accompany a bowl of matcha tea during tea ceremony.
Charmant is a lovely, compact resort that can be enjoyed by all! People of all ages: skiers, snowboarders and ski scooters of all levels. Oh! I forgot to mention! Great snow? Charmant is renowned for huge dumps of snow and deep powder, and a long winter season!
Nowadays, when it comes to practicing sports, though, the tatami used are industrially manufactured mats that, using modern and more affordable materials, mimic the firmness/fluffiness of the original ones. But that doesn’t mean that traditional (a.k.a. ‘real’ tatami) are a thing of the past. Quite the opposite!
Tateyama is a famous symbol of Toyama, and one of the three most sacred mountains of Japan. The picturesque landscape of the Tateyama range in the Northern Japan Alps draws people for many reasons - hiking in summer, snow sports in winter, onsens, food, local festivals.
One may visit Nihonbashi, a district found in Chuo Ward not far from Tokyo Station, which stretches towards Akihabara as well as alongside the Sumida River, to find many Japanese traditional items like the 'kimono' (Japanese garb) or the 'uchiwa'/'sensu' (fan that uses paper pasted on wooden skeleton, the latter type being foldable and usually made with durable Japanese paper).
This route is designed for all visitors who only have one day to visit Kanazawa and want to make the most out of it. It starts and ends at Kanazawa station. You can reach all destinations via foot or by bus (check the section below for the information about bus routes).
About 113 km or roughly 1.5 hours by train from the northwest part of the congested capital, Chichibu region in Saitama prefecture is now becoming a sought-after destination for nature wonders, mountain trekking, river cruising, hot springs onsen, historical sights, and gastronomical delights, including saké and liquor breweries.