A region of hills and plains, the Chugoku area includes the prefectures of Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi. The most famous city is Hiroshima.
It was a place I knew nothing about and yet all the major Shinkansen lines stopped there on the way to Hiroshima, so I assumed it must be a place of some significance either historically or economically.
October 12, 2017
Home to some of the best and oldest sake breweries throughout Japan, Hiroshima Prefecture, every beginning of October, holds it's annual sake festival. It serves as a huge sake sampling venue with more than 1000 kinds of sake from breweries all over the country. This year it is on October 7 and 8 leaving visitors and their taste buds content to welcome the cool breeze of autumn.
September 29, 2017
In addition to large well-known events, there are also smaller local festivals around Japan every weekend celebrating and honoring the summer season itself.
July 12, 2017
“I think this whole organic thing is nonsense,” I told my lady friend, “but hey, it’ll be nice to spend a weekend away from the busy city for a change.”
June 17, 2017
One of the most pleasant surprises to emerge from my countryside break was to be introduced to some of Japan’s most beautiful, creative and inspiring works of traditional, hand-made art.
April 8, 2017
Taking slower trains allows you not only the time to relax and unwind...but it also allows you to reconnect with nature and remind yourself of just how beautiful a country Japan really is.
February 27, 2017
Have you ever watched a movie and looked at the background, perhaps the buildings, the mountains and seas or maybe even just the layout of the road and thought to yourself “I’ve been there before”?
November 2, 2016
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
As a foreigner living in Japan, I sometimes get a craving for ethnic food. Sure, when I travel to new prefectures I have to try their local cuisines, but if I happen to stumble upon an interesting looking foreign restaurant, I try to poke my head in their too.
October 3, 2016