A Must-see suburb of Tokyo, Chichibu Part 2

This is the second half of ”A must-see suburb of Tokyo, Chichibu.” In my previous blog, I shared some information; how to access Chichibu and introduce some places where you enjoy beautiful fields of flowers. This time, I would like to tell you about some shrines and a renowned festival where you feel Japanese culture deeply. Let’s get started! Three… Continue reading A Must-see suburb of Tokyo, Chichibu Part 2

3 hidden spots in the center of Tokyo (Slip back to Old Japanese Houses and Gardens)

When thinking  of Tokyo, what picture do you have in mind ? You might imagine a  big city with high buildings  crammed side by side, rail tracks throughout there, city lights never turn off (twenty-four seven) and a ton of people coming and going along the streets. Would you like to get away from the hustle and bustle for a… Continue reading 3 hidden spots in the center of Tokyo (Slip back to Old Japanese Houses and Gardens)

Todoroki Valley ― Wonderland in Setagaya, Tokyo

Unique Natural Features Tokyo is a land with many small height differences, so you would encounter a lot of slopes when you take a walk. You may find many similar names of places here and there in Tokyo, like Fujimi-saka (富士見坂) or Fujimi-dai (富士見台) which means an excellent point for viewing Mt. Fuji. You could imagine from this, we have… Continue reading Todoroki Valley ― Wonderland in Setagaya, Tokyo

Ohenro (お遍路) -88 Temples Pilgrimage- in Kyoto

Pilgrimage in Kyoto?  As you know, Kyoto has a lot of sightseeing spots, such as Kinkakuji temple, Kiyomizudera temple, Bamboo forest in Arashiyama and Fushimi-Inari shrine. Each is absolutely stunning, but at the same time, always crowded. You might be overwhelmed with the crowd. Today I’d like to take you off the beaten track in Kyoto. What would you say… Continue reading Ohenro (お遍路) -88 Temples Pilgrimage- in Kyoto

Enjoy the Local Cuisines of Old Town – Koto City, Tokyo: Fukagawa Meshi and Third-Wave Coffee

Koto City Why don’t you explore an old town in Tokyo? I highly recommend Koto City. First, let’s talk a little bit about its history. Koto City is the eastern part of Tokyo, surrounded by the Sumida and Arakawa rivers and facing Tokyo Bay. Because of that location, it is called the “Waterfront City.” Most of the land has been… Continue reading Enjoy the Local Cuisines of Old Town – Koto City, Tokyo: Fukagawa Meshi and Third-Wave Coffee

How to explore Forests in Okinawa

Okinawa is known for its beautiful coral sea. In Okinawa, we have three national parks, and about half of the area of the parks are ocean. Okinawa is the most famous destination for doing marine activities in Japan. Each island has different characteristics, such as being good for cave diving, having undersea ruins, seeing large species of sea animals, and… Continue reading How to explore Forests in Okinawa

Welcome, All Vegetarians! No Need to Worry about Food in Osaka.

Being vegetarian is definitely more common in the world than one might think. Vegetarians make up less than 5% of the population in Japan and, to be perfectly honest, I actually had no idea until I wrote this article! I personally don’t have any vegetarian friends, so the topic of vegetarianism didn’t translate into my personal life until I started… Continue reading Welcome, All Vegetarians! No Need to Worry about Food in Osaka.

Onsen Etiquette – The Dos and Don’ts at Japanese Onsen

Have you ever been to an Onsen in Japan? It’s a Japanese hot spring where you remove all of your clothes. Onsen are familiar to Japanese people and they’re linked to Japanese culture deeply. Japan has more than 20,000 Onsen sources and facilities, and many of them have been developed as tourist spots called Onsengai. For Japanese people, using Onsen… Continue reading Onsen Etiquette – The Dos and Don’ts at Japanese Onsen

Shinjuku Transport Hub

Let’s remember this nickname. This is an abbreviation of a bus terminal’s name. We call this “Basuta Shinjuku” which is “the Shinjuku Expressway Terminal” and the main transport hub in service for all over Japan besides Narita and Haneda airports. It is located in one of the station buildings and directly connected to the “New South Gate” of JR Shinjuku… Continue reading Shinjuku Transport Hub

Love Story of Panda “Hama Family”

〜Prologue〜 Adventure World is a theme park with animals which consists of a safari, aquarium, and amusement park in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture. You can see animals from a short distance in a safari car, enjoy dolphin shows, and children can pet and feed animals. Wakayama is surrounded by mountains and the sea, and there are a lot of sightseeing spots… Continue reading Love Story of Panda “Hama Family”