Mar
22
2014

Sekai no Ume Koen (World Plum Park) near Himeji

I know, I know. Everyone loves cherry blossom season in Japan. But don’t forget about plum blossoms! I’ll never understand why they get less attention from foreign visitors. They’re just as beautiful and on top of that they SMELL better! There are several great plum blossom viewing spots. Today I want to introduce one of […]

Sekai no Ume Koen - World Plum Park in Hyogo Prefecture
Mar
18
2014

The Beauty of Japan Captured on Video

If you are a regular reader, I probably don’t have to tell you that Japan is a beautiful and interesting country. I try my best to show you this through my photos, but you’ve probably noticed the lack of videos. I admit that I neither have proper equipment nor the necessary skills or knowledge to […]

Fantastic Japan Video by Amnesiart
Mar
9
2014

The Treasures of Ishiyamadera in Otsu

Otsu in Shiga Prefecture is not too far away from Kyoto and makes a great day trip. Besides Miidera Temple, Ishiyamadera is another great spot for cherry blossom viewing in spring. Visited: April 5th 2013 Access to Ishiyamadera Ishiyamadera (石山寺) is a temple in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture (map), not too far away from Kyoto […]

Ishiyamadera Temple in Otsu
Feb
16
2014

Miidera Temple in Otsu (Shiga) – One of Japan’s Largest Temples

A lot of tourists think of Kyoto or maybe Osaka when they plan a trip to the Kansai region of Japan. Many don’t seem to know that there’s so much more to explore. Otsu City is just a few minutes away by train from Kyoto and has to offer some very interesting sights. Today I […]

Miidera Temple Otsu
Feb
3
2014

Takeda Castle – “The Castle in the Sky”

Hyogo Prefecture has a lot of great castles and thus is a must-visit for castle fans. Besides the famous and beautiful Himeji Castle, there’s another one that got really popular in recent years: Takeda Castle! In the media it’s often called “The Castle in the Sky” or “Machu Picchu of Japan“. Visited: April 4th 2013 […]

Takeda Castle in Hyogo Prefecture
Jan
24
2014

Old Castle Town and Soba Paradise: Izushi City

The castle explorer in me loves visiting Japanese castles. So, I went to Izushi Castle in Hyogo Prefecture. The castle is not the only attraction worth checking out in Izushi City. Today I want to introduce the old castle town with some of its sightseeing spots. Visited: April 4th 2013 Access to Izushi City Izushi […]

Izushi City in Hyogo Prefecture
Jan
13
2014

Izushi Castle in Hyogo Prefecture

Hyogo Prefecture has a lot of great castles such as the famous Himeji Castle. However, there are others you shouldn’t miss like “The Castle in the Sky” also known as “Takeda Castle” which is close to the one I want to introduce today: Izushi Castle Visited: April 4th 2013 Access to Izushi Castle Izushi Castle […]

Izushi Castle
Dec
13
2013

Kobe Luminarie 2013 – A Masterpiece of Illumination

Around Christmas time you’ll find a lot of great illuminations in Japan. One of the most popular illuminations is the Kobe Luminare – and I went there just a few days ago: Visited: December 8th 2013 What exactly is “Kobe Luminarie”? The tradition of the “Kobe Luminarie” (神戸ルミナリエ) started in 1995. Some of you might […]

Kobe Luminarie
Dec
3
2013

Great Japanese Castles You Just Have to Visit

As most of you know, I’m a “castle hunter“. I love exploring Japanese castles and I’ve recently cracked the ‘magic 100 mark‘. That means I’ve visited over 100 Japanese castles. Have I been to all Japanese castles yet? No, surely not. Have I had enough already? Never! First of all, you should know that there […]

Top Japanese Castles

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