Aug
17
2015

Hiking Mt. Takao as a Day Trip from Tokyo

Mt. Takao is a great opportunity to get away from the hectic city life and crowds in Tokyo. That’s why it’s a popular destination for all those who want to do some easy hiking and enjoy nature. Visited: October 28th 2014 How to access Mt. Takao Mount Takao can easily be done as a day […]

Jul
31
2015

3 English-Friendly, Must See Ainu Destinations Around Sapporo

The topic of the Ainu is something rarely discussed in Japan. They are Japan’s mysterious native people who were pushed north, oppressed, and had their language and culture legally suppressed by the Wajin (ethnic Japanese). To some, they’re an interesting, cultural curiosity rarely heard of in the outside world. While Hokkaido is known for its […]

Jul
12
2015

One of the World’s Tallest Statues: Ushiku Daibutsu

Japan has a lot of impressive Buddha statues, probably a lot more than you’d think. A lot of them claim to be the largest, tallest, heaviest etc. of their type, but Ushiku Daibutsu used to be the tallest statue in the WORLD until recently and is noted in the Guinness Book of Records! Visited: October […]

Jun
28
2015

Visiting Japanese Filming Locations of Dramas and Movies

Japan has so many sights to offer that it’s sometimes hard to choose. As you might know, I’m “hunting” Japanese castles. Others might go for gardens, sacred places or onsen. But there’s something else you could do and that is visiting Japanese filming locations of dramas and movies. It goes without saying that you’ll naturally […]

Jun
23
2015

The Long Tradition of the Kyoto Gion Matsuri

I know that I really don’t need to promote Kyoto anymore, but there’s one festival you shouldn’t miss if you’re in Japan in July – and that’s the Kyoto Gion Matsuri. Visited: July 2012 and 2013 What is the Gion Matsuri? The Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) which takes place every year in July is one of […]

Jun
12
2015

Akiyoshido: Japan’s Most Impressive Limestone Cave

Japan has some really impressive limestone caves. The largest one is called “Akiyoshido” (Akiyoshi Cave) and can be found in Yamaguchi Prefecture. But it’s not the cave alone that’s breathtaking. Read on to find out why you shouldn’t miss this sightseeing spot in Japan!~ Visited: February 2012 Akiyoshido (Akiyoshi Cave) in Yamaguchi Akiyoshido (秋芳洞) is […]

Jun
7
2015

Why You Should Pay More Attention to the Chugoku Region of Japan

I bet you’ve heard about the Kanto and Kansai regions of Japan. Maybe you’ve also heard about Kyushu. But do you know anything about the Chugoku region of Japan? Most of you might have been there already without noticing. Yes, there are a few popular sights such as Hiroshima, Miyajima, Okayama, but the Chugoku region […]

May
31
2015

What I learned from Climbing Mount Fuji in August

“A wise man climbs Mt. Fuji once, only a fool climbs it twice.” (一度も登らぬ馬鹿、二度登る馬鹿。) – says a famous Japanese proverb. And yet I have the feeling that climbing Mt. Fuji once wasn’t enough. Or maybe I’m just one of those fools! ;) I’m sure you’re here because you want some valuable information about climbing Mt. […]

May
22
2015

Top 3 Night Views in Japan

Japan loves lists, so it’s not a surprise that you’ll find lists for almost everything. For visitors this is perfect as it saves a lot of work! There are the “Top 3 Views of Japan“, “Top 3 Gardens in Japan” etc. Today, I want to introduce the best night views in Japan according to the […]

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