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 […]

May
13
2015

Ainoshima – Yet Another Cat Island in Japan

You like cats? You know about those fancy cat cafés and you’ve visited Tama already? Well, good for you. But there’s actually a lot more to do and see for cat lovers in Japan. One of my favorite things to do is visiting cat islands. Yes, you got that right. PLURAL, as in more than […]

May
10
2015

Accessible Japan: How to Live and Travel in a Wheelchair?

Today we have a great guest post by Josh of “Accessible Japan” who’ll talk about how accessible and barrier-free Japan really is for wheelchair users: At 6 months of age, I was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy and have used an electric wheelchair since I was 3 years-old. However, there was no way I was […]

May
4
2015

Why Manga Fans Should Visit Kansai

Are you interested in manga? Then you definitely should visit Kansai, especially Kyoto. Why, you ask? Japan is the country of manga, so it doesn’t matter where you go? It’s true that you can find manga pretty much everywhere in Japan in various bookstores, second-hand shops such as Book Off or Mandarake. Then there’s the […]

May
1
2015

Aioi Peron Matsuri – Dragon Boat Racing Festival near Himeji

If you happen to visit the beautiful Himeji Castle towards the end of May, you might want to consider dropping by the Aioi Peron Matsuri as it’s just a few minutes away by train. Visited: May 27th 2012 Access to the Aioi Peron Matsuri The festival takes place at Aioi Bay of Aioi City in […]

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