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Staying with Locals at Minshuku, Surrounded by Snow in the Uonuma Countryside

Sponsored by UONUMA City Tourist Association Uonuma is a small city in Niigata prefecture. The area is known for the heavy snowfall during winter. This area is excellent for skiing and snowboarding. The ski-resort Suhara is a 5-minute walk from Urashin Minshuku and several courses are…
Sightseeing Sponsored Tokai | Nagoya

Atami: Impressive Ocean View, Ancient Onsen and Much More

Sponsored by the Shizuoka Prefecture Tourism Association   Located right where the ocean and mountains meet, Atami has emerged as a major gateway to the Shizuoka prefecture. A 40-minute Shinkansen ride separates Atami from Japan’s capital city—close enough for it to be a perfect, casual weekend getaway, but far…
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Discover the Meguro Residence, a Farmer’s House in Snowy Uonuma

Sponsored by UONUMA City Tourist Association   The Meguro Residence is located in Uonuma, a charming small town in Niigata prefecture. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains and in winter the city encounters heavy snowfall. Uonuma is famous for the artwork by Uncho Ishikawa, the ‘Michelangelo…
Food Sightseeing Sponsored Tokai | Nagoya

Soba, Dango and Visit of the Okuni Jinja Shrine, the “Little Kyoto” of Enshu

Sponsored by Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association   While I was traveling in the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture (also known asTōtōmi-no-kuni 遠江国 or Enshū 遠州), I went to visit the Okuni Jinja (小国神社), one of the four main shinto shrines in Shizuoka Prefecture, known for its large path lined with…
Activities Sponsored Tokai | Nagoya

Hamamatsu: Making Your Very Own Bottle of Soy Sauce at Meijiya Soy Factory

Sponsored by Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association   Meijiya Shoyu While I was visiting Shizuoka prefecture, I visited Meijiya Shoyu, a traditional soy factory which produces organic soy sauce. This family-run company was established in the 8th year of the Meiji era around 1875 (hence its name)…
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Izu Peninsula: My Night in a Ryokan of Kumomi Onsen, a Fishing Village

Sponsored by Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association Kumomi Onsen Kumomi Onsen (雲見温泉) is located on the west coast of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture. It is a very little town, know for its excellent hot springs (hence the word “onsen,” which means “hot spring,” in its name),…