Map of Japan
Hokkaido, Japan.
Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest and most northern island. During winter the island is covered in a blanket of thick white snow and its surrounding seas turn to ice. Those who like to ski and snowboard will definitely find their next mountain to slide down. more
Tohoku, Japan.
Tohoku | Sendai
The region of Tohoku is in the northern part of Japan’s main island (Honshu) and consists of the prefectures Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, and Fukushima. Encompassing the northern tip of Honshu, Tohoku is surrounded by the Sea of Japan, the Pacific and Tsugaru Strait but also features a mountain range through its middle. more
Kanto | Tokyo
Apart from the metropolitan Tokyo, Kanto consists of the prefectures Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama and Tochigi. A bit of trivia for the Pokemon fans amongst us, the name Kanto may sound familiar to you as the original region the story took place in Kanto. Although you will pretty much find anything you could ever wish for in Tokyo, exploring the rest of Kanto is well-worth doing. more
Matsumoto Castle, Japan.
Koshinetsu | Nagano
Yamanashi’s most liked experiences is picking grapes, peaches and plums during the harvest seasons.For those coming to Japan during the summer and need an escape from the heat, Nagano Prefecture is your place to go.Moving slightly towards the east you come across Niigata prefecture, home to the Japanese most important food: rice. more
Kenroku-en Garden, Hokuriku area, Japan.
Hokuriku | Kanazawa
The Hokuriku region is located in the northwestern part of Honshu, the main island of Japan and consists of the prefectures Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui. Faced in Sea of Japan, seafood is so delicious, and it snows a lot in this region, the attractive onsen or ski place are welcome to you. more
Sumatakyo gorge in Shizuoka, Japan.
Tokai | Nagoya
The Tokai region is in the middle part of Japan that runs along the pacific ocean: Mie, Gifu, Aichi, and Shizuoka prefecture. The biggest city in this region is Nagoya-city where you can see some local specialities: Eel, Miso-Katsu, Chicken wings, and some Anko sweets. more
Kinki | Kyoto
The Kinki region, also known as Kansai, is one of Japan’s most popular destinations with the metropolitan aspiring Osaka and the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara at its center. Osaka is Japan’s second largest city and much like Tokyo buzzes with activity throughout the year. more
Miyajima, Japan.
Chugoku | Hiroshima
As Japan’s main island’s most western region, Chugoku remains an off-the-beaten-path destinations for many visitors. Nonetheless, even outside its most-known city Hiroshima the region has plenty to offer in terms of vast nature and memorable sights. more
Naoshima island in Shikoku, Japan.
Shikoku | Naoshima
The island of Shikoku consisting of the four prefectures Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, and Kochi is rich of both history and natural beauty. With the completion of several expressway bridges the island has become easily from several major cities on the western side of Honshu, such as Kobe and Okayama. more
Sakurajima island, Kyushu, Japan.
Kyushu | Fukuoka
As the gateway between Japan and Asia, Kyushu is located southwest of Japan’s main island Honshu and has a slightly warmer tropical climate. Kyushu is also known as the “Land of the Seven Prefectures” as it encompasses the seven prefectures: Fukuoka (the island’s largest city), Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima. more
Okinawa, Japan.
The prefecture of Okinawa is made up of about 160 islands also known as the Ryukyu Islands between Kyushu and Taiwan. The islands harbor a subtropical climate making it both comfortable throughout the year as well as lush in nature. more
Neon lights in Shinsekai Osaka
Shinsekai, the nostalgia-evoking New World in Osaka
Shinsekai, which literally means ‘New World’, is a district located in southern Osaka. Its development began in 1912 and was presented as an ode to t ... more
kawaguchiko music forest winter illumination
Visiting Charming Kawaguchiko Music Forest Near Mt. Fuji
While wandering along the Lake Kawaguchi shoreline after taking in the spectacular view of Mt. Fuji, I made a spontaneous decision to visit the ... more
# Old Town
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Hibiki terraced rice fields
Nature, History and Accommodation in Fukui’s Obama City and Hibiki Terraced Rice Fields
GAH! MONKEYS!!! It was quite the surprise to stumble into a group of wild monkeys at Hibi ....
View of Takeda Castle Ruins
Chasing Rainbows and Facing Fears at Takeda Castle Ruins and Ikuno Silver Mine
I have a confession to make: I hate haunted houses. As a kid, the looming fear that somet ....
Akita Inu Hina Chan in the Odate hotel
A 3 Day Journey From Akita Prefecture to Hokkaido on the Hokkaido Shinkansen: Day 1 Part 2
A 3 Day Journey on The Hokkaido Shinkansen Have you ever taken a trip on the Shinkansen in Japan? It is said that the speed and stability of the S ... more
Goryokaku Fort during winter snow
A 3 Day Journey From Akita Prefecture to Hokkaido on the Hokkaido Shinkansen: Day 2 Part 2
A 3 Day Journey Along The Hokkaido Shinkansen Have you ever taken a trip on the Shinkansen in Japan? It is said that the speed and stability of th ... more
# Farmstay
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Old traditional house in Izumi, Kagoshima, Japan
Farmstay in Izumi in a Traditional Home
Living in Tokyo is amazing, but at the same time, such a big metropolis can be overwhelmi ....
Higher Goals: A Guesthouse Sustaining Life in Murakami City
Sponsored by Murakami City Finishing off a day of exploring Murakami City, I c ....
Japan Rail Pass and Kit Kats on a table
What You Should Know about the Japan Rail Pass
The Japan Rail (JR) Pass is one of the most coveted tools in the Japan traveler's toolbox, but it is also one of the most misunderstood. Is i ... more
The Tokaido Shinkansen passing Mt Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture
Travelling Hiroshige’s “The 53 Stations of Tokaido” Road
The modern Tokaido route (from Travelling around Japan is always an adventure, with the efficiency and ease of the various shin ... more
# Near Tokyo or Osaka
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A Day or Weekend Trip from Tokyo: Hakone, Enoshima, Oyama by Odakyu Railway
Sponsored by ODAKYU ELECTRIC RAILWAY Japan prides itself on excellent service and hospi ....
Keisei Skyliner train
Which Way is the most Convenient from Narita Airport to Tokyo?
Sponsored by Keisei Railways.    Narita International Airport is 65km from the ....
monkey relaxing in onsen looking
A Visit To The Hot Spring Monkeys Of Nagano
When you think of Japan's wildlife, one image commonly comes to mind: the Japanese snow monkeys relaxing in their mountainside hot spring (on ... more
Tram in Matsuyama, Ehime, Shikoku, Japan.
Matsuyama, Japan – Shikoku Pilgrimage and Dogo Onsen
Matsuyama in Shikoku, Japan is known for the Dogo Onsen, but also as a stop on the Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail. We were lucky enough to experience the m ... more
# Outdoors
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Chichibu Shibazakura Flower Festival
The Chichibu Spring Flower Festival Close to Tokyo
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR 2020 FESTIVAL: To prevent the further spread of the coronavir ....
Jonathan, Mark and guide gazing across lake during snowshoeing
A 3 Day Journey From Akita Prefecture to Hokkaido on the Hokkaido Shinkansen: Day 3
A 3 Day Journey On The Hokkaido Shinkansen Have you ever taken a trip on the Shink ....
wrap hanhabi around you twice just below the bustline
How To Tie an Obi – Hanhaba Bunko Style
Kimono 着物 are a traditional form of Japanese clothing worn by both men and women. Kimono are unique to Japan and are considered part of Japan's cultu ... more
Heian Jingu Garden in Kyoto
3 reasons to read The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon
Reading classical Japanese literature might sound like a daunting challenge, comparable to Chaucer, Shakespeare or the ancient Greeks. But don’t be t ... more
# Tips
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The Top 5 Travel Apps for Japan
Using mobile apps can make your life in Japan a lot easier. In this article I will show yo ....
ATM: Wondering Where to Withdraw Cash in Japan?
Carrying Cash in Japan Carrying cash in Japan can be really useful. There are plenty of r ....
Coffee Culture in Japan - hand drip
The Secrets of Japanese Coffee Culture
When you think of world-renowned coffee destinations, Japan might not be the first place you’d think of. You’d more likely associate coffee with the ... more
coffee jelly drink
Coffee as Dessert? The History and Recipe for Coffee Jelly
Some people think of Japanese food as sushi and ramen, but the cuisine of Japan has been influenced by the West since its first connection in the ... more
# Local specialities
Our recommendations
Neon lights in Shinsekai Osaka
Shinsekai, the nostalgia-evoking New World in Osaka
Shinsekai, which literally means ‘New World’, is a district located in southern Osaka. It ....
sake barrels from Iwate Japan
Pursuing the Famous Sake of the Nambu Toji of Iwate
Hanamaki in Iwate Prefecture in Winter. A little over 2 hours from Tokyo lies ....
Murakami Tea Matcha Traditional Teahouse Local Cuisine Niigata Prefecture
Discovering Japanese Tea Culture in Murakami
Sponsored by Murakami city Among the things that are fundamentally associated with the Japanese archipelago, tea probably takes one of the top spot ... more
Victoria Ski Snowboard Shop Equipment Tokyo Resort Gear Boots
Victoria Main Store – Eight Floors of Ski and Snowboard Equipment in Central Tokyo
It is a little-known fact among foreigners that 73% of Japan is mountainous. With most of the Japanese residential population scattered between these ... more
# Local crafts
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Osaka antenna shop in Tokyo
Everything You Need To Know About Tokyo’s Antenna Shops
Standing outside of Yurakucho Station in central Tokyo, I catch the white flash of a Shin ....
The Traditional Craft in Yuzawa: Kawatsura Lacquerware
The Traditional Craft in Yuzawa: Kawatsura Lacquerware
Sponsored by Yuzawa Geopark Promotion Group Yuzawa City, in Akita Prefecture, offers vi ....
Event Calendar

may, 2020

23apralldayHirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival in Aomori (2020 event has been cancelled.)

29apralldayCeramics Festival in Arita, Saga(2020 event has been postponed indefinitely. )

01mayalldayJapanese garden festival in Murakami, NiigataTouring 100 famous views in the castle town, Murakami (2020 event has been cancelled.)

24mayalldayTsunotsuki in Yamakoshi village, NiigataYamakoshi’s Rousing and Reverent Bull Sumo

24may12:31 PM12:31 PMSado Ondeko Festival in Sado island, Niigata(2020 event has been cancelled.)