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Map of Japan
HokkaidoTohokuKantoKoshinetsuTokaiHokurikuKinkiChugokuShikokuKyushuOkinawa
Hokkaido, Japan.
Hokkaido
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.
Okinawa
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
Sightseeing
Street in Den Den Town
Den Den Town Osaka – A District For Gamers and Otaku
If you’re a fan of Japanese video games, manga, cosplay or comics, you will be naturally drawn to the Akihabara district of Tokyo during a trip to Ja ... more
La Granda Familio front store in Nakazakicho
Nakazakicho, a Bohemian Neighborhood in Osaka
Umeda (梅田) is one of the most crowded areas in Osaka. It is a massive beehive of department stores, restaurants, and a never-ending labyrinth of trai ... more
# Old Town
Our recommendations
Mameda, the “Little Kyoto” of Hita, Oita, Japan
Kyushu (九州) is a largely unexplored island for Western tourists. Unsurprisingly, most of ....
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 ....
Accommodation
Tent in Japan near the beach
Your Guide To Camping in Japan
With 71% of the Japanese archipelago covered by mountains, Japan is the ideal country to go camping (from May to October). What’s more, camping has a ... more
One of the rotenburo in Tensui ryokan in Hita, Oita, Japan
Staying at a ryokan with private onsen in Hita, Oita, Japan
Have you ever experienced staying in a ryokan with a private onsen? In my point of view, this is one of the best accommodation options when traveling ... more
# Farmstay
Our recommendations
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 ....
Transport
New Chitose Shopping Area
The Comprehensive Japan Airport Guide
For many international travelers, a trip to Japan represents a once-in-a-lifetime dream. Japan, and Tokyo in particular, are often high on lists of m ... more
JR Yamanote Line Akihabara
Guide To Discount Transportation Passes in Japan
With Japan's famously efficient public transportation systems and its down-to-the-minute punctuality, it's no wonder why it's the number one way for ... more
# Near Tokyo or Osaka
Our recommendations
Hakone Limited Express Romancecar
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 ....
Activities
Universal. Studio Japan
How to buy a ticket for Universal Studios Japan in Osaka
Osaka is a beautiful city where you can comfortably unpack your suitcase when visiting the Kansai region. It’s ideally situated in proximity to both ... more
Streets of Beppu, with the steam going up from the floor
A Tour of the Best Hot Springs of Beppu, Japan
After my relaxing stay in a ryokan in Hita, I continued my hot springs tour of southern Japan. I was on my way to a well-known onsen town in Oita Pre ... more
# Outdoors
Our recommendations
Amazake Chaya Teahouse along the Hakone Hachiri on the Tokaido Road
Hiking Hakone Hachiri Along Part of the Tokaido Road
Views of Mt Fuji & Hakone Shrine (from Hakone Hachiri) Roughly an hour and a half ....
picnic site on mount mitake
Mount Mitake: Nature and Spirituality On The Edge Of Tokyo
Are you tired of the urban hustle and bustle of Tokyo? Or searching for some fresh, sweet ....
Culture
An assortment of region-free Game Boy handhelds and Pokemon titles
3 Reasons You Should Get Into Retro Japanese Video Games
If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you are more than likely familiar with the Sega Genesis, or the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or the PlaySta ... more
Shirumichu – the first gods of Okinawa
One of Japan's favorite summer getaways for locals and tourists alike is Okinawa. Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan and has a unique cu ... more
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Our recommendations
An assortment of region-free Game Boy handhelds and Pokemon titles
3 Reasons You Should Get Into Retro Japanese Video Games
If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you are more than likely familiar with the Sega Genesis ....
Shirumichu – the first gods of Okinawa
One of Japan's favorite summer getaways for locals and tourists alike is Okinawa. Okinawa ....
Food
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 ....
Shopping
An assortment of region-free Game Boy handhelds and Pokemon titles
3 Reasons You Should Get Into Retro Japanese Video Games
If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you are more than likely familiar with the Sega Genesis, or the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or the PlaySta ... more
Street in Den Den Town
Den Den Town Osaka – A District For Gamers and Otaku
If you’re a fan of Japanese video games, manga, cosplay or comics, you will be naturally drawn to the Akihabara district of Tokyo during a trip to Ja ... more
# Crafts
Our recommendations
La Granda Familio front store in Nakazakicho
Nakazakicho, a Bohemian Neighborhood in Osaka
Umeda (梅田) is one of the most crowded areas in Osaka. It is a massive beehive of departme ....
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 ....
Event Calendar

august, 2020

15junalldayWind Bell Festival in Imari, Sagaa festival at the Pottery Village (This event will be held on a much smaller scale in 2020.)

02aug(aug 2)7:10 PM07(aug 7)9:00 PMNebuta Festival in Aomori city, Aomorithe colorful floats of Aomori (2020 event has been cancelled.)

05aug(aug 5)5:00 PM07(aug 7)8:30 PMTanabata Festival in Yuzawa city, AkitaA night of artworks (2020 event has been cancelled.)

22aug(aug 22)5:00 PM23(aug 23)8:00 PMKoenji Awa Odori Festival in TokyoSummer Dance Festival(2020 event has been cancelled.)

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