Hama-rikyu Gardens is the largest Japanese-style garden in Tokyo. It served as a theme park for local residents to have fun and get close to each other about 300 years ago in Edo period. With quite a few historical buildings gathered in such a time-honored garden, Japanese culture and history are fortunately able to be preserved until nowadays. Want to know how the Japanese people in the old days spent their free…

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Have you ever heard of Ogasawara Islands? To visit there, it takes about 25 hours from Tokyo for one way! Isn’t it unbelievable that people still want to go there? Why should people visit such far islands? Well, here is the thing. Ogasawara Islands offer a rich nature which is registered by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage, one category of the World Heritage Sites. Rare creatures are often found there too! Let’s take on…

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Hie Shrine is a Shinto shrine having a high reputation for blessing worshipers with luck in love, success in business, safe childbirth, and things of the sort. Monkeys are the guardian god of the shrine. In this article, we are introducing the charms of Hie Shrine, and how it is special among the many shrines in Japan. Monkeys as the guardian god? What a distinctive shrine it is! It is rather a common sight in…

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Curry is the most recognized dish of Indian cuisine but the taste of Japanese curry definitely won’t lose to that. Recently, thanks to the influence of Japanese anime, the number of Japanese curry restaurants and its popularity are increasing rapidly overseas. Let us take you to a town in Tokyo called Kanda, where you can taste autenthic Japanese curry! History of Japanese curry Curry, originated from India is a dish…

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Feel the nostalgic atmosphere at Ginzan onsen. This traditional Japanese town is gradually becoming a popular tourist site. As the sun sets, gas lamps will make the city even more vibrant. Where is this nostalgic onsen town? Ginzan onsen is located in Obanazawa city, Yamagata prefecture. From Haneda airport, go to Tokyo station and take Shinkansen to Oishida station. There is a bus that departs to Ginzan onsen every 60-90 minutes. This one…

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If you are interested in Buddhism in Japan, we do recommend you to go for some temple experiences. By practicing Zazen meditation and listening to sermons, you can achieve calmness and enjoy peace of mind. This time, we would like to introduce you the ascetic practices of Buddhism you can experience at two temples in Kyoto – Bishamonten Shorinji and Ninnaji. Temple experiences available from beginners' course at Bishamonten Shorinji The top recommendation for those who…

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This spring, let’s visit Okinawa for the best parent-child activity, a jungle adventure trip! Enjoy a kayak tour and explore the beauty of nature with your kids! Children aged 1 or above are welcome. Spring is the perfect season to visit Okinawa A kayak tour is best recommended to create wonderful memories with your children. How about having the adventure in a mangrove jungle in Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan? As it…

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Are you bored with conventional travel trips? Plan an extraordinary vacation to Okinawa for yourself! Okinawa is Japan’s natural paradise, featuring wonderfully beautiful islands. This time, we are going to introduce a local tour where you can see water buffaloes in mangroves, enjoy historical landscapes, and admire stunning scenes of nature. Let's start from Ishigaki-ko The starting point to tour Okinawa is at Ishigaki-ko, the southernmost harbour of Japan. It is 30 minutes from Ishigaki…

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Believe it or not, even though you’re in Japan, you can experience a European-like atmosphere. In this article we will be introducing you to a place in Tokyo called “Kagurazaka”. Kagurazaka is also considered as one of Tokyo’s fashionable towns. This town resembles Gion in Kyoto, known for maiko entertainment. This place is very popular among tourists because appearances of Japanese culture are left behind, such as narrow cobbled streets…

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Cherries have a mixed taste of sweet and sour. They are so delicious yet small that you never feel enough no matter how many you eat. In Japan, this doesn’t seem like a problem! While fruit picking is getting very popular in Japan, cherries are of course one kind of fruits that is available for picking. Let’s experience cherry picking in Japan, and eat as many cherries as you like!…

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