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Photo for Hokkaido fauna
Nov 27, 2019travel
Why visit Hokkaido?
Delicious food With its numerous regions Japans naturally offers a variety of cuisine even though some dishes such as ramen are found everywhere but served with different ingredients. Nevertheless, Hokkaido...
Photo of Kintaikyo bridge, the main landmark of Iwanuki, Yamaguchi
Nov 13, 2019travel
Yamaguchi: The Root of Modern Japan

Found at the southwestern tip of Honshu, Yamaguchi is a largely non-urban prefecture with a relatively small population, that nevertheless has left an enormous mark on the history and politics of Japan. Many of the most influential names in the Meiji Restoration, which ended the rule of the Shogun and kicked off Japan’s explosive modernization, were born and educated in Yamaguchi.

Photo of the beautiful old town of Kurashiki, Okayama
Oct 30, 2019travel
Okayama: Gateway to Chugoku and Shikoku

Okayama is often overshadowed by its much more famous neighbor, Hiroshima, but it has plenty to offer in its own right. In addition to hosting the second largest city in the Chugoku region, Okayama City, it also serves as a primary transport hub connecting the Sanyo Shinkansen line with rail lines going to Shikoku.

Dining in Kyoto: A Short Guide to the Best of Kyō-ryōri – Part 1
Oct 2, 2019travel
Dining in Kyoto: A Short Guide to the Best of Kyō-ryōri – Part 1

Imagine Kyoto and you are likely to think first of its many shrines, temples, and tranquil gardens. However, Kyoto is almost as famous for its food as for its historical sites.

Autumn Leaves and You photo
Sep 18, 2019travel
Autumn Leaves and You

If I wrote this ten years ago, most people outside Japan would have (at least in my experience) been under the impression that spring is the only time to go and look at trees, and even then, just the cherry trees.

Nara: City of Temples - Part 2
Sep 4, 2019travel
Nara: City of Temples - Part 2

Suppose I've convinced you in the last bit, and you're now in Nara. Wonderful, I'm glad you could make it. Why don't we go through some of the attractions together? Only some, because it's a massive list, but this should give you an idea.

Autumn Leaf Illuminations in Kyoto
Sep 3, 2019travel
Autumn Leaf Illuminations in Kyoto
Kyoto is famous for the exceptional beauty of its autumn foliage. Certainly, viewing the bright tapestry of crimson and gold in such a gorgeous historical setting is an unforgettable experience....
Traveling in Japan: A Few Useful Aids
Aug 30, 2019travel
Traveling in Japan: A Few Useful Aids

Sooner or later, you will want to travel, and hit the limit of what a few online articles can tell you; doubly so when most of mine, at least, is just telling you about all sorts of nice places that you should definitely go to some time

Nara: City of Temples Part1
Aug 16, 2019travel
Nara: City of Temples - Part 1

Quite possibly the most common conversation I have with friends and family planning trips through Japan (right after 'please base as few assumptions on cartoons as possible), is that they shouldn't give Nara a visit, instead of a total focus on Kyoto.