Exploring The Pointed Houses Of Shirakawa-Gō and Gokayama – Japan’s Historic UNESCO Villages

Hidden in the mountains of the Japanese island of Honshu are the picturesque areas of Shirakawa-Gō and Gokayama. The regions are home to charming traditional houses, known for their steep thatched roofs that peek up from the landscape like little triangles. These villages of thatched-roof houses, designated as UNESCO World heritage sites, are examples of … More Exploring The Pointed Houses Of Shirakawa-Gō and Gokayama – Japan’s Historic UNESCO Villages

Tokyo’s Whale Celebration – Akishima Citizen Whale Festival

Akishima is a city in the west of the greater Tokyo metropolis. Every year, the Akishima Citizen Whale Festival celebrates one of their local symbols, the Akishima whale. But what does a city 50km from the coast have to do with whales? The Akishima Whale Fossil In 1961, a prehistoric whale fossil was discovered by … More Tokyo’s Whale Celebration – Akishima Citizen Whale Festival

Sunamushi Onsen – Volcanic Sand Bathing in Southern Japan

For many people, being buried up to the neck in hot, black volcanic sand doesn’t seem like a pleasant way to relax. But in parts of southern Japan, sunamushi (sand bathing) on a volcanic beach is a popular form of bathing that helps rest the mind and refresh the body. For those who have not … More Sunamushi Onsen – Volcanic Sand Bathing in Southern Japan

Soaking Up Hakodate History In The Photogenic Motomachi Area

The Motomachi area of Hakodate is the city’s historic neighbourhood, where Japanese and Western architectures are uniquely blended into a mish-mash of styles. Hakodate, located on the northernmost Japanese home island of Hokkaido, was one of the first ports in the country to open its doors to international trade in 1854. Traders, consuls, and government … More Soaking Up Hakodate History In The Photogenic Motomachi Area

Visiting Hakodate, Hokkaido’s Port City Of Squid, Forts And Mountain Views

Hakodate is a historic port city in the south of Hokkaido, known for its fresh seafood, European-style architecture, and one of the best panoramic night views in Japan. It is built on a narrow strip of land that reaches out to sea, culminating with the dramatic Mount Hakodate at the peninsula’s end. Its history revolves … More Visiting Hakodate, Hokkaido’s Port City Of Squid, Forts And Mountain Views

Beppu Onsen Hoyoland – Taking A Dip In Japan’s White Mud Bath

Scooping up the mud from the bottom of the onsen, it slips through your fingers like goopy cream. It drops back into the milky-white water and disappears back into the hot springs in a dispersing cloud of whiteness. While a traditional Japanese onsen (a hot spring designated for bathing) is typically done in clear hot … More Beppu Onsen Hoyoland – Taking A Dip In Japan’s White Mud Bath

See Japan’s Snow Monkeys Bathing At Jigokudani Monkey Park

It’s the very picture of serenity – Japanese snow monkeys soaking in a hot spring, eyes closed, groomed by their family members, steam rising, safe from snow drifting softly through the sky. It’s one of the most iconic images of winter in Japan, and one of the most fascinating and endearing (not to mention, adorable!) … More See Japan’s Snow Monkeys Bathing At Jigokudani Monkey Park

Yuba Tofu – The Local Delicacy of Nikko, Japan

Nikkō is one of Japan’s most beautiful towns to visit and explore. Visitors will probably notice a food called ‘Yuba’ on the menu everywhere they go. Indeed, this is one of Nikkō’s specialty foods. But what exactly is Yuba, and why is it so popular in Nikkō? Yuba is essentially tofu skin, the protein and … More Yuba Tofu – The Local Delicacy of Nikko, Japan

Why Do Japanese Farmers Grow Square Watermelons?

Japan is known for producing some interesting and expensive fruit. But none is as iconic as the square watermelon, a simple yet beautiful specially grown fruit. Perfect for decorating and gift-giving, the square watermelon is prized as a status symbol (though its taste is not so great). How are Square Watermelons Produced? Square watermelons come … More Why Do Japanese Farmers Grow Square Watermelons?

Zauo: The Japanese Restaurant Where You Catch Your Own Fish

Japan has earned a reputation for creative and unusual dining establishments. Cat cafes, themed restaurants, and stand-up sushi bars all cater to people looking for a new dining experience. But what about using a fishing line to catch your dinner, in the restaurant? In the heart of Osaka’s nightlife district Dotonbori is Zauo, a restaurant … More Zauo: The Japanese Restaurant Where You Catch Your Own Fish