Getting Away and Staying Local – Great Ryokan in Aichi

Sep 28, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

2020 has been hard going for many reasons, but most majorly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is our ability to travel. Whether due to behaving responsibly, fears of contraction, or an employer restricting travel, many of us have been staying home and staying safe. But that doesn't mean that we...[ Click to read more ]

Getting ‘in tents’ – Camping Around Hiroshima

By Mark Guthrie

Finally, the heat and humidity of the summer have dissipated, and we can all get outside and enjoy the fresh air without losing half our bodyweight to sweat! This is the perfect time of year to dust off that tent and head out into nature and enjoy our time -...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Away in Japan: Toyama Prefecture

Sep 24, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

While most regions of Japan seem to have their own perfect time of year to visit Toyama, the 'gateway to the Sea of Japan,' in northern Chubu, is spectacular all year round. With rugged mountains on one side and pristine beaches on the other, Toyama is dramatic scenery, picturesque villages,...[ Click to read more ]

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Top Airbnb Online Experiences in Japan

By Justin Hanus

Whether you’re unable to get to Japan right now, you want a taster of Japanese culture before a trip, or you’re just looking for new adventures without leaving your home, Airbnb online experiences are a great option. As there’s such a wide variety to choose from, you’re sure to find...[ Click to read more ]

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Visiting Kobe Oji Zoo

Sep 19, 2020 By Justin Hanus

There are three large zoos in the Kansai area alone. However, Oji Zoo in Kobe is the only place where you can see both pandas and koalas. Oji Zoo lies just in front of the Rokko mountain range and covers 80,000 square meters. Every year 1.2 million visitors come to...[ Click to read more ]

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Onomichi – Temples, Ramen and Cats Galore at Hiroshima’s Seaside Jewel

Aug 31, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Flanked to the north by steep hillsides and to the south by the rolling Seto Inland Sea, the city of Onomichi is quaint, picturesque and full of history. It makes for a beautiful day trip without even leaving Hiroshima Prefecture. Thanks to a charming refusal to regenerate and modernize, the...[ Click to read more ]

Getting to Know You: Nagoya’s Global Gate and Sasashima

Aug 24, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Nagoya has blown up in recent years. This expansion is no more evident than in the areas around Nagoya Station, where it seems like everywhere you look, a new skyscraper is springing up. There is, however, perhaps no area more improved or better renovated than Sasashima. Though its name conjures...[ Click to read more ]

Autumn Activities in Kobe

Aug 20, 2020 By Justin Hanus

There’s always something interesting going on in Kobe, and autumn is no exception! Autumn is one of the most popular times of the year for events because of the beautiful colors. Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find plenty to do this year. View the Autumn Leaves A not to...[ Click to read more ]

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Water Sports in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Are you looking for a chance to try your hand at some water-based activities in the Kansai region? You can find plenty of lakes, rivers, and beaches where qualified instructors offer the chance to try a range of sports ranging from the relaxing to the nerve-racking. Sumo Tubing on Lake...[ Click to read more ]

Walk with the Animals, Talk with the Animals…

Jul 31, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Look I’m just going to say it. I’m not a fan of zoos and my first visit to Japan and see the zoo in the 1980s left me indignant and determined never to go again. HOWEVER. Japanese notions of animal care have evolved a lot and while it’s not Taronga...[ Click to read more ]