Winter Attractions in Tokyo

Dec 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Wintertime around these parts usually means either taking in some winter sports like skiing and snowboarding or soaking in one of the numerous hot spring onsens around the countryside surrounding the metropolis. But there are a few other things you can check out around Greater Tokyo in the cold part of...[ Click to read more ]

Soothe Yourself With a Soak in a Super Sento in Nagoya This Winter

By Mark Guthrie

One thing that many people love to do when they come to Japan is to enjoy onsen, the volcanic hot springs that pop up all over the country. It is an intrinsic part of the Japanese culture to partake in these communal baths, and no trip to the country is...[ Click to read more ]

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Snow Festivals in Japan

By Jason Gatewood

Because Japan is over 70% mountainous and located in the temperate latitudes of the western Pacific where the moist ocean air continually does battle with dry, cold Siberian and Mongolian air coming in from China, the Japan Alps enjoys a healthy dusting of snow every winter. No part of Japan...[ Click to read more ]

Skiing in Hiroshima: Day and Weekend Trips!

Dec 25, 2019 By Matt Mangham

Hiroshima isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of skiing in Japan. We’re a long way from the Nagano Alps, and even further from Hokkaido, but people do go skiing in the Prefecture or just over the border in Shimane. There are a number of options,...[ Click to read more ]

Things to do in Tokyo Over the Holiday Season

Nov 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

It's that time of year again... You've set the toilet seat warmer on 10 to keep Jack Frost from nipping at your nether parts, the local Starbucks is blasting "Last Christmas" by George Michael for the 53,347th time, and every fast-food chain and convenience store is touting its selection of fried...[ Click to read more ]

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Winter Illumination in Hiroshima

Nov 27, 2019 By Matt Mangham

Seasonal illuminations are a big deal in Japan. From the famous Kobe Luminarie, donated by the Italian government following the Great Hanshin Earthquake, to light festivals in Osaka, Sendai, Nagoya and elsewhere, a chilly stroll through an enchanted scene of colored lights has become a prominent feature of winter in...[ Click to read more ]

Chichibu Night Festival Near Tokyo

Nov 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Located about 2 hours northwest of Central Tokyo, Chichibu is a small mountain community that is popular for weekend getaways thanks to it being the home of Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park and a very picturesque and historic area. Celebrating some of that history is the Chichibu Yomatsuri night festival. This is...[ Click to read more ]

Toyohashi Zoo & Botanical Park – Non Hoi Park

Nov 25, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Toyohashi Zoo & Botanical Park is a fun-packed day out for all the family, with animals, rides, beautiful spots, and flowers from all over the world. Also known as 'Non Hoi Park' (it means something like 'hey, hey!' in the local Higashi-Mikawa dialect) it is a zoo, botanical garden, amusement...[ Click to read more ]

What is the ShichiGoSan Ceremony?

Nov 24, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Traditionally held on November 15, the Shichigosan (七五三, literally 7-5-3) ceremony is a rite that originated around 750 AD in the Heian period to celebrate the passage into middle childhood for children in Japan. Back in those times, it was considered a blessing from the gods if a child made...[ Click to read more ]

Get a Sugar Rush at the Aichi Sweets Marathon

Oct 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Are you too keen on candy to run a marathon? Do you need sugary enticement to get you to that finishing line? Then the Aichi Sweets Marathon in Moricoro Park is right up your, um, running track. While gobbling down sweets mid-run may seem like a major contradiction, the Sweets Marathon...[ Click to read more ]

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