Spring Days Out in Kobe

Jan 15, 2021 By Justin Hanus

As the spring season approaches, we are naturally gripped by the urge to get out and make the most of the warming climate. The nights start to draw out, and the trees and plants around us begin to blossom. What could be better than planning a visit to one of...[ Click to read more ]

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Getting To Know You: Nagoya Port

Dec 25, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

To the south of the city, Nagoya's port is one of Japan's busiest, servicing the country's central region of Japan, the hotbed of the nation's automotive industry. And I know what you're thinking: that doesn't exactly sound like a fun day out, right? And you would have been mostly right...[ Click to read more ]

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Rock (Climbing) And Roll – Bouldering in Hiroshima

By Mark Guthrie

Now and again, something pops up in the zeitgeist that comes right out of left field. Some of these things are fads that slip away as quickly as they came (remember twerking? No, probably not), but some things seem to not only hang around but absolutely explode. One of those...[ Click to read more ]

Alternative Fitness Options in Hiroshima

By Mark Guthrie

So, over the holidays, you indulged until you were fit to burst. We’ve all been there, but now you’ve noticed that you’ve put on a few pounds and can shake your belly like a bowl full of jelly, and you are well aware that it is no longer the season...[ Click to read more ]

Let’s Tour: Togoshi-Ginza in Tokyo

Dec 24, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district is known far and wide for its opulent array of shops and boutiques catering to those with more than a little bitcoins in their pockets. The most exquisite of luxury brands choose this part of town to put what is sometimes their most unique shop with...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Hiroshima 2020

Nov 19, 2020 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 enchanting colored lights has become a prominent feature of winter in Japan. Hiroshima is...[ Click to read more ]

Thanksgiving Dinner in Hiroshima

Oct 26, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

With Thanksgiving being very much a North American holiday, we aren't really within our rights to expect Hiroshima to celebrate the third Thursday of November in quite the same way as it would be done in the US. However, like other international traditions such as Christmas, Hallowe'en, and Valentine's Day,...[ Click to read more ]

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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