Day Trips – History, Heritage, and Natural Beauty in Toyokawa

Jan 31, 2024 By Bert Wishart

About 75 minutes east of Nagoya, in the Mikawa Bay region, lies Toyokawa, a small city with a lot of spirituality and individuality. Though it is generally overlooked by the tourism industry as little more than a once-industrial town, it is in fact an area known locally for its rich...[ Click to read more ]

Best Places to Grab a Sandwich in Kumamoto

Jan 30, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Whether you’re on the go and need to grab a quick lunch or you just enjoy a good sandwich, you’ll be pleased to hear that you have many options in Kumamoto. The top places use local ingredients, including freshly-baked bread. Plus, many sandwich bars offer delivery, meaning it’s easy to...[ Click to read more ]

Food Only Available in Hiroshima

Jan 29, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Although some dishes are common throughout the country, different regions in Japan also have their own specialties that may be difficult — or even impossible — to find elsewhere. Hiroshima is no exception. 1. Hiroshima Okonomiyaki You may have had okonomiyaki in Osaka — but the version in Hiroshima is...[ Click to read more ]

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Himakajima – Aichi’s Octopus Island

By Bert Wishart

Have you ever wondered what the planet would look like if it was taken over by octopuses? No? Ah, well that kind of messes up my introduction to this article. But let's imagine you had said yes, because I would now say 'Well, imagine no more, just head over to...[ Click to read more ]

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Where to Go for Ice Cream in Kumamoto

Dec 27, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Like the rest of Japan, Kumamoto has plenty of places where you’ll find high-quality ice cream. Whereas soft-serve ice cream is the most popular, you can also find gelato. To make sure you pick a great spot, try these top ice cream shops. 1. Libcafe For an elaborate sundae in...[ Click to read more ]

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What is Okonomiyaki and How Do You Eat It?

By Justin Hanus

A classic dish in Hiroshima is okonomiyaki (there’s also a version from Osaka). It started gaining traction before World War II and then became a staple among residents after the bombing as a cheap way to eat a filling meal. Today, it remains a popular meal, with restaurants around prefecture...[ Click to read more ]

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Top Places to Try Fugu in Hiroshima

By Justin Hanus

Fugu (blowfish) is an important aspect of Japanese cuisine. In addition to its delicious taste, it gained its fame due to the fact that many parts of the fish are lethally poisonous, including the organs, eyes, and skin. There are strict regulations around serving fugu, such as a law that...[ Click to read more ]

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Winter Food in Japan

By Michael Stigall

As an American, there are certain foods that I look forward to when things start getting chilly. Most of those foods, like a roasted turkey or pumpkin pie, are simply not that easy to come by in Japan. So, what's a person to do when you want something warming and...[ Click to read more ]

Cool Japan – How to Stay Warm in the Japanese Winter

By Bert Wishart

While winters in Japan’s more mountainous and northern regions get pretty chilly, here in Nagoya, temperatures rarely drop below zero. However, for some reason, I constantly feel frozen to my marrow, and I bet I'm not the only one. This is partly because few homes and office buildings are sufficiently...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Places for Breakfast in Kumamoto

Nov 30, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Breakfast in Japan may be quite different than what you’re used to, as it consists of things like grilled fish, steamed rice, and pickles. However, you can also find restaurants serving breakfasts that are more similar to what you find in the West. Whatever kind of breakfast you’re looking for,...[ Click to read more ]

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