Kanazawa Castle Park in Ishikawa Prefecture

Sep 13, 2011 By Ray Proper

Kanazawa Castle Kanazawa Castle is a large castle in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan that has been lovingly restored. Located adjacent to the celebrated Kenroku-en Garden, which once formed the castle's private outer garden, Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku Garden are popular tourist destinations in Kanazawa; highly recommended for people interested in...[ Click to read more ]

Renting an Apartment in Japan

Sep 05, 2011 By Ray Proper

Many people come to Japan through a company. An English Teacher, for example, will usually get off the plane and be met by a representative of their new company, who will take them to their new apartment, which has been rented and furnished for the new employee’s use. Depending on...[ Click to read more ]

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Utsumi Beach on the Chita Peninsula Near Nagoya

Aug 29, 2011 By Ray Proper

They say Utsumi Beach has the finest sand in the world, but probably only the Japanese say that. It is a great beach though, is well known throughout the Tokai region for its beauty. Its 1.6km length is a nice bow shape, and you can rent parasols and buy beer,...[ Click to read more ]

Kiso Three Rivers Park in Ichinomiya City

Aug 10, 2011 By Ray Proper

Kiso Three Rivers Park in Ichinomiya was an old favorite of mine when I used to live in Konan City. I am not sure if the whole complex counts as being part of the park, but there were spots to play sports, and all kinds of things to do there....[ Click to read more ]

Driving in Japan

Jun 20, 2011 By First Admin

Japan is a fantastically convenient country for public transport, and it is very possible to survive your whole life without a car or a driver's license. However, when you want to venture out in to the countryside, or if you have kids that need driving to the pediatrician, a car...[ Click to read more ]

Grand Festival of Hanazono Shrine in Tokyo

May 26, 2011 By Ray Proper

Hanazono Jinja Shrine is located in the Shinjuku business district of Tokyo. Shinjuku is probably the most famous town name in Tokyo, and the Hanazono Jinja has been used in Shinto worship since at least 1603; though the building is a of course not the same! The Grand Festival of...[ Click to read more ]

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Magome Tsumago: A Glimbse of Edo Japan Near Nagoya

Jan 05, 2011 By Ray Proper

One of my favorite day trips from Nagoya is to Magome and Tsumago in Nagano Prefecture. They are two restored and preserved Edo-period way stations on the Nakasendo in Nagano Prefecture. Nakasando is similar to the more famous Tokaido, both very old roads that connected Kyoto with what is now...[ Click to read more ]

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Rabbit Cafe in Nagoya, Japan – Play With Rabbits!

Dec 13, 2010 By Ray Proper

One of the many weird and wonderful Japan experiences is the pet café. As most apartments in Japan do not allow animals, people are unable to have pets. People who just cannot live without that too cute pink nose snuggle snuggle time with their pet of choice have the option...[ Click to read more ]

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Fall Colors at the Higashiyama Zoo

Oct 27, 2010 By Ray Proper

If you have ever been to the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens you are well aware that it has many green spaces and trees. If you are looking for a quick excursion to see the changing of the fall colors later this month, why not take a trip there? It’s...[ Click to read more ]

View the Fall Colors in Korankei near Toyota City

Oct 03, 2010 By Ray Proper

One of the most famous spots in Japan to see the changing of the fall leaves is right here near Nagoya. Korankei, near Toyota City, offers views of 4,000 maple trees exploding with vibrant red, yellow, and orange leaves as the trees begin to shed their summer clothes in preparation...[ Click to read more ]

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