Tips for Staying Warm in the Winter in Japan

Jan 21, 2020 By Justin Hanus

The weather can be quite extreme in Japan. Whereas there are sweltering-hot days in the summer, the winter can bring freezing temperatures and even snow, particularly in the north of the country. If you’re unused to cold weather — or just low temperatures in poorly insulated buildings — you may...[ Click to read more ]

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A Big Part of Nagoya’s Community: Small World

Dec 28, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

One of the hardest things when coming to a new country is not only getting to know people but also knowing where to find them. Yes, we can meet people at work, or we can head to bars or coffee shops, but finding people who share our interests - or...[ Click to read more ]

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Fukubukuro: Lucky Bag Shopping for New Years

Dec 27, 2019 By Admin

Forgetting the fact that Japan somehow now has a Black Friday manufactured shopping holiday in the middle of November, the traditional shopper's marathon is the first three days of the year. It makes sense because most people are off work and school, workers are flush with their winter bonus pay,...[ Click to read more ]

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What to do in Tokyo over the New Year’s Holidays 2020

By Jason Gatewood

People say Tokyo is the most restless city in the world, but maybe they've never been here around the traditional New Year holiday period when most residents aren't punching the clock. Instead, they are spending time with their families, often well outside the Metropolis in their hometowns. Pretty much any...[ Click to read more ]

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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 ]

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 ]

The Top Onsen Resorts in and Around Kobe

Dec 12, 2019 By Justin Hanus

If you’re stressed out, had a tough week at work, or feel de-motivated, visiting an onsen is the perfect remedy for you. These hot spring baths will help you regain your energy and forget all your stress. In Japan, people have been visiting onsen for hundreds of years to cleanse...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Days Out in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

With many people on holiday from work, school or college over the Christmas winter period, it's an excellent opportunity to look at things to do in the Kobe area if you fancy getting out of the house. There are many attractions in the city that are suitable for children, couples...[ Click to read more ]

Coffee for Life: Coffee Shops in Hiroshima

Nov 27, 2019 By Hugh Cann

With the cold creeping in, there is nothing like an excellent steaming coffee to warm the cockles. I am a bit of what I shamelessly refer to as a coffee snob. One iteration of my life was the pleasure of owning and operating a mobile café for five years before...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Hiroshima

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 ]