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 ]

Traditional Kansai Winter Drinks

Nov 25, 2019 By Justin Hanus

The winter months in the Kansai region can get pretty cold, so what better way to warm yourself up than with a nice warm drink. These tasty beverages can be enjoyed throughout the year but make an especially welcome treat during the winter period. Japanese tea Tea is the most...[ Click to read more ]

The History of Japan’s Majestic Fall Colors

By Mark Guthrie

Japan's most popular season for tourists is surely spring. When the cherry blossoms bloom people from inside Japan and from all over the world gather in popular beautiful spots to bask in the traditional scenes of pinks, reds and whites that form many of our preconceptions of Japan's natural state....[ Click to read more ]

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Sell Your Used Stuff on Mercari

Nov 24, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Japanese accommodations are notoriously small for my American hoarding habits, and I occasionally draw the ire of my wife and encouraged to “consider paring down” some of my possessions. This used to mean bugging friends and co-workers or heading to the local Second Street, Hard Off, or other “recycle shop”...[ Click to read more ]

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Sake Breweries in Kobe

Nov 13, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Even if you’ve never set foot in Japan, there’s a good chance you’ve tried sake, as the rice wine is popular worldwide. In Japan, however, sake is a mainstay of bars and restaurants. The beverage has a long history in the country and throughout Asia. In fact, preparing, serving, and...[ Click to read more ]

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