Buying A Summer Yukata in Tokyo

Aug 29, 2023 By Michael Stigall

Now that festivals are back on the menu again, you may find yourself at one. Or perhaps, while taking in one of the restarted firework festivals, you may have noticed many people wearing traditional Japanese dress and wondered what was going on. Well, summer festivals are a time when Japanese...[ Click to read more ]

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Nagoya, It’s Sweet Enough – Uirō, Nagoya’s Tasty Dessert

Jul 31, 2023 By Bert Wishart

Nagoya meshi [cuisine] is known for its rambunctious flavors, typified Taiwan Ramen, ankake pasta, and by the red miso that is slathered all over pretty much everything. However, when it comes to desserts, things get a little bit more refined, particularly in the case of uirō. Pronounced as "wee-roh," uirō is...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Shopping Spots in Hiroshima

Jun 28, 2023 By Justin Hanus

From bustling high streets crammed with retailers to stylish shopping malls with dining and entertainment options, there is no shortage of shopping options in Hiroshima. The city center is home to many of the busiest areas, but you can also find some great districts on the prefecture’s outskirts. Here are...[ Click to read more ]

Getting To Know You: Nagoya Port

Jun 25, 2023 By Bert Wishart

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 ]

Best Shopping Spots in Kumamoto

May 19, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Whether you’re looking for modern malls full of big brand outlets or a more traditional bustling high street, Kumamoto has plenty to keep shoppers busy across the prefecture. This includes purpose-built out-of-town shopping districts aimed at attracting consumers further afield. We choose some of the best spots to find great...[ Click to read more ]

Great Places for a Date in Kumamoto

By Justin Hanus

Kumamoto has many romantic spots that are ideal for a date. Whether you’re looking for places to spend the weekend together or want somewhere you can go for a few hours after work, you have some great options. Suizenji Jojuen Garden A highlight of Kumamoto for tourists and a romantic...[ Click to read more ]

The Best Hostels in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

If you want to spend time in Kobe but are on a tight budget, staying at a hostel may be your best option. The good news is you have some great ones to choose from, whether you want a dorm or a private room. You can use the money you...[ Click to read more ]

Inuyama City: Historical Castle Town and Much More…

Mar 23, 2023 By Bert Wishart

Just half an hour from Nagoya is Inuyama, an ancient town once one of the most important domains of the ruling Oda clan. It is especially renowned for its stunning castle that overlooks the Kiso River, a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms in spring and the turning of the...[ Click to read more ]

The Highlights of AEON MALL Kobe Kita

Feb 24, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Kobe is a top destination for shopping due to the several large malls around the city. Although the best-known is Kobe Harborland umie, one of the biggest is AEON MALL Kobe Kita. Located in the north part of the city, it spans 60,000 square meters and features enough parking for...[ Click to read more ]

Top Lemon-Based Souvenirs from Hiroshima

Jan 20, 2023 By Justin Hanus

The mild climate and low rainfall of Hiroshima are ideal for growing citrus fruits. In fact, the prefecture is the biggest producer of lemons in Japan, cultivating more than half of all the lemons in the country. Purchasing lemon-based souvenirs is a great way to bring the characteristic flavor of...[ Click to read more ]