What to Do with One Day in Kobe

Jun 20, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Meat lovers often plan day trips to Kobe just to try its most famous food: Kobe beef. In fact, there is much more to see and do in the city than eat steak. If you only have one day, you’ll need to plan your time carefully to make sure you’re...[ Click to read more ]

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Cycle Routes Near Nagoya

May 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

With the Giro d'Italia already underway and the Grand Tours of France and Spain soon to come, you may be feeling inspired to get on your road bike and put some kilometers in your legs. However, living in the middle of the city you may feel like there is nowhere...[ Click to read more ]

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Tour de Nagoya – See Nagoya in a Day

May 23, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Summer is a time for cycling, with the Tour de France the world's most famous race. Of course, there is no equivalent in our fair city of Nagoya, so I thought I would come up with one. But this is not a superhuman challenge of endurance like 'le Tour,' but...[ Click to read more ]

Your Guide to a Day at Nara Park in Nara City

May 22, 2019 By Justin Hanus

There are numerous things to do and see in Nara City, but the most important attraction has to be Nara Park. Located at the foot of Mount Wakakusa, it became a public park in 1880, which makes it one of the oldest parks in the country. It has the title...[ Click to read more ]

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Sakushima, Aichi’s Art Island

May 17, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Sakushima is a small island in the sparkling Mikawa bay to the east of Nagoya which, together with Himakajima and Shinojima, makes up the Aichi Archipelago. Small it may be, but it is absolutely packed with things to do. Seeing Sakushima Island Sakushima is a delightful little island, and when...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima’s Takehara and Tomonoura in a Day

Apr 24, 2019 By Matt Mangham

With a nice little string of holidays at the beginning of May, you may be thinking of braving the roads for a day trip. From Hiroshima, there are any number of directions you might set off in, but if you’re fond of historic districts and traditional Japanese scenery, one sure...[ Click to read more ]

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Hikes around Hiroshima

By Matt Mangham

Winter is well behind us and now is the perfect time for a hike in western Japan, before the rains set in, followed by the summer heat and its attendant crowds of insects. From almost anywhere in downtown Hiroshima, you can spot the hills rising around the city, and that...[ Click to read more ]

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Horsing Around at Tado Festival in Mie

Apr 16, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Japan has so many strange, eccentric and exciting festivals every year that it is sometimes difficult to keep track. However, few festivals are exciting and dramatic as Ageuma-Shinji, held every year in Tado, Mie. Also known as Tado Festival, Ageuma-Shinji has been held in this sleepy little town since the Nanboku-chō...[ Click to read more ]

Things to do in Tokyo For Golden Week 2019

Apr 15, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Golden week is the longest public holiday period in Japan, and many residents make a trip abroad, or to a tourist area like Kyoto over the break.  Trains and airports can be crowded, and the traffic into any area worth a visit is going to be heavy at best, standstill...[ Click to read more ]

Ten Nagoya Suggestions for the Ten Days of Golden Week (Part One)

Mar 28, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

You may have noticed, that people are starting to get excited about Golden Week. Of course, people always get excited around Golden Week, when some public holidays combine to make an extended block of time off, but this year it's even better. With Emperor Akihito abdicating this year, another holiday...[ Click to read more ]