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Why Oita Should Be On Your Next Itinerary To Japan

 Tucked away on the eastern coast of Kyushu island, Oita Prefecture has many attractions suitable for all types of tourists. While the average visitor may only visit this area for their amazing onsen (hot spring) culture, there is a lot more to this prefectur

Top 10 Spots in Shima City, Mie Prefecture

Top 10 Spots in Shima City, Mie Prefecture  Introduction:  One of Japan’s most popular resort areas, Shima City can offer the perfect paradise vacation for any tourist. Located in Mie Prefecture, neighboring Ise and Toba city, Shima hosts some of the most be

Akita Food Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user yoppy [email protected]/2303950259/Kiritanpo Nabe Want to warm up after spending a day in the cold Akita Winter? Look no further than the classic Kiritanpo Nabe, a hot pot dish that is served with the season’s ingredients, but most impor

Akita Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user Hyougushi [email protected]/3686900111/Plane Akita has an airport, with domestic flights coming in from such places as Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo. Buses connect the airport with Akita Station, and a ride costs ¥980 and takes 40 minut

The Best Times to Visit Akita

Senshu Park in SpringSenshu Park is known for its beauty in all four seasons, but is especially beautiful in the spring. The park has over 800 sakura cherry trees that all bloom at the same time. It’s at this time that there are festivals that happen, where pe

First Time in Akita

Photo Cred: Flickr user Sorasi Photography [email protected]/7880328252/Akita Museum of Art The Akita Museum of Art is Akita prefecture’s leading art installation, built by the famous architect Ando Tadao, known for creating many prefectural art museums as well as

Fukui Food Guide

Saba no HeshikoWhat makes Saba no Heshiko is that, rather than being dried regularly, the fish is actually pickled in “Nuka” or rice bran. Nuka is the shavings taken off of individual rice grains, as normally rice grains are brown. These shavings give the vege

Fukui Access Guide

Getting to Fukui is relatively easy, and there are two ways to get to the prefecture by train from the Tokyo Area. Depending on where you want to visit before or after your trip to Fukui, you may want to think about which route to take. You can also get to the

Fukui 1-day-tour Itinerary

Fukui is relatively small, and many of the points of interest are close by. Unfortunately, some of those points may be a bit far from public transportation, so best case scenario would be to rent a car and drive directly to these spots. If not, you can still t

The Best Times to Visit Fukui

Echizen Historic Pageant in SpringThe Echizen Pageant is a festival that is held every year in order to celebrate Fukui’s culture and important historical figures. Each year people dressed in elegant traditional Japanese clothing and armor walk a 1.5 km stretc

First Time in Fukui

Photo Cred: Flickr user Pyonko [email protected]/5799941068/The Tojinbo Cliffs Fukui is characterized by its rocky shores, and the Tojinbo Cliffs are Fukui’s most famous rocky outcropping. The cliffs are basaltic cliffs, which gives the rocks their distinct geomet

Fukushima Food Guide

Kozuyu – a combination of Mountain and SeaKozuyu is a type of soup that includes an assortment of unique ingredients, diced and simmered in a pot for some time. Traditionally, it was made by both well-off samurai and common folk alike, as the ingredients were

Fukushima Access Guide

Fukushima can be easily accessed from Tokyo through various means, as with many prefectures in the northern part of Japan. While the exclusion zone may make your travels a little longer depending on where you want to visit, most places in Fukushima are unaffec

Fukushima 2-day-tour Itinerary

Fukushima is great for experiencing a Japan that is not usually seen in the metropolitan area. The prefecture is filled with mountains and wilderness that is also conveniently located, though it may not be as accessible as most other tourist destinations. Phot

The Best Times to Visit Fukushima

If you are interested in seeing the seasons in its primal state, while being close enough to urban centers, Fukushima is a perfect solution. Situated in the southern part of the Tohoku region, it enjoys a mild climate that is comfortable year-round, yet can st

Fukushima For the First Time

If it’s your first time in Fukushima, it should be noted that your trip would be made several times easier and better with the use of a rental car, or some sort of automobile transportation. Fukushima is relatively large and mountainous, making public transpor

Gunma Food Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user nakashiKonjac Ever heard of Konjac? If not, don’t be intimidated by the plant’s outer features. Simply put, Konjac is a type of yam, and the starch taken from the root can be cooked and used to make a faux-gelatin. It is especially han

Gunma Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user KurumanGunma is relatively close to the Metropolitan area, and therefore is a great destination for those that want to get out of the urban center and experience rural Japan, without wanting to go too far out of the way or spend too mu

Gunma 2-day-tour Itinerary

Gunma prefecture is perfect for that 1 or 2-day getaway from the urban center of Japan. It is relatively easy to get to the prefecture from Tokyo, as well as being relatively cheap to get there. Here is an itinerary to get you started.Photo Cred: Flickr user D

The Best Times to Visit Gunma

Photo Cred: Flickr user T-Hino [email protected]/4261464599/Lake and Mount Haruna Fuji in Spring If for some reason you cannot visit Mount Fuji on your trip in Japan, why not try visiting Mount Haruna Fuji in Gunma? Gunma is known for being the home of the second

First Time in Gunma

Photo Cred: Flickr user kc7fys [email protected]/269734598/Kusatsu Hotsprings The Kusatsu Hotspring is the leading hot spring in Gunma prefecture, not just in fame but in health benefits as well. It is the number one hot spring in Japan in water output, as 32,300

Ibaraki Food Guide

Hitachi BeefIbaraki is known for its delicious beef, including Hitachi Beef, a brand of high-quality meat that is considered to be one of Japan’s best wagyu (Japanese beef) brands. It has great marbling and texture, and is fed grain produced in Ibaraki; a trad

Ibaraki Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user 雷太Because of its relative closeness to Tokyo and the surrounding metropolitan area, Ibaraki prefecture is very easy to get around. Be it from Narita Airport, or Ibaraki Airport, or any of the surrounding prefectures, you will have a wi

Ibaraki 2-day-tour Itinerary

Day 1 From Mito Station, take the Joban Line train to Katsuta Station, and take a bus to the Seaside Park bus station to visit the Hitachi Seaside Park. Here you can enjoy the flowers early in the morning, without the disturbance of other people. From here, g

The Best Times to Visit Ibaraki

Ibaraki is known for being a quiet natural retreat that is also conveniently located near the metropolitan area. Because of its beautiful nature, as well as its various attractions that are centered around nature’s beauty, any time of the year would be great t

Ibaraki For The First Time

So you want to travel to Ibaraki? Have no idea where to go? No problem. Here are some recommendations for where you can go for your first time! Fukuroda FallsFukuroda falls is arguably one of Ibaraki’s most famous sites, as it is considered one of three of Ja

Okayama Food Guide

Hiruzen YakisobaOkayama Stir-fried noodles, or Yakisoba, aren’t your regular Yakisoba. What makes Hiruzen Yakisoba special, is that it is made with cabbage picked from the Hiruzen-kogen in Okayama, and made with chicken. In addition, they are mixed with a miso

Okayama Access Guide

Okayama is the perfect stop for anyone that is interested in traveling to the major areas of Japan, as it connects to the Kyushu, Shikoku, and Kanto regions. Traveling from Tokyo to Fukuoka? You’ll be passing through Okayama!Photo Cred: Flickr user Kimon Berli