First Avenue: Characters, Ramen and Sweets

Tokyo Station is way more than just a place to change trains! Within the station lies an expansive network of shopping and...

Dogo Onsen: Wrapped in History and Charm

Just a short tram ride from Matsuyama city center in Ehime is Dogo Onsen, Japan’s oldest hot spring....

Kungyokudo Incense: Modernity Meets Tradition in Tokyo

While shopping in Japan, there is a huge range of souvenirs to choose from. For something traditional yet different, might I suggest...

Visiting Koke-Dera, Kyoto’s Moss Temple

Formally known as Koinzan Saiho-ji, or Saihoji for short, this Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple is located in...

All The Matsumoto Highlights In This One Day Itinerary

Matsumoto is a castle city, surrounded by the stunning mountains of Nagano prefecture. With one of Japan’s...

Soothing Summer Wind Chimes from Shinohara Furin

Shopping in Tokyo? Head to Shinohara Furin Honpo for some traditional glass wind chimes. Originally thought to ward off evil spirits, furin wind chimes...

Matsumoto Musts: Folk Crafts and Unique Foods To Seek Out

Like many of Japan’s prefectures, Matsumoto has some fantastic local specialties. From unique Matsumoto foods to folk crafts and natural resources, here...

Traditional Japanese Crafts in Osaka: Tenugui make great summer souvenirs

Osaka's "Nakani" shop creates the patterns on the tenugui hand towels using a technique called “chusen,” which is said to have been...

Kyoto City Walking Tour: Zen, Books, and Coffee.

View This Walking Tour on Google Maps The historical city of Kyoto was the capital of Japan during...

Kyoto City Walking Tour – Gardens, Gates and Geiko.

View Full Tour on Google Maps As tourism in Japan rises almost exponentially year-on-year, it's becoming harder to...

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