Mikuniya – Spend A Night At Miyajima’s Best Guesthouse


When you list Miyajima (宮島) as one of the destinations on your itinerary, you really want to make sure you allocate enough time on the island known as “god’s island”. Some suggest that half a day on the island is more than enough. Whilst this might be true if you only wanted to take some photos of the Itsukujima Shrine and the famous Great Torii Gate in the sea and stroll around the island’s shopping street – Miyajima Omotesandō Shōtengai/Kiyomori-Dōri (宮島表参道商店街/清盛通り) afterward, it really would be a shame if those really are the only spots on the island you drop by.

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Tamagawa Onsen – Japan’s Best Onsen Town for Recuperation


Tamagawa Onsen (玉川温泉) in Akita prefecture is a special hot spring resort. It consists of two ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) nestled in the mountains of Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Why is it special? Because it is ranked number one for both the acidity of the spring at pH1.2 and the amount of spring water gushing out from one source at 9,000 litres per minute!

With its strong acidity and the non-toxic traces of radium radiation from the rare rocks at the source of the spring, the onsen is said to be able to cure any illness. This is why Tamagawa Onsen is known as the Hot Spring For Recuperation.

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Nyūtō Onsen and the 7 Unique Ryokans Deep in the Mountain


Nyūtō Onsen (乳頭温泉郷) is a rural hot spring resort in Akita prefecture (秋田県) that consists of six ryokans and one hotel, each having its own history, style and, spring quality. Listed as one of the 100 Japan Hidden Scenic Spots (日本の秘境100選), the resort is quietly nestled deep in the mountain at the base of Mt. Nyūtō.

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Fun Activities At Yōkina Kasan no Mise Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s markets can be found everywhere in the world with some of them being the size of a football stadium. The ones that you have been to may have a range of fresh products but probably none of them offers cultural activities like Yōkina Kasan no Mise (陽気な母さんの店) in Ōdate city (大館市)!

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Useful Japanese Travel Phrases – Accommodation

When we travel, there are various methods of choosing the accommodation we will be staying at. But have you ever been in a situation where you only realised the hotel you just stayed at has this awesome facility such as a private bath with a great view that you didn’t utilise during your stay because you didn’t recognise the direction signs in the hotel?

To ensure you never get into a situation like that again, read on and learn some commonly used vocabularies and Japanese phrases before your next Japan trip!

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Saigakukan – The Best Yufuin Onsen Ryokan with Vegen Kaiseki Ryōri


If you have come to Yufuin for its onsen and the spectacular scenic view, then Yufunogo Saigakukan (柚富の郷 彩岳館) is the onsen ryokan that you don’t want to miss!

Almost all accommodations at Yufuin have onsen (hot spring baths) for their customers to enjoy. But there are only so many spots in the area that come with the backdrop of Mt. Yufu. And, the pricing of the ryokan (traditional hotel) is quite reasonable compared to other ryokans in the area (^_-)-☆.

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Your Ultimate Bike Rental Guide in Obuse Nagano

Obuse is a lovely town in Nagano prefecture that is famous for delicious chestnuts and ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai from the 18th century. And, it is on your way to Jigokudani Monkey Park (=゚ω゚)ノ.

While the main street of Obuse is within 10 minutes walk from Obuse Station, to really explore Obuse properly, you will want to be able to travel easily within a 2km radius from the station.

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The Best Machiya Inns At Kurashiki Bikan Quarter

Kurashiki Accommodation

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter during the day is awesome, but at nighttime, it is even better with the beautiful lights lining the walkways and historical buildings!

So why not stay the night? If you’ve already spent the money and made the effort to go and appreciate the beauty of Kurashiki Bikan Quarter, you’re better off making the most of your time there (think about lesser tourists and more space for yourself!) (=゚ω゚)ノ

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