A chaya (茶屋) means tea house in Japanese. Although it is a “tea” house, alcohol is served to its customers. It used to be home to beautiful and talented Geishas (芸者), who are masters of various traditional Japanese arts such as Buyō (舞踊) and Shamisen (三味線), which are the Japanese traditional dance and Japanese guitar. […]
For those who will be sightseeing in Kanazawa in kimono or are passionate about the samurais, make sure Nagamachi Samurai District (長町武家屋敷跡) is on your itinerary. You will blend in perfectly into the samurai’s houses in the background! Also, the district isn’t just about the traditional houses that the samurais called them home. It is
Amongst The Three Great Gardens of Japan, Kenrokuen Garden (兼六園) in Kanazawa is probably the most famous (with the other two being the Kōrakuen (後樂園) in Okayama Prefecture and the Kairakuen (偕樂園) in Ibaraki Prefecture). This National Place of Scenery Beauty is practically the symbol of the city, if not the entire Ishikawa Prefecture!
If you enjoy walking along a beach, don’t miss out on Kuroshima Venus Road (黒島ヴィーナスロード), which connects Kuroshima Island (黒島) with Nakanoko Island (中ノ小島) and the Hashinokojima Island (端ノ小島) in Okayama Prefecture. When the tide is low, a romantic sandy road will appear that connects the three islands located in the Ushimadoseto Strait (牛窓瀬戸). And
If you admire pottery, you will definitely want Bizen City (備前市) in Okayama Prefecture to be on your itinerary. You can easily spend a whole day strolling through all the pottery shops scattered around JR Imbe Station. We are sure that you will find some exquisite pieces of artwork that you would like to own.
If you are in Okayama Prefecture‘s Bizen City, how about taking a detour to experience the countryside? Driving along the windy road and slowly climbing up the mountain, your field of vision will suddenly widen! Located at an altitude of 400 meters, the Hattōji Furusato Village (八塔寺ふるさと村) was where Buddhism used to prosper as much
The Chūbu Region (中部地方), located in the center of Japan’s main island – Honshu (本州), is one of the most scenic parts of Japan. The best thing about the Chūbu Region is that many of its stunning destinations are located quite near each other. And there are multiple discounted transportation tickets and passes for you
Since its listing on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995, Shirakawa-gō (白川郷), also spelt as Shirakawagō in Gifu Prefecture, has been considered one of the most popular getaway spots in Japan. Located in a remote mountainous region in central Japan, the villages and their people were known to be isolated and hidden from the
Hida Furukawa (飛騨古川), a quaint, unassuming town, has become a lot more lively since Makoto Shinkai’s movie – Your Name (君の名は) hit the theater. The town serves as the inspiration behind many iconic scenes from the film! It can be accessed just two stations away from Hida Takayama City, a popular tourist destination in its
Takayama City in Gifu Prefecture is one of the destinations that most people won’t miss when the Chūbu region (中部地方) is on their itinerary. Commonly referred to as Hida Takayama (飛騨高山), the city is conveniently located close to a couple of famous tourist spots such as Shirakawa-gō, Kamikōchi, Kanazawa, and Hida Furukawa (for those who