Miyazu, a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture is best known for one of the Three Views of Japan (日本三景, Nihon Sankei) – Amanohashidate. The 3.6 km long sandbar with the surrounding nature is one of the celebrated scenic sites in Japan that most Japanese would love to visit at least once in their life. But when one attraction being so famous, other spots that have their special charm nearby can be easily overlooked.Read more
Kobe (神戸), a fashionable port city only a 30 minutes train ride from Osaka, has many hidden gems that many international visitors aren’t aware of. As a international trading port since 1868, many choose to pass it by when they visit Kansai because the city seems to be filled with western elements that aren’t unique to Japan. But what they don’t know is, there are quite a few traditional Japanese attractions in Kobe that are worth visiting. And, even with those western inspirations, the people of Kobe have added to them their own creative spin to create an experience not available anywhere else in the world!Read more
Nunobiki Falls (布引の滝) is considered one of the Three Greatest Divine Waterfalls in Japan together with the Nachi Falls (那智の滝) in Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県) and the Kegon Falls (華厳滝) in Nikkō National Park in Tochigi Prefecture. And of course, the Nunobiki Falls was also chosen to be one of the Top 100 Waterfalls in Japan. So it might be hard to believe that such a famous waterfall is only a 10 to 15 minutes’ hike away from Shin-Kobe Station.Read more
Located in the western part of Iwate prefecture in the Northeast of Japan, Appi Kogen (安比高原) is an alluringly beautiful place for relaxing walks along the plateau from Spring to Autumn. When the region transforms into a winter wonderland, many flocks to Appi Kogen for skiing or snowboarding on its high-quality snow! (Appi Ski Resort is said to be comparable with the resorts in Hokkaido!)
If you enjoy spending time with nature and love outdoor activities, then Appi Kogen in Iwate prefecture is definitely a spot that you won’t want to miss out on (^_-)-☆.Read more
The World Heritage Shirakawagō is now a really popular tourist destination in Japan. Quite often, people will visit this fairytale-like village by catching a bus or driving from Kanazawa. Many tourists take the normal highway. But unbeknownst to them (and us when we first visited Shirakawagō), there is also a really scenic toll road that goes through the magnificent local mountain ranges that would be a shame to miss out on!Read more
The trains of the Akita Nariku Line (秋田内陸線) run in the Akita prefecture countryside. The one-carriage train that is decorated by Akitas (a breed of dog) pictures melt the passenger’s heart and the scenery from the train’s window will fill the whole carriage with clicking cameras!Read more
Maniwa City (真庭市), located in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture, is the place to be for all dairy lovers. The soft-serve ice cream and the cheese made from hundreds of Jersey cows’ milk, are the must-try especially if you plan to go to the Hiruzen Highlands!
The city is also known as one of the best places to be during the cherry blossom season. Spots such as the cherry blossom tunnel and a gigantic thousand year-old cherry blossom tree atop a hill are the places you won’t want to miss when you visit Japan in spring. There are even a few places where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms and autumn foliage at the same time (*’▽’).
And if you happen to come to Japan in summer, let the fireflies in the limestone cave or along the river astonish you at night before you rest up in your hotel room (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ.Read more