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)!Read more
When the Japanese think about Aomori, apple is probably one of the first things that will pop up in their mind. Hirosaki, home to most apple productions in the country, naturally has several orchards which are great for sightseeing purposes.
The Hirosaki Apple Park (弘前市りんご公園), which is around 40 minutes by bus from JR Hirosaki Station (弘前駅), however, offers more than what normal orchards open to its visitors for. The Park is a fantastic place to learn how apple farmers grow their apples! Throughout the year, there is a range of activities such as artificial pollination and getting rid of unwanted flowers and fruit that the Park’s visitors can participate in (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ. Having said that, you can still stroll around the huge park freely!Read more
Kanazawa City (金沢市), the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, is probably the most lively city in the entire Hokuriku region (北陸地方) in the north-western part of Japan’s main island – Honshu. Producing 90% of gold leaf (金箔) in Japan, this prosperous city has its own unique culture such as the way fabrics are dyed and the Kaga Hōshō school (加賀宝生) of Noh theatre. The city is also known for the best Japanese garden in the world, which enchants its visitors throughout the year.Read more
Kurashiki City (倉敷市) is more than just the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (倉敷美観地区). Not too far from this popular attraction, there are a couple of unique spots that might excite you if you are a collector or a Japanese sword admirer. Just a 40 minute train ride away, you will be able to source Japan’s best denim from Kojima District. And, you will get one of the best views of the Seto Ōhashi Bridge (瀬戸大橋) and the Seto Inland Sea!Read more
If you enjoy strolling along the beach as the sun slowly disappears from the horizon, be sure to stop by Setouchi City (瀬戸内市) in Okayama Prefecture. The sunset you will be seeing was chosen to be one of the top 100 sunsets in Japan! If you decide to book a “sunset kayaking course”, you can even paddle your way in between the small islands scattered along the Seto Inland Sea to search for your perfect sunset viewing spot (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ.Read more
Want to appreciate the picturesque 2km gorge with cliff walls of more than 100 meters high on both riverbanks and all you need to do is relaxing on a boat? Geibikei Gorge (猊鼻渓) in Iwate Prefecture is the perfect place for you! Adding to this unforgettable experience is the traditional Japanese ballad that your boatman will be singing during the 90 minutes boat ride (≧▽≦).Read more
When you come to Beppu, a city that has a lot of steam coming out of the hot spring underground, you won’t want to miss steaming your own meal for yourself using that natural, mineral-rich steam!
One of the restaurants that provide this experience is Jigoku Mushi Kōbō Kannawa (地獄蒸し工房 鉄輪). You will be able to access it with a 20 mins bus ride from JR Beppu Station (別府駅)!
This method of steaming ingredients with the steam coming from the underground is called Jigoku Mushi (hell steam) locally. This is because the hot spring where the steam is coming from is so hot, it is like the heat of a fiery hell bubbling through the steam.
Although the name of the cuisine sounds scary, the steam not only brings out the true flavours of the food, it also adds a natural light mineral taste that compliments the ingredients nicely!Read more
Visit Japan’s biggest wasabi farm – Daiō Wasabi Farm (大王わさび農場) at Azumino city in Nagano prefecture, to taste truly authentic wasabi!
You are probably thinking, well, we have got that green spicy stuff in the Japanese restaurant in my neighborhood. But, do you know over 95% of wasabi served in Japanese restaurants doesn’t contain any real wasabi? This is still the case even in Japan, the country that claims to include wasabi in its cuisine Σ(ﾟДﾟ).Read more
Heard of a denim kimono? Dress in one before you start posing everywhere at Kurashiki Bikan Quarters!
Here at Kurashiki Kimono Komachi (倉敷着物こまち) you will be able to experience this uncommon fusion. With just 5,500 yen (tax excluded), you will be able to enjoy all what Okayama Prefecture has to offer – both the denim and the Japanese culture.Read more
The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (倉敷美観地区), also known as Japan’s “Little Venice”, is a historical area comprising classical Japanese architecture with a few outside influences such as the Ohara Museum of Art, which looks like a Greek temple. It is situated along the Kurashiki River in the Okayama Prefecture. The Kurashiki River was originally used as a canal approximately 400 years ago. With the canal surrounded by unique traditional Japanese housing, it isn’t just one of the main attractions for tourists visiting Okayama Prefecture, but also a popular Japanese drama/movie shooting location!
With a variety of shops, eateries & galleries in the area, you can easily spend a whole day here without getting bored (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ.Read more