It’s the only place in the world where monkeys bathe in hot springs. It’s truly a marvel to see first-hand how these mammals behave under such extreme low temperature. These wild monkeys are specifically called Japanese macaques or “snow monkeys” and naturally inhabit this area in northern Nagano through the ages.
Planning one’s itinerary for this vast area was so difficult like choosing a favorite book out of the thousands read for a bookworm. (Well, honestly, not really.) It was just hard to choose where to go bearing in mind we only have 3 full days to stray around. Still, we’re assured this trip will definitely be memorable ‘coz why not? Hokkaido, as well as Japan as a whole, never disappoints.
As Japan has been hit by a record-breaking heat wave which affected thousands of residents this summer, I wanted to … More
Hyogo prefecture is part of Kansai region in Honshu island. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX), located in Osaka. This itinerary was a full-packed one; starting the day early and ending it late. It’s a beautiful prefecture and I recommend it to include in your itinerary if you are visiting Kansai region. Here’s the list of places to go if it’s your first time in Hyogo.
I acknowledge the truth that I need sea breeze and salty gust once in a while. And so, during my spring break this year, last March, I had driven 144kms (times 2) to Tahara City in Aichi to be familiar again of the comforting feeling only the sea can give.
Shiga is an underrated prefecture in Japan that needs to be recognized, too. Only few were written about this area yet there are much more to see on this part of Japan. This is because its neighboring prefecture, Kyoto, usually takes the limelight when it comes to tourism. Only about 0.02% of the total tourists visited Shiga in 2000 – a fact from Mr. Wiki. I hope I can convince you to have a stopover at Shiga while you are in the country after reading this.
The best thing about living in Japan is the abundance of sceneries the country can offer each season. It will never run out of places to visit and will still let you feel the same anticipation every time the season starts to change.
For this year, a visit to Korankei in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture is part of the list as it is widely known for Momiji Matsuri or Maple Tree Festival. It is a valley near Nagoya that known to be one of the best spots for autumn colors in Chubu region.
Fuji san is Japan’s tallest mountain. It bestrides the boundary of Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures but you can also view it at some part of Tokyo if you’re lucky since it’s just 100 kms from the city. Mt. Fuji is a solitary beauty that become so popular to both Japanese and foreign tourists. This admired peak is 3,776 meters in height and rises above villages, sea and lakes – adding beauty to its exquisiteness.
Oftentimes than not, theme parks don’t appeal to me as it becomes too crowded and every ride or attraction has never-ending line just to get inside. “No pain, no gain” as they say. But thanks to my sister, we had a family trip in USJ that’s not too tiring and worth to recommend.
When local tile production was starting to decline in 1995, a few volunteers started building a collection of rescued and other “mosaic tiles”. They salvaged buildings earmarked for demolition and asked product samples from tile factories set to close down. They felt the need of the local tile industry to maintain pride in its manufacturing heritage and to continue this legacy in the coming years.