Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park — Only One in the World

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.

5 Places You Ought to Go in Hyogo – 1 Day Itinerary

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.

How to Fall In Love with Shiga

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.

Tajimi City: There’s Life in Tiles

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.

Shibazakura — Spring Is Not All About Cherry Blossoms

The hill of Mt. Chausu Plateau (Chausuyama) serves as home for six (6) varieties of shibazakura. Elevated at 1,358 meters, these moss pink cover a wide slope (22,000 square meters) of as far as the eyes can see. From May to early June, Shibazakura Festival (Moss Pink Festival) is held when this flora is in full bloom. Festival means the flowers are at its peak, more sightseers alike and more selection of food to devour.