Culture/History | Travel

History of Yutenji temple

Feels like the entire world is under the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic; but we saw beautiful cherry blossoms this past Spring in the Yutenji temple area like we have seen many times in the past. Located not too far from the Yutenji station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line, the temple of the Pure […]

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Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu

If you are in Tokyo and want to see Japanese drum (“Taiko”) show while enjoying good Japanese Izakaya food, then please try Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu. It is a chain of restaurants with more than ten locations in Tokyo. You may have already heard about the restaurant as the restaurant was the model location for a fighting […]

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Nezu museum

Where is Nezu museum? The Nezu museum is located close to Omotesando Station, one of Tokyo’s most trendy and fashionable area in Tokyo. With beautiful Japanese garden right next to the museum, the place is truly an urban oasis in Tokyo. The first owner of the museum was Kaichiro Nezu, president of the Tobu railway […]

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Kawara Soba

What is Kawara Soba? In Shimonoseki city of Yamaguchi prefecture, there is a local cuisine called “Kawara Soba” which consists of tea noodle soba and various toppings that are served on a heated roof tile. The “Kawara” is the tile which is used as the roof of traditional Japanese houses. The ingredients used as toppings […]

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Kozanji Temple

Where is Kozanji Temple? Kozanji Temple which was built during the Kamakura era (1185-1333) as Rinzai school temple is located in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi prefecture. There is another Kozanji in Kyoto but it is different from the one in Yamaguchi. In 1557, When Yoshinaga Ouchi, a 16th-century Kyushu warrior who served as the official head of […]

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When to visit Japan?

If you are planning to visit Japan, you may wonder when is the best time to do so. As you may know, Japan has four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. You can enjoy each season in different ways. For example, in Spring, if you are in Japan between March and April, the chances are […]

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Yamaguchi – Senjojiki

Where is Senjojiki? Located in Nagato city in Yamaguchi prefecture at an altitude of 330 meters, Senjojiki is a field of grass where you can observe a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan. The scenery changes every season with lots of different kinds of flowers. It is also a great place to enjoy outdoor […]

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Yakatabune Boat Cruises

What is Yakatabune? Yakatabune is a unique Japanese-style wooden tour boat which is good for sightseeing as you can see quite a few famous spots in Tokyo from the boat while sailing along the river. Yakatabune is normally not that big and has over the centuries hosted dinner parties where guests can mingle and socialize […]

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Shibuya Scramble Square

Shibuya Scramble Square is a large-scale complex and the tallest building in Shibuya which opened in November 2019. If you want to look over the famous Shibuya crossing (like a picture below), Shibuya Sky, an observation area on the 47th floor of the building rising 229 meters above the city of Shibuya, is the best […]

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