What’s in Chugoku? Vol 2. Shimane Prefecture

The volume 2 of the Chugoku series is finally here! The Shimane Prefecture is known as the Land of Gods, mainly because of the holy shrines and important places. This place is highly recommended for history buffs and sightseers.  East Shimane Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine This is one of the most important and ancient shrines in Japan located in Izumo City. This...

What’s in Chugoku? Vol 5. Yamaguchi Prefecture

Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県), the westernmost prefecture on Honshu Island, can be considered a sleepy sort of place. This area is rural compared to the rest of the Chugoku region, but still has great cultural history. The Ouchi clan, which gained power during the rise of the samurai class, imitated Kyoto's city planning, turning Yamaguchi into a historical site laid out...

What’s in Chugoku? Vol 4. Hiroshima Prefecture

While Hiroshima Prefecture is most known for being one of the prefectures that were bombed during the Pacific War, its lesser known history as the center of trade and cultural differences will make you want to return. Despite its constant exposure to trade, Hiroshima still retains much of its Japanese roots and architecture. From festivals, mountain climbing to food and...

What’s in Chugoku? Vol 3. Okayama Prefecture (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of the Okayama series! Who knew that Okayama had so many yummy food and desserts? Do try some of these as they are only available in Okayama. Food & Desserts Kibi Dango The famous Momotaro folk tale is situated in present day Okayama, and from it the kibi dango (吉備だんご, millet dumpling) was created as a specialty of...

Japan Travel & Beyond Vol. 4 – Perfect Seasonal Moments

Want to explore Japan at a leisurely pace without any worries? Try one of JTB's extensive tour packages and discover your very own perfect seasonal moment. Nagoya, Wakayama, Mie & Osaka Experience the local flavours of four of Japan’s most distinct regions. Good food and grand sights are aplenty no matter where you end up! 那智の滝 Nachi Waterfall This waterfall is located in the mountainous...

Japan Travel & Beyond Vol. 3 – Perfect Seasonal Moments

Looking to discover a side of Japan that you didn't know? Join one of JTB's extensive tour packages, where you can create your very own perfect seasonal moment. North Central Made up of the Chūbu, Tōhoku and Kantō regions, North Central Japan offers the advantage of beautiful nature unspoiled by urban development. 成田ゆめ牧場 Narita Yume Bokujyo Also known as Narita Dream Dairy Farm, this sightseeing...

9 Mind-blowing Places in Kansai – Travelog #2: Beyond Kyoto

If you missed the first part on what to do in Kyoto, please see this post! For those who wish to take a day trip out from Kyoto or other cities in Kansai, here are some good options. Uji (宇治) Apart from being known for as a city that produces excellent green tea, Uji is also home to Murasaki Shikibu (紫式部), the author...
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