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...

OTABE: Kyogashi o-tabe kudasai!

O-tabe (おたべ) is a casual, Japanese way of saying "please eat this". In our recent March/April 2016 publication, we featured Otabe, a shop that sells delicious kyogashi (京菓子, Kyoto sweets) and we thought you just had to know more about them. According to Otabe, the secret to delicious kyogashi is koshihikari rice, Hokkaido red beans, and prized spring water from Uriwari. This...

What’s in Chugoku? Vol. 1 Tottori Prefecture

Tottori Prefecture is one of the least populated prefectures in Japan. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and clear waters, it is a place that boasts an abundance of nature. Tottori City Tottori City is the capital of Tottori Prefecture. Due to its roots as a castle town, there are many historic sites dedicated to the samurai clans in the area. Tottori Castle Ruins Built...

10 Things to do in Kyoto

Kyoto is the glorious old capital of Japan that is rich in culture and tradition with an abundance of activities and sights, but here are some things you just can't miss! 1. Get decked out in Traditional Japanese wear This full yukata and kimono rental service not only rents out gorgeous pieces of traditional clothing, they also have a hair stylist,...

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 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 1 of 2)

Welcome to Volume 3 (Part 1 of 2) of What's in Chugoku! Okayama has so many charming places to visit that you will want more hours in a day to see it all. Of course, with Okayama's convenient location in the center of Western Japan, the experienced traveller can opt to take day trips to nearby prefectures with the...
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