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Koyo, or Fall Colors in Tokyo

October 16, 2017 by Jason Gatewood

One great thing about Japan is that the splendor of all four seasons can be appreciated wherever you live. And this heightened awareness of seasonal beauty is complemented nicely by Japan’s plentiful mountains, forests, beaches, and even a desert (!) meaning that a change of scenery is a simple train or bus ride away. In […]

The Danjiri Matsuri in Osaka is a Multi-Generational Thrill Show

September 14, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Autumn means the biggest event of the year for the southern Osaka city of Kishiwada – the Danjiri Matsuri. Danjiri are large wooden carts inside which religious tenets declare gods reside. The point of the festival is to honor the gods by having fleets of neighborhood men pull the carts – some of which can […]

What’s on in Yokohama, October 2017

September 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Just a short jaunt from Tokyo, despite being the second biggest city in the country and only 20 minutes from the craziness of the capital, Yokohama manages to retain a sense of peace, neighborhood atmosphere and charm that makes it an excellent destination for a day trip to escape the hustle and bustle. As well as […]

Hatchiman Matsuri, One of Japan’s Most Beautiful Festivals in Enchanting Takayama

September 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Located in Gifu Prefecture, and surrounded by some of Japan’s richest natural areas  just below the famous Northern Alps, Takayama is some what isolated and distant.  This isolation allowed the city to develop its own distinct culture that combines that of nearby Edo (modern day Tokyo) and Kyoto’s into a new and interesting way. It also […]

Family Friendly Halloween Activities in Tokyo

September 11, 2017 by Ray Proper

Once upon a time in Tokyo, celebrating Halloween meant dressing up in a costume and riding the Yamanote Line around the center of town drinking heavily and being unruly. Other than that weirdness, you really couldn’t tell October 31st from November 3rd, or any other average day here in Japan.  More recently though, times have changed […]

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