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Japan Alps Art Festival 2017

May 19, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

While the area is famous for hiking in summer and skiing in winter, when one thinks of the mountanous prefecture of Nagano, art isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind. However, this preconception may be about to change. Up in the northwest of the prefecture, from early June to the end of July, the […]

Museum of Yebisu Beer, Tokyo

May 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

  In 1887, the Japan Beer Brewery Company cleared an area of farmland in order to build a brewery where they would make, using German methods, their new premium beer, Yebisu. In the intervening years, the area which came to be named after the beer (rather than the commonly held belief that it was the […]

Day Trips From Tokyo – Kamakura, the Kyoto of the East

April 17, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When tourist destinations claim to ‘have it all’, you can generally presume that this is short hand for ‘there are a few things that are okay, but nothing of particular great note’. However, when it comes to Kamakura, a city with abundant nature, fantastic food, sports and an illustrious historical heritage, it is hard to deny that claim. […]

Family Fun in Tokyo at Yomiuri Land Amusement Park

October 20, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

While the sprawling Disney resort is the most famous amusement park in the Tokyo area it is by no means the only one. Just thirty minutes outside of central Tokyo you can also find Yomiuri Land. While not as immense as its neighbor Disney, but Yomiuri Land is still an excellent day out, particularly if you […]

Outdoor Pools Around Tokyo

July 23, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

As you are probably by now only too well aware, summer certainly swelters here in Japan. This of course brings a multitude of problems, such as how to deal with with hot and sticky public transport, which isotonic sports drink to chug to replace lost minerals due to continuous sweating, and how you can drag yourself away […]