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Featured Japan Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe) Places of Interest Visiting

Kinkakuji – The Golden Pavilion Zen Temple in Kyoto

Kinkakuji (金閣寺) is one of the many top tourist attractions in Kyoto. This Zen temple is 3 storey high with the top 2 covered with gold leaf, making it an absolute beauty together with the surrounding pond and greenery. We visited Kinkakuji on a sunny summer day using the Kyoto area pass that allow unlimited …

Japan Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe) Places of Interest Visiting

Kinosaki Onsen 城崎温泉 – The Town with 7 Baths in Hyogo

Located at the northern coast of Japan is the charming Kinosaki Onsen Town that is hugely popular among residents in Hyogo, Kyoto, and even Osaka. With a river canal running across the town surrounded by nearby mountains, this onsen town is one of the best place in Japan for visitors to experience the unique japanese …

Chubu Japan Places of Interest Shopping Shopping malls and streets Visiting

Nagashima Resort in Nagoya – Nagashima Spaland Amusement Park

The Nagashima Spaland and Resort and  located just outside of Nagoya city area is a huge visitor’s attraction suitable for everyone. Consisting of 5 major facilities; Nagashima Spaland Theme Park Nagashima Water Park Mitsui Outlet Nagashima Hot Spring Spa Nabana No Sato Flower Park On this day, we only had time to visit the themepark, …

Japan Kyushu Places of Interest Visiting

Okinawa Ryukyu Mura 沖縄 琉球村 – ONE PIECE Village for all Luffy fans

On our second trip to Okinawa, we were fortunate to discover a special One Piece event in the Ryukyu Mura. Now, the Ryukyu Mura is a small theme park about Okinawan Ryukyu tradition and culture, not the most interesting place for us. The main attraction for us is, of course, the special One Piece event …

Castle Japan Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe) Visiting

Takeda Castle 竹田城跡 – The Machu Picchu of Japan

I’m sure fans of Hayao Miyazaki will be familiar with this animated film. The Takeda Castle is referred as Japan’s Machu Picchu by local residents as it seems to be floating in the air and therefore looks like the castle in the famous animated film. And this is the main reason why we decided to …

Cafe Food Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Themed cafes Visiting

Tokyo One Piece Tower – Theme park and Cafe

We finally visited the biggest permanent theme park featuring the insanely popular manga One Piece at Tokyo Tower at the third attempt. At the first visit, the attraction was closed for renovation and we missed it again the second time on New Year’s Day eve when it closed early. Known as “Tokyo One Piece Tower”, …

Featured Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Visiting

Comiket Cosplay at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba

Cosplay is a unique and popular culture in Japan where Cosplayers (participants) dressed up as a character from comics, anime, movies, video games etc. It’s quite phenomenal and impressive viewing these cosplayers and the details they put into their costume role-playing. In Tokyo, you can sometimes see cosplayers in action on every Sunday at Yoyogi …

Featured Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Visiting

Hundreds of Maneki Neko at Gotokuji Temple, Tokyo

Let’s pay tribute to the most famous feline – maneki neko at Gotokuji Temple in Japan! It is International Cat Day today! We all love maneki neko, be it the beckoning (paw) call or the auspicious significant it carries, fondly known as 招财猫 (means cat which attracts fortune). The visit to Gotokuji Temple was a spectacular …

Chubu Japan Places of Interest Visiting

A trip to Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa

We are not really park or nature lovers, and only happened to visit Kenrokuen Garden after a trip to the nearby Kanazawa Castle. Being one of Japan’s “Top 3 most beautiful landscape garden” Kenrokuen (兼六園) sits on the former spacious Kanazawa castle ground and is carefully maintained by the local authorities. On this hot summer day, …

Event Japan Japan Talk Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Visiting

Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo

JR Vacation says… Summer is incomplete without viewing hanabi (fireworks)! Our first hanabi viewing was in Summer 2015 at The Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo. Many Japanese dressed up in Yukata and were at site way in advanced, placing their picnic mats in a very orderly manner. We were watching it from across on …