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

Top Three Views of Japan 日本三景- Selected by the Japanese many centuries ago, the 日本三景 offer the Top 3 Best Views in Japan

The Three Views of Japan Hello friends, today we would like to introduce to you our trips to 3 awesome places in Japan! There are many Top list of destinations in Japan. There are top three gardens, top three night views, top ten temples, top three snow festivals, and etc. But the most famous of …

Japan Kyushu Places of Interest Visiting

A stopover at Cape Manzamo in Okinawa, the Elephant Trunk shape natural cliff overseeing the Sea of Japan

On our way from Naha to the Churaumi Aquarium at the northern part of Okinawa island, we decided to make a pit stop and visit the Cape Manzamo (万座毛). Manzamo sports a big plain of grassland facing the East China Sea. The name literally means a space for ten thousand people to sit in and accordingly …

Featured Japan Places of Interest Tohoku Visiting

Sendai Tsunami Memorial Community Center Visit – Take a journey down that fateful event and see how Japanese cope with the disaster

Year 2011 was significant for JR Vacation as we commenced our first Japan vacation on that year and have never looked back since. I remembered receiving many worrying comments about the planned vacation as it took place just a few months after The Great East Japan Earthquake. Finally, on our 18th vacation to Japan, we …

Featured Japan Places of Interest Tohoku Visiting

Beautiful Winter at Geibikei Gorge, Tohoku – Taking a boat ride down the Gorge, feeding ducks, and enjoying traditional Japan singing

After our maiden hike at Yamadera (you may refer to our previous post here), we ventured into another first time: a winter boat ride down the Satetsu River to view Geibikei Gorge in Iwate Prefecture. The 2 kilometer Geibikei Gorge is a designated “National Place of Scenic Beauty”, as well as one of the “100 …

Featured Japan Places of Interest Tohoku Visiting

Winter Hike at Yamadera, Tohoku Region with tips

Shortly after a warm welcome into 2018, JR Vacation reached a new milestone! We embarked on our first winter hike at Yamadera! It was an exhilarating experience, as well as one of the most memorable highlights of our recent Tohoku winter trip. A little background about Yamadera: Located northeast of Yamagata City, Yamadera (literally translated …

First Timer Food Japan Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe) Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Shopping Shopping malls and streets Street food and fast food Visiting

Celebrating New Year’s Day (Ganjitsu) in Japan

1st January, New Year’s Day also known as Ganjitsu is the most important holiday in Japan. For your information, Gan means “beginning” and Jitsu means “Day”. Ganjitsu is a joyous holiday that marks a new and fresh beginning into the year. After your New Year’s Eve countdown (you may refer to another entry here: New Year’s Eve Countdown Options in Japan), you may want …

Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Visiting

Autumn Flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park near Tokyo

The beauty of Japanese flower fields is widely acclaimed and you are able to enjoy stunning colourful natural flower landscape at Hitachi Seaside Park, which is located just less than 2 hours away from Tokyo! Hitachi Seaside Park is situated on the Pacific Ocean side of the Japanese coast and is home to beautiful flower blooms …

Cafe First Timer Food Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Shopping Shopping malls and streets Themed cafes Visiting

Night Activities in Tokyo for Non-Clubbers

First-time visitors to Tokyo who have just finished dinner are often surprised and disappointed to find shops and malls closing as early as 8pm to 8.30pm. Now feeling re-energized after dinner and you are ready for 1 more activity/place to visit before calling it a day.  If you are a late owl yet a non-clubber, …

Hokkaido Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Farm Tomita, Furano Hokkaido, Japan Summer

If you are visiting Hokkaido between July to September, I will highly recommend you to include Farm Tomita in Furano in your itnerary! You will be amazed by the gorgeous views of their purple carpet of lavender and other colourful flower fields during this blooming season! Preview of the picturesque views: In July: Full bloom of …

Chubu Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route full day itinerary

We have always heard so much and seen many spectacular views of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, especially the classic snow wall but have never gotten to visit it as we were previously travelling to the more typical touristy destinations. With this longer break, we had purposely planned our itinerary to include the Alpine Route, which was …