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This year at the end of May, I was fortunate enough to experience traditional rice planting in Japan. We got picked up at Hakata station, and were driven to Ukiha, which is about an hour’s drive from Fukuoka city. I’ve always imagined…

Sukimuland: take a trip back in time to Japan‘s olden days

Far from Tokyo, when you go to the southwest of Japan, to the island of Kyushu, is a small and charming area called Suki. It is part of the city of Kobayashi, in the Prefecture of Miyazaki. Miyazaki Prefecture is known for…

Island paradise: Amami Oshima

Summer is the season for sun, sea, and sand. While Japan may not be the first destination to come to mind for a beach holiday, the southern reaches of the Japanese archipelago actually boast some amazing seaside spots. For your next holiday,…

Kinosaki Onsen: An entire town that feels like its own ‘hot spring’ resort

Nishimuraya Honkan: an inn the heart of which beats with the hospitality of an old and great Japan. To reach Kansai’s famous hot spring ‘Kinosaki onsen’ takes around 2 and a half hours by train from Kyoto or 3 hours from Osaka. Hot…

The craggy peaks and ancient forests of Yakushima, and a side trip to Tanegashima

Yakushima Island, a compact, roughly circular island south of Kyushu, is an intensive, immersive nature experience. It is one of the first two UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites in Japan inscribed in 1993, and for good reason. The island is populated with…

What to Expect at a Japanese Wedding

No matter what country you are living in, if there is one tradition that is celebrated by all cultures it is the commemoration of the bond between two people: a wedding. For a European, that usually means a white dress, bouquet tossing…

Niseko Art and Craft: Where one can experience heritage and history through artistic expression

Niseko is well known for its stunning natural vistas and perfect powder snow but that is not all it has to offer. In our previous articles we let you in on some insider info on the best snowboarding and skiing, introduced you…

Kagoshima Prefecture : a land of myths and mountains and more

Kagoshima Prefecture, on the southern tip of Kyushu region, has something for everyone. It boasts mountain ranges, numerous beach islands, pristine forests, the second highest number of onsen hot springs in Japan, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (and another candidate site on…

Autumn Lighting Up Events at Rokugo Manzan: 12 Nov - 3 Dec 2016

A must-see event in Oita, Kyushu. Autumn Lighting Up events at Rokugo Manzan will be held from 12 Nov – 3 Dec 2016 in Kunisaki, Oita. – Schedule – Rezen-ji temple 霊仙寺・Jissoin 実相院・Rokusho-jinja shrine 六所神社 *all located next to each other 12NOV(Sat) Takachiho Kagura…

Insider knowledge on negating the accommodation in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan!

Niseko as a destination can be a little confusing for first-time visitors looking to make unforgettable memories in the undeniably awesome powder snow that the area is so famous for. My hope with this article is to give readers a little bit…

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