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There are more than 50.000 ryokan in Japan, one of them is the Iya Onsen Hotel located in Shikoku. I got the chance to stay there for two nights and I would like to share my fantastic experience with you!   What…

What is a Ryokan?

A ‘ryokan’ is a traditional Japanese style inn and more than 50,000 can be found in Japan. It is common for ryokan to have ‘tatami’ flooring, a traditional rice straw matting. Guests sleep on ’futon’ bedding that will be set out by…

Extraordinary Tokyo in 24 hours by Anne Mortensen

Tokyo has an incredible amount to offer a visitor. A whole week can easily zoom by if you want to delve deep into the contrasting districts. But, if you have only 24 hours you can still squeeze in some of the city’s…

Niseko’s snow is off the scale and out of this world!

If you are thinking winter holiday and loads of natural snow is an essential item on your wish list, then Niseko is your ideal destination. My name is Paul Haggart, and I am a Tourism Strategy Manager at the Niseko Town Council,…

Niseko Japan: An inside scoop

Amidst Hokkaido’s largely unspoilt nature, Niseko Japan appealed to me as a place to live & work because of the ideal balance it manages to find between rural tranquility and global vibrancy. Niseko has evolved into an internationally friendly tourist destination while…

10 Things I’m REALLY Going to Miss About Japan by Sara Burgess

10 Things I’m REALLY Going to Miss About Japan 10. Trains Trains that travel at over 200 mph, are silent, smooth, clean, comfortable to travel in and run on time to the second. 9. Green tea That EVERYTHING seems to have green…

Things to do in Kochi, Shikoku

It was not enough days to enjoy Kochi this time! 1.Visiting one of only 12 remaining Japanese castles Kochi city is the capital of Kochi prefecture which is located in Shikoku Island, facing the Pacific Ocean. We had an opportunity to visit…

Why Japan? by Nigel Watts

I first became interested in Japan when I started work on a client’s garden in Battersea, London. Until then my aesthetic revolved around the classic Italian tradition of straight lines, box hedging and symmetry. As I started to explore Japanese gardens a…

Setsubun – the day before the beginning of spring in Japan

Today, the 3rd of February is Setsubun, the traditional last day of winter. From the end of the Edo period, people come to expel their bad luck and many Shrines & Temples host the Setsubun Festival all over Japan. At Fukuoka, you…

The porcelain produced in Arita (Arita ware)

Japanese porcelain was first produced in the early 17th century in Arita, Saga prefecture located in the northern part of Kyushu. When Hideyoshi Toyotomi the ruler of Japan at that time, sent his army to invade Korea in the end of the…

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