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  • Ryu-Gu-Kutsu and Toji Sand Slopes

    Posted on October 22, 2014 by in All, Shizuoka
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    Ryu-Gu-Kutsu, or the Cave of Dragon Palace, is located along the rugged coastline of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture, not far from the picturesque town of Shimoda. From above, the cave is a ragged heart cut-out as if stamped by a cookie cutter into rock. From inside, it is a cave of wonders filled […]

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  • Quiet Seaside City Draws Visitors Year-Round

    Posted on October 18, 2014 by in All, Shizuoka
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    Shimoda, once a bustling port city, is now a quiet town in which to spend a tranquil day by the sea. Everything seems to move more slowly by the seaside city. It’s no wonder visitors travel from far away to relax for a weekend in this sleepy town. The views of the seas from viewpoints […]

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  • When in Kyoto, Visit the Overlooked Miidera Temple

    Posted on October 15, 2014 by in All, Kansai/Kinki, Shiga, Sightseeing-recommended places
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    When it comes to the Kansai region, most tourists only end up visiting Kyoto and Osaka when traveling in Japan. However, Kansai is rather large with a lot to explore. Otsu City is an area that deserves more attention and it’s only located 30 minutes by train from Kyoto. One of the main points of […]

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    Toyama Castle and the Toyama Kyodo Hakubutsukan

    Posted on October 14, 2014 by in Castle, Chubu, Toyama
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    Toyama Castle (富山城), also known as Azumi Castle, is a flatland castle located in Toyama city. While most people might not travel out of their way to visit this castle, it is located just a few minutes walk from Toyama Station. Jinbo Nagamoto originally constructed Toyama Castle in 1543 as the residence of Maeda clan, who were […]

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  • Spending a Day Exploring Toyama

    Posted on October 13, 2014 by in All, Toyama
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    Toyama is a city rarely visited by foreign tourists, although it is a popular destination for locals, especially in the Takayama area. While many people come to enjoy larger shopping malls and a more varied assortment of restaurants than what they have back in Takayama, there are other places of interest that make Toyama a […]

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