Tohoku is a stunningly beautiful place, yet even by this notion, Matsushima Bay stands out as an especially beautiful location. This beautiful bay in the Miyagi prefecture of Tohoku is named rather simply: Matsu meaning “pine” and Shima meaning “island” indicative of its pine trees and the 260 islands that can be found here. One of the three Nihon Sankei (three most beautiful views of Japan), Matsushima bay is...Read More
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Spring time is the most popular time to visit in Japan! Among the most popular reasons to visit Japan in the spring, and perhaps the most famous signature of spring are the sakura (Cherry Blossom Trees). Sakura in Japan have a deep and long history, romanticized by the Samurai, they are often viewed as an allegory of life—beautiful, yet ephemeral. Every year, people come from all over the world just to see this wonderful sight, but...Read More
Around this time of the year, the scenic drift ice can be observed up north, in the Okhotsk Sea of Hokkaido.The season starts as early as January when the huge flat island of ice that are built up over the months in the arctic ocean comes wandering down to Okhotsk. The ice pack then gradually gets crushed into bits, forming a ripple of ice, creating a breathtaking natural winter art piece. The best season is considered to be...Read More
If you’re interested in going to Japan, or you’ve been numerous times, chances are that you’re familiar with what a Ryokan is. On the other hand, you’re probably also aware that Ryokan have beautiful, but limited facilities in comparison to hotels. Both Ryokans and hotels in Japan allow you to live in the lap of luxury, but which one is right for you? For many of us, such as me, it’s both! There are things to consider for your next...Read More