Situated at Sai on the southern tip of Shimokita’s axe-shaped peninsula is an elegant rock formation known locally as Hotoke-ga-Ura. This nationally designated Natural Monument derives its name from the wind carved cliffs that resemble the stoic supreme Buddha. Although Aomori is renowned for its snowy landscape, Hotoke-ga-Ura serves as a reminder that northern Japan has beauty to offer all year round. Visitors who wish to see...Read More
Places not many will visit
Okunoshima is an island once used as a fishing village, hidden in plain sight and selected for its defensive location by the Japanese military; it has since been re-purposed, but is a great site for sight seeing, as it has a beautiful landscape, view, tons of rabbits, and urban decay. So what is it like going to Okunoshima? See what Chris from You Should Visit Japan has to say below! When 日本人 in America ask me where I have been in...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
Tomonoura is a cozy port town you’ll find in the bay of the Seto Inland Sea within the Hiroshima prefecture. A part of the Setonaikai National park, Tomonoura is about two hours away from Hiroshima city; remaining largely untouched by time since its establishment, Tomonoura is quite the hidden gem. Much like many of the towns built during the construction of the railroads in the United States, like Yermo in California, you’ll find a...Read More
‘Kitanomaru Koen’ park is located in the very heart of Tokyo to be an urban oasis thickly covered with green.
Being adjacent to the Imperial Palace and the main building site of Edo Castle, Kitanomaru Koen park used to be the premises of the Tayasu Tokugawa family and Shimizu Tokugawa family in the Edo period in the 18th century. After the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century, when Japan’s modernization started, the Imperial Guard Division was established here. Present Kitanomaru Park was built to be opened to the public...Read More
Visitors to Japan often come because of the stories they’ve heard or the food they look forward to consuming. Comic book lovers, professionals on business travels, and students on exchange make up another large percentage of visitors. Another, though less common, group is the fan community: those who chase down their favorite artists and explore filming locations, experience concerts, and dine at their idol’s favorite...Read More