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
Places not many will visit
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
Osaka Prefecture (大阪府; Osaka-fu) is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方; Kansai-chiho) on Honshu, the main island of Japan. Despite being one of the smallest prefectures area-wise, it boasts an impressive amount of cities. Thirty-three to be exact; with the most famous being it’s capital city of the same name– Osaka. After Tokyo, it’s the second largest city in Japan with 24 wards. Filled with diverse neighborhoods and a vibrant street...Read More
Located in Saitama Prefecture, Hitsujiyama Park literally translates to “Sheep Mountain Park”. Tourists come from all over Japan to see this park come springtime. Why? Well, with a name like that you would expect there to be sheep everywhere, but there aren’t. So if it isn’t sheep bringing people to this park, then what is it? It’s flowers! Shibazakura, or “lawn cherry blossoms” are cute pink...Read More