Seven stars cruise train in Kyushu Japan called “Nanatsuboshi” now available exclusively by JTB The “Seven Stars in Kyushu” luxury train sets a new standard for train travel in Japan. With the rooms limited to a total of 14 suites, the train is a luxurious travelling hotel, coasting through the countryside of Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. This is a true “Cruise train”, offering the ultimate in comfort and...Read More
A group of ‘bukeyashiki’ samurai houses in ‘Chiran’, Kagoshima Prefecture, features exquisite combination of stone fences and hedges.
The feudal lord of Satsuma domain, present Kagoshima Prefecture, the main driving force of Japan’s modernization in the 19th century, didn’t station his samurai warriors in Kagoshima City, but in the many districts of the domain. Each of the samurais lived in their own settlement to rule the assigned district. ‘Chiran’ was one of them, and the old townscape dating back to the 18th century is very well preserved as shown in the first...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
Shiratani Unsuikyo is a primeval forest on Yakushima off the coast of the Kagoshima Prefecture. This forest is known for its very old Yakusuji cedar trees and tours visiting here are offered daily. There is a lot to see within the forest, so I suggest planning a whole day for your visit or taking one of the longer tour options. People argue that this is the most beautiful hiking trail in all of Japan, and it’s easy to see why!...Read More
The Meguro River, specifically the stretch located closest to Nakameguro Station, is an incredibly popular attraction for couples and families during cherry blossom season. This year, adding to the excitement of other renowned illuminations, the trees along the Meguro are adorned with bright blue lights from November 23 until December 25 (Christmas Day). Dubbed Ao no Dokutsu or “Blue Cavern,” the LED illumination along...Read More
Nobeoka City in Miyazaki Prefecture. During World War II Nobeoka was one of the most important centers of military explosives in Japan. 1945, over one-third of the city was destroyed by fire-bombings, so many of the buildings have been built in more recent years. One of the most visited remaining structures is Imayama Hachimangu (今山八幡宮), which is a small shrine on a hill. While most visitors are local Japanese, you’ll find this...Read More