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
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
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
Hashima (端島) is an uninhabited island 9 miles from Nagasaki. Commonly called Gunkanjima (軍艦島), or “Battleship Island”, the island’s nickname came from its apparent resemblance to Japanese battleship Tosa. It is one of 505 uninhabited islands near Nagasaki, although it was habited from 1887 until 1974 as a coal mining facility for Mitsubishi. At its peak more than 5,000 people lived on this small island, which is only 150m wide by 480m...Read More
(Day 1 & 2) Honolulu – Fukuoka Despite the typhoon approaching on its way to Japan, we didn’t have much turbulence also no rain in Fukuoka. Yay!! First meal in Fukuoka – tonkotsu ramen (pork base soup). (Day 3) Fukuoka – Imari – Arita – Nagasaki We are in Saga pref. today and visit Imari and Arita town where it’s known for porcelain. As I get older I find myself admire and...Read More
Francisco Xavier, a well-known missionary from the Society of Jesus, departed from Goa, India, for Kagoshima, Japan, in 1549.
Born of an aristocrat in Spain, Francisco Xavier established the Society of Jesus in Paris in 1534. The Society of Jesus, which was organized for the propagation of the Christian religion into the world, was engaged in the missionary work particularly in Asian countries, based in Goa, India. Francisco Xavier visited Japan in 1549 and stayed here for two years, since he was very interested in Japanese culture. He heard about Japan...Read More