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Apple Season in Nagano

Apple Season in Nagano


Posted By on Nov 3, 2015

From the United States to Japan, many people associate certain foods with autumn. As autumn begins, persimmons come to supermarkets and restaurant dishes throughout Japan. In the US, people look forward to pumpkin-flavored cakes, cookies, drinks and everything in between. Apples, it seems, are a shared interest among many countries. While convenience stores and grocery stores make it easy to purchase apples for cooking or enjoying as...

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We have created “Must see places in Japan”  Top 40 lists. Here is No.1 through No.10. No.1 Fushimi Inari, Kyoto No.2 Kanazawa, Ishikawa No.3 Todaiji Temple, Nara No.4 Asakusa Sensoji, Tokyo No.5 Mr. Fuji, Shizuoka and Yamanashi No.6 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima No.7 Shirakawago, Gifu No.8 Miyajima, Hiroshima No.9 Takayama, Gifu No.10 Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Let’s find out No.11 trought No. 40....

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Three Reasons to Visit: Yamanashi

Three Reasons to Visit: Yamanashi


Posted By on Oct 17, 2015

Yamanashi prefecture, some 120 km from Tokyo, is known for its traditional foods, fruit picking, and wineries. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji while eating delicious, high-quality foods year-long. With the convenience of trains, it’s easy to take a short trip out to Yamanashi to relax and enjoy fresh produce.   1. Fruit Known for its bounty of seasonal fruit, Yamanashi is the prefecture to visit year round...

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Three Reasons to Visit Niigata

Three Reasons to Visit Niigata


Posted By on Sep 28, 2015

Located north of Nagano about 4 hours driving from Tokyo, Niigata is a calm, beautiful prefecture that is often overlooked by international visitors. Why visit Niigata? Here are three reasons why Niigata is a great addition to your Japan itinerary. 1. Sado Island Sado Island, about an hour by ferry from Niigata City, is an adventure in itself. From the gold mines to the fresh food, Sado Island is a small treasure. Renting a car is a...

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Throughout major Japanese cities, such as Shinjuku (Tokyo), or Mito (Ibaraki), a traveler might be surprised to find that smack in the middle of the city, there lie beautiful, hidden gardens, separating nature and wildlife from the bustling city. Such is the case with Kanazawa Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, alongside Kairaku-en and Kouraku-en. So, what does one of these “isolated” gardens have to...

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One Day in: Iida

One Day in: Iida


Posted By on Sep 23, 2015

24 hours on the clock. Welcome to Iida, Nagano. Hidden in the mountains, deep in the Tenryu River valley, lies the sprawling city of Iida, Nagano. From elevated scenic views to rolling fields of rice, Iida is home to beautiful nature, people, and culture. Reaching Iida by car is the most convenient way; buses are also available from Tokyo which take about 5 hours. While a visit to Iida is slower and more relaxed than one to a major...

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