Sightseeing

Women-Only Accommodation Plan At Tokyo Hotel Lets Guests Take Home A Full Yukata Set

2017-05-19 04:39

Female travelers looking for a place to stay in Tokyo this summer are in luck, because guests staying at the Rihga Royal Hotel from July 1st to September 30th will get to take home a complete yukata set after enjoying a luxuriously spent vacation. This special summer accommodation plan is for women only, and is extremely popular among travelers every year. Source: PR Times Needless to say, the main feature of the Girls Yukata Stay plan is the full yukata set that guests are given for free. The 7-piece set includes a yukata, obi (sash), geta sandals, koshi-himo (narrow sash), obi-ita (thin stiffening board), bag, and an instruction manual explaining…


Aoshima: A Look Into Japan’s Feral “Cat Island”

2017-05-19 02:03

In 2001, Warner Bros. Entertainment unleashed the box office hit Cats & Dogs, which highlights the intense and seemingly never-ending rivalry between cats and dogs. In the movie, cats seek to end this rivalry once and for all by scheming a plan for world domination. While the plot is rather far-fetched, that plan seems to have come to fruition on Japan’s Aoshima Island, otherwise known as “Neko no Shima” or “Cat Island” where the cat to human population is six to one. Source: YouTube Sandwiched between Ehime and Yamaguchi prefectures in the Iyonada Sea, Aoshima is an island spanning a mere 1.6 kilometers. While Aoshima was once home to 900…


Photographer’s Journey Through Japan During Cherry Blossom Season Turns Into A Fairy Tale

2017-05-09 12:09

Japan’s cherry blossom (sakura) season has pretty much wrapped up, giving way to increasingly warmer weather and the looming rainy season. However, for as long as those beautiful sakura bloomed, those in Japan were able to enjoy a bevy of cherry blossomed themed snacks and drinks, as well as truly stunning nighttime sakura scenery. If you’re ever lucky enough to travel to Japan during cherry blossom season, you’ll also be able to partake in hanami (cherry blossom viewing) that seems to leave no part of the country untouched by brilliant color. Russian photographer and engineer Kristina Makeeva recently went on a trip to Japan that may be the best proof…


Kamakura Sea Glows A Breathtaking Blue At Night Due To High Concentrations Of Plankton

2017-05-08 04:00

Even seasoned surfers riding the waves of the Kamakura waters were surprised to find that over the past few days, the familiar sea had been colored red during the day and a haunting blue after sunset. This natural phenomenon, which often occurs with high concentrations of plankton and warm waters, has since made the already popular destination busy with spectators deep into the night. Although red tide is known to reduce nutrients in the water, and is thus potentially hazardous to marine life, the bioluminescence it exhibits when dark makes it almost difficult to imagine that it could do such harm to the ocean creatures. Fortunately for those who weren’t…


The Dos and Don’ts Of Climbing Mt. Fuji

2017-04-28 03:49

Being able to reach the summit of Mt. Fuji has landed on numerous bucket lists from people all over the world. Chris Broad of Abroad in Japan joins his friend on a somewhat ill-planned yet hilarious journey to the top discovering tips to share with his viewers so that they can have an enjoyable experience. Although several things went wrong during the eight-hour climb, Broad’s characteristic wit and adaptability to any situation provide an entertaining learning experience for his viewers. The climbing season in Japan is only for a few weeks during the summertime, so Mt. Fuji is packed with amateurs through seasoned climbers hoping to catch a glimpse of…


New Japanese Drifting Hotel Lets You Explore The Setouchi Inland Sea

2017-04-28 03:52

While Japan has its share of gimmick hotels such as the now famous Robot Hotel with velociraptors, many seek to take advantage of their unique surrounding scenery to accommodate guests, as seen with Hokkaido’s ice hotel and an entire Tokyo town that doubles as a hotel. Rich with lush scenery, distinct local cuisine, and vibrant culture, hotels around the Setouchi inland sea have a lot of inspiration to draw from. A new hotel by the name of Guntu is deciding not to limit you to any one attraction, however, as it will operate as a floating hotel that drifts around Setouchi inland sea. Source: Guntu While one might not think…


Tokyo Tower Will Light Up As Final Fantasy’s Crystal Tower To Begin The Series’ 30th Anniversary Celebration

2017-04-28 12:41

For just one night only, Japan’s iconic Tokyo Tower will light up in a Crystal Tower-themed blue in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series! Tokyo Tower will be shedding its orange hue on the night of April 28th to be illuminated just like the Crystal Tower that appears in Final Fantasy III. The special light-up will begin at 7PM, transforming Tokyo into the Surface World for four hours until 11PM. Source: Tokyo Tower But the celebration of the Final Fantasy series’ commendable milestone doesn’t stop there. Along with the illumination, the Tokyo Tower will also be hosting projection mapping shows until May 7th titled the “4D…


Evangelion Tie-Wearing Minister Resigns After 2011 Japan Quake Comments, Twitter Roasts Him By Celebrating Tohoku

2017-04-26 06:34

Japan’s disaster reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura handed in his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday morning, a day removed from remarking that it was a “good thing” that the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region instead of Tokyo. Imamura made the comments at a function for the Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo, when in regards to damage to the infrastructure caused by the March 2011 disaster that killed over more than 18,000 people, he remarked “It’s a good thing that it hit in the Tohoku (northeast) region. If it had been close to the Tokyo region, there would have been massive, enormous damage.” The minister…


Ibaraki Prefecture Is Promoting Their Hot Springs With Videos Of Buff Naked Guys Bathing In 4K

2017-04-25 05:41

If there’s one thing that’s sure to get people’s attention, it’s a bunch of naked macho men bathing in some of the most exquisite hot springs in Japan. That’s why Ibaraki Prefecture’s most recent promotional videos of their myriad onsen areas have featured guys pouring hot water over their chiseled bodies, instead of showing attractive women relaxing in baths like most other advertisements of their kind. No one’s complaining, though, because not only can viewers stare and drool at these muscular men, they can do so in stunning 4K resolution. Source: YouTube Released by Ibakira TV, there are currently 3 videos (and hopefully more to come) in total. The series…


Lucky Couple Will Get A Chance To Spend A Night At Nagasaki’s Hirado Castle For Free

2017-04-23 06:48

A generous project put together by Stay Japan is giving a very lucky couple the chance to spend one night in Nagasaki’s Hirado Castle — for free. Built in 1718, the castle was once inhabited by the Matsura clan and the daimyo of the Hizen Province in Kyushu, and it still stands tall in Hirado City today. Since most sightseers don’t get the opportunity to step foot inside such historical landmarks, being able to spend a night without dishing out a single penny is sure to be an incredibly rare experience. Source: Stay Japan Interested travelers can enter by lottery, but unfortunately the application period will imminently close on April…


Popular #FollowMeTo Couple Takes A Beautiful Trip Through Iconic Japanese Travel Spots

2017-04-18 01:59

Murad Osmann, the photographer behind the hit #followmeto project featuring his wife Natalia Zakharova leading him by the hand to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, wasn’t lacking for followers on Instagram before the couple’s trip to Japan, but the two of them are certain to pick up a few more fans after touring some of the country’s most iconic travel spots. In trips to places such as Kyoto and Akihabara, the couple used their signature pose to embrace both old and new in Japan, with Natalia sporting a lovely kimono and even some Sailor Moon cosplay. Here’s some highlights from their trip, which takes you from the tech…


Say Goodbye To Sakura Season With Stunning Photography By Kagaya

2017-04-18 10:19

Japanese CG artist and photographer Yutaka Kagaya (KAGAYA) sure has a knack for stunning photography. In the past he’s explored the otherworldly scenery that can be found in nature, as well as this breathtaking shot of of Tokyo and the Tokyo Sky Tree. Now the talented photographer is wishing the sakura season a fond farewell with some absolutely gorgeous cherry blossom shots, including a gorgeous capturing of thousands of cherry blossom trees and World Heritage Site To-ji temple in Kyoto. To-ji Temple, Kyoto Source: Kagaya Thousands of sakura trees at night, Mt. Yoshino in Nara Source: Kagaya Cherry blossoms atop an ancient tomb, Saitama Prefecture Source: Kagaya Stars and Sakura,…


Doai: Japan’s Deepest Train Station

2017-04-14 04:28

Japan is a country renowned for its train network – from the speed and convenience of the shinkansen network to the crowded commuter trains of central Tokyo, train travel is a key feature of Japanese life. But aside from these more familiar images, Japan’s train network offers plenty of hidden gems for those who want to get off the beaten tourist track. One such lesser known spot is Doai Station in rural Gunma prefecture — Japan’s deepest operational train station with a unique and somewhat eerie atmosphere. Lisa Sometimes went to check it out. A feeling of seclusion is noticeable throughout the unmanned station, which has only five trains passing…


Inside Japan’s New Luxury Suite Train That Departs From Ueno’s Platform 13½

2017-04-14 04:49

Harry Potter fans got a little giddy when JR East announced that Ueno Station in Tokyo would open up a “Platform 13½” in order to accommodate the new Train Suite Shiki-Shima, a luxury train that features observation platforms, private suites, high class restaurants, and foot baths. While not a totally direct reference to Platform 9¾, the special setup to boarding the train is somewhat of a magical experience in its own right. Only boarding customers will be able to enjoy a lounge area before walking along the exclusive platform, and from there they will be able to take on 3 days and 2 night trip that lets them experience traveling…


This Photographer Shows How Truly Magical Nighttime Cherry Blossoms Are

2017-04-10 12:53

Depending on the region, Japan’s beautiful cherry blossom season is in full throttle or just beginning to wind down. Either way, this time of year always guarantees sakura lovers two things: absolutely gorgeous scenery, and a treasure trove of cherry blossom flavored goods. For perhaps the best example of the former, you need look no further than null (@NrNrNr7), software engineer, photographer, and sakura lover, for perhaps the best selection of cherry blossom photography we’ve seen this season. As we are in the midst of a gorgeous cherry blossom season, Null’s Twitter account is overflowing with attention from cherry blossom-viewing (hanami) fans, particularly those who enjoy photography of the beautiful…


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