Sightseeing

Sip Coffee On Tatami Mats Inside A Century-Old Building At Kyoto’s Traditionally Japanese Starbucks

2017-06-23 11:48

Walk the streets of any country where Starbucks has planted its roots and you’re bound to see the familiar green logo beckoning passersby to have a cup of coffee every which way. While most of these locations look similar inside and out regardless of where they are found, time and time again there are special Starbucks stores built inside buildings of historical and architectural prominence. Starbucks Japan As a country where its many regions are always looking for ways to pay respects to their local cultures and traditions, Japan is certainly no stranger to such uniquely designed Starbucks locations. The newest Starbucks of this kind is set to be in…


Top 30 Travel Destinations In Japan Chosen By International Travelers

2017-06-14 11:56

When traveling in Japan, sometimes the most rewarding experience can come from “getting lost” in the country and finding hidden gems not promoted in guidebooks and top ten lists. For first-timers, however, the plethora of fascinating areas to explore in Japan can be overwhelming, so it’s not a bad idea to consult with the opinions of those who have been there before you. While you may end up in some tourist-heavy spots, you’ll usually find yourself at least getting a good feel for what is considered “must-see” in Japan, as well as some lesser explored areas mixed in. This year Travel website Trip Advisor released their 9th annual list of…


Award-Winning Japanese Photographer Captures Majestic Scenes Of Fireflies In The Night-Time

2017-06-13 03:22

In Japan, the month of June is often associated with picturesque gardens of blossoming hydrangeas, but award-winning Japanese photographer Hisanori Manabe knows there is another gift of nature waiting to be discovered during the night. 地元の何気ない水田風景ですが形がすごく気に入ってまして毎年楽しみにしています。案外身近に良い風景はあるもんなんですね(^O^) pic.twitter.com/ZaI4y6YSR0 — H.manabe (@Hmanabe2) May 10, 2017 In the outskirts of the city where nature is lush, fireflies can be seen drifting down like glowing raindrops during this time of year. Hoping to capture this magical scene through the lens of his camera, Manabe waited in the dark to immortalize some of the most beautiful moments of his journey. 一先ずホタル前半戦終了です。ここまでのお気に入りです。3.4枚目は昨年のものです。今年も後半に行ってきます(^O^) pic.twitter.com/xJPURSITYG — H.manabe (@Hmanabe2) June 1, 2017 According to Manabe, fireflies come out around…


Cat And Owl Besties Are Just Some Of The Animals You Can Visit At Osaka’s Cat Cafe

2017-06-08 03:32

When it comes to animal cafes in Japan, cat cafes and owl cafes have become so common they’re no longer considered a particularly new or unusual concept. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that both animals are heart-meltingly adorable, and animal-lovers will gladly pay a few bucks to hang out with them for an afternoon. But at Osaka’s 3-floor cat cafe Hukulou Coffee, guests won’t have to choose between visiting one or the other, because they’ll be greeted by cats, owls, and a variety of other animals there. モフりあう2人 pic.twitter.com/q6JVPKfMOt — hukuloucoffee@OSAKA (@hukuloucoffee) June 6, 2017 The two main animal staff members at Hukulou Coffee are Fuku the owl and…


Universal Studios Japan Teases Super Nintendo World In New Trailer, Mario Stage Photos

2017-06-08 02:58

Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan is making preparations for an expansion to their facilities called Super Nintendo World, which as the name should tell you, is a section of the park that will feature attractions in the theme of characters and scenery from the world of Nintendo. Much like the recently announced official Studio Ghibli theme park, you can likely already imagine several attractions, with perhaps a Mario Kart themed racing ride probably the most obvious. While the park isn’t set to open until 2020, several recently released photos show off construction of the site, and an official teaser trailer for the section of the park has been released by Universal…


Former Juvenile Prison Is Being Renovated Into A Hotel For The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

2017-06-06 08:46

With just 3 more years until Tokyo is set to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Japan has been busy with preparations for the much-anticipated international sporting event. Not only have big-name anime characters like Goku, Luffy, and Sailor Moon been appointed as official ambassadors, companies are getting ready to welcome foreigners with the help of new technology and unique kimono design projects. But more importantly, there has been a rush of new hostels, Airbnbs, and hotels in order to comfortably accommodate the thousands of visitors expected to be traveling from across the globe. Many buildings are being converted into hotels precisely for the Olympic and Paralympic games, including…


Japanese Twitter User Snaps Breathtaking Photos Of Monet’s Pond Before The Break Of Dawn

2017-06-02 01:09

Ever since the world found out about the truly picturesque pond located in Gifu Prefecture’s Nemichi Shrine, the breathtaking travel destination has seen its fair share of visitors coming from far and wide across the globe. Albeit small, the pond is widely known as “Monet’s Pond,” a nickname the spot was given ever since people noticed its almost surreal resemblance to Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies.” Because of its popularity, however, it has become hard to enjoy the tranquil scenery in peaceful solitude — unless, as Japanese Twitter user @EFS17_55 discovered, visitors make their way to the pond at 3 in the morning. 岐阜県 モネの池。人ごみ避けるために朝3時に起きて写真撮りに行って来た٩( 'ω' )و 不思議なくらい透き通った水の色が吸い込まれそうですごくきれい。 pic.twitter.com/Uqio8FAs3i — なえ…


Studio Ghibli Set To Open Up Official Theme Park In Japan

2017-06-01 12:30

The fantastical and charming universes created by Studio Ghibli, the renowned animation studio behind such fan favorites as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke, have long seem perfectly suited for being transformed into an actual theme park. Fans have pushed for the idea so much that fan artists have created elaborate hypothetical designs of an actual park, combining all the worlds of the film. Fans won’t have to dream much longer, it seems, as the Chunichi Shinbun is now reporting that an official theme park called “Ghibli Park” will open in Japan’s Aichi prefecture in the “early 2020’s”. Music&Beer&Dogs&Adventureさん(@brew_huntress)がシェアした投稿 – 2016 3月 18 8:21午前 PDT Sarahさん(@shienna89)がシェアした投稿 – 2016…


Japanese Railway Gets Spark With New Pikachu Train

2017-06-01 11:29

Character-themed trains are nothing new in Japan, but that doesn’t mean old favorites can’t get an upgrade. Introduced originally by Japan Rail East in 2012 to help raise spirits for regions devastated by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the Pokemon with You Train is getting a Pikachu-themed makeover this summer to provide another jolt of fun for Pokemon fans in Eastern Japan. Source: JR East While the train was previously decorated with a general Pokemon aesthetic, the new model will feature a Pikachu-specific theme and was designed under the concept of a Pikachu train that parents and children can enjoy riding together. To facilitate this, the train’s refurbished interior contains “communication…


Stay At A Magical Hogwarts-Inspired Airbnb During Your Next Vacation In Hakata City

2017-05-30 03:59

Cheap lodging may be the preference for many travelers when journeying abroad, but the accommodation itself often leaves a large mark on memories of the trip. So as long as it isn’t imperative to stick to a super tight budget, it’s a good idea to pick a unique, memorable place to stay, even if it requires a little splurging. Those preparing for a trip to Japan’s Kyushu region are lucky to be able to do just that, because newly open since May 17th is the Expected Inn, a Harry Potter-themed Airbnb that will transport you to the magical school of wizards and witches. Anyone who stays here will get the…


Studio Ghibli Museum Brings The Food And Kitchens From Films To Life

2017-05-30 01:47

Last month, we covered the official Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, bringing the culinary world of classic Studio Ghibli movies to life by opening an exhibition that showcases classic eating scenes from the films, along with life-size recreations of their kitchens. The exhibit, called “Delicious! Animating Memorable Meals“, features food recreations from the films, along with art panels and descriptions of how the meals were designed. Source: Fashion Press (©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli) While these are plastic recreations, they are crafted with the exact same detail and care that the inviting meals in your favorite Studio Ghibli films have (the museum cafe also serves up film-inspired meals). Visitors…


Nighttime Factory Photo Exhibition Features Sites You Can Actually Visit Yourself

2017-05-26 02:27

There’s been a trend in nighttime factory tours that take visitors on a majestic, sci-fi-esque trip to industrial plants throughout Japan. Popular among professional photographers and curious adventurers alike, those who participate in these tours get to see a side of seemingly nondescript sites that only reveals itself after dark. Those who haven’t yet been to these otherworldly sightseeing spots might be unsure of where to visit first, but a new photography exhibit soon to open in Tokyo will make deciding a lot easier. Hosted by Todays Gallery Studio, the exhibition will be featuring mesmerizing photographs of factories that can be accessed by anyone willing to venture out for a…


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…


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