Secret spots

17/09/2014 Visit: Parks & Nature

Fantastic scenery at one of Japan’s main hot springs. Catch a special moment at “Lake Kinrin”

Relax at “Yufuin”, the land of hot springs engulfed by nature. Yufuin, Oita, is a hot spring area boasting a large volume of hot spring water. So close to “Mount Yufu”, an active volcano also known as Bungo-fuji, the area is known for its beautiful scenery. From exclusive high-class inns where only a few groups can stay per day, to old-fashioned hot spring lodges and casual public baths, the area has many such buildings. You can also enjoy a walk through rich nature as well as enjoying “hot baths” in this hot spring area. Derived from the beauty of a sunset view. At any moment, its expression can transform. A […]

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01/12/2015 Visit: Temples & Shrines

You have to pass through a 40 centimeter gap to get to the mysterious, Karakama Shrine in Izumo!

Karakama Shrine

Speaking of Shimane, Izumo Taisha is the most famous, but there is also a hidden shrine called Karakama Shrine, also known as “Kankamasan” among the local people.
The word, ‘Karakama’ represents a kettle from Korea and is thought to have a strong connection to the Iron Age.

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02/05/2016 Visit: Charming Towns  Visit: Parks & Nature

Don’t know where to visit in Matsue? Just go everywhere!


Matsue City, dubbed as both the “Land of the Gods” and “Venetia of Japan”, has such deep history and beautiful scenery that it is almost impossible to fully experience every aspect of it in a few days.
Since I never plan any of my trips, it’s sometimes hard to know which places to go, especially when there is little information about the area. So here’s a one-day plan for indecisive people like me. The national treasure, Matsue castle, wagashi, matcha, Izumo soba, and a boat ride around the Matsue castle.

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09/05/2018 Arakicho  Bars & Restaurants

Drink wine from test tubes, beer from beakers and cocktails from flasks? All this and more is possible at the Science Bar Incubator in Arakicho!

The Science Bar Incubator is a unique and original bar that was started by Mr Nomura, a former biology researcher. It is 100% science oriented. All available free space is filled with laboratory equipment and scientific oddities. Although the purpose is of course to indulge in chemical beverages that induce pleasant sensations in the brain, it is worth your while to explore the bar’s fascinating interior arrangement. Among the scientific equipment, there is also a laptop and a microscope. If you put on a lab coat – available for free near the entrance – you can pretend to be a scientist conducting experiments. Apparently, the microscope isn’t only for show […]

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31/05/2018 Arakicho  Visit: Charming Towns

Let’s explore Arakicho, a feudal residence that became a gourmet town

If you are staying at the Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan, or if you are looking for a new neighbourhood to explore in the center of Tokyo, follow me on a walking tour that will show you the main sights of the area and give you more background on its history.

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