Let’s travel back to the time of the Samurai and Ninja!

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11/08/2015 Visit: Castles

“Hiroshima Castle” is definitely worth seeing


Hirshima Castle was chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Castles (2006) and is a very historical castle. It’s grounds, the Hiroshima Joshi Koen Park is very large, and the Dai-tenshu (destroyed by the atomic bomb) is open as a history museum.

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15/10/2018 Traditions & History  Visit: Castles

Tsuruga Castle, the Japanese castle that Resisted Attacks for a Whole Month

One thing I enjoy doing while traveling through Japan is to visit its dozens of castles. Although quite a few are modern replicas, they are beautiful to look at, have interesting exhibitions inside, and offer great views from the top. This is especially true for Tsuruga castle in Fukushima prefecture which I recently visited. If you are interested in castles and Japanese history, make sure to add it to your Japan travel itinerary.

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17/07/2014 Visit: Parks & Nature

Katsurahama Beach Overlooking The Pacific Ocean

Japan’s national hero, Ryoma Sakamoto admired this view Located in Kochi prefecture of Shikoku Island is the Katsurahama beach, famous for its lush pine trees, blue water, and white sandy beach. Visitors can get lost in time looking upon the beautiful scenery and large breaking waves on the shoreline. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean is a 13 meter bronze statue of Ryoma Sakamoto, a famous Samurai who was credited with bringing Japan’s Edo period to an end. Every year during the spring and fall season a watchtower is constructed next to his statue allowing visitors to catch his view of the Pacific Ocean. The opening day of the watchtower changes from […]

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02/12/2015 Visit: Castles

Matsumoto Castle was built 400 years ago to win gun battles (Nagano Prefecure)

Matsumoto Castle

The impressive, Matsumoto-jo Castle. The oldest castle tower in Japan has 5 tiers and 6 floors, and has been preserved in its current state for 400 years. This black castle is also called “Uzyo” and is one of the most popular. The contrast of the black castle with white snow is especially beautiful. Let me introduce the inside. A castle built for military strategy Along with it’s impressive exterior, Matsumoto Castle is also built for military strategies and gun battles. It has fewer windows and more openings to accommodate gun barrels. Ishitosohi, or openings to drop stones onto soldiers climbing the stone walls, is another impressive feature of this castle. […]

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29/06/2015 Visit: Charming Towns

Let’s go to the Samurai’s village, Yagyu in Nara and eat traditional cuisine at “Jyubee Shokudo”!

Souvenir shop

Look at the restaurant’s sign… its logo is two Japanese bamboo hats! The Japanese swordsman’s home village of Yagyu takes about 1 hour to get to from the center of Nara city by bus. It takes about 50 minutes from Kintetsu’s Nara station and Jyube restaurant is just in front of the Yagyu-kami bus stop. Jyube restaurant serves Udon, Soba, various types of rice bowl dishes, and an edible wild plant meal. You can even enjoy eating a wild boar meal during the winter season. Its sign consists of the name of Jyube’s swordsman and two Japanese bamboo hats on a wooden sign. You might see its logo many times, […]

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06/07/2015 Visit: Charming Towns

You must visit, if you like Japanese history! The hidden village of warrior who prays a peace in Nara Japan.

The hidden village 'Yagyu', it takes only one hour from central Nara city by a bus. There has deep conection with Yagyu family who produced famous Japanese warrior.

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02/11/2015 Visit: Charming Towns

Take a walk in the Yanaka Cemetery, where the last Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu rests in peace. (Tokyo)

Tokugawa Yoshinobu’s cemetery

Yanaka Cemetery is located near JR and Keisei Nippori stations. It was founded in 1872 when Tenno-ji Cemetery and some parts of Tokugawa’s cemetery were moved there. It’s 100,000 square feet and is considered one of the three largest cemeteries in Japan.

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08/01/2016 Visit: Temples & Shrines

The image of Byodoin is on the 10-yen Japanese coin. It’s the land of perfect bliss that noble men dreamt about 1,000 years ago.


In 1052, Yoritomo FUJIWARA took over a villa from his father and made it Byodoin. He enshrined Amida Nyorai as a god. The building was designated as a world heritage site and is the oldest building in Kyoto as of 1994. From September 2012, renovation began and was finished in 2014.
The building was newly born, using traditional red lacquer called ‘Tando’.

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07/10/2015 Festivals & Events  Traditions & History

(Oct 10-11th)A must-see event for Busho buffs! The Battle of Sekigahara festival will be held at Sekigahara, Gifu.

The most popular event in Sekigahara town, Gifu Prefecture is the Battle of Sekigahara festival! This event makes you feel as if you were back in time when the states of Japan were at war. We recommend that you stop by this event before or after you visit the other, very popular sightseeing spots of Hida, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Nagoya. What is the Battle of Sekigahara festival? The Battle of Sekigahara festival is a historical reenactment of a battle for dominance over the whole country of Japan in 1600, in the town of Sekigahara, Gifu Prefecture. Many foreign and domestic tourists visit every year. ※The Battle of Sekigahara It was […]

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17/09/2015 Bars & Restaurants

You can eat the same kind of fast food that Samurai used to eat from the Edo period! The Japanese tavern, “Miyatogawa” is now open in Edogawa-bashi!

The Edo period’s fast food

In August of 2015, Asakusa’s popular Izakaya, “Miyatogawa” will be open in Edogawa-bashi! They serve the same kind of cuisine that people from the Edo period used to eat. The dishes are made from old literature recipes, and their unique concepts attracts many customers.

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22/07/2014 Festivals & Events  Seasonal Activities

【SUMMER】Introduction of festivals held in July and August (Fukushima,Yamagata,Miyagi).

“Soma-Nomaoi festival” Hot summer festivals in the northlands! Let’s go and enjoy festivals that will stir the soul! “Soma-Nomaoi festival” < p class=”mgB40″>If you could have the chance to watch armored samurai dashing the plains on horseback, wouldn’t you want to see that? The Soma Nomaoi is a wild horse chasing festival with over 1000 years of history. It was said to mark the beginnings of military exercises at the time. In the present day, over 500 warriors on horseback will re-enact the Warring States era in this heroic and beautiful festival. Schedule: July 26th to July 28th, 2014 Tadaima Japan will be covering these events for the year 2014 […]

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20/07/2015 Festivals & Events

A real samurai battle right before your eyes.“Soma-Nomaoi”, a cavalry battle!(MOVIE)

Starting from the last Saturday in June, “Soma-Nomaoi”is held for 3 days in Soma city, Fukushima Prefecture. More than 500 cavaliers dress in Yoroi helmets from the Sengoku period and run through the staged battlefield of Hibarigahara. The highlight is “Kacchu Keiba”and “Shiki Sodatsusen”, both held on the 2nd day. It feels as if you are viewing an old picture scroll.

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06/02/2016 Festivals & Events

【Special Event: Feb. / Mar.2016】Here comes the much-loved Bushotai Group to Asakusa! “SAMURAI & NINJA SHOW”

Bushotai Group

Travel 400 years back in time to Japan’s Warring States era with this one hour interactive show!

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