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Best of Japan

Thank you for visiting to this site. I am Bon KUROSAWA.  I would be happy if I could deliver useful information through this site to anyone who was interested in Japan. I will use a lot of videos and images on this site and introduce various aspects of Japan so that you will feel Japan a little closer.

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When viewing this site on a personal computer, various videos are displayed. I'm glad if you see these videos and feel close to Japan. When viewing on a smartphone, movies are not displayed much. On smartphones, instead of that, I put a lot of information that is useful when traveling in Japan. Since we have many external links on this site, you will surely be able to gather various Japanese information starting from this website.

There are already many sites introducing Japan.  So, I also want to tell you which site is beneficial to you in the individual article.

I am really happy if you enjoy the atmosphere of Japan while clicking on various points on my site.  This site has just started and content is missing, but I will continue to improve it little by little.  So, when you want to know more about Japan, or when you are a bit tired, please feel free to click on this site and feel the atmosphere of Japan.

 

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Life & Culture

Life and Culture

2019/7/26

Japanese life and culture! live in harmony with nature and people

From here I would like to introduce you to Japanese life and culture. I think that the keyword to understand Japanese life and culture is "Harmony". Therefore, I would like to summarize Japanese life and culture from this viewpoint of "harmony" on this site. "Harmony" which is based on Japanese life and culture What image do you have about Japan? From some people, Japan seems to be a very difficult country to understand. Japan may be "Galapagos" in a sense. In an island country away from the continent, unique living and culture has been nurtured. After coming to Japan, many people are surprised at the life and culture that have developed like the Galapagos. While enormous cities such as Tokyo and Osaka develop, the rich nature of the four seasons welcomes visitors. Traditions such as shrines, sumo and kabuki still remain, but new cultures such as animation, cosplay, robots, etc. are born one after another. A country where all contradictory things are symbiotic. That is Japan. If you click the image below, you will be brought to the world of Japanese mysterious harmony. I have prepared various pages, so please visit a lot of pages and have fun.   Recommended videos introducing Japanese life and culture   I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to Home   About me Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese ...

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Bamboo Forest. Asian woman wearing japanese traditional kimono at Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan = shutterstock

Interests

2019/9/8

21 Best things to do in Japan and how to make reservations

There are many things you can enjoy on your trip to Japan. Among them, what kind of things do you intend to build your travel plan for? On this page, I enumerated what you can enjoy in Japan. Please click on the image of the item you are interested in and obtain more detailed information. Basic information for booking tickets and tours unidentified foreigner tourist wearing kimono, the national tradition costume of Japan walking at Sensoji temple the famous temple in Tokyo, Japan = shutterstock Before explaining what you should enjoy in Japan, please be aware of one basic information to make your journey wonderful. That's about how to book various tickets and tours. I am introducing this point in the following article, so please drop in if you are interested.   21 Best things you can enjoy on your trip to Japan Then, below, I will list the 21 things I recommend to you. If you click on each image, you can move to the corresponding article. Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 Japanese Foods Shopping Snow Destinations Cherry Blossoms Flowers Two young Japanese girls sit on red carpet floor to see and enjoy Autumn colorful foliage Japanese garden at Enkoji temple, Kyoto, Japan. Here is Rinzai Zen Sect and very famous during fall season = shutterstock Autumn Leaves Japanese gardens Onsen (Hot Spring) Animals and fish Hiking Cosplayer as characters in Japan cosplay festival .Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture, and a broader use of the term "cosplay", Osaka, Japan = shutterstock Amusement Parks ...

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Destinations

Destinations

2019/7/27

Best Tourist Destinations in Japan! winter, spring, summer, autumn

On this site, I have pages to introduce individually in various parts of Japan. You can go to the pages by watching the menu and clicking on the titles you are interested in. However, I listed these pages below. Look at the following and if there is a page of your interest, please click on it and go to that page. Because Japan is a very wide country in the north and south, Hokkaido in the north and Kyushu and Okinawa in the south are quite different. I hope that you will find your favorite Japan on my site. Table of Contents1 10 Best Itineraries: Where would you like to go?2 Best Destinations when traveling in Japan3 Recommended Articles when deciding your destination4 Hokkaido5 Tohoku region (Northeastern part of Honshu)6 Kanto Region (Around Tokyo)7 Chubu Region (Central Honshu)8 Kansai region (Around Kyoto and Osaka)9 Chugoku Region (Western Honshu)10 Shikoku11 Kyushu12 Okinawa 10 Best Itineraries: Where would you like to go? If you want to overview what kind of sightseeing spots are in Japan, please read the following page.   Best Destinations when traveling in Japan The most popular destinations in Japan are the following. Look at the slide images and click on any place you are interested in.   Recommended Articles when deciding your destination I have listed the recommended articles below when deciding where you want to go.   The following are related articles by region. If you click the red heading, you will see articles outlining the region. Hokkaido Tohoku region (Northeastern part ...

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Accommodation

Accommodation

2019/7/27

How to Book Accommodation in Japan!

There are people with a variety of strange hobbies. Actually, I love comparing hotel reservation sites. When I book a hotel, I check it with many booking sites and book it with the site I was most convinced about. For me with such a hobby, I feel that there are tourists using reservation sites that I can not recommend much. Therefore, I will introduce about the hotel reservation sites recommended for everyone by making a site different from "Best of Japan" from now on. On this page, I will introduce some of the hotel reservation sites I recommend. For details about accommodation in Japan such as hotel, Ryokan, Minshuku please see the following article. Click on each image, the booking site will be displayed on a separate page 2 Best Comparison Sites for Booking Accommodation in Japan There are really many sites that you can book a hotel or Ryokan in Japan. It is almost impossible to see all of it. So, the first thing I would like to recommend is 'comparison sites' where you can compare accommodation plans of many hotel reservation sites. TripAdvisor TripAdvisor If you want to find accommodation that is right for you in some city such as Tokyo or Kyoto, I recommend that you first check in TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is a very famous comparison site. This site has two advantages. First, by using TripAdvisor, you can gather information about the most rated hotels etc in the city you are going to go. Secondly, you can find the cheapest accommodation plan ...

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Transportation

Transportation

2019/9/8

Transportation in Japan! Japan Rail Pass, Shinkansen, Airports etc.

When traveling in Japan you can move very efficiently by combining shinkansen (Bullet train), airplane, bus, taxi, car hire etc. If you add a Shinkansen ride to your itinerary, it will be a pleasant memory. In that case, purchasing "Japan Rail Pass" would be very reasonable. On this page, I will introduce an overview of them. This page is quite long. If you click the "show" button in each item, detailed hidden contents will be displayed. please take advantage of the table of contents.  You can return to the top by pressing the arrow button on the bottom right of this page. Table of Contents1 Japan Rail Pass2 Shinkansen (Bullet train)3 Airplanes4 Regular Trains5 Buses6 Taxi7 Car rental Japan Rail Pass Official website of "Japan Rail Pass". Click it and it will be displayed on a separate page Clicking the image will display this map on the official website of Japan Rail Pass on a separate page About If you plan to travel within Japan using JR trains such as Shinkansen, you may want to purchase "Japan Rail Pass" before departure. Japan Rail Pass (also commonly called JR Pass) is a very cost effective rail pass that JR offers for foreign tourists. You can ride a lot on JR 's Shinkansen and regular express etc. The price of Japan Rail Pass is, for example,  33,000 yen per person (7 days, Ordinary car type). In Japan, it takes about 28,000 yen for one person to go back and forth between Tokyo and Osaka at Shinkansen. If you use ...

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Accommodation
How to Book Accommodation in Japan!

There are people with a variety of strange hobbies. Actually, I love comparing hotel reservation sites. When I book a hotel, I check it with many booking sites and book it with the site I was most convinced about. For me with such a hobby, I feel that there are tourists ...

Transportation
Transportation in Japan! Japan Rail Pass, Shinkansen, Airports etc.

When traveling in Japan you can move very efficiently by combining shinkansen (Bullet train), airplane, bus, taxi, car hire etc. If you add a Shinkansen ride to your itinerary, it will be a pleasant memory. In that case, purchasing "Japan Rail Pass" would be very reasonable. On this page, I will ...

What to do in case of typhoon or earthquake
What to do in case of a typhoon or earthquake in Japan

Even in Japan, damage from typhoons and heavy rains is increasing due to global warming. In addition, earthquakes often occur in Japan. What should you do if a typhoon or earthquake occurs while you are traveling in Japan? Of course, you are unlikely to encounter such a case. However, it is ...

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10 Best Itineraries for traveling in Japan! Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Kyoto, Hokkaido...

When you go to Japan, you will need to decide where you want to go most in Japan. So, on this page, I will introduce the destinations that are likely to be the main spots of sightseeing trips in Japan. If you have a place you want to go particularly, you ...

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How to book and buy tickets and tours in Japan! Sumo, Baseball, Concert, activities...

If you do not participate in a tour that acts with a big group and you travel freely with friends or family in Japan, how do you book and purchase tickets for sports competitions and concerts . Or how do you apply for tours such as activities? There are booking sites ...

SIM Card vs. Pocket Wifi in Japan
SIM Card vs. Pocket Wifi Rental in Japan! Where can you buy or rent?

During your stay in Japan, you probably need a smartphone. How do you procure a smartphone? There are six possible choices. First, use roaming service. Second, utilize free Wi-Fi, carry your own smartphone even in Japan. Thirdly, subscribe to a paid Wi-Fi service. Fourth, insert a prepaid SIM card into your ...

 

Recommended articles / Destinations

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Best Things to do in Tokyo : Asakusa, Ginza, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Disney etc.

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. While traditional culture still remains, contemporary innovation is constantly taking place. Please come and visit Tokyo and feel the energy. On this page, I will introduce tourist areas and sightseeing spots especially popular in Tokyo. This page is very long. If you read this page, ...

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Kyoto! 26 Best Attractions : Fushimi Inari, Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji etc.

Kyoto is a beautiful city that inherits traditional Japanese culture. If you go to Kyoto, you can enjoy Japanese traditional culture to your heart's content. On this page, I will introduce the tourist attractions which are especially recommended in Kyoto. This page is long, but if you read this page to ...

Hokkaido! 21 Popular Tourist Areas and 10 Airports

Hokkaido is Japan's second largest island after Honshu. And it is the northernmost and the largest prefecture. Hokkaido is colder than other islands in Japan. Because the development by Japanese has been delayed, there is a vast and beautiful nature in Hokkaido. On this page, I will introduce the outline of ...

Touristic boat in Dotonbori Canal and famous Glico Running Man sign in Dotonbori street, Namba, a popular shopping and entertainment district., Osaka, Japan = Shutterstock
Osaka! 17 Best Tourist Attractions: Dotonbori, Umeda, USJ etc.

"Osaka is a more enjoyable city than Tokyo." Osaka 's popularity has increased recently among tourists from foreign countries. Osaka is the central city of western Japan. Osaka has been developed by commerce, while Tokyo is a city built by Samurai. So, Osaka has a popular atmosphere. The downtown area of ...

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Best of Okinawa! Naha, Miyakojima, Ishigakijima, Taketomijima etc.

If you want to enjoy the beautiful seaside view in Japan, the best recommended area is Okinawa. Okinawa is located in the south of Kyushu. It consists of diverse islands in the vast waters of 400 km north-south and 1,000 km east to west. There are coral reefs, crystal clear blue ...

 

Recommended articles / Interests

Snow wall, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan - Shutterstock
12 Best Snow Destinations in Japan: Shirakawago, Jigokudani, Niseko, Sapporo snow festival ...

On this page, I would like to introduce about the wonderful snow scene in Japan. There are many snow areas in Japan, so it is difficult to decide the best Snow Destinations. On this page, I summarized the best areas, mainly in places popular among foreign tourists. I will share it ...

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Best Cherry Blossom Spots and Season in Japan! Hirosaki Castle, Mt.Yoshino...

On this page, I will introduce sightseeing spots with beautiful cherry blossoms. Because Japanese people plant cherry blossoms here and there, it is very difficult to decide the best area. On this page, I will introduce you to the areas where travelers from foreign countries can enjoy Japanese emotions with cherry blossoms. ...

Fushimi Shrine, Kyoto, Japan = Adobe Stock
12 Best Temples and Shrines in Japan! Fushimi inari, Kiyomizudera, Todaiji...

There are many shrines and temples in Japan. If you go to those places, you will definitely feel calm and refresh. There are beautiful shrines and temples that you would like to post on your Instagram. On this page, let me introduce some of the most popular shrines and temples in ...

Himeji castle which shines in a blue sky, Himeji city, Hyogo prefecture,Japan. Himeji castle is one of the World Cultural Heritage. = Shutterstock
11 Best Castles in Japan! Himeji Castle, Matsumoto Castle, Matsuyama Castle...

On this page, I will introduce Japanese castles. There are large old castles in Japan. The most famous are Himeji castle and Matsumoto castle. Besides this, Kumamoto castle is popular. Very unfortunately, Kumamoto castle has recently been damaged in part due to a major earthquake and is now undergoing restoration. Matsuyama ...

Samurai armor at Samurai Museum, Shinjuku Japan = Shutterstock
Samurai & Ninja experience! 8 Best Recommended Spots in Japan

Recently, various facilities that can experience samurai and ninja are gaining popularity among foreign tourists who come to Japan. In Japan, studio shooting drama of Samurai era, etc. holds shows of the samurai everyday. At the places such as Iga and Koka where many ninja existed, weapons actually used by the ...

Suga Jinja Shrine in Yotsuya, Tokyo, Japan
"Your Name."! 7 Recommended model places of this love story!

Have you seen Makoto SHINKAI's "Your Name."? This animated movie was produced with images of various places in Japan. So on this page, I will introduce the places that appeared in this Movie. In these places, you can enjoy both the most urban spots in Japan and the most beautiful traditional ...

Cosplayer as characters in Japan cosplay festival .Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture, and a broader use of the term "cosplay", Osaka, Japan = shutterstock
Japanese Manga & Anime!! Best Attractions, Shops, Locations!

There are many popular animations and manga in Japan. If you are interested in animation and manga, why do not you go to related facilities and shops when traveling in Japan? I think that it is also interesting to visit the place where the big hit anime is located. On this ...

Hotaka mountains and Kappa bridge in Kamikochi, Nagano, Japan = Shuttersyock
15 Best Hiking Spot in Japan! Kamikochi, Oze, Mt. Fuji, Kumano Kodo...

If you want to walk naturally beautiful spots in Japan, where do you go? On this page, I will introduce 15 hiking spots. It is almost impossible to narrow down to 15 like this. However, these 15 spots are very nice, so please read it if you like. Most of the ...

Miyakojima in summer. People enjoying marine sports at a beautiful sea spreading along Shimoji Airport on Shimojima in the west side of Irabu-jima = Shutterstock
7 Most Beautiful Beaches in Japan! Hate-no-hama, Yonaha Maehama, Nishihama Beach...

Japan is an island country, and it is made up of many islands. A clean sea is spreading around. If you travel in Japan, I also recommend that you go to beaches such as Okinawa. There are coral reefs around the beach, and colorful fish swim. With snorkeling, you can experience ...

 

11 basic information to know before traveling in Japan

The Japanese creatures that appear in this slide show will surely convey useful information to you !

Best Time To Visit Japan

Fundamentals

2019/9/8

Best Time To Visit Japan! The best seasons for each purpose such as snow, cherry blossoms

When is the most suitable for traveling in Japan? The answer depends on what purpose you want to travel for. If you want to see the snowy scenery, I recommend you to go to Hokkaido, Tohoku region, Nagano prefecture, etc. from January to February. If you want to see the beautiful cherry blossoms blooming, April is good. If you want to enjoy autumn leaves around November is the best. If you are going to see autumn leaves in Hokkaido, around October is the best. On this page, I would like to introduce the highlight of each season. Table of Contents1 Spring - March, April, May: Flowers and fresh green are beautiful2 Summer - June, July, August: Hokkaido and summer festivals are recommended3 Autumn - September, October, November: The autumn leaves in Kyoto are in late November.4 Winter - December, January, February: Snowscape is the best in January, February Spring - March, April, May: Flowers and fresh green are beautiful Mt. Fuji, Japan = Adobe Stock Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki, Japan The initial 3 weeks of March and then the previous 3 weeks of Apr each year are especially the optimal times to travel to Japan. This is when the pupils are in school finishing the school year, and the majority of other people are on the job. The Japanese school year starts in Apr and finishes in March, so that they've a 2 week break towards the end of the school year. Dependant upon where you go to in Japan, throughout spring you will typically be able to find the cherry blossoms ...

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Japanese Language

Fundamentals

2019/7/26

Language! 3 things useful when talking to Japanese people

Many Japanese are not good at English. For this reason, it is said that people who came to Japan can not communicate well with Japanese people. Foreigners sometimes wonder to ask anyone when they get lost. When they go to a small town or village, they often can not tell what they want to say at a hotel or restaurant. In Japan, what can you do to communicate with people in Japan?  I would recommend the following 3 things. Table of Contents1 Let's say "Sumimasen"2 Write letters on paper3 Use translation services: google, Pocketalk, ili etc.4 Recommended Videos: Enjoy communication in Japan! Let's say "Sumimasen" When you talk to a Japanese person, you should first use the following Japanese phrase. "Sumimasen" This is close to the meaning of English, "Can I hear a bit?" "Sorry""Excuse me". The Japanese use this phrase very often. We also use this phrase "thank you". We also use this phrase when calling a clerk at a shop. This phrase is very useful. Japanese are not good at English conversation, so if you speak in English, the Japanese are very puzzled. However, if you say "Sumimasen" to Japanese people, we will stop and listen to your story. The Japanese really hope to kindly welcome foreign people. Please feel free to say "Sumimasen". And if you solve problems you need, say "Thank you". All Japanese understand English "Thank you" well, so you can say it in English.   Write letters on paper The Japanese are shy, but when you are in trouble, we will ...

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Japanese Currency

Fundamentals

2019/7/26

Japan's Currency! How to exchange money and how to pay money

I would like to explain about Japanese currency on this page. The Japanese currency is "Yen". On this page, the latest exchange rate list is listed, so please refer to it. I will also explain Japanese bank notes and coins. In addition, I would like to introduce the usage situation of credit cards etc in Japan and the history of Japanese currency. Table of Contents1 Exchange rate list : Japan's currecy / USD, etc.2 Japanese bank notes and coins3 Payment in Japan4 History of Japan's currency Exchange rate list : Japan's currecy / USD, etc. How much is 1 yen in your country's currency? Source: www.exchange-rates.org   Japanese bank notes and coins Points Banknotes in Japan = Adobe Stock There are four kinds of banknotes in Japan as follows. Probably the banknote you mostly use in Japan would be 1000 yen. 10000 yen 5000 yen 2000 yen 1000 yen Coins in Japan = Adobe Stock There are four types of coins in Japan. I think the coins you mostly use are 100 yen and 10 yen. 500 yen 100 yen 50 yen 10 yen 5 yen 1 yen Recommended videos related to Japan's currency   Payment in Japan Points There are still many stores that accept cash only In Japan, there are many shops that accept cash only yet. For hotels, department stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, etc., you can use credit cards. Even taxis have come to accept credit cards recently. Many vending machines that buy train tickets can use credit cards. However, if you pay an ...

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Owl looking at a clock in a Akihabara owl cafe, Akihabara. Tokyo, Japan = Shutterstock

Fundamentals

2019/7/26

Recommended sites useful when preparing for your Japanese trip

On this page, I will introduce various websites related to Japan. I will update the site information from time to time. It would be nice if you could use it to gather information. The hotels, transportation, restaurants, and local related websites are summarized in detail by categories. Since there are links at the bottom of this page, please go to the page you want to see from there. Sites that teach widely about Japan Japan National Tourism Organization Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is a tourism related window of the Japanese government. The official website of JNTO contains a lot of sightseeing information in Japan. It corresponds to 15 languages. If there are major disasters in Japan, this official website will provide necessary information for foreign tourists. >> The official website of JNTO is here japan-guide.com japan-guide.com is a famous Internet media that is operated by foreigners living in Japan. It gradually increased articles since the beginning of the Internet. It can be said that it is the tourism information site most familiar among tourists coming to Japan now. In the spring, it tells us the flowering information of cherry blossoms in Japan every moment. >> The official website of japan-guide.com is here ZEKKEI Japan ZEKKEI Japan is a tourist information website operated by a company with a head office in Ginza, Tokyo. It provides articles by using beautiful images to introduce Japanese beauty to overseas people. "ZEKKEI" means "the highest beautiful landscape" in Japanese. As its name says, it is a very beautiful site. >> ...

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SIM Card vs. Pocket Wifi in Japan

Fundamentals

2019/7/26

SIM Card vs. Pocket Wifi Rental in Japan! Where can you buy or rent?

During your stay in Japan, you probably need a smartphone. How do you procure a smartphone? There are six possible choices. First, use roaming service. Second, utilize free Wi-Fi, carry your own smartphone even in Japan. Thirdly, subscribe to a paid Wi-Fi service. Fourth, insert a prepaid SIM card into your smartphone. Fifth, using a rental service in your country or Japan, get a pocket Wi-Fi router - or SIM card, smartphone etc. Sixth, carry a smart phone that your hotel will rent out. Let's organize information on which of these options you should choose. Table of Contents1 What is the best choice for your usage?2 Free Wifi in Japan3 Paid Wi-Fi4 Prepaid SIM Cards5 Rent a pocket Wi-Fi router6 Use the hotel's smart rental service7 After all, which device should you use ? What is the best choice for your usage? Sim card vending machine at Kansai airport in Osaka Japan First of all, how to choose a device in Japan will basically be as follows. If you can use a cost-effective roaming service, use it Recently, roaming services which can be used cheaply in foreign countries are increasing. If you can use roaming service very cheaply on your smartphone, you should use it. Pocket Wi-Fi router is advantageous for group travel If you travel with your family or friends, it is best to use a pocket Wi-Fi router. With one Wi-Fi router - your group can use the Internet with more than one smartphone at a time. If you have two or more ...

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Japan Time Now

Fundamentals

2019/7/26

Japan time now! Time difference from your country

There is only one time zone in Japan. Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido, Sendai, Nagano, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Okinawa are all at the same time. Furthermore, since there is no daylight saving time in Japan, it is not so difficult for you to know Japan time. Japan is now the below time (If time is not displayed, place the cursor on the Japanese part of the map). Please refer to the above time and check the time difference with the area you live in.  If the country is long in the east and west, there are several time zones in the same country, there is a time difference. However, Japan is not so long in the east and west. In Japan, the land extends long in the north and south, but in the east and west it is not so long that it is necessary to increase the time zone to two or more. The rabbit on this page lives on Ookuno island in Takehara City, Hiroshima prefecture. There are only about 20 humans on this island, but 700 rabbits are there. In the novel " Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", a rabbit runs in a hurry while watching the pocket watch. If you go to Oono island, you might be able to meet such a mysterious rabbit. I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Fundamentals"   About me Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. ...

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Fundamentals

2019/7/26

Holidays in Japan! Tourist attractions are crowded in spring's Golden Week

There are 16 statutory holidays in Japan. If the holiday falls on Sunday, the most recent weekday (mostly Monday) after that will be a holiday. Japanese holidays are most concentrated in the week from the end of April to the beginning of May. This week is called "Golden Week". In addition, there are many days off from mid September to late September for a week. This week is called "Silver Week". Please note that during these periods tourist destinations around the country will get crowded with the period of summer vacation from the end of July to the end of August. . Table of Contents1 New Year's day : January 12 Coming of Age Day : the second Monday of January3 National Foudation day : February 114 Vernal Equinox Day : around March 215 Showa Day : April 296 Constitution Memorial Day : May 37 Greenery Day : May 48 Children's Day : May 59 Marine Day : the third Monday of July10 Mountain Day : August 1111 Respect for the Aged Day : the third Monday of September12 Autumnal Equinox Day : around September 2313 Sports Day : the second Monday of October14 Culture Day : November 315 Labor Thanksgiving Day : November 2316 Emperor's Day : December 23 New Year's day : January 1 Torii gate at Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo = Shutterstock New Year is the most important holiday for Japanese people. Many Japanese will take leave from December 29th and spend the day with family and relatives on New Year's ...

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Annual Events in Japan

Fundamentals

2019/7/26

Annual Events in Japan! New Year, Setsubun, Hanami, Obon, Christmas etc.

There are still many traditional annual events in Japan. Many Japanese celebrate these annual events with their families. Recently, many foreign tourists enjoying such events. In such an event, you will be able to observe Japanese life culture deeply. Let me introduce representative annual events. Table of Contents1 New Year events2 Setsubun3 Hanami4 Tanabata5 Obon6 Shichigosan7 Christmas New Year events Annual events of the New Year are the biggest in Japan. From the end of the year the following things are taking place. Joya no kane "Joya no kane" is an annual event held at Buddhist temples = Shutterstock "Joya no kane" is an annual event held at Buddhist temples. At midnight on 31 December, the priests ring the big bells of the temple 108 times. There seems to be 108 anxieties to humans. There is a meaning to drive away those feelings to the bells of the night. Toshi-Koshi soba "Toshi-Koshi soba" is noodles customarily eaten on December 31st. Japanese eat long noodles in the hope that they wii lead and fortunate life. Hatsumode Crowd of Hatsumode at Asakusa in Tokyo, Japan. Hatsumode is the first Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple visit of the Japanese New Year = Shutterstock "Hatsumode" is one's first visit of the year to a shrine or temple. In the New Year, every shrine and temple is crowded with so many people.   Setsubun "Setsubun" is a japanese traditional event = Shutterstock "Setsubun" is a traditional event to drive away evil. It will be held in early February. People throw beans at home ...

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Climate & Weather in Japan

Fundamentals

2019/9/8

Climate and Yearly Weather in Japan! Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido etc.

When you visit Japan, how is the climate and the weather in Japan? On this page, I would like to introduce the climate and weather of Japan, including the features of each area. Table of Contents1 The climate of Japan is diverse2 Winter weather : Snow on the Japan Sea side3 Japan's rainy season: around June4 Autumn is the best season in Japan5 Recommended Videos6 Links The climate of Japan is diverse Japan is an elongated archipelago extending 3000 kilometers north and south. It consists of 4 large islands and about 6,800 small islands. Climate is very different between northernmost Hokkaido and south Okinawa. Winter in Hokkaido is very cold, while Okinawa is relatively mild even in winter. The area where much snow falls in winter is the Japan Sea side of Hokkaido and the Japan Sea side of northern Honshu. Data : Japan Meteorological Agency Japan Meteorological Agency Japan Meteorological Agency   Winter weather : Snow on the Japan Sea side Heavy Snow Fall in Japan = Shutterstock Like the backbone of the archipelago, mountain ranges are long running. Because of this mountain range, the climate of the Pacific side of the Japanese archipelago and the Japan Sea side are greatly different. Every winter, in the area on the Japan Sea side of the Japanese archipelago, many clouds damp from the Sea of ​​Japan and come into collision with the mountains, snow falls often. Meanwhile, in the area on the Pacific side, clear weather will continue in winter. If you go to areas in ...

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Earthquake & Volcanos in Japan

Fundamentals

2019/9/8

Earthquake & Volcanos in Japan

In Japan, earthquakes occur frequently, from small tremors not felt by the body to large fatal earthquakes. Many Japanese feel a sense of crisis not knowing when natural disasters will occur. Of course, the possibility of actually encountering a large natural disaster is very low. Most Japanese have been able to live over 80 years. However, this sense of crisis has a major influence on the spirit of Japan. Humans can not conquer nature. Many Japanese feel that it is important to live in harmony with nature. In this article I will introduce the relatively recent earthquake and volcanic eruption. Earthquake in Japan If you stayed in Japan for a few years, you will experience at least one small earthquake on your body. Japanese buildings are designed not to break even if a big earthquake occurs. Therefore, there is no need to be afraid. However, if you stayed in Japan for decades, there is a possibility of encountering a big earthquake. In 2011, when the Great East Japan Great Earthquake occurred, I was working in a skyscraper in Tokyo and experienced the building shaking greatly. East Japan great earthquake disaster East Japan great earthquake disaster, March 11, 2011 The Great East Japan Earthquake (Higashi-Nihon Daishinnsai) is a very big earthquake that struck northern Honshu on March 11, 2011. More than 90% of the approximately 15,000 victims died due to the tsunami that occurred after the earthquake. After the Great Hanshin Earthquake that occurred in 1995, earthquake-proof construction has been actively carried out in Japan to ...

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What to do in case of typhoon or earthquake

Life and Culture

2019/9/8

What to do in case of a typhoon or earthquake in Japan

Even in Japan, damage from typhoons and heavy rains is increasing due to global warming. In addition, earthquakes often occur in Japan. What should you do if a typhoon or earthquake occurs while you are traveling in Japan? Of course, you are unlikely to encounter such a case. However, it is a good idea to know the countermeasures in case of emergency. So, on this page, I will introduce how you can deal with disasters in Japan. If you are hit by a typhoon or a big earthquake now, download the Japanese government app “Safety tips”. That way you get the latest information. Anyway, make sure you have a safe place. Talk to the Japanese people around you. We are not good at English, so we will not speak to you positively. But if you are in trouble, we want to be your power. If you can use kanji, you can communicate with them. Please secure your hotel tonight anyway. Perhaps Rakuten Travel is most likely to get a reservation. If you can't stay at the hotel, behave like the Japanese around you. Please talk to them. Get information about weather and earthquakes Summer Typhoon hitting Okinawa airport = shutterstock Pay attention to the weather forecast! I have been told by travelers from overseas that "Japanese people like the weather forecast." Certainly, we Japanese check the weather forecast almost every day. This is because the Japanese weather changes every moment. Japan has seasonal changes. Typhoons often hit from summer to autumn. Furthermore, recently, damage from ...

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Emperor of Japan and Japanese Flag

Fundamentals

2019/7/26

Emperor of Japan and Japanese Flag

When you travel in Japan, you may be able to enjoy deeper if you get basic information about Japanese history. So on this page, I will introduce the emperor deeply involved in Japanese history. In addition, I will briefly explain about the flag of Japan. Emperor of Japan View of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo. Japan = Shutterstock Japan holds the Emperor System from ancient times. The emperor is called "Tenno". According to legend, the first emperor is Emperor Jinmu. It is said that Emperor Jinmu crowned around 660 BC, but it is not certain. Succession to the throne has been carried out by heredity for a long time. In the old Constitution enacted in 1889, the Emperor was a sovereign. However, in the new Constitution enacted in 1946, the citizens became sovereign, and the Emperor became a "symbol". Today, the Royal Family, centering on the Emperor, is engaged in work as a symbol, such as attending domestic and international events. The Royal Family carries out "Ippan Sanga" twice a year to greet the public at Tokyo's Imperial Palace. It is January 2 and December 23. At this time, so many citizens come to the Imperial Palace. Recommended Videos about the Emperor of Japan   Japanese Flag Japanese flag The flag of Japan is "Hinomaru". A large red circle is drawn on a white background. The red circle represents the rising sun. The Japanese have worshiped the sun for a long time. Because Japan is an agricultural country, the sun had a very big influence when ...

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