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Photos Kyoto

2020/6/3

Photos: Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto

The most popular tourist attractions in Kyoto are Fushimi Inari Shrine Shrine, Kinkakuji Temple and Kiyomizudera Temple. Kiyomizudera Temple is located on the slopes of a mountain in the eastern part of the city of Kyoto, and the view from the main hall, which stands 18 meters high, is spectacular. Let's go on a virtual trip to Kiyomizudera Temple! Photos of Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto = Shutterstock   Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto = Shutterstock   Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto = Shutterstock   Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto = Shutterstock   Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto = Shutterstock   Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto = Shutterstock   Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto = Shutterstock   Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto = Shutterstock   Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto = Shutterstock     Map of Kiyomizudera Temple     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kyoto"     Related posts: Photos: Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto Photos: Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto Photos: The Magic of Rurikoin Temple in Kyoto Photos: Autumn colors at Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto Photos: Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto -The World of Zen in Harmony with Nature Kyoto! 26 Best Attractions : Fushimi Inari, Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji etc. Photos: Eikando Zenrin-ji Temple -The temple with the most beautiful autumn colors Photos: Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) Photos: Traditional Kyoto in Summer Photos: Cherry blossoms in Kyoto Photos: Kamogawa River in Kyoto Photos: Autumn leaves in Kyoto

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Photos of snow-covered villages1 Shirakawago

Photos Snow Destinations

2020/5/30

Photos: Snow-covered villages in Japan

I would like to share with you the scenery of the snowy villages of Japan. These are pictures of Shirakawa-go, Gokayama, Miyama and Ouchi-juku. Someday, you'll enjoy the pure world in these villages! Photos of snow-covered villages Shirakawago (Gifu Prefecture) Shirakawago, Gifu Prefecture   Shirakawago, Gifu Prefecture   Shirakawago, Gifu Prefecture   Map of Shirakawago     Gokayama (Toyama Prefecture) Gokayama, Toyama Prefecture   Gokayama, Toyama Prefecture   Map of Gokayama     Miyama (Kyoto Prefecture) Miyama, Kyoto Prefecture   Miyama, Kyoto Prefecture   Map of Miyama     Ouchi-juku (Fukushima Prefecture) Ouchi-juku, Fukushima Prefecture   Ouchi-juku, Fukushima Prefecture   Map of Ouchi-juku     What to wear when visiting the snowy villages     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Snow Destinations"     Related posts: Photos: Mt. Fuji covered with snow 12 Best Snow Destinations in Japan: Shirakawago, Jigokudani, Niseko, Sapporo snow festival ... Photos: K-cars in Japan Photos: Sakura- Cherry blossoms in Japan Photos: The Miharu Takizakura -The best cherry tree in Japan! Photos: San'in -A mysterious land where old-fashioned Japan remains! Photos: Nara -The ancient capital of Japan Welcome to Japan! Enjoy 60 beautiful photos! Photos: Four seasons of Kamikochi Photos: Odaiba in Tokyo Bay Photos: Hakodate Photos: Ise Jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture

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Photos Hokkaido

2020/6/4

Photos: Biei and Furano in summer

The most popular tourist destinations in Hokkaido in summer are Biei and Furano. These areas, located in the center of Hokkaido, have rough plains. Colorful flowers bloom there. Seeing the change of nature on this plain will heal your mind. As for Biei and Furano, I have already written some articles. However, I would like to introduce the beauty of the summer meadow more, so I will summarize the photo feature here. Please refer to the following articles about Biei and Furano. Beautiful earth in summer Sunrise in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan = Adobestock Beautiful flowers farm colorful hill at Biei, Hokkaido, japan = Shutterstock African Marigold, Salvia splendens blossom in rainbow lines in the famous and beautiful Panoramic Flower Gardens Shikisai-no-oka at Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock Lavendar, scarlet sage blossom of Sunrise Park, Furano, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock A Woman Standing in Lavender Field at Tomita Farm, Furano, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock   Other great views in Biei and Furano A beautiful hill of Biei-cho, Hokkaido = Adobe Stock Ken & Mary tree, a famous spot in Biei-cho, Hokkaido Japan = Shutterstock Sunflower blossom in Hokusei no Oka Tenbo Park at Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock blue pond of bieishirogane town = Shutterstock blue pond of bieishirogane town = AdobeStock   Evening in Hokkaido Evening landscape. Biei Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock sunset in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock Pretty sunset in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock     Maps Biei Furano     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Hokkaido" ...

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Kyoto

2020/6/2

Photos: Geisha (Maiko & Geigi) in Gion, Kyoto

Japan still has a "geisha" culture. Geisha are women who entertain their guests wholeheartedly with Japanese dances and songs. Geisha is completely different from the courtesan "Oiran" that existed during the Edo period. In Kyoto, the geisha is called "geigi". Apprentice young geisha are called "maiko". Recently, women who have worked for the company may become geisha. Previously, I have interviewed geisha several times. They have learned very intellectual and delicate manners and are valuable successors of traditional culture. In Kyoto, events are held in spring and autumn where you can watch geisha dance. Geisha also play an active part in the Gion Festival in July. Please try the geisha culture! Photos of Gion Photos of Gion = Shutterstock   Photos of Gion = Shutterstock   Photos of Gion = Shutterstock   Photos of Gion = Shutterstock   Photos of Gion = Shutterstock   Photos of Gion = Shutterstock   Photos of Gion = Shutterstock   Photos of Gion = Shutterstock   Photos of Gion = Shutterstock     Map of Gion     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kyoto"     Related posts: Photos: Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) Photos: Traditional Kyoto in Summer Photos: Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto Photos: Cherry blossoms in Kyoto Photos: Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto Photos: Kamogawa River in Kyoto Photos: Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto Photos: The Jidai Matsuri Festival in Kyoto Photos: The fantastic illumination “Hanatouro” in Arashiyama, Kyoto Photos: Kifune, Kurama, Ohara in winter -Strolling around northern Kyoto Photos: Daitokuji Temple ...

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Photos Kyoto

2020/6/3

Photos: Kinkakuji vs Ginkakuji -Which is your favorite?

Which do you like better, Kinkakuji or Ginkakuji? On this page, let me introduce the beautiful photos of these two temples that represent Kyoto. For more information about Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji, please see the articles below. Photos of Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan = Shutterstock   Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan = Shutterstock   Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan = Shutterstock   Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan = Shutterstock   Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan = Shutterstock   Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan = Shutterstock   Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan = Shutterstock   Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan = AdobeStock   Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan = Shutterstock     Map of Kinkakuji   Map of Ginkakuji     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kyoto"     Related posts: Photos: Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto Photos: The historic hill roads in Kyoto -Sannei-zaka, Ninei-zaka, etc. Photos: The Jidai Matsuri Festival in Kyoto Photos: Cherry blossoms in Kyoto Photos: Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) Photos: Kifune, Kurama, Ohara in winter -Strolling around northern Kyoto Kyoto! 26 Best Attractions : Fushimi Inari, Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji etc. Photos: Nara -The ancient capital of Japan Photos: Geisha (Maiko & Geigi) in Gion, Kyoto Photos: Traditional Kyoto in Summer Photos: Snow-covered villages in Japan Photos: Koyasan

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Photos Hokkaido

2020/5/28

Photos: Hakodate

Hakodate in southern Hokkaido is covered with snow from January to March.Hakodate at this time is really beautiful.The seafood rice bowl at the market called Asaichi is also the best. Let's take a virtual trip to Hakodate! Please refer to the following article for details. Photos of Hakodate Night view from Mt. Hakodate = Shutterstock   Winter scenery from Mount Hakodate = Shutterstock   Mt. Hakodate seen from Hakodate Port = Shutterstock   The city of Hakodate seen from the slope of Motomachi = Shutterstock   City tram running in Hakodate city = Shutterstock   Hakodate city in winter   Kanemori Aka Renga Soko in Hakodate = Shutterstock   Hokodate Morning Market near the Hakodate Station   Seafood bowl at Hakodate morning market = Shutterstock   Beautifully illuminated Goryokaku = Shutterstock   Beautifully illuminated Goryokaku = Shutterstock   There is a beautiful Mount Komagatake in the suburbs of Hakodate = Shutterstock   You can enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Onuma Park in the suburbs of Hakodate = Shutterstock   Map of Hakodate     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Hakodate"     Related posts: Hakodate! 7 Best Tourist Attractions and Things to do Photos: Biei and Furano in summer Photos:Taushubetsu bridge in Hokkaido Photos: Tomamu in Hokkaido Photos: Horses in Hokkaido Photos: Beautiful forests in Tokachi, Hokkaido Photos: Noboribetsu Onsen -Hokkaido's largest hot spring resort Photos: Yokohama Photos: Koyasan Photos: Snow-covered villages in Japan Photos: Okinawa's Beautiful Sea 1 -Enjoy the endlessly clear waters Photos: The night view ...

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Photos Fukushima

2020/6/3

Photos: Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture

If you want to enjoy beautiful Japanese countryside views from the train, I recommend the JR Tadami Line in western Fukushima Prefecture. The Tadami line runs from Aizu-Wakamatsu, an ancient city where you can feel the samurai culture of Japan, through the mountains. Photos of Tadami Line JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Pixta   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Pixta   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock     Map of Aizu-Wakamatsu     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Fukushima"     Related posts: Photos: Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture Photos: Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Photos: The Miharu Takizakura -The best cherry tree in Japan! Photos: Ise Jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture Photos: Kanazawa in Ishikawa prefecture Photos: Motonosumi Shrine in Yamaguchi Prefecture Photos: Gunkanjima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture Photos: Togakushi Shrine in Nagano Prefecture Photos: Biwako Valley in Shiga Prefecture Photos: Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture Photos: Snow-covered villages in Japan

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Photos Oita

2020/6/16

Photos: Beppu (1) Beautifully shining hot spring resort

Beppu, located in the eastern part of Kyushu, is Japan's largest hot spring resort. When you visit Beppu, you'll first be surprised at the hot springs that spring up here and there. When you look out over the cityscape of Beppu from the hill, as you can see on this page, steam is rising everywhere. They are by no means a fire. At night, these steams illuminate and shine beautifully. Photos of Beppu                     Map of Beppu     I appreciate you reading to the end. Please see other photos.   Back to "Best of Beppu" 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 culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details. Related posts: Photos: Beppu (4) Enjoy hot springs in various styles! Beppu! Enjoy at Japan's largest hot spring resort! Photos: Beppu (3) Let's visit various Hells (Jigoku) Photos: Beppu (2) The beautiful changes of the four seasons! Photos: Noboribetsu Onsen -Hokkaido's largest hot spring resort Shining Spring and Distant Snow Scene: From 10 beautiful pictures! Photos: Hakone -Recommended hot spring area near Tokyo Photos: Winter at Niseko Ski Resort in Hokkaido -Enjoy the powder snow! Photos: Kinosaki Onsen -Popular traditional hot spring town in Hyogo Prefecture Photos: Ginzan Onsen -A retro hot spring ...

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The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima prefecture

Photos Fukushima

2020/5/30

Photos: The Miharu Takizakura -The best cherry tree in Japan!

If you were to ask me which is the most beautiful cherry blossom in Japan, I would say the Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture.The Miharu Takizakura tree is over 1000 years old. This beautiful cherry tree has long been protected and loved by the local people. Let's go on a virtual trip to appreciate the Miharu Takizakura! Photos of the Miharu Takizakura The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock     Map of Miharu Takizakura     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Fukushima"     Related posts: Photos: Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture Photos: 11 Keywords to fully enjoy Japanese Cherry Blossoms Photos: Snow-covered villages in Japan Photos: Mt. Yoshino -30,000 cherry trees bloom in spring! Photos: Koyasan Photos: Ise Jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture Photos: Kanazawa in Ishikawa prefecture Photos: San'in -A mysterious land where old-fashioned Japan remains! Photos: Biwako Valley in Shiga Prefecture Photos: Shogawa Gorge cruise -River cruise in a pure white world! Photos: Kashima-jingu Shrine in Ibaraki Prefecture Photos: Sakura- Cherry blossoms ...

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Photos Miyazaki

2020/6/2

Photos: Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture

Takachiho is a mysterious land known as the home of Japanese mythology. It is located in the mountainous area of Miyazaki Prefecture in eastern Kyushu. The town still retains the mythical spots and Kagura dances associated with them. It is also famous for the beautiful sea of clouds in autumn. And the most popular tourist spot in this town is the Takachiho Gorge. Let's take a virtual trip to Takachiho with many photos! Photos of Takachiho Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture = Shutterstock   Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture = ADobeStock   Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture   Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture = Shutterstock   Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture = Shutterstock   Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture = Shutterstock   Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture   Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture   Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture   Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture     Map of Takachiho     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Miyazaki"     Related posts: Photos: Oze in Gunma Prefecture Photos: Biwako Valley in Shiga Prefecture Photos: Kanazawa in Ishikawa prefecture Photos: Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture Photos: Ise Jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture Photos: Gunkanjima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture Photos: Togakushi Shrine in Nagano Prefecture Photos: Motonosumi Shrine in Yamaguchi Prefecture Photos: Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture Photos: Shuri Castle in Okinawa Prefecture Photos: Matsue in Shimane Prefecture Photos: Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture

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Life and Culture

2020/5/31

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. Harmony with Nature Harmony with People Tradition Modernity   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 ...

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

Interests

2020/5/27

20 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.   20 Best things you can enjoy on your trip to Japan Then, below, I will list the 20 things I recommend to you. If you click on each image, you can move to the corresponding article. 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 and Theme Parks Festivals ...

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Destinations

2020/6/18

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. 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.   The following are related articles by region.   Hokkaido Recommended destinations Sapporo Hakodate Furano/Biei   Tohoku region (Northeastern part of Honshu) Recommended destinations Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture) Towada, Oirase (Aomori Prefecture) Aizuwakamatsu (Fukushima prefecture)   Kanto Region (Around Tokyo) Recommended destinations Tokyo Hakone (Kanagawa Prefecture) Kamakura (Kanagawa Prefecture)   Chubu Region (Central Honshu) Recommended destinations Mt. Fuji (Yamanashi, Shizuoka Prefecture) Shirakawago (Gifu Prefecture) Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture)   Kansai region (Around Kyoto and Osaka) Recommended destinations Kyoto (Kyoto Prefecture) Nara  (Nara Prefecture) Osaka (Osaka Prefecture)   Chugoku Region (Western Honshu) Recommended destinations Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture) Miyajima (Hiroshima Prefecture) Matsue (Shimane ...

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Accommodation

Accommodation

2020/5/28

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

2020/6/3

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. 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 a lot of JR, Japan Rail Pass will become your very powerful "friend". Below is the ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

 

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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 ...

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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 ...

 

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20 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 ...

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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. ...

 

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

2020/5/30

When is the best time to visit Japan?

When is the best time of year for travelling to Japan? The answer depends on your purpose for traveling. Perhaps you want to see Japan’s famous cherry blossoms? If that’s the case, I recommend coming to Japan during the month of April. Maybe you want to see beautiful snowy landscapes? Try visiting Hokkaido, Tohoku or Nagano from January to February. 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. This article highlights each seasons most wonderful features. Spring - March, April, May: Season of beautiful flowers Mt. Fuji, Japan = Adobe Stock Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki, Japan Spring time in Japan is during the months of March, April and May. The last 3 weeks of March as well as the first 3 weeks of April are ideal times for travelling in the Spring. Students are finishing the school year and the working adults are still on the job. The Japanese school year starts in April and finishes the following year in March. Cherry blossoms typically bloom during the two week period in between the school year. Depending on where you go in Japan, you will almost always be able to find a cherry blossom festival to attend. Spring weather is excellent during the day but nights are likely to still be a bit cold   Summer - June, July, August: Hokkaido and summer festivals are recommended Colorful flower field and blue sky in Shikisai-no-oka, Biei, Hokkaido, ...

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Japanese Language

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2020/5/30

Language! 3 things to remember when speaking to Japanese people

Many Japanese people are not good at using English. For this reason, people who come to Japan cannot communicate well with Japanese people. Foreigners sometimes wonder how to ask anyone for help when they get lost or need information. When they go to a small town or village they can’t easily communicate with people at a restaurant or even a hotel. In Japan, What can you do to communicate with people in Japan? I recommend the following three things. Let's say "Sumimasen" When you first speak to a Japanese person you don’t know, you should first use the following Japanese phrase. "Sumimasen" This has a similar meaning to “Excuse me” or “Sorry (to bother you)” in English. In Japanese, this phrase is used quite often. “Sumimasen” is can also be used as “thank you” or used to call for assistance at a shop or restaurant. This phrase is very useful when you want to get someone’s attention. Generally, people from Japan are not good at speaking English. However, if you say “Sumimasen” to a Japanese person they will stop and listen to what you have to say. Japanese people are kind and welcoming to foreign people so please feel free to use “Sumimasen” if you need help. Don’t forget to thank someone for listening as well. Don’t worry. Japanese people understand how to say “Thank you” in English so they will understand your gratitude.   Write letters on paper The Japanese are shy, but when you are in trouble, we will help you. = Shutterstock ...

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Japanese Currency

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2020/5/30

Japanese currency How to exchange money and how to pay for it

The currency in Japan is Yen. This page has the latest in exchange rates so please refer here before exchanging money. Here you will also find information on Japanese bills and coins. In addition, I’ll explain the current situation in regards to the use of credit cards in Japan. 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. The note you will probably use the most holds the value of 1000 yen. 10,000 yen 5,000 yen 2,000 yen 1,000 yen Coins in Japan = Adobe Stock There are four types of coins in Japan. Expect to use the 100 yen and 10 yen coin often. 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 only cash. For most hotels, department stores, supermarkets, convenience stores you can use credit cards if you’re traveling in the city. Even some taxis have come to accept credit cards recently. Many vending machines that buy train tickets can use credit cards. However, if you pay an admission fee at a temple or shrine, you should have cash readily available. Exchange your money at the airport In Japan, very few shops accept cash other than Japanese yen. Therefore, ...

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

Fundamentals

2020/5/30

Recommended useful sites when preparing for your trip to Japan

On this page, I will introduce various websites related to Japan. I will update this information from time to time. It would be a helpful resource for you to use 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 for Japan. This information is in 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 website that is operated by foreigners living in Japan. It has gradually increased its number of articles since the website was created. It can be said that it is the tourist information site most familiar among tourists coming to Japan now. In the spring, it provides information regarding the blooming of cherry blossoms in Japan. >> 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 that use beautiful images to introduce Japanese beauty to people overseas. "ZEKKEI" means "the highest beautiful landscape" in Japanese. Like the meaning of its name, it is a ...

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SIM Card vs. Pocket Wifi in Japan

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2020/5/30

SIM Card vs. Pocket Wi-Fi Rental in Japan! Where to buy and rent?

During your stay in Japan, you may want to use a smartphone. How do you get one? There are six possible choices. First, you can use roaming service on your current plan but please check with your service provider for rates. Second, you can utilize free Wi-Fi with your current smartphone while travelling in Japan. Next you can subscribe to a paid Wi-Fi service. You can also use a prepaid SIM card that is capable of service in Japan with your unlocked smartphone. You can use a rental service from your country or Japan to get a pocket Wi-Fi router, SIM card, or capable smartphone. Finally, you may be able to rent a smart phone from your hotel. Below is information on each of these options to help you decide. What is the best choice for your usage? Sim card vending machine at Kansai airport in Osaka Japan Necessary information for choosing a device for your trip is as follows. Cost-effective Roaming Services Recently, roaming services that can be used cheaply in foreign countries have been on the rise. If there are affordable roaming services through your current provider then consider using it. Pocket Wi-Fi Routers 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 Wi-Fi routers it is easy for you to keep in contact with each other when you are divided ...

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Japan Time Now

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2020/5/30

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. At NIKKEI, ...

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2020/5/27

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 closest weekday (usually 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". School holiday is from the end of July to the end of August. Please note that during these periods tourist destinations around the country will get crowded. New Year's Day : January 1st Torii gate at Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo = Shutterstock New Year is the most important holiday for Japanese people. Many people will take leave from December 29th and spend time with family on New Year's Day. People visit shrines or temples to pray for the new year.   Coming of Age Day : The second Monday of January Young Japanese women wearing kimonos for the coming of age, to celebrate the year they turn twenty = Shutterstock Women in kimono outside the culture center during Coming of Age Day celebrations in Kagoshima City, Japan = Shutterstock On this day, the Japanese celebrate those who are 20 years old. Many municipalities celebrations in their honor. Young people wear Kimono or Suits and celebrate Coming of Age.   National Foundation day : February 11th It is a day to celebrate the foundation of Japan. According to an old legend, Emperor Jinmu, the first emperor, ...

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Annual Events in Japan

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2020/5/27

Annual Events in Japan! New Year, Hanami, Obon, Christmas and more!

There are still many traditional annual events in Japan. Many Japanese people choose to celebrate these annual events with their families. Recently, many foreign tourists have enjoyed such events. Through one of these events you can get a good idea of Japanese culture. This article details these annual events. New Year events Annual events for the New Year are the biggest in Japan. From the end of the year the following events take place annually. 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 December 31st the priests ring the big bells of the temple 108 times. There are seemingly 108 anxieties to humans. The meaning behind the ringing of bells is to drive away those feelings. Toshi-Koshi soba "Toshi-Koshi soba" are noodles customarily eaten on December 31st. The Japanese eat long noodles in the hope that they will lead a 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 many people making these visits.   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 while chanting "Oni-wa-soto, fuku-wa-uti," meaning "Out ...

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Climate & Weather in Japan

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2020/5/30

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

When you plan on visiting Japan, how will the climate and weather be? In this article I would like to introduce the climate and weather of Japan and the features of each area. 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 areas with heavy snowfall 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 Seaside 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, on the Japan Sea side of the country, many clouds damp from the Sea of Japan come into collision with the mountains. Here, snow falls often. Meanwhile, on the Pacific side, clear weather will continue in winter. If you go to areas west of the mountain range during winter, especially Hokkaido and northern Honshu, you will be able to see snowy landscapes.   Japan's rainy season: Around June A woman in traditional Japanese kimono walking along the approach decorated with beautiful blue hydrangea (macrophylla) at ...

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Earthquake & Volcanos in Japan

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2020/5/30

Earthquakes & Volcanos in Japan

In Japan, earthquakes occur frequently, from small tremors not felt by the body to large fatal disasters. 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 people have been able to live to be over the age of 80. However, this sense of crisis has a major influence on the spirit of Japan. Humans cannot conquer nature. Many Japanese people feel that it is important to live in harmony with nature. In this article I will discuss relatively recent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Earthquakes in Japan If you stayed in Japan for a few years, you would experience at least one small earthquake for yourself. Japanese buildings are designed not to collapse even if a big earthquake were to occur. Therefore, there is no need to be afraid. However, if you stayed in Japan for decades, there’s a possibility of experiencing 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 violently. East Japan great earthquake disaster East Japan great earthquake disaster, March 11, 2011 The Great East Japan Earthquake (Higashi-Nihon Daishinsai) 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 ...

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What to do in case of typhoon or earthquake

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2020/6/8

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 an emergency. So, on this page, I will discuss what to do when a natural disaster strikes 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 to take shelter. Talk to the Japanese people around you. Although, generally Japanese people are not good at speaking English, if you are in trouble they still want to help. If you can use kanji (Chinese characters), you can communicate with them this way. 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 weather forecasts." Certainly, we check the weather forecast almost every day. This is because the Japanese weather changes every moment. Japan has seasonal changes as well as typhoons often from summer to autumn. Furthermore, recently, damage from heavy rain has increased due to the effects of global warming. In addition, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in Japan frequently. If you are traveling to Japan, I would ...

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Emperor of Japan and Japanese Flag

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2020/5/30

Emperor of Japan and Japanese Flag

When you travel in Japan you may be able to feel a deeper enjoyment if you had basic knowledge of Japanese history. This page will include a brief summary of important Emperors in Japanese history. In addition, I will include information about Japans national flag. Emperor of Japan View of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo. Japan = Shutterstock Japan has used the Emperor System since ancient times. The emperor is called "Tenno" in Japanese. According to legend, the first emperor was Emperor Jinmu. It is said that Emperor Jinmu was 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 were given the power to rule and the Emperor became a "symbol". Today, the Royal Family, centering on the Emperor, is engaged in symbolic work. This work includes attending domestic and international events. The Royal Family carries out "Ippan Sanga" twice a year to greet the public at Tokyo's Imperial Palace. This occurs on January 2 and December 23. At this time, so many people come to the Imperial Palace to catch a glimpse of the family in person, Recommended Videos about the Emperor of Japan   Japanese Flag Japanese flag The flag of Japan is called "Hinomaru". A large red circle is drawn on a white background. The red circle represents the rising sun. The Japanese have worshiped the sun ...

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