Destinations in Japan

Japan may be a small country, but there are hundreds of destinations that offer more than you could imagine. From nature-rich and quiet regional towns where you can experience traditional Japan, to the fast-paced and bright metropolitan cities bustling with people and technology, begin to explore Japan right here.

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A Body Slam into the world of Sumo

Martial Arts and Japan have a rich, deep and beautiful history together, so it is to no surprise that Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport. Sumo is one of Japan’s most well-known sports, and a highly authentic Japanese cultural experience in and of itself. The sport from the offset seems quite … ...Read More

“Cash is King” and the “IC Card is Queen”

In Japan, the saying is “Cash is King”, with the society being so reliant of using physical money for purchases such as restaurants, supermarkets, and a multitude of other locations. But if the saying goes “Cash is King” then in recent times certainly it can be said that the “IC Card is Queen” with… ...Read More

Setsubun: Out with the Old, in with the Ogres

An aspect of Japan that I absolutely love is that there are very distinct seasons. Unlike Australia, where you could have winter and summer on the same day, Japan has four well defined seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. It is refreshing to see a change of season almost in an instant, from… ...Read More

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

Stay a while and explore Hokkaido from Hoshino Resorts Tomamu G'Day Japan! exclusive deal, saving up to 80%! Limited time only! A great snow holiday area in its own right, Tomamu is a convenient base for visiting Furano, Sahoro and Kamui, and enjoying the best of the Central Hokkaido region. … ...Read More

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU & OMO7 ASAHIKAWA

Discover Hokkaido from Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU and OMO7 ASAHIKAWA  G'Day Japan! exclusive deal, saving up to 80%! Limited time only! √ Get the cheapest deals when you stay at TOMAMU for 3 nights or more √ Stay at the brand new OMO7 ASAHIKAWA produced by Hoshino Resorts To enjoy the best of… ...Read More

A history of the Kanji of the Year

On December 12 2020, all eyes were on Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto where the "Kanji of the Year" was revealed to the public who voted on choosing what best represents that year. Seihan Mori, the head abbot of the temple, took his usual place in front of a blank board on the site’s famous balcony, r… ...Read More

SHIBU ONSEN

The neighbouring town to the snow monkey park, full of charm and tradition Shibu Onsen is a quaint hot spring town in Nagano Prefecture that opens up behind a curtain of steam, revealing traditions and architecture of years passed, still standing tall and proud. The town's original spring-head w… ...Read More

Paul Sheehan / Golf in Japan

If you are a keen golfer who has always wanted to visit Japan, the best way to get an incredible cultural and professional experience is with Paul Sheehan. Paul has shared his experiences as a professional golfer to give you an idea of what it’s like to play golf in Japan and the stunning experienc… ...Read More

NOZAWA ONSEN

√  Deep powder resort with a vast slope area √  Grand samurai-era bathhouses and inns √  Traditional hot spring healing destination The quaint village of Nozawa Onsen has long been known beyond the shores of Japan as a winter destination. The deep powder, great resort facilities and the fact t… ...Read More

TOKYO

The largest city in the world by population, Greater Tokyo sprawls as far as the eye can see from the skyscrapers of Shinjuku, towards the silhouette of Mount Fuji on the horizon. One of the most iconic of these skyscrapers is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building; designed to resemble a gi… ...Read More

REGIONS OF JAPAN

HOKKAIDO

The northernmost of the four main islands of Japan, Hokkaido is the second largest island in Japan. it is surrounded by three oceans: The Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Pacific Ocean. Although it has the third largest population of Japan, it is the least populated. Hokkaido has relatively pleasant weather, characterised by harsh winter accompanied by heavy snowfall, extremely low temperatures and frozen seas. It is also home to various mountains, extensive wetlands, beautiful lakes, forests, ski resorts and so much more. It’s a popular tourist hotspot among domestic and international tourists alike, who enjoy the unspoiled nature and large variety of seafood offered from the surrounding seas.

FURANO
√  Full-service outdoor playground √  Lower humidity means even drier powder snow √  Authentic local culture and hospitality Winter guests visit the city of Furano for skiing and snowboarding, b…Read More
TAISETSU
Asahikawa City Great local resorts, after-ski entertainment and attractions Taisetsu* is a collection of magnificent mountains that form the central highlands of Hokkaido, and here you’ll find …Read More
RUSUTSU
Visit a featured ski resort RUSUTSU which has just joined the Epic Pass  January and February see Rusutsu’s Side Country Park come to life, with all sorts of ungroomed fun to be had within the wes…Read More
NISEKO
√  Vast quantities of Japan's best powder √  World-class facilities √  Loads of after-ski entertainment What is it that makes the snow holiday experience at Niseko so addictive? Is it the free a…Read More
TOKACHIDAKE
For hungry riders on a raw powder diet Tokachidake is nature in the Hokkaido Powder Belt 'as is'. There are no lifts, no groomed runs, and no crowds; just pure powder to be enjoyed. The area consi…Read More
Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU & OMO7 ASAHIKAWA
Discover Hokkaido from Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU and OMO7 ASAHIKAWA  G'Day Japan! exclusive deal, saving up to 80%! Limited time only! √ Get the cheapest deals when you stay at TOMAMU for 3 nigh…Read More
OTARU
Snowed under in Hokkaido A seafood lover's paradise near Sapporo, steeped in historic charm A VISIT to Otaru is a trip back in time to nineteenth-century Japan. Beautifully maintained European he…Read More
Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Stay a while and explore Hokkaido from Hoshino Resorts Tomamu G'Day Japan! exclusive deal, saving up to 80%! Limited time only! A great snow holiday area in its own right, Tomamu is a convenien…Read More

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Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Vivianne Tran

If you're wondering what else is there to do in Japan's winter besides skiing or hot springs, then we just might have the perfect idea for you. What does Japan do best? Their awesome illuminations! Japan will tap into your wildest imagination with their divine winter illuminations that light up the… Read More

A Guide to Japan’s Best Autumn Hikes

Tochigi Discover Paulina Rozbicki

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Japan. During autumn it is the perfect temperature to enjoy one of Japan’s scenic hikes. More notably, this is the time that the leaves change colour and Japan’s usually lush greenery is transformed temporarily into a complex palette of reds, oranges and yel… Read More

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TOHOKU

Tohoku region consists of six prefectures: Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima, and is located in the north-eastern part of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. Due to the strong effects of the Siberian High, it sees cool summers and snowy winters. However, some places in the pacific coast of Tohoku has much less snow than imagined. Tohoku is characterised by hilly mountains, lakes, hot springs and is a major rice production area. Various outdoor activities, rich historical sites and food experiences are offered throughout the year. Tohoku has made a significant recovery from the devastating earthquake that hit the region in 2011 but remains a place well-loved by both domestic and international travellers.

ZAO ONSEN
This traditional ski resort reigns supreme in Japan The historic hot spring town of Zao Onsen lies within the Zao Mountain Range, an impressive cluster of stratovolcanoes 40 minutes from Yamagata …Read More
MARUMORI
Marumori town A wholesome country town watched over by Nekogami (Cat God) Abundant in nature and vibrant with creative people who have a love for traditional values and innovating a lifestyle of …Read More

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Why You Should Visit Aomori in Winter

Aomori Discover Abby Whalan

Aomori is the most northern prefecture on the main island of Japan. It is most known for Aomori having the highest snowfall in the world at a staggering average of 8m every year. This makes the area ideal for skiing – but there is a lot more you can do in Winter in Aomori! Discover the Winter wonde… Read More

Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Vivianne Tran

If you're wondering what else is there to do in Japan's winter besides skiing or hot springs, then we just might have the perfect idea for you. What does Japan do best? Their awesome illuminations! Japan will tap into your wildest imagination with their divine winter illuminations that light up the… Read More

A Guide to Japan’s Best Autumn Hikes

Tochigi Discover Paulina Rozbicki

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Japan. During autumn it is the perfect temperature to enjoy one of Japan’s scenic hikes. More notably, this is the time that the leaves change colour and Japan’s usually lush greenery is transformed temporarily into a complex palette of reds, oranges and yel… Read More

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KANTO

Kanto region is located in the north central part of Honshu and accounts for one-third of the total Japanese population. It consists of seven prefectures: Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama, Tochigi and Tokyo. Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Ibaraki are coastal, the other three prefectures are landlocked. It can be said that the Greater Tokyo Area, consisting of Tokyo Metropolis, Yokohama, Kawasaki, Saitama, Chiba and Sagamihara, is responsible for Kanto region being the heart of Japanese culture, politics and economics. This is due to the heavily industrialised and greatly urbanised nature of these areas that intertwines technology and rich pop culture together. Most of us may associate this with the immersive digital artwork and sites with high tech entertainment offered in the region, but Kanto also has rural retreats, sandy beaches, historical sites and untouched natural charm.

MIYACOZOME for an Ideal Fabric Dyeing Solution
Fabric Dyeing has always been an enjoyable activity. One of its attractions is not only the beautiful results that you can easily achieve but how simple and quick the process is. The best part of…Read More
TOKYO
The largest city in the world by population, Greater Tokyo sprawls as far as the eye can see from the skyscrapers of Shinjuku, towards the silhouette of Mount Fuji on the horizon. One of the most …Read More
KANDA-OGAWA
Kanda-Ogawa - where skiers can shop till they drop! Kanda-ogawa is located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo - just 10 minutes from Japan’s electric city, Akihabara. Kanda-ogawa is known as the number …Read More
KATASHINA VILLAGE
Ski holidays in Japan has become a staple menu item of Australian travellers, but there are still many undiscovered places around Japan. One of these hidden gems go by the name of Katashina Village. …Read More
Haneda Tokyo International Air Terminal
Tokyo’s very own airport, connecting Aussies to 48 destinations in Japan! Australians are starting to catch on to a better way of travelling to and further into Japan. They are discovering Tokyo I…Read More
ENOSHIMA/KAMAKURA
Follow the sea breeze to Enoshima and Kamakura The Kanto region in which Tokyo is located has all sorts of landscapes and cityscapes to be enjoyed, as well as variances in local culture from place…Read More
HAKONE
A breath of fresh air, 75 minutes from Shinjuku Hakone has provided a found retreat for the Japanese people for over four centuries. Known for its hot springs, hospitality, and the gorgeous natura…Read More

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MIYACOZOME for an Ideal Fabric Dyeing Solution

Tokyo Art GJ Editor

Fabric Dyeing has always been an enjoyable activity. One of its attractions is not only the beautiful results that you can easily achieve but how simple and quick the process is. The best part of fabric dyeing is that everyone can participate in the process. There is less of a chance that the f… Read More

Celebrate Halloween Parades in Tokyo

Tokyo Entertainment Vivianne Tran

Tokyo is gaining attention for its creative and festive approach to halloween by taking it to a whole new level!  Tokyo's approach is a bit different as it focuses less on the spooky side of this festive season. Instead, it is viewed more of a time to be inventive with dress up costumes. Also, it's… Read More

Tokyo’s Izakaya night bars guide!

Tokyo Food and Drink Vivianne Tran

Have you guys heard of Japan’s favourite hangout place, Izakaya? If this sounds foreign to you, allow me to explain what it is. Izakaya is a type of casual Japanese-style bar/pub (the midpoint between a bar and a restaurant), serving a range of Japanese alcoholic drinks and top-notch snacks to acc… Read More

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CHUBU

Located in the central area of Honshu, Chubu comprises of nine prefectures: Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka and Aichi. It is situated between Kansai and Kanto region and is often overlooked as it is regarded as merely a staging point for travelling between two regions. However, some of Japan’s most scenic landscapes, ski resorts and historical towns are located here. Not to mention Japan’s most iconic symbol, Mt Fuji! The climate here differs given that the areas are widely spread out, with the northern most area along the Sea of Japan being cooler and thus experiences heavy snowfall. Areas along the Pacific Coast, on the other hand, experience hot and humid summers. For example, Gifu is known as one of the hottest places in Japan.

3 Days in Chubusangaku National Park: Central Japan’s Oasis of Pristine Rivers,
Untouched Wilderness, and Sustainable Cultures
Nestled around the Hida Mountains of central Japan, Chubusangaku National Park is a stretch of soaring alpine mountains and plains covered with lush nature, abundant wildlife, and culturally rich vil…Read More
SHIGA KOGEN
Shiga Kogen √ Japan's biggest ski resort area √ Hot spring heaven √ Snow Monkeys AND Snow Monsters Shiga Kogen is the collection of one of Japan’s largest ski resorts and hiking spots, conven…Read More
HAKUBA VALLEY
√ More than ten metres a season of the best powder you've never seen √ Amazing backcountry, hot springs and local dining and drinking √ International resort night life with great English tours an…Read More
NOZAWA ONSEN
√  Deep powder resort with a vast slope area √  Grand samurai-era bathhouses and inns √  Traditional hot spring healing destination The quaint village of Nozawa Onsen has long been known beyond …Read More
MYOKO
The beauty of Myoko Myoko is blessed with an abundance of high quality ski resorts that are surrounded by nature-rich mountains, hot springs and recreational facilities. The area is also known for…Read More
ECHIGO-YUZAWA
√ Prime location for enormous powder dumps √ Filled with traditional snow country charm √ Just 77 minutes from Tokyo on the bullet train Indulge in the snow, the food and the hot springs of Ec…Read More
OMACHI
Enjoy the finer things in a hot spring town on Hakuba's doorstep Just 40 minutes from Hakuba, Omachi is local to the ski resorts of Kashimayari Sports Village and Jiigatake. Its hot spring area of…Read More
MADARAO KOGEN
√ Two interconnected resorts famous for deep 'Madapow' √ Amazing tree runs, natural bowls, jumps and half-pipe √ Ski-in, ski-out accommodation with delicious local dining Madarao Kogen is an all…Read More
SHIBU ONSEN
The neighbouring town to the snow monkey park, full of charm and tradition Shibu Onsen is a quaint hot spring town in Nagano Prefecture that opens up behind a curtain of steam, revealing tradition…Read More
FUJI-KAWAGUCHIKO
The prime spot to view Mount Fuji The town of Fuji-Kawaguchiko is the gorgeous area beneath Mount Fuji that boasts abundance in nature with its four lakes, mountains and forests. Japan’s biggest i…Read More
NAGANO CITY
Overview Nagano City has been a storied gateway for pilgrims en route to the iconic 1,400-year-old Buddhist temple, Zenko-ji for in excess of a millennium. However, the rest of the city offers so …Read More

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6 Enchanting Autumn Light Up Events in Japan

Aichi Event Paulina Rozbicki

During autumn, you not only enjoy the brilliant colours during the day but at night too. Autumn light up events occur throughout Japan bringing new life to the gardens, temples, and parks they illuminate. Dazzling light displays transform the atmosphere as various types of maple and gingko trees gl… Read More

6 Things You Have To Do In Fukui

Fukui Discover Paulina Rozbicki

Just 2 hours away from Kyoto, Fukui is a prefecture full of interesting history, scenery, and cuisine. Located next to the Japan Sea, Fukui boasts one of the most delicious varieties of crabs in Japan. Furthermore, the sea has carved out volcanic geological formations on its cliffs that cannot be s… Read More

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KANSAI

Also known as ‘Kinki’, Kansai region occupies the southern-central region of Honshu and consists of seven prefectures: Hyogo, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Osaka, Shiga and Wakayama. Keihanshin region comprises of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, and is also known as the second-most densely populated region in Japan since a vast portion of industrial production takes place here. The rivalry between regions of Kanto and Kansai is still prevalent when it comes to food, dialects and escalator etiquette. Once the cultural and historical heart of Japan, Kansai region has since developed its own unique identity. While Kyoto is commonly found on every traveller’s bucket list, other prefectures also have historical and cultural sites, breathtaking landscapes, carry out religious pilgrimages and have rich food cultures.

TOYOOKA
Hot Spring Therapy that Heals Both the Body and Soul & Rejuvenate Your Body and Spirit in the Countryside of Japan Tucked away along Japan’s western coastline and surrounded by the natural bea…Read More
OSAKA
Osaka: The Vibrant City of Old and New The world famous Osaka is the capital of west Japan; a trade and cultural hub that offers a completely different experience to that of Tokyo city. Located in…Read More
KOBE
Gateway to Japan and rugby. Tokyo and very slightly to the west of Osaka is the city of Kobe. One of the most well known port city in Japan, and it is located in the Kansai region. Kobe looks up t…Read More

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Top Kyoto Cafes for Matcha Lovers

Kyoto Food and Drink Ying-Ying Lee

It is funny how the more you cannot have something, the more you want it. Has anyone been craving matcha since the start of COVID-19? This superfood has taken the world by a storm. Not only is the green powder recognized for its health benefits, but also its ability to be incorporated in a wide var… Read More

Mount Koya: The monastery settlement of Japan

Wakayama Discover Ari Gorney

Located in the heart of Wakayama prefecture, on top of a mountain, lies a village tucked away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Osaka City. Here you will find a huge temple settlement known as Mount Koya (高野山, Kōyasan), which is the centre of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which… Read More

6 Enchanting Autumn Light Up Events in Japan

Aichi Event Paulina Rozbicki

During autumn, you not only enjoy the brilliant colours during the day but at night too. Autumn light up events occur throughout Japan bringing new life to the gardens, temples, and parks they illuminate. Dazzling light displays transform the atmosphere as various types of maple and gingko trees gl… Read More

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CHUGOKU

Chugoku region is located in the western part of Honshu and comprises of five prefectures: Okayama, Hiroshima, Tottori, Shimane and Yamaguchi. Being geographically close to Kyushu and Shikoku islands means Chugoku serves as an important gateway for travel towards western Japan. This is not limited to domestic travel only, as airports and seaports allow for international passenger traffic from neighbouring countries as well. Most travellers visit Hiroshima while the rest of the region is not explored as much. Despite this, it still boasts Japan’s top three landscape gardens, a World Heritage Site, sand dunes and various outdoor activities, including hiking and cycling.

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Enjoy seasonal fruit picking at Okayama!

Okayama Discover Vivianne Tran

Okayama is pleasantly gifted with a mild climate with a higher chance of sunny days outrunning rainy days, in comparison to other parts of Japan. Okayama Prefecture is located south of Chugoku Region and Honshu Island. This makes it the perfect place for growing all kinds of sweet, high quality fru… Read More

A Guide to Japan’s Best Autumn Hikes

Tochigi Discover Paulina Rozbicki

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Japan. During autumn it is the perfect temperature to enjoy one of Japan’s scenic hikes. More notably, this is the time that the leaves change colour and Japan’s usually lush greenery is transformed temporarily into a complex palette of reds, oranges and yel… Read More

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SHIKOKU

Located southwest of Honshu is Shikoku, the second smallest main island of Japan. It consists of four prefectures: Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime and Kochi, and remains as Japan’s secret destination. While many hidden gems yet to be discovered, Shikoku region covers a wide range of cultural, historical, spiritual, art and outdoor adventures. This includes the ‘88 Temple’ pilgrimage, Japan’s most famous dance festival, Naoshima Island, a modern art sanctuary, the charismatic bathhouse that inspired the Miyazaki’s film ‘Spirited Away’ and Naruto whirlpools. Being geographically isolated means Shikoku’s traditions and its scenic beauty has been very well preserved.

An overview to Shikoku, Japan’s most beautiful secret!
Shikoku may be the smallest of Japan's main islands, but don't let its size fool you. This region is home to some of the most incredible attractions, richest culture, and most fascinating history you…Read More
Food, Art, and Island Hopping in Kagawa
Don’t be fooled by its size - there’s a lot going on in Kagawa! Despite being the smallest prefecture in Japan, it’s extremely well known for its cutting-edge art scene, traditional lacquerware, …Read More
The Turquoise Waters and Cuisine Culture of Kochi
If your image of Japan is crowded cities, packed trains, and endless concrete, just wait until you see Kochi! As Shikoku’s largest and least populated prefecture, its untouched mountainous expans…Read More
Rugged valleys, merchant villages and spooky vine bridges in Tokushima
Tokushima, located on the eastern corner of Shikoku, may well not be Japan’s most famous prefecture, but those who visit will agree it’s definitely one of the country’s most mystical. Home to it’…Read More
Exploring Ehime – The Citrus Capital of Japan!
As the most populated prefecture of Shikoku, Ehime Prefecture is the ideal location to begin your journey! This vast coastal and mountainous prefecture boasts dozens of attractions, including the…Read More
SHIKOKU
Shikoku is an island of Japan, located to the southwest of Tokyo. Its name means four countries, and as the name suggests, it is made up of four prefectures; Tokushima, Kagawa, Kochi and Ehime. Sh…Read More

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Food, Art, and Island Hopping in Kagawa

Kagawa Culture GJ Editor

Don’t be fooled by its size - there’s a lot going on in Kagawa! Despite being the smallest prefecture in Japan, it’s extremely well known for its cutting-edge art scene, traditional lacquerware, stunning gardens, and deep gourmet culture. This tucked-away slice of Japan is not to be overlooked!… Read More

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KYUSHU

Kyushu is the third largest island and is located in the southern west part of Japan. Being located the closest to the Asian continent, an international port was developed and cultural exchanges between China, Korea and European countries occurred. Kyushu consists of eight prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and the islands of Okinawa. It is also known as ‘Onsen Island’ due to its mountainous geography and is also home to Japan’s most active volcano, Mt. Aso. Besides the spectacular nature the island offers that includes Yakushima, Takachiho and Sakurajima, the discovery of hidden Christian sites where Christianity used to be secretly practised has brought Kyushu to the spotlight.

Beyond Borders! ‘Bounties of Nature’ Oita Foods and Sake Promotional Event
With the challenging time of COVID-19, ‘Bounties of Nature - an event to showcase Oita’s Foods and Sake was held in Sydney on March 8th. The event took the form of being a ‘Hybrid’- combining the bes…Read More
Karatsu Kunchi: The must see Autumn Festival of Saga Prefecture
One of my favourite times in Japan is during the season of Autumn. The weather is perfect, and we get the chance to see the Cherry Blossoms not too well-known sibling, Momijigari (紅葉狩) or Red …Read More

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OKINAWA

Okinawa Prefecture is Japan’s northernmost prefecture, made up of 160 islands of varying sizes. Once an independent nation known as the ‘Ryukyu Kingdom’, it created its unique culture as a fusion of its neighbouring Asian countries. One of the main distinctions of Okinawa is its subtropical climate with beautiful beaches, rich corals and undersea life—a heaven for marine and ocean activities. The language barrier here wouldn’t be so much of a problem here as Okinawans generally have a better command of English. Its untouched nature and traditional culture under the slow-paced atmosphere are highly recommended for those seeking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Relax into Island Time at Ishigakijima

Okinawa Discover Ashleigh Dollin

“We live on different time here, Island Time... you can enjoy and relax” said the receptionist checking me into the hotel. Soon I became acutely aware of the flow of Island Time, my shoulders relaxed as the stresses of daily life left my body. The pace is leisurely at Ishigakijima it almost feels … Read More

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