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Ryokan Sakaya and Ryokan Jonnobi

Nagano Hot Springs GJ Editor GJ Editor

Ryokan Sakaya and Ryokan Jonnobi await those craving to experience a traditional Japanese inn, with outstanding service ratings and an unmatched charm, the Ryokan Sakaya is award winning, Word Ski Awards Winner 2013 Japan's Best Ski Boutique Hotel, and rightfully so. However both Ryokan Sakaya … Read More

Ski & Snowboard Hire Woody Hakuba

Nagano Snow Gear GJ Editor GJ Editor

Located at the foot of a 360° panoramic mountain range in Nagano Prefecture, Hakuba Village is an adventurous outdoor activity resort sought after by tourists at all times of the year. Hakuba is a one massive ski resort that features seven neighbouring ski areas. You can expect to enjoy a thril… Read More

Hotel Grand Phenix

Nagano Hot Springs GJ Editor GJ Editor

The word has long spread about this country’s abundance of powder snow and there aren’t too many places better suited to placing skiers and boarders right in the thick of it than the 1,500-metre high, Hotel Grand Phenix in Okushiga Kogen. Part of Japan’s largest ski area, guests are assured to … Read More

Ryokan Sensyoen

Hokkaido Hot Springs GJ Editor GJ Editor

Ryokan Sensyoen is a modernised ryokan (Japanese style inn) that has been operating since the late 1930’s in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. There are two buildings that make up this lovely accommodation; the main building and the annex, which is a four-storey building. The whole property is design… Read More

Kokuya Hotel Nagano

Nagano Hot Springs GJ Editor GJ Editor

Kokuya Hotel Nagano is not only a prominent part of the traditional Japanese village of Shibu Onsen, it’s also a gateway into real Japan. Surrounded by mountains, either lush green or brilliant white, depending on the time of year you visit, Shibu Onsen has been a destination for people in … Read More

Bar Barunba

Hokkaido Food and Drink GJ Editor GJ Editor

Niseko is very well known for their magnificent ski slopes and resorts, for their serene, atmospheric hot springs and Japanese baths, and for their mouth-watering restaurants and divine bars. Niseko is the perfect getaway where tourists have access to a range of sight-seeing activities and expe… Read More

Goto Sumio Museum

Hokkaido Art GJ Editor GJ Editor

For all appreciators of art, creativity, history and Japanese culture, Goto Sumio Museum is the finest exhibition one can visit in Japan. Famous artist Sumio Goto, is a leading influential Japanese illustrator and master of Nihonga, and the gallery showcases over 130 pieces of his talented work… Read More

AN Dining Cafe & Bar

Hokkaido Food and Drink GJ Editor GJ Editor

An Dining offers a special monthly menu carefully curated by head chef and owner Shinichi Maeda and his array of locally sourced and seasonally selected produce. Along with multiple fine dining, café and bar options, An Dining accommodates a wide range of dietary requirements including veget… Read More

Celebrating love in Japan

Tokyo Event Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

This week over Golden Week it was also pride week in Tokyo as well. Hosted by the Tokyo Rainbow Pride and a slew of sponsors including politicians and corporate companies such as Playstation and Lush Cosmetics. Many events such as seminars, meet ups, yoga in the park as well as movie screenings hel… Read More

Kawaii Stuff: Animals in Japan (part 2)

Discover Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

We recently did a list of top 5 cutest native Japanese animals and you loved it so much that we had to add to the list! This time we've gathered five of the fluffiest animals you can meet in Japan. Ezo Momonga Image via Japan Info  These adorable little creatures are found in Hokkaido, which was… Read More

Shop like a local: Ameya Yokocho

Tokyo Shopping Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

A common problem when departing Japan is luggage allowance - it is just way too much fun to shop in Japan and it's no surprise that many of us get overexcited and over-buy during our stay. Unfortunately if you're looking for a way not to over-shop, this article isn't for you but if you want to know… Read More

Golden Week 2018!

Event Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Here in Australia we've just had Easter long weekend and then ANZAC Day, now it's Japan's turn to have a nice long block of public holidays! The first week of May (between the 29th of April and 5th of May) is known as Golden Week in Japan. During this week there are four national holidays, makin… Read More

Hello Kitty Palooza in Japan!

Osaka Manga and Anime Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Hello Kitty and the whole of Sanrio Universe are the corner stone of the Japanese kawaii culture. Whether you are obsessed with Hello Kitty already or have a soft spot for anything cute and pastel coloured, you want to keep on reading. Hello Kitty is everywhere in Japan - it's at the supermarket… Read More

IKEBANA – The Japanese art of flower

Art Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Have you noticed that traditional Japanese culture is very extra? For example, there's culinary arts, and then there's Japanese cuisine. Another great example would be Japanese tea ceremonies (stay tuned for more on tea ceremonies!), which are a performance even though it's basically a tea party. … Read More

Kawaii Stuff: Animals in Japan (part 1)

Discover Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Japan is known for many things, for its traditional culture, for its food, for its abundant powder snow, and for being the home of truly ‘kawaii’ (cute) stuff! We are diving right into the big wide world of kawaii and we are starting with the animals in Japan, because in true Japanese fashion, they… Read More

Sumo: Japan’s biggest national sport!

Tours & Activities Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Sumo is a national sport of Japan; a form of wrestling that has over a thousand years of history! Image via Robb Report Even after all of these years, it’s much loved by the Japanese people, and it’s a mainstream sport that can be watched freely on television. Viewing sumo at a tournament is on… Read More

All About Cherry Blossoms

Culture Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

The gorgeous blush coloured Cherry Blossoms are one of Japan’s key icons, although in recent years, Japan’s abundant powder snow has attracted many from around the world in winter, the Cherry Blossom season remains to be one of its key attractions, and for a very good reason. Photo by JJ Ying on… Read More

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