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Top 10 Things to do in Shiga

Shiga Historic Sites Paulina Rozbicki Paulina Rozbicki

Shiga is best known for having the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa. It is close to Kyoto and is a hidden gem which has a lot to offer for lovers of both nature and history and is well worth the detour. With architecturally stunning shrines and castles, beautifully sculpted gardens as well as one o… Read More

Nara’s fantastic foods and desserts

Nara Food and Drink Vivianne Tran Vivianne Tran

Japan has got to be one of the top destinations where there is an endless list of foods to try. Seriously, I am not kidding when I say I am definitely making a second trip to Japan just to eat. Each city has something special to offer wherever you go. Especially Nara, their food is so unique! Their… Read More

10 Best Foods in Fukuoka You Cannot Miss

Fukuoka Food and Drink GJ Editor GJ Editor

Whenever people mention Fukuoka Prefecture, most people think about the delicious food they can eat. With local dishes ranging from mouthwatering ramen to perfectly grilled yakitori, Fukuoka is truly a food heaven that will never let you down. In this Fukuoka food guide, we share the 10 best foods … Read More

Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Vivianne Tran 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

Japanese Leisure Activities to Explore for Yourself

Culture Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Despite being known for the notorious time-consuming, energy-draining work ethic in Japan, people still place an importance on leisure time. Japanese pastimes are a clear reflection of their society, which has influences from Western culture, as well as placing emphasis on tradition. We're fortu… Read More

A Guide to Japan’s Best Autumn Hikes

Tochigi Discover Paulina Rozbicki 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

8 Kawaii sweets you can find in Tokyo

Tokyo Food and Drink GJ Editor GJ Editor

Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma and Gudetama.... Japan is well known for its Kawaii culture. It is easy to find Kawaii everywhere in Japan from fashion to goods to sweets. Here is a guide for where you can find extra Kawaii treats in Tokyo! 1. Eiswelt Gelato Photo credit  If you are looking for … Read More

5 Reasons to go to Yamaguchi

yamaguchi Discover Paulina Rozbicki Paulina Rozbicki

With so much to see in Japan, you would be forgiven for not immediately thinking of Yamaguchi prefecture when planning your next Japan trip. Some travellers may not have even heard of Yamaguchi, which is located in the Chugoku region in the most Western area of Japan's main island. However, we're h… Read More

Summer Festivals in Japan

Tokyo Culture Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Summertime in Japan is associated with music, dance, and festivities. Almost every area has at least one local festival (matsuri) in late summer/ early autumn, where the celebrations are mostly centred around the paddy harvest. While there are no specific dates for when the festivals occur, they ar… Read More

Beppu, Japan’s Hot Spring Heaven

Oita Hot Springs GJ Editor GJ Editor

Onsen, or Japanese hot spring, are public baths with geothermally-heated, mineral-rich spring water. They are synonymous with Japanese culture, but maybe a culture shock to non-Japanese. After all, soaking in the same bath with friends, family or strangers is not something non-Japanese may be used … Read More

The Wonder of Solo Activities in Japan

Sydney Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

Harmony is heavily valued in Japanese society, with the tendency to emphasise groups over individuals. This is said to have emerged from Japanese geography, history and culture. Being isolated from other countries, Japan has yet to experience major racial or cultural invasion, making the country ho… Read More

Interesting Japanese Food

Sydney Food and Drink Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Japan is truly a foodie’s heaven, with lots to offer. But there’s so much more than just sushi, wagyu, ramen, and sashimi, which you will see below. Be sure to try them out the next time you’re in Japan (hopefully this article doesn’t gross you out). That being said, all hail the interesting food o… Read More

Purikura-The Core of Kawaii Culture

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Photos are a great way to preserve memorable moments. While the term 'selfie' only really became prevalent along with the advent of smartphones in recent years, Japan was perhaps the pioneer to develop something somewhat similar to this with the ‘Purikura' machine, a booth which produces stamp-size… Read More