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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

Why Japanese is Easier than You Think

Language Ying-Ying Lee

Out of all the languages on the planet, Japanese is regarded as one of the hardest languages to master. Some say that it takes 2,200 hours before you become fluent in Japanese. On the other hand, some other languages take as little as 600 hours. It's no wonder many people feel defeated before they … Read More

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

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

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

10 Unmissable Places in Shizuoka

Shizuoka Discover Abby Whalan

Shizuoka is a prefecture known for its tea production, hot springs and stunning views of Mount Fuji. The area makes for a perfect addition to a Tokyo itinerary as it is just 120 minutes from the major city by train. If you find yourself craving some nature and to take some beautiful shots of Mt. Fu… Read More

Japan’s dazzling night view places!

Tokyo Discover Vivianne Tran

The night view in Japan has to be one of the best in the world! Japan’s night comes alive when the lights glow up every corner of the city and the stars come out to play. Now, imagine overlooking this stunning view from the very top! Japan's night view is no joke! The beauty of the scenery already … Read More

5 Magical Lantern Festivals in Japan

Niigata Event Paulina Rozbicki

Japan is rich in tradition and culture. With an abundance of festivals ranging from the tranquil to the energetic, there is always an event to get excited for. We’re here to introduce you to 5 Magical Lantern Festivals in Japan. From sky lanterns that cast an enchanting glow, brightening up the win… Read More

10 Unmissable Experiences in Mie

Mie Discover Paulina Rozbicki

Mie prefecture is situated in the centre of Honshu, bordered by Nara and Kyoto. It is home to some of the oldest and holiest Shinto sites as well as some of the freshest and most delicious seafood you can come by in Japan. Additionally, it provides a lot of local charm, giving you a chance to watch… Read More

Discover Toyama Prefecture in 4 seasons

Toyama Discover Vivianne Tran

Japan has many places to discover beyond what you know. If you have travelled to Japan before and are looking for a new experience then look no further, Toyama Prefecture should be on your next stop! Toyama is home to various beautiful sights including their famous skiing and snowboarding spots. To… 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

8 Kawaii sweets you can find in Tokyo

Tokyo Food and Drink 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

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

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

The Wonder of Solo Activities in Japan

Sydney Discover 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

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