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Visit Deep Kyoto Miyama

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Kyoto, a hub of culture, history, and the capital for more than 1,000 years, is what many imagine when picturing Japan. Even today, the streets of Kyoto abound with cultural treasures, ancient traditions, and time-honoured craftsmanship passed down the generations. JTNDc2VjdGlvbiUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJ… Read More

Top Kyoto Cafes for Matcha Lovers

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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 Avatar photo 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 Avatar photo 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

7 Amazing Vegan Restaurants in Japan

Tokyo Food and Drink Avatar photo Paulina Rozbicki

When people talk about vegan food they might not associate Japan with having a lot of options. But today we’re here to show you that Japan does have vegan food and it’s both healthy and delicious. We’ve compiled a list of 7 amazing vegan restaurants in Japan so you won’t have to spend a lot of time… Read More

Japan’s dazzling night view places!

Tokyo Discover Avatar photo 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 Avatar photo 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

Top 10 Things to do in Shiga

Shiga Historic Sites Avatar photo 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 Avatar photo 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

Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Avatar photo 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 Avatar photo 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

Summer Festivals in Japan

Tokyo Culture Avatar photo 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 Avatar photo 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

Naoshima’s Contemporary Art Museums

Kyoto Art Avatar photo Alyssa Low

Located 175km southwest of Kyoto, Naoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea between the main islands of Honshu and Shikoku. Like many other islands in the area, Naoshima was suffering until the 1990s due to its dying industrial waste dumps until it was completely transformed into the con… Read More

The Incredible Train Rides of Japan

Yamanashi Transport Avatar photo GJ Editor

We all know that Japan is very capable of going beyond our expectations of converting something into more unique and extraordinary. The Robot Restaurant, vending machines, digital art museums and Pachinko... and train rides! While Japan is famously known for its efficient and extensive railway netw… Read More