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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

7 Amazing Vegan Restaurants in Japan

Tokyo Food and Drink 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 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

Top 10 Things to do in Shiga

Shiga Historic Sites 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

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 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

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

Naoshima’s Contemporary Art Museums

Kyoto Art 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 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

Upcoming Theme Parks and Events from 2020 to 2022

Tokyo Event GJ Editor

Where are you now? Majority of the answers now would be 'home.' Since social distancing started, home is literally the only place we know. Your day passes in the same rooms; and it doesn’t matter whether you are eating, studying, working or hanging out with your family members or friends online, it… Read More

TOYOOKA

Hyogo Travel Information GJ Editor

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 beauty of the San’in Kaigan Geopark lies the city of Toyooka. Conveniently located only a few hours fro… Read More

OSAKA

Osaka Travel Information GJ Editor

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 the Kansai region of Japan, Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan. You could sa… Read More

KOBE

Hyogo Travel Information GJ Editor

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 to the gorgeous mountains that surround the city and its many varied and unique sceneries attract vis… Read More

Hello Kitty Palooza in Japan!

Osaka Manga and Anime 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