Popular sightseeing spot top 30 in Japan among foreign travelers in 2014

The ranking by word of mouth on the website of TripAdvisor was published. (The total from April in 2013 to March in 2014) 1. Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine (Kyoto city) 2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima city) 3. Itsukushima Shrine (near Hiroshima city) 4. Kinkakuji temple (Kyoto city) 5. Todaiji temple (Nara city) 6. Okunoin mausoleum in Koyasan, the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism 7. Kiyomizudera temple (Kyoto city) 8. Shinjuku Gyoen garden (Tokyo) 9. Hakone Open-Air Museum 10. Narita-san Shinshoji temple (near Narita Airport) 11. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium 12. Matsumoto castle (Matsumoto city) 13. Sanjusangen-do temple (Kyoto city) 14. Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama (Kyoto city) 15. Kenrokuen garden (Kanazawa city) 16. […]

Discount ticket to travel around Tokyo

When foreign travelers travel around Japan, they visit Tokyo at least once. In Tokyo, there are old and new sightseeing spots, unique Japanese subculture such as anime and manga catch to the eye, and there are various shopping areas. If you want to enjoy Tokyo without effort, one way is to participate in a tour of Hato Bus. It is a popular tour bus, and you can choose a favorite tour from several types of Tokyo tours for foreign tourists. But, Tokyo is not so wide. It is easy to travel around Tokyo by train and subway. Means of transportation in the central area of Tokyo There are most sightseeing […]

The heavily-crowded periods in Japan

When should you visit Japan? In spring, cherry blossoms bloom. In summer, cheerful festivals are held. In autumn, leaves turn red and gold. In winter, snow covers land. You can enjoy Japan in all seasons. But, regardless of the time when you visit Japan, there are a few periods when many Japanese people travel at the same time. When you visit Japan on such day, main airports and stations are very crowded. Most trains are filled with passengers, and you may have to move to your destination standing up on overcrowded train. There is a huge traffic jam on any expressway and it is very difficult for all buses to […]

Are there still Samurai and Ninja in Japan?

Of course, the answer is “No”. But, Samurai and Ninja always come out to Japanese historical drama. In fact, it is not too much to say that medieval times of Japan was an era of Samurai. About Samurai From the ancient times, Japan has been a country with a national polity based on the Emperor’s family. The ancestors of Emperor’s family are described as the gods in Japanese myth. In the ancient times, the Emperor was a god and a policymaker. As Japan formed a nation, the Emperor and the dignitaries needed the guards to protect from revolt and leaking of confidential information. They are the origin of Samurai. As […]

Japan Rail Pass isn’t always necessary for your travel to Japan

Japan Rail Pass is the pass that is convenient for tourists visiting Japan from the foreign countries. It is also called JR Pass. Because I’m a Japanese, I can’t buy this pass. It is for only foreign tourist to Japan. Roughly speaking, Japan Rail Pass allows that you get on the trains in Japan and reserve the seat of limited express. But this explanation is not so satisfactory. There are some conditions to use this pass, and you need a better understanding of the rules of this pass. You can’t take all trains in Japan by Japan Rail Pass In Japan, there are many railway companies. The largest company is […]

Himeji Castle has turned white

Himeji Castle is in Himeji city located about 90km west of Osaka. It is a national treasure, and was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1993. The castle was originally built as a fort in 1346, and the current castle was completed in 1609 after the establishment of Edo Shogunate (the feudal government with its capital in Tokyo). After that, the castle has undergone extensive repairs about once a century. Just now, it is under repair since 2009. In 2011, the main castle tower was covered with a temporary building for repairs. We haven’t seen the castle tower since then, but the temporary building was removed in June of 2014. […]

Snow-covered area in Japan

Many tourists come from overseas to Japan. A lot of Southeastern Asian tourists are included in that, too. They often say that they want to see snow. And, ski visitors from Australia increase recently. Especially, Niseko ski resort is very popular because the quality of snow is one of the best in the world. As above, there are many tourists coming to Japan for “snow”. But in Japan, there is snowy area and non-snowy area. Unique winter weather of Japan Of course, in winter, temperature falls and it gets cold. But winter weather in Japan shows the characteristic distribution by the geographical location and landform. Japan is located for the […]

When are cherry blossoms in bloom in Japan?

Cherry blossom is called sakura in Japanese. Japanese people including myself really love sakura. When winter ends and cherry blossoms come into bloom, Japanese people realize that spring has come. In Japan, the new school term starts in April and government offices and companies also starts in the new fiscal year in April. When whole of Japanese society just changes like that, cherry blossoms celebrate the new start. Sakura is a symbol of start for Japanese people. But cherry blossoms burst into bloom, then fall within some days. They break the feeling of celebration early, and lead the people to return to their everyday life. After the period of sakura, […]

How to get to Nagoya from Chubu Airport

Chubu Airport is an international airport which is located about 30km south of Nagoya city. It is on an artificial island floating in Ise Bay, and is about 2km away from Tokoname city on the mainland. Tokoname is one of major pottery production towns in Japan, and the amount of production of “Manki-neko” (Beckoning cat, a Japanese figurine) is the is number one in Japan. The airport was opened just in time for the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi. At that time, the function of the international airport was moved from Nagoya Airport to here. Nagoya Airport is about 10km north of Nagoya city and is the airport for domestic service […]

How to get to Osaka from Kansai Airport

Kansai Airport is an international airport which is located about 40km southwest of Osaka city. It is on an artificial island floating in Osaka Bay, and is about 5km away from the mainland. The airport was opened in 1994. At that time, the function of the international airport was moved from Itami Airport to here. Itami Airport is about 10km north of Osaka city and is the airport for domestic service only now. About Kansai Airport There is two terminals (the 1st and the 2nd) in Kansai Airport, and the first terminal is the central building. The first terminal is positioned roughly in the center of the airport island, and […]

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