88 Temple Pilgrimage or a Religious Travel Around Shikoku

88 Temple Pilgrimage or a Religious Travel Around Shikoku

Shikoku Pilgrimage is also called the 88 Temple Pilgrimage (hachijūhakkasho-meguri), a very famous and important 'travel' around the island of Shikoku. The lenght of the pilgrimage is more than 1600 kilometers and it touches 88 Buddhist temples of the island. Besides these temples, there are the so-called bangai or the unnumbered temples, which can also be visited as part of the pilgrimage, but they are not included in the 88. For the pilgrims it is not necessary to visit all the 88 temp... [ read more ]

Top 3 Tourist Attractions in Yokohama

Top 3 Tourist Attractions in Yokohama

Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is located on Honshu island in Kanto region. With a population of almost 4 million people, Yokohama is the second largest city of Japan. It is also a very important port of the country. Yokohama is considered to be a very modern and developed city, it is characterized mainly by tall buildings. The tallest building of Japan, Yokohama Landmark Tower is one of the city's symbols. But traditional Japanese buildings, Japanese gardens and one ... [ read more ]

Most Beautiful Sights of Aogashima Island

Most Beautiful Sights of Aogashima Island

Aogashima is a tiny, but very beautiful volcanic island. It is located in the Philippine Sea and it is part of the Izu Archipelago. With only 200 inhabitants, it is considered to be one of the smallest inhabited islands of the country. This isolated island can be approached by helicopter or by boat. Aogashima,has only one harbor which is quite small and sometimes it can be difficult to rent a boat here. Surprisingly, the island does not have any beaches, because of the high cliffs which... [ read more ]

Getting Around in Nara

Getting Around in Nara

Nara is a very important historical city in Japan. Though it is not one of the biggest ones, it still has many tourist attractions which all worth a visit. Nara, located in Kansai Region on Honshu island is quite easy to approach. Some sights of the city are collectively called the Historic Monuments of the Ancient Nara. Tourists who plan to visit this amazing city need a lot of information before traveling there. The transportation, the location of tourist sights or info about the city a... [ read more ]

Best Travel Destinations in Shikoku

Best Travel Destinations in Shikoku

Shikoku is one of the most important islands of the Japanese Archipelago, the smallest of the four main islands. Its name means 'four provinces', referring to the previous provinces of the island. Nowadays it consists of Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi and Tokushiwa Prefectures. The biggest city of Shikoku island is Matsuyama. Though it is a small island, it has many tourist attractions and interesting festivals. For example, the 88 Temple pilgrimage is one of the many typical traditions of Shikoku... [ read more ]

The Tradition of Formula One Races in Japan

The Tradition of Formula One Races in Japan

Formula One is considered to be the highest category of single-seated car racing. Starting from 1950 it attracts millions of people all around the world. It is a very expensive sport: billions of dollars are spent annually in order to organize the races. Nowadays 18-20 races are held every year, including the Japanese GP. The Japanese Grand Prix (Nihon Guranpuri) is usually organized around September or October. The Formula One made its debut in Japan in 1963. So far 39 races were held o... [ read more ]

Top 3 Tall Structures in Japan

Top 3 Tall Structures in Japan

Japan is one of the most developed countries all around the world. After WWII the country made an unbelievable recovery and became a very powerful nation. Science and technology are the two industries on which the country focuses, but biotechnology and many other economic branches are important as well. In Japan, thousands of amazing buildings and structures represent the advancement of the country. Tokyo Tower is considered to be the symbol of the capital, but many other buildings are a... [ read more ]

Japanese Festivals in March

Japanese Festivals in March

Japan is a country which has dozens of great festivals. They are eye-catching not only for Japanese people, but for tourists as well. Japanese festivals combine traditional values with local customs. Some of these have their origins in Chinese culture, but by the time they had changed a lot. It is important to mention March, the third month of the year, if we are talking about Japanese festivals. As every month, it also has some very interesting traditional Japanese festivals. Some of the... [ read more ]

Best Chaya Districts in Kanazawa

Best Chaya Districts in Kanazawa

Chaya is a typical Japanese place: it is a kind of restaurant where the visitors are entertained by Geisha. These female entertainers are the hostesses of a chaya and they perform singing and dancing. A geisha is always wearing makeup: their face is painted white (with rice powder), red lipstick on their lips and the eyes are emphasized with black paint. Kanazawa is a city famous for its Chaya districts. Besides Kyoto, it is one of the most popular cities where Geisha houses are to be ... [ read more ]

Spring National Holidays in Japan

Spring National Holidays in Japan

Officially, Japan has 15 national holidays every year. Most of these holidays are celebrated during spring, when nature starts to get alive again. National or public holidays are usually free days; almost everyone stays at home with their families. In Japan, when a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday is also free. When one day falls between two public holidays, that day is also free. That's how Greenery Day (4 May) became a national holiday. In the following sections you can re... [ read more ]