Must-see Geisha Districts in Kyoto

Must-see Geisha Districts in Kyoto

Kyoto is considered the most traditional Japanese city. As the former capital of Japan, it played an important role in the country's history. With a population of more than 1.5 million inhabitants, it is still a significant city. Nowadays, besides Kanagawa and Tokyo, it is one of the most important cities with a geisha population. Gion is clearly the most popular geisha district in Kyoto, but it is important to mention the other districts too. Other hanamachi, like Pontocho, Kamishichiken... [ 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 ]

Famous Samurai Districts in Japan

Famous Samurai Districts in Japan

Samurai warriors are one of the most representative symbols of Japanese culture. They were serving the nobility of the country. Samurai were popular both in China and in Japan. In the 12th century they became similar to bushi, or upper and middle warrior classes. Samurai culture is associated with paintings, rock gardens, tea ceremonies and poetry. Their culture was developing throughout the centuries: the reign of different emperors and ruling periods had strong influence on the samurai ... [ read more ]

Must-see Old Cities in Japan

Must-see Old Cities in Japan

Japan is a very old country: archeologists demonstrated that the Japanese archipelago was already inhabited in 14.000 BC. From the very beginning, the inhabitants had gathered in groups and started to establish small communities, villages and later cities. Japan's historical cities had managed to maintain the traditional and cultural environment of ancient Japan. Many shrines, temples and other buildings transmit the feeling of the ancient past. Japan has many old and historically valuabl... [ read more ]

Best Anime and Manga Attractions in Japan

Best Anime and Manga Attractions in Japan

Children probably associate Japan with the land of anime and manga. Nowadays these are important parts of Japanese art and culture. The term 'manga' refers to the comics created in Japan or in Japanese language. 'Anime' usually refers to the animated version of a manga. In the 20th century, manga and anime had become popular all around the world. Manga industry is still expanding: many companies are preoccupied with these themes. Even museums are established to exhibit interesting things ... [ read more ]

Winter Holidays in Japan

Winter Holidays in Japan

Beside the well-known traditional festivals Japan also has national holidays. All these holidays are somehow related to past events and they are celebrated throughout the whole country. Most of these holidays are celebrated in Spring or Summer, but Winter has its holidays as well. Surprisingly, Japanese people do not celebrate Christmas, because only a minority of Japan's citizens is Christian. The most important winter holiday is New Year, but I did not include it here, because another a... [ read more ]

Must-see Places in Nagoya

Must-see Places in Nagoya

The city is situated on Honshu island, on the coast of Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most important port-towns of Japan. With more than 2 million inhabitants, Nagoya is one of the biggest cities of the island. As many other metropolitan regions, Nagoya is also full of tourist attractions.  All of these large shrines, museums, amusement parks worth a visit. The shrines and the museums help us imagine the life of Ancient Japan, while the huge buildings and skyscrapers present us the vie... [ read more ]

Top 5 Attractions in Nara

Top 5 Attractions in Nara

Nara is one of the most important cities in the history of Japan. It was founded in the 8th century and in 2010 it celebrated its 1300th anniversary. Nara is surrounded by bigger cities, such as Kyoto or Osaka. Though it is not one of the biggest cities of Japan, Nara is famous for its huge temples. Some of the oldest shrines of Japan can be found here. There are dozens of must-see places in Nara: mainly temples and shrines, but beautiful gardens and museums also worth a visit. Most of t... [ read more ]

New Year Traditions in Japan

New Year Traditions in Japan

The Japanese New Year (or Shogatsu) is a very special holiday in Japan. It is celebrated on 1-3 January, according to the Gregorian Calendar; though in Okinawa prefecture the cultural New Year is also celebrated. It is very similar to Chinese or Korean New Year. The celebration lasts for three days, so the days following New Year's Eve are also celebrated. Although Japanese people have 'borrowed' a lot of Western traditions, they kept several ones from their own culture. The aim of my art... [ read more ]

Top 5 museums in Japan

Top 5 museums in Japan

As many other countries, Japan also has a lot of museums. All these are unique and valuable. There are thousands of them, so the travelers have a great variety to choose from. Not only art museums, but industrial, scientific, folk custom themed and even manga or anime themed museums can be found all around the country. The Land of the Rising Sun has more than 5500 museums. All of these worth a visit, but of course this is almost impossible. The aim of this article is to collect the most p... [ read more ]