What to do in winter in Japan

What to do in winter in Japan

Unless you really love winter sports and you relish the thought of skiing or snowboarding in some high altitude winter resort, winter is not really the best time to travel to destinations with temperate climates. But in Japan, winter is a wonderland most years, and traveling through the country in winter is just as rewarding as in the warmer months. Almost every little portion of Japan has some interesting activity of event in winter, so you'll never find yourself hiding away in a warm spot ... [ read more ]

The best Spring festivals in Japan

The best Spring festivals in Japan

The Japanese have a special regard for Spring - it is the season of new beginnings when kids and teenagers return to school, it is the season of romantic holidays like White Day, of the Golden Week, and the season for hanami, cherry blossom viewing. Naturally, Spring is one of the bet seasons to visit Japan, and not only because of the above-mentioned events. Spring is also the time for some of the most exciting festivals in Japan. Japanese festivals, or matsuri, are one of a kind. The games... [ read more ]

The best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan

The best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan

In the same vein that people in New England like to watch the brilliant fall foliage in their state, in Japan watching the pink explosion of the blooming cherry trees in Spring is something that few people would miss. Hanami (literally flower viewing in Japanese) is the tradition of admiring the beauty of sakura (Japanese cherry trees) or plum trees that bloom for a few short weeks in May. Hanami doesn't merely mean taking a walk in the park and throwing a look every now and then in the dire... [ read more ]

Top 5 Weirdest Festivals in Japan

Top 5 Weirdest Festivals in Japan

When you think about Japan, you imagine tea houses, beautiful gardens, painted geishas and samurais. Japanese culture is not only mystical, but colorful and diverse. Their connection with the land, nature and with their gods is something you can’t really comprehend unless you’ve lived with them. So one would really turn their heads up when they would see these cultured people parading down the streets half naked, or holding huge wooden phalluses. So here are the 5 weirdest festivals in Japan... [ read more ]