The weirdest attractions in Japan

The weirdest attractions in Japan

Japan is a wonderful country with fascinating culture and history, where you can see works of art and monuments at practically every corner, if you know where to look. It's not difficult to single out the most popular attractions in Japan, although there are many of them. But if you've had your fill of exquisite temples, glamorous shopping centers, parks and nature, then maybe it's time to look at another side of Japan - one that is funny, irreverent and not afraid to step into bizarre terri... [ 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 ]