Japan Travel: Planning a trip to Japan

A country of contrasts and contradictions, Japan is one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world. Even among Asian countries, Japan has its very own culture that is unique from all the other nations in the region. History and tradition…

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Japan Travel: Hanami

In Japan, spring is synonymous with Hanami. Written with the kanji: Hana 花  "flower" and mi 見 "viewing", the word hanami means enjoying the beauty of blooming flowers. In particular, it refers to the Sakura: cherry blossom. To understand the…

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Japan Travel: Fushimi Inari

A trail made of many vermillion torii, one after the other: this is the most recognizable symbol of the Shinto shrine Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社). The complex is located in Fushimi ward, south of Kyoto, and it is the most important of several…

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Japan Travel: Aokigahara

At the foot of Mount Fuji, born from the volcanic eruption of Mount Nagao in 864 C.E., lies  Aokigahara (青木ヶ原) best know with the name of Jukai (樹海, sea of trees).  It is a thick forest that extends for 35 km² and that is made of caves and a…

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Japan Travel: Yanaka Pilgrimage – Hidden Tokyo

The relationship that Japan has with religion, and with spirituality in particular, is very peculiar. It is discrete, sometimes hidden, but it is an ever-present bond made of everyday gestures and rituals. Sometimes, in particular occasions or in…

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Japan Travel: Nikkō

Not far from Tokyo, there is a town that could be described as magical. This is Nikkō, literally "The town of sunlight”. Located in the mountainous region of Tochigi Prefecture, it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Japan. Rich in…

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Japan Travel: Akihabara

Akihabara, known as Tokyo's Electric Town, is located in Chiyoda's special district, Tokyo. Lively and bright, all electronics stores, computer stores, videogames, and everything related to the world of anime and manga are gathered here, in this…

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Japan Travel: Shinjuku

Shinjuku (新宿), an important commercial and administrative center with the world's busiest railway node, is part of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. Not just trains, Shinjuku is also one of the major stops for long-distance buses

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Japan Travel: Shibuya

Shibuya (渋谷区 Shibuya-ku), known as the most dynamic area of the city, is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. It develops around the area of the Shibuya Station, one of the busiest stations of the capital, that opens to the Shibuya Scramble…

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Japanese Tradition: Gion Matsuri

The Gion Festival or Gion Matsuri (祗園祭), this is how it has been called since the Meiji era, takes its name from the famous Kyōto area, Gion, Higashiyama district. It’s a religious celebration dedicated to the Susanoo God, also known as Takehaya…

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Japan Travel: Tokyo Tower & Skytree

Inspired by the Eiffel Tower, the Tokyo Tower is situated in the Shiba-kōen zone in Minato, Tokyo. Built in 1958 as a symbol of economic rebirth, with its 333 meters it has a double function. It is in fact a tower for telecommunication and scenic…

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