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Let the salt rule!

Let the salt rule!

The salty Yokan (azuki-bean jelly) from Shintsuru Honten (Shimosuwa Town, Nagano prefecture, near the Lake Suwa) proves that the salt rules all whenever it is. In the place like the Shinshu district (Nagano prefecture) having no ocean, the salt ...

Noto-Tetsudo, (Noto Railway) combines the scenic pleasure and pilgrimage to the Holy Land of “Hanasaku Iroha = Iroha in full bloom” (animation film).

Noto-Tetsudo, (Noto Railway) combines the scenic pleasure and pilgrimage to the Holy Land of “Hanasaku Iroha = Iroha in full bloom” (animation film).

  After JNR (Japanese National Railways) was dismantled in 1987 along the flow of privatization, JR was established to take over the railroad network throughout Japan. At the same time, many local lines (mostly fell into deficit operation) ...

200 years old Bonsai, nurtured by the wind from Lake Inba

200 years old Bonsai, nurtured by the wind from Lake Inba

The Bonsai garden, Fukushima-En beside Lake Inba (only 15 km or 10 miles from Narita Airport) is where you can meet a promoter of Bonsai`s new sensation, not to mention the sheer beauty of the aged art work of Bonsai. (Mr. Blue Sky)

Rural area in Tokyo

Rural area in Tokyo

This may sound strange but you can find rural areas in the western part of Tokyo metropolitan. In this post, I would like to introduce Sawai Station, a station of the Ome Line. To get Sawai Station, ride trains about 2 hours from Tokyo Station. ...

Stairway to Heaven, Amanohashidate, Kyoto,

Stairway to Heaven, Amanohashidate, Kyoto,

Japanese people love “ranking in general. That is the reason why we all are lured by Top 3 such and such spot, food, scenery or whatever. The king of such Top 3 something is “the three most beautiful sightseeing spots in Japan” ...

Journey to the Center of the Earth” experience waits for you at the famous “mole” station

Journey to the Center of the Earth” experience waits for you at the famous “mole” station

Doai station (JR-East, Joetsu line, located in Gunma pref) shows you the world of “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. (Mr. Blue Sky)

One of the most prestigious sweets in Japan, “made-in-Ginza” sweets! How much is that?

One of the most prestigious sweets in Japan, “made-in-Ginza” sweets! How much is that?

Any idea about the price tag of the Japanese sweets made at the place where the land prices are the highest in Japan? KUUYA-Monaka is the gem of the Japanese sweets at an affordable price, but reservation in advance is absolutely mandatory, no ...

Tanabata

Tanabata

Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival is held on July 7. People write their wishes on small strips of papers and hang them on bamboo branches. It’s said that Tanabata’s origin dates back to more than 2,000 years ago with a Chinese story. ...

Bridge Over Troubled Economy, the Rainbow Bridge.

Bridge Over Troubled Economy, the Rainbow Bridge.

The bridge saw the “before and after” of Bubble economy, and the Godzilla? There are millions of reasons why you visit the Odaiba area (waterfront area of Tokyo). Trade show held at Tokyo Big Sight, the shopping or dining at Venus Fort in Aomi. ...

Odawara, the castle and 600 years old confectionery

Odawara, the castle and 600 years old confectionery

Say you are in Tokyo and wondering where you should go to see the real castle in the neighborhood of Tokyo. The answer is easy, Odawara! It is only 84 km (about 53 miles) from the Tokyo terminal and takes only 1hour and 20 minutes, even by a ...