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Welcome to the Chagenkyo Matsuri: Wazuka’s Teatopia Festival

What is Chagenkyo? Celebrating the long history of tea cultivation in Kyoto, the Chagenkyo Matsuri is a festival that has taken place annually for over 30 years. Located in the town of Wazuka, visitors can enjoy great tea and cultural education in a scenic location.Wazuka was one...

Tea Rooms to Visit in Kyoto

When visiting Kyoto, your tea options may seem limitless. Finding your perfect place to sip away the afternoon take some trial and error. Before you go, consider our short list of remarkable tea spots around the city. Tea Room Ceremony Juan Located within walking distance of the...

Murakami

5 Places from Murakami’s Japan

Haruki Murakami Murakami became a literary legend with his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood. Since then, he has stolen the hearts of readers with his quirky, slightly fantastic, yet somehow realistic worlds. His main characters are accessible yet not quite typical. Shibuya, Tokyo 【After Dark】 While the precise location...

Kimono

Kimono and Yukata Rental Shops in Kyoto

What’s the difference between Yukawa and Kimono? [caption id="attachment_28495" align="alignnone" width="860"] Formal Japanese KimonoPhoto credit: http://art-educ4kids.weebly.com/[/caption] The primary difference between yukata and kimono are the fabrics used to make the garments. Yukata are typically made from a light cotton material as they are worn throughout the summer...

Wazuka

A Home for Art on a Hill in Wazuka

What is Wazuka? Wazuka is a town in Kyoto Prefecture famous for its high quality tea. The farming families in Wazuka have been producing Ujicha for over 800 years. Today around 300 farming families still live in Wazuka. [caption id="attachment_28466" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A tea processing factory sits...

Yakushima

Visit Yakushima the Inspiration for Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke

Check out tea from Yakushima! Visit Yakushima's Ancient Forests Home to ancient trees and moss covered rocks, Yakushima is a lush green forest located off Kyushu island in western Japan. The forest became Japan’s first UNESCO World  heritage site in 1991. However the site is best known...

Bamboo Lanterns Light Up Kyushu

Experience Kyushuu's Bamboo Lantern Festivals Throughout Oita Prefecture, there are various bamboo lantern festivals. These festivals were started, in part, to help maintain the surrounding bamboo forests. Today Oita Prefecture is the largest producer of madake bamboo in Japan! All of the bamboo lanterns are handmade and...

The top 3 souvenirs in Odawara.

Odawara city office made the list of the 33 special products which the odawara citizens chose. Here are three good products recommended for a souvenir. This ranking comes from 小田原セレクション2015「市民が選んだ 小田原みやげ」. Buy green tea direct from Japan 1: Odawara Kamaboko “Hokujo” Japanese name: 小田原かまぼこ 北條 Company: Odawara Isekane Kamaboko is the one of...

Two beautiful evening photos of Mt. Fuji

Recently, we discovered an interesting photo sharing website that seems oriented at high-level amateur photographers photographing landscapes. Although the startup is based in California, it seems to have been started by a Japanese entrepreneur, and Japan-based landscape photos seem to dominate. As anyone following Yunomi's social...

15 Japanese Sweets Café in Tokyo

1. Toraya | 虎屋 (Akasaka, Roppongi) URL: http://www.toraya-group.co.jp/english/ Toraya (Akasaka) Location: 4-9-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN Image source: blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ Toraya Karyo | 虎屋茶寮 (Roppongi - Tokyo Midtown) Location: Midtown Galleria B1F, 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN Image source: wadakoubou.exblog.jp/ 2. Funabashiya | 船橋屋 (Kameido) URL: http://www.funabashiya.co.jp/ (Japanese only) Location: 3-2-14 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 136-0071 JAPAN Image...

List of World Heritage Sites in Japan

Cultural Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area (1993) Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration (2013) Read more on Mt. Fuji Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (2000) Himeji-jo (1993) Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (2011) Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku...

Sakura Hotel & Hostel Jinbocho

Sakura Hotel & Hostel Jinbocho 4 locations within Tokyo, it is an accommodation primarily for foreign visitors. Jinbocho location offers a café, along with variety of Japan-related events, and at night the place turns into a bar. Everyday the place is lively with overseas guests from around...