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What is Johnson Town in Saitama?


Sometimes, one of your most interesting experiences during a trip are finding places that are very unexpected in your destination. Johnson Town Saitama is a good example of such a place. Less than one hour by train from Ikebukuro in Tokyo, Johnson Town is a great destination for a half day trip if you’re interested in modern history and offbeat places in general. Let’s find out a bit more about this little piece of Americana in Japan! History of Johnson Town Saitama Back in 1936, Isono Farm bought an area of land from a silk factory, and in 1938, 50 rental houses were constructed here to be leased to army […] …continue reading

    

Visit Kinosaki Onsen – Local Experience In Kansai

One of the favorite pastimes of many people in Japan is visiting onsen, the hot springs that are found all over the country. It is one of those local experiences that you can’t miss out on when you travel to Japan, and it will be difficult to choose where to go as there are so many options. One of the best places to enjoy a traditional hot spring experience is Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) in Hyogo, an onsen town around 2.5 hours north from Kyoto by train. Let us show you why a stay at Kinosaki Onsen should feature on your Japan itinerary!

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Weekend Trip to Japan’s Samurai Town Aizu-Wakamatsu

Cultivating traditional culture, offering unique food, and home to beautiful scenery, Fukushima Prefecture is known for producing some of Japan’s best fruit and sake. It’s the third largest prefecture of Japan and has a deep history connected to samurai culture. Despite the scare of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, tourism in Fukushima has bounced back tremendously and Fukushima has become a popular destination to catch the views of seasonal foliage in autumn as well as enchanting sakura blossom in spring, enjoy onsens, and hike through the mountains. One such destination is Aizu-Wakamatsu (会津若松), a well-preserved traditional castle town which calls itself Samurai City. It was once known as the land of […] …continue reading

    

Best Mixed-gender Onsen near Tokyo

With its location on the Ring of Fire, Japan is tectonically very active. This means that there are regular earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but there is also a positive side-effect of this particular geography. We are talking about natural onsen, or hot springs, that can be found all over the country. There are many health benefits to bathing in these natural springs such as lowering blood pressure and making your skin smooth, but the main reason people love onsen so much is the relaxation it brings. If you travel with someone of another gender, you may want to bathe together even though most onsen only offer gender-separated bathing. So what […] …continue reading

    

Best Things to Do in Okinawa Main Island

Japan has islands in several climate zones. Northernmost Hokkaido has very cold and snowy winters, main island Honshu has a temperate climate, and southernmost island group Okinawa has a mild subtropical climate. It is no wonder that many Japanese as well as international tourists love going to Okinawa for a nice vacation. Going to the beach is a very popular pastime in Okinawa, and there are certainly many places to enjoy the white sandy beaches of Okinawa, or island hopping is another popular activity, but there are other things to do as well. What are the best things to do in Okinawa Main Island? 1. Churaumi Aquarium One of the […] …continue reading

    

The Amami Islands of Kagoshima

As an island country, Japan is full of beach paradise islands that feel like they came straight out of a guide book. While Okinawa is usually the ultimate destination for beach goers in Japan, the Amami Islands (奄美大島) offer seclusion and relaxation while also still bringing the same warm weather Okinawa has. As part of the greater Ryukyu Islands, you’ll find that many of the locals don’t speak standard Japanese. Originally its own island nation, the Amami Islands were later occupied during the Meiji Restoration and incorporated into Kagoshima Prefecture. Today the islands are known for their subtropical climate, beautiful coral reefs, water sports, and amazing food which can be […] …continue reading

    

King Kong In Tokyo – Where To Find This Giant Gorilla In Tokyo?

In your list of “Only In Japan” kind of things, you need to add the visit of this giant Gorilla in Tokyo!

You probably already know that you can find Godzilla statues in Kabukicho but not so many people know that there’s a statue of a huge Gorilla in Tokyo. And to be completely honest with you, it’s only after few years living in Tokyo that I discovered it!

So, let’s go straight to the point! Where can we find this statue in Tokyo?

It’s located in a super cool neighbourhood called Sangenjaya in the west side of Tokyo. And as you can see in the photo, the Gorilla is climbing on top of a building and here’s is where is is located exactly on Google Maps:



To go there, you can take the train until Sangenjaya train station and walk around 5 minutes. It’s very easy to find!

To get back to the statue, as you will see, the gorilla is not very hostile and it seems like he’s actually saving a schoolgirl. I asked many people about who built this statue and what’s its meaning but it’s still a mystery.

We can also note that even if the gorilla looks like the famous King Kong, there’s no official statement that it represents it.

I hope this article was helpful! You can find more things to see in Tokyo here: Most Instagrammable places in Tokyo.

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Osaka Travel Blog – A Complete Travel Guide to Plan Your Trip

Tattoo-Friendly Onsen In Osaka and Kyoto

Osaka Travel Blog – For first-timers heading to Osaka, this complete travel guide is all you need to plan your trip. It covers all the questions you might have about entering and exploring this wonderful city in Western Japan, and includes helpful tips on how you can make the most of your stay here. Whether you’re planning to stay over the course of a week and want to include day trips from the city centre, or you’ve only got a spare few day and need to max out your hours in the day, we’ve got the necessary information below for you to make the most of your visit.

Osaka Travel Blog – The Accommodation

One of the biggest questions that most travellers to new places ask is “Where is the best spot to stay?”.

Of course, the answer will vary for different types of travellers; some people thrive on the never-ending buzz of the crowds and actually prefer staying smack bang in the city so that the white noise of conversations never really drowns out; others will prefer staying at a location that’s relatively convenient on the outskirts of town so that they can get as much peace and quiet as possible, and don’t mind a little bit of extra traveling. Others still, will not care where they stay as long as it provides easy access to everything that they want to do.

We’ve curated a short but detailed list of areas of Osaka that you might want to familiarise yourself with, as they are some of the most popular destinations in Osaka. We’ve also recommended some highly rated accommodation in each area which might interest you also.

Check out our blog post to choose the best area guide for your accommodation in Osaka: Where To Stay In Osaka >>

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Tokyo Imperial Palace: All You Need to Know

As a popular and historic tourist attraction in Tokyo, Imperial Palace is visited by numerous visitors all year round. The current Imperial Palace is built on the former Edo Castle grounds and is surrounded by a moat and large stone walls. It contains several buildings, including some residences for the Imperial Family. It will be impossible to visit these parts of the park-like area, but there are many ways to enjoy the palace buildings and parts of the grounds. For locals the loop around the Imperial Palace is a popular running spot, where they can enjoy a 5km running course around the scenic palace and its natural surroundings. Despite its […] …continue reading