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Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto

Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto

As I stepped through the imposing gates of Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of reverence for the history that permeated every stone of this magnificent structure. The weight of centuries pressed down upon me as I wandered through the corridors and gardens, each corner whispering tales of power, intrigue, and transformation that have...

Dotonbori Ferris Wheel, Osaka, Japan

Osaka from Dotonbori Ferris Wheel

As I stepped into the vibrant heart of Osaka, Japan, I found myself drawn to the iconic Dotonbori Ferris Wheel, standing tall and proud along the serene banks of the Dotonbori River. The radiant yellow hue of the Ferris wheel seemed to beckon me, promising breathtaking views of the city below. With anticipation bubbling within me, I embarked on a journey to see Osaka...

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan

As an avid enthusiast of marine life, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium has always been a dream destination for me. Situated in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan, this magnificent aquarium is renowned worldwide for its impressive scale, diverse marine exhibits, and its commitment to marine conservation. My visit to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium was nothing short of a mesmerizing...

Sapporo TV Tower: A Gateway to Sapporo's Skyline Splendor

Sapporo TV Tower: A Gateway to Sapporo’s Skyline Splendor

Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, is a city brimming with natural beauty, cultural richness, and modern vibrancy. Amidst its bustling streets and lush landscapes stands a towering symbol of its urban majesty – the Sapporo TV Tower. Rising gracefully into the sky, this iconic structure not only serves as a telecommunications hub but...

Gokayama in Spring Snow

Gokayama in Spring Snow

After visiting Shirakawa-go, we had one more stop to make before returning to Kanazawa. After a short drive through narrow mountain roads, some 30km away we parked in front of a shop with a little restaurant attached to it in Gokayama. Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy outside, a very different weather we experienced in Shirakawa-go, but at least their town was...

Winter Wonderland at Shirakawa-go, Japan

Winter Wonderland at Shirakawa-go, Japan

While visiting Kanazawa, I decided to spend a day in Shirakawa-go since it was winter and I knew the place will look just like in the pictures I have seen over and over again in the past. Winter Wonderland at Shirakawa-go, Japan Winter Wonderland at Shirakawa-go, Japan After boarding a bus at the Kanazawa station, I arrived in this magical village hidden in the...

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Every time I am in Kyoto, I make sure to visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove for a walk around. You simply cannot miss it, it is one of those iconic places in Japan. It’s perfect for a bit of forest bathing, being in nature and enjoying it every second. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, located on the western...

Visiting Mori Tower

Visiting Mori Tower

There are many places in Tokyo where you can get up high in the sky to see the city below, like Sky Tree or Tokyo Tower, which are on top of the list for visitors to the city. But there are a little less known, yet equally good. I recommend Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills. It’s less crowded, less expensive and offers a different perspective on the city below...

Zenkō-ji Temple, Nagano, Japan

Zenkō-ji Temple, Nagano, Japan

Nagano is just about an hour away from Tokyo by Shinkansen. Quick and easy trip to see Zenkō-ji Temple. This Buddhist temple was built in the 7th century, and the modern city of Nagano began as a town built around this temple. Prepare yourself for crowds as it is a popular place to visit, but well worth it. It is a pretty big temple complex, and there are many shops...

Tsuzumi-mon Gate at JR Kanazawa Station East

Tsuzumi-mon Gate at JR Kanazawa Station East

Everything looks like a typical Japanese train station when arriving from Osaka on a shinkansen to JR Kanazawa Station. Kanazawa gets a lot of snow each winter, so a large roof covers the station building to prevent train stoppages due to accumulated snow within the station. But the real treat is just outside. It’s called Tsuzumi-mon Gate at JR Kanazawa Station East...