Legendary Nitama – stationmaster of Kishi Eki. Wakayama, Japan.

Nitama, the legendary cat who succeeded the former stationmaster, Tama is renowned for her friendliness. As Tama’s old assistant stationmaster, she has assumed the position in 2015, beating several other cat candidates to run Kishi train station in Wakayama Prefecture’s rural Kinokawa neighborhood . I decided to meet Nitama myself in August when I was…

Snow Monkeys. Nagano, Japan.

The only place in the world where monkeys bathe in hot springs.      Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Hell Valley Monkey Park) is a well reserved national park located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture. Many tourists might not know the full name of this park, but they do know what it has to offer in the winter…

Kurashiki – charming water town. Okayama, Japan.

   Kurashiki is not frequently mentioned on any travel guidebook. It’s more famous among the domestic travellers. I came to Kurashiki without a plan. In order for me to utilise the KANSAI-HIROSHIMA Area Pass efficiently to reach Takamatsu in Shikoku, I have to change the train at Okayama Station. I came across this lovely water town…

Misonikomi Udon. Nagoya, Japan.

Among many famous foods in Nagoya, Miso is probably the champion of all. From Miso Katsu, Miso Oden to Misonikomi Udon, Chefs in Nagoya can really imagine anything with miso! Top the famous food chart of Nagoya is definitely Misonikomi Udon, literally means udon in miso broth is a staple food among Nagoya natives, throughout…

Gassho Style Houses. Shirakawa-Go, Japan.

For many years, Shirakawa-Go (Shirakawa Village) has been named as “unexplored region” and “isolated island” due to its mountainous surroundings and heavy snowfalls in the winter for access. Recently, the peace of the village has been broken by tourists from all over the world, thanks to the hard work of Japan Tourism Board and UNESCO…

Flowers Heaven. Furano, Japan.

Summer is all about flowers viewing in Japan, especially in Furano, approximately an hour by train from the centre of Sapporo. Flowers viewing, known as “Hanami” in Japanese literally means take that journey to somewhere and view flowers in large sum, with many others at the same time. However, I didn’t see many of them…

Itsukushima Shrine, the floating shrine. Miyajima, Japan.

Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site is probably the most iconic photo of all time published by travel magazines and websites as well as travellers’ social media. I can understand the reason behind the popularity besides the fact that it’s one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Built in 1168 about 200 meters offshore the…

Shurakuen Great Buddha. Nagoya, Japan.

The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~ The Buddha   Friday afternoon, feeling extremely disturbed by one miserable incident, I took the train to Shurakuen Park hoping a walk could clear my mind. I walked uphill and saw the Great Buddha statute up close. It is the same statue I have been seeing…

Top 3 in Gifu City. Gifu, Japan.

Gifu City might be under-rated in Japan as a destination for tourists but not until recently. Many people have actually been to Gifu without visiting the city as other attractions in the prefectures are more well known than this charming city, namely Takayama, Shirakawa-Go, Gero Onsen etc. I took a trip to Gifu City in…

Oirase Stream Trail. Aomori, Japan.

Oirase Stream, measures 14km in total from Nenokuchi (near Towada Lake) to Yakeyama, is the most visited sight in Aomori prefecture. Famous for its waterfalls, clear streams, unique rock formation, wooden bridges and changing colours of the nature in respective season. The trail is pleasant, with most of the path being covered by greeneries and…

Tachi Nebuta Matsuri. Aomori, Japan.

Though not as popular as the renowned Nebuta Matsuri, Tachi Nebuta Matsuri has its own uniqueness as the event is held on the ground, than on the sea for better viewing pleasure. Tachi literally means standing, hence the three dimensional floats are standing manly in the night, lighten up with illuminated colourful lights. The parade…

Kanto Festival. Akita, Japan.

The Kanto Festival is a harvest festival in Akita, where hundred of performers balance massive candle-lit lantern poles on different parts of their body including their palms, hips, shoulders or foreheads in a show of skill and strength. The shape of the kanto signifies the ear of rice, with 46 lanterns imitating the straw bags of rice….