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10 Best Spots for Hydrangeas in Kansai: From Famous Sites to Charming Hideaways (2021)

Fushimi, Uji Other Nature

Japan's rainy season, which lasts from June to mid-July, is also the best time to see hydrangeas in the Kansai region! With raindrops glowing on their petals, these flowers showcase their enchanting beauty. During this time, you can enjoy hydrangeas in the famous ancient temples of the Kansai region, at nature parks, and many other areas. Starting with spots in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, we will introduce the top ten places to go for viewing hydrangeas in Kansai and how to access them.

Narita Airport Hotels: 3 Accommodations for Every Budget!

Narita Hotels

When staying in Japan, Narita Airport hotels can be some of the most convenient places to stay. Narita International Airport is located in Chiba Prefecture, around 60 kilometers east of central Tokyo. While it is easily accessible via train and bus, for travellers with an early morning flight or a short transit, it is more convenient to book your accommodation closer to the airport! Here, we highlight three attractive Narita Airport hotels to make it easier for you to plan your stay.

[MOVIE] A Japanese Drum Experience at TAIKO-LAB

Shibuya Other Sightseeing

Have you always wanted to learn a traditional Japanese instrument? How about one that makes you exercise in the process? If the deep sound and rhythms of the traditional Japanese taiko drums have always spoken to you, why not try your hand at taiko drumming with a dynamic class? As I learned at TAIKO-LAB in Aoyama, taiko is more than just making sound; it’s about feeling the rhythm through your entire being!

Day Trip Around Nikko! Get the Most out of Nikko's Famous Sightseeing Spots and World Heritage Site on the Hato Bus!

Nikko Cultural Heritage Sites

Nikko is a popular sightseeing spot that is super easy to access from Tokyo! On our trip, we started at the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, then visited Lake Chuzenji, Japan’s highest altitude lake, and one of the three most beautiful waterfalls of Japan, Kegon Falls, and continued our adventures around Nikko! To visit these famous spots of Nikko, you can join a fun foreign language bus tour to enjoy a fuss-free trip to your heart’s content. Out of the many bus tours available, we recommend the “Hato Bus”, the yellow tour bus loved by all visitors regardless of nationality. The foreign language bus tour “Trip around the World Heritages in Nikko” provides guidance in both English and Chinese along sightseeing spots in Nikko. We tried out the tour for ourselves - join us on our adventure around this beautiful, natural area!

Japanese Restaurants and Foreigner-Friendly Services: What Is Needed and Further Thoughts

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Other Japanese Food

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics creeping up, the number of tourists visiting Japan rises with each passing year. Most of them would surely want to visit iconic locations, and even more would want to enjoy the various delicacies of Japan. However, the fact that a good number of Japanese do not speak English remains a perceived problem, and confusion due to the language and cultural barriers might spoils one’s experience. Today, we’ll be looking at the responses of 275 Japanese eatery managers (with 60% of them situated in Tokyo) regarding their thoughts on foreign customers. While more than 60% of said managers had favorable views on them, the establishments’ services themselves were less than sufficient to receive foreign customers. On that note, we talked with these managers about two subjects: what measures they wish stores would take in receiving foreign customers, as well as what kind of resolve and manners should staff take towards them. Below are the individual opinions of some of the respondents.

All About Japan's Famous Weeping Cherry Trees: Seasons, Types, and Where to See Them


Japan is full of famous places where you can see sakura, or cherry blossom trees. One of the cherry blossom trees that stands out the most is called the "Shidarezakura", or "weeping cherry tree", which has many flowers blooming on drooping branches. There are many types of weeping cherry trees, and each one boasts its own unique beauty. Also, there are many famous places sporting this sakura variety. Find out where they are and when they're in full bloom so you can see them, too!

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