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Perfect One-Day Fushimi Itinerary - Exploring Kyoto’s Secret Cherry Blossom Hotspot!

Fushimi, Uji Historical Places

Hidden between the famous cherry blossoms of Kyoto are lots of secret flower-viewing hotspots known only to locals. Many of these are in Fushimi, a neighborhood easily reached from Kyoto Station. While the rows of torii gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha are widely known, there are numerous other fantastic attractions to explore across the area - like Fushimi Castle, built by famous samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi, as well as historical streets lined with sake breweries and gorgeous cherry blossoms. In this article, we’ll join LIVE JAPAN international editors Chia-chi and Timothy as they show us their recommended one-day Fushimi itinerary - which includes dazzling cherry blossoms, unique local food, and ancient souvenir stores!

What to Do in Tokyo in June 2023: Roundup of Tokyo Area Events and Festivals

Shibuya Other Architecture

In Japan, June marks the beginning of the rainy season. Though the weather can be dreary, there are plenty of events and festivals to enjoy, like Reggae Fest and indoor beer gardens. It's also the perfect time to admire the beautiful blooming hydrangeas. Here we'll share some of the best things to do in Tokyo in June.

Become a True Gundam Pilot - Stepping into the P.O.D. at a Tokyo Arcade! (Video)


Japan and robots go together like a hotdog and mustard. One of the nation’s most famous robot exports is known worldwide simply as “Gundam.” What started out as an anime has become a huge franchise with its own games, movies, and even a life-sized statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a way to pilot your very own Gundam robot!

19 Best Things to Do in Kobe: Attractions, Fun Tours & More

Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano Downtown

One of western Japan’s most popular cities, Kobe is well known for its resiliency following 1995’s Great Hanshin Earthquake, its international flavor, and, of course, world-famous Kobe beef. Around 30 minutes west of Osaka and located on a scenic harbor, Kobe is a natural addition to any western Japan itinerary and a great weekend destination. Here are the 20 best things to do in Kobe, perfect for any first-time visitor.

Japan's 3 Great Fireworks Festivals: A Spectacular Summer Tradition (Omagari, Tsuchiura, and Nagaoka)

Surrounding Areas Of Akita Summer

Japanese summer is synonymous with stunning fireworks displays, known as 'hanabi' festivals. These spectacular events are held all across the country, lighting up the night sky with vibrant colors and filling the air with the sound of thunderous explosions. But what are some of the most famous ones? Japan's Three Great Fireworks Festivals include the Omagari Fireworks Festival in Akita, the Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Festival in Ibaraki, and the Nagaoka Festival Grand Fireworks in Niigata. They are a celebration of creativity, culture, and history, offering an unforgettable experience of fireworks on an unprecedented scale. To give you a taste of the magic of hanabi, we spoke with the Japan Pyrotechnics Association to bring you four famous fireworks festivals and share insights on their cultural significance, history, and the best spots to catch them in action. Main image: PIXTA

Goodbye to Luggage Worries: Flight Attendant Shares Life-Changing Packing Tips

One of the most enjoyable activities when traveling abroad is indulging in a shopping spree! Whether it's cosmetics, clothing, or household appliances, many travelers have a keen interest in purchasing various consumer goods in Japan. However, the fear of running out of space in their luggage often haunts them. That's why this time, we interviewed a flight attendant working for a Taiwanese airline to discover the secrets of efficient packing before heading overseas and how to maximize space when organizing luggage before returning home. So, if you've ever been troubled by the daunting task of organizing your belongings, read on for some valuable packing tips!

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