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Exploring the Ancient Japanese Capital on Two Wheels: Asuka & Nara

Asuka, Horyuji Temple Adventure Activities

The Asuka Period took place about 1400 years ago today, in which the center of Japan was located in the current Asuka Village of Nara Prefecture. Asuka Village has much to explore, such as ancient tombs and burial mounds, and many other sites that tell the story of prosperity of that time. For that, a bicycle is our top recommendation! You can rent a bicycle at the rental shop right in front of Kintetsu Asuka Station and see all of these ancient spots brimming with history and romance, along with the scenic views surrounding the area.

Enjoy hands-on fun at "Koto no Hako Kobe” - Gateway to Kobe

Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano Theme Parks

Opened in July 2019, Koto no Hako Kobe is a renewal of the Shin-Kobe Oriental Avenue. As part of the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kobe complex, which is directly connected to the Shin-Kobe Station. Based on the concept of “Destination & Experience,” the facility aims to be a collection of shops that are “only here” by focussing on experiences that can only be had on-site and “the consumption of things; not things.” The shops are dedicated to Featuring shops entertainment and tourism, beauty and health. Let's take a brief look at some points of interest, including new stores that opened after the reopening.

Rokko Garden Terrace: Magnificent Mount Rokko Night Views

Arima Onsen, Mt. Rokko Landmarks

The Rokko Garden Terrace is the best place in Kobe for getting views of the city! Mount Rokko is a massive peak rising to an altitude of 932 meters extending north of Kobe City. Rokko Garden Terrace is located near the top of this iconic mountain. Not only does Rokko Garden Terrace afford magnificent views, especially of the ten-million-dollar night view of Kobe, but it is possible to enjoy a meal and shopping at the observation facility. Here we will share some of the ways you can enjoy both days and nights at Rokko Garden Terrace.

Inside Momijiya, Japan's Century-Old Udon Shop - And the Shopkeeper Who Birthed A Nagahama Specialty

Hikone, Nagahama Other Japanese Food

Noppei Udon Momijiya is a noodle shop in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture, that boasts a history of over 100 years. The third-generation owner, Tsujiki Hachiro, holds the secret to the shop's key recipe, Noppei Udon. This thick, popular, specialty soup is also, to say the least, the dish representative of Shiga Prefecture in the winter. Today, we head to the shop to find out just what makes it so popular.

Kyoto Metro Map: Complete Guide to Kyoto’s Trains & Subways

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Other Sightseeing

Looking at a map of Kyoto's train and subway system can seem a little intimidating at first! There are a blend of subway lines plus various private railroads in the area, giving you a range of options. Here we'll introduce Kyoto's train and subway lines, plus show which stations are closest to the main temples, sights and other points of interest in Kyoto!

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Nanba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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