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10 tips for getting on the train in Japan
Train is the Japanese's preferred mode of transportation. Fast, frequent, punctual and clean... it offers many advantages. Here are our tips, advices and anecdotes to take the train in Japan.
Visit Niigata: gastronomic and cultural experience in the north of Tokyo
Niigata is a pleasant coastal city located 2 hours from Tokyo in Shinkansen and renowned for its gastronomy and culture. Here is our recommended activity to visit Niigata in 1 day.
Visit Sado island: between nature, history and traditions
Located near Niigata in Japan, Sado is a small island with everything to please. Follow us to discover and visit this enchanting island. Between nature, history and traditions, we tell you everything!
Tōdai-ji: The Temple of Excesses!
The Tōdai-ji is one of the most impressive temples in Japan. It is located west of Nara. One can only feel very small in front of the imposing wooden building, the Daibutsu-den, which is still the [...]
Fushimi Inari shrine: thousands of toriis in Kyoto
The shrine dedicated to Inari south of Kyoto is one of the most impressive shrines in Japan. It stretches out on a hill where thousands of small red toriis wind their way through the mountain.
The sacred site of Kumano Nachi Taisha & Seigantoji
It is in the heart of a beautiful forest on the heights of Nachi, in the prefecture of Wakayama, where the Buddhist temple of Seigantoji and one of the 3 sacred sanctuaries of Kumano, the Kumano [...]
The Fuji Shibazakura Festival: thousands of flowers at the foot of Mount Fuji
Facing the imposing Mount Fuji, a park has been laid out and approximately 800,000 shibazakura have been planted there. As the Fuji Shibazakura Festival (富士芝桜まつり) opens its doors and offers visitors [...]
Mount Eboshi (Izu): a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji
A breathtaking 360° view with Mount Fuji in the background! If you are walking on the Izu Peninsula, stop to climb Mount Eboshi. The view is absolutely spectacular, especially in clear weather.
Itsukushima-jinja: the Red Torii Shrine of Miyajima
Certainly the most emblematic sanctuary in Japan! Here is the famous red torii with feet in the water. This mythical and UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on the island of Itsukushima (厳島), or [...]
Walk to the Nabegataki waterfall
The beautiful waterfall of Nabegataki is located on the commune of Oguni, a few kilometers from Mount Aso. In the heart of an enchanting setting, this small waterfall of 20 meters wide and 10 meters [...]
Mogushi Beach: a small paradise lost south of Amakusa
The beach of Mogushi is a jewel, one of those still wild places that can be found in Japan. We are even talking about one of the most beautiful beaches in Kyûshû.
Gorges of Takachiho: boat trip in the middle of basalt columns
Here is the fantastic scenery of a 17-metre waterfall flowing into the green waters of the Gokase River, amidst magnificent basalt columns. The gorges of Takachiho were formed by a lava flow [...]
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Gokanosho: An authentic experience of the traditional Japan
Gokanosho is a tiny village located in the heart of the mountains in Kumamoto prefecture on Kyushu. Today, only 350 inhabitants still live here in a preserved bubble, far from any modernity, the [...]
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