JR (Japan Railway Companies) has decided to invest in providing free WiFi on all the bullet trains (Shinkansen) by the end of 2019 due to strong demand by international visitors. Free WiFi will be available on all the trains of Akita Shinkansen by the end of May 2019, Hokuriku Shinkansen by the end of September in 2019 and Tokaido, Sanyo, Kyushu and Yamagata Shinkansen will be ready by the end of 2019. Hokkaido, Tohoku and Joetsu Shinkansen will also increase this service gradually (no schedule is provided so far though). Currently, free WiFi service on Shinkansen is only available on some limited trains but it will be soon available on […]
The Buddha seated in Kamakura is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in the Kanto region. Today, a brand new Buddha, who is even bigger than Kamakura Daibutsu was unveiled to public. Rokuya Daibutsu will certainly be a popular tourist spot for this holiday season. It is a part of HOUKOUJI, which is located in Hirai, Hinode-Machi, Nishi-Tamagun, Tokyo. Its height is 12m but if includes the base, the total height is 18m. The chief priest of Houkouji temple revealed that they particularly wanted the face of Buddha to look very beautiful from all the angles and the expression on the face to be welcoming and merciful. So why […]
Doraemon must be one of the most popular cat in Japan. He is a robot traveled from our future. Doraemon and his special gadgets from his “4th dimensional pocket” have saved Nobi Nobita and company and have always made us feel “if Doraemon is here with me…” every time we face a difficulty! Every Japanese child has grown up with Doraemon since ’70s but Doraemon is missed after we grow up. A number of famous modern artists therefore gathered for an act to “Create Your Own Original Doraemon” and will hold a unique exhibition at Roppongi Hills this autumn. From the official site: Organized under this concept, 28 artists and […]
One of the most popular Ukiyo-e airtists, HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA is best known with “The Great Wave of kanagawa”. A special exhibition is held at the tallest building of Japan, ABENO HARUKAS, Osaka from October 6 to November 19 2017. Hokusai was an Ukiyo-e artist of rare talent who influenced Van Gough and Monet. The “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” will be used for the new passport, and Hokusai is becoming a symbol of Japan. The exhibition will focus on his original drawings from the last 30 years of his life, after reaching the age of 60, and investigate the world he sought and depicted until he was 90. (Abeno Harukas […]
We have lots of fireworks festivals and Bon Dance Festivals at the end of each week all over Japan. Both fireworks and Bon Dance have been held for the peace of the world and holding a service for departed souls including our ancestors. Thousands of people gather to see famous fireworks festivals such as Sumida River Fireworks Fes., Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Fes. and Jingu Fireworks Fes. in Tokyo. Very Luckily, we can see them at home without crowds. Also we have a huge Bon Dance Festival at the park near our place in late August. People repeat dancing with same action over and over regardless of age and sex. We […]
Japanese people loves sakura and hanami. Hanami(sakura watching) is the signal of the arrival of Spring . Everybody gathering under bunches of cherry blossoms and have a outdoor party. This seasonal event has been continueing since 17th centuries.
I always stay ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL when I visit to Kyoto. Easy to access but quiet location, great hospitality, various amenities, large bed and most delightful breakfast!! Please try Japanese style breakfast at the hotel restaurant, Unkai. You can choose boiled rice from 3 different types – Hakumai (plain boiled rice), Gokokumai (boiled rice with 5 sereals) and Okayu (congee). Try Okayu which is served with starchy thick dashi soup. Also, western styled buffet includes mini pancakes, belgian waffle and french toast with various topping. Coffee is so nice, too!! Stayed 2 nights on February 2015 Non-smoking single room JPY12,500/per night (breakfast inclusive) Amenities: Room slippers, shoes dryer, Minus ion hair dryer, […]
Pictures from left to right, top to bottom Kurashiki historical area / The entrance of the room in Ryokan Kurashiki / Ryokan Kurashiki’s one of the lobbies / Course dinner (Sashimi) in autumn presentation City: Kurashiki, Okayama-Ken Kurashiki Official website: English | 簡体中文｜Korean｜French Our recommendation to stay and eat: Ryokan Kurashiki (English) Ryokan Kurashiki is the must place to stay if you visit Kurashiki city. It is in the heart of Kurashiki historical quarter and very unique accommodation. They have an English speaking staff to explain all the customs to enjoy Ryokan. The Japanese Ryokan system is very unique and there are some “traditional rules” to follow, which we go […]