Travel Destinations: Japan

What can you say about Tokyo?

Shibuya Crossing | Photo credit: Naotake Murayama

You’ll still be talking months later! Effortlessly blending the old and the new, Tokyo is a city that defies definition. Cutting edge technology glitters beside ancient temples, flashing neon lights bathe kimono-clad women, and shining skyscrapers tower above stunning Shinto shrines. At first glance a city clogged by polluting cars and harassed commuters, Tokyo has […] Read More

Hiroshima: A memorable experience

Hiroshima Peace Park | Photo credit: Flowizm flowizm.com

Hiroshima, the city of water and peace, is a modern and culturally-rich destination, and is much more than its Peace Memorial Park and a stepping stone to Miyajima. Miyajima (literally “shrine island”), by the way, has been celebrated as a sacred island and one of Japan’s three most scenic views. It is most famous for […] Read More

Kobe: 
Just don’t ask Where’s the beef?

Kobe Port Tower, the Hotel New Okura building and Kobe Maritime Museum's white meshed monumentmake the most famous scenery of Kobe. | Photo credit: Masayuki Kawagishi www.kawagishi.com

Kobe is a stunning jewel set on the south side of Japan's main island, Honshu. Kobe was heavily bombed during the Second World War, and had to be rebuilt. Following the devastating war, the city suffered another disaster, this time caused by nature: the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 which took the lives of more than five thousand people and destroyed most of the port. In spite of the damage, Kobe has flourished and continues to be a thriving metropolis and highly recommended travel destination when visiting Japan.  Read More

Kyoto: 
A city not content

Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) | Photo credit: Chi KIng

Kyoto, the erstwhile capital of Japan, is arguably the most beautiful city in Japan. Kyoto is located in a valley, part of the Yamashiro (or Kyoto) Basin, in the eastern area of the mountainous region known as the Tamba highlands. Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the Emperor’s residence from 794 AD to 1868. […] Read More

Giant Japanese Snakes oh my!

They like things big in Japan. Big cities (Tokyo), big monsters (Godzilla) and one really big snake in Niigata! Read More

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