Category Archives: TRAVEL

August 2017: Top Cheapo Events Around Japan

Source: Japan Cheapo

Some of Japan’s best festivals take place in August. Lucky us, they’re mostly free too!
Miyajima fireworks
The Nagaoka Festival – Niigata (Aug 1-3)
The Nagaoka Festival is held from August 1st to August 3rd around the Shinano River in Nagaoka City. Its main attractions are the portable shrine parades and folk dance processions during the day—with large-scale fireworks displays in the evening on both days.
Aomori’s famous Nebuta Festival
The Nebuta Festival – Aomori (Aug 2-7)
This festival for which Aomori is most famous takes place in towns and cities across the Tsugaru Plain during the week of August 2nd to August 7th. The main procession of the festival consists of large internally lit floats depicting kabuki

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Autumn Lantern Night at Murin-an Garden, Kyoto; 18th – 23rd November 2017

Source: deep kyoto

Many thanks to Anika Nagahiro for contacting us about this very special event…

Murin-an Lantern Night

Meet the gardeners and enjoy the autumn leaves.

A place of scenic beauty, opens its doors at night for a get-together with the
gardeners. Enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of autumn leaves while chatting with the
garden artisans.

Place: Murin-an Garden, Kyoto
Date: 18 – 23 November, 2017
Time: 17:30 – 21:00
Fee: 600 Yen (+400Yen for 2nd floor)

Details: At the autumn foliage’s peak, Murin-an invites you to a unique lantern night, revealing anew the garden’s beauty and soothing charm.

In collaboration with light designer Nagamachi, the spotlights are set softly, lighting up the scenic points
of the garden, while the artisans who daily nurture and care for the Japanese garden are on site to elaborate on their work.

There will be both lectures on the gardens as well as free talk sessions with the gardeners. Having
received high acclaims for the garden lectures at the previous light-up event in May, there will be 3
guides per evening this time (15min each).

In the free sessions, there will not only be a skilled garden artisan, but also a young apprentice
attending. It will be a chance to talk freely about the gardeners’ work, the techniques and maintenance
methods they apply, or about episodes from their time as an apprentice.

This autumn we invite you to be part of a more personal and enriching autumn foliage night, a must-see
for both Japanese and foreign visitors.

Sponsor: Ueyakato Landscape (Designated management)
Patron: Kyoto City Tourism Association │ Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Contact: Murin-an OfficeKyoto
606-8437 Kyoto, Sakyo-ku, Nanzen-ji, Kusakawacho 31
TEL & FAX: 075-771-3909
Kenta Deguchi, Murin-an Garden director

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Top 25 Easy Day Trips from Tokyo

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Tokyo is great, there’s no doubt about that, but sometimes you just want to escape and see another side to Japan. And we’re here to help you do just that with these easy day trips from Tokyo.
The skyscrapers can be suffocating in the summer heat and isolating in winter, but don’t limit your trip to this great metropolis. Even if you don’t have much time in Japan, it’s great to explore some of the quieter areas and experience the great variety Japan has to offer. From river-boat journeys to vineyards, mountain ranges to island hikes—a day trip can be a whole mini-holiday in itself. If you’re keen to see what else is out there, then here, in no particular order, are our top 25 easy day trips fro

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Harajuku’s Takeshita Street: 400 Meters of Fun, Food and Fashion

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Nothing says fun like Takeshita Street—one of the busiest and brightest shopping streets in Tokyo, with everything you could ever want, and plenty you don’t!
Takeshita Dori is never not crowded.
Originally the place to go for counterfeit American and Japanese brands in the 90s, Takeshita has always had a fashionable reputation, but it’s cleaned up its act these days. Well-known and featured in every guidebook, it’s the heart of all things trendy and weird, with studded boots and acid-trip kitten T-shirts galore. Although there are chain stores dotted around, the street is mainly filled with independent stores and smaller brands as well as a few small department stores, meaning there is a seriously huge range to choose fr

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Nachi Cliche

Ranking up there with a bullet train in front of Mount Fuji, a geisha in Gion, a tunnel of torii at Fushimi Inari, and sunset at the floating torii of Miyajima, the pagoda with Nachi Falls behind it is a full fledged Japan photo cliche…..
So here are a few of mine…..
Taken on the first day of my walk along the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, the first few days of which follow the

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