Category Archives: TRAVEL

Back in Time at Gokayama’s UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Villages

Source: Japan Cheapo

Most everyone has heard of Shirakawago, the picturesque thatched-roof village in Gifu Prefecture. But fewer know about Gokayama, another area with two UNESCO World Heritage villages in neighboring Toyama Prefecture. The Gokayama region is nestled in a cleft next to the Sho River in the mountainous inland region of Toyama. While it’s still remote, the 2015 completion of the Hokuriku Shinkansen has made the area more accessible.
How to get to Gokayama
You’ll need either a car or a bus to get to Gokayama. The nearest Shinkansen station, Shin-Takaoka, is an hour by car or bus. The closest local station is Johana Station, and from there it takes half and hour by road.

The Kaestuno World Heritage Bus goes all the way from Takaok

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Gluten-free Restaurants in Tokyo: From Savory to Sweet!

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It’s all superfood, superfood, superfood nowadays. Avocado this, almond that and then there’s the biggie: the gluten-free foods. This is becoming all the rage now and the gluten-free market is now booming, worth over $390 million. Of course, many people suffer from gluten allergies, but eating gluten-free seems to be the new hip thing now. And we’re not complaining, as it’s a healthier option. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favorite gluten-free restaurants in Tokyo for all you gluten-free folk out there!
Brown Rice by Neal’s Yard Remedies
This place is a popular one with gluten-free eaters. With options such as the classic miso soup, steamed vegetables and a delicious citrus tofu cake, you can

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Wagashi: The Japanese Sweets (Almost) Too Beautiful to Eat

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Beautifully crafted, delicate and delicious, wagashi might well be your new-found obsession in Tokyo, and we wouldn’t blame you one bit.
Whether you see perfect cherry blossom decal in spring or the warm oranges of chestnut in autumn, wagashi are one of those little treats in life that never fail to bring a smile to your face. Crafted to be as pleasing to the eye as to the tongue, the miniature perfections are often paired with green tea. Typically made from plant ingredients, there is an element of simplicity to them, and they often reflect this in designs inspired by nature. With dozens of different types, from crystallized sugar to steamed buns, you can do some real experimenting to find your favorites—life is a trial so

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Ice Ice, Baby: Where to Go Ice Skating in Tokyo

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Slush flies and blades flash as some show-off slices by on the rink. Onlookers grip cocoa in mittened hands and precocious be-sequined divas do twirls in the center. There are plenty of cheapo Tokyo skating spots, both permanent and seasonal. Don’t forget your earmuffs!

Meiji Jingu Gaien Rink (Open all year round)
This rink has a picturesque location, but hours are limited and it’s not super cheap. Entry is 1,340 yen and skate rental is an additional 510 yen. And entry after 3pm gives you a 310 yen admission discount. The rink conforms to international competition standards, so it’s a good place for serious skaters.

13:00-18:00 (Mon-Fri) | 10:00-18:00 (Sat, Sun, Holidays)

Nearest Station
Sendagaya or Kokuritsu

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Two Exhibitions by Artist Joel Stewart at Gallery Hakuhou-doh, Kyoto

Source: deep kyoto

Art lovers take note: the supremely talented artist Joel Stewart will have not one but TWO back-to-back exhibitions at Gallery Hakuhou-doh, in Kyoto next month. Joel says, “Show #1 is all new work, based on some unorthodox print ideas I’ve been working on and is titled “Fractured Fairy Tales”. Exhibition #2 will be a retrospective showing of prints I’ve made over the last 30 years.”

Dates and details of the shows are given below:

December 5th – 10th 2017: JOEL STEWART – Fractured Fairy Tales

December 12th – 17th 2017: JOEL STEWART – PRINTS 1987 – 2017

BOTH exhibitions will be held at Art Gallery Hakuhou-doh (アートギャラリー博宝堂) which is located on the east side of Jingumichi, south of Niomon Dori. Here is a MAP.
Address:〒606-8344 京都市左京区岡崎神宮道東側
Hours: 11:00 – 18:00
Tel: 075-771-9401
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Our Mewby with Joel Stewart at his 2015 Hakuhou-doh show.

For more information (and pictures) of Joel Stewart’s work check out his website here:

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