Category Archives: TRAVEL

A Walk Along the Japan Sea Coast part 2 to Watazu Port

At what I would say was the point where the Gonokawa river bank ends and the coast begins is a large rocky cliff and several smaller rocky outcroppings. As I passed the first rocky outcropping I was very surprised to see some surfers. There were three vans with license plates from Hiroshima and Yamaguchi, and I must admit I had never visited this spot before and had no idea it was a known

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Your Prepaid SIM Card Options for Travel in Japan

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A number of prepaid SIM cards are available for short-term visitors to Japan.
You land in Tokyo and ride the train into the big city. Maybe you stand in the middle of Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing, delaying traffic while you take a selfie. Or you hit up a restaurant, pointing at a random photo on the menu and hoping the waiter gets what you’re trying to order. And when it arrives, the first thing you think is, “I need to post this to make my friends envious.” Here’s the lowdown on getting a Japan SIM for your visit, for your data and voice communication needs.
The most practical SIM card for your trip? That would be the Mobal Japan Unlimited SIM. Not the cheapest, but the only provider with voice calling—a kill

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Capsule Hotels: Minimalist, Budget-Friendly Accommodation

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It’s past midnight, and you just missed the last train. A hotel is out of the question, much too pricey, but you definitely want more privacy than a tiny cubicle in a manga cafe. What’s a cheapo to do? That’s where the capsule hotel comes in.
First built by Kisho Kurokawa in Osaka in 1979, capsule hotels consist of pod-like rooms—if you can call them rooms, as they’re more like compartments—stacked together, providing the bare minimum in terms of space and amenities. Not for nothing are they also sometimes known as sleep pods, cube hotels or cubicle hotels: they’re snug. Inside, there’s just enough room for a person to crawl inside, lie down, and (maybe) sit up (if you’re tall, this might be impossible)

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A Walk Along the Japan Sea Coast part 1 the Mouth of the Gonokawa River

For my latest walking exploration I have decided to stay somewhat local and explore the coast of the Japan Sea. How long is the coast of the Sea of Japan?….. the closer you look at it and measure it more details become apparent, so its length tends towards the infinite. Standard fractal logic, so I intend to hug the coast as closely as possible and explore the nooks and crannies.

As I

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Stargazing at Tanigawadake UNESCO Eco Park


Partners Information: Enjoy a sky full of stars at Tanigawadake, a world-recognised UNESCO Eco Park!

In 2017, the Minakami area, where Tanigawadake is located, was registered as a UNESCO Eco Park as a model for the coexistence between nature and human beings.

This September through November, the Tanigawadake Night Cruising of the Night Sky stargazing event will be held. During the event, you can enjoy special space illumination art and a program that teaches you about the starry sky.

Learn how to make a telescope by hand at a workshop (extra 1,000 yen fee).

Minakami is also a hot springs resort area so you can relax in ryokan accommodation.

Event period

  • September: every Friday and Saturday as well as Sunday 15th & 22nd
  • October: every Friday, Saturday 5th and Sunday 26th
  • November: Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th


7:00pm to 9:00pm

Participation fee

2,500 yen for adults, 1,300 yen for primary school children*

*cash only

Access information

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