Category Archives: TRAVEL

Pet or Threat: A Guide to Japanese Bugs and Critters in the Home

Source: Japan Cheapo

Whether you’re living in Japan or just visiting, here’s a list of 10 critters commonly found in Japanese homes and how to react to them.
Tokyo lies in a subtropical climate zone, home to some surprising biodiversity—welcome or not. Whether you’re living in Japan or just visiting, here’s a list of 10 critters commonly found in Japanese homes and how to react to them. While many are completely harmless, some of these creepy-crawlies are pests or poisonous. So let’s take a look at who is your pet and who’s a threat.
1. Schlegel’s Japanese gecko (Gekko japonicus)
Japanese name: Yamori
Verdict: Pet
Found inside homes, sticking to the walls on your balcony or veranda, the Japanese gecko is a common sight from Kyushu to Honsh

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Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima

Partners Information: Kagoshima Prefecture is located approximately 50 minutes by shinkansen (bullet train) to the south of Kumamoto. Kumamoto is one of the host cities for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

One of the best places to enjoy Kagoshima is at Shiroyama Hotel, which boasts hilltop panoramic views of the ocean and Sakurajima, an active volcano and the symbol of Kagoshima.

Shiroyama Hotel has 365 guest rooms (including suites), and 16 small meeting spaces including a large convention hall. There are also 7 restaurants e.g. Japanese, Chinese, French and buffet.

Relax in the hotel’s rotenburo (outdoor hot spring) “Satsumanoyu”.

Promotional video

Official site

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The last shrines in Tokushima

After leaving Saba Daishi I headed off down the coast on my 11th day of walking along the Shikoku Pilgrimage. By the afternoon I will have crossed over into Kochi Prefecture. I stopped in at every shrine I passed, as is my habit.

Shrines are great spots to take a rest in the shade. Even in urban areas they are quiet and peaceful. The architecture can be interesting and I’m always

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Cheapo Weekend for Aug 18-19: Traditional Festivals and Summer Sonic

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

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Minato Mirai Bon Dance Festival
Those in/near Yokohama should swing by Rinko Park in Minato Mirai on Friday or Saturday evening for bon odori dancing, street food, a beer garden and beautiful views of the illuminated Yokohama Bay Bridge.

Minato Mirai Bon Dance Festival
Dates:
17th Aug–18th Aug, 2018

Entry:
Free
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The Tsurumi River Summer Festival
A small fireworks show of 1,000 illuminations. Takes place over Tsurumi River in Yokohama—so this event can easily be paired with a visit to the Minato Mirai Bon Dance Festival (above).

The Tsurumi River Summer Festival 2018
Dates:

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Top Haunted House Attractions In and Around Tokyo

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Are you into Japanese horror—stringy-haired ghost ladies, cursed dolls, spooky schools, and all? Then you might as well add “exploring a Japanese haunted house attraction” to your Japan to-do list.
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Haunted houses are especially popular in summer (July to mid-September), as August is Obon season, a time when the dead are said to visit the living. Getting chills from a good scare is also said to be a good way to cool down in summer. This is why, in summer, you can expect to see some pop-up haunted attractions—many of which will have been designed by renowned haunted house producer Hirofumi Gomi himself. For one, Tokyo Dome City has had a summertime-only haunted house attraction every year since the early ’90s.

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