7 Stunning Spots Around The Seto Inland Sea Ocean Sunsets And Nature

first_img Myokengu ShrineView Map Where To Stay In Kagawa – 7 Lodgings By The Sea And Mountains View InformationMyokengu Shrine {“map_code”:{“pin”:[{“title”:”1107 Bo Nio, Mitoyo, Kagawa”,”code”:”34.21833635215976, 133.6449130004944″}],”center”:”34.21833635215976, 133.6449130004944″,”zoom”:”16″,”latitude”:”34.21833635215976″,”longitude”:”133.6449130004944″}} Nearest station JR Takuma Station However, avoid heading inside the cave during bad weather because it can be dangerous.Turn at the sign that reads Fureai Plaza Nio (pictured above) to find parking. Then hike up the mountain for half an hour to reach the temple hall. Take your order to the terrace seats to revel in the sights and sounds of the sprawling sea as you enjoy your meal.During the winter season, gratin and other warm dishes are served. A 20-minute-drive away from Chichibugahama Beach, it is a great place to wait for the sunset. Picture courtesy of Akiyoshi KuramotoSurrounded by clear blue waters, Maruyama Island is an uninhabited island accessible only during low tide. Every once in a while, you will find locals fishing and gathering seashells here. Picture courtesy of DraworthWith 700 healthy olive trees planted around the Kanran, their fragrance will further enrich your stay at the inn.Kanran offers meals made by a traveling chef who uses fresh local ingredients. Eggplants and lemons are famously produced around the Shonai Peninsula. If you are interested in tasting the local gastronomy, we advise you to ask the inn upon making a reservation.In addition to Kanran, the peninsula’s other popular places to stay include the log cabin Bay Wind and the guesthouse Hiuchi. For details on these lodgings, check out our article on the MATCHA site. Kanran -Hygge dig i Setouchi- View InformationlodgingRead also In the legend of Urashima Taro, the protagonist returns from the underwater palace to find the world several centuries ahead in the future. When he opens the box previously gifted to him, he himself rapidly ages.What do you think is the moral of the story? People have offered countless interpretations over the years. One theory posits that the protagonist started a new life as an immortal swan and reunited with the underwater princess.Personally, the writer of the article not only felt refreshed but also as if new beginning unfolded after experiencing the beautiful nature that surrounds and fills the Shonai Peninsula. If you are feeling stagnant in life, we highly recommend taking some time off to reset at the Shonai Peninsula.In cooperation with Classico Setouchi Coffee, Sun Cafe, Draworth The island’s Urashima Shrine was named after the Japanese legend of Urashima Taro and is maintained by the local community. If you come to pray at this longstanding shrine, you may feel cleansed and energized by the sea. Maruyama Island View Information3. Flower Park Urashima – A Flower Garden, Sea, and Mountains Accepted Credit Cards From Mt. Shiude you can get a full view of the Setouchi Islands. The sea and the mountain’s flowers—cherry blossoms from March to April and hydrangeas from June to July—make for a marvelous composition. Since the cave is quite narrow, leave your bags at the entrance and be prepared for your clothing to get dirty.In the Japanese Buddhist tradition, praying at underground shrines symbolized a newborn infant coming out of the mother’s womb and is seen as a rebirth ritual. There are a number of shrines around the country that have similar underground prayer spots.There are few places aside from the Cave of Good Fortune that will fill you with a sense of danger. Devoid of any sunlight, you are forced to confront your fears, but the experience might just leave you feeling refreshed. Drive ten minutes from Chichibugahama Beach to arrive at the tropical inspired Sun Cafe. 7. Myokengu Shrine – Enter the Mystical Cave of Good Fortune Access to the Shonai PeninsulaTo get around the Shonai Peninsula, we recommend renting a car or taking the bus.When Renting a Car The owner of this cafe fell in love with the people, food, and nature that the Shonai Peninsula has to offer. The cafe makes its pizzas and pastas from ingredients from local farmers and fishers. WiFi Not Available Picture courtesy of Mitoyo CityThe Setouchi Islands was ranked 7th in the New York Times article “52 Places to Go in 2019.” According to the article, Mt. Shiude is a highlight of the Seto Inland Sea. Travel to western Kagawa Prefecture and you will find Japan’s best sunset view at Chichibugahama Beach. Neighboring it is the Shonai Peninsula. From Mt. Shiude to the Seto Inland Sea to the abundant nature encompassing it, this area is home to spectacular scenery.The frequent sunny days in the Seto Inland Sea resemble the Mediterranean climate. The Shonai Peninsula, in particular, has beautiful beaches that are little known to the public. Come here to relax and just listen to the sound of the waves.This article will introduce things to do around the Shonai Peninsula and how to get to each spot.7 Things to Do Near the Serene Mt. Shiude Myokengu Shrine is said to be one of the places where Kukai, the Buddhist monk who paved the Ohenro pilgrimage path of the 88 sacred spots of Shikoku, trained.Be sure to see the Cave of Good Fortune when you visit. In the boulder to the right of the hall pictured above has space wide enough for one person to fit. Legend says that walking through it will bring good luck. A Once-In-A-Lifetime Visit To Kagawa’s Kotohira Shrine Not Available Address 1107 Bo Nio, Mitoyo, Kagawa Picture courtesy of Mitoyo CityThe Flower Park Urashima is a flower garden managed by the Shonai Peninsula. Pot marigolds color the fields from late March to early April. The marguerite daisy blossoms from mid-April to late May, poppies and godetias in May, and cosmos are in season from mid-September to mid-October. Cars will be your best option when getting around the peninsula. You will find numerous rental car services at Takamatsu Airport and around the city of Takamatsu. One example is Heisei Car Rentals, where you can make a reservation in languages besides Japanese.Although most services around the peninsula will likely only understand Japanese, you can make a reservation at the Open Air Rental Car and Bike (Japanese) ahead of time and pick up your vehicle at JR Takuma Station.Mt. Shiude may restrict traffic during the cherry blossom season. For more information, visit the Mitoyo Tourism website (Japanese).When Using Public TransportationFor public transportation, take the local buses from JR Takuma Station. Use either the Takuma Line (Japanese) (14 rides per day from Monday to Saturday) or the Shonai Line (Japanese) (15 total eastbound and westbound rides per day from Monday to Saturday).For instance, if you are visiting Mt. Shiude between Monday and Saturday, first take the Takuma Bus Line from Takuma Station at 8:48 and get off at Ohama bus stop at 9:16. Take the eastbound Shonai Bus Line from Ohama at 10:06 to arrive at the foot of Mt. Shiude by 10:36.Bicycles Are Also RecommendedThe Shonai Peninsula is a popular cycling course. At the aforementioned Open Air Rental Car and Bike (Japanese), you can rent electric bicycles. This is a great way to get around for those into cycling.Feel Refreshed After Visiting This Place of New Beginnings Picture courtesy of DraworthFor lodging, we recommend the Kanran Hygge dig i Setouchi. Through its large glass wall, you can admire the nighttime view of the Seto Inland Sea. A Gorgeous Sunset! 5 Ways To Enjoy Chichibugahama Beach In Kagawa The Shonai Peninsula is the setting for the classic Japanese folklore “Urashima Taro.” The tale is about a kindhearted young man who saves a turtle, becomes invited to live in an underwater palace, and eventually returns back to land.As you listen to the gentle waves and bathe in the sunlight shining over the peninsula, you may feel as if you are being transported into a fantasy world where time runs slower. Thanks to the locals, the peninsula’s nature is well-preserved, with many beaches remaining as they were originally.We will first recommend seven places to visit, starting from Mt. Shiude and onto cafes, lodging, and spiritual spots.1. Mt. Shiude – Head to the Cafe Overlooking the Seto Inland Sea Access A 20-minute drive from Takuma Station. The recommended item on the menu is the Nio Limone (1,380 yen with tax). This pizza uses lemons grown locally and pork raised with Kagawa olives. They also serve oyster dishes, which are a speciality of the region, in the winter.Near the Sun Cafe is Free Cloud, an outdoor area where you can enjoy sea kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding. Sun Cafe View Informationcafe6. Kanran – Spend the Night Surrounded by Olive Fields Read also Operating next to the Urashima Flower Park is the cafe Classico Setouchi Coffee. The owner, who is from Takamatsu, opened this cafe in 2018 upon moving to the peninsula. We recommend trying coffee from the owner’s handpicked selection and bread delivered fresh from a popular local bakery. Shonai Peninsula and Mt. Shiude – Great Sunset Spots on the Seto Inland Sea The Mt. Shiude Archaeological Museum near the summit has a cafe that overlooks the sea. With a drink in hand, enjoy the glistening waters of the Seto Inland Sea.The Mt. Shiude Archaeological Museum displays stoneware used by inhabitants from two millennia ago. At this mountain, you can appreciate both the scenery and history. Mt. Shiude Archaeological Museum and Cafe 紫雲出山遺跡館喫茶コーナー View Informationcafestore2. Maruyama Island – A Mystical Island That Can Only Be Reached at Low Tide Picture courtesy of Mitoyo CityWith the Seto Inland Sea and the mountains in the background, the flower garden is a marvelous sight. You can also enjoy caravanning, although it requires a reservation over the phone in Japanese. Flower Park Urashima View Information4. Classico Setouchi Coffee – Savor a Cup of Coffee and Listen to the Waves Art And Surreal Nature! Awashima And Shishijima Islands In Kagawa Classico implements a self-serve system where customers order at one end of the counter and pick up their food from the other. The menu is written in both Japanese and English.The cafe is busiest during the weekends and holidays from late March to August, so we recommend coming on a weekday for a quieter experience. CLASSICOセトウチ珈琲 View Informationcafe5. Sun Cafe – Try Their Signature Pizzas and Pastas Stunning Art! Setouchi Triennale 2019 – Highlights, Access, And Ticket Informationlast_img read more

Hakutoya A Romantic Miscellaneous Goods Shop In Sasayama

first_imgHowever, due to the geographical distance separating Kobe and Sasayama, Yuko-san apparently turned down the initial invitation. But as fate would have it, Yuko-san’s thinking changed after this person gave her a tour of the Kawaramachi Tsumairi Shoka-gun area.”The instant I saw the building, I fell in love with it”, said Yuko-san as she recalled the incident with a big smile on her face. In addition to the Tanba pottery, there are also pottery pieces on display from many parts of the world.Most of these pieces are coffee mugs, and there’s such a large collection of them, that customers will probably need some time to find just the right one.Handmade Bamboo Baskets Yuko-san recommends the coffee cups that are decorated with swallow motifs. I also really like them. While simple in design, the swallows have been elaborately and delicately painted on the cups.There were also goods with a Japanese bell flower (kikyo) design, and I’m sure all of you readers will also like them. Sasayama city’s Kawaramachi Tsumairi Shoka district (*1), is a shotengai (shopping street) roughly five hundred meters in length, located east of the Sasayama Castle. The historic homes lining the street date back as far as the Edo Period (1603 – 1868).As a result of Sasayama city’s efforts to preserve these old homes, the traditional atmosphere of the area has been maintained, and many of the houses are being reborn as stylish shops. Hakutoya, a miscellaneous goods store which has breathed new life into an old structure, is one of them.*1 Kawaramachi Tsumairi Shoka-gun is a street running east to west where traditional houses have been preserved, and many have been converted into shops. Most of the homes were built in the characteristic Tsumairi style (gable construction). In 2004, the area was designated a National Traditional Architectural Preservation District. Every year in February, Yuko-san travels the world in search of new products, then brings them back to her warm and romantic wooden framed shop.Decorated beautifully with dried flowers, the shop’s interior attracts all those who stop in for a visit, and charms and fascinates them with its extensive collection of miscellaneous goods.So if you’re ever in the Sasayama area, by all means don’t miss out on your chance to visit the amazing shop called Hakutoya! Hakutoya View Informationhome_goods_storestoreTo learn more about Sasayama please refer to this website: https://visit.sasayama.jp/*This article was originally written in traditional Chinese, then translated and edited first into Japanese, then subsequently into English.You May Also Like:Yanaka Matsunoya – Perfect Handmade Tools For Daily LifeShibuya’s Maruara Watanabe: The Ideal Place For Japanese Souvenirs!Spend A Day At The Artistic Handmade Market &SCENEBumpodo – Inside The Living History Of Art And Stationery! This is a wooden structure with a two hundred year history.I heard that the first time Yuko-san came here, she soon conjured up an image of the present-day shop in her head. She then decided to make good use of the building’s beautiful structure, and opened up her miscellaneous goods shop.I was told that her daily commute takes roughly three hours in total.Romantic Items From Around the WorldMug Cups That Exude Warmth Yuko-san also recommends the large selection of brightly colored bags. The hand woven bags from Africa are so beautiful and colorful, that just taking one look at them will put you into a cheerful mood.But that’s not all. The bags ordered from Morocco are woven from medium-sized strips of bamboo, and are truly beautiful products that look similar to Kyoto brand SOU・SOU.Sophisticated Clothing and Accessories Utilizing her previous experience as a clothing and accessories purchaser, Yuko-san brings in goods and products from all parts of the world.Products from Europe, Africa, and America, and of course craftworks from every region of Japan line the shop’s shelves, and among them is, of course, Sasayama’s famous Tanba pottery. And of course clothing and accessories, Yuko-san’s field of expertise, are also on display. There are socks woven from Alpaca hair, pure wool scarves, and different kinds of outer wear, to name just some of the items. These are all products that you’ll soon want to buy.Influenced by Yuko-san’s conscientious explanation, your curiosity and interest will be aroused more and more.Stationery Goods With a Playful Spirit Sasayama – Where Old Homes Have Been PreservedIn Hyogo prefecture’s Sasayama city, many old buildings that have been thoroughly preserved and still remain today, are currently being used as retail shops.Today we’ll introduce you to a miscellaneous goods shop that was previously a traditional home. The shop’s wooden structure and the handmade goods on display inside are a perfect match, resulting in a store that can only be found here!Hakutoya – A Shop Located in a Historic Shopping Area The shop owner is Yuko Ichinose, a native of Kobe city with a very cheerful personality.Yuko-san, who formerly worked in the fashion industry, happened to meet someone from Sasayama city by a stroke of good luck, and was asked by this person if she would be interested in opening up a shop here. There’s also no shortage of stationery goods. They have tape, postcards, stamping blocks, 1960s postage stamps, and handmade accessories and small items that will make you chuckle. Regardless of the item, you’ll soon want to start collecting them.Fans of Miscellaneous Goods Can’t Afford to Miss This! This is how Hakutoya looks from the outside. Its official name is Utsuwa to Kurashi no Dogu Hakutoya.An Encounter Between an Old Building and a Womanlast_img read more

Meet Kozee The Human Google Maps Pin

first_imgImmediately after our interview, Kozee graciously offered to perform right in front of the Kaminarimon gate in Tokyo’s Asakusa area. True to his earlier comments, he purposely tries not to become the center of attention. Instead, Kozee quietly, and in his own characteristic way, slipped into a crowd of people taking pictures of the Kaminarimon gate, and then assumed the ‘sasaru’ position (above).Apparently, it was the first time for Kozee to perform in front of Sensoji Temple’s Kaminarimon gate, a famous sightseeing landmark. He looked delighted, knowing that his pose became someone’s commemorative photo.A ‘Sasaru’ Pose in Front of Sensoji’s Main Building Next, he ‘sasaru’-ed for us in front of Sensoji Temple’s main building. Notice that his slightly slanted, hands-free headstand does indeed make his body look like it’s poking into the ground!Here you can find a large incense burner called Jokoro, popular with visitors to Japan. According to local tradition, the smoke from the incense burner has health benefits, and can heal physical ailments if it blows over and touches the affected body part.A ‘Sasaru’ Pose with Skytree in the Background A ‘Sasaru’ Pose in Front of the Kaminarimon Gate When you think of Japanese people making their mark in the world, who usually comes to mind? In the realm of sports, Ichiro (baseball), Keisuke Honda (soccer), and Shinji Kagawa (soccer), are all famous. Others, such as artist Taro Okamoto and film director Akira Kurosawa, continue to remain internationally well known, long after their passing.Here we introduce a fellow named Kozee. He’s embarked on a rather unusual project that will probably make him world-famous as well.The focus of our interview is on his SASARU Project–Marking Places on Planet Earth.Who’s This Guy That Looks Like a Google Maps Pin?Kozee is a performance artist from Tokyo’s Harajuku area. He appeared in a Google Android commercial that caused quite a stir and has since attracted his fair share of attention.The Reason Behind His Sasaru Movementcenter_img ── Could you tell us how this idea of “poking into the ground like a Google Maps pin” came about?Kozee:Well, I originally did some break dancing, and someone once took a picture of me while I was performing. Later on, when I took a look at the picture of myself doing a headstand, I commented to my friend that it looked almost like my body was poking into the ground, and this eventually planted the seed for my future project and performances. But honestly speaking, at the time I was just simply enjoying the picture, and it really didn’t go much beyond that.After that, while living in New York city I became interested in foreign cultures, and it got me thinking about doing an around-the-world trip.One day while I was sitting in front of my computer, inserting pins into Google Maps of all the places I wanted to visit, for some reason it suddenly occurred to me that I could become the human form of those pins! So from that moment on, the idea of doing a headstand to look like a Google Maps pin began.After starting my SASARU project, I sent in some pictures of me doing my hands-free headstand to SNS, which led to my appearance in a commercial (CM) for Google. As a result, it caught the attention of many people, including some who reached out to me over various social media platforms, and the SASARU project gradually started to gain some traction.── Are any strong emotions tied into this idea of ‘Sasaru’?Kozee:Well first of all, I’d like to popularize the word SASARU so that it becomes a household name around the world. In its literal sense, the Japanese word, sasaru, means to ‘stick in’ or ‘stick into’. In a more figurative sense, it can also mean impacting someone in a certain way, such as in the expression, kokoro (heart and mind) ni sasaru.For example, the word kawaii (cute), is now acknowledged by non-Japanese people as a word that helps to transmit Japanese culture to the world. In a similar fashion, I think it would be fantastic if the word ‘sasaru’ came to be used by people around the world, whenever they saw something cool in Japan or had some kind of moving experience. Oh! SASARU! (Wow! Isn’t that great!).I’m currently engaged with the SASARU project, but on a more personal level, whenever I’ve been impacted and influenced by a certain country, person, kind of food and so on, I make it a point to ‘sasaru’ my body (do a headstand) at that place. It’s a personal reminder that this is where something meaningful happened, a way of leaving my mark for posterity.── When you ‘sasaru’, is there anything that you consciously do or think about?Kozee:In my own case, I don’t usually communicate with the people nearby hoping that they’ll take a picture of me, and I purposely try not to be the center of attention. I do consciously try to ‘sasaru’ my body in a crowded, public place or in the main part of a city, but always in a natural, unobtrusive kind of way.In every instance, whenever someone’s watching me, there’s someone else not paying attention and doing something completely different. I think that this surrealistic kind of picture is really interesting. The fact that while everyone is going about their daily business, there’s someone in public doing a headstand and looking like he’s poking into the ground, that’s also fascinating to me.── From here on, in what kind of places would you like to ‘sasaru’?Kozee:So far I’ve visited a total of ninety-one countries and have mainly focused on ‘sasaru’-ing my body in those places. But from now on, I’d like to focus my attention more on Japan, because there are so many interesting places here. If by doing my performance, visitors can learn more about Japan and what’s going on here, that would be great! Today’s final picture (above) features our guest in the ‘sasaru’ position, with the imposing Skytree in the background. Kozee’s body, which appears to be sticking right on the top of the wall, looks to be about the same height as the 634 meter-tall Skytree. This outrageously large ‘pin’ has marked the Skytree area, and now serves as a signpost for both visitors and locals alike.In this fashion, Kozee circles the globe, stopping when necessary to do his famous headstand, leaving his imprint on the world.For those of you who are intrigued and would like to learn more, watch Kozee’s You Tube videos and follow him on Instagram!android:complete photo collection (Google Android CM)Kozee Kido (Facebook)sasarukozee (Instagram)SASARU Project-Marking Places on Planet Earth (YouTube)last_img read more

Tokyos Sengakuji Where The Brave 47 Ronin Sleep

first_imgWelcome to Sengakuji!Sengakuji is located in Minato ward of Tokyo, and is a temple of Soto Buddhist sect (Sotoshu: a sect originally part of Zen Buddhism). It was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612, the founder of Edo Shogunate (Bakufu) in Japan.The first Sengakuji actually existed in Chiyoda ward but perished due to a great fire in 1641. The grandson of the great Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokugawa Iemitsu, then decided to have it rebuilt again and ordered five daimyos, including the lord of the Ako Domain (*1), Asano, to build a new version of the temple where it stands today.Probably the most famous episode related to the Ako Domain is the great 47 Ronin of Ako (the samurais of the Ako Domain; *2) avenging their lord and dying together by committing seppuku (ritual suicide by cutting open one’s stomach) – or the so-called Chushingura episode.Those ronin warriors were praised for their devotion and loyalty to their lord after their death, so they were often also called the Loyal Ronin of Ako (Ako Gishi; *3). And the very place where these brave men were buried is precisely here, at Sengakuji. With The 47 Ako Ronin Museum showing the property that once belonged to the 47 Ronins, and 47 wooden statues of the warriors standing tall at The Ronin Statue Museum, this temple is a must-visit place for any Chushingura fan out there, and they just keep coming every day.*1 Ako: the area around Ako city in Hyogo prefecture today.*2 Roshi: also called Ronin; the name for the samurai warriors who lost their lord or no longer serve a lord.*3 Gishi: a term describing a person with a strong sense of justice and fidelity to principle.Basic Information about SengakujiThe opening and closing hours of the temple’s gates are different for summer and winter days – from April 1st until September 30th, it is open from 7:00 until 18:00 and from October 1st until March 31st, it is open from 7:00 until 17:00.As for the Ako Gishi Museum (The 47 Ako Ronin Museum), during the summer it is open from 9:00 until 16:30, and during the winter it is open from 9:00 until 16:00. The entrance admission to the temple grounds is free of charge.However, there is an admission fee for entering the Ako Gishi Museum and the Ronin Statue Museum. The price includes the admission fee for both of the facilities and is 500 yen for adults, 400 yen for junior high school students and high school students, and 250 yen for children over the age of 10.How to Get to SengakujiThe nearest station to the Sengakuji is Sengakuji Station of the Toei Asakusa Line; it takes about one minute on foot to get to the temple from the station.How to Get There from Tokyo StationIf you’re heading to Sengakuji from Tokyo Station, ride the Yamanote Line train bound for Shinagawa, then change trains at Shinbashi Station and ride the Toei Asakusa Line. It shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to arrive at Sengakuji Station, including the time needed for changing trains, and the fare is 320 yen.How to Get There from Shinjuku StationIf your starting point is Shinjuku Station, ride the Toei Subway Oedo Line bound for Roppongi-Daimon, and change trains at Daimon Station to the Toei Asakusa Line bound for Asakusa. To get to Sengakuji Station, it will take around 25 minutes and cost 270 yen.last_img read more

Japanese Encyclopedia Tenmangu

first_imgTenmangu Shrines refer to a type of shrine that worships Michizane Sugawara, a nobleman from the 9th century. There are more than 12,000 Tenmangu shrines over the whole of Japan. Japanese people refer to these places of worship affectionately as Tenman sama or Tenman-san. In Japan, “sama” and “san” are honorific suffixes that show respect to the object or individual. “Sama” is very polite, whereas the “san” suffix is less formal, indicating a sense of closeness.Tenmangu Shrines are Extremely Popular with Students About to Take ExamsMichizane Sugawara was not a gifted political figure, but he was a fine scholar, which meant that he became more widely known as the God of LearningThe three shrines Hofu-Tenmangu (Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture), Dazaifu-Tenmangu (Dazai City, Fukuoka Prefecture) and Kitano-Tenmangu (Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City) are known as the Three Great Tenjin Shrines of Japan (日本三天神, Nihon San Tenjin). They are visited by many students, particularly over the spring exam season, in the hope of securing a good exam result.Source: 学問の神様が祀られている東京の「湯島天神」に行こう!(Japanese)Every Tenmangu shrine has a statue of a cow, which is said to be the messenger of Michizane Sugawara. Visitors to the shrine believe that rubbing ailing areas on one’s own body first, then rubbing the exact same spots on the statue, will subsequently cause it to heal. It is also believed that rubbing the cows head will make you smarter, so it is very popular with students awaiting their exams. This practice is called “Nade-ushi”, which is an abbreviation of the words “rub” (naderu) and “cow” (ushi).Have a Blast at Osaka’s Tenjin FestivalFrom times of old, the Osaka Tenmangu Shrine (Kita district, Osaka city), abbreviated to “tenma no Tenjin san” by the locals, is famous for its festival.The Tenma Festival takes place yearly from July 24th to 25th, coming alive with over one million visitors every year. It boasts more than 1,000 years of history, and is also one of the three major summer festivals in Osaka. The omikoshi (portable shrine) is placed in the nearby shopping arcade, the Yodogawa river is full of boats, and there are a huge amount of food stalls dotted about the area. The climax has to be when the fireworks light up the night sky.With the sounds of the percussion-based festival band, which the Japanese people describe using the onomatopoeic expression “Konkon-Chikichiki”, it makes people feel that summer has truly arrived.last_img read more

Kamakuras OXYMORON Check Out Unique Dishware And Delicious Curry

first_imgEat Curry Off Unique DishwareOXYMORON’s menu contains chicken curry, a Japanese-style keema curry, a Sri Lankan-style mutton curry as well as a special curry of the day; anything from your standard, routine curries to more original styles and flavors. This here is the chicken curry I ordered garnished with a side of pickles.Curry comes in mild, spicy or super spicy so you can choose according to your preference for spiciness. I am not too fond of spicy foods so I opted for the mild but the higher levels might be tasty for those of you with the confidence to take them on.The unique dishware the shop uses to serve their curry and rice can also be bought right when you walk in. These nostalgic looking plates and bowls make the perfect casual tableware.After you finish eating, how about washing it all down with some homemade plum soda or lemon squash, which are only seasonally available?The syrup used in the homemade plum soda is made from the plums growing on the tree right outside one of OXYMORON’s window. This refreshing plum soda, garnished with cinnamon and hakkaku*, surely looks like an interesting drink.And as a little added bonus, it even comes with a little walnut snack. With a light flavor and just the right sweetness, it pairs exceptionally with the plum soda.*1 Hakkaku: an octagon-shaped spice used in Chinese cuisine. It is made from drying out the seeds of a magnolia, a product of the southern part of China, and is similar in aroma to anise (a spice with a sweet flavor and aroma often used to make sweets) with a faint bitter flavor.Check Out the Souvenirs After You Finish EatingAfter you finish eating, take a look at the front of the shop. Here you’ll be able to purchase the dishware they use as well as some homemade snacks.OXYMORON’s dishware was selected from KOHORO which is based in Futakotamagawa.Dishware made by this Japanese artist are known for having a characteristic nostalgic air to them. They’re cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Anyone would be thrilled to receive dishware perfect for every season as a gift.If you’re a fan of spicy food, Japanese curry, or a charming restaurant experience, then OXYMORON in Kamakura is the best place to visit.The hot days continue in Japan. So how about trying some nice curry and plum soda…?Find a summer that defines you at OXYMORON in Kamakura.InformationOXYMORONAddress: Kanagawa, Kamakura, Yukinoshita 1-5-38 2FHours: 11:00-18:00 (Last Order – 17:30)Holidays: WednesdayOther Languages: JapaneseNearest Station: JR Kamakura StationAccess: 7 minute walk down Komachi Street from the East Exit of Kamakura StationPhone: 0467−73-8626Website: http://www.oxymoron.jp/ (Japanese) When it comes to familiar Japanese foods, there are a number of things that may come to mind, like sushi or ramen, but how would you like to heat things up a little more with some Japanese curry?Well the curry shop OXYMORON in Kamakura is the place that’ll give your taste buds an invigorating wake-up.The cool, calm atmosphere of the shop is sure to catch your attention.last_img read more

Drink Up At Sakenojin Niigatas Annual Sake Festival

first_imgSake is made from rice, and Niigata is one of Japan’s leading rice producers, known for its famous brands. That is exactly why Niigata brewers are sticklers for what rice they use, as the rice used in sake brewing is different from rice for consumption. Known as sanmai, this rice has larger grains than normal, and the opaque part in the center of the grain, called shinpaku, is also larger. It is said that the more shinpaku is used in sake brewing, the more refreshing the final product becomes, with less bitterness. Niigata sake uses an extravagant amount of shinpaku, and in top-grade daiginjo sake, which has a gorgeous aroma and deep flavor, more than half of each grain is milled away. By doing this, the sake becomes more fragrant and refreshing.2. Niigata is the Best Environment for Brewing Sake! Photo by: Niigata Sake Brewers AssociationMurakami Beef Yakishabu Rice Bowl (Ikanosumi) and Warakugoson Tokubetsu Junmaishu Koshihikari by Ikeura BreweryMurakami beef is a well-known Niigata brand. To draw out its flavor, the roast is slow-cooked at a low temperature, and enjoyed with Koshihikari from Niigata Prefecture. The Yakishabu Rice Bowl is packed full of the appeal of Niigata, and the sake that goes best with it is the Warakugoson Tokubetsu Junmaishu Koshihikari. As Mr. Watanabe said, “The meat’s flavor is expansive, and goes excellently with Koshihikari rice, which gets sweeter as you chew it. Also, the acidic aftertaste of the sake tightens up the flavor of the fatty Murakami beef.” Try out this concentrated pairing of Niigata deliciousness.Sake That Draws Out the Deliciousness of Western Food Photo by: Niigata Sake Brewers AssociationNiigata prefecture is home to over 90 sake brewers, the most in the country. Many of its sake varieties are also famous. Let’s take a look at what makes Niigata prefecture’s delicious sake so popular with not just Niigata residents but people all over the country.1. A Focus on the Rice, Sake’s Main Ingredient Photo by: Niigata Sake Brewers AssociationHegisoba and Roast Duck (Kojimaya) with Myokosan Fresh SpadeIf you’re feeling a little tired after drinking a lot of sake, we recommend Niigata hegisoba noodles, made with funori seaweed, which have a firm springiness but go down smoothly. Myokosan Fresh Spade has a fresh, clear, light taste that goes perfectly with the hegisoba noodles. Mr. Watanabe noted, “The sake will quickly be carried throughout your tired body, and you might end up having too much, even though you wanted to take a break!”Sake with an Acidic Aftertaste Goes Well With High-Grade Beef! Photo by: Niigata Sake Brewers AssociationAfter that, all you have to do is find a good place to drink sake and eat your fill! 85 sake brewers, most of Niigata’s sake industry, will be in attendance. They will each be providing different varieties of sake, so go to a booth that catches your fancy and ask to have your ochoko cup filled up. Once inside, you can enjoy sake to your heart’s content! Enjoy Niigata sake, but make sure not to drink too much. Naturally, there are not just sake booths; there are also plenty of food booths serving up dishes made with Niigata ingredients. Food is not included in the ticket, so if you want to eat something, go to that booth and buy it there.There are chairs and standing tables inside the venue, so if someone is already next to you, ask them ”Koko o tsukatte mo ii desu ka?” (“Can I use this spot?”) Even ordinarily-shy Japanese people will be quite sociable with some sake in them, so with one phrase, you may spark an interesting conversation.A Local’s Recommended Sake and Food PairingsWith all the sake and food available at the event, you may be at a loss as to what you should order. We asked the head of the Niigata Sake Gold Volunteers, Hideo Watanabe, for his advice, and he gave three suggestions.A Fresh-Tasting Sake Goes Well With Traditional “Hegisoba” What’s the Secret to Niigata’s Delicious Sake?center_img Photo by: Niigata Sake Brewers AssociationYou can buy tickets in advance (2000 yen) at convenience stores or tickets on the day of the event (2500 yen). For the latter, you can buy them at the counter on the second floor of the venue by the escalator. Also, you can get late entry tickets (1500 yen) at the venue if you come after 15:00. If you want to avoid the crowds, you can aim to come later in the day. Typically, most tourists buy their tickets at the venue, so you can relax even if you want to buy your ticket on the day of the event.*Check the Information section for ticket application details (in Japanese).*Non-drinkers can enter for free.2. Line Up to Receive an Ochoko Cup and WaterWith your ticket in hand, line up and get your wristband. Go through the entrance on the first floor and present your ticket, and you will receive an ochoko sake cup and water.3. Sake Tasting Booths To make delicious sake, you need water as well as rice. Winters in Niigata are harsh and long, and the area sees a lot of snow pile up. In the spring, the snow melts and comes down from the mountains as water, carrying along the nutrients accumulated in the mountains. It is fundamental for Niigata sake to use this water from snowmelt. Also, the snow works to purify the air. This clean air encourages the growth of the rice malt mold and yeast which dictate the sweetness of the sake. In this way, Niigata is gifted with the perfect environment and ingredients for making delicious sake.The Sake Festival, Niigata Tanrei – Niigata Sakanojin Photo by: Niigata Sake Brewers AssociationEvery year in March, an event is held in Niigata where people can enjoy delicious sake to their hearts’ content. Beginning in 2004, the Niigata Tanrei – Niigata Sakanojin was held on March 10th and 11th this year (2018). Based on the German Oktoberfest, the Sakanojin’s purpose is to be an event for people visiting Japan, not just locals, to enjoy Niigata’s regional sake. The Tanrei in the title means “a smooth and refreshing taste,” and expresses the clear flavor of Niigata sake.On the Day of the Event1. Tickets Photo by: Niigata Sake Brewers AssociationShirasu Pizza (Vittoria) and Kayama Junmai Ginjo Pure Undiluted Sake by DHC BreweryAt Sakenojin, you can also try Western food. It might seem like an odd pairing, but Mr. Watanabe recommended the pairing of shirasu (young sardine) pizza and Kayama Junmai Ginjo Pure Undiluted Sake. The weightiness of the undiluted sake and the fruity aroma that is characteristic of pure sake is not outdone by the strength of the pizza’s herb and garlic flavors. “Kayama has a bittersweet taste, but the flavor gently covers the ocean aroma and salty tang provided by the shirasu and anchovies, balancing the whole thing out,” Mr. Watanabe stated.In ClosingOf course Sakenojin is attended by many Niigata residents, as well as many people from all over Japan. By all means, come to Niigata, home of delicious sake, for this once-a-year event – not just to savor some drinks, but enjoy a great chance to have a cultural exchange with Japanese people!In cooperation with: Niigata Sake Brewers Association 新潟県酒造組合 View Informationlast_img read more

Make a Wish at the Suzumushidera in Kyoto

first_imgFrom the Kyoto station, it takes 40 minutes by municipal bus to reach this temple. There are many shrines and temples along the grid-patterned streets of Kyoto, but once you visit this temple, located at Arashiyama, you’d want to come back again. And again.The name of the temple is Kegonji, a Zen temple, also known as the “Suzumushidera” (Temple of the Crickets).The Year-Round Sound of CricketsAfter getting off the municipal bus at the Matsuo Taisha Mae bus stop, I followed the handmade sign, and took the narrow road through the residential area.While standing at the fork in the path and wondering which way to go, an elderly gentleman on a bicycle showed me the way to Suzumushidera. After climbing a gentle slope, I arrived at the entrance of the temple.But there’s still a short way to go. Eighty steps that climb up the hills, the same number as the steps climbing to heaven.Do not gripe that you just climbed a slope. Take the steps one by one, as this is the first stage to reach your inner peace.The reason for the name Suzumushidera is due to the crickets that can be heard all through the year. That sound is a mating call, so the number of male and female crickets is carefully monitored. Otherwise, the crickets will wipe each other out.This temple is also known for bringing lovers together, and there is a Jizo (a high-ranking monk and a guardian of travellers and children) statue in the sanctuary. This is very rare, as Jizo stutues are mostly located at the roadside, or beside a grave. Also, it is not an object of worship, as the Jizo is not a deity.But the “Kofuku Jizo” (Jizo of Happiness) of Suzumushidera is idolized, as he is famous for granting one wish. He has his waraji (straw sandals) on, and it is said that he will visit those who came to Suzumushidera, so you also have to tell him your address.Be careful, because if you forget, the Jizo will not be able to find his way, and the wish will not be granted.The Refreshing SermonI was wondering how loud the crickets will be, but after clearing the steps, there was no sound.Slightly disappointed, I entered the temple to listen to the Buddhist priest’s “Suzumushi Sermon.” The priests residing at this temple take turns preaching for about 20 minutes every day. The fee is 500 yen, and after entering a large tatami room, the crickets started singing.Why couldn’t I hear this outside? The priest apperared at that moment. The theme of the sermon, which is conducted in a soft Kyoto dialect, changes every month.Photographs were not allowed in this room, so here is what the priest talked about.These days, the people visiting the temple does not place their hands together. They just come to the sanctuary for a walk, or to take photographs. But a temple is a place where the Buddha resides. Whether you believe in Buddhism or not, you should take a moment to place your hands together, to show respect for the Buddha. It will also calm your mind.That kind of a casual gesture can grow into a habit, if you continue doing it. A habit can define what kind of a person you are. You do not need to visit a temple to place your hands together. For instance, if you place your hands together before a meal, you might become more observant about your surroundings. That kind of awareness can help you grow.After thinking about the sermon, I realized that I might have been easily irritated lately, due to leading a busy life. It also made me wonder what kind of a person I was becoming.Looking over the city of Kyoto from the Suzumushidera, I felt somehow refreshed. Maybe that feeling was due to the calming sermon, with the background music of the crickets.InformationKegonji (Suzumushidera)Address: 31 Matsumuro Jikecho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto CityOpen Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., No closed days*The reception for the “Suzumushi Sermon” ends at 4:30 p.m.Wi-Fi: Not AvailableAccess:A: Take the Kyoto Bus No. 73 or 83, headed for Suzumushidera. Three minutes walk from the last stop.B: Take the Municipal Bus No. 28, headed for Daikakuji. Fifteen minutes walk from the Matsuo Taisha Mae bus stop.Entrance Fee: 500 yenTelephone: 075-381-3830Official HP: http://www.suzutera.or.jp/last_img read more

Modern High School Ninja Girls Play Tag in Atami

first_imgDo you know of these super high school ninja girls? This video was uploaded on YouTube in July 2014, and was shared around the world. For those who haven’t seen it yet, this post is to share the video.First of all, take a look at the video! (3:26)Atami of Shizuoka is a famous tourist spot in JapanThe video takes place in Atami-shi of Shizuoka prefecture, famous for its beautiful sea and steep slopes. A normal high school girl starts taking videos with her smartphone. A friend runs away because she doesn’t want to be taken, and the girl starts to chase her around. The great chase starts! Most of the high schools in Japan have uniforms, as in the high school of the video. The classrooms, tables, chairs, hallways and rooftop…everything is the same with a typical Japanese high school. Their game of tag escalates and jumps out of school. The girls beautifully and lightly acrobat through Kinomiya Shrine, known as a spiritual spot, and Atami Castle built in the Showa era. The chasing around also takes place in shopping streets and alleys, where you can see everyday Japanese life. center_img In between, some Ninja words appear on the screen such as “MAKIBISHI” or “MUSASABI”. Ninjas are a function that acted behind the screens in assassination and secret service from the Kamakura era to Edo era. There are many unique Ninja tactics and episodes that make them famous around the world. The play of tag ends at a beautiful sand shore of Atami. The thirsty girl takes out a drink from her bag and…?!The great escape of a super ninja high school girl. I was stuck to the screen on the unpredictable scene changes. How did you like it? Atami-city official HP: where the shots were takenhttp://www.city.atami.shizuoka.jp/last_img read more

See Seasonal Flowers At Tokyos Horikiri Shōbuen Iris Garden

first_imgWhat is Horikiri Shōbuen Iris Garden? What Awaits You Inside?Horikiri Shōbuen Iris Garden is a public garden in Horikiri, located in and maintained by Katsushika ward. The garden features beautiful flowers which can be seen throughout the year, including irises and other flowers such as wisterias, cherry blossoms, and peonies. Amazingly, admission to the garden is free!There are various opinions on exactly how old it is, but Horikiri Shōbuen’s history is said to go back for several hundred years; it is one of Japan’s most prominent and venerable gardens.The irises at Horikiri were featured in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo a series of ukiyo-e images depicting the streets of Edo. Painted by Hiroshige Utagawa, one of Japan’s most lauded ukiyo-e artists, the series had a significant influence on many Western artists, including Vincent van Gogh. Ukiyo-e as a genre came about during the Edo era.The garden has rest spaces and bathrooms available for visitors, so you can take your time inside. You can also reserve space for your group at the “Seikantei” meeting pavilion, which allows you to have a meal while enjoying the park area.Cute turtles frolic in the water of the garden pond, while butterflies flutter from flower to flower at the water’s edge. Refresh your spirit through encounters with all the tiny creatures throughout the garden.What Kind of Flower is the Iris?Iris plants belong to the iridiceae family, and are divided into many different taxonomic forms according to the color and shape of their flowers. For example, the white flowers on the left-hand side of the photo are dwarf bearded irises, also known as the “small-town girl iris.” At Horikiri Shōbuen, the iris flowers have been planted in bunches according to their variety, so you can enjoy comparing and contrasting them.Besides Irises, What Flowers Can You See at Shōbuen?As mentioned above, you can more than just irises at Horikiri Shōbuen. We will introduce a few other flower varieties here.Photos provided by: Managing Council of the Horikiri Katsushika Iris FestivalThese are red peonies. The flowers of red peonies spread out at the ends of the branches, and point almost horizontally. They are featured in a Japanese expression, relating to how they bloom: “when a beautiful woman stands, she is a Chinese peony; when she sits, she is a red peony; when she walks, she is a lily.” That is the extent to which red peonies are recognized for their beauty.Photos provided by: Managing Council of the Horikiri Katsushika Iris FestivalThese are wisterias. The sight of their hanging branches is quite beautiful. Just like irises, wisterias have been beloved in Japan ever since olden times. They are often used in kimono designs and as haiku themes.Photos provided by: Managing Council of the Horikiri Katsushika Iris FestivalIn the winter, when snow falls, the iris garden takes on an exceptionally elegant air. You can also see plum and camellia flowers in January and February.The Annual Katsushika Iris FestivalEvery year in early June, the Katsushika Iris Festival takes place at Horikiri Shōbuen and the neighboring Mizumoto Park. There are many fun events, including a flea market, singing performances, and more. The surrounding shops will run sales, and the streets will be lively with activity, so please stop by. In addition, original goods such as postcards will be sold inside the Iris Garden.Passes for the buses and trains that connect the gardens will also be on sale!Photos provided by: Managing Council of the Horikiri Katsushika Iris FestivalAt Horikiri Shōbuen Iris Garden, you can enjoy beautiful flowers all year-round. It is a place for locals to relax, where they compose sketches and take photos. How about visiting this place, which is almost overflowing with a positive and friendly atmosphere? Horikiri iris garden View Informationparklast_img read more

Chinese Spring Festival in Yokohama Enjoy Dancing Dragons and Lions

first_imgThey might even start biting peoples heads! But don’t worry, it’s believed that the bite of a lion drives away bad luck and introduces good luck as well as good health. So it’s all in good fun.Enjoy Chinese New Years Traditions in JapanIf you want to experience a little bit of Chinese tradition when you are in Japan you shouldn’t miss out on the Chinese spring festival in Yokohama.If you want to enjoy the show from the front row, you should go to the park at least 30 minutes before the show begins. As it is still very cold in February, I recommend bringing a Kairo (a portable body warmer) so you won’t be cold.Watch the powerful dance of lions and dragons with your own eyes! Yokohama Chinatown View Informationstore The largest Chinatown in Japan is located in central Yokohama. It is lined with many small goods shops as well as restaurants. Many people like to come here to experience a little bit of China in the heart of Japan.A variety of Chinese events are being held in Yokohama Chinatown on a regular basis. Today we will introduce you to its Chinese Spring festival with colorful Chinese dragons and lions.Experience the Spring Festival in Yokohama ChinatownYokohama Chinatown holds its Chinese spring festivals every February, right around the Chinese Lunar New Year. The date of Chinese Lunar New Year changes from year to year, so the duration of this festival changes every year as well.I’ll introduce you to the festival called “Syunsetsu Goraku Hyouen” (Spring Entertainment Show Festival).”Syunsetsu Goraku Hyouen” showcases traditional Chinese performances such lion dance, dragon dance as well as other dance and acrobatic shows. The festival takes place in the Yamashitacho park, near Yokohama China Town.Colorful Handmade Dragons and LionsEven though it snowed heavily the day before the performance, many people still came to see it. People in the Tokyo area are not very used to snow and normally prefer to stay inside if the weather is cold and snowy.The Chinese show began with the sound of the exploding firecrackers. The first dragon dance was performed by a group of female high school students. Their dragon had a cute face and a flashy design. The dance was dynamic and dramatic and you could see how much they enjoyed their own performance. Next up was a group of male students entering the stage with their cool looking neon dragon. This dragon was even supposed to glow in the dark.You can only imagine how great their performance must have looked in the dim light of the evening with the dragon glowing while it moved.Good Luck LionsThe Chinese Lion Dance was performed after the dragon dance. It is believed that Chinese lions chase away bad luck while bringing good luck themselves.Both, the lion dance and dragon dance, are supposed to pray for a good harvest as well as good luck.Each lion has a different color and each color has it’s own meaning. A black lion stands for youth and being brave, yellow stands for goodness and nobleness and red for wisdom and courage.They look cute yet powerful when they are all lined up like this.But don’t be fooled by their cute appearance. They might suddenly rush into the audience.last_img read more

Noshiro Basketball Library Museum Akita The History Of Slam Dunk

first_imgIf you’re a fan of “Slam Dunk”, then you’ll probably know about the Sanno Industry that appears in the comics.Noshiro Technical High School is the actual school that was the model for Sanno Industry. Not only are their uniforms similar, but both Noshiro Technical High School and Sanno Industry High School are champions in the basketball world with numerous records of their glory. Mr. Takehiko Inoue, the creator of “Slam Dunk”, repeatedly visited Noshiro Tech to interview them. Original “Slam Dunk” drawings, magazines related to the series, and autographs that have been left by Mr. Inoue are displayed in this museum. Even without knowing Japanese, you’ll surely recall the memories of your youth by flipping through the pages of the series on display.center_img Slam Dunk: the Root of Japan’s Basketball Boom“Slam Dunk”, Japanese comic artist Takehiko Inoue’s most representative work, is a popular comic not only in Japan, but also in Taiwan and Hong Kong. It is no exaggeration to say that basketball became a popular sport in Japan because of “Slam Dunk”.The main setting of “Slam Dunk” takes place near the Shonan Coast. Many fans visit this “holy land”, but fans of the central part of the comics, basketball, also like to visit the Akita Noshiro Basketball Library & Museum in Akita prefecture.Several basketball-related goods, books, and comics are displayed here alongside items belonging to Yuta Tabuse, Japan’s first ever NBA player. Let’s visit Noshiro in Akita and look back on the dreams of basketball that we had in our youth!Akita Noshiro Basketball Library & Museum: Retracing Slam Dunklast_img read more

Join MATCHAs Editorial Team Share Your Knowledge About Japan With The World

first_imgHave you been living in Japan for a while and got to know and to love this country and its culture? Do you love writing and wish to create meaningful content that will be of help to others?If your answer was yes to both questions, please read on to find out more about a work opportunity available at MATCHA, a web magazine specialized in travel information for visitors to Japan.MATCHA is looking for an editor to join our English language editorial team. It is a full-time position requiring the successful candidate to work from our office in Asakusa, Tokyo.Editorial Tasks- Creating content for MATCHA’s English language website by writing and editing articles related to traveling in Japan.- Creating and suggesting article concepts that answer the needs of international visitors to Japan.- Managing the publishing schedule.- Managing the team of writers and editing their articles.- Collaborating with the Japanese editorial team and with the sales department regarding the PR content.- Supervising the Japanese to English and English to Japanese translation teams.Requirements1. A good command of written and spoken English.2. Japanese language skills that correspond to levels N1 or N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.3. A good knowledge of Japanese culture and history, as well as of Japan’s geography.4. Relevant editorial experience in the field of web media.5. The candidate should reside in Japan and should possess or be eligible for a valid working visa.How to ApplyStep 1. Please send us your resume at ramona@matcha-jp.com together with a short letter of intent specifying your motivation to apply for the editor position.Step 2. The candidates who pass the first screening will be contacted regarding an interview.Step 3. The candidates who pass the interview will be asked to submit a series of assignments related to the editorial position.Step 4. Successful candidates will be invited to a second interview.We are looking forward to your applications.You May Also LikeInspired by Japan? Write For MATCHA!Share Your Love For Japan With The World! Translate for MATCHA!last_img read more

Ekimae Koto Onsen Beppu A Public Bathhouse With Overnight Lodging

first_imgWhat Is Ekimae Koto Onsen? When walking along the streets in front of Beppu Station’s East Exit, the baths that make this city in Oita prefecture famous are just a five minute stroll away. Here you’ll find a curiously Western style building that is sure to catch your eye. This is Ekimae Koto Onsen, a town hot spring managed by the locals.This small hot spring has cheap overnight lodgings in addition to being a public bath – a rare type of facility in Beppu. Plus its location in front of the station means that it is both easy to access from the ocean, the mountains, and even from the downtown, and can act as the ideal sightseeing hub for the region.  The fact that the building being used is the same as it was 90 years ago is another highlight of Ekimae Koto Onsen.A Public Bath with Hot & Warm Waters You will immediately arrive at the reception desk when you open the door to Ekimae Koto Onsen. Entry is based on a prepayment system where a ticket is purchased from the ticket machine at the side of the door and then given to the receptionist. Bathing is available from 6:00 – 24:00.There are two types of baths at this hot spring: one with hot water called Atsuyu and one at a normal temperature called Nuruyu. Each respective bath has an extra fee.By the way, Atsuyu is at a temperature that feels quite hot even for Japanese people, so we suggest those that have few experiences with bathing in Japanese public baths to choose Nuruyu instead.center_img To enter the baths, both Atsuyu and Nuruyu are 200 yen plus tax for adults and 100 yen for children. The four yellow buttons at the top of the ticket machine are the bathing fees with the very top row of buttons being for Atsuyu while the bottom row is for Nuruyu.Rental bath towels or single-use shampoos and soaps can be purchased at this ticket machine too if you didn’t bring your essentials for entering the baths. Prices are as written below. All prices include tax.[Rental]Bath towel… 50 yenHairdryer… 10 yen[Purchase]Shampoo… 40 yenConditioner… 40 yenRazor… 70 yenRazor (Women’s)… 40 yenSoap… 20 yenToothbrush… 40 yenFace towel… 150 yenAn original Ekimae Koto Onsen towel… 300 yenlast_img read more

Shopping in Asakusa NATSUNO for Cool Souvenirs

first_imgI like this skull that has Kaminarimon on its head.These are tumblers with elaborate and strong designs. People who love monsters and Japanese styles cannot help buying them.There are many accessories with skull motifs.With glittery stones and gentle colour,  Japanese ornamental hairpin “Kanzashi” have a rock and roll look.Besides, they also display bracelets with healing stones, stuffed bears, and glass ware.This shop has a good range of “Cool” products that meet your need of Japaneseness.The plant-figure is also cute! Check it out! Cool Japanese Fashionable Goods!You can see a big lantern ghost at the corner of Asakusa’s Hoppy Street. Thanks to him, many artists seem to start shops in Asakusa.Created by More Than 10 ArtistsAs soon as you enter this shop, you will meet a golden dragon.Of course, you can buy the towels on the wall as well.One-eyed monsters in pop color are located at the central shelf in this shop.”Fortune CAT” and “Fortune DARUMA” are displayed. Make sure to take a careful look at the DARUMAs, they are in polka dots!The shop is packed with other interesting goods.For example, you can stand out if you wear a showy T-shirt printed with a big character.center_img At this Edo (Old Tokyo) style gift shop, “Asakusa NATSUNO(浅草なつの)”, You can buy unique souvenirs which has “Japanese style” and “Asakusa” motifs. The main creator is Mr.Takumi Iwase, who created the poster characters “The lantern monster” and “Asakusa Ponta” of this shop. And there are more. There are many artistic post-cards created by illustrators. They express all aspects of “Japan”. You will be attracted to these.The concept of “Asakusa NATSUNO” is that “You cannot buy its products elsewhere but here.”How about discovering some extremely cool Japanese goods?InformationEdo-Style gift shop “Asakusa NATSUNO”Address:Asakusa 2-5-12,Taito-ku,TokyoTelephone number:03-6795-1472Opening hours:10:00a.m.~7:00p.m.(No scheduled holidays)Twitter:https://twitter.com/asakusanatsunolast_img read more

Do the Japanese Sleep too Much in Public

first_imgTokyo Dreams: A Film by Nicholas Barker・”In Japan people sleep a lot more in public than in America. Even if you’re sleeping, nothing will get stolen.”(America, 32 years old)・”People nap a lot in Korea too, but I think people would be surprised by hard working Japanese people taking naps.”(Korea, 26 years old)Tokyo Dreams: A Film by Nicholas Barker・”I honestly think that Japanese people work too hard, and they probably don’t get enough sleep. But managing to get their sleep like this is probably the reason they live long lives.”(France, 45 years old)・”I think that napping in public facilities symbolizes safety. I’d like to sleep on the Yamanote Line sometime. It’s something I admire.”(Indonesia, 19 years old)Tokyo Dreams: A Film by Nicholas Barker・”People sleeping in trains always manage to wake up just before their stop, right? How do they do it? I’ve always wondered.”(India, 28 years old)・”The trains keep perfect time, and never slam on the breaks. The rails are well maintained, too. Safe. The cushions and air conditioning is perfect. I’d take a nap myself.”(Peru, 44 years old)Tokyo Dreams: A Film by Nicholas BarkerIt’s reasonable to say that the reason behind the Japanese habit to nap arises from their diligent character, among other cultural and environmental factors. Have you noticed anything about their napping habits? How do you feel about it? Culture can be found in anything, even something as seemingly ordinary as “napping”.When even the most unceremonious of daily habits and phenomena can uncover cultural characteristics, it can be fun to take on an objective standpoint and take a stroll.http://nicholasbarker.com There is a particular thing that surprises many people who visit Japan. Specifically, we’re talking about “napping”. People are shocked by the fact that the Japanese frequently nod off in public. What do you think? We asked travelers from far and wide about napping in Japan.last_img read more

BarrierFree Tours In Tokyo Produced By Trip Designer Inc

first_imgThe street from the Kaminarimon Gate to Nakamise Dori, leading to the main hall of Sensoji is paved with stone, which makes it easy for the wheelchairs. The main hall is furnished with an elevator, so there is no need to use the stairs. Meiji Jingu Shrine is a truly “Japanese” spot. Although the main approach is mostly paved with gravel, which makes it a little difficult for wheelchairs, both sidelines are paved with stone. There is a barrier-free restroom in Meiji Jingu Shrine, and the stalls are all spacious and equipped with backrests.Also read:Cat Street: Fresh Boutique FashionsMeiji Jingu: Harajuku’s Stunning ShrineIn ConclusionMs. Nakayama, a member of the Japanese Paralympic Track Team, said that she was “surprised to find out that Asakusa and Meiji Jingu Shrine were actually barrier-free.”Even the Japanese aren’t familiar with the actual barrier-free situation of the various sightseeing spots. Those who want their wheelchair using family and friends to enjoy Tokyo should look for a guided barrier-free tour.Trip Designer Inc., the conductor of the barrier-free tour mentioned above, also offers a wide variety of tours answering the various needs of visitors from abroad. Their tours are open to the Japanese as well, so please take a look at the OMAKASE site for further information.Exclusive Coupon for MATCHA Readers!Insert the coupon code “matcha” when making your tour reservation and benefit from a 5% discount!Get 5% off the tour fee by inserting the coupon code “matcha”!Make your tour reservation on OMAKASE, the official website. Due to the increase of visitors from abroad, various Japanese signage and services are being translated into multiple languages. But the barrier-free system in regards to traveling is still under development, and there are some sightseeing spots in Japan without slopes, elevators, or barrier-free restrooms.This article is about the barrier-free tour planned by Trip Designer Inc.. If you are a wheelchair user planning a trip to Japan, please take a look.Exclusive Coupon for MATCHA Readers!Insert the coupon code “matcha” when making your tour reservation and benefit from a 5% discount!Get 5% off the tour fee by inserting the coupon code “matcha”!Make your tour reservation on OMAKASE, the official website.The Tour Starts from Asakusa After the Shibuya Scramble Crossing, the tour heads for Meiji Jingu Shrine, via Cat Street. Sumida Park offers a great view of Tokyo Skytree, so it is always bustling with visitors taking photographs. There are multiple slopes in Sumida Park, and wheelchair users can choose the best spots for photographs. Tour participants will be guided to the slopes, so they won’t even have to look for them.Also read:Sumida Park: Three Reasons to Visit This Little-Known Spot in AsakusaShibuya Scramble Crossing After having lunch, the tour heads to the Scramble Crossing in Shibuya, using the subway.Most Japanese subway stations are equipped with elevators that reach the ticket gate floors, but it may be difficult for the first time visitors to find them. The tour guides will be a big help in that regard.Up to 3000 pedestrians use the Scramble Crossing when the light turns green, so it is popular to visitors from abroad. Wheelchair users can enjoy the temple the same as everyone else.Also read:A Guide To Get The Most Out Of Sensoji TempleViewing Tokyo Skytree from Sumida Park From left to right: Ms. Tada, Mr. Grisdale, Ms. Nakayama and Ms. GeneiThis tour starts from the Observation Terrace of the Asakusa Tourist Culture Information Center in Asakusa, one of the prominent sightseeing spots of Tokyo. The center is furnished with elevators and barrier-free restrooms, so visitors can easily enjoy the view from the terrace.The participants are the supervisor of this tour, Mr. Barry Joshua Grisdale, who also writes about Japanese barrier-free environment, and Ms. Nakayama Kazumi, who was on the Japanese Track Team in the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.The guides are Ms. Tada Shizuko and Ms. Genei Yoko, both of whom are certified as interpreter-guides and also as home caregivers.Also read:Asakusa Tourist Culture Information Center: An Asakusa Traveler’s Best AllyTo the Main Hall of Sensoji It tends to get very crowded, so it is easier with the tour guides’ help.Also read:Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing – 4 Best Viewing SpotsMeiji Jingu Shrine It may not be easy to check the wheelchair accessibility of various spots in Japan. By joining a guided tour, the participants will be able to gain a wide knowledge of the surroundings.The Barrier-Free Restrooms at Meiji Jingu The elevator is on the left hand side of the main hall. Some people may miss it, so be careful. Get off the elevator, and just move on down the slope.last_img read more

Green Tea Espresso Recharge Your Energy At Caffeineholic

first_imgThis is the green tea espresso. It uses safe and edible tea leaves from the tea producer Yamaei, located in Kakegawa city in Shizuoka prefecture. You can savor the rich flavors of the selected tea leaves in this one shot.For more information about the direct connection of the manufacturing and cultivation of tea leaves please check out Yamaei’s website.Delicious Hot Dogs! The stylish designs can even be spotted in the bathroom.A New Movement for Caffeinated Drinks At caffeineholic, you can enjoy rich flavors of green tea, black tea, and coffee in a shot glass. You can also blend the shots with either milk, soda or even beer. WORKAHOLIC is Japan’s first and largest work-chair select shop.Formally, it was a shop in Akasaka, Tokyo, but it recently reopened in the second-fourth floors of the same building as caffeineholic. They have a great selection of ergonomic chairs that were created to fit the human body structure and movements.In this unique shop, there are staff members called chair concierges who help customers to select the perfect chair suited to them from among the various types. The store itself is like a gallery and is very fun to look at with a drink in hand.A Stylish Atmosphere Like a Clothing Shop Sign pointing to the espresso counter when entering the shop.You can sit and relax inside the cafe space, but the main trait of caffeineholic is the standing counter bar made for espresso drinkers. In Europe, you may frequently spot espresso bars, but the only spot in the world to drink coffee, black tea or green tea shots at a counter is here!Espresso shots made of green tea, black tea, or coffee cost 200 yen per shot with tax. It is about the same price of general energy drinks sold in Japan. You can easily refuel yourself here just like by drinking standard energy drinks. Toranomon is located in the Minato ward of Tokyo. It is a central area for politics and finance and is an area right next to Kasumigaseki, the heart of Japan’s politics. With many famous industries and embassies of the world based here, it is considered to be a major business center of Tokyo.Within the busy quarter of Tokyo, the world’s first caffeine charge bar, caffeineholic opened its doors in August of 2016. It provides caffeine that is good for the health, beauty, and provides energy.At caffeineholic, they introduce how caffeine helps boost energy, assist wakefulness, increase concentration, give a relaxing effect, and burn fat.Three Types of Espresso Bases Inside the cafe, you can find the latest business magazines and economic newspapers always in stock. There are also plenty of comfortable chairs that are being sold at WORKAHOLIC upstairs. This is a great opportunity to try out the chairs of your liking or simply relax in a stylish environment.center_img Open In Toranomon, The Business District of Tokyo You can also purchase mugs and T-shirts with the caffeineholic logo written on it.The logo and shop character can be also spotted on takeout bags, paper cups, and coasters as well. You can indulge yourself in the caffeineholic world in the shop and even on the cups. The relaxing atmosphere may even make you forget you are in a bustling business district. Espresso machine used to make tea shots. Aside from drinks, caffeineholic carries hot dogs that are a perfect size to munch on for busy workers who have their hands full. You can select from ten types of sausages made in Japan along with three types of original bread you can combine them with. It is a must-try when coming here!Same Building, Different Shop, Go Upstairs to WORKAHOLIC Unlike the typical energy drinks you buy in supermarkets and convenience stores, why not enjoy a shot of organic caffeine in a stylish shot glass?caffeineholic is the perfect place to savor not only coffee shots but also black and green tea shots. If you happen to be in the Toranomon area next time, it may be worth stopping by for an energy boost. CaffeineHolic View Informationcafelast_img read more

Chiba Road Trip Enjoy Shopping Amusement And Seafood

first_imgStrawberry picking (January to May) and blueberry picking (August) are also popular at the farm. The fruits can be eaten at the farm, so visitors can enjoy both the great view and the food.Mother Farm offers a wide variety of attractions such as the Big Sheep March, where you can watch 150 sheep running around, and an ice cream workshop. The farm also serves original yogurt and confectionery. Mother Farm View Informationamusement_parklodgingIchihara SA: Enjoy a Seafood LunchFrom Narita Airport, the drive to Mother Farm takes about an hour and a half on the expressway heading for Kimitsu Interchange. After driving for about an hour, take a break at Ichihara SA along the way.This SA is on the Boso Peninsula, in the southern region of Chiba. As the peninsula is known for its seafood, Ichihara SA serves various dishes utilizing fish and ingredients from the ocean. Chiba – Nature, Shopping and Fine Cuisine Picture from Renting A Car In Japan – Guide To Rental Costs, Licenses, And DrivingThere are a wide variety of activities to choose from in Chiba. As the sightseeing spots are spread out across the prefecture, using a rental car is one of the best ways to enjoy the area. With a car, you will not need to switch trains or buses, and large baggage can be stowed away in the trunk.However, driving in an unfamiliar area may make you feel tired. Make sure to take breaks along the way, utilizing the many service areas (SA) and parking areas (PA) by the expressway.Service Areas and Parking Areas: Take a Break while Sightseeing Picture from Sightsee On The Way – Rest Stops Between Tokyo and KaruizawaThe Service Areas and Parking Areas have restrooms, kiosks, restaurants and service stations. They are primarily rest stops, but most SA and PA also have shops offering local specialties and souvenirs, making them a fun part of sightseeing for those driving.This article recommends places in Chiba, along with the nearby SA and PA, to help travelers heading to their first sightseeing spot from Narita Airport, or those heading back to the airport after sightseeing.Read also Sightsee On The Way – Rest Stops Between Tokyo and Karuizawa Mt. Nokogiriyama. Picture from From Narita Airport: Seafood And Hot Springs In Minami Boso, ChibaChiba Prefecture, located east of Tokyo, is where Narita Airport is located. The prefecture has many sightseeing spots, such as mountains that are great for trekking and hiking destinations, recreational facilities offering seasonal fruits and one of the largest outlet malls in eastern Japan.Chiba is famous for fresh seafood and sweets made with peanuts, a regional specialty. There are many hotels with onsen (hot springs), making Chiba a popular destination for visitors from Tokyo.Travel in Chiba with a Rental Car Mother Farm and Ichihara SA Enjoy The Service Areas On Japan’s Expressways Picture from Family Road Trip From Narita Airport! Sightseeing In Chiba With KidsAfter visiting Mother Farm and Ichihara SA, why not spend a night in the area? Ryugujo Spa Hotel Mikazuki, where guests can enjoy a wonderful onsen is forty minutes away by car from Ichihara SA.The hotel offers more than ten types of baths, and guests can bathe leisurely while taking in great ocean views. There are both indoor and open-air pools as well, so those who want to experience a tropical feeling should try this hotel. Ryugujo Spa Hotel Mikazuki View InformationlodgingspaVisit an Outlet Mall and Shisui PA Special Kaisen-don (1,350 yen including tax)/Picture courtesy of Nex-area Company LimitedDaisho Suisan, one of the restaurants in the food court, serves donburi and teishoku meals prepared with fresh seafood. Be sure to try the regional specialties here. Sponsored by Nex-area Company Limited.center_img The Zao Mountains In Yamagata: Experience The Excellent Service Areas! Picture courtesy of Nex-area Company LimitedThe charm of the Boso Peninsula is reflected in the design of the SA buildings, with the light-blue roof, white walls and the use of wood-grain material.As there are unique beaches along the peninsula, a tropical theme is prevalent in the facilities. In fact, many people stop by Ichihara SA on their way to enjoy swimming, surfing, and other marine sports.The kiosk sells various items for beachgoers, so those who suddenly decide to go swimming need not worry. Renting A Car In Japan – Guide To Rental Costs, Licenses, And Driving Picture courtesy of Mother FarmAfter arriving at Narita Airport, let’s visit one of the scenic places of Chiba. At Mother Farm, located in the southern region of the prefecture, visitors can enjoy different flowers every season. Momoiro Toiki (petunia), shown in the photograph above, can be viewed from May to September. Picture from Enjoy The Service Areas On Japan’s ExpresswaysSAs are along the expressway at around every fifty to sixty kilometers. PAs are fifteen to twenty kilometers. They all offer different things to enjoy, so we suggest stopping by each for a unique experience.SA and PA facilities also differ depending on which side of the route it is located. For example, there is another Ichihara SA along the inbound route which serves a delicious saba sandwich, consisting of fried mackerel in between rice flour bread.At Makuhari PA along the outbound route from Tokyo to Chiba, vegetables, and fruit raised by the local farmers are sold. Also, the Makuhari PA on the opposite side has a shopping mall selling goods produced in Chiba.Be sure to stop by SA and PA during the drive to enjoy all that Chiba offers.Read also Picture from From Narita Airport: Rent A Car And Enjoy The Great Views Of Chiba!Those who plan to fly home from Narita Airport should visit MITSUI OUTLET PARK KISARAZU, one of the largest outlet malls in the Kanto Region. The mall is located near Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, which connects Chiba to the Tokyo and Kanagawa areas, so it is also accessible on the way back from sightseeing in Tokyo. MITSUI OUTLET PARK KISARAZU View Informationshopping_mallDuty-free Shopping at Shisui PA Picture courtesy of Nex-area Company LimitedIt is a seventy-minute drive to Narita Airport from MITSUI OUTLET PARK KISARAZU. Drivers using the expressway should head for the Narita Interchange. Along the way, we recommend stopping by the Shisui PA. Picture courtesy of Nex-area Company LimitedShisui PA sells duty-free items, and smartphone apps such as Alipay and WeChatPay can also be used for payment. There are kiosks and a food court, so this may be one of your last chances to enjoy Japanese food. (This information is current as of February 1, 2019.) Shisui PA (Outbound) View InformationRent a Car and Explore Chiba! Picture courtesy of Nex-area Company LimitedSouvenirs such as peanut butter, a local specialty, and Max Coffee Cookie, can be found as well. Max Coffee is rare and used to only be sold in the Chiba area. This is your chance to buy a one and only souvenir. 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Experience Everyday Life In Japan At Guesthouse Maya In Kobe

first_imgPark-san on the left is the owner. He took pictures with Maya guests and people in the shotengai. There is a shared kitchen and dining area on the first floor where you can cook for yourself. In the back, there is a round, scallop-shaped lounge. There are also spiral benches, and the lounge is a good place to eat, read, talk with other guests or just take a break and hang out. Guesthouse Maya, An Inn to Enjoy Carefree Everyday Living The guesthouse does not offer meals, but Kobe is known as a bread city, and there are recommended bakeries nearby. There is also a toaster in the guesthouse, so pick up some delicious bread at Hagihara Coffee (200 yen) for a great breakfast! Other than the dormitory rooms, there are single rooms, double rooms and rooms for two to four people. All rooms are decorated simply and naturally, and you can relax. Rates vary by number of guests, so check prices on the homepage.A Playful Shared Space A co-ed dormitory room for six people starts at 3300 yen a night, and a women-only dormitory room for six people starts at 3500 yen a night (shown in the photo above). The mountain hut-esque triangular roofs are cute. Private room bed areas come with a clean futon, blankets, a reading lamp, power outlets, curtains and a lockbox. There is also a place to put your bags, next to the futon. Enjoy sampling various food and chatting with shopkeepers, as you enjoy a tour that feels like you like in the area. Ask about prices and when the tour will be held when you get to Maya.A Guest Extending Their Stay Due to the Cozy Guesthouse Finally, we asked the owner Park-san, who is from South Korea, about how Guesthouse Maya got started, and what he’s tackling now. “When I was in high school, I got interested in international exchange through Japan-Korea student exchanges. After that, I ended up living in Japan, and I felt that it was possible for us to understand each other if we met directly, even if our countries and cultures were different. I wanted to open a guesthouse where travelers from all over the world could meet, and form connections with the local area. Now, this is the result.” After you check in, you will get a little wooden plate that serves as your room key. The combination padlock is for your locker in the dormitory. There is no curfew, so once you’ve checked in, it’s not a problem if you get back late.There Are Dormitories or Private Rooms Check-in is from 16:00 – 22:00. When you check in, the staff will tell you about shops frequented by locals, notable hidden gems and other ways to enjoy the surrounding area. There are various designs and contrivances all over the inside and outside of the building, which feel very handcrafted. Look for the word “MAYA” around the building. How many can you find? As a side note, the kanji in the name “Maya” refers to the aspiration to become a place for ten thousand people to gather. It also has the same name as Mt. Maya, a famous mountain in the Rokko mountain range, which symbolizes the city of Kobe. From the Maya Kikuseidai, you can get a great view of Kobe at night.center_img Photo provided by: Guesthouse MayaIn addition to those who travel with sightseeing in mind, you often see tourists who think, “I want to experience quiet, everyday life in Japan.” In this article, we will introduce Guesthouse Maya, a place in Kobe where you can experience an idyllic way of living. From JR Sannomiya, Kobe’s hub station, Maya is one stop away at Nada Station, a two minute trek. From the station, the guesthouse is about a five minute walk going northeast. There are shared bathrooms and three shower rooms, as well as separate women-only shower rooms and bathrooms. The showers are usable 24 hours a day, but dryer use at night is restricted, so ask when you check in.Enjoy the Handcrafted Feel of the Decor! The building is a renovated former neighborhood clinic, and Maya opened in 2017, with help from local residents. Customers come from places like South Korea, the USA and Taiwan. Apparently many people find out about Maya through hostel reservation sites, reviews and blogs, or get introduced by people who live in town.Check In First At Maya, there is an irregularly held eating tour of the Suidosuji Shotengai shopping district, which is within walking distance. Suidosuji is a long-established, bustling shotengai that supports the lifestyles of local residents, with fishmongers, greengrocers, tofu shops, general stores and more. When we went to cover Maya, we spoke to a guest from South Korea (on the left), helped by interpretation from Park-san. He said it was his fifth time visiting Japan, and his first time coming to Kobe. He found Guesthouse Maya by looking on hostel reservation sites and blogs. He said he liked the homey feel of Maya, and would stay longer.The Owner With a Wonderful Smile, Park-san As Maya was the site of a small clinic, the clinic’s once-used medical tools now spell out MAYA at the guesthouse. You can feel the kindness of the owner, treasuring the memories of the old proprietor.How About Some Delicious Bread in the Morning? Women-only dormitory rooms have a convenient space for doing makeup, complete with cotton swabs, cotton, wet tissues and other amenities. “It took four months and the help of about 300 people in total, local residents, friends and others, who assisted with various tasks like painting and laying down roof tiles and floorboards, before the guesthouse opened. I felt the hospitable warmth from the community, and the area gladly welcomes new arrivals. In response to that feeling, I thought about what I could do from the perspective of a hostel, and I want to help invigorate the town.”Park-san’s sincerity and enthusiasm left a strong impression on us. In addition, we heard from a someone who helped with the renovations, who said that they enjoyed helping to build the guesthouse: “I have work so I was only helping on weekends, but before I knew it, I came to look forward to the next weekend.” By all means, choose to stay at Guesthouse Maya, a place that values human connections. As you enjoy the local Kobe scene, your trip album will surely fill up with memories. Kobe guesthouse MAYA 神戸ゲストハウス萬家 View InformationlodgingIn cooperation with: Guesthouse Maya “While I was looking for a place to start up a business, I went around Kobe’s various locales, and I became fond of this place, with its energetic shotengai community. However, at first I didn’t know anyone at all, and someone who came in by chance introduced me to people associated with community development. I worked in town and did volunteer work, and looked for real estate while I forged bonds with the community, and after two years, I found our current location. We picked up a croissant at Leman Bakery. It’s a traditional bakery, and we also recommend the sandwiches there.Stay at Maya and Go on an Eating Tour at the Shotengai!last_img read more