For visitors who want to experience Japanese culture, staying at a Ryokan or a traditional Japanese inn is a must. Ryokans are treasure houses, filled with unique Japanese characteristics including being surrounded by beautiful nature, natural hot springs, delicious Japanese cuisine, having a relaxing time in a room filled with Japanese ambience, appreciating the warm Omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) provided to guests. In order to find out what we can actually experience at a Ryokan, we visited “Taiyo No Sato Bettei Umi To Mori”, a high-grade resort facility surrounded by ocean and forests, located in Choshi City, Chiba Prefecture, one and a half hours away from Narita Airport.
In Saga Prefecture, located in northwestern Kyushu, the production of ceramics has been ongoing since early times. Colorful Arita ware and earthy Karatsu ware are the roots of Japanese ceramics. Discover the charm of ceramics, search for that perfect bowl, enjoy local delicacies served on traditional plates in peaceful towns… Head to Saga and experience all this and more.
Washoku has been drawing attention all over the world for being healthy and delicious. However, the reason why it is healthy and delicious is not well known. Dr. Takeo Koizumi, an honorary professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and a leading expert in zymology, has a great knowledge of Washoku and told us three keywords, “vegetables, dashi (fish stock)/ umami (flavor), and fermentation”.
The tax free system in Japan will change on October 1, 2014. The number of items eligible for tax exemption will be increased and all items will be tax free, making your shopping in Japan even more enjoyable.
Fire flaming up into the night sky of late autumn to the echoing sound of festival drums. “The Taimatsu Akashi” in Sukagawa is one of the big three fire festivals of Japan filled with the excitement of spectators and magnificence.
Tottori Sakyu (sand dunes), the largest sand hills available for sightseeing in Japan, where a magical world woven by light and nature takes place at the end of the year.
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