Himeji Castle is a World Heritage Site undergoing a 3-year restoration. This June, the Main Keep was unveiled, showing the public what the castle looked like in its original state when it was built 400 years ago. Himeji Castle, one of the most famous castles in Japan, can be reached in 30 minutes by bullet train from Shin-Osaka to Himeji station, the nearest station to the castle. It is be easily visited from Osaka or Kyoto. Himeji residents, Kerry Doyle, Andrew Scott and his son Jun, visited Himeji Castle and Main Keep before the castle’s grand opening scheduled for March 27, 2015.
Drift ice, which usually appears only in the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, can be seen in Hokkaido in the winter. It is only about a 2.5-hour trip from Tokyo. Come and see the drift ice covering the vast surface of the ocean!
Engimono (Lucky charms) carry people’s wishes for good luck. Many Japanese people believe in good and bad fortune, and there are a variety of Engimono in various areas in Japan that have been passed down through history. They are also popular souvenirs when traveling to different areas of Japan.
Is this a colony of ants? Or a scene from a near-future science fiction film? Capsule hotels, a unique hotel concept from Japan, are booming now. Let us introduce a few which provide even more unique services than most.
Dondo-Yaki is an event held in various regions in Japan after the New Year’s Holidays are over. It is a traditional event where everyone in the neighborhood gathers around a powerfully-burning bonfire to wish for happiness in the new year.
Hatsuuri is the first sale where red and white bags are displayed in stores and is a scene you can only see in Japan. “Fukubukuro” or lucky bags, said to be filled with luck, are a special New Year’s treat for Japanese people.
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