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A Trip to Serene Shibayama, on the Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
A Trip to Serene Shibayama, on the Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
A memorable trip can start anywhere and one of my journeys began at Shibayama, Chiba Prefecture when I joined the Narita Transit and Stay Program, a free guided tour designed for layovers at Narita Airport.
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Cycling and Tranquility in Tako, on the Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
Cycling and Tranquility in Tako, on the Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
Layovers are often regarded as the dreaded compatriot to air travel. No one would ever volunteer for a layover…right? Well that’s exactly what I did in order to participate in Narita International Airport’s Transit Program.
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The Sake Breweries of Takayama
The Sake Breweries of Takayama
Takayama, with its picturesque mountain location, cold weather, top quality rice and pure mountain water, produces some of the best-tasting sake in Japan. This area has been famous for its sake production for over 400 years, with around 56 breweries at one time during the Edo Period (1603-1868).
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Try Fresh Fish – Including Kochi’s Famous “Katsuo no Tataki” – at the Kure Taisho Town Market
Try Fresh Fish – Including Kochi’s Famous “Katsuo no Tataki” – at the Kure Taisho Town Market
Kochi Prefecture is known for its fresh, delicious food such as yuzu (citrus fruit), green tea, sugar tomatoes and, of course, katsuo no tataki. Katsuo no tataki is bonito fish that has been grilled on the outside, but is still raw on the inside like traditional sashimi. The small fishing town of Kure is the source for much of the bonito that goes into making Kochi’s signature dish, and at the Kure Taisho Town Market visitors can taste bonito and other fish at their freshest.
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Kanazawa’s Kitchen! Ohmicho Market
Kanazawa’s Kitchen! Ohmicho Market
Ohmicho Market is located in central Kanazawa, and a short 15 minute stroll from Kanazawa Station. It is the absolute one-stop-shopping experience for visitors to the area looking to find what’s in season in the local waters and fields, or even better yet, to have a taste!
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Wakayama's Top Specialties – Mikan and Ume
Wakayama's Top Specialties – Mikan and Ume
To many Japanese the first thing that comes to mind regarding Wakayama Prefecture will be ‘mikan!’ Mikan, or mandarin oranges, are one of the prefecture's signature foods.
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Gourmet Foods of Ise-Shima
Gourmet Foods of Ise-Shima
As if Ise-Shima’s long history, cultural importance, and picturesque landscapes were not enough reason to visit, the area also boasts an array of culinary delights that are sure to satisfy even the most demanding of food connoisseurs. Below is a list of five foods that can be found throughout the area.
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Noodles, Noodles, Noodles at Nikko’s 2016 Soba Matsuri
Noodles, Noodles, Noodles at Nikko’s 2016 Soba Matsuri
We took advantage of a beautiful autumn day to travel out to Nikko’s Daiyagawa Park (Map Link) for the annual Soba Matsuri. Dozens of soba makers had set up restaurant tents all through the festival grounds. Rooms made from clear plastic siding let the noodle makers show off their skills while we waited for seats to open up.
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Hungry? Journey Along Hidaka’s “Omurice Path” to Discover Eleven Variations of the Popular Dish
Hungry? Journey Along Hidaka’s “Omurice Path” to Discover Eleven Variations of the Popular Dish
Japan is a food-lover's dream and Kochi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku is especially known for serving delicious dishes made from local food. From the famous katsuo no tataki (grilled bonito), to yuzu or eggplant-flavored gelato, to a rainbow of fresh vegetables, Kochi has a lot to bring to the dinner table. One seemingly unremarkable street in the small town of Hidaka is actually home to eleven restaurants each serving its own delicious version of the modern Japanese dish "omurice" – thus earning it the name “Omurice Path.”
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Kanazawa City’s Top 7 Places to Visit!
Kanazawa City’s Top 7 Places to Visit!
Kanazawa City is located on the coast along the Sea of Japan, and is a city rich in both traditional and modern culture, and natural scenic beauty. Travellers to the city will find a wide variety of sights and experiences, and here we’ve compiled a list of the top 7 which are not to be missed!
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Soba, So Close
Soba, So Close
After exploring Nikko’s temples, hiking trails, and waterways, how about a little lunch? After all, no trip to Nikko would be complete without sampling some local fare, right? Luckily, one of Nikko’s tastiest and cheapest dishes is never too far out of reach.
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What to See in Ise: Okage Yokocho
What to See in Ise: Okage Yokocho
Okage Yokocho is an area next to Ise Grand Shrine that in many ways outshines its more famous counterpart. The district was created in 1993 when old buildings from the pilgrimage routes to Ise Grand Shrine were moved to outside the shrine to create a neighborhood with a traditional feel.
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Marina City: Fish Market, European Theme Park and More
Marina City: Fish Market, European Theme Park and More
Marina City offers several different entertaining places to visit, and is located within easy travel distance from Osaka and Kansai International Airport.
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The Gourmet Food of Hida Takayama
The Gourmet Food of Hida Takayama
Takayama is known for having one of Japan’s most atmospheric old townscapes and most famous festivals, but it is also home to some of the best gourmet food in all of Japan. Come along on this journey as we explore some of the must-try gourmet food of Hida Takayama.
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Kochi City’s Historic Sunday Market – Providing Visitors with Fresh Produce for Over 300 Years
Kochi City’s Historic Sunday Market – Providing Visitors with Fresh Produce for Over 300 Years
With the growing interest in local food and concern for the environment, farmer's markets are becoming more and more common, even in large cities. Kochi City's Sunday Market is far from new – it began in 1690, making it the oldest continuously-operating market in Japan – but it has become increasingly popular amongst local residents and tourists alike.
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What to Eat in Kochi City
What to Eat in Kochi City
Kochi City has no shortage of top quality restaurants. From local specialities like katsuo no tataki (seared bonito), yuzu-flavoured beverages and Tosa green tea, to the Japanese staples noodles and sushi, to vegetarian desserts and sustainably-grown coffee, and even mile-high hamburgers named after a famous revolutionary, your taste buds will never be bored.
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