Imperial Palace

Garden strolls, art treasures and tours within an Imperial castle’s grounds Home to the Emperor of Japan, the Imperial Palace is built upon the site of Edo Castle, home to the Shogun before 1868. Protected by wide moats and thick walls and surrounded by meticulously kept gardens, the grounds offer a peaceful green escape from […]

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Shirakawa-go

Stay in a traditional home built without nails, and sample Japan’s version of moonshine In the shadow of Mt. Hakusan, Shirakawa-go is rightly famous as one of Gifu’s must-visit destinations. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this beautiful traditional village is undoubtedly the definition of picture postcard perfect. Don’t Miss Scenery reminiscent of […]

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Kanazawa

Rich cultural heritage and a history of artistic innovation and excellence One of the most important centers for culture and art during the Edo period, Kanazawa is the prefectural capital of Ishikawa, a narrow stretch of land on Japan’s main island of Honshu along the Sea of Japan. A haven for art enthusiasts and culture […]

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Street life, nostalgia, beer and fried food Osaka-style

Developed in 1912 around a then futuristic amusement park and the landmark Tsutenkaku Tower, Shinsekai in its pre-war heyday was the last word in modernity and entertainment. Come for vanishing old-school Osaka street life, the retro vibe, a cold beer and the best kushikatsu in town. Don’t Miss Kushikatsu, deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers, […]

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Obama calls North Korea a threat to the world in Japan talk

Former United States President Barack Obama on Sunday highlighted the difficulties in denuclearization talks with North Korea and urged the international community to continue to apply pressure on the regime to abandon its weapons program. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have shown a willingness to start dialogue and could hold […]

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