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Shirakawa-go is a picturesque little hamlet in Gifu prefecture designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an extremely popular tourist destination. While you are visiting, you can have a taste of the local cuisine in the villages charming restaurants, many of which are operated inside beautiful historical houses the village is so famous for. Here are some recommendations!
Ohori Park is a beautiful urban oasis located in the heart of Fukuoka. It is beloved by the residents of the city and perhaps the most popular sight-seeing spot in the city. Here is more on Fukuoka's famous park!
Want to taste something traditional? Try to make Ohagi! It's a dessert that's still popular today and that people in Japan often associate with their grandmother's cooking. A true comfort food that goes well with green tea!
In Japan, a country where gender inequality is among the highest in the industrialized world, International Women's Day on March 8th goes by largely unnoticed. "Pocky Day", on the other hand, has become a hugely popular unofficial national day of celebration for the famous Japanese chocolate sticks made by the food company Glico headquartered in Osaka.
Of its full name, "Naniwa Kappo Kigawa" is a flagship high-grade restaurant in Osaka where you can eat traditionally inspired dishes prepared according to the kappo method. If you visit Osaka and want an unforgettable culinary experience, mark Kigawa as a must-go!
The most famous Hadaka Matsuri, or naked festival, is the one held in Okayama in February. Essentially, it's a game consisting of men wearing fundoshi (loincloths) competing in mass to get a hold of a pair of sacred sticks.
Toka Ebisu Festival is an event held every year in Osaka from the 9th to the 11th of January. It is part of the new year's celebration of visiting a shrine. For this occasion, the purpose is to pray for commercial success. This is a major event in Osaka that is interesting to take part in if you happen to be there!
Jingisukan (Genghis Khan): 6 Selected Restaurants In Sapporo To Try Hokkaido's Iconic Grilled Lamb Dish!
Jingisukan (Japanese pronunciation of "Genghis Khan") is a famous grilled mutton dish in Hokkaido. It is somewhat difficult to find outside of the northern part of Japan, so if you happen to travel to Sapporo, this is a must-try specialty of the local cuisine! Here are some of the best restaurants for having the Sopporo jingisukan.
Looking for a way to enjoy Japan's scenic beauty in the winter while experiencing a traditional festival or "matsuri". The Iwate Snow Festival offers you just that! Here's more on this event.
Convenience stores in Japan are virtually everywhere. They are called by the people in Japan "konbini", which is a Japanese abbreviation for "convenience". They sell a good variety of basic necessities and snacks and are generally open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They truly are convenient! Here's a quick konbini guide.