Category: West Japan Trevel

  • Onsen Etiquette: The Dos And Don’t Of Bathing In Japan

    Onsen Etiquette: The Dos And Don’t Of Bathing In Japan

    Once you’ve stripped down, take a wash towel (provided) and wrap it around yourself. Japanese towels can be quite small sometimes, so if all else fails just hold it strategically in front of you where it will do the most good. Then you can go into the main bathing room. Once in there, you will […]

  • Where Is The Chugoku Region In Japan?

    Where Is The Chugoku Region In Japan?

    While many foreigners know of the central areas of Japan that encompass Tokyo and Osaka, fewer are familiar with Western Japan. But Western Japan, otherwise known as the Chugoku Region, is in a real sense responsible for the shape of Japan today. The Meiji Restoration of 1867, which saw the emperor placed back on the […]

  • The Amazing Inland Seas And Beaches Of Western Japan

    The Amazing Inland Seas And Beaches Of Western Japan

    Everyone knows that Japan is an island country, but what many people don’t know is that a large part of the Western Japan region is located along the Seto Inland Sea. This sea is bounded by three of the major Japanese islands: Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. As such, one of the best ways to see […]

  • Takehara

    Takehara

    Takehara, which means “bamboo field”, was known for its salt flats Up to the Second World War. Since it had salt to sell, the city’s merchants have flourished since the Edo period due to its salt production and connected activities. Part of the town has been preserved and the streets still appear as they were […]

  • 6 Places To Visit In Okayama

    6 Places To Visit In Okayama

      Okayama City Black Crow Castle and Korakuen Garden are the symbols of this cultural and historic town. “Land of Sunshine” is endowed with a warm climate. The central city is a castle town with rich cultures You can enjoy the old shrines/temples and streets It was the original place of ancient Kibi culture and […]

  • Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple

    Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple

    The shrine at Mitokusan designated a National Treasure and the oldest such of its kind, isn’t easy to get to and a lot of people won’t want to make the arduous climb to see it close up. But it is still worth the bus trip from Kurayoshi to view it through the (free) binocular telescope […]

  • Things To Do In The Historic Castle Town Of Hagi

    Things To Do In The Historic Castle Town Of Hagi

    Hagi was the seat of power for Mori Terumoto, who built his castle here in the early 1600s. The ruins of the castle still stand today, and visitors can walk among them, seeing the layout of the grounds ,(Shigetsu kouenn ) the moat, and the various gardens and buildings that remain inside. Immediately outside the […]

  • Things To Do In Hiroshima

    Things To Do In Hiroshima

    Hiroshima offers a wealth of activities, sites, and opportunities for foreign tourists to learn about the cultural and historical dimensions of Japan. Easily the most famous city in western Japan, Hiroshima not only has a lot to offer in and of itself but can act as a hub for travel throughout the entire region. Access […]

  • Things To Do In The Historic Town Of Yanai

    Things To Do In The Historic Town Of Yanai

    Located halfway between the shinkansen stops of Iwakuni and Tokuyama, Yanai is a small mercantile and port city with a long history, some of which is still very well preserved in old Edo-era buildings. The historic section of town is easy to get to. Exit from the station and it’s just a few minute’s walk […]

  • 3 Unforgettable Inland Train Journeys Of Western Japan

    3 Unforgettable Inland Train Journeys Of Western Japan

    While Japan is undoubtedly a coastal country, with most of its major cities located seaside, there is also a lot to be seen inland. In the Chuugoku region there are several nice trips you can take that will be very attractive to those who enjoy riding trains and want to see a little more of […]

  • Things To Do In Yamaguchi, The Kyoto Of The West

    Things To Do In Yamaguchi, The Kyoto Of The West

    Located about half an hour from the Shin-Yamaguchi shinkansen station along the way to Tsuwano, this city is the capital of Yamaguchi prefecture. Replete with history and important in its own right, Yamaguchi City makes a good, centrally-located spot to explore the entire prefecture. There are many historic sites within the city. The Ouchis achieved […]

  • SL Yamaguchi Steam Train

    SL Yamaguchi Steam Train

    Just half an hour from Hiroshima by bullet train lies Shin-Yamaguchi Station. And it is from this station that you can take the famed Steam Locomotive, an artifact from the past, and have a delightful stay in the center of Yamaguchi prefecture. The SL takes two hours to run from Shin-Yamaguchi up to Tsuwano. Tsuwano […]

  • Things To Do In Beautiful Tsuwano

    Things To Do In Beautiful Tsuwano

    Located in a mountain valley about 300 meters wide along the Tsuwano river, this town has earned the name of “Little Kyoto” for the area. Here you can see life as it used to be for the Japanese, as the town is located in a relatively remote area and a large section of it retains […]

  • Why You Should Visit The Beautiful San’in Coast

    Why You Should Visit The Beautiful San’in Coast

    While the Eastern seaboard of Japan contains virtually all of the country’s famous cities, the Western seaboard, or San’in coast, is the more naturally beautiful. In western Japan especially, the San’in is renowned for having the best scenery, spas, camping/swimming/surfing areas, eco-tourism, and so on. Furthermore, the people there have that small-town hospitality that you […]