Things to do in Nikko, Japan. Located just a couple of hours north of Tokyo, this is the perfect weekend trip to discover Japanese culture and enjoy nature.
Tohoku, a relatively unknown region in Japan’s Honshu island, has a lot to offer curious visitors – especially in winter.
As a new emperor takes the throne, the iconic bridge at a World Heritage…
Ninnaji, a Kyoto temple with an imperial pedigree, is known for late-blooming omuro cherry trees with comparatively short trunks.
It’s one of the most popular museums in Japan and an incredibly moving memorial to the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack of 1945.
After the devastating atomic bombing of World War II, Hiroshima has risen again to become a beacon of world peace, and one of Japan’s top tourist destinations…
Yakul dashing through a lush ancient forest with Ashitaka on his back. Kodamas watch surreptitiously from mossy rocks as Moro approaches, with San, the Princess Mononoke, riding tall and ready to protect her forest. These images came easily to mind as my ferry, Yaku 2, pulled into Port Miyanoura one misty morning. I’d been dreaming of visiting Yakushima and walking in Yakul’s and Moro’s footsteps ever since I found out that Yakushima had been a key inspiration for Princess Mononoke, one of Studio Ghibli’s best and one that sends a strong message about environmental protection. So when I found a volunteering opportunity in Yakushima on Workaway, it was a no […]
Japan is an increasingly popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. In fact, by 2020, the country is aiming for 40 million tourists! The country offers more beautiful landmarks than one could visit in a lifetime, as well as culture, tradition, innovation, great food, and entertainment. Japan is also home to a number of National Treasures and globally recognized UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered all over its territory. These locations are gorgeous, and are all worth visiting. But time is always running against you when you’re visiting Japan, and it can be tough to choose what to add to your itinerary. So to help you make your choice, we compiled a list of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan, according to number of photos on Instagram, as well as the top 10 National Treasures!