The Great Hanshin Disaster – Kobe, Japan

The Great Hanshin Earthquake or Kobe Earthquake occurred on January 17, 1995, at 5.46am in the morning. It came in at a powerful 6.9 and caused widespread destruction, especially in the closest city of...

Moving into Your First Apartment in JAPAN – THE EASY WAY

Starting Out So one of the most exciting, but scary things that must be done when arriving is moving into your first Apartment in Japan! When I first arrived in Japan I experienced multiple ways...

Kobe the Port City – Top 10 Experiences in Central Kansai

Kobe the port city, is the 4th biggest port in Japan and the 5th largest city in the nation. It has a population of approx. 1.5 million people and is one of the major...

Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots in Traditional Kyoto

Kyoto is full of beauty, and the Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots in Traditional Kyoto also prove that. It is the old capital and traditional city of Japan, full of historical and religious beauty...

Kinkaku-ji – Kyoto’s Golden Treasure

Kyoto is a traveller's paradise for Buddhist temples and shrines (like Kinkakuji) and heralded as the Traditional Capital of Japan, the number of tourists flocking to these historical places of worship just keeps climbing....

Oh Deer-Related Tourist Injuries on the Rise in Nara

In Nara, wild deer populate the local Nara Park as messengers from the gods, they are protected within the city. So, deer-related tourist injuries are also increasing with the increasing traffic visiting the Kansai...

Kobe Tower – Kobe, Hyogo

Kobe Tower stands at 108 metres tall and is the highest structure you will observe skirting the port town. Featuring a see-through glass floor from 75m above and a stunning colour display of 7000...

Journey in Japan Part 23: Height of the Lifting Tread

Today I wake up at 4 am. My sleep pattern is so messed up from a week in a fourteen bedroom dormitory room; always being woken up by shuffling, or case repacking, or inconsiderate chicken...

Journey in Japan Part 21: Gion with the Finned

Today is my last in Kyoto. Tomorrow I will go to Osaka for three days, before heading off to Nagoya. I still have one temple I want to see, a temple with a difference. I head...

Journey in Japan Part 18: Prelude to a Quiche

The Kaleidoscope Museum is literally a museum with a twist. There are fifty different Kaleidoscopes on display, from a growing collection of about 150. Some are very valuable, crafted by famous artists from around the world....