Fukushima Bussankan & Buying Souvenirs in Fukushima

Whenever I visit a new place in Japan, I make sure to prioritise trying local food and buying souvenirs for friends and family. When you visit Fukushima, you can do both of these things in one place – the Fukushima Bussankan in Fukushima City! The Bussankan (or Fukushima Prefecture Local Products Promotion Center) has aContinue reading Fukushima Bussankan & Buying Souvenirs in Fukushima

Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Introducing the Yanaizu Naked Man Festival On the evening of January 7th every year, crowds of men, dressed only in loincloths, get ready for Yanaizu’s Naked Man festival or Hadaka Mairi (Literally translates as ‘Naked Temple Visit’). They cleanse their bodies, and march through the streets of Yanaizu to Enzoji Temple, almost completely exposed toContinue reading Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji: Amazing Buddhist Mountain Temple

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. I had a nice break, and I’m excited for the new year. I’m planning on going to Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji Temple on January 3, as there is a special Buddhist celebration called the Daibontensai held annually on this date. I discovered Mt Iwatsuno by accident recently. I didContinue reading Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji: Amazing Buddhist Mountain Temple

Experiencing a Japanese Farmstay

I’ve recently been lucky enough to try out a couple of farmstays in Fukushima Prefecture. During a ‘farmstay experience’, you will usually spend time with a farming host family, and take part in their everyday work.  Sometimes you can try cultural experiences such as making Japanese food or visiting local spots. Farmstay experiences often lastContinue reading Experiencing a Japanese Farmstay

Getting to Ouchi-juku Snow Festival 2018

One of the questions I am asked the most frequently is how to reach Ouchi-juku, especially during the annual snow festival held in this historic post-town. The information about accessing this festival is predominantly written in Japanese, so I thought I would post this blog article about how to access the festival. Next year’s SnowContinue reading Getting to Ouchi-juku Snow Festival 2018

5 Reasons to Visit Mishima Town

Mishima Town, in rural Okuaizu, is known for its beautiful scenery, historic craft techniques, delicious soba (buckwheat), and high quality Paulownia wood, known as ‘kiri’ in Japanese. Mishima has also been gaining attention in recent years for a less positive reason – the population of the town is shrinking, fast. Approximately 1700 people now liveContinue reading 5 Reasons to Visit Mishima Town

10 Things to Do at the Abukuma-do Caves

Formed over 80 million years by underground streams and covered with stalactites and stalagmites are the Abukuma-do Caves. This 3km limestone cave network was discovered in 1969, and subsequently 600m of it has been opened to the public. The Abukuma-do caves are said to hold the biggest variety and number of stalactites in Asia. EachContinue reading 10 Things to Do at the Abukuma-do Caves