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Why not enjoy cruising on the Seto Inland Sea?
Kobe Has Far More To Offer Than Just Kobe Beef - Here Are Our Top Gourmet Recommendations (Hyogo Prefecture)
The Legendary Confection of Okayama - Tsurunotamago : Tsurunotamago Honpo Shimoyama Shojuken (Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture)
Wa DINING Taka : Luxurious Cuisine in a Cozy Atmosphere (Known Only to a Few)!
The Bizan Ropeway: Beautiful Views from Mt. Bizan, the Symbol of Tokushima!
[Featured Story - Suo-Oshima Island] 2 Go of Rice Fills 9 Stomachs! Traditional Island Cuisine is a Treasure Trove of Previous Generations' Knowledge.
Pasta Restaurant Antorowa (Room123): Enjoy Delicious Pasta at a Retro Style Traditional House on Holland Street!
The Delectable Natural Sweetness of the Naruto Kintoki Sweet Po
Shuraiken’s Bari-Soba, Yamaguchi's Soul Food Loved for Over 40 Years!
A Boxed Lunch Made with Yamaguchi's Specialty - Puffer Fish - Available Nowhere Else!!!
Guesthouse ruco : The ‘Entrance to Hagi’ that Connects People with the Town.
Machi no Schule 963: The Lifestyle Select Shop Offering Superior Sanuki Goods!
Udon is one of Japan's most iconic noodle dishes. Thick, white noodles in a light broth with a sprinkling of sliced green onions might sound simple, but this dish is loved by millions of Japanese as their go-to comfort food.
For a long time, the island of Naoshima was sustained by two things - fishing and heavy industry. But the involvement of the Benesse Corporation and the creation of the Setouchi Triennale Art Festival has turned this once sleepy island into one of Japan's major art destinations.
Smoke gently rises from the chimney of a farmhouse across the valley. The only sound you hear is the trickling stream and a chorus of birdsong. The air is crisp and fresh, infused with a hint of pine from the forests surrounding you. This is what awaits you at the ‘Kinoko no Sato’ farmhouse bed & breakfast, an idyllic rural retreat deep in the mountains of Tokushima Prefecture.
A set of five majestic islands linked by bridges to the mainland, the Tobishima Kaido is known for its beaches, history and citrus fruits. But, it is also the destination of choice for many cyclists who prefer a quieter and more rustic cycle course than the popular Shimanami Kaido.
Iconic bridges, country lanes and panoramic views all unfold slowly in front of your eyes. This is the joy of cycling along the Shimanami Kaido cycling trail. A 70km journey that crosses six islands and connects the Japanese mainland to its fourth biggest island, Shikoku. This has become a mecca for cyclists and still caters for everyone - whether you are a serious rider racing against the clock, or someone looking for a fun day out.
Tomoki Minakuchi - a young artist in Kurashiki using his experience from his training and apprenticeship to make unique creations out of glass. His studio is located in the same area where glass making first began in the prefecture in 1964. Now, ‘Kurashiki Glass’ is becoming more recognized and Minakuchi is an artist at the forefront of a wave of young glassmakers trying to make their mark.
Inujima means "dog island", but unlike the well-known Japanese cat island or rabbit island, you won't find packs of wild dogs roaming here. Instead, this small island boasts an array of extraordinary artwork and installations, attracting thousands of art lovers every year.
The mountain town of Kamikatsu, just 25km outside Tokushima city, is making headlines across the world for its zero-waste policy. Along with examples of green initiatives adopted by the community, you'll also find some of the best barbecue and beer in this part of Japan. The eating and drinking experience alone is enough to make this trip worthwhile.
If you’re looking a special thing to do while in west Japan, look no further - Foucault offers customized, chartered cruises on their elegant catamaran yacht. The cruises run out of Takamatsu City in Kagawa Prefecture. You can book the boat for already-set cruise plans or make your own itinerary.
For a visitor to these shores, experiencing the essence of Buddhism during a short holiday might seem like a tall order. But in Yamaguchi City, two temples offer a fleeting, but worthwhile insight into something that has shaped the culture of Japan since the sixth century.
A few revs of the deep, throaty engine powering our sturdy sailing ship, and we launch out into the Naruto Strait off the southern tip of Awaji Island, leaving a frothy trail behind. We’re on our way out to the Naruto whirlpools and today, the three-deck, three-masted Kanrinmaru is doing the honors.
A twang from a shamisen lute, two beats of a taiko drum, and suddenly our attention is undivided. A swift drawing back of the long, navy curtain that shrouds the twelve-meter stage inside the iconic puppet theatre of Awaji Ningyoza, and we are already putty in the hands of the master puppeteers. Pupils like pendulums we scan the set before us, left to right, for the first sign of movement from the wings.
Search for 'Art', 'Japan' and 'Islands', and the internet will point you to Naoshima, Benesse and images of giant multi-colored pumpkins. The destinations lying off the coast of Okayama and Kagawa are fast becoming the established go-to places for art enthusiasts coming to Japan. However, venture slightly further west and you'll stumble on the quiet, unimposing island of Momoshima. This is home to Art Base Momoshima - an upcoming art destination in the Seto Inland Sea.
Walk down the central shopping arcade in Onomichi and you'll come across the chic Onomichi Denim Shop. It could be any other fashionable boutique. Stylish faded jeans lie neatly on a wooden table running the length of the store. The walls are bare apart from two large black and white prints. But chat to the shop staff, or browse the product literature, and you will soon realize this is no ordinary clothes store.
You can’t help but have fun when you visit here. Located along a busy mountain road about 17 kms west of Iwakuni, it pops out of nowhere. A jaw-dropping display of enormous koi carp flags, gigantic colorful billboard-size cutouts of traditional characters and literally hundreds of red and white lanterns will definitely catch your eye. The atmosphere is very similar to a Japanese festival. If you have yet to experience one, consider this a primer. With taiko drums to beat, photo popups to pose in, and attractions for kids, it’s fun for all ages.