Category: Japan

Architectural Marvels: Exploring Matsue Castle’s Surrounding Structures

Matsue Castle stands not only as a symbol of feudal history but also as a gateway to a world of architectural wonders on its grounds. In this exploration, we will bypass the iconic castle keep and delve into the surrounding structures that enrich the visitor’s experience. From historic treasures to serene gardens, Matsue…

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Matsue’s Unique Charm: Red Brick Streets and Artisanal Treasures

Matsue stands as a cultural gem with its rich history, enchanting landscapes, and vibrant shopping streets. This time, we’ll delve into the captivating world of Matsue’s shopping districts, adorned with red brick streets and an array of distinctive shops offering everything from jewelry to traditional crafts. Matsue’s Red Brick Streets Matsue’s historic charm…

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The Serene Splendor of Lake Shinji and Yomegashima

Nestled in the heart of Shimane prefecture, Lake Shinji stands as a tranquil masterpiece, inviting travelers to unwind amidst its serene waters and captivating vistas. We are going on a journey into the peculiarities of Lake Shinji, from its thriving fishing culture to the scenic spots that offer a glimpse into Japan’s natural…

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Discovering the Timeless Elegance of Matsue Castle

In the heart of Shimane Prefecture, a place where tradition and modernity seamlessly coexist, Matsue Castle stands tall, an iconic symbol of Japan’s rich cultural heritage. This majestic castle, also known as the “Black Castle” due to its striking dark exterior, holds within its walls a captivating history, surrounded by enchanting gardens and…

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Lafcadio Hearn’s Matsue: A Journey Through Time, Myth, and Legacy

As we traverse the enchanting landscapes of Matsue and Shimane, we step into the world that Lafcadio Hearn once called home. His legacy endures in the pages of his writings and the echoes of his footsteps in these timeless locations. The city of Matsue and the broader Shimane prefecture invite travelers to delve…

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Jozan Inari Shrine: Matsue’s Spiritual Legacy with Lafcadio Hearn

Nestled close to Matsue Castle, Jozan Inari Shrine stands as a serene testament to Japan’s rich cultural tapestry. With its roots deeply entwined in history and a unique connection to the renowned Lafcadio Hearn, this sacred shrine invites travelers to explore its tranquil grounds and immerse themselves in the spiritual ambiance that Matsue…

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Uncovering Matsue’s Tea Culture: From Fumai-ryu to Wagashi Delights

While Shimane Prefecture is not recognized as a place for matcha production, Matsue has remarkably emerged as one of Japan’s leading “Tea Cities” due to the community’s profound love and pride in their tea culture. Traditional tea ceremonies grace every corner of Matsue, complemented by numerous wagashi shops and stores specializing in ceramics….

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Discovering Tranquility: A Journey to Matsue, Shimane Prefecture

In March, we embarked on a journey to the enchanting city of Matsue in Shimane Prefecture. Nestled between the Sea of Japan and Lake Shinji, Matsue offers a serene escape from the bustling city life, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in its rich history, scenic landscapes, and unique cultural experiences. Join us in…

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Autumn Escape: Day Trip from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida’s Hidden Gems

This November, we embarked on a day trip from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene town of Fujiyoshida, where we enjoyed awe-inspiring views of the iconic Mount Fuji in a perfect blend of nature, spirituality, and scenic beauty. Morning Excursion: Tokyo to Fujiyoshida via Train Our adventure begins on the Chuo…

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The 6 best places to see roses in and around Tokyo

I spent October and May visiting gardens in and around Tokyo looking for roses: Japanese roses are unique in that they mostly look like peonies at times, while the ones you’ll find in flower shops are the same we’re used to in Europe. Kyuu Furukawa Teien Kyuu Furukawa Teien hosts two events dedicated…

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