32 photos that show how obsessed Japan is with minimalism
In Japan, people are stripping down their homes in favor of minimalist designs. The practice dovetails with the rise of Marie Kondo and the deep-rooted influence of Zen Buddhism. Here's what they look like.
Oldest Hotel in the World Has Been Operated by the Same Family for Over 1,300 Years
The family-run Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Kyoto, Japan is a hot springs hotel that has been operated by 52 generations of descendants for over 1,300 years.
FUKUI Tourism Guide
The official Fukui travel site, Fukui dot-com, is run by Fukui Prefectural Tourism Federation. It shows you various event information in Fukui, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, hot springs, the beautiful Echizen Coast and Wakasa Bay, heroes connected with Fukui during the end of the Edo Period, accommodations, sightseeing spots access ranking, delicious food, such as Echizen Oroshi Soba Noodles, or buckwheat noodle, Sauce Katsu-Don, or pork cutlet bowl. We also have a lot of features of…
World’s Scariest Bridges
Rotting wooden planks, held aloft by rusty bits of wire, stretch out in front of you. You reach for a railing to steady yourself, but all you find are two threadbare ropes. The howling wind blows the rickety footbridge from side to side. Somewhere below you lies the forest floor—you don’t even know how far.All bridges serve a purpose, whether utilitarian or inspirational. And some of them, like Musou Tsuribashi—this shaky, 50-year-old crossing in southern Japan—add a distinct element of…
Craziest Places for Cat Lovers
Stephanie Harwin, who writes the cat-obsessed blog Catsparella, will go to great lengths to get her feline fix. On her quest to fulfill a lifelong dream—visiting Japan’s Hello Kitty theme park—Harwin endured a bout of severe food poisoning, a language barrier, and a long journey to reach her happy place.“You ride a boat through a world of all of the Sanrio characters, and I rode that at least three times,” she enthuses. There’s also a life-size replica of Hello Kitty’s house and a parade…
World’s Most Beautiful Train Stations
Up ahead, turrets frame a dome above a grand hall finished in marble, glass, and gold. But this isn’t another European cathedral. You’ve arrived at Belgium’s Antwerp Central Station.Whether neo-Baroque or contemporary, the world’s most beautiful train stations were designed to make a big impression. Many were constructed during the late 19th century, a golden era when train travel was new, intriguing, and glamorous. Today, stations from every era continue to impress, attracting travelers who…
Japan Distillery Travel
Travelers who opt for this tour spend 12 days haunting Japan's finest sake makers, distilleries, breweries, and restaurants, all while exploring some of the country's most beautiful sites.
Over 4 Million Blue Flowers Bloomed at a Japanese Park
Each year 4.5 million Nemophilas (baby blue eyes) bloom in Japan's Hitachi Seaside Park drawing in people from all over the world. See the pics.
Where to Buy Cool, Affordable Glasses in Japan
Many visitors to Japan look to buy clothing, pottery, robes, and slippers for souvenirs, but most don't know that Japanese glasses and eyewear are super-sleek-and often much more affordable than they are in the U.S.