Things to do in Niigata

Things to do in Niigata

The capital city of Niigata prefecture, in the northern coast of Japan may not be amongst the most popular destinations for tourists. The summer breeze, the seafood, the scenery, the crafts and sake breweries, just 2 hours shinkansen ride from Tokyo. Not enough...
Yahiko village power spots

Yahiko village power spots

There are lots of special places that have the characteristics to become spiritual power spots. Usually a shrine or sacred spot, but I heard on my trip around Niigata about Yahiko village. A whole power spot town in this corner of Japan. Yahiko shrine To be considered...
Weird Japan as seen by tourists

Weird Japan as seen by tourists

Many times I’ve seen tourists in Japan (even myself) rise eyebrows to some things that are normal in Japan. Let’s explain a few things. From accomodation, to themed restaurants, toilets, robots, plastic food, and everything visual walking around the streets of Japan....
Quick stop in lake Ashi

Quick stop in lake Ashi

On my weekend road trip around Kanagawa, I dedicated the first day to visit Hakone and ride through the mountain roads of the area. Once I arrived to the lake Ashi, or Ashinoko, I decided to take a break for lunch and explore by feet the surroundings of the lake. One...

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