No.70 [TRAVEL] Journey back in time in Hakone

The celebrated spa is well-known as a place that has succeeded in preserving the atmosphere of the Edo era. For two and a half centuries, Sakaichi-zake and its irregular paving stones was the only way to get to Kyoto.   With its hundred-year-old traditional inns, hot-water springs, lush landsca[...]

No69 [DISCOVERY] As wild as you could wish

The perfect cone shape of Komezuka, one of Mount Aso’s five volcanic peaks.   This impressive volcanic site has so many surprises in store for lovers of nature. The route called the Aso Panorama Line twists and turns around the slopes of volcanos hidden from view behind the white feathery plu[...]

No.68 [TRAVEL] a Japanese weekend in… Amsterdam

In the city centre, many stalls have been decorated by street artists inspired by Japanese art.   Former HQ of the Dutch East India Company, the port is an ideal destination for lovers of Japanese culture. After Japonismes, the incredible season of Japanese culture that France has been enjoying[...]

No.67 [A MUST SEE] Mie, jewel of the cultured pearl

Those who love to watch the sun setting will find something to satisfy their passion in this part of Japan.   An unspoilt marine oasis, Ago Bay in the Ise-Shima region is full of wonderful discoveries. The sea is calm and peaceful in Ago Bay, in the region of Ise-Shima, Mie Prefecture. To keep [...]

No.66 [DISCOVERY] Along the Tobishima route

The Inland Sea seen from Kenmin-no-hama Beach on Kamagari Island.   Less well-known than the Shimanami Kaido, this route allows you to revel in the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea. The view from Mt Noro, near Kure City in Hiroshima Prefecture, is constantly changing. Islands appear, vanish and re[...]

No65 [TRAVEL] The subtle charm of miyazaki

Situated on the island of kyushu, at the southern end of the archipelago, this region is brimming with treasures crying out to be discovered. In the region of Miyazaki, situated in the south-east of the island of Kyushu, terraced rice paddies follow the coastline as far as the eye can see. The air i[...]

No64 [EXPLORATION] Niigata, the kingdom of sake

Niigata Prefecture is home to the largest number of breweries in Japan, with some 90 companies. Rice produced in Niigata is considered to be the best in the country.   It’s 9.40 a.m. on this particular Saturday, in the port city of Niigata, situated on the Sea of Japan coastline. In front of [...]

No63 [DISCOVERY] In the land of the matagi

In the north-west of the country, traditional hunters are trying to preserve their know-how by welcoming women. In this part of Japan, it snows abundantly and you need great expertise to get from one place to another.   As soon as he gets out of his vehicle and casts an eye up the side of the m[...]

No62 Sharing experiences in Iida

students from iNsEAd were able to discover an unexpected side to Japan while on a trip to iida.) Staying with a resident is one of the best ways to learn about the country. in mrs aGemaTSu Tae’s home.   It’s in small cities like ours that you can really discover the heart of Japan,” boast[...]