No51 Between heaven and earth on Nokogiri

The Nippon-ji has been a site for prayers since the 13th century. It’s home to one of the biggest statues of Buddha. Situated on the outskirts of the capital, this old industrial site is full of beautiful surprises. “Next stop: Hamakanetani”. On hearing that announcement, the tourists [...]

No50 Setouchi, a whiff of the aegean sea

With its 12,000 olive trees, the ushimado Olive Garden is one of the city’s most prized locations. Situated to the south of Okayama Prefecture, this port city attracts visitors with the riches of its region. Such landscapes are rare in Japan, aren’t they? A calm sea, boats sailing to the little [...]
Kosanji, setoda, Onomichi-shi

No49 [KOSANJI] A touch of madness

Born of the unbridled imagination of a former business man, Kosanji is a unique example of its kind. Filial piety can sometimes go way beyond the limit, as this unique architectural complex shows. Stuck for Mother’s Day gift ideas? Why not build her a temple? Well that’s what Kanemoto Kozo d[...]

No49 [IDEAS] What to do, eat, and see

A system of self-service rental bikes allows you to travel around the city easily. Hiroshima and its region are not lacking in interesting things to do. Here are some suggestions for making the most of your visit.. Every year, over 1.2 million people visit Hiroshima’s Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Me[...]

No48 [Hokkaido] In the footsteps of Ken-san

Notoro lake near Abashiri is once again frozen and covered in snow. A typical mid-winter sight in Hokkaido In this far northerly region, where winters are harsh, ghosts of the past can sometimes change the course of a journey. When I first set off to the port city of Abashiri in the northeast of Hok[...]
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No47 [Taking a Walk] In the gardens of Shikoku

People from Takamatsu consider the Ritsurin Garden to be the one of the most beautiful in the country. Although most famous for its pilgrimage of 88 temples, this island has many other hidden treasures. According to the inhabitants of Takamatsu, a city in Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku, Ritsurin Koen [...]
Mount Fuji, fujiyoshida

No46 [Discovery] Mount fuji in full colour

Mount Fuji as seen from Chureito Pagoda in Fujiyoshida. There are many treasures in the lakeland region surrounding the famous volcano, including the Itchiko Kubota Art Museum. At the foot of Mount Fuji is a region full of lakes, waterfalls and caves with stunning natural landscapes. Two hours out o[...]
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No45 [Bewitched] A gem named Tomo

“The most beautiful view in Japan”. This is how a Korean emissary described what he saw from a window at the Taichoro guesthouse in 1711. Hiroshima Prefecture is full of wonderful places. One of them is the charming port of Tomo-no-ura. The priest from Fukuzenji Temple, sitting cross-legged on a[...]
stockholm ryokan yasuragi

No44 [Trip] A Japanese week-end in Stockholm

Zoom Japan will be taking you on a tour of Japan right here in Europe. Our first stop is in Scandinavia. If there is one country in Europe that most resembles Japan, it’s Sweden. Not only do Swedes have a similar relationship with nature as the Japanese, but Sweden is also famous for its design, j[...]
japan by rail

No44 [Book] The Bible for train travel in japan

Nothing beats traveling around Japan by train, and there’s nothing better than a good guidebook to avoid getting lost. For many of the tourists who are increasingly visiting Japan, one of the biggest fears is being unable to travel around due to difficulty with the language or the complexity of th[...]