Life in Japan

Labour Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日): Two Holidays in One?

Thanksgiving in Japan isn’t solely connected to the produce of the autumn harvest, it’s also a day of gratitude for the working people of Japan. So, how do these two meanings complement one another?

Aichi Prefecture – Geek Chic

In the heart of Japan’s main island, Aichi Prefecture is the place to go to nurture the wonderful geek within you!

Hiroshima Prefecture – An International Symbol of Peace and Hope

Hiroshima’s harrowing history and tenacious spirit have helped it to become a beacon of hope for everyone.

Nagano Prefecture – Mountains, Monkeys, Ninjas and More

Nagano Prefecture – and its many mountains – have many (sometimes surprising) delights to offer. It holds nine of Japan’s 12 tallest peaks and encompasses much of the areas of the Kita-Alps, Chuo-Alps and Minami-Alps.

Hyogo Prefecture – A Tale of Two Seas

With coastlines on both the Sea of Japan and the Seto Island Sea, many of Hyogos most distinguished locations are on the coast, including the home of Kobe Beef and Japan’s most spectacular castle.

Culture Day (文化の日): 5 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday that Commemorates Peace

Culture Day isn’t dedicated to Japanese culture alone, but whilst we are in Japan, how can we further appreciate the arts here?

Yamanashi Prefecture – The King and Queen of Mountains

Around a quarter of Yamanashi Prefecture is designated as National Parks, and two of Japan’s tallest mountains reside within one of them.

Hokkaido Prefecture – Putting the “Win in Winter”

Whether its drift ice, onsen, skiing or snow festivals, Hokkaido knows how to do winters.

Gifu Prefecture – Rich with Japanese Traditions

Many symbols of Gifu’s cultural heritage are still present today, including 250-year-old farmhouses and catching fish with aquatic birds!

Osaka Prefecture – Industrious and Spirited

Osaka prefecture is renowned for its spirit and fine food. It’s one of Japan’s two urban (府) prefectures with 33 cities.

Kanagawa Prefecture – So Much to See!

Kanagawa seems to have it all, a little Kyoto, views of Fuji-san, a blue-flag beach, a national park and a thriving capital city!

Tokyo Prefecture – Small but Mighty

Tokyo Prefecture is the third smallest prefecture in Japan, consisting of 23 special wards, all of which are governed like cities.