Matsushima is one of the most notable tourist destinations in Miyagi, and is one of the three most scenic areas in Japan. It is home to countless intereesting places, such as the Matsushima sightseeing boat that tours the bay, Zuiganji Temple and Godaido Hall, both of which are related to Date Masamune, and many gourmet spots where you can enjoy the famous oysters. It is not only a beautiful, but a scenic spot where you can get in touch with the history of Japan.
Aoshima is an island connected to the south-eastern edge of Miyazaki City, Miyazaki. Every year many tourists come to visit the island as well as Aoshima Beach on the shore facing the island. On Aoshima, there are over 200 types of rare subtropical plants that inhabit the island. With an appearance reminiscent of a strange giant washboard composed of saw teeth-like rocks, the “Demon’s Washboard” is a national natural monument of Japan.
“Demon Slayer(Kimetsu no Yaiba)” is a Japanese manga by Gotōge Koyoharu. Set in the Taisho era, the story follows the main character as he fights to find a way to turn his sister, who has turned into a demon, back into a human. On October 16, 2020, “Demon Slayer(Kimetsu no Yaiba): The Movie – Mugen Train” was released, and went on to become the number one box office hit in Japan over the course of 72 days! The number one film so far is “Spirited Away(Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)”, which was prodeuced by Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, but is actually currently working on a new movie, which we’re looking forward to as well!
Kiyomizu-dera is a temple located in Kyoto City, Kyoto and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural significance as a piece of the ancient capital of Japan. It is very popular as one of the main sightseeing spots in Kyoto and is visited by many sightseers from Japan and abroad. It is beloved as one of the leading picturesque locations in Kyoto with beautiful scenery in every season such as cherry blossoms, fresh greenery, and fall leaves. It is worth seeing the view from the stage of Kiyomizu-dera which is known for the saying “to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu.”
The Japanese supercomputer Fugaku was exhibited at the International Supercomputering Conference (ISC 2020) It received first place in the world supercomputer ranking, beating second by a substantial margin. This is the first time in nearly eight and a half years that Japan has reached the number one spot, and Fugaku is used to help combat coronavirus.
Surrounded by mountains and the ocean, Kobe is a popular sightseeing destination with beautiful scenery and plenty of port-town charm. There’s Kobe Port Tower and Kobe Harborland in the bay area, where you can feel a nice salty breeze; the Mount Rokko and Mount Maya area, where you can enjoy stunning night scenery and nature; and the Sannomiya and Motomachi area, where you can take in the exotic flavorings of places like Kobe Kitano Ijinkan-Gai (a town of Western-style residences) and Nankin Machi (Kobe’s Chinatown). There are great places to see all around. How about savoring some world-famous Kobe beef and seeing Andrés Iniesta (a former player for FC Barcelona) play in a Vissel Kobe game?
The English consulting firm Henley & Partners released its global passport index for 2020. This ranking measures the number of countries a passport holder is permitted to visit without acquiring a visa. Japanese passport holders are able to enter 191 countries without a visa, placing it in the number one spot for the second year in a row.
1st: Japan (191) 2nd: Singapore (190) 3rd: Germany, South Korea (189) 4th: Italy, Finland (188) 5th: Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187) 6th: Sweden, France (186) 7th: Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria (185) 8th: United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184) 9th: New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia (183) 10th: Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia (181)
Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter is a famous sightseeing spot with a retro atmosphere in Kurashiki City, Okayama. There are two main streets along the Kurashiki River. The rustic houses and weeping willow trees that line the Kurashiki River create an emotional atmosphere which makes you feel as if you have gone back in time to ancient Japan. There are stylish cafes and shops that have been renovated from townhouses and warehouses so you can enjoy cafe hopping and shopping.
The other day, I had the opportunity to go to Shikoku, which is made up of the Ehime, Kochi, Kagawa and Tokushima Prefectures. In the centre of Matsuyama city in Ehime Prefecture you’ll find Matsuyama Caste, perched on top of Mt. Katsuyama, towering over the surrounding area. It was built by Kato Yoshiaki who was one of the Seven Spears in the battle of Shizugatake. There are ropeways and lifts for tourists, so the inner citadel is easily accessible. At the top of the mountain you can also enjoy the beautiful fresh air and superb views.
Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture is one of Japan’s leading resort areas. Many celebrities have vacation homes here and it is also a popular area for retirees. As it is cool in summer, it is well known as a summer retreat. Golf and other outdoor activities are very popular. It snows in winter and is bustling with visiting couples and families enjoying the skiing and hot springs. There is also a famous shopping street, so visitors can relax and refresh in stylish cafes and beautiful, lush green streets. Visiting this town is a real treat.