Articles Tagged ‘Japan’

Surprises in Japan

Surprises in Japan June 15, 2012 | Asia, Japan | Read More
In the land of the rising sun, some things are seen in the light of day while other things remain in the shadows.  Japan is a nation that’s full of surprises around each corner.    From the food to the train travel, the unexpected awaits. Train in Tokyo Image:  mrhayata/Flickr Known for having...

Postcard Perfect: Deer in Front of Red Gates, Japan

Postcard Perfect: Deer in Front of Red Gates, Japan April 4, 2012 | Postcard Perfect | Read More
A nearly-napping deer sits guard in front of the Itsukushima Shrine on the island of Itsukushima in the city of Hatsukaichi, Japan. The photographer notes that deer are common in public places in Japan, though they are friendlier in some places than in others. The Itsukushima Shrine is one of the UNESCO...

Peach: New Grossly Pink Airline Starts Flying Over Japan

Peach: New Grossly Pink Airline Starts Flying Over Japan April 4, 2012 | Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
Airlines seem to be getting flashier and flashier. And now, apparently, pinker, according to Jaunted. Japan, home to the Ganguro and Harajuku styles, now has a budget airline called, “Peach”, although its signature colors are pink and purple. Yes, the planes are pink and purple. If that doesn’t...

Walkable Coaster Opens in Germany

Walkable Coaster Opens in Germany December 19, 2011 | Travel News | Read More
Though we used to love roller coasters as kids, we have to admit that as adults, our stomachs just can’t take them. Thanks goodness a couple of German designers have crafted a walkable coaster. Yes, it may be hard to believe, but you can now take a walk around the curves and loops of a full-fledged...

Postcard Perfect: 1,000 Red Gates, Kyoto

Postcard Perfect: 1,000 Red Gates, Kyoto December 1, 2011 | Postcard Perfect | Read More
These amazing red gates in Kyoto, Japan guard the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, which is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Kyoto. It might be the deity housed inside that draws crowds to this sacred place, considering he is thought to be the god of prosperity in business. But religious or not, the...

Motorcycle + Toilet. The Ultimate Travel Vehicle?

Motorcycle + Toilet. The Ultimate Travel Vehicle? October 20, 2011 | Active/Outdoors, Travel News | Read More
This might just be over the top. Hopefully it just doesn’t overflow. Yes, Japan’s largest toilet maker, TOTO, has created a motorcycle called the Toilet Bike Neo that is powdered completely by human waste. You read that correctly: human waste. But it doesn’t stop there (no matter how...

Japan’s Plan to Give Away 10k Free Flights Brilliant…or Trouble?

Japan’s Plan to Give Away 10k Free Flights Brilliant…or Trouble? October 18, 2011 | Travel News | Read More
It’s no secret that Japan is experiencing some tourism woes. Just after the 9.0 earthquake hit the country this past March, arrivals to Japan dropped 50.3 percent from the previous year, followed by 62.5 percent in April and 50.4 percent in May. The biggest tourist source countries showed dramatic...

Postcard Perfect: Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo

Postcard Perfect: Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo August 11, 2011 | Postcard Perfect | Read More
Crossing Tokyo Bay and connecting the man-made island of Odaiba to Shibaura Pier is the Rainbow Bridge. Completed in the early ’90s, the Rainbow Bridge was constructed to allow people to visit the newly enlarged Odaiba island. (Although the island was created in the 1880s for defense purposes,...

Nerd Alert! Newest Trend in Travel: Drainspotting

Nerd Alert! Newest Trend in Travel: Drainspotting August 10, 2011 | Travel News | Read More
Where there are dorks, there will be dorky reasons to travel. Geocaching, comic-cons, Star Trek conventions? Pffff, soooo Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This year’s hottest trend for geeky pilgrims: not trainspotting, drainspotting. What’s drainspotting? Much like trainspotting – a hobby...

Monday Aww-Day: Bear Cubs Endlessly Entertained by Water [VIDEO]

Monday Aww-Day: Bear Cubs Endlessly Entertained by Water [VIDEO] July 11, 2011 | General | Read More
When we saw how ridiculously adorable these bear cubs at a Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan were, we just didn’t hate Monday as much as before. We hope baby bears being endlessly entertained by a well placed hose has the same effect on you. And if your travels take you to this Japanese zoo soon, please...