Nightingale floors in temples and castles

Nightingale floors in temples and castles

Nightingale floors are just one of those incredible inventions of Japanese craftsmen, which you will only truly appreciate when you know their function. If you’ve been to Japan before, you might have noticed that some old wooden buildings have floors that make noise with every step you take. What 

10 historic places to visit in Kyoto

10 historic places to visit in Kyoto

Ah, Kyoto. The city was Japan’s capital for over a thousand years, and up to this day you can still see amazing remnants of this rich history. It’s one of the few places which literally has a collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites (yes, a 

Robot restaurant Tokyo – The crazy must-see show

Robot restaurant Tokyo – The crazy must-see show

Robot restaurant Tokyo…. wait, what? Everybody calls this establishment a restaurant, but it’s actually much more than that. Or rather, eating there is actually the tiniest part of the reason why you should go there. What it is? A completely wacky, crazy, over-the-top robot- dinosaur-cabaret-dancing 

Nagasaki Holland Village

Nagasaki Holland Village

When I first saw the images of Nagasaki Holland Village I had to blink a few times. Holland, Japan, The Netherlands…. Holland in Japan? As a Dutch person myself I found it hard to believe the houses and windmills in the image above for example 

Why you should visit Kagoshima

Why you should visit Kagoshima

If you’re thinking about travelling to Japan, places like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and maybe Sapporo would be high on your list. But travelling to some lesser-known places could give you a surprise of a lifetime. Of course you have about everything you could wish for 

Snow monkeys Japan – they soak in hot springs!

Snow monkeys Japan – they soak in hot springs!

After I saw the Capybara hotsprings I shouldn’t be surprised about something like this. Still, it’s quite amazing to read about the Monkey Park in Nagano prefecture, where the snow monkeys leisurely bathe in hotsprings as well. Oh, and be careful if you want to 

Tokyo christmas lights

Tokyo christmas lights

I often get the question as to when you should travel to Japan: summer, spring, winter, autumn? There is no ‘correct’ answer to that question, since it really doesn’t matter what time of the year you visit Japan. All seasons have their charm, but during 

Sacred deer of Nara

Sacred deer of Nara

The prefecture of Nara is famous for the many ancient monuments and temples and is also home to one of the largest statues of Buddha and the largest wooden building in the world. However most tourists also come for the visitors from the nearby forest. 

Manhole covers Japan

Manhole covers Japan

The words ‘street art’ take on a whole new meaning if you look at these manhole covers. It’s apparently a Japanese custom to have manhole covers that are even more amazing than most art in a museum.  Credit: Daderot If we talk about things you ‘must-see’, 

Pokémon airplane – gotta catch em all!

Pokémon airplane – gotta catch em all!

Let your inner child guide you on a flight with All Nippon Airways! Besides the themed airplanes of Hello Kitty and Star Wars, of course they had to have a few Pokéjets. One of the most famous tv-series ever made on this planet was converted