Tag Archive: Japan

Billiken statue in a stripy outfit and hat in Osaka, Japan

What are Billiken – And Why is Osaka Full of Them?

There’s a lot of odd things dotted around Osaka. You’ll find giant pufferfish hanging in the sky, gold turtles climbing up the sides of a building, huge lobster decorating the ceiling of the market – there’s even a giant metal wasp if you know where to look, but among all…
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statue of man with penne instead of a head in Kokura Japan

12 Fun and Unusual Things to do in Kokura, Western Japan

If at this point, you’re saying Koka what ra, I don’t blame you. Kokura is not the best-known town on the island of Kyushu in Western Japan. I hadn’t heard of it either until I ended up there for two nights. For that, you can thank the Korean boy band,…
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27 Fun and Unusual Things to do in Fukuoka

Fukuoka in Western Japan is Japan’s seventh biggest city, but despite this when you look for suggestions of things to do in Fukuoka not much comes up – yes, there’s the big shiny Fukuoka tower, ruins of a castle and a huge mall, but generally, that’s about all anyone suggests….
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Matsue Castle one of the top things to do in Matsue, Japan

Cool Things to do in Matsue, Western Japan

It’s home to one of the best castles in Japan. Home to some great modern art and a spectacular sunset. Home to amazing samurai history, delicious food and a short hop from one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in the world – but when it comes to the average…
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Ainoshima island near Fukuoka, Japan is one of Japan's 11 cat islands. If you're planning a trip to Fukuoka, it's a short trip by ferry. Click here to read how to get to Ainoshima Cat Island, or save it to your Fukuoka or Japan boards for latr. #ainoshima #catisland #fukuoka #fukuokatravelguide #kyushu

Ainoshima: Fukuoka’s Cute Cat Island

I’m surrounded by kitties – they’re sleeping in fishing nets, chilling out in wheelbarrows, prowling the paths around the bright blue, fishing boat filled harbour hoping for snacks or just sitting in the sunshine doing whatever cats who live on an island do all day. This is Ainoshima, one of…
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If you're visiting Fukuoka, Japan, then add the amazing Nanzoin Temple to your list of things to see in Fukuoka. It's completely incredible. Here's why and how to get to Nanzoin Temple from Hakata station. Click to read it now or save it to your Fukuoka or Japan boards for later. #japanesetemples #kyushu #fukuoka #nanzointemple

Nanzoin Temple, Fukuoka – It Blew my Mind.

I can’t think of many places that have actually made me go ‘wow’ when I first saw them – but the large Buddha statue at Nanzoin Temple in Fukuoka, Japan did – out loud. And then I shut up and just stared at it, unable to believe exactly what I…
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