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Japan’s ‘Fountain of Youth?’ Charms and Comforting Power of Kumano Hongu Hot Spring Village

Kumano Kodo, Shingu, Shirahama Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento)

Kumano in Wakayama has been known as the "Land of Rejuvenation" since ancient times. Word has it that those who overcome difficulties while taking the difficult pilgrimage path in Kumano will see rejuvenation after having their souls cleansed. In the village of Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of the three major shrines of Kumano, is a hot spring district called Kumano Hongu Hot Spring Village. Many travelers past and present come here first to rest up from the long journey and cleanse their bodies before visiting the mountain shrine, and the village is undoubtedly designed to welcome such visitors warmly. This seemingly simple place of interest has been receiving more and more attention from foreign tourists in recent years, and our comprehensive guide to the charms and comforting power of Kumano Hongu Hot Spring Village will explain in detail why that is so! Main image credit: Kumano Hongu Tourist Association

Enjoy hands-on fun at "Koto no Hako Kobe” - Gateway to Kobe

Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano Theme Parks

Opened in July 2019, Koto no Hako Kobe is a renewal of the Shin-Kobe Oriental Avenue. As part of the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kobe complex, which is directly connected to the Shin-Kobe Station. Based on the concept of “Destination & Experience,” the facility aims to be a collection of shops that are “only here” by focussing on experiences that can only be had on-site and “the consumption of things; not things.” The shops are dedicated to Featuring shops entertainment and tourism, beauty and health. Let's take a brief look at some points of interest, including new stores that opened after the reopening.

(Video) OFF-KAi!!: An Akihabara Hair Salon for Anime Fans

Akihabara Other Health and Beauty

Have you ever watched anime and wished that you could rock a style as colorful and wild as the characters in Japanese animation? Your chance has arrived! Located in Akihabara, the heart of Japan’s otaku subculture, is a unique hair salon like none other in the world: OFF-KAi!! a hair salon that transforms customers into their favorite anime, manga, or game characters! LIVE JAPAN took a visit to see what it’s all about and to try out their services!

Sounkyo Onsen: 4 Recommended Hot Spring Getaways in Japan's Leading Onsen Destination!

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo Ryokan

Sounkyo Onsen is one of the best known hot spring destinations in Hokkaido. Surrounded by the gorgeous natural surroundings of Daisetsuzan National Park, you can relax in a hot spring while enjoying the splendor of Hokkaido’s natural beauty: the serene greenery in the summer, and the changing colors of the leaves in fall. Fall starts earlier here than in the rest of Japan. In this article, we’re going to introduce you to four popular onsen hotels, each with their own distinct features and characteristics!

Expats Reveal: 8 Weird Japanese Customs That Foreign Visitors Just Can't Get Used To


From an outsider’s point of view, Japan is home to many unique customs and traditions. Though it may seem natural to the Japanese, to those from other countries with different upbringings and values, many aren’t able to understand or get used to some of these customs. In general, which customs and traditions do they find the most inconvenient or hardest to get into to? We heard from some foreign visitors about customs in Japan they just haven't got the hang of, and about their thoughts about the traditions here. (The opinions below belong to the respondents)

What's Christmas Like in Japan? 6 Unique Ways Japanese Celebrate the Holidays!


Each December, Christmas is celebrated by people in countries all over the world, and Japan is no exception! Many of the Christmas customs seen in western countries can also be found in Japan, but often reimagined in a different way than you may expect. There are also some new traditions that have been created by the Japanese, making Christmas in Japan a unique celebration of its own accord!

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