In Ancient Egypt, the heron was believed to be the creator of light, while the double-headed heron symbolized prosperity. Halfway across the world in Ancient China, the bird was regarded as a symbol of strength, purity, patience and long life. However in Japan, an egret – a species of heron distinguished by its white plume – can take the shape of a flightless giant.
With 30,000 taking part and half a million watching, the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri is one of Tokyo’s biggest summer festivals. Each year, over 50 teams parade the streets of Koto-ku carrying huge mikoshi (portable shrines) while onlookers throw water over them – both to purify the shrines, but also to cool the participants who are hoisting thousands of kilograms on their shoulders.
Tokyo Vs Kyoto: if you only have limited time in ‘the Land of the Rising Sun,’which one should you spend that sweet time in?
If there is one city in Japan that is on just about everyone’s travel itinerary it has to be Kyoto. While the beautiful temples, shrines, and historic sites are what draws most people to Kyoto, the city has a lot more to offer.
Tokyo is unlike anywhere else you’ve ever seen. And it’s even better when you have your girls with you! This place was made for girlfriend getaways, and it is an adventure that you will truly never forget.
The Kansai Region is the perfect destination if it’s your first time in Japan. It is rich in cultural heritage, evident in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that dot its map, yet its biggest city, Osaka, also feels undoubtedly modern and futuristic. It also prepares you for the craziness and fast pace of Tokyo, if you also plan on paying the capital a visit.
Tsukiji Market is a paradise for seafood lovers, but there’s also plenty of popular street foods to try that are far from seafood.
If it’s your first time visiting Japan, it’s going to be hard to not include places like; Tokyo, Osaka or even some of the national parks that are just too good to miss. Wherever you decide, make sure you check out some of these gorgeous places on a first-time visit to Kyoto...
Japan is a pretty incredible country to explore; from scaling the beautiful Mount Fuji, it’s smaller and picturesque islands and its vast cities that are just amazing for us travellers to explore. After our recent trip to Japan, my hunger to go back has increased ten fold! It really is a special country that has a huge array of places to experience, with Osaka being one of these. 🎎
Visiting Japan’s Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in winter had been high on our bucket list and here we were, right amongst them all in their natural habitat; snow monkeys to our right, to our left and everywhere in between...