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  • Mountains, sea and sake: A perfect day in Kobe

    Kobe is known around the world for two things: succulent beef and the earthquake of 1995. But how much do you actually know about the city? Catherine, one of our group tour specialists, was lucky enough to be shown around by the local tourism board, and found plenty of reasons to love Kobe. Over the next three weeks, she’ll be sharing some of her impressions… (more…)

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  • Top 5 hot spring experiences in Misasa Onsen

    Richard Pearce is one of Inside Japan's most experienced tour leaders. Last week, he introduced us to his adopted home, the lovely hot spring town of Misasa Onsen. This week, he looks at his five favourite Misasa hot spring experiences... (more…)

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  • A seasonal guide to Misasa Onsen

    In the centre of beautiful Tottori Prefecture, considered to be the most rural of all Japanese prefectures, Misasa Onsen is a charming hot spring town loved by locals and visitors alike. Misasa Onsen dates back more than 850 years. Local legend says that a samurai warrior (Samanosuke Okubo) encountered an old white wolf one day. Although he raised his bow to shoot the wolf, he decided to spare its life and let it get away. That night, a powerful spirit appeared in the warrior's dreams and told him the location of a local hot spring in appreciation of sparing the life of the wolf. After that, the hot spring was said to have "life-saving properties", and would heal villagers' illnesses. Misasa literally means "three mornings", as it is believed that on the morning of the third day visitor ...

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  • Riding the Evangelion bullet train

    Mark Fujishige is a tour leader for InsideJapan. When he's not leading our clients around Japan, he loves hunting down anything limited edition - including trains. Here, he introduces the special Evangelion bullet train. “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” it’s... the Evangelion Shinkansen? In 2015 the Sanyo Shinkansen (“bullet train”) teamed up with Mr. Hideaki Anno, the Director of Evanglion, and Mr. Ikuto Yamashita, Evangelion’s mechanical designer, for an exciting collaboration. The project celebrates of the 40th anniversary of the completion of the Sanyo Shinkansen and the 20th anniversary of the start of the Evangelion television series. It seems appropriate that the extremely popular series and iconic ...

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  • A photo walk through Tokyo Station

    Mike Reddy is a tour leader for InsideJapan - but when he's not leading our customers around Japan, he's a photographer extraordinaire seeking out new ways of seeing his hometown: Tokyo. Here, he takes us on a photographic journey through Tokyo Station. (more…)

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