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Top 5 Things To Do In Tokamachi: Japan’s Hidden Kimono City in Niigata Prefecture

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If you want to see a different side of Japan, you might want to head away from the large city centers and branch out a little bit. Niigata is one of my favorite

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These 5 Japan Fall Views Will Take Your Breath Away

As summer comes to a close, we look ahead to the upcoming autumn season. Along with the (much welcomed) cooler temps, the fall season blankets all of Japan with

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A View of Yahiko From Above

Visiting a village is probably not the first thing to occur to most non-Japanese seeking a fun time in Japan. How unfortunate. Some of the country’s best-kept s

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Whenever I’m recounting a story that’s precious to me, whether I tell it through a text message to my sister or a blog post, I somehow find myself often mention

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Upon returning home to Tokyo from a recent trip to Yahiko, a quiet village in Niigata Prefecture, I wrote a Japanese friend, recounting my travels. I told her o

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Shaped like a wonky yo-yo floating in the sea off the west of Honshu, Sado Island is a place of drama. Centuries ago, the island was somewhere you were not expe

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5 Tips for Fun at Fuji Rock

Hey, music fans! Only about a week to go until Fuji Rock, Japan's largest outdoor music festival. If you are headed to the wilds of Niigata for three days of mu

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Yahiko is a small town in Niigata Prefecture with over 1000 years of history. Located 2-3 hours away from Tokyo, this historic cultural centre is a compact expe

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My Japan is... Hidden Gems and Rural Communities

In an ongoing series of mini-posts we ask our most passionate Tokyo Creative writers “What is your Japan? ” in words and photos.My Japan Is…My Japan can be found along t

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Rental Car and Taxi Information for Yahiko Area

Transportation in Yahiko and the surrounding areas is very different from the fast-paced capital city Tokyo. Trains and buses are few and far between (see here

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Sake Old & New: Kaetsu Sake Brewery

By EMMA PARKER Dr Shunichi Sato and Yoshiko Sato enjoy nothing more than explaining their expertise in sake brewing to willing listeners, they

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Discover Japan: Three Days in Niigata

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