14 Nov

Life on the road

Keen to see parts of Japan she hadn’t seen before, Hannah hired a car and set off on a road trip to northern Honshu. Driving in Japan couldn’t be simpler, especially for British tourists as Japan also drives on the left side of the road! Summer isn’t everyone’s first choice of season to visit Japan….

25 Oct

A magical evening at Nebuta Matsuri

Never having been so far north before, Hannah set out on a road-trip in search of the famed paper-lanterns of Nebuta Matsuri. Vibrant, bustling and impressive, this festival is sure worth a visit! Its origins are unclear, but it is thought to be a cleansing ritual and prayer for good health. Living in Japan, festivals…

5 Oct

Go-Karting through the streets of Tokyo

There aren’t many places in the world where it’s possible to enjoy driving a go-kart along the major roads of a capital city but this is another of the many unusual experiences that Tokyo offers. Robin from the UK office and Ayami & Yu from the Tokyo office went along to check the experience out….

4 Oct

Sweet memories: Amezaiku Experience in Tokyo

The Japanese are not especially known for their love of sweets, and indeed Japanese children are more commonly seen snacking on an onigiri than they are a chocolate bar. That said, this wonderful people are certainly known for their attention to detail and love of all things cute. With this in mind, Into Japan’s Hannah…

22 Sep

Lantern-making in Kyoto

On her latest trip to Japan, Into Japan’s Karan decided to get creative in Kyoto. With such a rich culture and history of tradition and creativity, Kyoto is the perfect place to turn your hand to something artistic. Lanterns abound not only in Kyoto but in Japan as a whole, providing a wonderfully soft, glowing…

22 Sep

An afternoon in the life of a Ninja

Hannah from the UK team, and Yu from the Japan team spent the afternoon with descendants of a genuine Ninja clan in Tokyo. Not knowing what to expect from the experience, both were in for a real treat, and an unforgettable afternoon! As we arrived at the well-hidden location for our afternoon with the Musashi…

20 Sep

All that glitters is gold: Kanazawa gold-leaf experience

On her recent trip to Japan, Karan from the UK office went in search of art, creativity and luxury in Kanazawa. Here, she participated in a gold-leaf experience, learning more about Kanazawa’s most famous export, and decorating her own product in the process! Kanazawa (金沢) literally means “gold marsh” and is certainly a glitzy place….

13 Sep

Wagasa Experience

There is often no better way of understanding a country or culture than to fully immerse yourself in it in a practical way. Fureaikan in Kyoto allows guests to do just that, providing a range of craft activities and workshop experiences. During her trip to Japan in August 2017, Hannah participated in one of their…