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Introducing the Souvenirs of Owakudani, Kanagawa!

Owakudani is a valley located in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. It was formed by the remains of a volcanic eruption of Mount Hakone about 3000 years ago. Thanks to its rugged rocks, white steam and sulphuric smell, it used to be called "The Valley of Hell".

Hakone Gora Manju from Nakamuraya in Kanagawa

Hakone is a hot spring town in southwestern Kanagawa Prefecture with easy access to the city.
It is home to many ryokan (Japanese inns), and it is a popular location thanks to the wealth of sightseeing spots around as well.
I picked up some Gora Manju from souvenir shop “Nakamuraya” in front of Gora Station, so that’s what I’ll be introducing this time.

Enjoy the hydrangeas at Kanagawa Prefecture’s Meigetsu-in Temple!

Japan’s rainy season may be coming up, but there’s still plenty to look forward to! While June is generally wet and muggy, it’s also when varying colours of hydrangea begin to bloom beautifully all over Kanto. If you’re looking to see the flowers in all their glory, we suggest heading to the history-rich city of Kamakura, which was once the capital of Japan.

The Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri

All around Japan, Tanabata Matsuri, or "Star Festivals", are held in July. In Hiratsuka, Tanabata Matsuri started as a commercial promotion, but now its decorations are so gorgeous that it's said to be the best in Japan!

Ultra-Thin Long Wallets from Japanese Bag Craftsmen ATAO

Have you heard of the long wallets sold by the Kobe-based brand ATAO?
The brand has few physical retail outlets, so it may not be a highly recognized name brand. However, ATAO is known for products that are so easy to use that you won’t want to let go of them, so many of their products have to be ordered in advance if you want to get them!