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Enjoy a Traditional Kudzu Lunch at Tengyokudo Nara Honten Restaurant

Established in 1870, Inoue Tengyokudo is a shop specializing in kudzu, a starch made from Japanese arrowroot. Developed by a unique method in the Yoshino region of Nara Prefecture, Yoshinomoto Kudzu's directly managed store offers a kudzu lunch and sweets. It is located near Todaiji, the famous temple housing a giant Buddha statue in Nara.

Kyoto’s Shimogamo Shrine – “Yabusame-Shinji”

“Yabusame-shinji,” held at World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine, takes place in early May every year. It is held as both a purification ritual and to ensure that Aoi Matsuri, or “Hollyhock Festival,” which is also held in May, can be carried out safely without problems.

A Kyoto Spring Tradition, “Aoi Matsuri” (“Hollyhock Festival”)

Aoi Matsuri is an annual festival of Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. The official name of the festival is Kamo no Matsuri (Kamo Festival).Aoi Matsuri is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, and it is known for having old-fashioned sense of refined grace. Out of modern-day Japanese festivals, Aoi Matsuri is one of the few festivals remaining that truly preserves old dynastic traditions.

Enjoy Sightseeing in Kobe on SKY BUS KOBE!

If you want to enjoy Kobe's popular sightseeing spots, it's recommended that you ride Sky Bus Kobe, an open-top bus, around the city! With a new course starting from April of 2019, you can get your fill of Kobe's fun places! This article will introduce some of the wonderful scenery that can be seen aboard the Sky Bus Kobe!

Osaka, Koinobori Festa 1000

In the Koinobori Festa, around 1000 carp-shaped streamers are hung as wishes for children’s health and for protection of the Akuta River, a symbol of Takatsuki City.

Hostel Wasabi Osaka Bed with Library

“Hostel Wasabi Osaka Bed with Library” opened in December of 2016. As its name suggests, this is a unique library-like hostel that you can stay in overnight. Located a 5-minute walk from Kintetsu Nankai Railway’s Namba Station, it’s in a prime location for both sightseeing and business in Osaka.