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Activities in Yunogo: Glass accessory making at aun

14,Sep 2015 Activities in Yunogo

aun is a modest shop in Yunogo that sells mostly jewellery and other accessories made of glass. All of the goods in the shop are skilfully hand crafted in-house by artisan Eda Akihiro. For a sum, Eda-san will demonstrate how to make a glass pendant, and then guide you as you try to make your own.


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Day Trip Ideas: Nature Centre & Terraced Rice Fields Cafe

11,Sep 2015 Day Trip Ideas


More than two-thirds of Japan are covered by forest mountains and hills, and with the different islands of Japan covering a wide range of climatic zones, Japan is home to a huge variety of different flora and fauna. Beyond the urban metropolises of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka that many visitors are drawn to, lies a wealth of nature that is often left unexplored. One place where it is possible to enjoy the beauty of Japanese wildlife is the Okayama Nature Conservation Centre (website: Japanese only) in Okayama Prefecture.

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Day Trip Ideas: Katana Artisans’ Workshops

10,Sep 2015 Day Trip Ideas

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Despite the samurai class having been disbanded over a century ago, their history, customs, and lifestyle still continue to draw interest from all over the world. There appears to be a universal fascination for their weapons of choice – the katana. Once produced exclusively for this privileged social group, today the katana can be owned by almost anyone, though they have by no means become ubiquitous; neither have they lost their stunning and beautiful form achievable only through painstaking crafting by master katana swordsmiths.

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Day Trip Ideas: Ohara

09,Sep 2015 Day Trip Ideas


Ohara is another town in Okayama Prefecture that is home to beautiful Edo-period buildings, and retains much of its antique charm. Ohara claims to be the site of famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi’s birth; indisputably, it is where he lived for some years of his life. It is for this reason that Ohara is also dubbed ‘Musashi Village’.

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Day Trip Ideas: Tottori Sand Dunes

08,Sep 2015 Day Trip Ideas

Tottori is the capital city of Tottori Prefecture. Bordered by the sea of Japan to its north, some of its touristic highlights include great beaches, beautiful sea views, and fantastically fresh seafood; however, it is best known for the Tottori Sand Dunes, Japan’s only large dune system.


Having existed for over 100,000 years, standing on any part of the dunes and looking around at the expanse of sand stretching as far as the eye can see is an experience not to be missed if you visit Tottori. In the blink of an eye, people viewed from a distance seem to disappear into the sand as their silhouettes grow smaller as they get further. The wind carries the scent of the ocean on fresh breaths of breeze. One has to wonder in amazement at how the dunes came to be; how they achieved such a size and continue to exist to this day, attracting millions of awed tourists from Japan and other countries every year.

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