Familiar Japanese fare, including noodles, tempura & grilled fish, served in a bright, casual space

Nagano, Japan



Familiar Japanese fare, including noodles, tempura & grilled fish, served in a bright, casual space


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  • Explore Japan On A Whole New Different Level! Nature Junkies, This Is For You!

    Japan is known for its bustling modern cities thriving with technology and an intriguing culture as well, along with the famous Cherry Blossom festivals and anime - the highlights of Japan. However, there are plenty of adventurous things to do in Japan too! Japan is also known for some of the most picturesque mountain scenery and unique places that nature lovers shouldn't miss. So before you head to the cities to check out the kawaii spots - start venturing off the regular tourist route and visit the most beautiful natural places in Japan. Trust us, you will be pleasantly surprised while you get to take in the fresh air while exploring Japan's rugged outdoors. Enjoy A Day Trip To Mount Tsukuba Kick start your outdoor expedition by hiking up Mount Tsukuba where you can take in the serene mountain landscape of the region - which is just as beautiful on cloudy, grey days. Also known as the purple mountain, Mount Tsukuba is 877 meters tall, where you can even see the famous Mount Fuji when you get to the top. Mount Tsukuba consists of non-volcanic rock unlike other famous mountains in Japan. It is covered with lush greenery creating quite the pleasant outdoor scene. Do stop by the Mount Tsukuba Shrine which dates back to several centuries ago, it’s located right at the foot of the mountain. Mount Tsukuba is worth the trek and promises a rugged climb that gets your blood pumping, but even novice hikers can still attempt the climb. If an engaging day trip to get your energy going is what you are after, Mount Tsukuba should be your first stop. Nature enthusiasts should not miss a visit to the Tsubuka Botanical Garden that is part of the research branch of The National Museum of Nature and Science. Take a stroll in the garden during visiting hours and spend some quality time among the natural green surroundings and flowers too. Hiking At Mount Takao If you are ever in Tokyo during the autumn season, you must deviate from your city plans and start your Japan outdoor adventures with a short excursion to Mount Takao. This is one of the most popular spots for hiking – just ideal for Japan adventure activities. Known for a spectacular scenery with hues of red leaves decorating the region, a hike up Mount Takao is the perfect outdoor activity for nature lovers who are looking for a great escape from the city. There are several hiking trails to choose from at Mount Takao, and you need not travel too far from Tokyo to get close to nature either - so no worries here for beginners or novice hikers! You can get a head start up Mount Takao by cable car and take a stroll to enjoy Japan’s outdoors – do look out for the massive cedar trees and stop by the Mount Takao Shrine (known as Yakouin) to admire the impressive statues. National Parks For Nature Lovers A Trip To Mizumoto Park After your engaging hike to Mount Takao, take the time to unwind at Mizumoto Park – which is within the 23 wards of Tokyo. Another fine spot for nature lovers in Tokyo is the massive Mizmoto Park which is known as a favorite spot for Hanami picnics and boasts of poplar trees, and a nice bird sanctuary as well. Take a stroll by the pond and enjoy the serene environment away from the busy city. Popular Spots at the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park The Chichibu Tama Kai National Park covers an impressive range of 1262 km which includes towns that are part of the Tokyo, Saitama, Nagano, and Yamanashi prefectures. Now it’s time to take a journey outside Kofu City in the Yamanashi prefecture to the Mitake Shosekyo which is among the most beautiful natural places in Japan. Picture Credit: David Gevert on Flickr When you start the 4km hike from the Nagatoro Bridge to the Sengataki Waterfall, you can certainly take in the peaceful setting of the mountain river winding through the valley. The Mitake Shosekyo gorge is another awesome spot that is particularly beautiful during autumn. Cave Exploring In Japan Cave exploration is probably not the first activity that comes to your mind when you think of Japan. However, going cave exploring is a fun activity to add to your off-track adventures, and this is a great way to make your trip to Japan more unique rather than simply visiting only the most popular attractions. You can really get a unique and unforgettable travel experience this way too! Enoshima Iwaya Caves Picture Credit: Discover Fujisawa Located a little more than an hour away from Tokyo on Enoshima Island, these caves are famous for their shrines and history. These are quite easy to navigate through, where you can walk down the stairs or pay a small fee to take the escalator to enter the caves. The first cave is the largest one with Buddhist statues and another tunnel with statues of the island’s goddesses complete with some interesting information. The second cave will have a statue of a dragon that was known for making trouble in the region and was subdued by the goddess Amaterasu. This area is a picturesque coastal area that area which is definitely worth a trip. The Akiyoshido Cave Picture Credit: Okayama These caves are something unique – and you can certainly get some nice photos during your trip too. This is the largest and longest limestone cave in the country and is part of the Akiyoshidai Plateau, from where you can see limestone formation dotting the entire region. For something more challenging you can select the cave’s adventurous route that promises a nice view, but you can still enjoy the underground scenes of limestone formations and rock pools on the easier path. Find Halal Restaurants in Japan Japan has plenty of interesting places to satisfy the adventurer in you, and most importantly some great spots where you can take in the magnificent natural surroundings of the region. So you have plenty of reasons to start planning that Japan tour today!...

  • 10 Must-See Castles Around the World

    Wondering what must-see castles in the world you should go see? The thought of Castles transports me back to centuries past, where I imagine the grandeur and magnificence of these castles which were inhabited by kings and queens, princes and princesses! Today, some of these castles have either become UNESCO World Heritage Sights, converted to training schools, conference and graduation venues, specialist hotels or museums, while others have turned to ruins and forgotten. However, there are still a handful of castles occupied today – Windsor Castle, England comes easily to mind. But many of these beautiful castles that do exist around the world have been maintained over the centuries, used as filming locations and are luckily open to visitors!    Majority of the castles are mainly found in Europe, while a few like the Noor Mahal and Catherine’s Palace are located in the Asian continent. Finding the most beautiful castles around the world was a tough task, however, here is my list of the 10 must-see famous castles around the world.    1) Alnwick Castle - England Topping our list of must-see castles is the Alnwick Castle located in Northumberland, this castle was built in the 11th Century and is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland. Today too, the current Duke and his family reside in part of the Castle, while part of it is used as a branch campus for an international university. The castle also is used a venue for weddings, corporate events and other special events. Alnwick Castle was also used to showcase the exterior and interior of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. After Windsor Castle, it is the second largest inhabited castle in England.   The castle is open to the public for a fee throughout the summer (March to October) from 10.00 am to 05.30 pm; where special exhibitions are shown in three of the castle's perimeter towers.    2) Kilkenny Castle - Ireland Another gorgeous castle from around the world that must be visited is located in Kilkenny, Ireland. Built in 1195, this castle was a symbol of Norman occupation and the residence of the Earls of Pembroke and the Butler Dynasty. In the middle of the 20th century, the last member of the Butler family sold the castle to the local Castle Restoration Committee for £50. Today, the building have been refurbished and opened to visitors under the care of the Office of Public Works, where many important programs of archaeological excavation and conservation, and restoration have been carried out.   Today, the Castle’s Parade Tower Wing which incorporates the entire west wing and two of the Castle's medieval towers is used as a multi-purpose venue for conferences, receptions, product launches, gala dinners, intimate wedding ceremonies and cultural and artistic events.     The castle is open to visitors for a fee and opening hours are from 09.30 am to 05.30 pm every day except as specified by the castle management in the Kilkenny Castle website.   3) Château de Versailles - France Located approximately 20 kms from the French capital Paris, this beautiful castle has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites for the past 30 years. From its initial use as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge built in 1624, it was expanded and transformed by Louis XIV and used as the seat of power until the French Revolution.  Since the 19th Century this castle has been transformed to a Museum of the History of France. Today, as one of the largest palaces of the world, Château de Versailles offers visitors a chance to stroll through its extensive gardens, hall of mirrors, king’s grand apartments while take in the architecture and art of the Kings and Queens long gone.    Visitors can explore on their own or take in guided tours for a fee. The Palace is open every day except Mondays, and opening hours vary depending on the season. On your next visit to France, take a day to visit this gorgeous castle that makes my list of famous castles around the world.   4) Neuschwanstein Castle - Germany Located on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, this 19th century castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as his personal refuge. The castle was opened to the public seven weeks after his death in 1886. The castle has prominently been featured in movies like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Great Escape. It is also the inspiration on which Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle is based. The castle is visited by more than 1.3 million people annually and is situated on the edge of the Ammergebirge nature reserve and has a hiking trail through the Pöllat Gorge.   The castle can only be visited within a guided tour every day from 09.00 am to 06.00 pm from April to 15th October, and from 10.00 am to 04.00 pm from 16th October to March, except on special declared holidays. Entrance tickets are only sold at the ticket counter below the castle in the village of Hohenschwangau. Tickets can be reserved for an additional charge two days in advance. Dependent on weather, the castle’s bridge over the Pollät Gorge may be closed during the winter months.   5) Malbork Castle - Poland Located in the Polish town of Malbork, this castle has the largest land area of any castle in the world and is renowned as the largest brick building in Europe. Having originally been built in the 13th Century by the Teutonic Knights, it was substantially enlarged and embellished after 1309. The castle has been mostly reconstructed and restored since a fire broke out in 1959 and again after World War II which caused much damage. This ‘Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork’ was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1997. Malbork Castle which is also one of Poland's official national historic monuments is maintained by the National Heritage Board of Poland.   Today, the castle is maintained as a Museum and is open to visitors every Tuesday to Sunday except on designated holidays. However, the castle grounds are open to visitors even if the Museum is closed. Opening hours is dependent on the season.    6) Castle De Haar - Netherlands Located in the center of The Netherlands, near Haarzuilens in the province of Utrecht, the Castle De Haar is easy to reach by car and has ample parking space. Considered the biggest and most luxurious castle in The Netherlands, the castle is one of the top European historic houses. The interior of the castle is decorated with richly ornamented woodcarving, which reminds one of the interior of a Roman Catholic church and takes you back to a time of luxury and breathtaking splendour that surrounded the international rich and famous in the early 20th century. The park and gardens surrounding De Haar Castle - covering over 135 acres of land, consists a Rose Garden, a Roman Garden, ponds and canals, as well as the many bridges, romantic vistas and impressive avenues where visitors can go on long walks or enjoy a picnic at. De Haar Castle which dates back to the 13th century has been in the De Haar family and even today, the family resides in the castle for one month (September) a year as has been tradition for over a century.   The castle Museum is maintained by a private foundation and is open to visitors every day of the week except during Christmas and the New Year when it is closed. The regular visiting hours of the park is from 09.00 am to 05.00 pm, and the castle 11.00 am to 05.00 pm; unless special tours are being conducted in which case the castle closes early to the general public. The castle also hold a country and Christmas fair during the last week of November and is thus closed for regular visits.   7) Burg Hochosterwitz - Austria Located east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan in Carinthia, the castle, first mentioned in 860,  is considered to be one of Austria’s most impressive medieval fortress and stronghold. It is built on top of a 172-meter Dolomite rock and is 664 meters (2,178 ft) above sea level and can be seen from as far as 30 kms. The castle, since the 16th century has remained in the possession of the Khevenhüller family and has had no major changes. Sometimes called the ‘rock castle’, visitors are allowed to walk the 620-meter (2,030 ft) long pathway through the 14 gates up to the castle, where some parts of the castle is open to the public and showcases a collection of prehistoric artifacts, paintings, weapons, and armor.   The castle is open to visitors for a fee from March to October from 10.00 am to 05.00 pm, except from May to 15th September when it is open from 09.00 am to 06.00 pm.   8) Bran Castle, Romania Dracula has always been a mythical interest of mine, and hence the reason that Bran Castle is included in my list of must-see castles from around the world. Located near Bran and in the vicinity of Braşov, the castle lies on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Dating back to the 13th century, the castle is often associated with the Dracula legend. Initially built as a wooden castle at the entrance to the mountain pass used by traders for more than a millennium, the castle was destroyed in 1242. Nearly a century later, Bran Castle was rebuilt in stone by the Saxons of Kronstadt. It was thereafter used as a military post and later as a customs post on the mountain pass between Transylvania and Wallachia. Over the years the castle has seen many different owners and uses until in the 20th century, the citizens of Bran gifted the castle to the Queen of Romania, who bequeathed the castle to Princess Ileana upon her death. However, in the mid-20th century, Princess Ileana was exiled when the communist regime came into power at which time the castle was converted to a museum. Today, Bran Castle has been reinstated to the legal heirs of Princess Ileana and continues to function as a museum.   Bran Castle is open every from 09.00 am; except Mondays when it opens at 12.00 pm. The castle also organizes special events which can be attended by the public for a special fee. The castle and/or its grounds also can be rented for special private events.   9) Frederiksborg Castle - Denmark Located in situated in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen, the castle was built in the 17th century as a royal residence for King Christian IV. The castle showcases impressive Renaissance architecture and craftsmanship and is situated on three islets on the Castle Lake.  Since 1887, the Frederiksborg Castle has housed the Museum of National History.   A tour through the beautiful rooms of the museum will take you through 500 years of Danish history seen through paintings, furniture and art, as well as special exhibits. The castle is a unique place for cultural experiences, scenic walks and boat tours.   The castle and museum is open every day from 10.00 am to 05.00 pm during April to October, and 11.00 am to 03.00 pm from November to March where guided tours are also available. Visitors can use public transport to reach the castle or their personal vehicles as the castle offers parking facilities.   10) Matsumoto Castle - Japan The Matsumo Castle is certainly not located in Europe, but I felt that it merited being a part of my list of the world's 10 best castles. Located in the city of Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture, the castle is within easy reach of Tokyo by road or rail. Matsumoto Castle, also known as the “Crow Castle” because of its black exterior, is one of Japan’s premier historic castles, along with Himeji Castle and Kumamoto Castle. Completed in the 16th Century, the castle maintains its original wooden interiors and external stonework and is today listed as a National Treasure of Japan. The castle features a gun room on the second floor and festivals  like the Taiko Drum Festival and a Takigi Noh (a play performed by torch light) festival are held at the castle site.  Matsumoto castle is also famous for its cherry blossoms in April. A Moon Viewing Party is also held every autumn on the grounds in the specially built moon viewing room of the castle.   The castle is open every day from 08.30 am to 05.30 pm. It is very crowded during the peak season from late April to early May Golden Week and during the mid-August summer holidays.     Click here for more ideas for your next Muslim-friendly holiday   ...

  • The Cherry Blossom Season in Japan - The Best Time for a Visit?

    Travelers who want to see cherry blossoms in Japan will begin their journey by traveling to Japan during spring, which can be a wonderful experience. The Japanese tradition of Hanami which means ‘flower viewing’ is where people get together to have outdoor cherry blossom parties or picnics to enjoy this ancient tradition. The Japanese cherry blossom comes from the trees of genus Prunus, and while Japan has no named official national flower, the cherry blossom flower or Sakura is considered as the national flower of Japan – in addition to the chrysanthemum flower.    Cherry Blossoms 2017 - When Is The Best Time Of The Year To See Cherry Blossoms In Japan? The time of the year to see cherry blossoms in Japan  to experience cherry Blossom viewing (Hanami) season falls during springtime. However, dates of the season will depend on which part of Japan you are visiting and the weather conditions. The cherry blooming forecast also known as the ‘cherry blossom front’ is declared by Japan’s weather bureau  -  depending on which region you are visiting, the cherry blossom festival Japan 2017 dates  will differ slightly  either starting in early February in the main cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.  Whereas in Kyushu or Okinawa the cherry blossoms can start blooming in late March, and mid-March in Hokkaido.   How long is the cherry blossom season? The blooming of the cherry blossoms will generally last between 1 to 2 weeks which why those who are planning parties or picnics keep a close eye on the dates that have to be announced.   Hanami Spots To Visit In 2017  Some popular spots are listed below, but there is no shortage of parks and gardens in different cities to enjoy the tradition of Hanami and a good place can be found easily.   Ueno Park, Tokyo Ueno Park has been considered the best place to see cherry blossoms in Japan and it is common to see people gathered under the country's iconic Sakura (cherry blossoms) celebrating the Hanami tradition by having outdoor parties or picnics that sometimes go on until late night.    Shinjukugyoen National Garden, Tokyo A beautiful botanical garden ideal for viewing cherry blossoms, there is also a traditional Japanese teahouse located inside the garden.   Maruyama Park, Kyoto A highlight includes a weeping cherry tree that is lit up at night.   Heian Shrine, Kyoto If you miss out on some of the popular spots pay a visit to Heian Shrine. The weeping cherry trees generally bloom a bit later compared to other places, but is still spectacular. Takato Castle Ruins Park, Nagano The Kohigan cherry trees are said to have been planted in 1875 and is one of the best places to view cherry blossoms.   Mount Yoshino, Nara Prefecture One of the most famous places for cherry blossoms with nearly 30,000 trees in a beautiful location. Cherry Blossom Tours of Japan Taking a special cherry blossom tour can be an ideal way to experience the tradition of Hanami. During this season, there will be several tours on offer and itis common to see Sakura merchandise around too. A popular tour known as The Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan – Classic Route takes place every year with Hanami as the main focus with sightseeing, cuisine and popular attractions too.   Click here for more Muslim-friendly guides about Japan!...

  • 8 Unique Japanese Accommodation Options to Consider

    Where to Stay in Japan - Guide to Accommodation Options Japan has always been an interesting destination that offers tourists modern and traditional cultural experiences in unique ways. It is no surprise that some of the most unusual hotels in Tokyo are ideal for a good experience, and some of the best hotels and hostels in Japan are known for being unique in their own way. 1. Japanese Accommodation Option - Ryokans Are you wondering where to stay in Japan so that you can experience traditional Japanese culture? Ryokans are a small traditional lodging which usually consists of a large single room with tatami mats, zabuton cushions and a low table, with decorated sliding screen doors or shoji. Rooms also have private baths and toilets. Futons are used for sleeping and blankets will be provided with gas heaters and heated tables during winter. There are over 58,000 different types of ryokans of varying quality, hotel amenities and services located all over Japan.   2. Japanese Accommodation Option - Temple Lodgings or Shubuko You will usually find worshippers or people making pilgrimages staying in temples where non-believers are welcome as well to stay overnight. However, only a few temples offer lodgings and they are located in placeslike  Kyoto, DewaSanzan, Mount Mitake and Nagano. The temples are historical buildings which are some of the most beautiful places to stay in Japan. 3. Japanese Accommodation Option - Minshuku or Home Stay A Minshuku can be one of the best places to stay in Japan if you want to get into the Japanese the culture and the environment. Most Minshuku usually have only a one night stay. The Ogomachi village in Shirakawagois one of the better known places for this sort of experience. 4. Japanese Accommodation Option - Capsule Hotels You can find some of the most unusual hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe which are actually long capsules with pillows, bedding with few technological amenities as well. Some places even have separate shower facilities too. A capsule hotel is ideal to spend a few hours or a day’s rest while travelling. Nine Hours in Kyoto is one of the well-known capsule hotels. 5. Japanese Accommodation Option - Manga Kissaten or Manga Café  Anime and manga enthusiasts might consider manga cafés one the ideal places to stay in Japan for a few hours with some places even offering free drinks, shower facilities and even ladies only sections. These manga cafés have a wide library of manga and internet services too. Most are located in Tokyo and Osakawhere a booth or seats can be rented out for about 8 hours. 6. Japanese Accommodation Option - Unique Boutique Hotels Hotels like The Screen located in Kyoto and Hotel Claska in Tokyo offer different styles of rooms and unique family accommodation. For example, The Screen has rooms designed by well known designers and Hotel Claska offers four types of unique rooms. The enjoyable part is that guests can choose rooms according to their style and preferences and no two rooms will be alike.  7. Japanese Accommodation Option - Themed Hotels and Suites Make the most of a holiday by staying at some of the most unusual hotels in Tokyo that are also ideal unique family accommodation. Hotels like Tokyo Disney Resort and Hilton Tokyo Bay offer character themed rooms ideal for Disney fans of all ages. Hotel Gracery Shinjuku is definitely one of the most unusual hotels in Tokyo with a Godzilla themed room, while another suite to check out is the Q-Pot Sweet Room in Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club where the theme is sweets and cakes. 8. Japanese Accommodation Option - Hostels While staying at a hostel might not be entirely new, the best hotels and hostels in Japanusually have unique experiences on offersuch asToco Heritage Hostel which is a 19thcentury building ideal for someone on a budget. Some others include Khaosan Tokyo, another hostel in several locations with themed styles like samurai and origami. ...

  • The Shinkansen Japan

    Japan boasts of one of the best railway networks in the world and also is the master in developing high-speed trains One of major breakthroughs in the rail network of Japan is "The Shinkansen". Popularly called as the bullet-train, the Shinkansen is a network of high-speed bullet lines that has been functioning since 1964. The first Shinkansen operated between Tokyo and Osaka, the Tokaido Shinkansen and ran at a speed of 200km/hr. Today the Shinkansen functions between all the major cities on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu. The main functioning Shinkansen lines are: Tohoku Shinkansen: Operates between the cities of Tokyo and Aomori. Nagano Shinkansen: Operates between the cities of Takasaki and Nagano. Tokaido Shinkansen: Operates between the cities of Tokyo and Osaka. Sanyo Shinkansen: Operates between the cities of Osaka Station and Hakata. Kyushu Shinkansen: Operates between the cities of Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo. Joetsu Shinkansen: Operates between the cities of Omiya and Niigata. Akita Shinkansen: Operates between the cities of Tokyo and Akita. Yamagata Shinkansen: Operates between the cities of Tokyo and Shinjo. Shinkansen Trains: Usually the Shinkansen trains have two seating classes named 'Ordinary' and 'Green cars.' The Ordinary cars have seating arrangements in rows of 3x2 seats. The foot space is comfortable and the seats are regular. The Green Cars can be compared to the business class seating in airplanes. The seats are larger and have more foot space as compared to the Ordinary Cars. Seats are arranged in rows of 2x2 and the crowd is less. In 2011, a new class called the 'Gran Class' was introduced on the new trains running on the Tohoku Shinkansen line. This class can be compared to the first class on airplanes; the seating arrangement is in rows of 2x1 and guests are provided with additional facilities and services. Reservation: Many Shinkansen trains offer reserved and non-reserved seats in different cars. The Hayabusa, Hayate and Komachi trains along the Tohoku Shinkansen route are full-reserved trains; the Green Cars on all the Shinkansen trains are also fully reserved. Reservations can be made up to a month in advance of the journey till a short time before the departure of the train. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket counter, vending machines or also online. Facilities and Services: Almost all the Shinkansen trains offer snacks, boxed meals (not halal) and drinks along the journey. There are also a few vending machines with pay phones and drinks. On the newest trains guests can also have access to wireless internet services. Announcements are made on upcoming stations in different languages. All the Shinkansen trains are equipped with clean multiple toilets.  ...

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