Tarai-bune (Tub boat) riding and gold hunting on Sado Island

There are lots of big and small islands in Japan. Being in the Japan Sea and facing the Niigata (新潟) main land, Sado Island (佐渡島) is the 6th biggest island in Japan (excluding the main islands such as Hokkaido). It is part of the Niigata Prefecture which is known for the high amount of snow fall…

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Visit the hot spring hotel in ‘Spirited Away’ in real life

Following Chihiro to cross the red bridge leading to the mysterious bathhouse (油屋, Aburaya), the story of ‘Spirited Away‘ (千と千尋の神隠し) began. The whole story was built around the Japanese hot spring (温泉, onsen) culture in Japan. Most of the scenes in and out of the bathhouse were created after the different traditional Japanese inns all over Japan,…

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