The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival, an outrageous combination of flames, kindling and tons of sake is held every year on January 15th in Nozawa Onsen, a hot spring resort and ski village in northern Nagano Prefecture.
Go to Iiyama's remote Karayama neighborhood and there is a surprise for you. Off the side of the main road going through this barely populated area, you may notice a large keyaki tree, ringed by blue-flower hydrangeas. A small Shinto shrine sits under the tree's huge boughs. This is Kumano Shrine, a delightful little spot to sit in the shade, relax and enjoy the quiet surroundings.
The toilet exhibition is a temporary exhibition at the Miraikan Museum. Its name might be strange for most people, but your opinion will change after a single visit. It teaches us about feces related to our health and at the same time builds awareness to visitors that there's still a lot of people affected by the lack of water and toilets.The plus point is the interactive displays that help kids easily understand the exhibition.
One of the great things about getting out of Japanese cities is that you will ultimately find some wonderful and little known gems all over the countryside. One such treasure is Iiyama's so-called "Ajisai-dera", a small, mountainside Buddhist temple boasting hundreds of hydrangea flowers.
Located in Tokyo’s popular nightlife district, Roppongi Kaguwa is not your typical restaurant where one merely dines and wines. Fronted by a sophisticated Japanese-style façade, this dinner theatre incorporates a huge variety of wicked entertainment and delectable cuisines that can only be best described as ‘an excellence of fusion’.