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Narita Yume Bokujo

In 1887, the founder Akiba-san opened the first farm called Akiba Bokujo in Koto-ku, Tokyo. It was moved from there and then a few times around Chiba. It settled in its current location in 1976. In 1987 in celebration of its 100 year anniversary, a large part of the farm was opened as an entertainment […]

Sake Tasting at Nabedana

Nabedana is a shop which sells sake from Nabedana Incorporated sake brewery in Narita town. Welcome to Nabedana Inside the shop, there are many kinds, sizes, and prices of sake to choose from. Amazake is a Japanese tradition beverage that is made from fermented cooked rice. It’s sweet with little or no alcohol and very […]

Shopping Galore at Ikspiari

Iskpiari is nicely lit-up after dark Food display in front of the Rainforest Café In the evening, Ikspiari gets really busy Ikspiari is partly outside and feels like being in a small fantasy village Buy your Disney souvenir here! Before the shops open, there are only a few people walking through the 'shopping village' Iskpiari […]

Take a Break: Japanese Rest Stop

Need a break from your commute on the expressway? Detour onto a toll-free Service Area exit when you see these symbols. Wide selection of hot & cold beverages at the vending machine corner. Genius! The "tea-cup" symbol can mean a cafe is available. "i" means Highway Information. At Shisui exit, North bound, you can also review […]

Umihotaru via Tokyo Wan Aqua-Line

Umitoharu, Tokyo BayOasis signs on the 5th deck Umihotaru, decorative sail located on 5th deck Umihotaru, lovely view of Tokyo Bay and airplanes flying into Haneda Intl Airport Umihotaru, view of Kisarazu of Chiba prefecture Umihotaru, salmon lunch from Ocean Kitchen on 5F Umihotaru, yummy bite-sized teddy waffles on 5F Umitoharu, Tokyo BayOasis signs on […]

Aitem Ehime

Uwajima pearl jewelry Sake and ceramics Local products exhibition Uwajima pearl jewelry In a rather out-of-the-way part of Matsuyama sits a futuristic looking building of metallic and concrete crescents and tubes, with much glass and many escalators. This is Aitem Ehime, otherwise known grandly in English as the Ehime World Trade Center. It might not […]

Baizan-Gama Pottery

Antique ware The climbing kiln at Baizan-Gama pottery Glaze on the kiln walls and a fire hole Modern pottery equipment A modern kiln in action Museum piece Tobe-yaki Antique ware To most Japanese people, Tobe calls to mind Tobe-yaki, a type of ceramic known throughout Japan. People tend to imagine Tobe as a picturesque, arty […]

Beautiful ceramics at Sou Sou

Elegant silver ceramics Sou Sou Exquisite patina and fluting Elegant silver ceramics I’ve had numerous opportunities to try my hand at pottery, and I must say, I hate it. Nothing ever seems to go right, and I don’t like the feeling of clay. However, I love finished ceramics, and my personal aversion to making pottery […]

Coharu Souvenir Shop

Rugged Japanese aprons Tenugui More chopsticks than you can shake a stick at Tapestries Handbags and cooking pots The shop front Rugged Japanese aprons Next to the tracks that emerge from the belly of Iyotetsu Takashimaya department store is a row of buildings with a distinctly post-war atmosphere. These are home to a number of […]

Dogo Onsen Arcade

Map of the arcade Dogo no Machiya in the arcade Construction workers looking for lunch Map of the arcade Dogo Shopping Arcade, otherwise known as Dogo Haikara-dori or Dogo Shotengai, runs from Dogo Station, taking a sharp right at Tsubaki no Yu onsen, and heading up a slight incline to the famous Dogo Onsen Honkan. […]

Emifull Masaki

The Orange Court The main entrance Major Japanese brands Cookery classes Food court Good souvenirs here The Orange Court The arterial Route 56 winds south of Matsuyama towards Ozu, passing through the suburb of Masaki. Here, set back slightly from the road is Ehime’s biggest shopping mall, Emifull Masaki. Whether you’re traveling to or from […]

Fuwari Road Station and beach

The other beach Blue Seal and Betty Crocker’s Local produce for sale The other beach If you travel northwards from Matsuyama along the coast, you come to the Michi no Eki or Road Station of Fuwari. Road Stations are government-designated rest areas found along roads and highways in Japan. Besides providing places for travelers to […]

Hakatajima Michi no Eki

Hakatajima Michi no Eki The beach at Hakata SC Park Lots of fish and seaweed products Hakatajima Michi no Eki The Shimanami Kaido is a highway that crosses the Seto Inland Sea between the prefectures of Ehime and Hiroshima. Spectacular bridges straddle the sea passages between a string of islands ranged conveniently between the larger […]

Hiyoshi Yumesanchi Road Station

Hiyoshi Michi no Eki Yumesanchi The main gateway The sign Farmer’s market Souvenirs and produce Hearty food on the road Hiyoshi Michi no Eki Yumesanchi Hiyoshi Yumesanchi is a Road Station with a restaurant, food stalls, restrooms, and a marketplace selling fresh, local produce. Chances are that if you’re traveling by car in the southern […]

Iki-ikikan Road Station

Seafood for BBQ at Iki-ikikan Ichigo daifuku and a suspension bridge The BBQ facilities Souvenirs of Imabari Various styles of preserved fish Fresh seafood Seafood for BBQ at Iki-ikikan Iki-ikikan is a Road Station with a restaurant, food stalls, restrooms, and a marketplace selling fresh, local produce. The name of this Road Station—Michi-no-Eki in Japanese— […]

Iyotetsu Takashimaya Department Store

The corner entrance Kururin – the Ferris wheel on the roof Bling! The corner entrance There are two prestigious department stores in Matsuyama, Iyotetsu Takashimaya and Mitsukoshi, within easy walking distance of each other. Here we’ll have a look at Takashimaya. The Iyotetsu Takashimaya building is actually the terminus for the Iyo Railway Co., (Iyotetsu), […]

Kimono in Imabari

A stylish old building in the backstreets of Imabari The weeping willow is your landmark Beautiful goods … A stylish old building in the backstreets of Imabari One of the features of Imabari is its arcades and commercial district arranged in a regular grid. Many of the buildings are old, and they speak of the […]

Uchiko Machinami

The Ōmori candle shop. The Ōmori candle shop sells handmade Japanese candles as well as locally made wrought iron candle holders. Many of the preserved buildings have beautiful details. Learn more about the architectural features with the Uchiko Volunteer Guides for Foreigners. Small-town living means honesty shops abound. The machinami hosted a traditional wedding parade […]

Mikawa Road Station

The beautiful river for which Mikawa is named Maitake soba The decorative water wheel outside the Road Station The beautiful river for which Mikawa is named Mikawa is a tiny settlement on the Kuma River which flows through an area called Kuma Highland, a mountainous place south of Tobe. There’s a town office, a Junior […]

Mima Road Station

Mima Road Station A display of Ehime sake barrels Get your kicks at Mima Tasty fried things Beautiful tools for sale The Azechi Umetaro and Iseki Kunisaburo Memorial Hall Mima Road Station Mima is a rice producing area located between Matsuyama and Uwajima. Until recently, it was hardly on the map for most visitors, but […]

Mitsuhama Morning Fish Market

A young customer Gaffed Tuna carcass A young customer The Mitsu morning fish market, or ‘Mitsu no Asa Ichi’ is held twice a month at the Fisheries Wholesale Market in Mitsuhama Port, Matsuyama. I went on a hot Saturday morning in mid-August. The event is divided between marquees erected in the car park of the […]

Mitsukoshi Department Store

Mitsukoshi Department Store Grand entrance These are real Mitsukoshi Department Store There are two prestigious department stores in Matsuyama, Mitsukoshi and Iyotetsu Takashimaya, within easy walking distance of each other. Here we’ll have a look at Mitsukoshi. Close to the entrance of the Okaido Shopping Arcade is the grand doorway to Mitsukoshi. Push open one […]

MiurArt Village has Warhol and Moore

Attractive woman Marble objet Large ceramic panel by Tamotsu Miura The long sculpture gallery Ancient glass Art-Henge Attractive woman In the late 1950s, Ehime engineer Tamotsu Miura resolved to do something about the smog above Tokyo that was obliterating the view of Mt. Fuji,. Not that he alone could solve the problem, but Miura developed […]

Nijinomori Koen Road Station

Nijinomori Koen Matsuno Road Station The Osakanakan aquarium of river fish Fish from the Amazon Glass blowing in the glassware workshop Attractive glassware for sale Affordable souvenirs Nijinomori Koen Matsuno Road Station Nijinomori Koen Matsuno is a Road Station in southern Ehime, close to the border with Kochi to the south. Road Stations, or Michi […]

Okaido "Big Street" Shopping Arcade

A tram rattles out from the Okaido stop Inside the arcade A cool shop sign A tram rattles out from the Okaido stop The Okaido Shopping Arcade runs in a straight line from the street known as Ichibancho to Chifunemachi Dori in the center of Matsuyama. Okaido means “big street” and indeed it is a […]

Ozu Akarengakan & Pokopen Yokocho

The Akarengakan A pilgrim in front of the strongroom It’s Showa time! The Akarengakan Placed strategically between Ozu Castle and the Garyu Sanso hermitage sits the Akarengakan, a squat red-brick building that was originally a bank. Among the wood and plaster buildings typical of Ozu, this English-style building seems totally out of place when you […]

Ready, Set, Kimono!

Before the market started, we viewed some of the stalls. The stalls sold more valuable obi and kimono. Ready, set, kimono! Time to touch ALL the kimono. Inside the building there were even more. Color-coding of prices and some obijime. Before the market started, we viewed some of the stalls. As the name partly illustrates, […]

Sankaku Boushi Road Station

The red roof is the landmark Irodori Chaya restaurant Fresh daikon radishes and bamboo shoots The red roof is the landmark The southern part of Ehime near the border with Kochi Prefecture is a great place to drive. There are wooded mountains, broad meandering rivers, and picturesque farming hamlets clustered against the hillsides. But at […]

Seiryu no Sato Hijikawa Road Station

Seiryu no Sato Hijikawa Road Station Yakitori stall In summer These gourds 30% off Many good things to take home The main entrance Seiryu no Sato Hijikawa Road Station Seiryu no Sato Hijikawa is a Road Station with a restaurant, food stalls, restrooms, and a marketplace selling fresh, local produce. The name of this Road […]

Shimanami no Eki Mishima

The entrance to the Shimanami no Eki Mishima road station Lots of melons for sale in summer Prize winning ceramics in the souvenir shop The entrance to the Shimanami no Eki Mishima road station The Shimanami Kaido is a highway that crosses the Seto Inland Sea between the prefectures of Ehime and Hiroshima. Spectacular bridges […]

Tatara Michi no Eki, Omishima

The view from Tatara Road Station These fish are said to be very good eating Pumpkins on sale The view from Tatara Road Station The Shimanami Kaido is a highway that crosses the Seto Inland Sea between the prefectures of Ehime and Hiroshima. Spectacular bridges straddle the sea passages between a string of islands ranged […]

The Giant Store Imabari

The Giant Store Imabari is focused on the Shimanami Kaido cycling route The store has everything for cyclists who want a high quality experience The top-end rental cycles The Giant Store Imabari is focused on the Shimanami Kaido cycling route Setouchi Shimanami Kaido is a highway that connects the six islands between Imabari in Ehime […]

Tobe Pottery Traditional Industry Hall

Pottery and sake Exhibit of modern ceramics Cool Japan for sale Pottery and sake To most Japanese people, Tobe calls to mind Tobe-yaki, a type of ceramic known throughout Japan. In Tobe there are plenty of places to see examples of pottery, but one of the nicest is the Tobe Pottery Traditional Industry Hall. This […]

Canal City Mall

The mall has a very unique design You’ll find lots of international brands available here The use of greenery really adds some charm Most people visit shopping malls to do just what the name indicates…shop. And yes, Japan has a multitude of malls, boutique stores, and shotengai (traditional shopping streets) to spend your yen at. […]

Fukuoka’s Canal City

A view of the canal below with the water fountain show. The view of Canal City from the entrance closest to the river. The mall is beautifully decorated with greenery. The hydrangeas were in season while I was there. The gardens are really well maintained. The shape of the building is quite unique with its […]

Hakata Doll Painting Experience

The original Hakata Dolls me and my cousins made Choose the one you like from these plain, unglazed clay dolls Getting ready So many colors to choose from! Use a paper plate to mix the colors There are samples for you to use as a reference The original Hakata Dolls me and my cousins made […]