Spot report – Noboribetsu (2023-01-17)

Webmaster visited Noboribetsu Onsen hot spring resort in Hokkaido Prefecture last autumn.   Access: Haneda AP, Tokyo (plane 1:30) Shin-chitose AP (local train 0:03) Minami-chitose (express train 0:41) Noboribetsu (bus 0:15) @   A statue of devil welcomes us at Noboribetsu Station. Webmaster took bus from the station to Noboribetsu hot spring resort. It was for about 15 minutes.  … Read more →

Spot report – Takaoka (2023-01-11)

Webmaster visited to a historical city Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture last November. Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 2:15) Toyama (local train 0:18) Takaoka @   The most popular tourist attraction in the city is, probably, the national treasure Zuiryu-ji Temple. It is only a ten-minute walk from the south gate of Takaoka Station.   Now we see Somon Gate which is the… Read more →

Spot report – Hiraizumi (2023-01-05)

Webmaster visited some tourist spots in a historical town Hiraizumi a few months ago.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 2:05) Ichinoseki (local train 0:10) Hiraizumi @     The visit started from Hiraizumi Station.   Hiraizumi is a small town and more or less flat terrain. Then, Webmaster rented a bicycle for a day trip in the town.   At first,… Read more →

Food of the region – Morioka reimen (2022-11-23)

Morioka reimen is a cold noodle originated from the northern part of the Korean peninsula. Mr. Teruto Aoki, a native of the peninsular, brought reimen to Morioka when he opened the Shokudo-en restaurant in Morioka City in 1954. The Korean cold noodles were already known in Japan, but the Morioka version began when he developed the original noodle and soup.… Read more →

From “Country-Japan” to “Tourips Japan” (2022-11-20)

This website started as Country-Japan in December 2016 intending to present regional tourist information. Now it has been reformed and restarts with a new name “Tourips Japan” which stands for Tourists in the provinces of Japan. Tourips Japan introduces you to cultural charm and natural beauty in the provinces of Japan. Please visit here repeatedly. Read more →

Spot report – Matsuyama (2022-07-16)

Webmaster visited a historical city Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture.   Access: “Itami AP, Osaka (plane 0:45) Matsuyama AP (bus 0:15) Matsuyama @ Shin-osaka (shinkansen 0:50) Okayama (express train 2:45) Matsuyama @   The tram running in the center of the city may be convenient for touristic activities, It costs 180 yen for a ride, and the service is frequent enough.… Read more →

Season’s topic – Chinowa kuguri (2022-07-10)

A huge wreath made of pampas grasses called “chinowa” is set in the precincts of many Shinto shrines in June by the lunar calendar, which approximately corresponds to July by the solar calendar.   In our tradition, we believe chinowa has magical power. If we pass through for three times as shown in the photo, we can get rid of… Read more →

Food of the region – Uwajima Taimeshi (2022-06-01)

Uwajima taimeshi is a bowl of rice topped with seasoned sashimi of tai (sea bream), which is originally a local cuisine of Uwajima and now offered even in neighboring areas.   Access: Itami AP, Osaka (plane 0:45) Matsuyama AP (bus 0:15) Matsuyama (express train 1:20) Uwajima @ Shin-osaka (shinkansen 0:50) Okayama (express train 2:45) Matsuyama (express train 1:20) Uwajima @… Read more →

Spot report – Kamikochi (2021-10-17)

Webmaster visited Kamikochi where one can enjoy pure nature and alpine view.   Official website of Kamikochi   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:14) Shinjuku (express train 2:40) Matsumoto (local train 0:31) Shin-shimashima (bus 1:00) @   Kappa-bashi Bridge, which is only 6-minute walk from the bus terminal, and the view from the bridge.     Kappa-bashi Bridge at the… Read more →

Sweets of regions – Hoba-maki (2021-05-31)

Hoba-maki is a sweet of specialty in Kiso Region of Nagano Prefecture, which is made of rice flour and sweet red beans wrapped in hoba, and steamed.   Access: Tokyo (local train 0:14) Shinjuku (express train 2:30) Shiojiri (express train 0:27) Kiso-fukushima @   It’s only made in early summer between late May and middle July when hoba, the young… Read more →