The city of Tamba Sasayama is called a “little Kyoto” but those are a dime a dozen . What makes it stand out is its wild boar eating culture.
Yamato Koriyama in Nara prefecture is "the city of goldfish" . This refers to its long history of goldfish cultivation so no need for scuba gear .
Uji is one of only a few places in Japan, where cormorant fishing is still done.At night, Fisherman fish using trained cormorants and fire.
There is a park bringing back extinct animals. No, it's not Jurassic Park. It is the Oriental White Stork Park in Hyogo, Japan.
Kappabashi-dori ,Tokyo is one of the best places to see Yokai in Japan. The mascot of the street is the water dwelling and cucumber loving Kappa.
In the west, insects are almost universally reviled and looked upon with disgust and hatred. But in Japan, the situation is more complicated with many species being loved and influential in Japanese culture.
In 2007, a stray calico cat named Tama was made station master of Kishi station in Wakayama after financial problems forced all staff on the line to be eliminated. Their goal was for her to boost ridership on the line and promote tourism. Today, the station has been renovated to look like a cat, there is a cafe and gift shop themed around Tama, and three trains decorated with images of cats. So we can safely say mission accomplished.
The island of Tsushima became world-famous thanks to the game, Ghost of Tsushima. Like the title, there is in fact a ghost on the island, the Tsushima Leopard cat. They are rarely seen as they are active at night and keeps their distance from humans. They might soon be ghosts in a more literal sense soon as car collisions and loss of habitat have made Tsushima leopard cats critically endangered.
Kochi prefecture is located on the island of Shikoku and is known for many things such as its friendly locals, Sake, and Kastuo Tatataki(lightly broiled Skipjack Tuna). From the title, you shouldn`t be surprised to hear me say it is also famous for its breeds of chickens. There are 38 heritage breeds chickens in Japan and 8 of them come from Kochi Prefecture. Kochi not only has a large number of varieties but they are unique in their abilities, appearance, and even taste.
Did you know the Fortune Cookie is actually Japanese not Chinese? Learn about this and other suprising things with Japanese origins!