Happy Holidays from the Japlanning Team!
by Sam David Marley-Jarett
Happy Holidays from the Japlanning team! Are you also spending your Christmas and New Year break in Japan?Read More
It’s official name is Hashima Island but it is more commonly known as Gunkanjima (軍艦島 - Warship Island), due to its uncanny resemblance to a warship floating in the water. Gunkanjima’s history dates back to 1887, when coal was discovered on the island. By the end of the 1800’s, the island was populated and used as a seabed coal mining facility. In 1890 the Island was purchased by Mitsubishi (Yes, Mitsubishi) who further expanded the production and mining operation on the Island. Through land reclamation of the ocean, they were able to expand the very small space of the island to further increase their production ability.Read More
Nagasaki is about 1250km (around 780 miles) away from Tokyo, or a 15-hour car ride. It is an amazing city that often gets overlooked for closer, more convenient cities. Nagasaki sits on the west coast side of Kyushu island, and is a bayside city surrounded by lush, green mountains, and it bears a startling difference to Tokyo and even other port cities like Osaka. Strolling through Nagasaki, you will notice a great feeling of city life, while also maintaining that small town charm to it that feels very unique.Read More
Sakura season is a magical time in Japan, from the first bloom till the last petal falls, the country is blanketed in a palette of pink and white hues, showing the world that spring has most definitely sprung. Throughout this time, Japanese people come together with friends and family to enjoy the natural beauty and flock to parks, and river banks filled with sakura trees, and relax under the trees with picnics and drinks and embrace the beauty.
Travelling has changed over the last decade. We all used to be disconnected, and the only way to talk to home was through a payphone or postcard. Today we are prone to be connected to our phones and the internet 24/7, and one of the first things we do when we land is try to get reconnected.Read More