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Mount Omuro: Volcanic Archery and the Fiery Yamayaki Festival

My fiancé and I were riding high. We’d just finished playing with baby capybaras at Izu Shaboten Zoo. Their tiny, little faces had us tossing around the idea of adopting our own. Sadly, our dreams were not meant to be. Let it...

Capybara Onsen: The Izu Shaboten Zoo

Nestled along the scenic coastline of the Izu peninsula lies the Izu Shaboten Zoo. This Shizuoka zoo is famous for its capybara onsen. Visitors can watch the capybaras happily splash around and doze in the hot spring waters.

Serene Gardens, Exquisite Kaiseki and Feudal History at Fugetsuro, Shizuoka

Ah, Shizuoka. Rolling hectares of tea crops, vast lakes, rushing rivers, stretching coastlines and jaw dropping views of Mount Fuji. It’s hard to believe this nature-lover’s paradise is only an hour from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Shizuoka City, the capital...

All-You-Can-Eat Tuna Bowl at Kashi no Ichi Fish Market

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Tuna, or ‘maguro’ in Japanese, is a heavyweight of the sushi and sashimi arena. It is a delicious fish with a reputation that precedes it. For example, take the famous tuna auctions of Tsukiji and Toyosu Markets. Tourists arrive at the crack...