Awaji’s Spirit and Flavor

To really experience Awaji, I recommend visiting Onokoro-jima Shrine, which is the fabled origin of the gods that created the Japanese archipelago: Izanagi and Izanami. It’s a rather diminutive shrine, except for the gigantic torii gate that forms its entrance. It’s a complicated story, how the male Izanagi and the female Izanami gave birth to…

Two Nature Sites to Visit in Awaji

Located just across the world’s longest suspension bridge, the island of Awaji hosts some of the best natural scenery in Japan as well as the center of the nation’s mythical origins. Originally used a quarry to provide resources to make the artificial landmasses like that underlying Kobe Airport, Awaji Yume-butai (Stage of Dreams) was restored…

Ten things to do on Awaji Island

Awaji is a large island off the Kobe coast that comprises one of Hyogo’s five main regions. It connects the Japanese mainland to the island of Shikoku via two suspension bridges, and is famous for its natural bounty, especially flowers, vegetables, beef, and seafood. Awaji has a unique atmosphere different from the mainland and a…

Awaji Onions & Okonomiyaki

Awaji Island is famous for its onions. Onions, you might say? Well, these are no ordinary onions. They’re gigantic and deliciously sweet – there really isn’t any of that characteristic sharp “oniony” flavor or smell. Want to give them a try? Well, there’s a restaurant in Awaji where you can taste these onions, along with…

Hotel New Awaji

Okay, so let me start by noting that I have been lucky enough to have many opportunities to stay at beautiful hot springs accommodations in Hyogo and all throughout Japan. I can state with confidence that Hotel New Awaji is one of the best experiences I have ever had. The rooms, the food, the service,…

Naruto Whirlpool

Amazing scenery appears in front of your cruise ship. This cruise will take you to see the amazing natural phenomenon of whirlpools. You will get very close to the powerful whirlpool, but it’s safe enough that you won’t be swallowed up! Current speeds are up to 20km/h, and the whirlpool may reach up to 20m…