Amazing Animal Islands in Japan - Zao Fox Village A Cute Fox with its eyes closed looks as if it is smiling.

4 Amazing Animal Islands in Japan

Surrounded by Cats, Bunnies, and Foxes:  A Taste of Cute Animal Islands in Japan Japan’s animal attractions can be a hit or miss. Many zoos or animal-themed parks can be depressing to foreign visitors, featuring small cages and apathetic animals. Animals at many pet-cafes quickly become bored of the attention they receive from customers and … Read more

Naramachi Monogatari Hall With signs in Japanese.

Naramachi: A Town of “Monkeys”

Naramachi:  Shiryokan – A “Monkey Museum” in Nara One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to discover places that are off the beaten track, where other foreigners don’t usually venture. Nara is a popular tourist destination in Japan and the main attractions (such as the big Buddha statue, the shika (deer) … Read more

Jigokudani Monkey Park Japan: A bunch of monkeys bathing in the hot spring.

Jigokudani Monkey Park Japan

If you have ever seen a picture of a monkey bathing in an outdoor hot spring surrounded by snow in Japan, it was probably taken at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan.  This park  is located in Yamanouchi city, in Nagano prefecture. Jigokudani means, “hell valley,” because of the many streams of steam that comes … Read more