In the last couple of years, Japan has become one of the Filipinos’ favorite travel destinations. Lucky for us, there are frequent seat sales and numerous tour packages that can help us plan a solid (and sulit) itinerary. But while exploring Shinsaibashi or taking a photo at the Shibuya Crossing never gets old,, Summit Media’s newest website, is here to guide you through some of the lesser known places that will make your trip more memorable.

If you’re looking for an authentic ramen experience, regularly features little-known, local-approved shops that have developed their own style of cooking through the years. Right outside Kyoto Station, there are already several you can’t go wrong with. One shop makes their broth from secret unsalted soy sauce, while another serves richly flavored soups made from fresh seafood, kuro jidori (blackened chicken), and cow bone.

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Hot springs or onsen are also quite popular among the Japanese, but if you’re not sure which ones to go to, can narrow the choices down for you. If you’re based in Tokyo, there’s a resort just a few hours away that’s known for its “golden” and “silver” waters. Protected by a beautiful shrine, it’s also famous for its symbolic 365 stone steps.

Another onsen known mostly to locals is located in the Yamaguchi Prefecture. reports that the carbonated hot spring washes away deep-seated dirt in the pores and is a good pain reliever.

Missed the last Cherry Blossom season? Try to schedule a trip during autumn. There are so many places where you can catch the lovely fall foliage sans the crowds, like the Eikando Temple in Kyoto. According to, you can stay there until the evening to witness the pagoda, along with the temple’s 3,000 trees, light up like magic.


Further up north in Hitachinaka sits Hitachi Seaside Park. During this season, the Miharashi Hills are covered in the most splendid shade of red. Kochia leaves are spread throughout, making the area look like a scene straight out of a fairy tale.

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Of course, Japan isn’t just known for having the most delicious ramen or the most stunning scenery, but also for coming up with original ideas the world wished it thought of first, like Book and Bed Tokyo. This hostel offers beds that fit inside fully functioning bookshelves—perfect for bookworms. has the scoop on their branch in Gion, Kyoto, where there are currently 5,000 books available for your perusal.

All this is just a taste of what you can do in Japan, but before you throw yourself into planning your itinerary, don’t forget about pasalubong for friends and family. According to, you can find some of the cutest treats in Tokyo where Japanese confectionery company Morozoff offers edible cookies in the shape of Tokyo Station and Tokyo Skytree. It’s a perfectly sweet ending to your Japan trip.

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