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Kyoto Prefecture – Geisha, Temples, and Soba

By kaylamedica, Posted on 16/05/2017

Kyoto Prefecture is super famous. There’s no dispute there. Found in the middle of Honshu Island and with its own distinct dialect and Kansai flair, it’s a huge tourist destination. It was previously the capital of Japan, and unlike most other prefectures, it has the suffix –fu instead of –ken (most prefectures are called name-ken to…


Hokkaido – Good for all 4 seasons

By kaylamedica, Posted on 08/05/2017

Hokkaido is actually technically not a “prefecture”. Prefecture names always end in -ken (県) but Hokkaido ends in -do (道) which means “circuit”. Hokkaido is the northern most island of Japan, and the capital city is Sapporo. I was lucky enough to have a week to spend in Sapporo quite recently and I went looking…


Chiba Prefecture – Fly in for the eel

By kaylamedica, Posted on 02/05/2017

Chiba Prefecture is right next door to Tokyo, literally. If you have flown in to Narita airport or gone to Disney Land, then you’ve technically visited Chiba! Despite being one of the biggest gateways to Japan for foreigners, most people don’t stay here when they arrive. Narita City in particular has a lot of things…


Aomori Prefecture

By kaylamedica, Posted on 26/04/2017

Part of the northern Tohoku region of Japan, Aomori Prefecture is at the very tip of Honshu, the main island of Japan. Named after green forests, Aomori has beautiful scenery with vast national parks, temples, onsen, and produces Aomori apples – they’re actually the largest producers of apples in all of Japan. 3 hours from Tokyo…


Saga Prefecture – Ariaka Sea and Genkai Sea

By kaylamedica, Posted on 11/04/2017

Not far from last week’s post about Oita Prefecture is Saga Prefecture. Located on the southern most island, Kyushu, Saga has a rich history in craftsmanship and particularly in ceramics. It’s also split up into distinct East, Central, North, and West areas. You can get the Kyushu Shinkansen to Shin-Tosu Station and then travel around…


Oita Prefecture – Bungo Beef, Jigoku Mushi and Sake!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 28/03/2017

Next up in our Japan series is Oita Prefecture in the south of Japan on Kyushu Island! The south of Japan is known for its subtropical climate and hot springs, and it’s also nicknamed the ‘land of abundance’. Traditionally, there’s a lot of farms and fishermen in Oita. Leeks and green onions as well as…


Ishikawa Prefecture – hot springs and tea houses

By kaylamedica, Posted on 21/03/2017

Each region in Japan has its own local specialties, in terms of traditions, cultures, and FOOD! We’re going through all 43 prefectures of Japan to teach you all the local foods and help you plan your next holiday. Ishikawa prefecture is in the Chubu region on Honshu island. While you may not have heard of…


Shizuoka Prefecture – Mt. Fuji, Tea Fields, and Seafood

By kaylamedica, Posted on 06/03/2017

Washoku Lovers is touring Japan with our new blog series focusing on all 47 prefectures of Japan! We’ll be starting with Shizuoka Prefecture, and taking you on a trip starting with how to get there, where to go, and of course what to eat! Home to Mount Fuji, arguably one of the most recognisable icons…


Ki-Yan’s Kyoto Part 6 – eX cafe Arashiyama

By Marta Wawrzyniak-Ijichi, Posted on 21/02/2017

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Today’s post is the part 6 of the series Ki-Yan’s Kyoto – Washoku restaurants, café & shops introducing “wagashi” Japanese sweets of the popular eX cafe Arashiyama located in Arashiyama district in Kyoto. I hope you remember (it has been a while since the previous post) in this series I am sharing with you some…


Top Japanese Food Instagrams

By kaylamedica, Posted on 17/01/2017

Food blogs and Instagrams are a huge thing in Sydney, and some might not realise that this is pretty unique to our beautiful city. While other cities definitely do have food bloggers, Sydney has a super active and really large community of people who post reviews, pictures, recipes, and events all related to food. It…