Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Full route opening period: April 15 to Nov. 30, 2019If you’re a lover of dramatic alpine scenery, you really need to make the trip out to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, a path traversing theNorthern Japan Alpsin central Japan.The whole route is an impressive 90 kilometers, stretching from Tateyama Station in Toyama Prefectureto Shinano-Omachi station in neighboring Nagano Prefecture, climbing to an elevation of 3,015 meters as it crosses the peak of Mount Tateyama.This spectacular route can be traversed via ropeways and cable cars, so children and those who are not avid hikers can also enjo...
Kanamara Penis Festival
Penises of all colors and sizes take over Kawasaki city during the Kanamara Matsuri—aka the Penis Festival. You’ll find everything from penis-shaped lollipops to earrings and even some vagina-shaped treats.Photo by: Randiah Camille GreenAround 30,000 people flock to the event in the otherwise quiet town in Kanagawa Prefecture, about 45 minutes south of Tokyo.The rowdy celebration of all things phallic happens annually on the first Sunday of April. Expect lots of drunk people in penis hats.Kanayama ShrineThe backstory of Kanayama Shrine, where the festival takes place, sounds a lot like a horro...