1. What is one great tourist spot in Fukushima, Japan?

One of the most amazing sights in Fukushima is the Megumi no Mori, or The Blessed Forest. The huge beech forest that exists in the town of Tadami is a precious blessing of nature that serves a variety of roles such as providing the natural resources of a mountain forest like mushrooms and edible wild plants, adjustments to floods, and maintaining the balance of the ecosystem.

  1. If you’re ever in Fukushima, what is one of the activities that you can do?

One thing you can do is to visit the Historical Site of Old Horikiri Residence. This restored house of Horikiri family is one of the biggest attractions of Fukushima. The residence was built in 1775 and takes you back to a historical era with the oldest and biggest building of Fukushima prefecture ‘ Jukkengura’. You can also visit some new Japanese style buildings as well as older Japanese traditions. Moreover, a foot bath is there in the garden where you can feel relaxation by soaking your feet.

  1. What is the use of a Japan Rail Pass?

If you’re traveling beyond Tokyo or plan on hopping around the country, look into purchasing a JR Pass. This ticket will allow for unlimited travel on any trains (with the exception of the Nozomi and Mizuho Shinkansen), buses, and ferries operated by Japan Rail and are valid for one-, two-, or three-week periods, which can lead to hundreds in savings depending on your itinerary.

  1. What is one thing that Japan is known for?

Japan is so amazingly clean. You won’t see any litter or a discarded cup or cigarette butt anywhere, the streets smell nice and the bus drivers wear white gloves. If you’re currently unhappy with how people all over the world don’t seem to be paying any attention to cleanliness, visit Japan and realize how there really is still hope for the world.

  1. If a person needs to translate some menus in Japanese, what app can be used?

The Waygo app scans characters and translates food items much better than Google Translate’s camera option, and while you may need to do some inventive interpretation every now and then, it does the job most of the time. You will need this especially since quite a number of the staff you’ll encounter in Japan won’t be able to communicate in English.

  1. What is the Ekiben?

Ekiben are boxed lunches sold at train stations and on trains throughout Japan. Stations that offer ekiben pride themselves on unique presentations of local flavors and specialties, ready to be enjoyed from the comfort of your train seat.