The huge Naruto whirlpools

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 03/21/2021 - 18:20

Due to the narrowness between the Japanese islands of Shikoku and Awaji, the tidal range pushes the water at up to 20 km/h - the third fastest tidal current in the world. This is how the huge Naruto whirlpools with diameters of up to 20 meters are created under the 1.6 km long Naruto Bridge that connects the islands.


The German House on Shikoku

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 01/14/2021 - 18:22

After the siege of the German leased area and trading base Qingdao by the Japanese army, the German troops in China surrendered on November 7, 1914 during World War II. Around 4,700 Germans were then interned in 12 camps in Japan. The Bando camp occupies a special position here, because while torture was reported from other Japanese camps, thanks to the liberal attitude of the camp commandant Matsue Toyohisa, a good cooperation between the local population and the prisoners developed here.


The snow monkeys of Yudanaka

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 11/28/2020 - 10:43

The Japanese macaques of Yudanaka are also called snow monkeys. They love to sit in the hot springs in winter. But still in the 1950s, the monkeys were not doing well. They did the same in the nearby onsen and went straight to the hot baths with the guests. This was not for everyone, so the macaques were hunted first and their population shrank accordingly.


Iwatayama, the macaque park

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:39

The Japanese macaques can be visited west of Kyoto in Arashiyama. To get to the park-like place, you first go to the shrine Ichitanimunakata and from there uphill for quite a long time. In order to make the ascent easier for visitors in high heat, large fans are occasionally on the way to cool down. At the destination there is a viewing platform with a cage-like building, which is no


Himeji Castle

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:38

Himeji Castle is located in the city of Himeji in Japan and is e.g. easy to reach from Kyoto with the Shinkansen. From the train station in Himeji, you walk along the city's promenade to the castle complex, which consists of over 80 individual buildings.


Steller's Sea Eagle on Hokkaido

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 12/21/2019 - 17:54

The Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) is a bird of prey of the sea eagle genus. It is the largest sea eagle and has a black and white plumage. It can be easily recognized by the extraordinarily large and strong orange-yellow beak and its paddle-shaped wings. Steller's Sea Eagle live on the rivers and coasts of Russia near Pacific as well as in wintering areas on Hokkaido, Japan's largest island. The body length is up to 105 centim


Dinner at the Shinkansen

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 10:25

The express trains in Japan (Shinkansen) are fast, but you still spend some time on the train on the long routes. The rows of seats are laid out like in an airplane - but you have significantly more legroom. Someone regularly comes through the wagons and offers food and drinks. It is popular to stock up on provisions at the train station. There are corresponding stores that offer, for example, a large selection of bentoboxes (see Fig. 1). A bentobox is a box with several compartments, in which different dishes can be found.


By train from Sapporo (Hokkaido) to Tokyo (Honshu)

Submitted by Karin Tenckhoff on Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:57

Travelling by train in Japan is really fun. As a tourist you have the opportunity to buy a credit for the Japan Rail Pass outside of Japan. In Japan, the Rail Pass will be issued. Now you can drive as much and as far with the Japan Railway as you want. Other lines cost extra.