Welcome to Sightseeing Japan! Join hosts Jason Nieling and Paul Bresin as they explore the land of the rising sun. New podcast episodes are released every other week covering a range of topics, from geisha to vending machines and everything in between.
126. Red-Light Districts
1:16:26Japan’s red-light districts have evolved over the centuries, but even today they offer a complex tapestry of nightlife, entertainment, and cultural nuances. Join Jason and Paul as they delve into the intriguing history, vibrant present, and often overlooked stories of Japan’s adult entertainment hubs.Topics Covered:HistoryTypes of EstablishmentsSafetyJoin our Discord community!Become a member on Patreon!
125. Train Stations
1:22:25Japan’s train stations are so much more than mere transit hubs. They also offer shopping, dining, cutting-edge technology, and a glimpse into national and local cultures! Japan is even home to the busiest train station in the world. Join Jason and Paul as they explore the many facets of these iconic transportation centers.Topics Covered:HistorySights and SoundsNotable Train StationsJoin our Discord community!Become a member on Patreon!
124. The City of Matsumoto
1:16:33The city of Matsumoto is known for its iconic historic castle as well as for the natural beauty of the surrounding Japanese Alps. Join Jason and Paul as they explore the many things to see and do in Matsumoto!Topics Covered:HistoryDowntown Area: Matsumoto Castle (and Jokyo Gimin Memorial Museum) — Former Kaichi School — Takagi (Soba Shop) — Matsumoto City Museum — Nawate Street — Nakamachi Street — Matsumoto Timepiece Museum — Matsumoto City Museum of Art — Agatanomori ParkNorth: Asama OnsenEast: Matsumoto Mingeikan Folk Art MuseumSouth: Koboyama Kofun — Matsumoto City Archaeological MuseumWest: Japan Ukiyo-e Museum — Matsumoto City RekishinosatoDay Trip: Daio Wasabi FarmHow to get to/around MatsumotoJoin our Discord community!Become a member on Patreon!
1:22:33Not only has rice been a staple food in Japan for millennia, but it is also closely intertwined with their spiritual and cultural traditions. Join Jason and Paul as they explore the myriad ways that rice has shaped and continues to define the essence of Japan!Topics Covered:HistoryCultural SignificanceTypes of RiceJapan’s Rice IndustryHow is Rice Grown?How to Cook RiceJoin our Discord community!Become a member on Patreon!
122. What to Do if You Get Sick in Japan
1:22:34Traveling is exciting and rewarding, but even the best-laid plans can encounter unexpected bumps along the way. Join Jason and Paul as they discuss how to handle health concerns when you're in Japan. From navigating the healthcare system to finding the right resources, this episode has you covered in case you ever need it!Topics Covered:Emergency ServicesVaccinationsTravel and Health InsuranceJapan’s Medical SystemInterview with Ryan SandlinVaccine Recommendations (CDC Website)Guidebook for when you are feeling ill (JNTO PDF)Search Medical Institutions (JNTO Website)Calling for Help (US Embassy Website)Join our Discord community!Become a member on Patreon!
121. Car Culture
1:21:30Japan’s automobile industry is world-renowned for its focus on innovation, craftsmanship, and performance. Join Jason and Paul as they explore car culture (and its unique subcultures) in Japan!Topics Covered:HistoryJDM (Japanese Domestic Market)Kei CarsItashaStreet RacingOther Subcultures: Kyusha Cars - Kaido Racers - Shakotan - Bosozoku - VIP - GrachanJoin our Discord community!Become a member on Patreon!
120.5. 2023 Halloween Special
1:13:19Japan is home to a wide variety of eerie and mysterious tales of the supernatural, many of which take place in everyday settings like schools, bathrooms, and train stations. Join Jason and Paul as they explore the unsettling world of Japanese urban legends!Topics Covered:Kisaragi StationKuchisake Onna (The Slit-Mouthed Woman)Akai Heya (The Red Room Curse)Hitori Kakurenbo (One Man Hide & Seek)Teke TekeToire no Hanako-san (Hanako of the Toilet)Ghost Taxi PassengersAka Manto (Red Cloak)Jinmenken (Human-Faced Dog)The Curse of the ColonelGhost Stories AnimeJoin our Discord community!Become a member on Patreon!
120. Traveling to Japan with Children
1:09:45Visiting Japan with children can be an exciting and rewarding adventure, but it also raises unique challenges. Join Jason and Paul as they discuss tips and tricks to help make your experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible!Topics Covered:Planning: Hotels, attractions, meals, internetPacking: Stroller, food, suppliesWhen In Japan: Transportation, food, navigation, attractions, entertainment, what to expectJoin our Discord community!Become a member on Patreon!Affiliate Links:JR Pass Fare CalculatorRegional Rail Passes
119. Multi-Day Hiking Trails
1:08:03With its pristine natural scenery and picturesque countryside, Japan is home to extraordinary hiking trails. Join Jason and Paul as they explore the best multi-day hiking trails in the country!Topics Covered:Hokkaido Daisetsuzan Grand TraverseMichinoku Coastal TrailBasho TrailKanto Fureai no MichiNakasendo TrailKamikochi-Yari-Hotaka CircuitNakahechi Trail (Kumano Kodo)Shikoku PilgrimageKunisaki TrekOkinawa North to South TraverseSafety TipsJoin our Discord community!Become a member on Patreon!
118. The City of Hiroshima (and Miyajima)
1:03:28Hiroshima is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and the largest city in the Chugoku region of Japan. Nearby is the island of Miyajima (Itsukushima) which is famous for its “floating” torii gate. Join Jason and Paul as they explore the history of this area as well as the many things to see and do there!Topics Covered:HistoryMazda Zoom Zoom StadiumMazda MuseumShukkeien GardenHiroshima CastleHiroshima Museum of ArtAtomic Bomb DomePeace Memorial Park: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum — Children’s Peace Monument — Hiroshima National Peace Memorial HallOkonomimuraHiroshima MOCAMiyajima: Itsukushima Shrine — Toyokuni Shrine — Miyajima History and Folklore Museum — Daishoin — Mt. Misen — Shishiiwa Observatory — Momijidani ParkHow to get to/around HiroshimaJoin our Discord community!Become a member on Patreon!