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JOURNEY ACROSS JAPAN: ABROAD ON A BIKE

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Article by Kerstin Yamane

Lockheart Castle - A Scotish castle in Japan

Close to Numata in Gunma is a small old scotish castle. A Scotish castle? Yes that´s right! Lockheart castle was transportet in 1988 during the economy boom som

Lifestyle
Article by Elise Meng

The Koji Kraze you need to get on board with

One major health trend coming out of Japan that we can get on board with is mold– specifically, we’re loving a rice mold called Koji. Already a favorite ingredient to some of the world’s leading chefs like David Chang, René Redzepi, and Jonathon Sawyer, Koji is the old-but-new ingredient to spice up your cooking processes.

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Article by Sherilyn Siy

5 Quintessentially Japanese Autumn Foods You Must Try

If there's one season exclusive to foodies, it would be autumn. Considered by Japanese as the appetite-stimulating season, the cooler weather somehow inspires p

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Article by Aira A

Ashikaga's Majestic Wisterias

Landscape out from a story book, a fairytale scenery  come to life…Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture is a magnificent place to witness the airy purple,

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Article by Jessie H

Japanese Learning Apps

Ever since I traveled to Japan almost ten years ago, I've wanted to go back. When I go back, I want to be more prepared language-wise. I can only understand the

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Article by Tokyo Creative

The First Impression of Okinawa

Okinawa is the southernmost island in Japan, consisting of the main Okinawa Island, Miyako Islands, and Yaeyama Islands. It is closer to Taiwan than it is to th

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Article by Mike B

How to Enjoy Japan's Drinking Culture if You Don't Drink

Japan has a fun and unique drinking culture, in part because it allows the normally reserved, conservative Japanese to let their hair down, take off their ties

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Article by Sumi Ally C

The Best 15 Must Buy Souvenirs in Osaka, Japan

Osaka is one of the most popular cities for tourists even though Osaka is smaller than Tokyo. Over 9.4 million foreign tourists visited Osaka in 2016 which is t

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Article by Saikham Xiong

How to Write a Japanese Address for Mailing!

DSC02546.JPG 2.83 MBIf you have a friend or family member that lives in Japan, say you want to send them a surprise birthday card but you don’t know how to wri

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Article by Fran Japani

Supermarkets in Japan

Visiting a supermarket when you are in a foreign country can be  a lot of fun. Similarities, differences, oddities... and picking up a few items as souvenirs, i

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Article by Lynnie Lim

Fireflies of the sea - Toyama Bay's hotaruika

To most of us city folk, fireflies are themselves amazing and elusive little critters. On a specific stretch of the eastern coast of Japan, this sense of wonder

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Sight in Toyama

Toyama Bay

The Toyama Bay is known for its variety of possible activities from sightseeing to sunbathing. The larger cities in the area are Himi, Imizu, Toyama, Namerikawa

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Sight in Saitama

Chichibu Night Festival Fireworks

Chichibu Night Festival Fireworks is one of the few fireworks festival held in winter.

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Article by Sherilyn Siy

Chichibu Yomatsuri: One of the Oldest and Most Explosive Festivals in the Winter

There are essentially two reasons throngs of people go to the Chichibu Yomatsuri (Night Festival):The floats and the crowds via https://www.chichibu-omotenashi.

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Article by Tokyo Creative

The Best Times to Visit Shimane

Luck of the Irish in Spring And Irish festival? In Japan? You heard right. Each year in March, there is an Irish Festival complete with parades, drinking, and b

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Article by Tokyo Creative

The First Impression of Fukuoka

Fukuoka City is a large and populous city in Kyushu Prefecture, to the south of Japan. Close to Korea and not far from China, with access to the sea, it is an

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Article by Athena Lam

15 Unique Things about Hiking in Japan

Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes in Japan. It's no wonder really, as the country is said to be about 70% mountainous. But what makes hiking in Japan u

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Toyama

Toyama is a small prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan. It has mountainous borders inland with wonderful natural views, hiking trails, hot springs and ev

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Article by Tokyo Creative

The Best Times to Visit Gunma

Thinking about the best time to go on a drive into the mountains?

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Sight in Gunma

Mount Haruna

Haruna-san, or Mount Haruna, is one of Gunma prefecture's three famous mountains besides Akagi-yama and Myogi-san. It is also sometimes referred to as Mount Har

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Article by Kerstin Yamane

Yamadera mountain area

Yamadera  is just 1 h away from Sendai or 20 minuts from Yamagata Station by local tran in Tohoku. Just a few minutes walk from the station is the large temple

Otaku

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Article by Lynnie Lim

Go Super Saiyan over cakes and coffee! Dragon Ball Cafe and Diner in Osaka

To say that Dragon Ball has a 'cult following' is probably to do it an injustice. For more than thirty years now Goku and friends have captured the imaginations

Food
Article by Julia Lai

Eat with Goku at Cafe & Diner

The Popular Dragon Ball series is back in a yummy and also fashionable form.Sorry this time you won't be seeing Goku is his Saiyan forms but you can enjoy a nic

Otaku
Article by Julia Lai

Power Up like A Saiyan with the Dragon Ball X Lipovitan-D

Power up this Halloween.

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Sight in Tokyo

Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum

The mission of the Costume Museum is for visitors to further their understanding of costume cultures throughout the world and to deepen their appreciation of th

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Sight in Tokyo

Magnif

Magnif trades in magazine back-issues.​

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Sight in Gifu

Wide View Hida Train

The Wide View Hida Train is a scenic train journey that takes you from Nagoya to Toyama.

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Sight in Tokyo

Cafe Bar Pray (Tenshitoakuma No Pray)

Originally named Cafe Bar Pray, it now goes by the name of Tenshitoakuma no pray. This is a angel and demons cosplay themed bar located in Sotokanda, near the T

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Anime Voice Acting in Niigata, Japan

On our 2nd day here in Niigata, Japan, Joey (The Anime Man), Aki (akidearest) and Shiori try out some more otaku-related activities including voice acting over famous anime, drawing manga and visiting and visiting a cosplay cafe where the women dress up as men!

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Sight in Osaka

GEE! Store (Osaka)

Specializing in character goods and cosplay costumes, this branch of GEE! Store is located in the popular Namba area of Osaka.

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The danger of claw games in Japan

Story time! On a bright afternoon in Osaka my two friends, Watanabe, Hikaro and I were strolling around Shinsekai, experiencing the explosion of color surroundi

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Hotel in Kanagawa

TOP Resort Hakone Onsen Goku no Yado

TOP Resort Hakone Onsen Goku no Yado is set in Hakone, 600 metres from Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi i

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Article by Lauren Shannon

train like a sumo

Before you let loose with your eating, learn about the history and traditions of Sumo wrestlers!

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Article by Simone Chen

A Coffee Lover’s Guide to Fukuoka

Wake up before you gogo.

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Article by Tokyo Creative

Places to Check Out in Kumamoto, Oita and Fukuoka During the 2019 Rugby World Cup 🏉🏟

Sharing with you part two of our Rugby World Cup series where we visited Kumamoto, Oita & Fukuoka. Giving you a breakdown of the sights and food to take in while there!

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Article by Mike B

Tokyo's Secret Garden: Nezu Museum (Omote-Sando)

When you visit Omote-Sando, you will be flanked by skyscrapers and high-end fashion shops.  True, the tree-lined promenade is pleasant, but you do feel as thoug

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Sight in Gunma

Bungy Japan (Minakami)

Located only two hours from Tokyo, Gunma Prefecture is one of Japan’s most popular destinations for outdoor sports. Operating since 2007, Minakami is the origin

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Article by Sam Lesmana

Hidden Onsens in the Chugoku Region

Chugoku isn’t really known for its onsen… that honour usually goes to Tohoku or Chubu where the snow in winter calls for a soak in the hot water. But in Chugoku

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Article by Michael Lam

Ise Shima's Ama Divers

You may recognize Mie Prefecture as the home of Ise Jingu, Japan’s main Shinto shrine. But this year, the Ise Shima area is taking center stage and hosting the

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Article by this is japan

5 Halloween Costume Trends - with Japanese origins!

Halloween is becoming more and more popular in Japan each year - and one of the most fun elements of Halloween celebrations are of course the costumes you get t

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Sight in Chiba

Narita Museum of Calligraphy

Featuring over 70 modern works, this art museum focuses on the study and preservation of the art of Japanese calligraphy, called shodo in Japan. The Narita Muse

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Article by Jessie H

Japanese Learning Apps

Ever since I traveled to Japan almost ten years ago, I've wanted to go back. When I go back, I want to be more prepared language-wise. I can only understand the

Food

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Article by Tokyo Creative

Toyama Food Guide

Eat your way through Toyama Prefecture!

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Article by Tokyo Creative

What To Eat In Kanagawa

We've narrowed down some of the best foods you can eat in Kanagawa Prefecture!

Food
Sight in Oita

Monkey Mountain Craft Brewery

Monkey Mountain is one of Oita’s coolest craft beer distilleries! With all the best ingredients from all around the world, Monkey Mountain currently sells five specialty types of high-quality beers.

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Article by thyna vu

Ekiben: Train Bentos & My Top 5 To Try List!

Ekiben are a quintessential part of long-distance train travel in Japan. Virtually every (if not every) train station that services a long-distance train (such

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Sight in Tokyo

Cafe Plataku

Plataku Cafe is dedicated to train geeks. Train shaped food and giant train circuit.

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Article by Tokyo Creative

Gunma Food Guide

The best treats from the countrysides of Japan!

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Sight in Gunma

Gyouza no Manshu Oigami Toumeikan

Toumeikan is a traditional ryokan (hotel with hotspring) located in Gunma prefecture that serves Chinese food, as it is managed by the Chinese restaurant chain

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Article by Nami Komorebispirit

Zunda - Tohoku's sweet green treat

Every region of Japan has its own specialities when it comes to food: seemingly endless amounts of ramen varieties, regionally unique soba dishes, various okono

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Article by this is japan

Yaki-imo - the original food truck cuisine?

In the past few years, food trucks have been big business all around the world - or so it seems! Cool little neighborhoods seem to have things like taco trucks,

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Sight in Tokyo

Takano Fruit Parlor (Shinjuku)

Takano Fruit Parlor is a popular dessert shop, also offering some savory dishes, located East of Shinjuku station.

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Article by Sherilyn Siy

5 Quintessentially Japanese Autumn Foods You Must Try

If there's one season exclusive to foodies, it would be autumn. Considered by Japanese as the appetite-stimulating season, the cooler weather somehow inspires p

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Article by Sherilyn Siy

Spa by the Lake: Miyazawako Onsen

There is an easy, rejuvenating getaway from the city just a little over an an hour away from Ikebukuro. It is difficult to believe that Lake Miyazawa is an arti

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Article by Johanna Forsberg

Surviving Winters in Japan– The Drugstore Way

Keep your skin moisture in this Winter.

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Sight in Kanagawa

Nirai Kanai

Nirai Kanai is a foot and body massage studio specializing in reflexology, located in Yokohama's Chinatown.

Beauty
Sight in Tokyo

Boudoir

Boudoir is a bilingual salon that offers facials, waxing, and mani-pedis. They have a very simple and understandable website that English speaking customers can really appreciate.

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Sight in Kagoshima

Ibusuki Natural Sand Bath Center Saraku

Saraku is a special sand bath on the coast of Ibusuki in Kagoshima, Kyushu.

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Sight in Gunma

Ikaho Onsen Hot Spring Town

Ikaho is a hot spring resort town that is said to have existed since the 8th century. It is famous for its two different kinds of hot spring water (called "shir

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Sight in Tokyo

Lush

Lush is a cosmetics shop, originally from the UK, that sells handmade, organic soaps, shampoos, bath bombs and more.

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Takano Yuri Beauty Clinic Shibuya

Takano Yuri Beauty Clinic has over 100 locations in which first time customers can get their treatments for 3,000 to 5,000 yen!

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Sight in Shizuoka

Harisu Public Footbath

A free footbath open to the public, the waters flowing from the area's hot springs are said to soothe and relax tired and sore feet. The baths are enclosed by a

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Sight in Tokyo

Ci:z Labo Ebisu

Ci:z Labo is not just about facial care, but also includes medical care. That means that their doctors will base all of their treatments on how to improve your overall health, and not just your skin.