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Article by Smelliott

City Guide: Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a city that will make you feel much more than the usual travel bug excitement. Being one of two atomic bomb drop sights from back in World War II,

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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

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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 Jennifer Weiss

4 Fun & Unusual Winter Activities

Winter wonderland Japan! Who would have guessed that besides temples and sushi, this country also boasts an active winter scene with mountains of snow? The Nor

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Article by Mike B

Top-Food at Low Prices: Your Guide to Japan's Cheap Michelin Star Restaurants

I have spent more than half my life in Japan now, and one thing I have always appreciated is the attention to detail that comes with food here.  No, here, food

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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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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

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Article by Eri Lin

Top 5 Free Things to do in Takayama

Located in the mountainous region of the Gifu prefecture, Takayama is the perfect place to experience a mixture of rural and old Japan. Here are the top five fr

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Article by Simone Chen

Tsukiji Market and Kitchen Class

Walking around Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Market is a feast for the eyes. Yet one of the great frustrations as a tourist to this famous wholesale market is that you

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Article by Kiara Threepwood

Trip to Tokyo – A First Timer’s Plans and Expectations – Day 6

Hello there, fellow traveller! Saturday is probably not the best day to spend time in a shopping mall. But who would want to spend a day by locking themselves

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Article by Ronnie Lee

Travel 101 for Beginners: Navigating the Rails

For travelers who are making their way to Japan for the first time, navigating the Japanese train system may seem like a difficult task; and if you don't speak

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Article by Liz Avocado

Best View of Tokyo’s Skyline

Cute stickers facing Tokyo TowerTokyo is a beautiful city full of skyscrapers, temples, gardens, parks, and more. All of these can be viewed at once from high

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Article by Kerstin Yamane

Kinkakuji vs. Ginkakuji

Kyoto has to offer many great temples and shrines and also other beautiful places where you can enjoy the old Japan. Two of these places are the Golden Pavilion

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Article by Mike B

Manju: Japan's most varied treat

IMG_6753.JPG 2.87 MBWell, Spring is upon us, and one of the great pleasures of the season will be enjoying some green tea surrounded by the beauty of nature in

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Article by Jenica ann Viray

Discover Enoshima Island

Only a short train ride west of Kamakura, Enoshima is an island just off coast but connected by bridge with the mainland. The island offers a variety of attract

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Article by Fran Japani

Kids Plaza Osaka

Kids Plaza Osakavia netgeek.bizWebsite (English) hereFacebook page hereKids Plaza is a large indoor space for children near the centre of Osaka city. It has ar

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Article by LaShawn Toyoda

How to Tell Your Japanese Company You’re Pregnant

Announcing your pregnancy shouldn’t be something scary, but sometimes it is. Many women worry about telling their company that they’re expecting, because they fear that they’ll receive a negative reaction. I certainly felt that way when I found out I was pregnant shortly after accepting a new job.

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Article by Elise Meng

2019 Top 10 Tips for Traveling in Japan

2020 is your year to finally get yourself to Japan... and this is how you do it.

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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 Elise Meng

Kick off your OIta Experience!

With the countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2020 inching nearer and nearer, the small city of Oita is secretly packing some heat among its narrow streets. Now, at Tokyo Creative, we already have a wide range of favorite places in Oita already (see here or here), but since this was our first time doing a mini-team trip, we’re excited to add more to our list of favorite places to recommend.

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Article by Jon Mulligan

Escape the City to the beautiful Seaside Town of Nishi-Izu

A coastal town located in the Shizuoka-Kanto area of Japan, Nishi-Izu is known for fresh seafood and its outstanding natural beauty. It really is a must-visit for any outdoor adventurer or travel-buff.

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Article by Ian Rudd

10 Things to do in Oita City

A true hidden gem of a city located on Japan's southern Kyushu Island, let us show you some of our favorite things it has to offer!

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Article by Elsda Li

Broadway In Japan!

Since coming to Japan, I have seen so many adverts and commercials of wonderful broadway performances that seem too good to be true. You can find musicals such as Disney’s classic Aladdin to American Broadway inspired Japanese musicals. Those who come here should definitely add a Broadway show unto their itineraries! Let’s explore some titles that are playing right now!

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Article by Elsda Li

🤩 2019’s Best New Japanese Products That Will Leave You Wanting More! 🤩

With our ever evolving and advancing technology and trends, they best way to stay up to date and in the know🤔 is by getting the newest gadgets and inventions! Japan has always been known to come up with the craziest and cutest inventions that can either shock you😳, or leave you squealing with excitement🤗. I have compiled a list of what I think this year’s most practical and interesting products down below. Let’s check them out!👀

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Article by Elsda Li

My Hike Up Mt. Takao ⛰!

There is no better way to experience the culture and geography of Japan than to hike up one of their sacred and treasured mountains!

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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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Kochi

Kochi, on Shikoku Island, is quite rural. In fact, 85% of the prefecture is covered in forests. This lush, green area is perfect for adventurers and is famous f

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Yamanashi

Yamanashi, about 1½ hours from Tokyo, is surrounded by high mountains and is covered by huge beautiful forests, including Mount Fuji and the 5 lakes area. Visit

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Yamagata

Yamagata has been called 'hidden' Japan and is definitely not on the regular tourist routes. It is Japan's largest prefecture and you can find it along the Sea

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Osaka

As the second largest city in Japan, Osaka is often compared to the capital city Tokyo—both popular travelling destinations in Japan. But some would venture to

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Mie

While often overlooked due to its more popular neighbors like Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya, Mie prefecture offers a unique cultural experience for those who visit. B

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka is located on the northern side of the island of Kyushu. It includes the two largest cities in the area, Fukuoka City, its capital, and Kitakyushu. The

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Tottori

Tottori prefecture along the Sea of Japan coast is best known for its sand dunes (Tottori Sakyu) and Sand Sculpture Museum. The spiritual center of mountain wor

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Gunma

Famous for its gorgeous mountains and luxurious onsens (hot springs) Gunma is a nature lover's delight. Maebashi City, home to many parks and flower gardens, is