• The University of Tokyo: the most well-known university in Japan, and a remarkable tourist attraction! Feel the school atmosphere on Komaba campus in Shibuya
  • The world of ukiyo-e: Ota Memorial Museum of Art, where you learn and enjoy at the same time
  • Explore Tokyo's Yamanote line: Tabata station
  • Let's chill out at Shiba Park, an oasis in bustling Tokyo
  • Animal cafes not to miss at Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Enjoy day and night and shoot Tokyo Tower in the four recommended spots

Located in the centre of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is a landmark of Japan, and is definitely not to be missed when you are travelling to Tokyo. Being a particularly popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower engages numerous visitors, including both local visitors and foreign tourists. After feeling the size of Tokyo in the tower, you do want to take photos of the tower itself, right? But I guess no one would…

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Highlights of Tokyo National Museum: make a must-see list!

Located between Ueno and Uguisudani station, Tokyo National Museum has a high reputation for its largest scale among all museums in Japan. As the museum consists of several buildings, it is quite impossible to look around all the corners in one day, frankly speaking. For people who cannot afford two or three days, we are going to introduce the essentials of the museum. Covering a large area, Tokyo National Museum has a wide collection of…

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Eat like a Tsukishima local- Tokyo’s recommended dish – “Monjayaki”

If you ask people in Tokyo what food they would recommend, “Monjayaki” would be one of the popular responses. When you search for the images, you might be surprised with the outcome. Don’t worry, the taste will surely amaze you. At particular restaurants, you can even cook your own Monjayaki. “Tsukishima” area in Tokyo is most famous for the Monjayaki. After you’ve tried Monjayaki at Tsukishima, perhaps your favourite Japanese…

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Volcano as a tourist attraction?! Highlights of the Great Boiling Valley in Hakone

The Great Boiling Valley (Owakudani in Japanese) is an active volcanic valley with hot springs in Hakone, Kanagawa. It has a high reputation as a tourist attraction all over the world. The Great Boiling Valley was formed following a volcanic activity of Mount Hakone, and is a sacred place where you can feel the beat of the Earth. We are going to introduce the Great Boiling Valley in detail, digging…

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A pioneer theme park in the old times! Experience the 300-year-ago leisure activities at Hama-rikyu Gardens, Tokyo

Hama-rikyu Gardens is the largest Japanese-style garden in Tokyo. It served as a theme park for local residents to have fun and get close to each other about 300 years ago in Edo period. With quite a few historical buildings gathered in such a time-honored garden, Japanese culture and history are fortunately able to be preserved until nowadays. Want to know how the Japanese people in the old days spent their free…

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A chance to encounter endangered species on Ogasawara Islands, a World Natural Heritage Site

Have you ever heard of Ogasawara Islands? To visit there, it takes about 25 hours from Tokyo for one way! Isn’t it unbelievable that people still want to go there? Why should people visit such far islands? Well, here is the thing. Ogasawara Islands offer a rich nature which is registered by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage, one category of the World Heritage Sites. Rare creatures are often found there too! Let’s take on…

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Get blessed with luck in love and business at Hie Shrine, a shrine with monkeys as the guardian god

Hie Shrine is a Shinto shrine having a high reputation for blessing worshipers with luck in love, success in business, safe childbirth, and things of the sort. Monkeys are the guardian god of the shrine. In this article, we are introducing the charms of Hie Shrine, and how it is special among the many shrines in Japan. Monkeys as the guardian god? What a distinctive shrine it is! It is rather a common sight in…

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Find the best curry restaurants at Kanda station

Curry is the most recognized dish of Indian cuisine but the taste of Japanese curry definitely won’t lose to that. Recently, thanks to the influence of Japanese anime, the number of Japanese curry restaurants and its popularity are increasing rapidly overseas. Let us take you to a town in Tokyo called Kanda, where you can taste autenthic Japanese curry! History of Japanese curry Curry, originated from India is a dish…

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Hot-springs at Ginzan: Immerse yourself in the nostalgic atmosphere of Japanese onsen

Feel the nostalgic atmosphere at Ginzan onsen. This traditional Japanese town is gradually becoming a popular tourist site. As the sun sets, gas lamps will make the city even more vibrant. Where is this nostalgic onsen town? Ginzan onsen is located in Obanazawa city, Yamagata prefecture. From Haneda airport, go to Tokyo station and take Shinkansen to Oishida station. There is a bus that departs to Ginzan onsen every 60-90 minutes. This one…

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Learn to reach a state of peace: experience Buddhist practices at Bishamonten Shorinji and Ninnaji in Kyoto

If you are interested in Buddhism in Japan, we do recommend you to go for some temple experiences. By practicing Zazen meditation and listening to sermons, you can achieve calmness and enjoy peace of mind. This time, we would like to introduce you the ascetic practices of Buddhism you can experience at two temples in Kyoto – Bishamonten Shorinji and Ninnaji. Temple experiences available from beginners' course at Bishamonten Shorinji The top recommendation for those who…

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