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The most popular means to explore Japan is through the Japan Railways (JR). It is very convenient, especially for tourists who enjoy the advantage of all-you-can-ride passes to different parts of the country. To commemorate JR East's 30th anniversary, they will be releasing a special pass called the "JR...

What do you usually do when you arrive in Japan too early for your hotel check-in time? Most people probably want to look around and explore. However, it's a big hassle walking around when you have big suitcases with you. There's actually a new online service called "Ecbo Cloak"...

Two of Japan’s top electronic pop acts will release new content in April 2017! Kyary Pamyu Pamyu(きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ) will release a brand new single and a concert Blu-ray and DVD - two kinds of merchandise at once! Meanwhile, Perfume (パフューム) will also release a concert Blu-ray and DVD. 1. Kyary Pamyu...

Obihiro (帯広) is an important economic and political center located in the Tokachi plain (十勝平野) of Hokkaido prefecture. The city's population isn't very high, but it offers a lot of things to do. It is considered to be one of the cleanest cities in Japan, even nominated as a...

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If you're a pregnant woman and your due date is approaching, your doctor or midwife will probably ask you how you're going to get to the clinic or hospital when you go into labor. For those who have a car and somebody to drive them this shouldn't be a...

Only a few iconic anime heroes have smoothly transitioned into live-action so far. Among them is the legendary slayer-turned-pacifist Himura Kenshin (緋村剣心) back in 2012. The success of the live-action film prepared the ground for a further two-part live-action sequel, a gender-flipped stage play, a spin-off manga and a...

Do you know that a large percentage of the Japanese population is comprised of housewives? Housewives in Japan are expected to do a lot of cooking and cleaning, which becomes even more taxing when their children and husbands are at home. To give them the much-needed rest they deserve,...

Since the economic bubble burst in Japan in the 1980s, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (and their forebearers) have been working to get the economy back on track. Japan, as with many other countries, did rebuild but were hit with another recent recession, where they saw...

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What do you usually do when you arrive in Japan too early for your hotel check-in time? Most people probably want to look around and explore. However, it's a big hassle walking around when you have big suitcases with you. There's actually a new online service called "Ecbo Cloak"...

In the past few years, the number of tourists visiting Japan has been rising year after year, and will surely only continue to increase as the Olympics approach. But while that may still be a few years away, many tourists should still check out Japan for the unique experiences...

While in Japan, you will surely see gyoza (餃子) available almost everywhere, be it served piping hot at a ramen restaurant, in frozen form at supermarkets or in ready-to-eat bento boxes at convenience stores. Depending on which part of Japan you visit, the type of gyoza you taste will...

Ikebukuro (池袋) is one of the main stations of the JR Yamanote Line (山手線). It has been a very popular station for it is in the boundary of Tokyo (東京) and Saitama (埼玉). It also houses Sunshine City – a very popular place for teenagers where you can see...

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Arashiyama (嵐山), Kyoto (京都) is one of Japan's best sightseeing spots. With its traditional atmosphere and beautiful views of cherry blossom trees during springtime, who wouldn't want to visit? If you don't know your way around, however, you could be wasting time and energy instead of enjoying its scenery. This...

Japan is one of a handful of countries in the world that can offer magnificent scenery in each and every season of the year. Whether it be spring, summer, autumn, or winter, you can expect to witness the marvel of nature Japan has to offer. Only a couple of...

With Kyoto (京都) being one of the biggest cities in Japan, it is rich in history and culture. One of the places in the city that exhibit these qualities is Arashiyama (嵐山). There are many notable tourist spots in this district, like Togetsukyo Bridge (渡月橋) and Daikakuji Temple (大覚寺),...

Kyoto Station (京都駅) is a major transportation hub, especially for foreign tourists who come to Japan. It is a terminal station housed in one of Japan's biggest buildings, and it consists of numerous shinkansen (bullet trains; 新幹線), buses, trains and other types of transportation. Besides this, it has numerous restaurants,...

OSAKA

Dōtonbori (道頓堀), Osaka (大阪) is home to some of the region’s most famous symbols and landmarks. Most of these landmarks are tied to restaurants, such as Kani Dōraku’s (かに道楽) giant moving crab that hangs above the restaurant door, seemingly waving to customers going inside. One of Dōtonbori’s - and perhaps...

If you are traveling in Japan and would like to know which place has the most number of museums and art galleries, look no further than Osaka (大阪). It is a delight for the artistically inclined and curious as the city is brimming with galleries, exhibitions, and events. If...

HOKKAIDO

Obihiro (帯広) is an important economic and political center located in the Tokachi plain (十勝平野) of Hokkaido prefecture. The city's population isn't very high, but it offers a lot of things to do. It is considered to be one of the cleanest cities in Japan, even nominated as a...

Spring is definitely the best season to visit Hokkaido (北海道), the northernmost prefecture of Japan. It is not only a place with beautiful greenery and delicious seafood but is also where you can experience the magic and splendor of nature. If you like traveling, I'm sure you'll instantly fall...

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It is a known fact that Japan is one of the safest countries in the world so it’s not surprising to hear that a lot of people are interested in living in the country, whether temporarily or for good. While making the decision to live in Japan is one...

Sapporo (札幌) is the major city on Hokkaido Island (北海道). It is paradise for those who like mountains, the ocean, and want to find time for themselves and get away from the stress of bigger cities. There are many small (やま) and medium (だけ) sized mountains around Sapporo City...

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When it comes to spicy condiments in Japanese cuisine, the first thing people may think of is wasabi (わさび). Some people may argue that wasabi is not technically spicy since it does not burn the tongue and throat, but instead, causes a slight stinging sensation in the nose. Nevertheless,...

"What am I going to eat today?" Here's a question that a lot of us ponder over on a daily basis. Having to decide what to eat is often seen as a first world problem that illustrates how quickly consumers get bored of eating the same type of food....

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