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4 Popular Dessert Shops You Need to Visit in Osaka

Osaka is known as the food capital of Japan, and for good reason. From savory to sweet to even the exotic, you can find it all here. But if you have a sweet tooth that never seems to be satisfied, here are four popular dessert shops you need to visit in Osaka! 1. Rikuro Ojisan…

CULTURE

Check Out This Japanese Motor Company That Gives Famous Cars a Retro Makeover!

There are lots of car models available in the market that look exotic and attract any type of gearhead. In Japan, you would see plenty of international and popular car brands such as Toyota and Honda, among others. These Japanese car companies are notable for their original, slick, and interesting coachbuilding or engine designs. Not…

Express Yourself Through This Traditional Japanese Technique of Hand Weaving

Japan is a fashion heaven where a huge number of clothing brands can be found. But more than simply being a shopping destination, the country also offers many interesting traditional activities like weaving. There are several weaving styles that originated from the country, but one of them defies the rules: Saori is a freestyle kind…

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Clothes in Japan

Shopping is a great experience, especially when you are in a new country with lots of spare money! Japan’s large cities are gold mines for those looking for retail therapy, and with endless shops, malls, and department stores, shoppers will never get bored! However, shopping in Japan isn’t always the same as shopping at home…

TOKYO

4 Hidden Treasures in the Trendy Tokyo Neighborhood of Jiyugaoka

Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, attracts millions of tourists a year. This massive metropolitan area is home to famous landmarks such as Senso-ji Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in the country, Akihabara, the otaku mecca of manga, anime, and video games, and Shibuya’s famous Scramble Crossing that sees thousands of crossers per minute. These are just…

Do You Know Where to Find These 2 Funicular Railways in Tokyo?

Funicular railways are used to connect two points across a very steep or inclined place. You can find this kind of railway on hills or mountains, transporting people using a cable that pulls the carriage along slopes, which means you would be traveling either upwards or downwards on them. As Japan has many elevations with…

The Perfect Eating Itinerary for a Day Out in Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a huge metropolis home to a charming blend of the historical and the innovative. The cleanliness and safety of the city as well as the multitude of things to do make it a desirable location to visit. Japan had over 28 million visitors in 2017 and that number is…

Where Can You Find This Hidden Museum Filled with History in Tokyo?

Did you know that there’s a particular cutting-edge museum hidden inside the KITTE Department Store in Tokyo? The small historical museum Intermediatheque, jointly run by the University of Tokyo and Japan Post, contains several antiquities and specimens that the university has accumulated since the 19th century. Due to its unusual location, it is often referred…

KYOTO

Want to Enjoy Kyoto While Avoiding the Summer Heat? Check These 11 Spots Out!

With the Gion Festival happening in July, many people would surely visit Kyoto during the summer season. However, the summer heat in Kyoto is not mild, so here are 11 places around the area where you can avoid the heat and enjoy your vacation at the same time! 1. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Author’s photo This…

Check Out the Last Surviving Tram Line of Kyoto: The Randen

Transport systems in major cities of Japan have undergone a huge change over the past decades – be it the introduction of timely and reliable high-speed trains, the construction of subway tunnels, etc. However, there are some train or tram networks that were once extensively spread and used but are now confined to just a…

Planning to Join the Gion Festival in Kyoto This 2018? Check Out These Handy Tips!

The Gion Festival, locally known as Gion Matsuri, is one of the most important festivals in Kyoto. With a history of more than 650 years, this festival originated as a part of the purification ritual to appease the god that caused plagues, earthquakes, etc. Author’s photo Today, the Gion Festival continues to be held annually…

OSAKA

4 Popular Dessert Shops You Need to Visit in Osaka

Osaka is known as the food capital of Japan, and for good reason. From savory to sweet to even the exotic, you can find it all here. But if you have a sweet tooth that never seems to be satisfied, here are four popular dessert shops you need to visit in Osaka! 1. Rikuro Ojisan…

HOKKAIDO

Got a Sweet Tooth? Here Are 10 Must-Visit Sweets Shops in Obihiro, Hokkaido!

Obihiro City is located in the south center of Hokkaido, Japan. Since the city has an easy access to fresh agricultural products, there are a lot of popular must-try foods in the area, including sweets and desserts. In this article are 10 famous shops where you can buy delicious sweets in Obihiro. Check them out!…

HOW TO

3 Important Things to Do When Attending a Japanese Funeral

Funerals or soushiki (葬式) in Japan are usually centered on Buddhist customs. Right after the passing of a loved one, the family holds a funeral service in a temple, funeral hall, or in the deceased’s home for two consecutive days. The first day is the wake called “otsuya (お通夜),” wherein family, relatives, friends, and colleagues…

Love Running Marathons? 5 Tips on How to Plan a ‘Runcation’ in Japan

Food, cherry blossoms, nature, culture, technology, history – these are just some of the many reasons to visit Japan. But consider this reason for your next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun: to join a marathon. With its ideal weather, stellar organization, exciting race expos, and the festive-like atmosphere of race day, participating…

NATIONWIDE

How Much Do You Know About This Popular Japanese Drink?

It is no secret that the Japanese love to drink. With a strong economy and a recent history of importing and exporting to other countries, as well as having brews of its own, Japan has been able to provide its people different varieties of delicious and exciting drinks. Beer, nihonshu (rice wine), umeshu (plum wine),…

10 Things to Do When Traveling in Japan During the Rainy Season

The beginning of June marks the start of the rainy season in Japan, and it usually lasts until the end of July. While most travelers tend to avoid making plans during this time of year, there are actually a lot of fun activities you can enjoy despite the gloomy weather. The gray skies and seemingly…