Monthly Archives: May 2017

Whether you have a stopover in Tokyo (東京) or your flight arrives super late, it is always convenient to stay in a hotel inside the airport. Tokyo has two major international airports, Narita (成田) and Haneda (羽田), where people come and leave Japan every day. Both of them have...

Years ago, MILESTONE, the Western confectionery department within the long-established Japanese sweets brand, Fukuido (福井堂), began to sell 3D Panda Cakes. Basically, a panda cake is a shortcake shaped and decorated like a panda. Some TV shows picked up the cake as a trendy topic and it immediately caught...

April in Japan marks a time when many changes occur. Some people go on vacations, while others are excited for a new work or school environment. April is a fun, frenetic time of the year wherein people are eager to make the most of their days. However, all comes...

Sendai (仙台) is a beautiful city set within the prefecture of Miyagi (宮城県). Famous for its beef tongue, kokeshi dolls, and Feudal Lord Date Masamune (伊達政宗), is it a major stop on the Tohoku (東北) trail. Linked by shinkansen (bullet train; 新幹線), it’s only a 90-minute ride from Tokyo....

Hokkaido (北海道) is the most northerly of Japan's islands. Celebrated for its abundant nature and distinct four seasons, you can enjoy the dramatic changes in scenery from incredible snow-covered treetops in winter to beautiful white and pink cherry blossom in spring to cooler temperatures in summer offering relief from...

Ueno is a lively district on the east side of Tokyo, packed full of shops, restaurants, and arcades. With a mix of shopping and nature, temples and shrines, it's a fusion of the historical and the modern. Endless markets and shopping streets greet you on your way to the...

Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, separated from central Tokyo by the famous Rainbow Bridge and accessible by monorail, subway and even boat. It is home to various small theme parks, museums, shopping malls, and boasts beautiful views of the sea and the city. It is...

Nakano is a special ward just one station away from Shinjuku, and is home to various places such as Nakano Sun Plaza, Nakano Broadway, and an old-fashioned shopping street that allows you to live and breathe old Japan while shopping for souvenirs, clothes, food, and everything else in between....

Hokkaido (北海道) is one of the most beautiful places on earth, comprising of low population and rich flora and fauna. It has some scenic wetlands, lakes, glaciers, forests, mountains and more! The government wants to develop Hokkaido as a region that is sustainable instead of heavily industrializing it like...

Soon, irises, or "ayame (あやめ)" in Japanese, are going to be in full bloom in Japan. As a matter of fact, two big iris festivals are about to take place in Katori City (香取市), Chiba Prefecture (千葉県) and Itako City (潮来市), Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県). These two cities face each...

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