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How to Take a Bath in a Japanese Household: 5 Rules That May Surprise You

Visiting a Japanese home comes with a lot of rules. If you have ever had a homestay family or visited a friend, you may have already noticed that you need to take a small gift with you and make sure you wear slippers. Etiquette and social rules in Japan aren’t too difficult to pick up…

Going to Japan’s Ishigaki Island? Consider Staying at This Gorgeous Hotel!

Ishigaki is one of the islands of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture and what many call a tropical paradise. It is packed with great things to do and many people from mainland cities flock here during their holidays to throw off the stress of the city and relax in the sun for a few days. Many…

6 Things to Do on the Beautiful Hateruma Island in Okinawa

Okinawa is a beautiful group of Japanese tropical islands close to Taiwan, perfect for those looking to escape the winter cold and relax in warmer weather. With gorgeous white sand beaches, delicious food, and plenty of things to do, Okinawa is a very popular destination for vacationers and those looking to discover the unique culture…

This Gorgeous Limestone Cave on Japan’s Ishigaki Island Is a Must-Visit!

Ishigaki Island is a gorgeous tropical paradise, geographically close to Taiwan but counting as one of the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, Japan. It is less crowded and busy but warmer than Okinawa’s main island, and is loved for its tropical climate, delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, friendly locals, and the huge amount of things to…

Check Out this Restaurant in Ishigaki to Try Delicious Premium Quality Beef

Ishigaki is the westernmost island of Okinawa prefecture, loved for its tropical weather, white sand beaches, friendly people, and delicious food. There are many wonderful things to do on this island that attracts thousands of tourists each year and keeps the locals living there their whole lives. As well as gorgeous beaches and resorts, Ishigaki…

Check Out This Brand New Ramen Restaurant in Meguro!

Ramen, though originally from China, is a noodle broth dish that is hugely popular in Japan. As well as the regular chain restaurants with their own flavours and styles as well as national favourites, there are many stand-alone establishments as well that you can find all over the country. Sometimes, they are run for decades…

8 Enjoyable Things to Do in the Charming City of Okaya, Nagano Prefecture

Nagano Prefecture is best known for the Winter Olympics and for its popular winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Hundreds flock to this prefecture every winter to stay in ski resorts and enjoy the large snowfall that the area sees every year. The town of Okaya is about half an hour by train from…

Going Drinking in Japan? Here Are 7 Tips and Rules to Keep in Mind

It’s no secret that the Japanese love to drink. Most people have been to at least one “nomikai,” usually a business- or work-related event where a group goes to an izakaya (Japanese pub or bar) to drink and bond. Although cocktails, bottled alcoholic drinks, and beer are very popular in Japan, there is also the…

Are You Up for the Challenge? Try Some of the Spiciest Ramen in Tokyo!

The Japanese, in general, don’t tend to like spicy food as much as other countries. Indian and Korean restaurants sometimes “tone down” their level of spice to adhere to local tastes, and what restaurants warn as “spicy” usually tends to be quite mild. With the exception of Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, which does add a…

How Does Tokyo Deal With Its Huge Population?

Tokyo is a monster of a city, with an enormous headcount of over 13 million people. That’s a huge number to imagine, but to actually see even a small portion of that number in one place is pretty amazing. Tokyo’s most populous areas get incredibly crowded; Shibuya’s famous “Scramble” sees over a thousand crossers per…
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