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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...

Originally named after the renowned Yebisu (ヱビス) brewery the Ebisu (恵比寿) district hasn't let go of its drinking tradition, now housing an abundance of bars and eating establishments that overflow into the streets at night. Nestled noisily between Shibuya (渋谷) and Meguro (目黒), Ebisu is a business district with...

Kagurazaka is a small central district of Tokyo that is relatively undiscovered compared to the tourist-packed surrounding areas of Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ueno. With a heavy French influence, the main street through Kagurazaka is brimming with French inspired cafés, restaurants and shops. However, the history of this area dates...

Kichijoji is located in the west of Tokyo and is viewed as one of the trendiest parts of the capital. Most famed for its expansive Inokashira Park, the town is also an artist's wonderland with unique arts and crafts available on every street corner. Much quieter than central Tokyo,...

Shinjuku (新宿) can be quite intimidating with its bright lights, enormous train station, glamorous people and an array of host clubs and bars. It is also a unique district of Tokyo (東京); it is the gay capital and the home of the red light district. If you're visiting Tokyo,...

Located in Tokyo (東京)'s Chuo Ward (中央区), Ginza (銀座) is one of the city's most famous upmarket shopping and entertainment districts. Within its boundary are many department stores, high-end boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, clubs – anything you could possibly want! On weekend afternoons from 12:00pm to 5:00pm (until 6:00pm...

If there’s one thing that Japan is known for overseas aside from sushi (寿司), it’s the otaku (オタク) culture. Not familiar with the word otaku? Think manga (漫画), anime (アニメ), cosplay (コスプレ) and themed cafés. While Tokyo (東京) is most certainly not short of any of this, the number...

Are you thinking about studying abroad in Japan? Well, there are many fabulous and unique things that you will experience in the country. I'm Japanese, but I have met and made friends with many international students in Japan. I also worked for a Japanese language school to support international...

If someone mentions Japanese food, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Sushi (寿司) and ramen (ラーメン) have already gained substantial popularity in some countries. Right now, I live in a European city where I can eat them at many Japanese restaurants. But, sometimes, I do miss the...

The train is probably the most reliable form of transportation you can find in Japan. It mostly arrives on time and is an easy way to get around. When people hang out with friends and co-workers for a drinking party, they obviously don't drive a car but use the...

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