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Shopping in Kitakyushu? Here Are 8 Things to Buy in This Japanese City

Kitakyushu is an important urban center in Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, located in the southwestern part of Japan. There are plenty of unique places to visit and things to buy in this beautiful subtropical Japanese city, which is, in fact, the largest in entire Kyushu in terms of area. If you are…

A New Traditional Japanese Starbucks is Opening in Kyoto

If there are special edition Japanese Starbucks menu items, there’s bound to be a special Starbucks store design that is traditionally Japanese as well right? Well, the plans are well on their way and a traditional Japanese Starbucks, Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Tea House (京都二寧坂ヤサカ茶屋), will be opening on June 30, 2017. A Traditional-Style Starbucks Comes…

Enjoy All-You-Can-Drink Matcha Beer and Tea at This Restaurant in Tokyo

With the temperature gradually rising, it seems like summer in Japan is nearing. Some people are already anticipating the upcoming fireworks displays and summer festivals where they can drink beer with their friends and colleagues. Speaking of beer, here’s great news! GREEN TEA RESTAURANT 1899 OCHANOMIZU in Tokyo (東京) will be having a summer event…

Experience Japanese Green Tea Flavors at This Matcha-Themed Buffet in Kyoto

Many foreigners would like the opportunity to try Japanese green tea and matcha (抹茶) when they visit Japan. As a nationally popular ingredient and a large part of Japanese food culture, matcha and green tea have been loved since the 8th century. Did you know there is an event in Kyoto where you can try…

Have You Heard of This Traditional Japanese Tea House Hidden in Tokyo?

If you think you’ve explored everything Tokyo (東京) has to offer, think again. There’s a place in Jiyugaoka (自由が丘) that is literally hidden from the public eye but could make your jaw drop, especially if traditional Japan is your thing. Kosoan (古桑庵), a tea house, is a real hidden treasure which is open to guests…

Try Green Tea Gelato Covered in Gold in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture This Summer!

Uji (宇治) is a small city in Kyoto (京都) highly popular for producing high-quality powdered green tea. It is one of the biggest tea producers in Japan. But did you know that there is another top tea-producing area closer to the capital city? Around 40% of Japan’s cultivated tea areas lie in the picturesque fields…

8 Things to Do in Kichijoji, Tokyo’s Hip and Arty Neighbourhood

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, Kichijoji is just one 15-minute train…

7 Best Shops and Cafes to Get Traditional Japanese Confectionery in Tokyo

Wagashi (和菓子), or traditional Japanese confectionery, has made a name for itself as one of the Japanese food that many tourists would like to try out. With attention to detail not only in the recipes but also in the presentation, it is no wonder that these sweets have captivated people’s taste buds. In this article…

The Top 10 Hot Spring Hotels and Ryokan to Stay at Near Tokyo in 2017

Japan is a country that has perfected a complex blend of tradition and modernity on many levels. If you’re planning a trip to Japan in 2017, finding a hotel or ryokan (旅館; traditional Japanese guest house) that reflects both traditional and modern aspects of Japanese culture, history and architecture is one of the best ways…
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