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Grab a 500 Yen Lunch at this Nepalese Restaurant in Tokyo

Tokyo is home to many different types of cuisines. Aside from Japanese street food, izakaya pub snacks, and traditional delicacies, restaurants from all over the world have sprung up in cities and towns around the country for several decades and are greatly loved by locals and visitors alike. Popular countries’ foods in Japan include Italian,…

Heading to Miyajima Island? Consider Staying in This Lovely Hotel!

Miyajima (宮島) is an island near Hiroshima (広島), well known for its wild deer, exciting mountain cable car, and the famous Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社). Miyajima is visited by hundreds of tourists every day and is easily accessible from Hiroshima Station (広島駅). It is considered one of the top three scenic spots in Japan and is…

Make Your Own Soba at This Traditional Noodle House in Gunma, Japan

Soba (そば) is a delicious buckwheat noodle dish that can be enjoyed either hot or cold in various sauces and broths. You can get them in most parts of Japan, and like any food, they vary in freshness and quality. Surely most people would agree that fresher is better, and what could be fresher than…

6 Things to See in Sendai’s Gorgeous Hidden Treasure of Shrines and Temples

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. Yet despite its fame, there is…

Following the Yamagata Mountain Pilgrimage of One of Japan’s Greatest Poets

The Mountain Temple has long been synonymous with haiku master Matsuo Basho (松尾芭蕉) and his immortal travel log, Oku no Hosomichi (奥の細道; The Narrow Road into the Deep North). Its very name evokes feelings of mystery and tranquility. Situated in the Yamagata (山形) region of the beautiful Tohoku (東北), Yamadera (山寺), meaning “mountain temple”, is…

Experience True Peace and Tranquility at These 2 Mountain Shrines of Gunma, Japan

The historical shrines of Nikko (日光) are world-famous, as are the temples of Kyoto (京都) and Nara (奈良), yet the mountain shrines of Gunma (群馬) have been sadly ignored by many. These shrines, each attached to a mountain range, form the “Three Mountains of Jomo (上毛三山)” and boast a history dating to early Asuka (飛鳥;…

10 Things to Do in Toyota City, Home of the Beloved Japanese Cars

Around the world, the name Toyota (豊田) is most commonly associated with the wildly famous brand of cars. However, did you know that the car shares its name with a city in Aichi prefecture (愛知県) in central Japan? The birthplace of Toyota cars, the city actually changed its name in the 1950s to match the…

Which Rides at Universal Studios Japan Are Fun for Non-Japanese Speakers?

Not speaking the language of a country where you visit a theme park is normally not a major issue because the attractions largely involve visuals and physical experiences. But with Universal Studios (ユニバーサル・スタジオ) parks, things are a little different. The attractions attempt to create a whole world for us to live in for a brief…
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