People Have Voted! These Are Japan’s Most Popular Snacks

Among the numerous numbers of snacks, which do Japanese prefer? The special TV program “14,000 Japanese Citizens to Vote! Japanese Snack Election” allowed 14,000 people to select their favorite snacks among 4,500 products. That’s right. FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED products. 22 Japanese snack companies, the highest record of participants, attended this program and the 30…

Tokyo To See New Subway Line Extensions

Tokyo, one of the cities with the best transportation system in the world, has not seen a new extension to its subway system since the Fukutoshin Line opened in 2008 to alleviate congestion on the JR Sakyu Line, but that is about to change soon. After many years of planning that started with different proposals…

IHG Hotels Open in Iwate: Why Appi Kogen is Ready to Rival Niseko

Iwate is an unspoiled land of beautiful landscapes and a paradise for those who love winter sports. However, Iwate has long been overlooked by foreign visitors who come to Japan for its famous powdery snow. To many foreigners, the ski resorts in Hakuba, Nagano and Niseko, Hokkaido are not to be missed, but Appi Kogen…

Nihonbashi’s New Facelift

Nihonbashi is Tokyo’s primeval commercial district, and while Nihonbashi is no longer the center of commerce it once was with places like Marunouci and Otemachi becoming the city’s most important financial districts, and places like Ginza, Omotesando, Roppongi, Shibuya, and Shinjuku offering among the best and most extravagant shopping experiences in Tokyo, Nihombashi has retained…

Japan’s Top 5 Department Stores

Oh, the beauty of Japanese department stores! There is definitely something magical about Japanese department stores whether it’s due to their exceptional customer service, often marvelous food floors, proximity to major train stations, or the way they can shield you from the summer heat or winter cold. by Martin Danker Despite the general assumption that…

Harry Potter Christmas in Tokyo

Among Tokyo’s many shopping districts, Marunouchi stands out thanks to its quaint appearance despite being Tokyo’s main financial district, being home of Japan’s largest banks. Each Christamas, Marunouchi’s Nada-dori lights up with Christmas lights, and some of the area’s most important commercial buildings erect elaborate and quite innovative Christmas trees with a particular theme. In…

The Craze Behind Osaka’s Creepy Clown: Kuidaore Taro

Dōtonbori (道頓堀), Osaka (大阪) is home to some of the region’s most famous symbols and landmarks. Most of these landmarks are associated with restaurants, such as Kani Dōraku’s (かに道楽) giant moving crab that hangs above the restaurant door, seemingly waving to customers going inside. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Louie (@aus_dish_travels)…

Sapporo’s Most Expensive Apartments

Would you like to live in Sapporo’s most expensive apartments? When one thinks of the most expensive real estate in Japan, Sapporo would not really be one of the cities that come to people’s minds. Instead, most people would think of the mega cities of Tokyo and Osaka, completely forgetting about Sapporo’s real estate market.…

3 Reasons Tourists Overlook Nagoya

The Japanese archipelago is full of wonders. Visitors can marvel at the sights of the many temples and shrines, explore the numerous and varying natural sights, enjoy onsen and traditional ryokan across the country, and visit a plethora of cities, big and small, that offer special livestyles, architecture, and cuisines. Most international tourists tend to…

Why Are Universal Studios Japan’s News A Big Deal?

USJ (Universal Studios Japan) took the world by surprise by announcing an expansion to its Super Nintendo World area. Super Nintendo World opened in early 2021 to much fanfare, and less than one year after its opening, USJ announced that they would construct a Donkey Kong land adjacent to Super Mario Bros one. The area…