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Why Tokyo Disneyland’s Space Mountain Announcement Was a Great Power Move

On April 27th, The Oriental Land Company surprised everyone with the announcement that they would give Tokyo Disneyland’s popular Space Mountain ride and Tomorrowland a new modern look. Space Mountain will close in 2024 and reopen three years later at an estimated cost of 56 billion yen (about 429 million dollars with the current yen…

Is Yokohama Japan’s Next “It” City?

Let’s face it, Yokohama has always been an “it” city, but the city has had a major struggle that might be finally coming to an end. Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city after Tokyo and an economic powerhouse. However, its proximity to Tokyo has always been a double-edged sword. On the one hand, being so…

Why Is Ikebukuro Disliked?

Ikebukuro is one of the most bustling neighborhoods in Tokyo. The area’s popularity is attributed to the importance of Ikebukuro Station, one of the busiest stations in Japan and in the world. Ikebukuro Station serves as an important connecting point for millions of people, particularly those who live in Saitama and have to commute to…

Japan’s Deadliest Animal

When summer nears, Japan’s most dangerous animal starts appearing in many places. We are not talking about bears, who roam Hokkaido and the northern part of Honshu. We are also not talking about the dangerous box jellyfish that shows up around Okinawa when waters start to warm. Oh, no. The beast we are talking about…

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)…