2017 May

Hungry for Deep Fried Beef Cutlets? Here Are 3 Gyukatsu Restaurants in Tokyo!

If you’re a meat lover, you will surely enjoy the Japanese food called “gyukatsu.” It is a deep fried breaded beef cutlet similar to tonkatsu and is considered one of the trendiest dishes to try in the country’s capital city. Many restaurants serve gyukatsu. Popular ones have long queues as they are frequented by food…

Take a Break and Have Quality Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo!

Since summer in Japan is just a few weeks away, seasonal specials are already up at different restaurants in Tokyo. One of the things people look forward to is afternoon teas. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is currently serving its Classic Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge on the 28th floor. Everything is based on British tradition…

Stopover at Narita Airport? Here Are 3 Places Where You Can Freshen Up and Rest

Whether you have a stopover in Tokyo (東京) or your flight arrives super late, it is always convenient to stay in a hotel inside the airport. Tokyo has two major international airports, Narita (成田) and Haneda (羽田), where people come and leave Japan every day. Both of them have transit hotels near the terminals to…

Want a Cute Panda Cake for Your Birthday? Here Are 3 Places to Get Them in Japan!

Years ago, MILESTONE, the Western confectionery department within the long-established Japanese sweets brand, Fukuido (福井堂), began to sell 3D Panda Cakes. Basically, a panda cake is a shortcake shaped and decorated like a panda. Some TV shows picked up the cake as a trendy topic and it immediately caught many people’s attention. Back then, I…

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…

How to Drive in Hokkaido: Top Tips on Safety, Gas Stations, and Restrooms

Hokkaido (北海道) is one of the most beautiful places on earth, comprising of low population and rich flora and fauna. It has some scenic wetlands, lakes, glaciers, forests, mountains and more! The government wants to develop Hokkaido as a region that is sustainable instead of heavily industrializing it like other prefectures in the mainland, meaning…

Check Out These 2 Amazing Iris Festivals Accessible From Tokyo!

Soon, irises, or “ayame (あやめ)” in Japanese, are going to be in full bloom in Japan. As a matter of fact, two big iris festivals are about to take place in Katori City (香取市), Chiba Prefecture (千葉県) and Itako City (潮来市), Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県). These two cities face each other across the Hitachi-Tone River (常陸利根川).…

Visit the Mystic Lake of Akan in Hokkaido and Witness These 3 Natural Wonders

Lake Akan, or Akanko (阿寒湖) in Japanese, is one of the clearest and most transparent lakes in Japan. You can have a clear view of its water up to 3 to 4 meters deep. It is located in Eastern Hokkaido (北海道) in the region of Kushiro (釧路), and is situated between two volcanoes, namely Oakan…

The Ninja Crisis: What Is the Reason Behind the Shortage of Ninja in Japan?

Ninja (忍者) is one of the famous images that represent Japan. They are known to many as agents who specialized in espionage and infiltration during the olden days of Japan. So much so that it is even portrayed in popular culture in the West like in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the G.I. Joe series, and…