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Ume Blossoms and Hanami: Best Spots to View the Plum Blossoms in Japan 2019

Is almost spring in Japan and when you think of spring, cherry blossoms are automatically associated with this beautiful season where everything comes back to life and we see the world in beautiful colours after a long, gloomy winter. However, in Japan, the ume(plum) flower is actually the first sign of spring as they blossom…

Top 15 Places to Buy Souvenirs in Tokyo Japan

Traveling to Japan is an amazing experience where you can see breathtaking nature and impressive historic buildings, experience thrilling festivals, sample delicious local food, and shop until you drop. Shopaholics would probably agree that cities like Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo have enough shopping centers, themed and specialty stores, and shopping streets to last a lifetime!…

4 Popular Dessert Shops You Need to Visit in Osaka

Osaka is known as the food capital of Japan, and for good reason. From savory to sweet to even the exotic, you can find it all here. But if you have a sweet tooth that never seems to be satisfied, here are four popular dessert shops you need to visit in Osaka! 1. Rikuro Ojisan…

3 Ramen Shops You Need to Eat at in Japan’s Food Capital, Osaka!

Osaka City is becoming more and more of an attractive destination for people going to Japan. Since the number one thing to do in Osaka is to EAT, I will be listing three ramen shops I visited and recommend to travelers. Check them out! 1. Ichiran Ramen Author’s photo Ichiran Ramen is a popular ramen…

Do You Know These 5 Japanese Entertainers Who Showed Some Skin to Make It Big?

For geinin (芸人) or entertainers in Japan, fame is fleeting. You could be the most talked about person in Japan, but six months later, people talk about how nostalgic they feel after hearing your name or gag in conversation. In the past few years, the worst offenders of these popularity explosions are comedians who use…

5 Restaurants for an Off-The-Beaten-Path Dining Experience in Tokyo

From forgetful waiters to recreating the Japanese elementary lunch experience, Tokyo has never been accused of dull dining choices. While food enthusiasts point to Japan as a world leader in experiential dining, travelers are beginning to demand more than simply showing up for a meal. Via creative resources and concepts, inventive restaurateurs and cafe owners…

Top 5 Things to Do in Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture Perfect for a Day Trip

Despite being located close to Tokyo, many Japanese people consider Ibaraki Prefecture to be nothing but farmland. While residents of Ibaraki take pride in producing most of the country’s lotus root, there are also several places of interest to visit and things to do throughout the year. Here are five of them! 1. View the…

Enjoy the Magic of Disney at the Limited-Time Disney Art Exhibit in Tokyo

Disney characters and films are incredibly popular in Japan, with Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea being some of the most visited locations for both Japanese and tourists alike. However, if you want a more in-depth, behind the scenes peek at Disney animation, look no further than the Disney art exhibit in Tokyo. The exhibit includes…

Banyan Forests: Discover 2 of Yakushima’s Natural Hidden Gems

Yakushima has much to offer nature lovers, and its spectacular Yakusugi – ancient Japanese cedar trees – are well worth the hype. However, there is far more to Yakushima than hiking its beautiful forests, and there are other trees that are worth seeing. While the Yakusugi are undoubtedly the highlight, I was just as enchanted…