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Take a Journey Back to Old Tokyo on the Arakawa Line Streetcar

As one of only two remaining streetcar lines operating in Tokyo, the Toden Arakawa Line (都電荒川線) is a literal journey back in time. Almost all of Tokyo’s old streetcar network was closed in the 1960s but concerned residents successfully campaigned to save what is now the Toden Arakawa Line, and the affection that motivated the…

3 Tasty and Traditional Japanese New Year Dishes

The new year period, known as Oshogatsu, is a very significant occasion in Japan. Families gather, temples and shrines are visited, special new year’s cards (called nengajō) are exchanged and much preparation takes place, including a thorough cleaning of the house. A number of special dishes are exclusively eaten during the new year period as…

Why Universal Studios Japan is One of the Best Theme Parks

Everyone loves a good day out to a theme park, it sparks excitement and thrills in us that makes it hard to sleep the night before. There’s the childhood nostalgia that comes with going on rides that both scare and excite as well as having an excuse to eat lots of yummy park food. However…

Which of These 3 Tokyo Locations is Right for Your Stay?

Tokyo is a city well known for being full of amazing hotels, traditional ryokans, quirky capsule and themed hotels and, of course, your classic hostels. So trying to work out which one is right for your stay can be a bit daunting and a little overwhelming to say the least. That is why having an…

Experiencing Kyoto: A Geisha Makeover

Kyoto offers the avid traveller an array of different experiences both cultural and insightful. It is a city that moves forward with the progression of modern day society while managing to maintain its rich cultural past which can be seen in the many beautiful temples or the old wooden buildings that line a lot of…

Why Going To A Theme Park In Japan On Your Own Is Amazing!

Now I know what a lot of you must be thinking, how can you possibly have fun or even enjoy a theme park if you go it alone. Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you just a few of the amazing reasons why a theme park in Japan is the perfect place to go…

3 Teaching Tricks to Fight Against Chunibyou (2nd Year Sickness)

Imagine, you are 14. You are in class listening to increasingly harder lessons, but you would rather be playing sports, video games or simply chilling with your friends. You have no end in sight of this terrible thing called schooling. You have no drive, after all, people who study are nerds, and you don’t want…

5 Awesome Anime Series You Can’t Miss

Out of the many great things which come from Japan, anime would be classified by many as one of the best. With story lines to match anyone’s particular interest. Whether it be school life, giant robots battling in space, futuristic tales or reminiscing tales of the past, anime truly does have the ability to capture…

3 Ramen and Cup Noodle Museums to Visit in Japan

Ramen is a dish that is one of the favorites of Japanese people and visitors to Japan. This thick, comforting noodles in broth dish comes in a huge variety of flavors, the most common of which include miso, tonkotsu (pork stock), and shoyu (soy sauce), and can feature many different toppings including vegetables, egg, and…

Get Your Gyaru Style On at Cafe & Bar Ganguro

Themed cafes are popular in Tokyo, and it is no surprise that there is a cafe dedicated to a visually striking Japanese fashion style. What is Gyaru? Gyaru is a word meaning ‘gal’ (girl) and is one of many fashion styles found in Japan. The style has been around for several decades, evolving into different…