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An Amazing Matcha Experience in Japan – Matcha and Tea Shops of Tokyo

Japanese tea is to Japan, what English tea is to England. Just as English tea conjures up stereotypical images of ladies in elegant hats and gentlemen in pressed linen suits enjoying refreshments after a morning safari in India, Japanese tea presents its consumers with a taste of traditional Japan in every sip. There are two…
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Sightseeing and universities mix well ! See what we recommend!

You might think that sightseeing and universities don’t mix – right? Wrong! Despite the seriousness at which students in Japan study to enter these bastions of education, Tokyo’s universities offer the tourist a much more enjoyable experience. Many of Tokyo’s universities are blessed with interesting museums, architecture and natural parklands. Yet sadly these places are…
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Classic shrines of Chiba – a glimpse of tradition before you fly out of Narita.

When you say the word “Chiba” or “Narita” to most foreigners, images of Japan’s largest international airport comes immediately to mind, along with that mad rush foreigners make to catch their plane. Yet, if you say Narita or Chiba to most Japanese, you might hear two diverse descriptions – the first, of course is the…
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Enoshima – a dating spot and so much more

There are three key dating spots around Tokyo that locals always talk about. The first is in Odaiba, the second in Yokohama and the third is the small seaside town of Enoshima – a short ride west of Kamakura. Bustling with tourists and fishermen, the seafront and island, is flooded with courting couples on the…
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Hiraizumi : Pure Land Buddhism and Tohoku Pride

“夏草や 兵どもが 夢の跡”(`Natsukusa ya tsuhamonodomo ga yume no ato`) – “Grasses in summer, the warriors’ dreams… all that is left”. This poem, written by Master haikuist Matsuo Bashō after he visited the ancient temple complex of Hiraizumi, is one of the most famous in Japan. Located in Iwate on the banks of the Kitakami-gawa, these simple words…
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Inokashira Zoo – a zoo within a park… a park within a zoo

Kichijoji – an area west of Tokyo, has a reputation for being one of the most livable places in Japan, and it’s easy to see why. One of its draw-cards is its lovely park, located south of the station. This park, perhaps one of the prettiest in Tokyo, has a beautiful forest-like feel to it.…

Eihei-ji – a Temple in the middle of a serene Cedar forest

Eihei-ji is one of those temples that many Japanese have heard of but few have actually visited. On New Year’s Eve, the temple is featured on Japanese television ringing out the old year with 108 purifying tones. This classical temple is famous for its Zen style meditation, distinctive vegetarian meals and of course, as a…

Take a Look Into Japan’s History in the Castle Town of Odawara in Kanagawa

When people think of Japanese castles, castles like Himeji spring to mind. Usually, these places are far from Tokyo, accessible by Shinkansen, and require an overnight stay. However, there are lovely, more accessible castles that are equally full of history and tradition. Located in Kanagawa, Odawara Castle and the nearby Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine are such…

Visit the Stunning Area of Hakone, Where Diversity and Beauty Await!

One of the greatest images of Japan would have to be that of Mount Fuji after the snowfall. Famous in print and art, “Fuji-san” around 3,776 meters high, is considered one of the most sacred mountains in the country, and the best place to see it is in Hakone. However, Hakone, a convenient 90-minute train…

4 Must-Visit Spots in the Less Traveled yet Historic City of Gifu

While both picturesque and historic, Gifu, located next to Aichi Prefecture, tends to be engulfed by its more famous cousin. Nagoya City in Aichi is usually the tourist destination of choice for many. Yet Gifu City, a small attractive town only 30 minutes from Nagoya by train, holds some wonderful sights and is ideal for…