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30 Things to Do in Tsukiji, Home to the Biggest Fish Market in the World, in 2019

Head south of Tokyo Station and the chic Ginza district towards Tokyo Bay and you will arrive in a small area called Tsukiji. This neighbourhood, easily accessible from either Tsukiji Station or Tsukijishijo Station on the metro, is most famous as the home of Tsukiji Market, the world’s largest fish market. With its proximity to…

35 Things to Do in Ryogoku, the Traditional Town of Sumo, in 2019

Ryogoku is a district most commonly associated with the popular Japanese sport of sumo. Sumo tournaments have taken place in the Ryogoku Kokugikan (sumo stadium) and sumo stables in the area for over a century and attract visitors from far and wide who come to get a glimpse of the giant wrestlers. The neighbourhood is…

38 Things to Do in Kagurazaka, a District Overflowing with Tradition and Culture, in 2019

Kagurazaka is a small central district of Tokyo that is relatively undiscovered compared to the tourist-packed surrounding areas of Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ueno. With a heavy French influence, the main street through Kagurazaka is brimming with French-inspired cafés, restaurants and shops. However, the history of this area dates back to the Edo period and you…
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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 writings in Japan. Located in Iwate on the banks of the Kitakami-gawa, these simple…

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…

Pay a Visit to 2 Temples Loved by Locals on the Way From Narita Airport to Tokyo

Majestic shrines and temples loved by locals can be found on the way from Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo. Here we introduce two such temples that you should take a moment to see on your journey. 1. Naritasan Shinshoji Temple Kozo Hikage (Fuller, Inc.) The vividly colored three-story pagoda, beautiful temple architecture, and aroma of…

Challenge Yourself at the Kyoto Marathon in February 2018!

Do you like running and joining marathons and competitions? Are you looking for somewhere in Japan to test your strength and endurance? Discover the charms of the city of international culture and tourism in this one-of-a-kind event. Take in the stunning Kyoto landscape as you run at the Kyoto Marathon 2018! Kyoto has been the…