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Experience authentic Japanese culture and lifestyle at wanoi KAKUNODATE, Akita

The town of Kakunodate, also known as Little Kyoto, is full of charming historical samurai residence streets which have been preserved since the Edo period. It takes about 3 hours by train to reach this town, from Tokyo station with the JR Akita Shinkansen Komachi train. Located here in the charming Kakunodate, wanoi KAKUNODATE is…

What is Obama City in Japan All About? Much More Than You Think

Back when Barack Obama was the president of the USA, Obama city in Fukui prefecture, Japan, decided to ride that wave of name recognition. The omiyage with the president’s face was popping up everywhere, the lucky coincidence of the two names helping propel the small Japanese seaside town to newfound fame. Now that Barack is…

Nintendo Wins. MariCar Has to Pay 50 Million Yen. Is MariCar Over?

The battle has come to a sad and bitter end for Mari Mobility Development Inc., which will have to pay 50 million yen in damages to Nintendo. The end of this saga serves as a reminder of the consequences of marketing a business using the intellectual property of another company, particularly one as protective of…

All About Coffee: The 7 Best Independent Coffee Shops in Tokyo

It is perfectly normal to see large groups of business people, students, and tourist amass at Tokyo’s numerous coffee shops throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or night, the many Starbucks, Dotour, Tully’s, Excelsior, and Cafe Veloce coffee shops that adorn many corners and subway stations with their signs, promotions, and menus…

Can You Still Visit the Recently Burned Down Shuri Castle in Okinawa?

On the morning of October 31st 2019 Japan found out that the beloved landmark of Naha, Okinawa, Shuri castle had burned down. The damage is huge, and although there are many donations and government support, it will take years and years to restore Shuri Castle to its full glory. by Zoria Petkoska (more about the…

Changes Happening to Tokyo Prior to the 2020 Olympics

With the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan has been undergoing many changes in preparation for the games. These changes won’t happen overnight, but as the world comes to Japan in 2020, visitors may find themselves seeing a rapidly changing Tokyo. We should expect Japan to flaunt its sophisticated infrastructure, accommodations, technology, and entertainment…

Enoshima – The Small Island with Many Sightseeing Spots

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. However, bustling with tourists and fishermen, the island is a beloved sightseeing spot for everyone. Even…

Why is Okinawa Best Visited in Winter?

Before I came to Japan, I had only vaguely heard of Okinawa. In fact, I’d heard of it because it was featured in the first Kill Bill movie, and in Karate Kid. And when I came to live in Japan, I definitely didn’t think I would be in a country with tropical beaches and Hawaii-like…

3 stunning sunrise spots in Tohoku

Japan is often called the land of the rising sun, but where should you go to witness the sun rise over this beautiful land? For those of us travelling to Japan we have probably seen a sunrise whilst struggling with jet lag, from our hotel room or the airport. Even from the plane window! However,…

The 8 Best Popular Day Trips from Tokyo

Tokyo (東京) is unarguably the most popular destination in Japan and for the first timers, a visit to this modern capital is a must. Some might say that they never run out of things to do in Tokyo. But for others who have already been to this well-loved city and have already seen enough, then…