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Exploring Tokyo: Docomo bike share

You have a great chance to explore Tokyo more in a very convenient way — by bicycle! Walking a lot might be too tiring, and there are a lot of places that you can miss while being on a bus. Cycling is

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Marimo: The cute furry round plant that took Japan by storm

Far up north, on the remote island of Hokkaido, there is a deep, dark, and beautiful crater lake called Lake Akan. The lake is home to thousands of little (and sometimes huge) spherical algae balls wh

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Magic Furoshiki wrappping

Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese way of wrapping various things with a cloth. Nowadays it is gaining popularity outside of Japan, for being a perfect sustainable wrapping. You will be surprised to

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Galaxy Harajuku is the Trendy and Innovative Hot Spot We Needed

As the global leader of the smartphone industry, leave it to Samsung (rebranded to simply Galaxy in Japan) to have an interactive and futuristic flagship store in one of Tokyo’s trendiest neighb

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The Imperial Palace: A regal residence in the heart of a modern city

The Imperial Palace, located in the Chiyoda District of the Chiyoda Ward, has remained the residence of the Japanese Imperial family since 1868. In place of where the old Edo Castle once stood, the Im

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A day in Tokorozawa Sakura Town: Kengo Kuma’s rock fortress, a bookshelf theater & teamLab

  Late last year, Saitama Prefecture’s Tokorozawa Sakura Town had its grand opening with notable architect Kengo Kuma’s rock fortress serving as the main attraction. Kadokawa Musashin

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Nihon Buyo: feel the culture!

Nihon Buyo means Japanese dance, such as those that you can see in a theater, a special style performed by geishas, ​​or a mix with modern choreography elements. It is more than just steps and gracefu

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Tokyo Banana’s Latest (and Cutest?) Pokemon Collab: Eevee

In December, Tokyo’s go-to souvenir Tokyo Banana unveiled the beginnings of their Pokemon collaboration with adorable Pikachu Bananas. Available at Seven Eleven, these flew off the shelves faste

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Enoura Observatory: One artist’s dream to capture the essence of Japanese culture

  In less than just two hours away from central Tokyo by public transport, you can escape to the architectural masterpiece of the Enoura Observatory located in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture. Found

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Artist Takashi Murakami’s work finds a temporary home in Roppongi Hills—cafe, statue & more!

  Takashi Murakami, highly influenced by manga and anime and known for founding the postmodern art movement, ‘Superflat,’ now has his iconic flower art on full display for a limited t

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Last month of Tokyo’s Sumikko Gurashi Cafe!

  The pop-up Sumikko Gurashi “Mole House” Cafe in Harajuku is sadly coming to a close on January 17th after two months since its opening. This might be your last chance to come say hi

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Happy Bags for a Happy New Year

Happy New Year! New years in Japan means hatsumode, osechi, otoshidama, and more. As the new year rings in, so do the great deals from stores with fukubukuro! Fukubukuro are also known as happy bags o

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Entering 2021 with pristine skin with these adorable Japanese character-themed face packs!

  Sure we all know about regular skincare face packs, the type that you leave on for 10 minutes while it soaks in deeply and moisturizes your face. But have you ever heard of character-themed fac

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Little Europe in Jiyugaoka

If you miss Europe in Japan, this will be the perfect place for you to rest and see the familiar scenery! Located very close to Jiugaoka station, this area can be easily mistaken for a part of Venice,

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Poke Lid manhole covers: Pokemon fans breathes new life into natural-disaster-struck towns

  The Poke Lid manhole project began in 2018 and was initiated as a means to bring more tourists into the more remote areas of Japan, especially cities that have recently been struggling from the

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Come play with tiny ‘Mame’ Shiba Inu dogs in Harajuku!

  In the middle of jam-packed Harajuku, filled to the skies with high-rise buildings and fashionistas, you’d never expect that in amongst all the hustle and bustle would be a cozy little ca

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Shibuya overview, great photo spots and a little more

There are a lot of things to do in Tokyo and lots of different neighborhoods to see. One of them is the iconic Shibuya crossing, which you just can’t avoid because so many transitions are made h

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Have You Watched Japan’s Movie of the Year?

Kimetsu no Yaiba has taken Japan by storm, and it looks like the nationwide obsession isn’t letting down any time soon. Although the Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train movie was released back in Octo

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Forget the paper: Japanese food artists use toast as their canvas!

  Japan is well known for its hyper-niche art forms ranging from origami to kintsugi to woodblock printing. This time, Japan’s creative genius paired with the pandemic has given rise to a w

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Cute nails, beautiful eyelashes and a relaxing massage

Tokyo is well known for its love for cute things, and normally we hear about clothing. But it is much more than that! Having a cute manicure and express your love for some anime through it (for exampl

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Too Cute to Eat– Floresta Nature’s Animal Doughnuts!

Through Bikkuri Japan, we have covered countless topics on Japan’s kawaii culture, including character themed foods. Next on our list is Floresta Nature Doughnuts and their animal doughnuts! pho

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The BEST Korean Food in Tokyo: Shin Okubo

Only one stop away from Shinjuku on the Yamanote line is Tokyo’s very own Korea Town; be sure to come with an empty stomach and a full wallet because Shin Okubo is a hot spot for Korean food, KP

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Japanese New Year traditional food—osechi ryouri & more!

  If you happen to be lucky enough to visit Japan during New Year’s, you might be surprised to find it a much more wholesome few days than the rowdy all-nighter on New Year’s Eve foll

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Melon Bread Burgers and More! Build the Burger of Your Dreams at Burger Factory!

Burger Factory has been grilling American-sized, gourmet burgers for all to enjoy since their grand opening in February of 2019. photo: @suika1ban With over 50 customization options for their burgers,

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Try making these origami animals by Japanese origami artists!

  When you think of origami, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is folded paper cranes, perhaps even a thousand of them. Beyond the traditional Japanese cranes, these origami artis

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Pikachu and Friends are Lighting Up the Night at the Sagamiko Illumillion!

You might remember the Sagamiko Illumillion from our 2020 guide to illuminations; as spectacular as their illuminations already are, this year they bring us a very special Pokemon collaboration! photo

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An Edo Hot Spring Wonderland: Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari

  Come walk through the old streets of the Edo period in an onsen theme park—one of the largest in Japan! You could literally spend a whole day here bathing, eating, shopping, and playing games s

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Merry KFC Christmas from Japan!

By now, you’ve probably heard of the Christmas KFC phenomenon in Japan, and if you haven’t, now you will! photo: @shichikin207 There are differing accounts surrounding the origin of KFC for Christmas,

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Kill Bill restaurant (Gonpachi NishiAzabu)

Gonpachi is a restaurant that has been visited by a lot of Hollywood celebrities, including the former president of the US! It got its fame after inspiring Quentin Tarantino for the famous scene in hi

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Goryoukaku Koen: Hakodate’s Star-Shaped Historical Fort turned Public Park

  Goryoukaku Park is equally great for both the history buffs and the leisurely strollers. Standing today as one of the major attractions of Hakodate, Goryoukaku Park was originally constructed a

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Move Over Banana Bread, It’s Time for Pull Apart Bread to Make It’s Pandemic Debut

For whatever reason, quarantine brought out the inner-baker in all of us, and everyone and their grandmother was making banana bread. YAWN! As the pandemic still sees no end in sight, why not try maki

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Miniature food samples in Japan: It’s the little things in life

Remember food samples, like the ones that almost always sit outside restaurants in Japan? Well those are being made by creators in near-microscopic levels. With pastries, bentos, and sandwiches being

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New Pokemon Center Opens in Kanazawa!

As of November 20, a new Pokemon Center has opened in Kanazawa; located inside the Kanazawa Forus shopping center, this marks the 29th official Pokemon retailer in Japan! photo: @mii_pikapika Opening

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Hiking Mount Meakan, Hokkaido

Mount Meakan (Hokkaido) is the highest mountain in the Akan mountain range. photo a.h.d5600 It can take from three to eight hours to hike, depending on where do you start your route. It has three trai

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Japan’s Nostalgic Showa Retro Love Hotels

With the revival of city pop and future funk comes the appreciation of all things Showa, including love hotels. No, love hotels aren’t seedy back-of-the-alley brothels, but rather an important p

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Pachinko: have some fun!

Pachinko is a very popular game center, that is spread all around Japan. You can easily recognize these parlors by the colorful lines of slot machines inside. photo jocelynwkl photo ibiscafe Gambling

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Japanese kimono designers create traditional design masks *pandemic edition*

  What better way to upgrade your pandemic season wardrobe than with these kimono fabric face masks? Here are some handmade masks made by local kimono designers and dressmakers in Japan. Using ol

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Powder Paradise: Niseko Skiing Adventure

A warning to ski-bums and powder heads: this article may make you empty your bank account, move to Japan, and never look back.  Winter may not be here just yet in Tokyo, but Niseko has already gotten

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Try Nikka Whiskey Straight from the Barrel at the Nikka Whisky Distillery Tours!

From the ¥900 Nikka Black to the ¥15,750 Nikka Single Cask (they even have a 10 year anniversary bottle that sells for ¥79,521!), Nikka is sure to come to mind when you think of Japanese whiskey. If y

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Will you ever find dangos as Instagrammable as these?

  Dango is a very simple and cute traditional Japanese dessert that takes the form of three to five gooey, white balls on a wooden skewer stick. The balls are made from rice flour, or mochiko, an

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A Classy City for a Classy Hotel: Spend a Night at the MUJI Hotel Ginza

Located atop MUJI’s global flagship store is the MUJI Hotel Ginza. With 79 rooms and countless facilities at your disposal, the minimalist, simplistic atmosphere of the store is extended through

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Japanese tattoo culture is alive and well…and legal!

  Although tattoos are still more on the taboo side in Japan, they have undoubtedly become more and more trendy in recent years! In September 2020, Japan’s high courts ruled that tattoo art

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The beautiful and picturesque, Ōnuma of Hokkaido!

  Hokkaido is a highly underrated destination in Japan that way too many travelers overlook. If you’ve already caught wind of the marvels of Hokkaido in your travelers game of telephone, yo

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A ninja appears in Akasaka!?

Ninjas still exist!!! People are usually pretty shocked when they hear this, but “Ninja Akasaka” in Akasaka is one place in Tokyo where you’ll surely find them. You’ll be promi

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Golden Ginkgo Trees: The Perfect Foliage Walk Right in Tokyo

Can’t make it to Nikko for the beautiful foliage? No worries! There’s beautiful foliage right under your nose in Tokyo. Take the train to Meiji Jingu Gaien around mid November to see the p

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Matcha, matcha, matcha galore!

  The rich, earthiness of matcha with its uniquely bitter undertones can’t quite be matched by anything else. Here, we’ll go through a few spots in Tokyo that specialize in delectable

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Stop by the Most Visited Castle in Japan: Himeji Castle!

Sitting atop Himeyama Hill is the beautiful Himeji Castle. Despite being built in the early 1300’s, the castle stands tall and looks over the wonderful city of Himeji in the Hyogo prefecture. ph

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Spend the day in Shinjuku

Shinjuku station is known as the busiest railway station in the world. It is easy to get lost here, luckily the station staff can always help you. Most of your travel around Tokyo will start here, but

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First Ever Make-Your-Own KitKat Chocolatory is here in Tokyo!

  Although the cherished KitKat originally hails from the UK, KitKat lovers worldwide seem to always flock to Japan where KitKat flavors continue to challenge KitKat boundaries time and time agai

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Customize your wallet contents & choose cute designs for bank and point cards!

  Have you ever thought of glamming up your wallet with cute and fun card designs? Fret not, as Japan (the land of all things cute and animated) has you covered. Point cards such as T-point, Waon

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