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It’s an Azalea Wonderland at Tokyo’s Nezu Shrine

  If you happened to miss the sakura season this year, don’t fret because Tokyo has another flower viewing opportunity taking place for you right now! Right after the cherry blossoms have f

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These incredible shaved ice flavors at Sakanoue Cafe will blow your mind!

Did you know that people in Japan have been eating shaved ice since the 11th century? Back in the Heian Period, aristocrats would take ice formed during the winter months to store in icehouses to make

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Vegan fruit sando finally comes to Japan at Tokyo’s trendy fruits and season store!

  Far from just another dessert shop popping up in Tokyo, the opening of ‘fruits and season’ in Ebisu is huge news for the vegans in town. Opening in January 2021 as the first vegan f

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Tokyo Toilet Project brings transparent bathrooms and more to the capital!

When people visit Japan, the first thing they will usually comment on is the amazing hospitality—and toilets. Japan’s near-ubiquitous use of electronic toilets, or ‘washlets’, has le

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Waffles, robots, and robo-flash mobs? Come dine in luxury at Shibuya’s Pepper Parlor!

Whether or not you’re a fan of robots, the Pepper Parlor robot cafe truly has something for everyone. Located in the famous Tokyu Plaza building in Shibuya, the Pepper Parlor is a space where ro

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Stunning, hand-painted smoothies at JTRRD Cafe

First opening in 2019, Tomomi Tamura created JTRRD Cafe as a space selling both fashionable goods and artistic fruit smoothies, with the intention of sharing beauty and art with our bodies in both int

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Tokyo Water Buses

One of the great ways to explore Tokyo is from a boat. There are several bus routes, each one will let you see this beautiful city from a different angle.  photo vinc_swee The most popular is Tokyo Cr

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Amamidokoro Hatsune: The Perfect Traditional Japanese Dessert

Anmitsu is a famous Japanese dessert dating back to the Meiji Era of Japan. The special treat continues to have loyal fans after all this time, and for good reason. Consisting of agar agar, translucen

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Visit Zao Onsen in Yamagata

Zao Onsen in Yamagata prefecture is another great place to explore. For those who don’t know yet onsen is a hot spring bath normally shared with people of the same gender, but many ryokans / hot

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PARK IN THE SKY: Miyashita Park’s glow up is real

Almost a year on since Miyashita Park’s grand reopening, it is safe to say that the park has literally and figuratively been elevated to new heights with its recent renovation, becoming one of t

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Echizen Daibutsu: Hidden Gem in a Beautiful Valley

Nestled in a beautiful valley in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture, over 1200 buddhas await. The largest buddha is over 17 meters tall in its seated position. The temple was built in the 1980’s by a b

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A Depachika Unlike Any Other: Parco Chaos Kitchen

Shibuya Parco has everything you could wish for in a day in Shibuya, from a relaxing roof top to a not-so-conventional Depachika. Depachika is derived from ‘departo’ for department store,

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Izu Fruits Park: A healthy excuse to satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings!

  Thinking of where to go for a memorable day trip? Mishima City in Shizuoka Prefecture has an enticing all-you-can-pick (and eat) strawberry and seasonal fruits farm that is open almost all year

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Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace has been a residence of the Imperial Family until 1869 when the capital was moved to Tokyo. If you like historical places this will be a must-see.  photo clickbypablo Nowadays yo

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Watch art come to life at the Nihonbashi Art Aquarium Museum!

  Artist Hidetomo Kimura, known for his past artistic aquarium displays, has finally brought a permanent exhibit to the Japanese capital. The Art Aquarium Museum in Nihonbashi is filled with cubo

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Miho Museum: Art and Nature as One

Looking for a quiet interlude from the bustling city? Miho Museum is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature and appreciate art and architecture. Built in 1997, the museum was designed by the

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Kurashiki: the perfectly preserved & picturesque Edo town

  Set your watches back by three hundred years, because this time we’re headed to the historical Edo trading center of Kurashiki! With streets lined up and down with beautiful white houses

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Tree house: Cafe Les Grands Arbres

In recent years nature-themed cafes become more and more popular in Tokyo. We will tell you about one of the oldest, which is located in a quiet neighborhood just a few minutes away from a Hiro-o stat

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Visit One of Japan’s Teddy Bear Museums: The Nasu Teddy Bear Museum

The Nasu Teddy Bear Museum, one of a handful of teddy bear museums in Japan, is located in Tochigi Prefecture and is a great way for adults and children alike to spend an afternoon. Complete with a th

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Alpine route: snow corridor

Japan is a pretty small island, but it truly has everything. One of the places that look very different and isn’t located in the far north is Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. To get there from Toky

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Order your very own custom-made movie cocktail at Hachigatsu no Kujira!

  Hachigatsu no Kujira—taking its name from the 1987 film with Bette Davis, “Whales of August”—is a bar that specializes in film-themed cocktails. With walls lined to the ceilings wit

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Frog and Toad’s 50th Anniversay Exhibit in Tachikawa

If you grew up with Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad as your friends, hop on over to the PLAY! Museum in Tachikawa for the 50th anniversary Arnold Lobel “Alone Together” exhibit. From Ja

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Experience Kamikatsu: The Zero Waste Lifestyle

Have you ever wondered about where your trash goes or how your actions, big and small, impact the ecosystem and community around you? The people of a small town in Tokushima prefecture, Kamikatsu, hav

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Immerse yourself in color and shapes while you stay at the Reversible Destiny Lofts!

  Have you ever wondered if you could convert your bedroom into a playground? This is precisely what architects Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins have created with their nine colorful and playful

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Explore Tokyo’s Local Underground Art Scene at 3331 Chiyoda Arts

Tokyo will never disappoint when it comes to artistic exploration or affordable adventures, and Arts Chiyoda 3331 is no exception. Located in Akihabara, the worldwide hub of anime, manga, maid cafes a

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A Perfectly Pink Valentine’s at Q-Pot Cafe

Valentine’s day is quickly approaching, and whether you have that special someone to celebrate with or not, Q-Pot cafe in Omotesando has the Valentine’s menu of your dreams. photo: @0310sh

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A Quick Look at the (Unofficially Open) Nintendo World at USJ

It’s time to jump up, super star! Although the current State of Emergency in Japan has pushed back the long awaited opening of Universal Studio Japan’s Super Nintendo World, it’s sti

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Japanese martial art: Kendo

What is Kendo? Kendo is a modern Japanese martial art that uses bamboo swords, wearing special protective armor. It is practiced by people of all ages and genders. Below is the concept of Kendo from A

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Indulge in Bagels to Your Heart’s Content at JUNO in Jiyugaoka

For over 20 years, Jiyugaoka has been home to JUNO, a bagel cafe that infuses its own Japanese twist. Made with flour and yeast sourced in Hokkaido, JUNO prides themselves on their all-natural and del

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Experience Japan’s ‘retro boom’ at Monozuki, a traditional kissaten cafe

  Jazz music, dark wood, antique Western furniture. A waft of roasted coffee beans floats through the air. It is none other than your local Japanese ‘kissaten.’ Located on a cozy and

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Do yoga and explore Gotanda

Exploring new places can be overwhelming, especially in such a big city like Tokyo, very often people need to take a break, slow down in order to make the best of their trip. We recommend you to drop

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Sazaedo: Astounding Architecture and a Buddhist Pilgrimage

Is it really possible to complete a Buddhist pilgrimage in less than 5 minutes? Sazaedo, one of Japan’s unique cultural landmarks, contains all 33 statues of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of merc

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Site of Reversible Destiny: The park that throws gravity out the window

  Using the rolling landscapes of Gifu Prefecture as their terrestrial canvas, artists Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins built the Site of Reversible Destiny, Yoro Park in 1995. Designed with the

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Kyoto’s interactive art installation x ramen shop—for vegans!

  Whether you’re simply vegan-curious or if you’re on a strictly plant-based diet and worried about being able to eat to your heart’s content on your next Japan trip, get ready

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Park Hotel Tokyo: Artist Floor

Are you someone who likes to stay in beautiful top floor hotels, with great Tokyo city views, but you got used to similarly looking rooms no matter what guest house it is? There are some options that

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Stepping Into the Frame: The Bed and Art Experience

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay past opening hours at your favorite museum, enjoying to your heart’s content with no one else around? Up-and-coming Tokyo Art Hotel Collectiv

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AMKK Paludarium: Futuristic Encapsulated Bonsai Trees by Azuma Makoto

  Flower artist Azuma Makoto’s latest installation, “Paludarium Tachiko & Yasutoshi,” is in fact a collaboration between Azuma and botanical photographer Shunsuke Shiinoki. 

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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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