8 Useful Tips for Exploring Shinjuku!

8 Useful Tips for Exploring Shinjuku!

Shinjuku is one of the most densely populated areas of Tokyo, offering an essential panoramic snapshot of Japanese urban society for all travelers to explore. My 8 tips are more landmarks on a broad arc that I’ll describe, so please print off a Google street map of the area to refer to. [Continue Reading…]

8 Tips for Amazing Shopping at Daiso in Japan!

8 Tips for Amazing Shopping at Daiso in Japan!

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With around 2,800 stores in Japan and more than 1,500 outlets in more than 20 countries worldwide, Daiso is likely to be a name many readers are already familiar with. Founded in 1977 as a hyakuen (¥100) store, Daiso Japan has risen to be something of a high street institution here, [Continue Reading…]

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan!

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan!

I love aquariums, I think most Japanese people do. Being an island people with a maritime tradition gives us a close affinity for the sea and, of course, the sea provides a large part of our diet. So it’s perhaps not surprising that Japan has a large number of aquaria, among the best in the world, [Continue Reading…]

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Shibuya Crossing!

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Shibuya Crossing!

Shibuya Crossing has become one of the most iconic Tokyo locations, and immortalized in many films and TV series. At peak times, as many as 3,000 people may criss-cross the intersection in one go, so it’s no wonder the sight is often described as a sea of people, something to be seen to be believed.[Continue Reading…]

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Sapporo!

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Sapporo!

Sapporo is one of Japan’s newest cities, capital to the Hokkaido Prefecture and is the 4th largest Japanese city in terms of population. Well known for having hosted the 1972 Olympics and for its Snow Festival or Yuki Matsuri which is visited by millions of tourists, prospective visitors may want to consider these tips:[Continue Reading…]

7 Reasons Why Hakone is so Popular among Japanese!

7 Reasons Why Hakone is so Popular among Japanese!

Located in the southwestern part of Kanagawa prefecture, Hakone is part of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, known for great scenic beauty. The area is one of the most popular destinations in Honshu for Japanese people, and for several overlapping cultural and historical reasons, [Continue Reading…]