Also known as the official beach of Tokyo, Odaiba’s construction was initially started to protect Tokyo with a series of six fortress islands build in the 1850s. Today you can only access the No. 3 Battery Fortress or Dai-San Daiba which has been open to the public since [...]

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Harajuku is by far one of the most famous districts in Tokyo when it comes to youth fashion and Japanese subculture. While the main point of interest here is the 500m long Takeshita Street and its many trendy shops, used closed stores, fashion boutiques and small Japanese crepe stands […]

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Back in early 2000, Akihabara was really the world´s best place to purchase electronics, computer parts, cameras and so on, but almost two decades later, Akihabara is just the ghost of what it used to be. Sure you can still find some interesting stuff there, but the choice […]

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While the difference may be subtle for us foreigners, sento and onsen are two different ways to enjoy Japanese bath culture. Simply put onsen means hot spring with hot natural water, while a sento is a paid public bath with heating boilers and dates back to as early as […]

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Known by many as the Japanese version of the Champs-Élysées, Omotesando Avenue was in fact originally created in the Taisho Era (1912 – 1926) as the formal pathway to Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken temple also known as the Meiji Shrine. [...]

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One of Tokyo’s most unconventional green spaces, Todoroki Valley is located just 20 minutes away from Shibuya Station and in the center of the densely populated Setagaya Ward. Unlike many other places in Japan, Todoroki Valley is a simple walking trail adjacent to the Yazawa River and surrounded by a […]

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Today’s “Walking Around” video will be all about the famous open-air market, Ameyoko. Located just a station away from Akihabara and Ueno, Ameyoko Market, or more officially Ameya Yokocho, is home to almost 200 stores. These stores sell pretty much everything, ranging from fresh vegetables and seafood, to […]

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Hashirimizu is a small fishing town located in Kanagawa prefecture.  Close to Yokosuka city or if you prefer, a good hour south of Tokyo and around 30 minutes south of Yokohama by car. Now we will be straight with you, there is actually nothing special about this little fishing […]

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Mitsumine Shrine, located on top of Mount Mitsumine, is one of 3 major shrines in Chichibu, Saitama and by far the oldest! According to the legends, Mitsumine Shrine was apparently founded around the first century during the reign of the 12th Emperor of Japan: Keiko […]

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Covering a major portion of the west slope of Mt Hakone, the beautiful field of Sengokuhara, are covered in some of the most beautiful Japanese “Susuki”, also known as pampas grass. [...]

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The Togoshi Ginza Shotengai is a large 1.3 km long shopping street that crosses through Hiratsuka, Togoshi, Yutaka-cho and Nishi-shinagawa in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward. Togoshi Ginza is actually made of three distinct shotengai running end to end with the Shoeikai, Chuogai and Ginrokukai and promoted under the […]

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Boshu uchiwa, hand-made rigid fans originating from Chiba, take various forms. The standard round-shaped type; the “egg type,” which features a unique, smooth curve; and a long-shafted type, which allows the wielder to see the design move when it’s spun with the palms of the hands.

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