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Unforgettable 3-Day Itinerary to Japan's Chubu Heartland: Traditional Towns, World Heritage Sites & More!

Castles

The Chubu region, which consists of nine prefectures (including Gifu, Nagano, and Ishikawa), is located in the middle of Japan and is popular among foreign visitors. Its appeal lies in its richness of tradition and history, like the World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go and the National Treasure, Matsumoto Castle. Besides, there are many exciting places, like Shinhodaka, where you can enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves, or Okuhida Onsengo, with its hot springs, and Hida Takayama and its popular old-Japanese-style landscapes. Driving around would be a convenient way to see all these attractions. Still, many people are worried about driving in a foreign country. That's why today we'd like to introduce you to a 3-day and 2-night bus travel route from Tokyo via public busses. This will allow you to see the sights easily and efficiently with little need for reservations. Refer to this guide for information on busses and fares. *Due to the effects of Covid-19, transportation schedules and business hours of various facilities may be changed or temporarily suspended.

Famous 100-Yen Store: Top 5 Weirdly Useful Kitchen Goods at Daiso!

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas 100 Yen Shops

100-yen shopping in Japan means weird and wacky gadgets, and weird and wacky gadgets on a budget means Daiso! Daiso is one of Japan’s most famous 100-yen stores (think dollar store, but cooler), and it offers a huge number of items at a range of price points, but with a focus on 100-yen steals. There are 3,376 Daiso stores in Japan, and a grand total of 5,542 worldwide (as of 2019), and they’re popular for a reason; everything is super cool and super cheap! Daiso has been around since 1977, so they know what they’re doing. Daiso has a wide selection of other items available, but with Japan having such a rich culture around food and cooking, we couldn’t resist checking out their kitchen supplies! We found plenty of options to brighten up your kitchen. These top six gadgets are unlike anything we’ve ever seen back home, and incredibly they’re all at the classic Daiso price of 100 yen! Nothing is too bulky, so you can carry all your cool new toys with you as you trek across the country, and then stuff them into your suitcase to take back home. Spice up your cooking and snack in style with these quirky yet super useful kitchen supplies!

[MOVIE] Navigating Virtual Airspace with Skyart JAPAN

Shinagawa Adventure Activities

Have you always wanted to fly through the skies while controlling a jet? You now have the chance to make your dream a reality! Skyart JAPAN offers hyper-realistic flight simulation for everyone from beginners to professional pilots. Take a closer look at SkyArt’s state of the art headquarters located in Shinagawa, Tokyo and see how I fared in the cockpit for my very own private lesson!

Tokyo Station’s Souvenir Sales Ranking – Most Popular Items Under $10!

Tokyo Station Other Shopping

Behold, this is our grand “Souvenir Sales Ranking – By Price!” We picked the top 10 souvenirs for under 1,000 yen among a massive selection of 2,200 different items and goodies in collaboration with Gransta, Ecute, and Keiyo Street to help you find the perfect souvenir from Tokyo!

'Is This Some Kind of Rally?!' 5 Things About Tokyo City that Shock People from the Countryside!

Tokyo Station

Tokyo, the famous international metropolis. It’s the center of Japan, home to the headquarters of innumerable global corporations, a place of bustling business and economics. Landmarks such as Tokyo Skytree and Shibuya Crossing never seem to sleep, the traditional neighborhood of Asakusa and its Senso-ji Temple are always bustling with tourists, old downtowns such as Yanesen transmit nostalgic charms, and the high-end shopping district of Ginza attracts people from far and wide. Tokyo is a treasure trove of sights and experiences for people from around the world, birthplace of thousands of trends, and the beating heart of Japanese politics and economics. On the other hand, few people of this giant city know that 47% of the Tokyo’s inhabitants are from entirely different prefectures, excluding the neighboring prefectures of Saitama and Kanagawa. Four to five of 10 people living in Tokyo are from rural areas, and a lot of them have moved to the city for college or to find a job. Just like international tourists who come to Tokyo for the first time, those Japanese countrysiders also have their own experiences of culture shocks and surprises! This time, we look at the five most common things of Tokyo that stun people from the Japanese countryside!

Over-wrapped! How To Limit Plastic Waste While In Japan

Tokyo Station

For newcomers to Japan, one of the biggest surprises may be the sheer amount of unnecessary packaging – particularly with plastics. While some Japanese retailers have recently taken proactive steps to encourage consumers to use eco-friendly reusable bags, these approaches have not yet been more widely adopted or imposed by the government. However, as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics approach, eco-conscious discussions have to some extent been reignited, with Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada saying at a press conference in June 2019 that his ministry plans to introduce legislation curtailing the use of single-use plastic bags that are currently offered for free. Despite this positive step, Japan continues to be one of the largest producers of plastic waste per capita in the world. So if during your trip to Japan you find yourself being bombarded with excess packaging, here are some key phrases and tips on how you can cope!

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