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5 Reasons to Visit Nikko: Japan's Mystical City, Rich in Nature

Nikko Rivers, Lakes & Canyons

Nikko is located in the northwestern part of Tochigi Prefecture, best known for its vast and rich nature as well as the the many famous sightseeing spots, including historical shrines and temples. As it used to be the sacred land of mountain worship, many people visit the place for its distinctive mystical atmosphere.

Cheap and Unique - Tokyo's Top 10 Guesthouses to Stay At

Asakusa Youth Hostels

Guesthouses; the fun, cheap version of hotels, preferred by all kinds of adventurers and travelers. Naturally, the hip metropolis of Tokyo does have its very own selection of creative, unique, artsy, and fancy guesthouses to offer. Among this extensive selection, we chose our top 10 spots that stood out for being particularly creative, a great choice for women traveling alone, and more! Let's take a look.

Discovering the Back Alleys of Tokyo's Arakicho and its Top Three Gourmet Hotspots

Shinjuku Izakaya

The many back alleys of Arakicho in Tokyo's Yotsuya neighborhood was once a bustling geisha district, a major hub of entertainment for the Tokyoites of old. Now, the atmospheric alleys are crowded with restaurants and cafes, making it a popular gourmet hot spot right next to the lively Shinjuku. We've skimmed the area and found our three most favorite restaurants that we'd like to recommend to both Arakicho veterans and beginners!

5 Maid Cafes in Tokyo

Akihabara Other Cafes & Sweets

Maid cafes appeared in Akihabara around the year 2000. This novel idea of having girls dressed as maids interacting with customers became a huge sensation. Now, many maid cafes are establishing themselves as great entertainment spots with the help of intriguing, original concepts.

Japan’s Traditional Footwear

There's a lot to admire about traditional Japanese clothing: exquisite kimono, colorful yukata, boldly designed happi, and simple, but dignified hakama are all celebrated garments originating from Japan. However there is one area of classic Japanese fashion that sometimes goes overlooked: traditional footwear!

[MOVIE] Learn, Make, and Eat with the Tokyo Sushi-Making Class!

Shibamata / Kita-Senju / Kameari Culture Experience

The LIVE JAPAN team recently had the chance to participate in a sushi making experience! During this small group lesson offered by Tokyo Sushi-Making Tour, we learned the history and customs surrounding Japan’s world-famous <@raw fish|a=article:a0000339?sc_lid=lj_article_textlink@> and <@rice cuisine|a=article:a0000453?sc_lid=lj_article_textlink@>, before rolling up our sleeves and making real sushi for ourselves! Best of all, we could eat all the sushi we made–and there was plenty!

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