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Dining, entertainment and more! A close look at the New Chitose Airport Terminal Building (Part 2 - Facilities)

Sapporo / Chitose Gift Shops

The New Chitose Airport is the aerial gateway to Hokkaido and is the largest airport in Hokkaido welcoming countless tourists annually. This airport is so well-equipped with dining facilities, gift shops, entertainment, and relaxation facilities that it is hard to believe that it is an airport. Here are some spots in the airport we recommend.

Under US$2! Skewered Chicken (Yakitori) Taste Test at Japan's Convenience Stores!

Convenience Stores

For those of you who don’t know, yakitori is a traditional Japanese snack in which charcoal grilled chicken is placed on a skewer. It is a popular food item in Japan, sold by yakitori shops and izakayas (Japanese bar and grill) as it’s said to go especially well with alcohol. With varied parts of the chicken used such as momo (thigh meat), kawa (skin), and harami (meat from the diaphragm), and a choice between shio (salt) or tare (a type of soy sauce) for flavoring, there are a multitude of types to choose from. In this article, we are going to introduce the types of yakitori you can buy at the heated food section next to the register at convenience stores such as 7-Eleven, Family Mart, and Lawson, all for around US$1.50! These are perfect for a quick breakfast, a snack between meals or even to supplement your dinner at the end of the day.

[MOVIE] Sightseeing Taxi: Tour Tokyo the Easy Way!

Odaiba Adventure Activities

Tokyo is not always an easy city to visit, especially for first-timers. Even if the transportation system is known to be one of the best in the world, it usually takes some time to get used to it. And for those who already have a car license, driving in a foreign country can be a stressful experience. To make things smoother for travelers, I highly recommend a private car and a driver for a few hours, or a couple of days, and do sightseeing at your own pace.

Best Places to Buy Records in Tokyo: 3 Local DJ's Share Inside Tips!

Shibuya Other Shopping

Over the last 10 years, vinyl records have come back from the pop-culture Doldrums. Since their re-emergence, we have begun to see countless old-school record stores and vinyl LP market stalls spring forth all over the world. In Japan however, the record form of music media never really died, not in the same way that it did elsewhere. The Japanese have always adhered to the principles of preserving vintage electronics, as a nation they are pretty much unparalleled in this regard. Take Tower Records for example, a Californian record company that rose to fame in the 1960s. In 1981 they opened their first store in Japan, and the business has continued to thrive here since. Tower Records officially went into liquidation in 2006, though the Japanese branch had serendipitously separated from their parent company just four years earlier. Of course, the company has metamorphosed over the years (with a thriving CD trade in particular), but the fact that they still do such lucrative business in Japan, while similar companies around the world are filing for bankruptcy, is proof of the nation's nostalgic allegiances. The positive upshot for record fans, is that there are still tons (and tons) of places to get your hands on vinyl in Tokyo. A common question on the lips of visiting record-lovers tends to be, "Where should I buy records?" Well, the options are literally in the hundreds, so we decided to get the opinions of 3 local DJ's—who span a variety of musical tastes—to help you on your way.

Kuramae: Discovering Arts, Crafts, and the Spirit of Tokyo’s Old Downtown

Asakusa Other Shopping

Kuramae, a district tucked away between famous Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree (R) – and thus in walking distance of both – is known as the neighborhood of leatherworking and other handicrafts, with artisans inhabiting the area since the Meiji Period. In recent years, the wonderful retro charm of Kuramae has gained quite a lot of attention as a town of equally retro craftspeople and artisans. So this time around, we’ll take a look at some of Kuramae’s most interesting shops and inhabitants, those that carry the traditions and ingenuity of old over to this day and age. Let’s go visit the artisans in their amazing historical setting!

Tokyo's Top 25 Neighborhoods on Instagram!

Tokyo Station Downtown

Choosing what areas to go visit in a metropolis as large as Tokyo often seems like a daunting experience. Everyone has a different preference, some good memories connected to one place or another. We are about to introduce you to the most popular hot spots in Tokyo according to, well, everyone who's ever posted a picture of Tokyo online. With Japan expecting over 40 million visitors in 2020, and with tourism to the country increasing on a yearly basis, tourists and locals alike take to Instagram to post pictures of the places they like best. So, let’s take the guesswork out of the equation. Let’s see which areas are the ones most people like and let’s dive into the Top 25 hotspots in Tokyo on Instagram!

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