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Tattoo-Friendly Hot Springs and Sento in Tokyo


Since long before foreign tourists were freely coming in and out of Japan, tattoos have been traditionally been seen as a mark of the more nefarious elements in Japanese society. While in many ways Japan is continuously adapting to the ways of the western world, the traditional views on tattoos as something “bad” is still very prevalent. Thus, it’s not very surprising that so many onsen (hot springs) and “sento” (bath houses) still forbid the entrance of those with tattoos. However, don’t give up hope yet, tattoo lovers! With the continued influence of western culture on Japan, the number of Japanese who casually sport ink has been increasing recently. In order to cater to the increasing potential customers with tattoos, more and more onsen and sento have been popping up around Japan. We want all of our readers to enjoy all of the wonders of Japanese onsen so we’ve prepared a small list of them that are worth going to that allow those with tattoos to enter.

[MOVIE] Totti Candy Factory: Harajuku’s Huge, Pastel, Rainbow Cotton Candy!

Harajuku Shows

Do you have dreams of gumdrops and lollipops? Well Totti Candy Factory in Harajuku sure does! They have drifted away on a cloud of cotton candy and want to take you with them! This shop has possibly the biggest and most beautiful cotton candy you’ve ever seen! Their products are currently hottest Japanese dessert trend. Specifically, we are talking about Totti’s famous mountain of rainbow cotton candy. Professional cotton candy makers spin these popular treats all day for endless customers.

The History of the Japanese School Uniform: a Symbol of Freedom, Rebellion, and Fashion

What image pops into your head if you hear the word “uniform?” Its purpose seems clear: creating a group by making everyone’s appearance the same. However, seeing Japanese high school kids in blazers and skirts doesn't quite seem to fit this image. The reason for that lies deep within the history of the Japanese uniform itself. Except for certain times, the school uniform has always been a symbol of freedom, reflecting the wearer’s will and wishes. In any case, Japan’s school uniforms are a one-of-a-kind phenomenon that has risen to become a cultural symbol, recognized by people from all around the world. But how did the uniform become such a cultural icon? Let’s take a look at its history, from the early beginnings to its modern status.

Your Japan Adventure Continues At The Airport: The Ultimate Guide to Shopping and Dining at Haneda Airport!

Haneda Other Restaurants

Not ready to say “Sayonara” to Japan? The shops, restaurants and facilities at Haneda Airport International Departure and Arrival Lobby are a great way to experience Japanese culture and cuisine one final time before heading home. This guide will introduce you to the best restaurants at Edo Market on the 4th Floor as well as to the best spots for last-minute gift and souvenir shopping.

Where to Stay in Tokyo? A Guide to All Areas and Their Accommodations


Tokyo is a massive city, with innumerable shopping, sightseeing, and gourmet hot spots to explore. Touring every nook and cranny of the metropolis is impossible, especially if you only stay for a limited amount of time. Choosing your accommodation – your sightseeing headquarters, so to say – is key. Because deciding where to stay is so vital to your trip, we’ll break down Tokyo’s main areas and their accommodations, as well as look at the areas’ major sights and general atmospheres. With that, you’re sure to find just the right place for you!

Nogi Shrine – Discovering Modern-Day Shinto and the Real Last Samurai

Roppongi Shrines

Nestled between the busy nightlife district of Roppongi and the stylish commercial area of Akasaka lies a place of modern-day Shinto worship, dedicated to someone who can be called Japan’s real last samurai: Nogi Shrine. Right as I left Tokyo Metro’s Nogizaka Station, I was greeted by a large white torii, the gate that marks the entrance to Shinto shrines all across Japan, as well as two statues of komainu, or lion-dogs, the protectors of the precincts. The noise of the metropolis was quelled by this very atmosphere as soon as I took my first steps onto the shrine grounds – it almost felt like entering an entirely different world. Large trees cast their cooling shadow on me, the air felt fresh and clean, and the soft murmuring of the water in the temizuya, the basin used for ritual purification before prayer, welcomed me to an entirely different part of modern Tokyo.

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