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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.

Makeup and Skincare Must-Buys at Best 100 Yen Shop Daiso!

100 Yen Shops

Fueling your makeup addiction is pricy, but being beautiful doesn't have to hurt your wallet. With a plethora of items priced at just 100 yen, it's no surprise that Daiso’s selection of beauty products have earned it legions of budget conscious fans across Japan. Enter a Daiso anywhere in Japan, and you will be surprised at the dizzying selection of beauty and skin care items in stock. It can be difficult when there’s so many products to choose from! We set out to find the best that Daiso has to offer.

A Night in Nature: 5 Serene Temple Stays Around Tokyo!

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas Other Traditional Culture

Did you know that Japan’s shrines and temples welcome regular tourists to stay for a night or more? Experience authentic Zen meditation, the traditional, vegetarian cuisine called shojin ryori, and explore a fascinating world so different from anything you know. Staying at a shrine or temple is an experience that even a lot of Japanese people don’t get to have that easily, a unique glimpse into the realm of shrines, temples, and traditions.

10 Major Cities in Japan: Which One Should You Visit?


Japan’s rich history combined with its unique and exciting modern culture, have made it one of the most popular countries that people dream of visiting. But once you’ve decided to explore Japan, how do you choose which city to see? The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all answer; it really depends on the preferences of each individual traveler. Do you enjoy a high tech urban atmosphere with crowds of people or quiet solitude among nature? Would you rather shop for the hottest trends or visit historical spots? Swim among tropical fish or feed crackers to friendly deer? Keep reading to find the perfect city for your Japan adventure!

Manners at a Japanese Drinking Party

It’s not easy being new in Japan. The first issue is that until you get up to speed on the language, you really can’t do anything useful. You can’t read signs, you can’t understand anyone or anything, and it seems like everyone is rushing all around you to get from one place to the next. It can be like standing in the eye of a cultural hurricane. Once you are finally able to speak for yourself, you may still feel as if you’re just not fitting in. This is due to the variety of unspoken Japanese rules and customs that can be confusing for newcomers. But once you learn them, they can be a wonderful cultural souvenir to take back home with you. So, if you want to win friends and fit in, read on for tips on handling one of the most common Japanese social events--how to act when you’re invited to a drinking party!

[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!

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