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3 Best Hotels to Stay in Tokyo During Cherry Blossom Season

Tokyo Station Hotels

In Tokyo, the cherry blossoms are usually in full bloom from late March to early April. Here we will introduce you to some of the best places to stay during cherry blossom season, as well as hotels where you can enjoy seeing the blossoms right from the rooms! It's only by staying in certain hotels that you can enjoy cherry blossoms that you can't normally see without worrying about large crowds. All the hotels introduced are well equipped against Covid-19.

Mt. Fuji Satoyama Vacation: Stylish Glamping and Ecotour In Front of Mt. Fuji!

Mt. Fuji Other Accommodations

Mt. Fuji Satoyama Vacation is a private glamping facility perfect for people with an eco-conscious lifestyle. Newly opened in March 2021, you can take ecotours of Japanese culture and nature here, allowing you to experience a different side of Japan you haven’t seen till now. And as Mt. Fuji Satoyama Vacation is backdropped by Mt. Fuji, it's a breathtaking place to start your vacation - or workation! This time, the LIVE JAPAN Editorial Team set off on a 2-day experience at Mt. Fuji Satoyama Vacation to see why it's become such a popular draw. Here’s the full report with all the details!

[MOVIE] Achieve Your Cosplay Dreams at Cosplay Studio Crown!

Akihabara Culture Experience

Anyone from pros, to amateurs, to people who've never cosplayed before can jump into Studio Crown in Akihabara to experience a professional level of cosplay that's both easy and affordable! Recently LIVE JAPAN took the opportunity to check them out!

Ultimate Kiyomizudera Temple Guide: Visiting Kyoto's Most Famous Sightseeing Spot!

Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple Shrines

Kiyomizudera Temple is one of the can't-miss points of interest in Kyoto. The old historic temple, reportedly opened in the year 778, is a designated world heritage site. Its 130,000 square meter premises are situated halfway up the side of Mt. Otowayama and include over 30 buildings and monuments. Home to many national treasures and important cultural assets, Kiyomizu-dera Temple is full of highlights, making it popular among visitors to Japan. Kiyomizu Stage, jutting out from atop a cliff, and Otowa Waterfall, said to have magical healing properties in its water are a few of the must-see spots introduced in this article.

'What is Tofu Anyway?' Everything You Need to Know About Tofu

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Japanese food is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Like Japanese culture, the flavors are often more subtle than, say, Mexican or Indian food. But within this seemingly simplistic cuisine is depth and complexity. How is this possible? The answer lies in the ingredients. Japanese cuisine uses many unfamiliar and unique ingredients. One such ingredient is tofu. Tofu can be found en masse at Japanese grocery stores and is a staple in Japanese cooking. Here’s all you need to know about this Japanese kitchen heavyweight!

8 Tokyo Tourist Traps to Avoid! (And Where to Go Instead)

Other Sightseeing

If you plan to visit Japan, Tokyo is most likely at the top of your list for many reasons. Being the capital city of Japan, the center of business and one of the most important and iconic cities in the world, Tokyo is the ultimate urban destination. As the world’s most populated city, Tokyo brings in millions of tourists every year and the trend is increasing. According to surveys by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, in 2018 there were about 14 million foreign visitors to Tokyo. And almost 6 trillion yen was spent by these visitors while in Tokyo. That is a lot of tourist money, meaning hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions are competing for tourist attention and dollars. And although anywhere in Tokyo is filled with amazing things to do and see, some places are a little over-crowded and have a distinct "touristy" vibe. Here is a list of nine places that might be considered tourist traps and some alternatives if you want to skip the long lines and discover someplace new.

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