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5 Tohoku Hot Spring Ryokan Getaways With Spectacular Views The Whole Family Can Enjoy!

Other Surrounding Areas Of Aomori Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento)

The Tohoku region of northern Japan abounds with hot springs and natural beauty. Many of the hot springs have spectacular views, like a “secret” spring surrounded by a virgin beech forest or an open-air bath that seems to blend into the Sea of Japan. Here are five of our favorites, perfect for family trips and anyone who wants to relax and avoid crowds.

Japanese Housewife Shares Her 9 Favorite Cooking Shortcuts

Harajuku Other Restaurants

The condiments section of Japanese supermarkets has always been a treasure house for any lover of Japanese-style cuisine. The variety of seasonings and spices available in Japan is simply dazzling! So what are some of the must-have items that would be difficult to find anywhere else? LIVE Japan visited Keio Supermarket, one of Tokyo's main chains, with a homemaker, and interviewed staff there to find out what are the top 9 items visitors from abroad should pop in their basket and bring back home!

Purikura: Change Yourself Up with Photo Booth Fun!


You simply cannot take a trip to Japan without trying one of the mega-popular sticker photo booths known as purikura! For just a few hundred yen and a few minutes, you can take home a souvenir that is as fun to make as it is to share. Purikura isn’t just about the final photos, but about the experience and fun of posing and decoration. This is not your average photo booth! LIVE JAPAN took a visit to the purikura area of the Taito Station game center in Shinjuku to try purikura for ourselves and to take you through the process step by step!

Taking a Break in Shinjuku: Four Secret Spots to Rest, Relax, and Refresh Yourself

Shinjuku Discount Stores

Shinjuku is famous for its neon lights and one of Tokyo's most busy and bustling neighborhoods. This exciting place is fun to explore, but after hours of colorful sightseeing, you'll find yourself craving a quiet place where you can relax. Let us show you Shinjuku's secret spots to kick back and relax at, from lush rooftop gardens to natural hot springs!

'You Still do THAT?!' 7 Things That Shocked Foreigners About Japanese Weddings

Marrying someone from a different country is bound to lead to a couple of culture shocks and clashes of opinion – no matter how well you get along, there are some things that are just too influenced by your upbringing! Here, we interviewed 7 non-Japanese living in Japan on their opinion of marriage in Japan. Some were married to Japanese people, but some simply commented on the situations of their friends and those around them – either way, there were a few shocks to be had! (The below comments reflect only the opinions of those interviewed).

Umeda Restaurants Guide: The Go-To Place for Culinary Delights in Osaka!

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Okonomiyaki, Monja & Takoyaki

One of the highlights of a vacation to Osaka is undoubtedly the affordable and delicious food! From okonomiyaki pancakes to Takoyaki, there is lots of tasty food in Osaka. Amidst fierce competition, we singled out the top areas and Umeda restaurants where you can get delicious food at great prices!! beeboys / Shutterstock.com

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