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Sweets, Souvenirs & More: 7 Popular Spots to See When Walking Around Tokyo’s Historical Asakusa Area!

Asakusa Other Restaurants

Asakusa is one of the most popular spots for first-time visitors to Tokyo. It is famous not only for Kaminarimon Gate and Sensoji Temple, but also for unique old shops that sell standard Japanese fare as well as sweets. Today we will introduce comforting sweets found in and near Asakusa, Kaminari okoshi with a history stretching back more than 250 years in Asakusa, the cute, ningyo-yaki, long a tradition in Asakusa, and the oldest onigiri shop in Tokyo. Enjoy these delightful treats while strolling around Asakusa savoring its long history and culture!

Incredible Access to Kyoto's Temples: Sowaka is a Truly Kyoto-esque Hotel!

Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple Hotels

Hotel Sowaka opened in the Gion Yasaka area of Kyoto in November 2018. Located in a refurbished old tea house built more than 100 years ago, this small luxury hotel has only 23 guest rooms. All rooms are fully furnished with traditional Japanese elements, such as fusumae [paintings on sliding paper doors], lacquer, and Japanese paper, and each has its own layout. During autumn when the foliage is at its brightest colors there is also a special plan for visiting a temple. If you are going to visit Kyoto, then make it a truly memorable experience by staying in this very Kyoto-like hotel! We highly recommend it for individuals interested in immersing themselves in the traditional culture of Kyoto.

Checking Out Tokyo's Samurai Museum: Get to Know the Spirit of Japan’s Ancient Warriors

Shinjuku Other Museums

Samurai are one of the most well-known icons of Japanese culture. Recognizable by their distinctive helmets and deadly katana weapons, these warriors were characterized by their extreme dedication to the belief of honor above life. Tokyo’s Samurai Museum provides deeper insight into this unique facet of Japanese culture to further understand what it truly meant to be a samurai in old Japan. Samurai Museum offers visitors the chance to see real samurai armor and weapons up close, as well as in-depth educational tours in English, workshops, and exciting sword battle performances that showcase samurai actors in action! If you are interested in taking a samurai selfie, you even have the chance to wear some replica armor!

Great Ways to Spend Spare Time at Narita Airport: Restaurants, Relaxation Spots, and Family-Friendly Kids Parks!

You've probably heard of Narita Airport being described as the gateway to Japan, and for good reason, since it's the airport many local and international visitors will be using for their travels to and from Japan. Now, imagine you land earlier than expected in the airport, or your flight was delayed and you have some time to spare. Even if you're just having a layover or in the airport early to check in for your flight, you may be wondering what's there to see and do before and after the customs check. How does one spend all this extra time in Narita Airport productively? Well, don't you worry, because Narita Airport is chock-full of enjoyable spots to explore. We're talking about places like restaurants, shops, relaxation facilities, and playgrounds for the kids as well. You may find yourself running out of time to spend soon enough instead! Here's a list of some of the best places you can visit in the airport, from eateries to relaxation spots, that will make all that waiting time pass like a breeze!

Fall in Japan is the Best! 10 Reasons We Love Autumn in Tokyo

Autumn

Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Tokyo! The city dyed in hues of red, orange and yellow. The humidity and heat of the summer give way to more temperate weather where strolling the streets through the day no longer leave you feeling like you’ve just hit the gym. It’s the season when rice is harvested, mackerel swim south and a myriad of celebrations through the country leave locals and anyone who visits in a perpetual sense of festivity.

Japan Essential Disaster Information: What to do in Natural Disasters and Evacuations

According to statistics published by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), the island nation saw a record number of foreign visitors in the first half of 2019. That said, it's also a well-known fact that Japan is one of the most natural disaster-prone countries in the world. What, then, should you do if you happen to meet up with an unfortunate incident during your visit? Many tourists wonder what sort of warning system Japan operates on, and some may also want to know how they can calmly seek refuge in times of disaster. These are likely questions that have come up in your mind before as well. This article is therefore designed to explain some basic facts and information about the natural disaster evacuation process in Japan, including what you should do if disaster strikes, how you can understand local directives, and advanced preparations you can make to ensure your well-being during an evacuation.

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