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Easy Day Trip from Tokyo! Ultimate Sightseeing Guide for Hakone & Lake Ashinoko!

Hakone / Odawara Other Restaurants

When in Hakone you must visit Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). This picturesque lake is surrounded by nature and has a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji. Here we will show you how to get the most out of your trip in a single day!

Beyond the Sushi: 31 Must-Try Japanese Dishes!

Japanese cuisine

The famous Land of the Rising Sun is known for so many things, it’s hard to even mention them all: culture, history, pop culture, manga, anime, cosplay, sights, architecture...the list could go on and on. A big component of this host of things for which Japan is world famous is food. No matter where you’re from, or whether you’ve ever visited this country, chances are you’ve stumbled upon more than a few Japanese food restaurants. Many of us know of sushi and sashimi, or ramen. Yet Japanese food culture is much richer than that. If you’re among those who like to experience food, when you travel to another country, then, unless you’re already an expert, you’ll need some guidance to navigate through the sea of restaurants and dishes this country has to offer.

Stringraphy at Studio EVE: A Striking and Unique Musical Experience

Shibuya Other Contemporary Arts

Have you ever imagined being right inside a musical instrument, surrounded by song? I visited Studio EVE in Tokyo’s Daitabashi neighborhood and was able to experience this very feeling by attending a Stringraphy workshop. A beautiful melting of music, art, and movement, Stringraphy is an original concept that while born in Japan, has already made waves across the globe in its 25 years of existence. During the workshop, I had the chance to meet the members of the world-renowned Stringraphy Ensemble, enjoy a performance, and even try my hand at making my own string music.

Check this before visiting Hokkaido! Regional descriptions and local cuisine

Sapporo / Chitose Sushi

In the broad expanse of Hokkaido you can find a wide selection of local cuisines from port towns offering fresh seafood to places inland where local-grown meat and vegetables are used in the dishes. Especially in the case of ramen there are unique variances; Sapporo ramen and Hakodate ramen have different flavors, so we recommend you compare the differences when you visit these places. This is one way to enjoy the “soul food” loved by the local residents during your travels around Hokkaido.

How safe is Japan for tourists? Complete look at which Tokyo areas are safe - and which aren't

People all around the globe have an image of Japan being safe. Indeed, the Global Peace Index (a ranking determined by domestic crime and conflict, war, military budget, and so on) sees Japan on rank 10, a number that leaves no doubt about Japan being safe and peaceful. However, it is also an unpleasant truth that heinous crimes such as murder and theft have become more noticeable. In the unlikely event that you will be affected by such a crime, your positive impression will have been ruined. Let’s take a closer look at Tokyo’s neighborhoods and find out where and what kinds of crimes take place, should you want to avoid the worst places.

How to Survive the Crowds during Japan's Golden Week

Other Sightseeing

In Japan people are not so hot on taking holiday, not in the sense that they don’t want to, but that there is a lot of pressure, for various reasons, not to take holiday. To combat this, the government designated a number of public holidays to make sure people take time to have a rest! The result is Japan’s Golden Week, a number of public holidays in a row (from around April 29 to May 5) which basically mean a long holiday for many workers.

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