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Sightseeing in Asakusa: 8 Spots to Explore Japanese Culture to the Fullest!

Asakusa Other Sightseeing

Tokyo’s Asakusa has a beautiful, traditional townscape that evokes an authentic atmosphere of how the city, then called Edo, looked hundreds of years ago. Simply by walking around the narrow, scenic streets, you’ll be able to dive deep into the world of Japanese history. Of course, there’s a lot more to do in Asakusa than just taking a walk. There are numerous fun ways to experience Japanese culture and lifestyle, both modern and traditional. We’ve found the area’s most representative and exciting spots to try on kimono, explore Asakusa like the Japanese of old, and try your hand at making Japan’s iconic fake food!

Izakaya Robo-Kichi: Drink, Feast and Watch Old-School Anime in Tokyo’s Super-Secret Robot Pub!

Ikebukuro Food Entertainment

You may know Akihabara as Japan’s hot spot for everything manga, anime, and video games, but did you know that Ikebukuro boasts a similar reputation? From November 1, 2017, the busy, bustling hub in Tokyo’s northwest will become the home of a secret robot base. Yes, you heard correctly: welcome to Izakaya Robo-Kichi, or “Theme Izakaya Robot Base!”

Nakano Broadway’s Mandarake: The All-in-One Akihabara

Located in Nakano, just a 5-minute train ride from Shinujuku, Nakano Broadway is well known as a mini Akihabara and has been a haven to otakus and their culture for many years. This huge complex that spans over several floors is home to a multitude of shops all catering to all game, anime, and manga lovers! Within Nakano Broadway there is one chain that clearly sticks out among the rest: Mandarake. Mandarake is everywhere in this shopping center and is impossible to miss! And the best part? You don’t even need to be really familiar with this otaku culture to be able to appreciate it and join in on the fun!

Information about Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji Outdoor Activities

Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan standing at 3,776 meters above sea level. Located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south-east of Tokyo, it is considered one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains". In 2013 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a Cultural Site. Thousands of people from all over the world come to climb the mountain every year, with hiking trails officially opening to the public.

How to Barbecue in Japan

Summer

Summer time is Japanese barbecue time! The weather is warmer, the days are longer, and there’s no better time to get together with friends and family. But in Tokyo, most people have little in the way of a lawn and no place outside use a barbecue grill. But the locals have adapted to their environment to give Japanese barbecue parties their own unique spin. And with a little bit of planning, you also will be able to fire up a grill for an enjoyable afternoon.

Fishing Restaurant Zauo in Shinjuku

Seafood

Tokyo is full of great restaurants. So many in fact, that you might just run short on time trying to sample them all. Do you want to have a sit-down Japanese meal, or do you want to try one of those wacky theme restaurants you’ve heard so much about?

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