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Take Mt. Hakodate’s Ropeway and Get a Spectacular Night View!

Hakodate Night Views

No tour of Hakodate is complete without a view of the night sky from Mt. Hakodate! The view from Mt. Hakodate at night is beautiful as it is scattered with lights in the curve between the Tsugaru Strait and Hakodate Bay. The view of this flat terrain at the mountain’s height is just perfect. Reach the summit before sunset to see the color of the sky and the surroundings change!

Enjoying Summer in Japan! 10 Imaginative Summer Goods at Shibuya Loft!

Shibuya Other Shopping

Hot and humid - you can’t really say that summer in Japan is pleasant. But one pleasant way to pass the time during summer here is to visit Shibuya Loft and spend time looking at its great selection of sundried items. Whether it be cool items for outdoor activities or bedding to make the summer nights more comfortable, Yui Takahashi of Loft’s PR Department had several recommendations of interest that can make the summer more pleasant. Here are ten we wish to share with you.

[MOVIE] Character, Harmony, and Elegance: The Art of Bonsai

Ningyocho / Monzen-Nakacho / Kasai Culture Experience

The Shunkaen Bonsai Museum is one of the most pleasant places that I have had the chance to visit in Tokyo. After a 15-minute bus ride from the Mizue Station, it is an oasis of nature around a beautiful traditional Japanese house. More than a thousand bonsai can now be seen in the museum, including 500 worth more than 10 million yen.

10 Things to Buy With Your Last ¥1,000 Before Leaving Japan!

Ever wonder what do to do with the leftover yen you have at the end of your Japan trip? Sure, you could exchange it before leaving—but with the exchange rate and after the fees are taken out, you’re not left with a whole lot. Here are a few things you can buy to get your money’s worth out of your last 1,000 yen. Japan has a reputation for being expensive but it’s also a place where you can buy a variety of quality goods at a reasonable price. All you need is 1,000 yen, and you’re set—there’s a whole lot that you can buy. Make the most of your stay in Japan with something memorable. Try out new flavors of a snack or drink! Pick up last-minute gifts. Just 1,000 yen can solve your problems! Use your final yen to pick up affordable goods that you can only buy in Japan. In this article we’ll share ten tips on how you can make the most of your leftover yen.

Kansai vs. Kanto: Taking a Look at Japan’s Regional Differences!

Tokyo Station

Japan may be a small island nation, but each of its areas boasts a unique culture and even the climate can differ quite vastly from one region to another. Generally, however, people tend to divide Japan into two major cultural areas: Kantō in the East and Kansai in the West. Tokyo and its metropolitan area make up Kantō, the center of Japan’s politics and economics since Tokyo became the country’s capital in 1869. Its counterpart is Kansai, centered on Kyoto, the ancient city that has been the capital from 794 to 1869. Osaka, known as a major gourmet hot spot and often called the “kitchen of Japan,” is also part of Kansai. Of course, such a cultural divide brings its very own subtle and not-so-subtle differences in everyday life, from etiquette to language. Sometimes, you’ll see people from different corners of Japan having trouble understanding each other because of dialects! Stereotypes are another phenomenon going hand in hand with the Kantō-Kansai-divide and it’s not uncommon to hear phrases like “Yeah, that’s how people from Tokyo are” or “Oh, they’re from Kansai, that explains a lot.” But how do tourists experience these cultural differences? They can be quite fun to explore and discover if you know what to look out for! Let’s take a closer look at the quirks and customs of Kantō and Kansai!

How Much Money Should I Bring to Japan? Travel Budget for Visiting Tokyo!

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas Other Sightseeing

Visiting Japan can mean different things to different people, but the kind of trip you will have depends to a large extent on what kind of budget you have and what you are willing, or not willing, to do in order to save money. Luckily, Japan has a lot of different options for a flexible traveler, regardless of whether they want to spend a little money, or a lot. As in all things, the cheapest options mean you need to be pretty open minded, to be willing to walk rather than take a bus or to stay somewhere quite out of the way rather than by a major station. For the traveler with money to burn it is very easy to get the absolute best of everything, from travelling in comfort to staying in stunning hotels!

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