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Where to Stay in Japan's North Next Winter: 5 Select Hotels in Sapporo

Kushiro Hotels

If you want explore the expanses of Hokkaido, then Sapporo with its great access makes a perfect base for doing that. In recent years new hotels have been built to keep pace with the increasing number of foreign tourists visiting Sapporo. Here we’ll introduce a range of new hotels! All five are located in the heart of Sapporo and within a 10-minute walk of major stations (Sapporo, Odori, Susukino). All offer a wide range of services as well as breakfasts prepared with Hokkaido delicacies and have large bathing facilities guaranteed to relax and soothe you. If you are looking for a place to stay in Sapporo, then consider one of these!

Daiso, Japan’s Famous 100-Yen Store: Top 7 Fancy Souvenirs on a Budget!

Tokyo Station 100 Yen Shops

Whether it’s for souvenirs or gifts, you’ll definitely be going shopping in Japan. However, you might be worried about overspending, but still want to get some really nice things. That’s where Daiso comes in. Daiso is one of Japan’s most successful and popular hundred-yen stores – the equivalent of a dollar store, but better! Founded in 1977, the company has since grown to 3,376 stores nationwide, as well as a number of branches around the world, bringing the total to 5,542 worldwide. Now, although 100-yen items take the spotlight, Daiso has increased its product line to include a range of products at slightly increased prices in multiples of one hundred. Daiso is incredibly popular among tourists, thanks in part to their attractive prices and large variety of products, which includes kitchenware, snacks, calligraphy sets, and more. It’s almost too easy to swing by and grab a bunch of fantastic souvenirs and gifts for just a few coins, making it one of the best places to do cheap shopping in Japan. What might surprise you, however, is that they offer a large number of elegant, quality items that nobody would guess only cost a hundred or so yen. We went hunting for the fanciest items, and were surprised by what we found! We’ve started at the usual 100 yen, but to get really fancy you’ll have to loosen the purse strings a little and part ways with as much as 500 yen (gasp!)

Learn the Art of Flower Arrangement at Ohara School of Ikebana

Harajuku Other Traditional Arts

Ikebana, flower arrangement, is one of Japan’s most treasured art forms, a time-honored tradition that continues to be relevant even in today’s modern society. Beautifully arranged flowers and plants have permeated Japanese culture in a way that is seldom found in others. The Ohara School of Ikebana has played a major part in keeping the tradition alive, through its many schools in Japan, as well as its 59 chapters abroad, with over 300,000 members worldwide. The beauty of the Ohara School is not only in its floral arrangements, but its ability to share the culture of ikebana with the world. I visited the Ohara Center of Tokyo to try an ikebana class to learn more about this traditional art form.

Visiting Lake Biwa: 3 stylish cafés offering dreamy views of the area

Shiga Suburbs Other Restaurants

Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan. Many people visit it throughout the year to enjoy its changing scenery. Here we will introduce three charming cafés from which to enjoy the scenery of Lake Biwa.

Japanese Food Fight! 8 Incredible Fried Dishes You Won't Believe Are From Japan

Other Japanese Food

In stark contrast to Japanese cuisine’s image of being all healthy, there is a bad boy side too. It might seem like Japan is a country which is all sushi and small dishes, but during both night and day it zips on its leather jacket, slips on a pair of sunglasses and gets up to mischief. I am of course talking about Japanese fried foods, in other countries the worst thing you might come across is fried chicken, but in Japan you can come across fried anything – literally anything apart from a fried chocolate bar.

Visiting Kyoto in Autumn 2020 (September, October, November): Ultimate Guide to Kyoto Weather and What To Pack!

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Autumn

Kyoto in autumn is amazing: the fall leaves make for the best time of the year to be a tourist. Many tourists come in from all over the world, but it is good to know that there is a large temperature difference between September and November, so be sure to pack your clothes accordingly. It can be hard to purchase the right clothes in an unfamiliar country, so here’s what to bring! Just keep in mind that weather can change so while we provide overall trends of what to wear, it is best to check the weather forecast before you leave your home.

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