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Exploring Tokyo Station: 10 Must-Visit Spots Around the Heart of Tokyo

Tokyo Station Downtown

The Tokyo Station area is known for its fascinating coexistence between magnificent historic buildings and towering, modern skyscrapers. We will show you the area's most famous sightseeing spots, as well as secret sights that should not be missed when touring Tokyo Station, the heart of the Japanese capital.

Best View of Shibuya Crossing?! Check out the Deck in Magnet by Shibuya 109!

Shibuya Department Stores

When you think about Shibuya, images of the world’s busiest intersection probably come to mind. Now there’s an incredible new way to see this scene. A fashion building right in front of the scramble intersection – 109 Men’s – recently received a huge makeover. One of its main attractions is the Crossing View and Crossing Photo – offered at the Mag’s Park section on the rooftop, which affords a prime, bird’s-eye view of Shibuya’s famous scramble intersection. Here we take a close look at what Magnet by Shibuya 109 has to offer!

Samurai Museum: Get to Know the Spirit of Japan’s 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!

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.

Why Do Japanese People Apologize So Much? The Hidden Meanings of “Sumimasen”

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas

A lot of people know about the Japanese word sumimasen, meaning “sorry,” even though they don’t speak the language. It’s not an exaggeration to say that sumimasen is one of the most famous Japanese words, alongside konnichiwa (hello) and arigatō (thank you). However, how many people know that sumimasen has more meanings than that of an apology? Sumimasen is used by Japanese people every day, but its meaning differs greatly depending on the situation, sometimes meant as an apology, sometimes not. Among the Japanese, the word carries great meaning, is incredibly versatile, and entirely indispensable for building interpersonal relationships. Of course, there are various situations in which it is used as an apology, but also when asking for the way, when calling staff at a restaurant, when expressing gratitude, and so on – depending on the moment and the situation, the features of sumimasen change in all sorts of ways. Therefore, it’s wrong to say that Japanese people say sorry a lot and apologize for anything. Sumimasen is not only used as an apology. For Japanese people, the word sumimasen is rich in diversity and incredibly useful, but it is also a word that can lead to misunderstanding if its meaning is not properly understood. This time, let us explore the secrets hidden in sumimasen, a word that is indispensable for Japanese daily life.

Staying Connected in Japan: Getting a Japanese SIM Card, Portable Wi-Fi & More!

You’re almost ready for your trip to Japan! The excitement is palpable, but you may also be wondering how you’ll manage to stay connected while in the Land of the Rising Sun. One of the worst feelings for an international traveler is that of finding oneself in a foreign (often unknown) country, with no way to communicate. Not knowing something, or someplace, doesn’t scare us anymore, since we have all the knowledge we need literally at our fingertips, but when travelling abroad, using our devices could require a little bit of planning and some hardware. Worry not! Keep reading to learn all there is to know about staying connected in Japan so you can choose the best option for you!

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