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7 sweets and souvenir shops in Otaru handpicked by our writers!

Otaru Other Shopping

Otaru is a popular city full of historical buildings and romance. Their main attraction, "The Otaru Canal", features many famous sweets and souvenir shops that can only be found in this area. This time we have picked 7 shops that we recommend you see when you visit Otaru. We will introduce sweets shops where take out is available so you can enjoy your treat while you walk around and enjoy the city skyline in search of all the unique souvenirs of Otaru.

An Inside Look at the Newest and Biggest Pokémon Center with First Official Pokémon Café!

Tokyo Station Pop Culture

As some may know, the biggest Pokémon Center in all of Japan has opened this spring in the Takashimaya department store in Nihonbashi, a very Japanese neighborhood and historical center of Tokyo. The enormous Pokémon Center DX’s location is very convenient with it being located just a short walk from Tokyo station. Even better, it also holds nearly any Pokémon item you can imagine and uses some cutting-edge technology that everyone can enjoy! Pokémon is inarguably one of the most followed and renowned series in Japan—and the world! With fans in many age groups, this makes the Pokémon Center DX a great stop for almost everyone. Join us for a sneak peek inside!

[MOVIE]Become a True Gundam Pilot - Step into the P.O.D. at a Japanese Arcade!

Arcades

Japan and robots go together like a hotdog and mustard. One of the nation’s most famous robot exports is known worldwide simply as “Gundam.” What started out as an anime has become a huge franchise with its own games, movies, and even a life-sized statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a way to pilot your very own Gundam robot!

Check out Seicomart - the Hokkaido convenience store offering something unique!

Niseko / Rusutsu Convenience Stores

This convenience store chain now has the largest number of stores in Hokkaido. The Niseko Hirafu location is extremely successful during the winter season with long lines crowding the inside - and over 90% of the customers are from abroad! Anywhere else in Japan, this number of international customers in a convenient store would be a rare sight.

Recommended Sightseeing Spots near Noboribetsu Onsen! From Hidden Locations to Popular Spots Definitely Worth the Visit!

Noboribetsu / Lake Toya Other Entertainment

Noboribetsu Onsen is a sightseeing spot that represents Hokkaido. There are many ways to enjoy the area such as soaking in a hot spring at a hotel or exploring the area. Also in the Noboribetsu Onsen area there are popular spots you can reach by car or cable car. Here are three recommended spots.

The Complete Guide to Ikebukuro Station

Ikebukuro Other Sightseeing

Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo’s three major sub-centers and the central hub of the northern Yamanote Line. Thus, the gigantic Ikebukuro Station acts as an important hub that connects 2.62 million passengers on average each day (as of 2015, with 4 railway companies combined) - this makes Ikebukuro Station the third-largest station in the world. Ikebukuro has a lot to offer in terms of amusement and sightseeing, so knowing the station, its exits, and its lines are crucial for both tourists and Tokyoites. We compiled a complete guide to Ikebukuro Station that will ensure that you won’t get lost!

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