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Disney Fan's Choice: 15 Must-Have Character Goods from Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea

Chiba Suburbs Theme Parks

A trip to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea is on the list of pretty much everyone who comes to Tokyo! Of course, the magical adventure needs to be commemorated by a cute souvenir or memento. Some of the classic choices for that are adorable plushies or unique T-shirts, but where to start? We sent one of our editors who also happens to be a massive Disney fan to Tokyo Disney resort, with the mission to find the absolute must-have character goods! From plushies to smartphone cases, prepare yourself for an epic Disney-themed shopping haul!

Add Some Zen (And Kawaii) To Your Life With These 10 Items From Japan!

Ikebukuro Household Goods Stores

Tokyu Hands is the place to go for made in Japan products that add just the right touch to your home and everyday lifestyle. Tokyu Hands is a DIY home improvement retailer located near hub train stations like Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo. There are even a few overseas locations as well. Each floor is chartered by genre and as you explore you can’t help but get excited as your eyes dart from item to item. Tokyu Hands’ motto is “hints for everyday living,” and the items found at the store add a bit a joy to your daily routine while being practical and functional. Let’s take a look at 10 items found at Tokyo Hands that are sure to find their way into your suitcase as souvenirs.

[MOVIE] A Japanese Drum Experience at TAIKO-LAB

Shibuya Other Sightseeing

Have you always wanted to learn a traditional Japanese instrument? How about one that makes you exercise in the process? If the deep sound and rhythms of the traditional Japanese taiko drums have always spoken to you, why not try your hand at taiko drumming with a dynamic class? As I learned at TAIKO-LAB in Aoyama, taiko is more than just making sound; it’s about feeling the rhythm through your entire being!

Welcome to Tokyo's Street of Youth! Top 6 Recommendations in Shimokitazawa for 2018


Are you familiar with the name "Shimokitazawa?" If you’re into Japanese literature, then you might know of the original novel "Hello, Shimokitazawa" by Banana Yoshimoto. Or if dramas are your thing, then maybe you've seen one called "Shimokitazawa Diehard" starring Eiko Koike. Or maybe you're a music fan who's been to the Shimokitazawa Music Festival. In 2004 construction began on the new Shimokitazawa Station, due for completion in 2019. How has this town, formerly nicknamed "cotton town" for all its clothing stores, changed? Allow us to introduce some of Shimokitazawa's best antique shops, gourmet food spots, and latest trendy information!

What Makes Japanese Horror Different? Interview with Hirofumi Gomi, Japan's Famous Haunted House Producer!

Tokyo Station Other Entertainment

For many, mentioning summertime conjures up images of beaches, barbecues, fireworks and festivals – but in Japan, it is also known as a kind of “ghost season.” One reason for this is that summer is traditionally believed to be when ancestors’ spirits visit the land of the living during the festival of Obon, and families gather together to remember their deceased ones. In fact, in summer, when you visit an amusement park in Japan you might notice that one of the more popular attractions may be the haunted houses, where you can have some real hair-raising experiences.

The Complete Guide to Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station Other Sightseeing

Tokyo Station and its beautiful, nostalgic red brick building is on the must-see list of every tourist to Japan. Besides its impressive value as a sightseeing spot, Tokyo Station is also an important hub that isn’t only served by major JR Lines such as Yamanote and Chuo but also is a major station for several shinkansen bullet trains. About 3,000 trains arrive and depart at Tokyo Station on a single day and when traveling around Tokyo, it’s going to be an important station for you as well. The station premises boast a large variety of shops and restaurants, offering both respite to rest tired legs and great opportunities for unique souvenir shopping. However, there’s one downside: the station is so large, it’s easy to get lost! To keep that from happening, let’s take a thorough look at the structure of Tokyo Station, its major lines and exits, and what’s around the building.

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