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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!

Beyond the Guidebook - 5 Expats Talk Japan’s Latest Trends & Secret Tips!

Other Contemporary Culture

Bizarre game shows and kawaii fashion hail from Japan, no stranger to the world for its peculiar cultural trends. The Japanese people in particular are thrilled by constant new releases, whether it be food, fashion, or the trending “word of the year.” No matter what time of the year you visit Japan, there will always be new and limited edition drinks and dishes at convenient stores (some that come with collectors memorabilia), restaurants, and shops. From forming long ques to devour the latest dessert item at McDonald’s (which has created a world of its own in Japan unlike McDonald’s in other countries) to snatching the latest in overpriced streetwear finds, there is always something new trending that people in Japan jump on the bandwagon for. When visiting Japan, you’ll find some trends that are obvious and others that are found in the language and mannerism. These five expats share their opinions on the culture they’ve immersed themselves in or decided to stay out of. This time around, we asked five expats: “What's a trend in Japan that you love? (And/or what is one you don't quite understand?)” Here is what they shared.

Irresistible: Top 10 Rice Snack Sellers by Japan's Top Producer, Kameda Seika!

Other Japanese Food

In Japan, rice crackers are a beloved snack that dates back centuries and come in all sorts of variations such as arare or senbei. From salty to sweet, from light and airy to hard and crunchy – the tasty delights can be found in convenience stores and supermarkets all over the country. Kameda Seika is one of Japan’s most prominent and famous rice cracker makers, dominating both the market and gourmets’ hearts with delectable rice cracker creations. The company, its headquarters in Niigata Prefecture right on the Sea of Japan, celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016, still delighting people all around the country with both traditional and creative, new cracker varieties. With their wonderfully authentic taste and “only in Japan” uniqueness, they also make great souvenirs to take home and share with friends and family. But which ones to buy? Let’s take a look at Kameda Seika’s top 10 long-time best-sellers that have been loved and popular for decades!

Tasting Umaibo – Japan’s Favorite Junk Food Snack!

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Practically every culture has its tempting snack foods, and Japan is no exception! Umaibo – literally, “tasty stick” – are particularly popular in the country. Made of puffed corn and coming in unique flavors, they have a suggested retail price of 10 yen (less than a dime) – easily affordable by and appealing to kids. Many Japanese likely have warm memories of when they were children and would go to a neighborhood dagashiya (candy shop) and grab either a mentai aji (walleye Pollack roe flavor) or a corn potage flavor and gobble it up on the spot!

How to Save Money with Japan's Amazing Rail Passes!

Japan is such an amazing destination for tourists that companies do their best to make it as easy to travel around as possible, and at an astonishingly low price. These tickets aren’t exactly a secret, but for many people around the world these kinds of tickets simply don’t exist in their countries, so it’s a bit hard to even imagine that they exist! They make travelling around Tokyo very cheap, and offer stupendous value for money for travelling around the Kanto region and around east Japan. For any savvy traveler they are tickets which are an important tool for making the most of any trip to this beautiful country. Today we will introduce four different train tickets which JR East, Japan’s largest train company offers. No tourist should be without!

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