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Experience Tokyo’s Asakusa Area: Must-See Sightseeing Spots for Solo Travelers

Asakusa

If you’re looking to experience Japanese food and culture in the capital of Japan, Tokyo, where should you go? Beyond a shadow of doubt, it’s Asakusa! Sensoji Temple, with its famous Raimon gate, is there, and there are numerous snack and souvenir shops in Nakamise dōri too. From tempura and soba to sushi, there are an overwhelming number of restaurants and shops with long histories entwined with Japanese culture. With so many things to see, you can just pick your favorite spots to customize your own journey, making Asakusa a wonderful place for solo travelers. Here, we’ll be introducing a few sightseeing spots in Asakusa. They’re all places that you can enjoy at your own pace while travelling solo!

The Curiously Unusual World of Japanese Pizza

Ueno Pizza

Just about everyone knows that the birthplace of pizza is Italy. However, where can you find the most unique pizzas in the world? For many people, the answer is Japan! It may come as a surprise, but Japan is home to some of the most interesting pizzas you can find. Pizza shops in the country regularly feature what outsiders would probably consider to be some very unusual toppings. Like many other western food imports, Japan certainly puts its own unique spin on pizza, creating pies that are curiously delicious!

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.

Japan Foodie Souvenirs: 7 Souvenir Snacks from Chichibu, Recommended by Our Foreign Editors!

Saitama Suburbs Gift Shops

Chichibu, located in the northwestern region of Saitama Prefecture is a sightseeing destination that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Home to the whisky distillery for Ichiro's Malt and known as the stage for the live action film, "The Anthem of the Heart" and a pilgrimage site for anime enthusiasts because of the anime, "The Flower We Saw That Day", it's easy to see why it has become the focus of so many people from all demographics! Another major reason contributing to Chichibu's popularity among travelers is its relative close proximity to Tokyo. It only takes a reasonable two hours by train to reach Chichibu's gateway station, Seibu-Chichibu Station! Really then, there's very little not to like about Chichibu, with its abundance of nature and great-tasting food. Speaking of food, we're going to be featuring seven food souvenirs from Chichibu we think is among the best the region has to offer, so if you're going to Chichibu soon, this article is just right for you!

Where to Watch the Game: 4 Best Sports Bars in Shibuya Tokyo!

Shibuya Food Entertainment

Rugby's popularity is picking up in Japan because of the national team's recent feats. If you, too, would like to see what the hype is all about, one of the best ways to enjoy a rugby match is to watch it live at the stadium itself, but there's also the option of cheering on your favorite teams at a sports bar with a beer in hand! Here are our top picks for sports bars in Shibuya that will allow you to do just that. We've taken care to include something for everyone, from casual bars that welcome solo customers to bars with private rooms that can be reserved beforehand, so that you can find a suitable place that caters to your preferences!

Flying Solo: 24 Tips for Solo Female Travelers in Japan

Tokyo Station

Going abroad by yourself can feel overwhelming, but Japan is one of the best places to do so. There are a number of exciting things to do by yourself, no matter whether you’re more of a lone wolf or want to go out and meet people! Melt into the crowd on a busy shopping street, strike up a conversation at a pub or museum, or take some time for yourself at a quiet temple. Japan even has a variety of women-only options for transportation and activities, so you can have peace of mind when out and about. Japanese people, including Japanese women, are comfortable traveling, eating out, and doing what they like by themselves, so don’t be afraid to make the most of this culture of independence. In this article: ・What to wear and how to pack ・Tips for your arrival ・Accommodation ・Eating out or dining in ・Sightseeing ・Travel and transport ・Emergency information

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