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The Pollen Came Early This Year! Read How Foreign Residents Were Surprised By Hay Fever in Japan

Tokyo Station Spring

It may still be cold weather, but it seems the allergy season has arrived already. On January 22, 2020, the Japan Weather Association released info that the Japanese cedar and cypress pollen season in Tokyo will start in early February. This peak is longer than usual and will last from late February to late March. People with allergies have probably already noticed. But what about tourists? I interviewed foreign people living in Japan about hay fever. I was able to hear the bitter truth about their hay fever in Japan. (Comments are the respondent's personal opinion)

Dining in Tokyo: 4 Late-night Dinner Spots in Asakusa!

Asakusa Yakiniku

Asakusa is a popular tourist hang-out by day and an equally popular tourist resting place by night. So if you wanna grab some dinner near your hotel or have your evening culminate with a late-night feast then we've got a few hot recommendations for you. Here's four of the best dinner spots in Asakusa that stay open past your bedtime!

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.

Tokyo's Secret to Quality Hotels on a Budget: Top Local Hotel Chains!

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas Hotels

Business hotels are known for their reasonable prices, excellent access, and good service. Many visitors to Tokyo choose to stay at such hotels to save their budget for food and sightseeing. Even though weekends and holidays may cause spiking prices, booking at the right time will result in big discounts and unbelievably low prices, even right in the heart of Tokyo. To make navigating Japan’s business hotels easier, we have compiled the major chains that can be found all across the country and listed their features, pros, and prices.

Beyond the Guidebook - 5 Expats Share Their Favorite Secret Spots in Tokyo!

Tokyo Station Other Townscapes

Tokyo endlessly remains a mysterious city even for those who have lived here their entire lives. Every crevice seems to hold a hidden treasure, some that aren’t marked by a sign or even show up on Google Maps. From timeless local bars to hip new hangout spots, eateries, and nightlife, we asked five Tokyo expats to share their favorite places around Tokyo that are often missed in guidebooks and visitor recommendations!

Avoid Luggage Problems! Check Tokyo Metro's Open Coin Lockers!

Ueno Other Sightseeing

Ah yes, luggage. The biggest obstacle on anyone’s holiday. In a crowded city like Tokyo, the last thing you want to do is be burdened by your bags. In Japan, it’s common to use coin lockers in stations or towns to help lighten your trip, but it is also equally common to discover no lockers available despite making a long way down to it. This time, we’ll be introducing a smart way of getting around this problem: the “Coin Locker Availability Checker”.

Choice Spots

  • Akihabara
  • Asakusa
  • Ginza
  • Harajuku
  • Ikebukuro
  • Roppongi
  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku
  • Tokyo Station
  • Tsukiji
  • Ueno

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