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Simple Onsen Beauty Tricks Anyone Can Try at the Hot Spring - Recommended by a Japanese Beauty Researcher!

Tokyo Station Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento)

Hot springs, known as onsen in Japan, can be found everywhere in the island nation, from coast to coast. Since times of yore, these natural bathing facilities have been extolled for their health and onsen beauty benefits, which are further enhanced by peaceful surroundings and lovely views. It's no wonder that large groups of people flock to them at all times of the year. Each hot spring in Japan boasts a certain quality and health effect unique to the region they reside in, and getting to know some basic onsen etiquette will enable to fully enjoy your hot spring experience at any facility in Japan. To help you get even more from the soak, here are some essential beauty tips everyone can try out at a hot spring, no matter your age or nationality, as suggested by Ms. Hiroko Ishii. Ms. Ishii is an onsen beauty expert whose life work involves traveling around the country and staying in different onsen facilities to do research on their health benefits, and she's eager to share her findings with us! By thus equipping ourselves with basic knowledge about the Japanese onsen, we put ourselves in the best position to enjoy the experience from its very core. Let's start by taking a look at some hot spring rules that are designed to enhance health and beauty as well!

Where Did You Propose? Top 6 Beautiful Proposal and Wedding Locations in Japan

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Going on holiday is always an exciting time, and you come back with beautiful memories and an urge to come back. So what could possibly make a trip to Japan any more special? Well, how about declaring your love to the world? That’s exactly what the following six couples did, and we’re happy to be able to share their reasons and memories with you too. Who knows, perhaps these stories will spark you to do the same...?

[MOVIE] Navigating Virtual Airspace with Skyart JAPAN

Shinagawa Adventure Activities

Have you always wanted to fly through the skies while controlling a jet? You now have the chance to make your dream a reality! Skyart JAPAN offers hyper-realistic flight simulation for everyone from beginners to professional pilots. Take a closer look at SkyArt’s state of the art headquarters located in Shinagawa, Tokyo and see how I fared in the cockpit for my very own private lesson!

Top 6 Must-Buy Nikko Souvenirs Around Nikko Toshogu As Recommended by Our Foreign Editors!

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You've probably heard of Nikko, a popular area for local and international visitors located in Tochigi Prefecture, as well as its expansive natural landscapes that change appearances every season. The area remains a top tourist favorite because of places of interest like World Heritage site Nikko Tōshō-gū, Shinkyo Bridge, the numerous waterfalls in the area collective known as the 48 Waterfalls of Nikko, and many other interesting spots with natural or historical value. Eyes won't be the only things that get to feast in Nikko, too! The area is also known for its incredibly tasty gourmet food, like the local specialty known as yuba, or tofu skin. There's also a staggering amount of amazing souvenirs you can buy home to remind you of your visit. As a service to our readers, we've gathered some of Live Japan's foreign editing staff and compiled a list of six souvenirs they've personally tried and would recommend!

How is This Station So Hard to Exit?! Mastering Tokyo Ueno Station to See the Sights


Located in Taito, Tokyo, Ueno is a well-known and popular tourist destination. In addition to the Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko) shopping street, Ueno boast such sites as Ueno Green Park, which is beautiful in any season, Ueno Toshogu Shrine, the zoo, and numerous art galleries, museums, electronics shops, department stores, and toy stores. Ueno is home to a wide variety of gourmet restaurants and accommodations, as well. The ticket gates and exits of JR Ueno station are located on different floors, or the gates are far from the exit, it can be a difficult station to navigate. This guide will provide more information about which site seeing locations can be found at each gate, and make full and fun day trip in Ueno more than just a dream!

'What's Shoyu and Mirin?!' Become a Pro in the Kitchen With These Japanese Words & Ingredients!

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Washoku [Japanese food] is registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural property, and is a Japanese cuisine that attracts attention from around the world. Whether you're on a trip, or at a place meeting with colleagues or friends, there are plenty of opportunities for eating. For that reason we have selected some basic Japanese vocabulary that is commonly used for Japanese cuisine and at eating establishments. We will introduce useful words that you should know, such as for seasonal foods, cooking methods, and sushi shop terminology.

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