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Strolling through Japanese Culture: 10 Must-Visit Shrines in Tokyo This Year

Asakusa Shrines

Kyoto isn't the only place where visitors to Japan can experience traditional shrines and temples. We will introduce ten shrines that you won't want to miss during your visit to Tokyo. So take a journey and get ready to experience the traditional atmosphere and spiritual side of Japan's most major metropolis.

The Best Time of Year To Visit? 15 Reasons We Love Spring in Japan!

Tokyo Station Spring

In Japan the segue from one season to another often brings about notable and drastic changes. As the frigid winter comes to a close it paves the way for spring ushering in one of the finest times of year to step foot on Japanese shores. With spring comes a beautifully temperate climate, the natural wonder that is the Japanese cherry blossom and a welcome return to the festival and hiking seasons. Plus, there's simply no better time to indulge in some juicy Japanese strawberries! To sum up, we love spring in Japan and here are 15 reasons why.

[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!

Sweet Delights: Tokyo’s Top 5 All-You-Can-Eat Dessert Buffets

Shinjuku Other Cafes and Sweets

Japan has the curious tradition of eating cake on Christmas Eve or Day, so the image of a “Japanese Christmas” is strongly tied to delicious sweets. If you’re spending the holiday season in Tokyo, why not try this curious custom for yourself? Instead of lining up at one of the many famous bakeries and pastry shops, spend a leisurely Christmas Cake all-you-can-eat buffet! We’ve found Tokyo’s five best restaurants that’ll tickle your taste buds with wintery sweet creations ‘til you drop!

10 Reasons Why We Love Shitamachi, Tokyo’s Historic Downtown Areas!

Tsukiji Old Towns (Shitamachi)

When people think of Tokyo, they tend to imagine a busy and lively metropolis. Towering skyscrapers, stylish glass-and-steel buildings standing side by side – that’s Tokyo’s townscape, right? Well, yes. However, the city seems to have as many facets as it has people calling it their home. Amidst this urban jungle, you’ll also find little pockets of history, faithfully evoking the spirits of days long gone. Those areas are called “shitamachi” and describe neighborhoods that have been the downtown of Old Edo but did not keep up with the rapid modernization of the rest of the city. Time seems to be much slower there, offering you a one-of-a-kind taste of an entirely different Tokyo. Both locals and tourists alike are drawn to this nostalgic, almost enigmatic charm of shitamachi areas – but what is there to see, exactly? And why do they make you want to come back over and over again?

Tokyo's Top 25 Neighborhoods on Instagram!

Tokyo Station Downtown

Choosing what areas to go visit in a metropolis as large as Tokyo often seems like a daunting experience. Everyone has a different preference, some good memories connected to one place or another. We are about to introduce you to the most popular hot spots in Tokyo according to, well, everyone who's ever posted a picture of Tokyo online. With Japan expecting over 40 million visitors in 2020, and with tourism to the country increasing on a yearly basis, tourists and locals alike take to Instagram to post pictures of the places they like best. So, let’s take the guesswork out of the equation. Let’s see which areas are the ones most people like and let’s dive into the Top 25 hotspots in Tokyo on Instagram!

Choice Spots

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

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