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Odaiba Oktoberfest: The best German beer in Tokyo

Sick of the usual Suntory Draught? Bored of Sapporo Classic? Craving something different from your favorite amber colored brew? Look no further...
Photos by Norio Muroi

Art exhibit commemorates devastating earthquake

The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 was devastating to the country, especially in the areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. A...
Photos by Brad Stephens

Ushiku Daibutsu: The Largest Buddha statue in Japan

Located in the Ibaraki prefecture, in a town called Ushiku, there is a statue of a Buddha that has been recognized and recorded in the Guinness...
The Kintai Bridge area is popular for cherry blossom viewing. Photo by Hiroaki Kaneko, Japan Travel

Kintai-kyo: Bridge of the Samurai

The year was 1600 and the people of Iwakuni had a problem. Namely, the fierce and unpredictable Nishiki River was difficult and dangerous to...
Photos by Simone Armer

Exploring wartime remains on Japan’s Rabbit Island - Ōkunoshima

If any island served as inspiration for ABC’s LOST (a.k.a the best television series of all time) it was surely...

Photo by MC2 Matthew Duncker

Exploring Koenji neighborhood in Tokyo

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan - Located west of Shinjuku, nestled in the Suginami ward, is the small district of Kōenji. The community itself...

Photos by Nano Betts

Exploring Tokyo’s hidden neighborhoods

I‘ve said it before – Tokyo is a city of thousand layers and there is a lot more to this sprawling metropolis than its biggest tourist...

Helpful tips for rail travel in Japan

Trains are the main mode of transport here in Japan. They will take you from A to B via C and loop round to D if required. The systems in place to...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Zamami Paradise: Okinawan island highlighted by TripAdvisor’s top beach in Japan

After a prior trip to Zamami Island, I told myself I’d return to experience more of the island that features TripAdvisor’s top beach in Japan....
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Purikura: Photo booth fun in Japan

No one quite does cute like Japan. 
 
And what could be cuter than a sticker sheet of your own face? 
 
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What is the best transport pass in Japan?

One of the great dilemmas all foreigners face in traveling to Japan is the cost of transportation. With a one-way train ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto...

Photos: Tsuruoka City

Things to Do in Tsuruoka City

Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2014, Tsuruoka can be proud of having a diverse food culture thanks to the blessings of an...

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