Street food hunt at Togoshi Ginza Shotengai

Togoshi Ginza may be the longest shotengai (shopping street) in Tokyo at 1.3km, but what sets Togoshi Ginza apart from other shotengai in Tokyo is not just its length, but its appearance as well. There is a visible lack of utility poles here, making the street look uncluttered and more spacious. The street is closed […]

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Rokkakubashi Shotengai – Old school charm

Rokkakubashi Shotengai (六角橋商店街) is an old-fashioned shopping street based in Yokohama. While many other shotengais (shopping streets) in Tokyo have evolved with the times, Rokkakubashi stays true to its roots, evoking an old world ambiance in this area. You will not find many big chain shops here, but there are plenty of intriguing little shops for you […]

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Chasing Sakura

The cherry blossom/sakura season is almost over, with the highly popular somei yoshino cherry trees all filled with green leaves, though some later flowering variety are still in bloom. I didn’t know there are so many types of sakura, indeed, I had always thought of sakura as a single variety of flower. While there are […]

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Rape Blossoms in Hama-rikyu Gardens – Hidden Oasis in Urban Tokyo

Hama-rikyu Gardens (浜離宮・Hama Rikyū) is only 10 minutes walk away from Tsukiji Fish Market, so if you have gone to the market early in the morning and had spent half a day exploring the area, why not drop by at the garden for some nature’s respite from the busy market? Hama-rikyu Gardens is a traditional […]

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Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum

Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum, or Nihon Minka-en, is located in Kawasaki city, which is about half hour away from Shinjuku station on the Odaikyu line. Despite it being so closely situated to Tokyo, you would feel like you are at a peaceful countryside even before reaching the museum. If you are looking for a […]

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Tokyo Character Street – For All Anime Fans

Tokyo Character Street at Tokyo Station may only be just one shopping lane, but it is filled with plenty of anime and other famous character merchandise guaranteed to make any otaku shopper blissful. There were official shops of famous characters, such as Snoopy, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, and Pokemon. There were other shops that sold currently […]

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Exploring Kanazawa

Kanazawa is often considered to be a local getaway that can be rivalled to Kyoto’s beauty. And when I first saw Kanazawa, I was pleased to find that not only did it rival to Kyoto’s beauty, but also because not as many tourists flock to this ancient city, its beauty was left unmarred by the […]

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