July, 2017

Fireworks and Festivals in Tokyo

Japanese summers are warm and humid but don’t let that dissuade you from all the fun activities that would be held during this season!   It’s summer and it’s time for exciting festivals and fireworks, be sure to check out all the different exciting events that will be happening near you! Better yet, grab your besties … Continued

July, 2017

Airbnb is finally legalized in Japan!

Airbnb has become a popular choice for accommodation but in Japan it had always been a business in the grey area, meaning both tenants and hosts may not be protected by the law should conflicts arise. The new minpaku home-sharing law provides a framework for this new kind of short term leasing, opening up opportunities … Continued

July, 2017

Travel Off the Beaten Track in Fukuoka (Kyushu Ol ...

Olle are Nature hikes that began in Jeju Island, Korea, that brings hikers through gorgeous natural sceneries that changes with the season. The Kyushu Olle is a spin-off of the Korean version, with several different courses for hikers with different experiences. The Miyama – Kyoumizu Course opened this February, which begins from Setaka-machi, Miyama City. … Continued

July, 2017

Alert! Beware of False Advertising!

Summer season is a prime time for travelling, whether you are travelling with friends or family, tour packages are the most convenient way to plan your next trip. But visitors should be aware of false advertising in Japan this coming holiday season. Visitors joining group tours should be vigilant when perusing brochures and pamphlets advertising. … Continued

July, 2017

Attack on Titan at JOYPOLIS is a Must-Go Event!

  Due to previous success, indoor amusement park called TOKYO JOYPOLIS is collaborating again with anime show Attack on Titans for a limited time event from 13th June 2017 to 1st October 2017 and the name of the event is Attack on Titan in JOYPOLIS-Season 2. The recent collaboration would include new attractions and a … Continued

May, 2017

Exploring the Seto Inland Sea in 8 Days

Bridges and Water: A Road Trip around the Seto Inland Sea While younger travellers either opt for the appeal of cities or backpacking around tourist sites, the elder statesmen of travel are often drawn more to seeing the beauty of the nature in comfort. In his first article for Japan.com, retired banker and avid traveller … Continued
May, 2017

Japan Fighting Tourism-related Scams Targeted at ...

Visitors to Japan will soon find the country even safer than before. With recent growth in tourists, there have also been increased number of unauthorised travel agencies and agents ripping off foreigners. In the past, travel agencies may involve the use of “land operators” (local tour guides). These land operators are responsible for organising shopping … Continued
March, 2017

3 Reasons to Join the Sakura Promotion at Mandari ...

March and April are Japan’s sakura season, and Tokyo’s Mandarin Oriental is honouring the beautiful season with a special Sakura promotion across the hotel’s bars and restaurants. Guests of the Mandarin Oriental can taste a wide variety of sakura flavoured cocktails and delicious desserts. Enjoy an elegant view of the sakura blossoms with a Sakura … Continued
March, 2017

3 New Openings in Tokyo for February

Tokyo is never stagnant; exciting things are constantly happening around the corner. It’s hard to keep up with Tokyo’s ever-changing landscape and nearly impossible to keep track of all the new cafes, restaurants, or latest hotspots to hang out. Trekking across the city to find the latest haunts can get exhausting, and that’s where Tokyo.com … Continued
March, 2017

Why the “Your Name” Diner is a Must-go for Anime ...

The animated hit “Your Name” is perhaps the most successful Japanese animated movie of 2016, it has garnered over 330 million USD in international box offices. The movie not only combined popular sci-fi time travel theme with romance, but the also featured an incredibly accurate depiction of Tokyo. Due to the movie’s huge box office … Continued
January, 2017

3 Places to Visit for Cherry Blossom in Feb, Mar ...

Cherry blossom, also known as sakura, is Japan’s floral emblem. One of the reasons why it has been chosen to represent the country is, of course, its graceful and beautiful appearance. Thus, cherry blossom viewing (hanami) is popular among locals and tourists during the winter-spring transition period. Though there are numerous places for hanami, Japan.com … Continued
January, 2017

3 New Restaurants in Tokyo for All Budgets

Good news, foodies! Along with the beginning of 2017, 3 new restaurants opened in the Tokyo area. As luck would have it, there is one for each budget. So if you’re preparing for a gourmet journey to the city, read about what food is awaiting your arrival at Japan.com! 1. Roppongi Cafe As a new … Continued
January, 2017

3 Reasons Why Tourists Have to Attend the Setsubu ...

Setsubun Festival marks the beginning of spring season. In Japan, people could celebrate the commencement of spring by attending a “spring-cleaning” ritual in local schools, homes or temples like Sensoji Temple, in which their misfortune would be cast away with a special kind of food. Want to know what it is? Check out what Japan.com … Continued
January, 2017

2 Local Sake Breweries You Must Visit in Fussa

The government of Fussa, a city located in western Tokyo, has released an anime video to introduce two local breweries with free guided tours. In the tours, you can learn about sake, a unique type of rice wine originated in Japan with undeniable social function and status in Japan’s working environment and for leisure consumption. … Continued
January, 2017

Tuna King: the 6-time Winner of Annual Tsukiji Tu ...

Kiyoshi Kimura, nicknamed tuna king, placed an astonishing 74.2 million yen bid (around 636,000 USD) for a 212 kg tuna at this year’s Hatsuseri, the first tuna auction held in Tsukiji Market on 5 January every year. What else has he done to earn his kingdom? Find out more about his reign here at Japan.com! … Continued
January, 2017

4 Steps for an Economical Driving Trip in Central ...

Attention, driving tourists! If you wish to drive instead of taking public transport during your trip to central Japan, Central Nippon Expressway Pass (CEP) may be an attractive system for you. CEP reaches Tokyo Metropolitan areas and 11 prefectures in central Japan including Nagoya, providing you with unlimited access to expressways at a reasonable price. … Continued
December, 2016

Omamori: 3 Essentials when Buying Japanese Amulets

For those unfamiliar with the term, “omamori” (literally “protection”) are amulets sold in shrines and temples throughout Japan, which locals usually buy one at the beginning of a new year. Omamoris are believed to be a part of the shrines and temples’ gods. Thus, they supposedly grant people with “protective powers”. While their effectiveness compared … Continued
December, 2016

3 of Tokyo’s Best Universities and Requirem ...

Ever thought about studying abroad in Tokyo? It is actually not as extreme as some of you may believe, and you can immerse yourself in Japanese culture by taking up a hobby or learning its history while enjoying a fruitful university life. In the QS World Universities ranking 2016, 7 of Tokyo’s schools made it into … Continued
December, 2016

3 Reasons For Joining the Ishigaki Marathon in Ok ...

Scheduled for January 22, 2017, Ishigaki Marathon will take place in Okinawa, with tourists and locals alike gathering to enjoy the sport while admiring nature views. If you are into a more energetic way to experience Japan before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, check out why Ishigaki Marathon might just be the event you are … Continued
December, 2016

3 Activities People Cannot Miss at the Disney Fro ...

Do you want to build a snowman? Starting from January 2017, Tokyo Disneyland shall be hosting special event “Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy”. It features parades and live musical performances by the princesses from the Disney blockbuster “Frozen”. What are 3 activities you cannot just “let it go”? Find out with us here at Japan.com! … Continued
December, 2016

4 Interesting Customs of Japanese New Year

What interesting customs do Japanese have to celebrate New Year? Japan.com has collected 4 traditions about Japanese New Year which is around the corner. If you are travelling to Japan in early to mid-January, check out how you can be a part of the grand celebration, have a happy new year in Japan, and share … Continued
December, 2016

3 Tokyo Landmark Attractions that Will be Gone in ...

As 2016 draws to a close, 3 renowned Tokyo landmarks and attractions are approaching the end of their service. The Chuo, Odaiba and Ginza landscape will never be the same again. How should tourists, fans and travellers say their goodbyes? Japan.com has the perfect answer for you! 1. DiverCity Tokyo Life-sized Gundam and Gundam Front … Continued
November, 2016

3 Tsukiji Relocation Must Knows (and 4 How-tos fo ...

As most Japanophiles and foodies know, the world’s largest fish market Tsukiji Market (inner market) is in the midst of a relocation. The Tsukiji Outer Market shall remain, with a new seafood based shopping centre constructed: Tsukiji Uogashi! Unfortunately (or fortunately for foodies?), environmental concerns have delayed Tsukiji’s relocation. So, how is the relocation going? … Continued
November, 2016

3 New or Seasonal Foods Foodies Must Try in Novem ...

Attention foodies travelling to Japan! Besides the typical delicacies, ever wondered what Japan’s trendiest food products are? What about new food releases that you can bring home? Well, Japan.com has got you covered! We have selected 3 brand new food launches for you to check out: one for you to eat at your hotel, one … Continued
November, 2016

3 Reasons Why Chionin Temple is a Must See Sight ...

Having covered Christmas festivities in faraway Tokyo Midtown and nearby Osaka Aquarium here at Japan.com, it’s time we switch over to the traditional for New Year’s Eve by recommending the Chionin Temple in Kyoto. Not only is Kyoto perfect for experiencing Japanese culture, the Chionin Temple is the heart of religious celebrations around New Years! … Continued
November, 2016

3 Sights Ensuring Osaka Aquarium is a Must See du ...

Christmas traditions in Japan can be hard to maintain, unless of course KFC Christmas dinners are your sort of thing. So, why not start your own with the amazing Christmas-themed performances at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan? After all, this aquarium along with the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium are two best aquariums in Japan. So without further … Continued
November, 2016

4 Things You Must Know When Staying at a Japanese ...

Renewed Japanese emphasis on tourism may finally loosen regulations for Airbnb styled apartment sharing private stay accommodations (minpaku in Japanese), giving more options to travellers all over Japan. This came about with the official forecast that annual visitors shall reach a historic high of 24 million in 2016, with the goal of achieving 40 million … Continued
November, 2016

4 Reasons Why You Cannot Miss the Tokyo Midtown C ...

Travellers may ask: what should you do when you spend Christmas in Japan? You can definitely opt for a traditional Japanese KFC dinner (that’s right, KFC is a Japanese Christmas tradition). But you can have KFC anytime of year in almost every country in the world. Tokyo.com thinks the far better event to check out … Continued
November, 2016

8 Tokyo Sights Featured in the Anime “Your Name”

For those unfamiliar with the film, Your Name (君の名は。 / Kimi no Na wa) was a feature-length Japanese anime written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. Featuring fantasy elements from body-swap to time travel, the tale follows protagonists Mitsuha and Taki who work together to prevent a major disaster. Tokyo was one of the film’s two … Continued
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