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Futsal in Shibuya images

Futsal in Shibuya

There are several good futsal courts in Tokyo. Due to lack of land in the city center the ones with best access are often found on rooftops. One of the more spectacular options is Adidas' court on top of the Tokyu building right at Shibuya station, perfect for a breezy late night summer activity. S…(105 words)

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iensu

Ueno park ohanami images

Ueno park ohanami

Ohanami is the honorific form of the word hanami, which is Japanese for flower viewing, Ohanami refers to the viewing festival of the cherry blossom. The flowers of the peach and plum trees are also observed, but pale in comparison to the popularity of the cherry blossom.But why is this flower,…(847 words)

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Taito-kun

Free-time or set time limit? images

Free-time or set time limit?

When you go to a karaoke box, there are two ways to pay - by the half hour or free-time. If planning on staying for a long period of time, it is definitely better to pay for the free-time plan. However, if you plan on using the karaoke box for three hours or less, I suggest paying by the half-hour.…(112 words)

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RieS

Super Hero Action Show images

Super Hero Action Show

The "Super Sentai" series has been one of Japan's longest action TV programs for children. It started in the early 70s, with new characters featured every year.Since 1971, the Tokyo Dome City (previously Korakuen) has hosted a Hero Action Show, that features the latest Super Sentai Action hero…(133 words)

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mikekato

Summer at Shonan/Enoshima Beach images

Summer at Shonan/Enoshima Beach

Shonan/Enoshima area is one of the most popular beaches in Japan. There are so many beach houses (Umino-ie) that you can enjoy the beach as you like: swimming, surfing, BBQ, fishing, parties... etc. This summer, the popular US fashion brand "OLD NAVY" is having a beach house at Enoshima. Collabor…(129 words)

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Yuki

Japanese Summer Beach House Culture images

Japanese Summer Beach House Culture

Before I lived in Yokohama, I lived in Zushi. One of things I looked forward to each year was summer, when Zushi Beach, one of the finest beaches in the country, would instantly become alive with people from all over Japan arriving to soak up the sun. To provide services for all these people, beach…(405 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

If you would like to try water ski in Tokyo.. images

If you would like to try water ski in Tokyo..

You can sometime see water skiing in Edogawa.In Japan, you can see lots of people ride water ski in a summer time.It was actually really popular in late 80's and early 90's but it is not much popular as before.I found this website and it looks really helpful if you would like to try water…(106 words)

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yukorose

Love J-pop? Watch Music Station! images

Love J-pop? Watch Music Station!

Every Friday at 8pm, I look forward to watching Music Station, an hour long show dedicated to J-pop. Here, about five to ten popular Japanese singers perform their new songs and new J-pop artists are introduced. Also, singers and groups from overseas, such as the US, Canada, Korea and Britain, have…(142 words)

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RieS

Good Tennis Courts available in Shinagawa, and Ariake. images

Good Tennis Courts available in Shinagawa, and Ariake.

As a matter of fact, I'm a novice tennis player, and it has already been several years since I played tennis last time. When asked for advice about the topic, as far as I am concerned, Takanawa Tennis Center in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel will be a good choice for its convenience though it migh…(138 words)

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Masa

Tsukishima Mizukake Matsuri images

Tsukishima Mizukake Matsuri

Tsukishima is one of the small island in Tokyo Bay. It is famous for its monjayaki street today. Tsukishima in English mean the Island of the Moon, which is quite poetic, but it used to be a place for fishing in the past (it must be why it is called so as fishing occurs early morning, before th…(179 words)

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Claire

The Decorated Trucks of Japan images

The Decorated Trucks of Japan

I had a lot of fun filming an episode about the decorated trucks of Japan for the Travel Channel. Below is the story I wrote about the experience.The rumble of powerful engines, air perfumed by diesel exhaust, bright lights flashing in the night: all ambrosia to the senses of the owners of the …(851 words)

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Joe Peters

How to spend Halloween in Japan images

How to spend Halloween in Japan

When I first arrived in Japan in 2001, Halloween was practically unheard of. The only Halloween events to speak of were bacchanalian parties held by foreigners, many inebriated past the point of public decency. The noise, the mess, and the unruly revelry became so bad, in fact, that it eventually b…(495 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Community centers have free ping pong facilities! images

Community centers have free ping pong facilities!

Many community centers offer ping pong and badminton facilities for free! I recommend you to research a community center near you and call to just make sure that they have ping pong tables! The one close to my house (Naka sports center) has many ping pong tables that the community uses.(51 words)

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RieS

Hiking in Japan images

Hiking in Japan

Hakone HikingJapan`s natural beauty and geoplogical gifts are sometimes overlooked because of the cultural and historical treasures this country has. Hakone is blessed with both and has many hiking trails that allow visitors to get in touch with nature, get active, explore, and enjoy great view…(492 words)

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Kintaro-man

Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival images

Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival

A serendipitous location that is often overlooked, Sumida Park is located in the heart of the old shitamachi (downtown) tourist area of Tokyo. Most visitors miss this historic landmark. It is a perfect place for a break from the city, and only a short walk from the famous Sensoji temple complex.…(837 words)

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Taito-kun

Surfing in Chiba images

Surfing in Chiba

Getting out of Tokyo for a 1.5 hour train ride, one can find plenty of surfing spots along the Pacific coast in Chiba. For Tokyoites, Chiba offers relatively good waves and clean water--much cleaner than the beaches of nearby Shonan (Kanagawa).Although it's easier to travel out to the beach by…(132 words)

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Nissan World Headquarters in Minato Mirai, Japan great place for Tech-Savvy people images

Nissan World Headquarters in Minato Mirai, Japan great place for Tech-Savvy people

If you want to see cutting edge green cars of the future getting ready for mass production, the Nissan World Corporate Headquarters in Minato Mirai is a great place to visit. The Showroom is state of the art and you can take a look at the history of Nissan and how the cars have evolved over the yea…(103 words)

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Gachapon images

Gachapon

Gachapon, coin operated vending machines, are ubiquitous in Japan.Unlike their downscale cousins in the US, which usually dispense stale candy or cheap plastic gadgets, gachapon figurines can be collectors items.The variety is endless, and changes constantly based on trends in the entertainme…(178 words)

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Chiara

An Exciting Evening of Baseball at Yokohama Stadium in Japan images

An Exciting Evening of Baseball at Yokohama Stadium in Japan

With the commencement of the interleague baseball season, I got to go and watch the Softbank Hawks from the Pacific league challenge the Yokohama DeNA Baystars at their home stadium in Yokohama last week. While I’ve seen baseball games at many of the stadiums in Japan, I find a unique friendly char…(354 words)

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GenS

Unique Watersports Culture in Tokyo images

Unique Watersports Culture in Tokyo

In order to survive a Nippon Summer every year, Japanese people have created lots of little hints to beat the heat from way back. For examples, with Shishiodoshi (water-filled bamboo tube which clacks against a stone when emptied), Furin (wind bells) and Golden fish, people try to cool themselves b…(307 words)

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totowatanabe

Hanayashiki - Asakusa's Beloved Tiny Amusement Park images

Hanayashiki - Asakusa's Beloved Tiny Amusement Park

Asakusa is an old part of Tokyo. In a city that changes quickly and often, it is not surprising to read about the many changes that have happened in this area. Asakusa was a major entertainment district filled with theaters and restaurants. While many of the theaters disappeared, the small amusemen…(571 words)

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David

Onsens and Outdoors in Kusatsu images

Onsens and Outdoors in Kusatsu

Ranked for last 12 years straight as one of the Top 100 onsens in Japan, it really is for the onsens that visitors come to Kusatsu. There are public onsens and of course ryokan and resort hotels with their private onsens. A few of the the famous public onsens are Sainokawahara (西の河原露天風呂)…(307 words)

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Alana

Making Art and Much More at ArtBar Tokyo images

Making Art and Much More at ArtBar Tokyo

Imagine sitting with a paint brush in hand, palette full of colours in the other, sitting in front of a blank canvass. Sounds a bit intimidating, perhaps? Well, at ArtBar Tokyo, this is exactly what groups of people regularly do and have a blast doing it. I participated in my first ArtBar experienc…(397 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

The Best Views of Fuji images

The Best Views of Fuji

Kintoki Mountain is a hiking route starting in Hakone or Ashigara. The trail is steeped in legend and named after the legendary Japanese children`s tale, Kintaro. Kintaro is the story of a boy raised in the mountains with animals as friends. There are tales of him wrestling bears, running with deer…(261 words)

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Kintaro-man

Zushi...Isshiki Beach! images

Zushi...Isshiki Beach!

My favorite beach this summer is the Isshiki beach. There are many beach around Zushi area, and definitely it is a must beach to stop by during the summer. Around Zushi, there are plenty of music festivals too. The Isshiki Beach is about 10-15 minute ride by bus from Zushi Station. (JR Yok…(159 words)

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Mido

Mitake Valley in Ome City, Okutama images

Mitake Valley in Ome City, Okutama

The Mitake Valley (Mitake Kekoku) in Ome City, Okutama is one of the best areas for autumn leaves near Tokyo. It takes approximately 1.5 hours from Shinjuku by the JR Chuo Line & JR Ome Line (Change at Ome station). You can casually trek along the 4km river bank or hike the Mount Mitake, either way…(62 words)

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cwljwc

Beautiful, but not too touristy: Negishi and Gumyoji images

Beautiful, but not too touristy: Negishi and Gumyoji

My two favorite spots near Tokyo are Negishi Park and Gumyoji. During the day, I go to Negishi Park, which is a huge park with innumerable cherry blossom trees. It is so fun to have a picnic with your friends and play badminton or catch during this beautiful season. The parks is a great place to re…(192 words)

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RieS

Japanese Children Celebrate Sports Day images

Japanese Children Celebrate Sports Day

The “undokai” is an annual sports day held at every Japanese elementary and middle school in either May or September. Although schools in other countries also have sports days, the many of the “undoukai” activities are unique to Japan and the event is an important part of Japanese culture. During a…(136 words)

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GenS

Enjoy the winding road of Nikko, Irohazaka. One of Japan's lovely roads in a perfect getaway outside of Tokyo. images

Enjoy the winding road of Nikko, Irohazaka. One of Japan's lovely roads in a perfect getaway outside of Tokyo.

Iroha-zaka in Nikko is very famous in Japan for beautiful views of changing colours in Autumn. It is the perfect Autumn drive. Iroha-zaka is a hill which takes about 30 minutes (1.5 hours in the autumn due to traffic) to drive up. Views are spectacular along the way and a beautiful lake awaits at t…(100 words)

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GenS

Why Men Look Handsome in Kimonos in Japan? images

Why Men Look Handsome in Kimonos in Japan?

I've noticed more men wearing Kimono on weekends recently. The obi belt tied just above the hips, masculine shoulders emphasized by a narrower line going down the body, a deep blue color. Try walking in back of one of these gents. Watch the way the geta sandals click on the stone walkway and how th…(251 words)

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Chindon'ya images

Chindon'ya

The Chindon'ya are a type of Japanese marching band that wear elaborate costumes and perform in a variety of festivals, shop openings, and other promotions or special events. Originating in Osaka during the late Edo period, most of the remaining Chindon'ya are based in Tokyo. Chindon'ya usual…(511 words)

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mikekato

Are You a Roller Coaster Fanatic? Don’t Miss Fujikyu Highland in Japan images

Are You a Roller Coaster Fanatic? Don’t Miss Fujikyu Highland in Japan

Located in Fuji Yoshida, right below Mt.Fuji, Fujikyu Highland is world renown for its multiple award winning rides. This brief description of each of the crazy rides at Fujikyu will surely get you on that bus leaving Shinjuku early in the morning to the land of mind-blowing rides. FujiyamaAs…(366 words)

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GenS

Proficient in a Japanese Martial Art? images

Proficient in a Japanese Martial Art?

If you are planning to visit Japan, are a martial artist and would like to try something off the usual tourist itinerary, or already living here and looking for something different and unique to do, there is an informative, fun and exciting way to spend a weekend tucked away in the south of Chiba p…(629 words)

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GoodPeople

Yoshidamachi-ju Beer Garden Block Party images

Yoshidamachi-ju Beer Garden Block Party

I mentioned one of Yokohama's summer highlights in my last post: Yokohama Fireworks Show: Sparkling Twilight 2014http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3287Here's another - BEER GARDEN BLOCK PARTY!What started off as an attempt to bring Yoshidamachi's old-school neighborhood businesses together h…(153 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Visit Tokyo Toy Museum with your kids images

Visit Tokyo Toy Museum with your kids

Tokyo Toy Museum is a space full of wooden toys that are attractive for not only kids but also adults. There are traditional Japanese toys such as KOMA(spinning top), toys for playing house, board games, etc.If there is a rainy day during your visit to Tokyo, and if you don't know how to burn you…(118 words)

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Akko

What to do on a rainy day in Tokyo images

What to do on a rainy day in Tokyo

Many who long for the summer to arrive here in Tokyo scorn the rainy days they must endure during June and into the beginning of July here in Japan. After thirty years in this country and more than my share of sweaty sleepless and humid summer nights, I actually have come to like the rainy days in…(328 words)

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HealthyTokyo.com

Jazz Music Sounds Abound in Yokohama images

Jazz Music Sounds Abound in Yokohama

Yokohama is no stranger to jazz. In fact, Yokohama is regarded as the jazz capital of Japan. The Kannai area is especially known for its abundance of live jazz clubs and jazz events. Perhaps the biggest and most popular of them is Kamome - in the Bashamichi area.Owner Sasaki Motoyoshi opened Ka…(333 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

A large lake loved by European ambassadors directly in front of the temple images

A large lake loved by European ambassadors directly in front of the temple

Nikko is a famous tourist destination located about two hours away from Tokyo by train. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a popular sightseeing spot that attracts a multitude of visitors daily. Sometimes lost is the fact that Nikko is also home to many other famous places.One of these places is the area ar…(308 words)

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DeepJapan Editor

Meeting someone in Shinjuku images

Meeting someone in Shinjuku

The most popular meeting spot in Shinjuku tends to be in front of the Studio Alta building. The building is close to the station and is convenient to shopping and nightlife on the east side of the station. But if you are either coming from the west side, or meeting someone staying at any of the m…(125 words)

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mikekato

Water ski images

Water ski

It might be difficult to enjoy water sports in Tokyo because there aren't many beaches around. But you can always go to Zushi and Kamakura area where the water is relatively clean and one has a better chance at participating in marine sports.(43 words)

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cajazz