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The Best Spa in Japan images

The Best Spa in Japan

Enoshima Island Spa is located just outside Tokyo (direct ride on the Romance Car from Shinjuku Station..60 to 70 minutes). This ancient healing spot is just off the Shonan Coast and you take a 10 minute walk over the bridge to the island itself. The spa entrance fee of 2,650 yen gives you access t…(136 words)

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Kameido Tenjin's birds for good fortune images

Kameido Tenjin's birds for good fortune

Kameido Tenjin Shrine (亀戸天神社) is known as a shrine for people who wish for success in their studies, like passing exams. On January 24 and 25, the shrine has a special event, the usokae-shinji (鷽替神事). Similar festivals are held at a few shrines in Japan, in Tokyo also at Yushima Tenjin, Ja…(241 words)

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David

Must-Visit Yokohama Parks images

Must-Visit Yokohama Parks

Sankeien GardenCovering over 18,000 square miles, this garden is famous for its plum and cherry blossoms, azaleas, and autumn leaves.http://www.sankeien.or.jp/Honmoku Sancho ParkOne of the most underrated parks in Yokohama, Honmoku Sancho Park is a favourite for joggers and walkers. Some …(128 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Kumamoto Castle images

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle is located in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture. The castle was built originally in 1467.I have visited many castles in Japan and this is my favorite. The curved stone walls are known as musha-gaeshi, which were built with wooden overhangs. These were purpose built to fortif…(109 words)

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Kevin

Japan's Deepest Bay Produces Great Fish and Awesome Views images

Japan's Deepest Bay Produces Great Fish and Awesome Views

DEEPEST BAY in JapanLet me introduce you to a place call Suruga Bay, which is located in Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka prefecture, which has the deepest bay in Japan and it extends to 2,500 meters below the sea level (Bay of Bengal is the deepest bay in the world with 2,574 meters). The weather…(420 words)

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AustinA

Mt. Fuji and Me images

Mt. Fuji and Me

I wanted to climb Mt. Fuji from the first time I saw it up close. And although it was a beautiful sight, I would have been content to just view it from afar. Seeing Mt. Fuji’s beauty up close was not the reason I wanted to climb to the top. My first visit was to the fifth step in early May of 2011 …(1677 words)

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AustinA

Mt.Fuji viewing over the Tokyo Bay from Chiba/Makuhari images

Mt.Fuji viewing over the Tokyo Bay from Chiba/Makuhari

As you know, Narita International Airport is located in Chiba Prefecture. Makuhari City in Chiba Prefecture has the venue for international exhibitions and events as well as multiple first-class hotels to welcome international tourists and business people. Makuhari City also provides easy access to…(250 words)

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Daijo

Ku-tan Narita International Airport Character in Japan images

Ku-tan Narita International Airport Character in Japan

Continuing in my series of funny, cute and adorable Japanese mascot characters or “Yurukyara”, I would like to introduce you to Ku-tan from Narita Airport. You can see him here with some friends, along with some cool plane-related machines, etc., at a recent Narita Airport Festival.I am surprised…(362 words)

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Tourist Tip #3: Stay Away from Souvenir Shops images

Tourist Tip #3: Stay Away from Souvenir Shops

Here's a quick tip to make your memories of Japan more memorable for you and your friends back home: stay away from souvenir shops!Like anywhere else in the world, souvenir shops, by nature, tend to offer only the most generic - and usually hokiest - of gifts. I've seen wares that - at best - w…(219 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Amazing Kyoto- Sanjusangendo Hall images

Amazing Kyoto- Sanjusangendo Hall

Sanjusengendo hall is the MUST visit spot in Kyoto among many sightseeing destinations.A large, wooden statue of a 1000-armed Kannon (Senju Kannon) sits in the center of the main hall and there are 500 statues of human sized 1000-armed Kannon standing in ten rows on each side. To walk through t…(166 words)

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EmiOnishi

Thoughts on Japan Entry Documents images

Thoughts on Japan Entry Documents

We often describe what to do once you arrive in Japan but I am in the process of returning to Japan and decided to write an article to inform you what you will be going through to get through Japanese Customs whether your flight arrives in Narita, Haneda, Osaka or any other Japan port of entry.…(567 words)

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AustinA

Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto images

Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto

Nothing is as symbolic of Kyoto as Kinkaku-ji's golden reflection shimmering on the surface of the pond before it. A lot of people should be familiar with such a picture appeared on postcards and guidebook. I would like to share my personal experience with Kinkakuji. When I first visited Ki…(450 words)

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EmiOnishi

Escape To Nikko images

Escape To Nikko

If you really want a chance to experience a taste of ‘traditional’ Japan, like you might see in the movies, you should check out a place like the city of Nikko. It is only a two hour bullet train, shinkansen, ride away from Tokyo station. Frequently you hear about going to Kyoto, the old capitol t…(508 words)

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Alex

The Three Wise Monkeys images

The Three Wise Monkeys

Ever since I was little, storybooks, cartoons, and popular culture, have depicted the story of The Three Wise Monkeys. You know the image, three monkeys sitting there; one covering his ears, another covering his mouth, and the third covering his eyes. In the western world, we often relate this to t…(356 words)

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Alex

2-Day Trip to Fujigoko (Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji) in winter 2/3 images

2-Day Trip to Fujigoko (Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji) in winter 2/3

This festival also offers not only ice trees but also Japanese traditional performance such as “Wadaiko” (Japanese drums) and lively “Yosaki” modern dancing performance. Also you can experience “Mochi-tsuki“(pounding boiled rice into mochi). So, it is a great festival where you can experience sever…(685 words)

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ZEROIN -INTERNSHIP

Experience Japanese culture and history at shrines and temples images

Experience Japanese culture and history at shrines and temples

Basic etiquette for visiting temples and shrines“One of the best ways to experience the rich culture of Japan is to visit some of its countless temples (tera) and shrines (jinjya). Whether Buddhist or Shinto, these holy sites each have their own unique story and architectural details and are fa…(478 words)

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DeepJapan

How to Enjoy Hiroshima Twice as Much! images

How to Enjoy Hiroshima Twice as Much!

Many people want to go by themselves and learn about the importance of pursuing world peace and the influence of nuclear weapons by visiting the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Park. In addition, Miyajima’s huge, iconic Torii gate over the water attracts many people with its mysterious pre…(431 words)

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DeepJapan Editor

Take a trip to the beautiful port city of Yokohama in Japan! images

Take a trip to the beautiful port city of Yokohama in Japan!

If you have a full day to spend and you’re in Tokyo, I recommend taking a trip to the port city of Yokohama, especially if it's a beautiful day. On a sunny day, the Minatomirai area with its series of shopping malls, amusement park and hotels situated around a bay is a must see! Yokohama is only ab…(303 words)

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GenS

Scenic Cafe in Tokyo Tower Japan images

Scenic Cafe in Tokyo Tower Japan

With the recently built 634m tall mega tower Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower has lost attention. Although it is much shorter than Sky Tree and cannot compete in terms of height, it has a better, more central location in Tokyo. The views from the tower are still undeniably beautiful. To attract more cou…(143 words)

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GenS

Fujino Art Walk images

Fujino Art Walk

Fujino station, which is a bit far west from Tokyo, is a very cool starting point to some walking courses lined with modern art from local artists. Fujino has actually been considered an "artist town" since the end of WWII, and although is somewhat struggling in the modern day, the public art remai…(126 words)

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KurtisW

Walk & Play at Sumida Park in Asakusa images

Walk & Play at Sumida Park in Asakusa

When you visit Asakusa, don't only go to Senso-ji temple. Also go to Sumida River and take a walk in Sumida Park. The park has great views of Tokyo Skytree and a big playground for children. There are also two small cafes here overlooking the river. To reach Sumida Park go towards the river from As…(143 words)

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David

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT JAPAN? images

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT JAPAN?

A common question we hear from travelers is, “If you could visit Japan at any time of year, when would you go?”One of the best things about Japan is that it’s truly worth visiting at any time of year! Every season has its highlights, and Japanese culture is remarkable in its appreciation of the…(350 words)

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Andres Zuleta, Boutique Japan

Local Secret: Todoroki Valley images

Local Secret: Todoroki Valley

Tokyo offers a plethora of beautiful parks, from traditional Japanese landscaped gardens to European-influenced rose gardens. However, if you are looking for a walk on the wild side, while still retaining the ability to get a great cappuccino, then Todoroki is the place to go.Todoroki Keikoku (…(630 words)

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Chiara

Kappabashi Tool Street, best place to find kitchen tools images

Kappabashi Tool Street, best place to find kitchen tools

Kappabashi Tool Street is about 800m long located in 10 minutes walking distance from Asakusa and has more than 150 stores relating to kitchen or restaurant. These are sample foods made of wax, which you can find in a show-window at the restaurants in Asakusa.There are many specialty stores for kit…(79 words)

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Keiko, OTT

Enjoy to watch making something on the streets in Asakusa images

Enjoy to watch making something on the streets in Asakusa

In Asakusa, there are many shops where you can see the procedure to making something. Iriyama Senbei is located at Sushiya Street, while Ichiban Hanaya is located at Shin-Nakamise Street.There are many Ningyoyaki shops along Nakamise Street. Japanese tend to prefer the hand-made Ningyoyaki and of c…(95 words)

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Keiko, OTT

Shibata Castle, Niigata Prefecture images

Shibata Castle, Niigata Prefecture

I first visited Shibata in April 2013. Shibata is located in Niigata prefecture which is on the western coast of Japan's main island and is known for its pristine landscape. Within the prefecture is the second most extensive land area devoted to National Parks. Ijimino Park and Ominesan Sakura P…(171 words)

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Dolores

Chrysanthemum Exhibitions - Enjoy Japanese Flowers in Autumn images

Chrysanthemum Exhibitions - Enjoy Japanese Flowers in Autumn

Chrysanthemums are an important flower in Japan. They are at their best in the autumn and are celebrated with an exhibition in Tokyo's Shinjuku Park every year in the beginning of November.You can see the flowers also displayed at some shrines and temples. I have seen them in Tokyo at Senso-ji …(267 words)

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Kawagoe: The Perfect Day Trip from Tokyo images

Kawagoe: The Perfect Day Trip from Tokyo

Little Kawagoe, a short one hour train ride away from Shinjuku Station on the Seibu Line, is a wonderful spot to get away from the big city and feast your eyes on buildings from the Edo and Meiji era.The main street is lined on both sides by gorgeous old wooden merchant houses, shops and inns, …(218 words)

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Chiara

Imado Shrine - Manekineko Lucky-in-Love Cats images

Imado Shrine - Manekineko Lucky-in-Love Cats

Imado Shrine is one of the main places for Japan's manekineko lucky cats. Here they come in pairs and bring you good luck in love. Although the shrine itself is small, it is home to a huge number of manekineko statues and fortune goods.Buy one of the round ema 絵馬 tablets and write your love w…(349 words)

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David

5 recommendations to take your pictures wearing KIMONO in Asakusa images

5 recommendations to take your pictures wearing KIMONO in Asakusa

There are many good places to take pictures when you wear Kimono in Asakusa. Three gates to Sensoji, Kaminarimon, Hozomon and Nitenmon, are the best of course as well as Gojunotou (five-storied pagoda). However, I would like to recommend the places where is not in your guidebook.Izumiya is a sh…(236 words)

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Keiko, OTT

Find your inner zen in Kanazawa images

Find your inner zen in Kanazawa

Kanazawa is one of these romantic treasures that have survived time. If you visit the Higashi Chaya district, you will find old tea houses and dream of geishas. Kenrokuen, a Unesco world heritage place, looks great and precisely the typical Japanese garden that you fancy. It is beautiful and it fee…(516 words)

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Claire

Tourist Tip #9: One-stop Super Shopping Stores images

Tourist Tip #9: One-stop Super Shopping Stores

In July and August of last year, I wrote about a few excellent places to shop for souvenirs:http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3317http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3432However, this morning I noticed that I'd completely left out one of my personal favourite places to shop at, one I visit at least onc…(291 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Fuji Shibazakura Festival! images

Fuji Shibazakura Festival!

I am going to introduce the reasonable way from Tokyo to Fuji Shibazakura Festival site, which is held between 18 April and 31 May.Fuji Shibazakura Festival is famous scenic site that you can admire 800,000 shibazakura (moss phlox) and Mount Fuji together.The most reasonable way from Tokyo to t…(147 words)

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A Must Do Japanese Craft Beer Tour images

A Must Do Japanese Craft Beer Tour

It's been a little over a year since Baird Beer realized their dream of opening (another) brewery in the quiet hills of Shuzenji, Izu, and some 15 years since opening their first taproom in Numazu, Shizuoka - making beer history in Japan as the country's first operating technically non-Japanese cra…(380 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

On your way to Hakone or Mt. Fuji, stop by great spots in Odawara images

On your way to Hakone or Mt. Fuji, stop by great spots in Odawara

Odawara city in Kanagawa Prefecture was once a center of politics, culture and administration overseeing the Kanto region back in the Sengoku period (the Age of Civil Wars) in Japan. Historically, Odawara Castle was governed by the feudal lords of five generations called “Hojo five generations” for…(1120 words)

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Quick and easy things to do in Yokohama #8 images

Quick and easy things to do in Yokohama #8

The tallest lighthouse in the world? That really depends on one's definition of what lighthouses are, but Yokohama's 50+ year old landmark is often billed as such.Inaugurated in 1961, when it certainly was the world's tallest lighthouse, Yokohama Marine Tower is a 106 meter high lattice tower w…(371 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Analogue Photography Darkroom and Photo Gallery in Yokohama images

Analogue Photography Darkroom and Photo Gallery in Yokohama

The Dark Room International was created in 1999 to be Japan's first public rental darkroom. It is located in Yokohama's famous Noge district, an old-school area near JR's Sakuragicho Station.The brainchild of Hisao Saito, a professional commercial photographer who is well-known in Yokohama for …(197 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Craze for Friendly and Cute Rabbits images

Craze for Friendly and Cute Rabbits

T he rabbit is a popular animal in Japan. Many rabbits show up in Japanese fairy tales and children’s stories. Wild rabbits can’t be seen in the center of large cities, but most pet shops have rabbits. In order to get closer to them, some people go to rabbit cafes or visit an island that is home to…(497 words)

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HiraganaTimes

Minami Boso Penninsula, Chiba images

Minami Boso Penninsula, Chiba

The other day I took a trip to the Minami Boso area of Chiba which is a great place to visit for a day trip from Tokyo. Jump on the bus from Tokyo Station for the scenic 90 minute ride through the city, over the famous Rainbow Bridge, and the unique Aqua Line expressway to the south of the Chiba Pe…(414 words)

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Adstev73

Thousands of lanterns being launched into the winter night sky is a fantastic spectacle images

Thousands of lanterns being launched into the winter night sky is a fantastic spectacle

Various festivals and processions are held periodically in Japan to ask various deities to keep people free from disease and bodily harm. Sky lanterns are featured prominently in one of these festivals. Participants write their wishes on lanterns resembling small hot air balloons. These lanterns ar…(283 words)

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DeepJapan Editor