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The imperial palace gardens; well worth trying! images

The imperial palace gardens; well worth trying!

If you look for ones in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, I'd recommend you should go visit Koukyo if you haven't tried it yet; the imperial palace gardens park in the right front of the Tokyo Station. In spite of its location, there are good amount of nature preserved, and lots of "space" available in …(185 words)

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Masa

Tokyo Train Park Museum Nature
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How to bow

I work at a medical clinic in Japan, and had to participate last month in an etiquette workshop in which we learned how to bow properly. Although I'm no expert myself, this is what we learned:1. You should face the person to whom you're bowing. There are 3 kinds of bows: #1-casual bow that c…(214 words)

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Andrea Miyata

Etiquette Bowing
1.UENO 2.TAMA images

1.UENO 2.TAMA

I recommend both ueno zoo and tama zoo.http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/index.htmlFor travelers you maybe like to see zoo and something(e.g. Japanese museum)Ueno zoo is very close to other spot like TOKYO METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUMhttp://www.tobikan.jp/access/english.html yanesenht…(98 words)

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Tokyo Shinjuku Museum Art Ueno Ueno Zoo
Receive with both hands and respect images

Receive with both hands and respect

Namecards are considered to be another self of the person. So, when receiving the card, receive with both hands to show your respect to the person. Also, put it on top of your business card holder during the meeting to give it a good treat.(45 words)

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In a morning train bound to Shinjuku, or Shibuya Station ! images

In a morning train bound to Shinjuku, or Shibuya Station !

I would definitely recommend you to try taking morning trains which are destined to Shinjuku, or Shibuya station to arrive in between 8:30AM to 9:00AM, at which most of Japanese companies start working, then staffs and employees are most likely to take ones around this time to be able to be at offi…(199 words)

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Train Shinjuku Shibuya Tokyo City Kanagawa Saitama
Family-Friendly Showa Kinen Park, the perfect getaway from city life for kids during you Japan Stay. images

Family-Friendly Showa Kinen Park, the perfect getaway from city life for kids during you Japan Stay.

As a kid, a trip to Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa would excite me the most. Built on a former Self Defense Forces base, the park is one of Tokyo’s largest parks. There is even a bicycle road running along the circumference of the park, which has a lake at its center. Rowboats can be borrowed for ch…(157 words)

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City Park Bicycle Lake Tokyo Trip family friendly
Beautiful View from the Roppongi Hills Observatory, Tokyo Japan images

Beautiful View from the Roppongi Hills Observatory, Tokyo Japan

Obviously, the views from Tokyo sky tree and Tokyo tower are wonderful. Sky tree is the world’s largest tower being 634m tall. Visiting these two towers, or at least one, is a must. Personally, though, I enjoy the view from Roppongi Hills. Although it’s not the tallest building in Tokyo, it is si…(128 words)

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Roppongi Roppongi Hills Tokyo Ticket Building Museum Art Tokyo Tower Art museum City
Refresh Yourself in a Local Japanese Pool in Japan images

Refresh Yourself in a Local Japanese Pool in Japan

In Japan, pools are popular attractions, during the summer season to take a cool dip. In large cities such as Tokyo, there are numerous waterparks with thrilling water slides and wave pools. One such pool is the pool at Toshima-en amusement park, open only during the summer season. Entrance is usua…(206 words)

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Tokyo Summer Pool Park Yokohama Amusement park
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How to Beat the Sun in Japan

In Japan, having fair skin tends to be considered an attractive trait, especially for women. Thus, many Japanese women take great care to avoid exposure to UV rays. One of the items often seen in the streets that women use to avoid the sun is the sun umbrella. These umbrellas can be purchased prett…(123 words)

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Umbrella Japan Rainy Day used
Take the other person's namecard with both of your hands! images

Take the other person's namecard with both of your hands!

This is something I leaned during my first company's freshman orientation. :-)To show respect, take the other person's namecard with both of your hands (not one hand). You would introduce yourself first and give your namecard (also by using both of your hands) so that you have both of your hands fr…(94 words)

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Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa City Just outside Tokyo is a lovely place to Play in Japan! images

Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa City Just outside Tokyo is a lovely place to Play in Japan!

Try the Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa City, it takes approximately 40mins by the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku station to Tachikawa station. The 163 hectares park has seasonal flowering plants all year round, it also has great cycling and jogging track as well as BBQ facilities. Be sure to visit its C…(88 words)

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Autumn City Park Shinjuku Spring Summer Tokyo Winter
Beautiful Japanese Garden, Hama Rikyu Gardens In Japan images

Beautiful Japanese Garden, Hama Rikyu Gardens In Japan

This is my personal favorite historic location in Tokyo. If you want to see the huge gap between modern amazingness and ancient beauty, please visit Hama Rikyu Gardens in Shiodome. You can get off at Shiodome station on the Oedo line and walk underground through a concrete hall of art (there are li…(153 words)

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Classical music at Minato Mirai Hall images

Classical music at Minato Mirai Hall

As a classical-music lover, I love attending orchestral performances and piano concerts. The Minato Mirai Hall is a great place to watch performances of both amateur and professional performances by famous musicians from Japan and around the world. The Minato Mirai Hall is in Queens Square, the mal…(143 words)

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Music Tokyo Concert New year Christmas
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Around Computers

You can find CPU 、HDD、.... many devices.http://www.tsukumo.co.jp/shop/honten/http://shop.dospara.co.jp/pc/shop/information.htm?dir=honand more!(27 words)

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karnavi

Akihabara
Full-announce plan in English. images

Full-announce plan in English.

I think you'll get a fun time for 'hato-bus tour in English'. It departure from nearby Tokyo Station or Hamamatu-cyo Station every day. it has full-day or half- day plan in English announce. You can choice a few plan around Tokyo or another area.(http://www.hatobus.com/jp/)(49 words)

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Kommy

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An Intimate Live Music Experience images

An Intimate Live Music Experience

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of live music establishments in Tokyo. Everything from small basement live houses(that's what they are called in Japanese) for any imaginable independent sub-genre, to large concert halls for the classical maestros. A personal favourite for viewing a beloved ar…(88 words)

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Tokyo Roppongi Music Concert Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Metropolitan Gym images

Tokyo Metropolitan Gym

Tokyo Metropolitan Gym has one of the biggest pools in Tokyo area, and I'd recommend it for any athletic swimmers. It has 50-meter and 25-meter pools. Also, It's conveniently located near Sendagaya-station on JR Chuo line.http://www.tef.or.jp/tmg/en_pool_top.jsp(46 words)

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Tokyo Swimming Gym
Nice park in Tokyo images

Nice park in Tokyo

A nice park in Tokyo I would suggest is Yoyogi park which is actually near everything such as Shibuya and Harajuku. It is a large park with green trees everywhere. It is a nice place to go jogging or even just reading a book on the benches in the shade. It is a very relaxing environment.(56 words)

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Tokyo Park Shibuya Harajuku Yoyogi Park
Watch the late show after a busy day! images

Watch the late show after a busy day!

After spending time in the vicinity during the day and eating dinner, my friends and I love to watch the late shows at movie theaters. The late shows usually have cheaper tickets and are usually less crowded. As it is less crowded, you do not have to worry about getting the tickets ahead of time! Y…(111 words)

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Tokyo Yokohama Shibuya Roppongi Movie
A very good list of Theatres in Tokyo! images

A very good list of Theatres in Tokyo!

Although, I'm not particularly versed on this subject. I did find a nice site with a very good list of theaters and I hope that this will help you out.Be advised that not all the links have English information pages, but the main or major theatres do, so hope you can find what you're looking fo…(63 words)

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DjMarvin

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Smoking is bad for your health, but if you must do it. images

Smoking is bad for your health, but if you must do it.

There are designated smoking areas near most train stations and over locations where people gather. These can be very congested and a bit dirty.But it is where you should smoke. Here is the link to the Japan Tabaco site and they have a series of posters to promote proper smoking mannersLink…(104 words)

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DjMarvin

Train Etiquette Train station
Expect a knock images

Expect a knock

My experiences at Japanese inns have all been very pleasant. However, to a certain extent, you have to remember the close quarters you are in. You will be getting somewhat familiar with the owners and employees of the inn as you will pass them by on the way to the bath, dinner, restroom, etc.Al…(134 words)

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Etiquette Japanese inn
Not your typical comics images

Not your typical comics

Comiket is a great outlet for independent artists to get exposure for their work. Typically, the world of popular manga and anime is dominated by big brands with huge advertising capabilities. And it is only the truly dedicated fans and cult followers who will get to experience the underside of com…(132 words)

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KurtisW

Manga Anime
Keep the beach clean! images

Keep the beach clean!

Although beaches do not have many strict rules, one that is implied is to keep the beach clean. Similar to other manners, Japanese tend to think about other people who may use the space later. Therefore it is important to not leave trash around when you leave. This may be difficult, because there a…(97 words)

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Etiquette Beaches
Sakuragicho for live music performances! images

Sakuragicho for live music performances!

I enjoy watching the musical performances in front of Sakuragicho station (in Yokohama which is nearby Tokyo). These performances range from jazz to pop. I find it really entertaining to walk around the Minatomirai area, because there is always a different group performing different styles of music…(83 words)

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Tokyo Yokohama Music
Comic Market, The Largest Manga Event in Japan images

Comic Market, The Largest Manga Event in Japan

Comiket, or Comic Market, is Japan’s largest manga related event. It is held once a year in August. To truly understand the appeal, I think you must have a strong passion for Japanese manga culture. What you can find at Comiket are manga related products that are made independently by “circles” or …(138 words)

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Manga Japan Cosplay Shopping Event Trip Market
A bit exclusive images

A bit exclusive

Japanese "snack" bars are not necessarily what you would think. Just seeing the word "snack" on a shop sign is not an indication that the store serves snacks. They do serve snacks to customers, but this is hardly the original intention for going to a store like this.It would be better to think …(205 words)

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Island Paradise Near Tokyo, Japan images

Island Paradise Near Tokyo, Japan

If you are interested in taking a boat ride from Tokyo, I recommend going to Niijima island, one of the Izu islands. Niijima is only 2 hours on a hydrofoil from Takeshiba boat terminal in Hamamatsucho and is very easy to get to. Tickets can be purchased online, at convenience stores, or at the term…(127 words)

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Tokyo Beaches Minshuku Visit Summer Surfing Swimming
Akihabara = Electronics images

Akihabara = Electronics

Last week, I went to Akihabara to look for some electronic equipment. Akihabara is a great place to go if you're willing to spend the time to look for reasonable yet high-quality goods. Along the back-streets and narrow roads, there are small, specialized stores selling electronic goods ranging fro…(97 words)

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Akihabara
Takarazuka is one of the unique concept musical in Japan images

Takarazuka is one of the unique concept musical in Japan

Takarazuka is the musical companies originally from Takarazuka,Hyogo prefecture.The musical actresses are all woman and it was the first musical review show they introduced here in Japan early 1900's.I think lots of girls wanted to dream about being a takarazuka star once in their life(at lea…(154 words)

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Takarazuka revue Tokyo Ticket Hyogo
Love heights? SKY TREE AND TOKYO TOWER! images

Love heights? SKY TREE AND TOKYO TOWER!

One of my favorite dates was going to Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower. These are easily accessible places with beautiful views. I recommend you to go to Sky Tree during the day (much better if you go up on a clear day) and enjoy the day view of the surrounding area from a bird's eye point of view. At nigh…(137 words)

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Tokyo Tea Coffee Tokyo Tower
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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Tokyo Tokyo Tower Coffee view Stay lost night view Couples
Take Yamanote Line!!! images

Take Yamanote Line!!!

Enjoy an excursion by taking Yamanote Line. You should watch this video before your journey.http://vimeo.com/68420684 Tokyo Loop Line〔東京(Tokyo)-有楽町(Yurakucho)-新橋(Shinbashi)-浜松町(Hamamatsucho)-田町(Tamachi)-品川(Shinagawa)-大崎(Osaki)-五反田(Gotanda)-目黒(Megu…(51 words)

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Tokyo Shinjuku Shibuya Harajuku Akihabara Ebisu Ikebukuro Shinbashi
Check out JR Rail Pass images

Check out JR Rail Pass

If you purchase a JR rail pass before coming to Japan, you can ride all JR trains and most Shinkansen for no additional fee. One week costs around 28,000 yen and 2 weeks costs around 45,000 yen. Typically, a round trip out to Kyoto or Osaka will cover the cost of a week rail pass.(52 words)

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Train Kyoto Osaka Shinkansen Bullet Train Trip
Roppongi Hills Toho Cinemas in Japan images

Roppongi Hills Toho Cinemas in Japan

The Toho Cinemas movie theater at Roppongi Hills is my favourite in Tokyo. The cinema is fairly new (about ten years) and shows the most English films in the Tokyo area. In Japan, U.S. animation movies are often dubbed into Japanese and only shown in Japanese. Only a selected number of theaters, in…(144 words)

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Roppongi Roppongi Hills Japan Tokyo Movie Film Miyazaki Visit English
Hamarikyu Garden, Beautiful and Ancient Garden in Japan images

Hamarikyu Garden, Beautiful and Ancient Garden in Japan

My favourite park in Tokyo is Hamarikyu Garden, right by Shiodome station. I was actually just there the other day and the scenery of the tranquil lakes with Japanese style bridges and gazebos was breathtaking. Entrance is only about 250 yen for and adult and the garden is perfect for a 3-4 hours o…(145 words)

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Japan Garden Tokyo Park Tea Asakusa River Green tea Visit
Toshima Swimming Pool in Japan images

Toshima Swimming Pool in Japan

Living in Yokohama, I rarely go to swimming pools in Tokyo. However, I have ben to Toshima swimming pool once and having quite a fun time. Toshima pool is more than just an ordinary pool. It is a waterpark. Japanese people have a thing for swimming pools and so there are many pools here in Tokyo an…(162 words)

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Swimming Japan Tokyo Park Yokohama Summer
Ueno Zoo, Fun Family-Friendly Zoo in Japan images

Ueno Zoo, Fun Family-Friendly Zoo in Japan

Tokyo's most famous, most historic, and most popular zoo is Ueno zoo. It is an enormous zoo in the central Tokyo area and is a popular attraction among families, friends, and couples. The greatest draw since about last year are the pandas. Ueno zoo is the only zoo in Tokyo with pandas and in Japan,…(170 words)

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Ueno Ueno Zoo Japan Tokyo Park Cherry blossom Cherry Ueno Park Spring
For humility, politeness and respect images

For humility, politeness and respect

In Japan, bowing to a person is an expression of humility and politeness. Therefore, the lower you bow, the more humble you seem and the more respect you show to the person you are bowing to. If the person is of a more respected status, you should definitely bow lower than the person. When bowi…(79 words)

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Greeting Bowing
Great Events On All the Time at Japan's Shinjuku gyoen images

Great Events On All the Time at Japan's Shinjuku gyoen

You would never fail to enjoy cherry blossoms at the Shinjuku-gyoen every spring time. Five minute-walk from the south exit of JR Shinjuku will lead you there.There are Rose festivals and beautiful Autumn colors to enjoy too!If you are in Shinjuku and want a reprieve from the crowds and bu…(71 words)

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Japan Tokyo Shinjuku Cherry blossom Cherry Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) Spring traveling with children