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Some of the best food in Japan images

Some of the best food in Japan

The high class hotels such as Pan Pacific and Intercontinental in Minatomirai have quality food from Japan, Italy, France and China with amazing service. If you're willing to pay the price for some of the best food in Japan, I suggest going to a restaurant in a hotel. For celebrations, my family of…(83 words)

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Restaurant Yokohama Hotel
Try not to eat or drink while walking and riding trains! images

Try not to eat or drink while walking and riding trains!

The generally accepted rule of conduct is to not eat or drink on the train and while walking (taking a sip of water or tea is fine). This is because Japanese people tend to be very considerate for other people on the train and streets. They also want to keep the trains and streets clean by not spil…(86 words)

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Train Etiquette Drink Tea
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
Go to Hard Rock Cafe! images

Go to Hard Rock Cafe!

If you are not in the mood for dancing and just want to relax with a couple of friends, I recommend going to Hard Rock Cafe. There is one in Roppongi and Minatomirai. Many foreigners eat dinner or drink at the bar, so Hard Rock Cafe is also a great place to meet foreigners who may be living or visi…(129 words)

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Tokyo Restaurant Shopping Drink Roppongi
Delicious pastries and bread at Donq images

Delicious pastries and bread at Donq

My favorite bakery in Tokyo is Donq, one that can be found commonly in department stores and stations. Although bread in Japan may get a bit pricy, it is worth the money because it is delicious and unique. As a person who doesn't like sweets, my favorite bread at Donq is their baguette and calzone.…(114 words)

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Tokyo Department store
Call TELL! images

Call TELL!

If you want an immediate counseling in English, it would be best to call the Tokyo English LIfe Line (TELL) for a free and anonymous phone call for any types of issues or information needed. They are open to calls from 9am to 11pm daily. Their telephone number is 03-5774-0992. If you want to me…(83 words)

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Tokyo
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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Karaoke
Eat everything you take! images

Eat everything you take!

Although not a rule, from childhood, Japanese children learn that they should not have any left-over food as it is wasteful. Therefore, in order to behave like a local, try to take a small amount of food at a time. As it is an all-you-can-eat, you don't have to worry about not having enough food! T…(89 words)

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Restaurant
A MEGA store for anything you need images

A MEGA store for anything you need

Don Quixote is one of the best discount stores in Japan and are present all over the country. If you’re looking for anything for low prices, this would be the first place to look! They sell everything that anyone can look for: bicycles, electronics, clothes, costumes, food, suitcases, etc. They hav…(140 words)

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Manga Discount stores
A super store! images

A super store!

It is important to know that a convenience store isn’t just a place to buy drinks, food, masks, stationery, magazines and other everyday products. It has developed to the extent in which you can send domestic mail, have your suit dry cleaned, photocopy, fax and scan and purchase bus, concert and sp…(96 words)

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Convenience store Sport Bus Concert Stationery
Buying movie tickets are easy as pie! images

Buying movie tickets are easy as pie!

In Japan, buying movie tickets is easy, as it can be done at the movie theater. Unless it is a new movie, the process of purchasing tickets is smooth. You simply have to go to the movie theater and tell the person at the cash register/desk the title of the movie and the time. Sometimes, they have m…(110 words)

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Movie
Nintendo 3DS XL! images

Nintendo 3DS XL!

One of the most popular toys in Japan is the Nintendo 3DS XL, which is the newest Nintendo machine. Children often get these and/or their cassettes for their birthday or Christmas presents. One of the most popular games are Super Mario, Pokemon and Minna no Mori. This game is so popular among child…(73 words)

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Game Christmas
A "date-megane" will change your look images

A "date-megane" will change your look

The latest trend among young people in Tokyo is to wear “date-megane” or glasses without lens. It is a small accessory that completely changes your look! Both men and women do this and these glasses are sold everywhere in Tokyo for reasonable prices!(43 words)

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Tokyo
Go to a "dagashiya" to buy some souvenirs! images

Go to a "dagashiya" to buy some souvenirs!

Other than donating the change to a local or national charity, I recommend going to a dagashiya and buying candies and other sweets for your friends and family back home. Japanese sweets are incomparable to those of other countries due to its creativity and variety. Perhaps you should avoid stickin…(101 words)

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Rice cracker
Yurindo has a great selection of English books images

Yurindo has a great selection of English books

I go to Yurindo to purchase or pick up an English book. Although you cannot compare the selection to a Barnes and Noble, it has a range of classics to recent books from fiction to nonfiction. I often go to the “osusume” or the recommendation section to find books that I may want to read. If you are…(76 words)

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Tokyo
"Okowa" is a must-eat! images

"Okowa" is a must-eat!

My favorite Bento place is “Tagosaku,” often found in the basement of big department stores or near the train stations. “Okowa” is Japanese mocha-gome (sticky rice) with various vegetables or beans. I love eating the “gomoku-okowa,” which is the sticky rice with a variety of vegetables and chicken …(91 words)

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Tokyo Train Department store Train station Bento (box meal)
The Three P's images

The Three P's

Japanese hair salons are known for great service and outcomes. However, to make your experience successful, there are three P’s you should keep in mind: Pictures, phrases and price. Pictures. It is always a good idea to have a picture of what you want your hair to look like using pictures on a p…(218 words)

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Hair
A store for things you may need on the train images

A store for things you may need on the train

The kiosk is usually a small stall in the middle of the train platform, which sells goods that you may need on a train ride. Common things are drinks, snacks (candy, cookies, gum, etc.), magazines and newspapers. They also sell other small commodities such as masks, tissues and band-aids.(49 words)

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Train Railway platform
Keep the store clean and stay polite! images

Keep the store clean and stay polite!

An aspect I am always surprised by when shopping in Japan is that the stores are always impeccably clean! What I learned through experience is that the shoppers themselves leave the shops clean by folding the clothes or not picking up the clothes unless they like it. Also, it is a Japanese custo…(120 words)

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Shopping Etiquette
A present full of surprises images

A present full of surprises

During the first few days of January, there is a big shopping spree in which many people buy big “Lucky” bags filled with products from that store. Although the contents of the bag are unknown, people buy it because the contents are said to be worth more than the selling price. It’s thrilling to…(91 words)

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Shopping Department store
Must take a purikura! images

Must take a purikura!

In Japan, there is a big arcade culture, perhaps because of the variety of machines from Mario Kart to air hockey to UFO catchers. However, my favorite destination is the purikura or the print club machines. This is a machine in which you go in, take photos of yourself with different poses and back…(164 words)

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Photo booth Game Hair Arcade Amusement arcade
A coin-operated vending machine with collectors' items! images

A coin-operated vending machine with collectors' items!

“Gacha Gachas” are coin-operated vending machines with capsules containing items from manga, anime and other popular icons – these may be key-chains, cellphone straps or a figure. They remind me of the bubblegum machines in the USA, since people insert coins, turn the crank and out comes a capsule.…(104 words)

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Tokyo Game Manga Anime Toy Amusement arcade
Go to Daiso for low-cost solutions! images

Go to Daiso for low-cost solutions!

The most common and popular 100yen store in Japan is Daiso. They are usually placed close to a train station or in malls and therefore are easily accessible. Although I go to Daiso for stationery goods such as notebooks, binders, folders and erasers, there is so much more available, from food to gl…(100 words)

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Train Train station Stationery Daiso 100 yen shop
A sign of politeness, kindness and gratitude images

A sign of politeness, kindness and gratitude

From when Japanese children are young, they learn the importance of buying souvenirs for their family and friends if they travel or visit somewhere not in the vicinity. At the beginning, the children buy souvenirs just for fun, but they gradually find out that it is a sign of politeness, kindness a…(59 words)

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Souvenir
Spend a day at the Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside! images

Spend a day at the Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside!

Our favorite family shopping spot is the Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside, which is about an hour away from Tokyo. Here, there are stores of all varieties, from sports goods to fancy clothes to delicious food. Although it can get crowded during the weekend, the atmosphere is great with the famil…(106 words)

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Tokyo Park Yokohama Shopping Music Sport Shoes
There's something special about the Disney stores in Japan images

There's something special about the Disney stores in Japan

There is something about the Disney stores in Japan that make you think as though you’re really in Disneyland. The workers are so ebullient and the atmosphere is magical. What makes the experience at the Disney stores better are the products that they have, which you cannot find anywhere else in th…(106 words)

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Ticket Souvenir Jewelry