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Tourist information desk inside of Shibuya Station images

Tourist information desk inside of Shibuya Station

Deep in the catacombs of Shibuya Station, somewhere between JR and the Hikarie Building is one of the most pleasant tourist information desks that I've seen in Tokyo. It is jointly operated by Tokyu Railways and Tokyo Metro, providing maps and information in English, Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish…(275 words)

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mikekato

Tokyo bay cruise images

Tokyo bay cruise

If you are Tokyo tour proficient, you must know the name "Hato Bus". Well, Hato Bus is not only a tour bus company but also owns cruise company. You can enjoy nice lunch or dinner on the Tokyo bay cruise together with buy tour to other places. I went with family for Christmas lunch and it wa…(123 words)

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KIH

The Hakone Open Air Museum : Amazing place! images

The Hakone Open Air Museum : Amazing place!

The Hakone Open Air Museum is a beautiful landscape park with wonderful arts and the mountains as a backdrop. I recommend this as an unforgettable stop while exploring Hakone. We went there in the afternoon on the way back from our Hakone trip as it has been always my favorite Hakone spot. We stay…(255 words)

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EmiOnishi

Mt. Fuji Station #5 (Fuji Subaru Line) images

Mt. Fuji Station #5 (Fuji Subaru Line)

Mt. Fuji, as most of us know, is the highest peak in Japan, standing at 3,776 m (12,388 ft) and it is a very popular tourist destination, with an estimated 320,000 climbers scaling the mountain during the two month summer season (from July 1st to August 31st) annually. The mountain's new new statu…(547 words)

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jdlawrence

My most favorite SUSHI place.... images

My most favorite SUSHI place....

As promised, this is to introduce my most favorite Sushi place. Sushi Yoshi is the name. Yoshi-san is very young, but doing a great job. What I like most here is "shari" (or "rice") under the "neta" (or "fish"). Not too soft, not too hard, just right. Believe or not, that makes a HUGE differen…(143 words)

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KIH

For next year Mother's Day or GW or Whatever.... images

For next year Mother's Day or GW or Whatever....

I know I have posted about "Cruise lunch" before, but I just took my mother and sister on Mother's day to one and once again (this time the ship is bigger than the last one) it was a blast. My mother loved it and I am sure you will love it, too.These cruise lunch or dinner can be used for many…(135 words)

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KIH

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto. images

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.

A show that will leave you asking “What just happened?” At Japan Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, more really is more. This means you’ll get to experience robots dancing alongside half naked women to the sounds of Psy’s Gangnam Style, soon after watching panda’s ride robotic cows, a mermaid come strol…(147 words)

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Emelie Fågelstedt

Hoeiso ryokan in Hakone images

Hoeiso ryokan in Hakone

Hoeiso is a ryokan, a Japanese traditional style inn, situated in the beautiful green mountains of Hakone, right by a river. Hoesio is a family owned Ryokan, opened in 1956, with around 20 rooms that are big enough to fit a family. Enjoy indoor and outdoor onsen, and feast on traditional Japanese d…(170 words)

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Emelie Fågelstedt

Kabuki - True Japanese Traditional Entertainment! images

Kabuki - True Japanese Traditional Entertainment!

Perhaps I may be minority here, but many Japanese people have never seen Kabuki or Sumo live. Until today, I couldn't care less, honestly.But, boy was I wrong! I went to the latest one at Meiji-za (not Kabuki-za) with my mother where Ichikawa Somegoro did a very interesting and entertaining p…(228 words)

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KIH

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise images

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is just south of Yokohama. This is a great place to spend the day for the whole family. Multiple aquariums with hundreds of varieties of sea life. Total number of sea life is well over 100,000. From sea turtles to penguins and numerous other attractions you may be surpri…(89 words)

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Kevin

Sushizanmai Roppongi Roi Bldg. Mae Branch images

Sushizanmai Roppongi Roi Bldg. Mae Branch

Sushizanmai Roppongi Roi Bldg. Mae Branch is recommended for international visitors who would like to have sushi at reasonable prices in the Roppongi area. They have English menu with all the fish names. Even in case you cannot find your favorite dish on the menu, you can try to ask a cook. He …(125 words)

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KazuoN

Tourist Tip #1: Invest in a Suica or Pasmo IC Card images

Tourist Tip #1: Invest in a Suica or Pasmo IC Card

The Suica and Pasmo IC cards are e-money cards that can be used in a variety of ways. The two most practical: riding public transportation and shopping. The cards are accepted at an impressive number of locations, including convenience stores, coffee shops, coin lockers, vending machines, and many …(226 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree images

Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree

On my first visit to Tokyo, I signed up for a half day tour of Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa via Hato Bus tours. Hato, http://www.hatobus.com, has a number of different tour packages ranging from half day to full day. The full day tours include lunch. Our tour guide was a Japanese woman who spoke En…(169 words)

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Dolores

Business hotels - more than business images

Business hotels - more than business

As a frequent traveller, I need to minimize the fuss when booking business hotel.What I want is very simple; close to the train station or airport, clean room, free wifi, hot shower, decent AC, wide & comfortable bed, enough space to put my large size suitcases, little desk to get some work done,…(286 words)

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ISoffice

Shopping for little ones while in Japan images

Shopping for little ones while in Japan

While in Japan, why not stop in one of the numerous shopping malls and find some Japan fashions for your kids? Motherways www.motherways.com is one of the most popular stores for parents to buy great fashionable clothes for children from toddlers through to 12 years old. Most clothes can be found…(135 words)

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Kevin

Railway rules - “Mutual Cooperation Culture” in Japanese commuter trains images

Railway rules - “Mutual Cooperation Culture” in Japanese commuter trains

Rush hours are extreme in Tokyo as well as Japan's other major cities. In order to make this brutal moment of every day less stressful, both commuters and train companies are making invisible efforts.During the morning rush hours, people will get in line and stand in a queue. They will get on train…(449 words)

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yumin

Izakaya: An Insider's Perspective images

Izakaya: An Insider's Perspective

It can be a little difficult to explain the concept of an “izakaya” in English. They are likened to pubs or bars, essentially being establishments focused on serving alcoholic drinks. However, that’s not all there is to an izakaya. As a former izakaya waitress, I'd like to debunk a few common misco…(591 words)

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Sakura

Japanese 'fast-food' for foreigners images

Japanese 'fast-food' for foreigners

You might have heard of, or hear around you at times the Japanese word Gaijin, which literally means outside person, or non-Japanese. It is not originally meant to be disrespectful, just basically means foreigner. So for those who are foreigners and do not speak Japanese, but can’t get enough of th…(379 words)

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Alex

The System of Rubbish images

The System of Rubbish

So let’s get right to it and get dirty, ‘trash’ or ‘rubbish’ speaking that is. If you happen to be walking around the streets of Tokyo, Yokohama, or most other places in Japan and you finish your snack, and are now ready to dispose of your wrapper. Only to realize, that you will have to put it into…(300 words)

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Alex

Helping the Children of Tohoku APRICOT News #2 images

Helping the Children of Tohoku APRICOT News #2

The rainy season it seems has done nothing to dampen the spirits of APRICOT’s supporters. Thanks to the growing number of Team APRICOT Children volunteers,we have been very productive and positive for APRICOT, one that has seen us take a major step towards official NPO status (as a registered NPO …(434 words)

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Andrew Grimes

Hiroshima Landslide - visiting & volunteering images

Hiroshima Landslide - visiting & volunteering

As many of you have heard, there was a horrible landslide triggered by a severe thunderstorm that hit Hiroshima city in the early morning of 8/20/2014. As of 9/10/2014, 72 people were killed and 2 remain missing and over 830 people have lost their homes. The city center did not have any serious…(304 words)

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jjwalsh

Want to be a Hit in Japan? images

Want to be a Hit in Japan?

Ive been in the DJ business since the 70s and maybe because I was so active in Hawaii and Hawaii is one of Japan's favorite tourist destinations, I have ended up in this amazing and endlessly exciting metropolis, Tokyo. I DJ on several stations including InterFM, and I do podcasts about various…(394 words)

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Kong

JAMSTEC Should be a first Choice for a Visit During Your Japan Travel images

JAMSTEC Should be a first Choice for a Visit During Your Japan Travel

JAMSTEC stands for Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology was renamed from Japan Marine Science and Technology Centre in April 2004.http://www.jamstec.go.jp/chikyu/eng/ChikyuImages/video2.htmlJAMSTEC’s main objective is “to contribute to the advancement of academic research re…(788 words)

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AustinA

Toyota started by the name of Toyoda making loom images

Toyota started by the name of Toyoda making loom

Relatives came to Nagoya from out of town.Wanted to give an experience of Nagoya.What comes to mind…Nagoya Castle, Osu shrine, TV tower, Yamachan . . .My relatives is interested in history and has seen Nagoya Castle in the past.So we decided to go to Toyota Commemorative Museum of Ind…(301 words)

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Yuuki I

Join the Tokyo Harvest Festival in Roppongi images

Join the Tokyo Harvest Festival in Roppongi

We have traditional customs to thank for a successful harvest on the autumn. As harvest of each year becomes important stock for the country to survive, it is said the customs started about 1,500 year ago. November 23 is designated as a national holiday called “Labor Thanksgiving Day". Autumn is th…(295 words)

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Eddie

Anime Genius in Japan: Sin-San images

Anime Genius in Japan: Sin-San

We call him “Master” and that honorific describes him to a “T”. The owner at a restaurant in Japan is often referred to as “Master” or in Japanese pronunciation “Masuta—“. Senpai Hint! When you are at a loss for how to address the guy in charge at a restaurant or bar in Japan, feel free to use …(803 words)

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How to enjoy real JAPANESE SAKE("junmaishu") in Shibuya, Tokyo images

How to enjoy real JAPANESE SAKE("junmaishu") in Shibuya, Tokyo

Want to try tasting real Japanese sake together with nice "washoku"(Japanese cuisine) during your trip here? It can be tricky to pick a good one from a variety of Japanese sake offerings. You know what? It is tough for me although I am Japanese. Because there are more than 2,000 kinds!! It's natura…(396 words)

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Eddie

5 Offbeat Tips for Travelers images

5 Offbeat Tips for Travelers

Looking to get beneath the surface of Japan, instead of just seeing the main tourist spots? Well, here are a few tips:1- Read UpBesides Deep Japan, check out English language publications (like Time Out) and see what is going on. Join in food festivals (for instance Tokyo Harvest in Novembe…(312 words)

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Chiara

Quality Jewlery- Nozomi Project images

Quality Jewlery- Nozomi Project

If you are looking for beautiful gifts that can also help in the rebuilding of a broken community in Japan, the Nozomi project is a great place to shop.The Nozomi project is based in Ishinomaki, Tohoku. Nozomi means "Hope" which is perfect for this company as it helps rebuild the lives of peopl…(273 words)

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jjwalsh

HoneyBaked Ham - Now in Japan images

HoneyBaked Ham - Now in Japan

Just an FYI that you can now get HoneyBaked Ham in Japan. We used to always have this growing up so happy to share it with Japanese friends. They are always amazed to try what we call 'real' ham.www.honeybaked.co.jp. Website is in English or Japanese.This kind of ham is not available…(90 words)

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JiyugaokaPaul

Only 2 hours from Kyoto. Enjoy snow and eating crabs in the Onsen resort founded 1,300 years ago images

Only 2 hours from Kyoto. Enjoy snow and eating crabs in the Onsen resort founded 1,300 years ago

Kinosaki Onsen has a beautiful and nostalgic view with rows of willow trees along a little river. There are at most 7 public baths in the area and you can casually visit and enjoy them even without staying over at the local ryokan Inns. They are called "sotoyu"(open air bath) which is opposite of "…(424 words)

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Eddie

PechaKucha Night images

PechaKucha Night

If you're looking for a chance to meet interesting Tokyoites, I recommend you to head on down to PechaKucha Night.PechaKucha Nights are fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts or just about anything in the “PechaKucha 20x20 format.” Speakers show…(208 words)

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Zucca

Running Around in Yokohama images

Running Around in Yokohama

I often write reviews and articles about restaurants in Yokohama, but what do I with the all the calories that come with the job? Well, like many of the 3.7 million people who live here, I run. And there really is no better city in Japan to do just that.Yokohama is chock-full of running routes,…(230 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Google Translate app takes down language barrier images

Google Translate app takes down language barrier

From June 2014 I have had the opportunity to fly into Mexico for business.Right now Mexico is a hot spot for the automotive industry.Many Japanese automotive companies are in a rush to locate in the Central Highlands in Mexico. The company I work for has a factory in Guadalajara. My job is to…(421 words)

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Yuuki I

“Restaurant Chez Mikawa” –Fine Belgian cuisine and beer in Akasaka since 1987 images

“Restaurant Chez Mikawa” –Fine Belgian cuisine and beer in Akasaka since 1987

Do you like Japanese beers? Yes, they’re light, fine and refreshing. I love them! But sometimes, I feel like having something different, like Belgian beers. In Tokyo, you can find bars offering Belgian beers, more easily than before. So, you might know what kind of taste they are. How about Belgian…(480 words)

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YumikoH

Yokohama Treasures: Nigiwaiza images

Yokohama Treasures: Nigiwaiza

Nigiwaiza opened in April 2002, and is Yokohama’s only vaudeville theater since most of them were destroyed eaither in the fires of the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 or air raids during World War II in 1945.Conveniently located within walking distance of Sakuragicho Station, Nigiwaiza is argua…(320 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

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

INTERVIEW 1: Finding... Work in Japan images

INTERVIEW 1: Finding... Work in Japan

I'd like to start my interviews of people from outside of Japan whom have found work in Japan, with Michael Meyer, from Berlin, Germany.JB: Welcome Michael and thanks for agreeing to share your story.Michael we were in contact while you were in your native Germany, before you came to Japan, a…(2101 words)

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GoodPeople

LiveYell Wedding Hall and My Experience in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan images

LiveYell Wedding Hall and My Experience in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan

In Yamaguchi Prefecture for the first time, I arrived by Bullet Train for to speak to local business, military and government leaders about my book “33 More Reasons to be Proud”. My speech was held at a Wedding Hall called “LiveYell”. While I sipped hot coffee in the waiting room, I chuckled to…(355 words)

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Home Sweet Home Revisted: Hotel Style images

Home Sweet Home Revisted: Hotel Style

Are you looking for a quaint yet classy place to stay in the middle of downtown, Tokyo? Do you want a touch of Japanese traditional with hints of Western modern? Look no further, Hotel & Residence Roppongi is the place for you.This was my second time to stay at H&R Roppongi. I wrote about my fi…(624 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer