• Tasty and Instagrammable: 5 Popular Asakusa Ice Cream Shops!
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    Tasty and Instagrammable: 5 Popular Asakusa Ice Cream Shops!

    No matter when you visit Asakusa, it’s most definitely buzzing with people. It’s a mere stone’s throw away from Tokyo Skytree and Kappabashi, and with the culturally and historically rich Kaminarimon gate and Hanayashiki amusement park in the area, it’s no wonder that it’s such a popular sightseeing spot. But did you know that in recent years, this traditionally Japanese area has become the battleground of ice cream shops as well? We’ll be introducing five must-try Asakusa ice cream shops this time. From trendy ice cream rolls to what can be said to be the thickest matcha ice cream in the world, these ice creams are perfect for your next social media upload!

  • Konoe Beef, One of Japan's Three Greatest Wagyu. Local Writer's Top Three Picks!
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    Konoe Beef, One of Japan's Three Greatest Wagyu. Local Writer's Top Three Picks!

    It's said that there are over 300 brands of Japanese beef. Among them are three brands that stand above the rest: Mie Prefecture's Matsusaka beef, Hyogo Prefecture's Kobe beef, and Shiga Prefecture's Konoe beef. The best wagyu beef usually has a good balance of shimofuri fat marbling and a sweetness to go with the umami. In this article, we'll be going over the three best places in Shiga to dine on Konoe beef.

  • Top 5 reasons tourists love Osaka - What really distinguishes Osaka from Tokyo?
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    Top 5 reasons tourists love Osaka - What really distinguishes Osaka from Tokyo?

    Osaka is getting more and more popular among tourists visiting Japan. According to a survey by MasterCard, Osaka recorded the highest growth rate in the world for visits made to Japan between 2009 and 2016, seeing an annual jump of 24%. According to the data for 2018, among the more than 30 million visitors to Japan, 11.4 million visited Osaka. That means more than 1 in 3 tourists are visiting the city! So why is Osaka so popular among tourists? We asked a New Yorker who has been living in Japan for 17 years for his thoughts.

  • Delicious Uji Matcha Sweets from Kyoto that You’ll Want to Tell Everyone About
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    Delicious Uji Matcha Sweets from Kyoto that You’ll Want to Tell Everyone About

    Uji, found in Kyoto Prefecture, is a major tea production area in Japan, and Kyoto city, with many historical tea houses, is the king of matcha sweets. We’ve selected a few that you’re sure to remember. They’re so good that after taking one bite you will want to let someone know about it.

  • Hotels in Kyoto: Enjoy a luxurious stay at the century-old Chorakukan!
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    Hotels in Kyoto: Enjoy a luxurious stay at the century-old Chorakukan!

    Built during the Meiji Era, Chorakukan is a historical building embodying several different European architectural styles. Even today you can experience firsthand the history of turn-of-the-century Japan in this hotel with a cafe and restaurant operating in the Gion district of Kyoto.

  • Osaka Restaurant Guide: Getting Authentic Osaka-Style Kushikatsu in Osaka’s Iconic Shinsekai Neighborhood!
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    Osaka Restaurant Guide: Getting Authentic Osaka-Style Kushikatsu in Osaka’s Iconic Shinsekai Neighborhood!

    Shinsekai is a downtown area where you can get a real feeling Showa-era Osaka with places like Tsutenkaku Tower, Osaka Tennoji Zoo and Janjan Yokocho shopping street. This is the home of kushikatsu - deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables. Shinsekai is depicted in many Japanese novels, comics, movies, dramas and theater is the face of a typical town in Osaka with delicious, easy-to-get kushikatsu.

  • Watch the Game & Gear Up! 5 Selected Yokohama Sports Bars & Rugby Merch Shops
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    Watch the Game & Gear Up! 5 Selected Yokohama Sports Bars & Rugby Merch Shops

    There are many people who can’t get enough of watching their favorite sports, such as baseball and soccer. And this year, the Rugby World Championships will be held in Japan! Because this is the first time for this major event to be hosted in an Asian country, namely, at the sports stadium in Yokohama, it has become a pretty big deal. Here we would like to introduce the perfect sports bars for watching sport matches in the Yokohama area, as well as sports shops where you can purchase items related to this event.

  • Akihabara Maid Cafes: Beginner's Guide to Enjoying a Maid Cafe!
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    Akihabara Maid Cafes: Beginner's Guide to Enjoying a Maid Cafe!

    Going to a place you know nothing about can offer an exciting sense of mystery. The same is true for Japan’s maid cafes, which often pique interest from foreign tourists. What kind of place is a maid cafe? What should you talk about with the maid? So many questions! So, at this time, we’d like to show you how to enjoy a basic maid cafe. We visited Akihabara's popular @Home Cafe and legendary maid Hitomi, who attracts attention from around the world, who also shared how to enjoy maid cafes in Japan. We’ll tell you all about it from start to finish!

  • Shopping Japan: Best 5 Outlet Malls In and Around Tokyo
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    Shopping Japan: Best 5 Outlet Malls In and Around Tokyo

    Ready to go on a proper Tokyo-style shopping spree? If you want to save some money while getting a new wardrobe, head to the large outlet malls scattered around the suburbs of Tokyo. There are five major malls near Tokyo in total: Mitsui Outlet Park in Makuhari and Iruma, Shisui Premium Outlet near Narita Airport, Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza, and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Let’s take a look at how to get to these five major outlet malls, their main shopping features, as well as special services and discounts for international visitors!