Yakushima: The Island of Mononoke

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We celebrated the end of the decade in Yakushima, an island south of Kagoshima, covered with luscious cedar forests and moss covered granite rocks. It’s an island that seems right out of a Studio Ghibli film with monkeys spilling out onto the roads, deer running through hiking trails and trees older than 3000 years old. In fact, director Miyao Hayazaki … READ MORE

Nanaya: Seven Levels of Matcha Gelato in Shibuya

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Hidden away in the edge of Shibuya is an increasingly popular gelato store: Nanaya Gelato. They are originally based in Shizuoka, and they have collaborated with Asakusa matcha store Suzukien to produce a seven levelled matcha gelato line. They are famous for serving the matcha gelato with highest matcha content, the No. 7 matcha. This comes with a price, however. … READ MORE

Watch sumo wrestlers train up close!

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Sumo tournaments only happen six times a year (only four times in Tokyo), and can be difficult to go watch them wrestle live. But you can see sumo wrestlers train only a few feet away every morning in their sumo stable. The one I visited was the Hakkaku-beya sumo stable in Sumida, a few minutes from Ryogoku station. (Map embedded … READ MORE

Kasai Sea Life Park vs. Sumida Aquarium

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Aquariums are perfect places to visit with kids or without kids alike. There are many aquariums in Tokyo to choose from: Sunshine aquarium, Kasai Sea Life Park, Sumida Aquaurium, Shinagawa Aquarium, etc… We have chosen our two favorites to introduce here. Kasai Sea Life Park and Sumida Aquarium both provide very different experiences. Let’s first start with Kasai Sea Life … READ MORE

Delicious Ramen in Sugamo “Menya Imamura”

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Just one street away from the Michelin starred noodle ‘Tsuta’, there’s another ramen store that we recommend: “Menya Imamura” (麵屋いま村). It’s easy to access as it is right by the train station. They grill the chicken chashu in front of you and has a distinctive, delicious juicy taste. The noodle is quite thick and soft. Seats are limited to counter … READ MORE

The Best Cheap Sushi in Tokyo

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Wondering where to eat sushi in Tokyo, but worried about price? Look no further than popular restaurant chain ‘Sushi Zanmai’ (寿司ざんまい). Here, you can find good tasting fresh and safe sushi for a very reasonable price. The menu prices are different for each store, but you can expect to eat a good amount of quality sushi for under 2,000 yen … READ MORE

How To Take a Stickie Pix (Purikura)

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Ever wondered what those photo filters are that young Japanese girls use? Most likely, they’ve taken it in a photo booth that automatically photoshops your face into an almost unrecognizable, doll-like face. They are fun and cheap (around 400 yen, or 3.5 USD), and available almost anywhere in arcades across Japan. Here’s a quick 3 min walkthrough of how to … READ MORE

The Best Illuminations (Christmas Lights) in Tokyo

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Christmas is finally here! That means it’s time for the annual Christmas light shows! In Tokyo, people call the lights ‘illuminations’ (イルミネーション). Malls, buildings, parks and everything in between showcases some gorgeous light displays. They are perfect for taking Instagram-able photos, romantic settings for dates, and a wholesome place to visit with friends! Catch it while it lasts. Below are … READ MORE