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Yasukuni Sakura Matsuri

During the end of March until the beginning of April you can enjoy the Yasukuni Sakura Matsuri. The Yasukuni Shrine is one of the most popular spots to enjoy Sakura. There are about 400 Sakura Trees around the area. When all of them are in full bloom it creates a...

Mitama Obon Matsuri

Mitama Matsuri (みたままつり) is a popular Obon festival in Tokyo. Obon is a commemorative festival to celebrate one’s ancestors in which Japanese believe the souls of the departed return home for a brief while. During the Mitaka Obon Festival you can find about 30,000 lanterns, lining the path from the...

Musashikoyama Palm Shopping Arcade

The Musashikoyama Palm Shopping Arcade (武蔵小山商店街パルム) is the longest, indoor shopping arcade in the Tokyo area. Most of the shops are traditional sweet and kitchen utensils, new and secondhand clothing shops and old game centers, which are small but very charming! There are some big names like Tsutaya, KFC, Book-off...

Akihabara – Good Smile Cafe

The Good Smile Cafe in Akihabara is an Anime themed cafe which can be found in the Akiba Culture Zone Building. The cafe will change their theme every few months. In this cafe you will find Anime themed food, sweets and drinks, lots of Anime Figures to look at (and...

Akihabara in the Autumn

The colors of the Autumn leaves in combination with colorful buildings gives you an amazing view and atmosphere while walking around in Akihabara. Japanese Autumn can still be very warm, but there are enough (theme) cafes to relax and cool down. There are often events during the weekends and most...

Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden (六義園) is one of the more beautiful parks in Tokyo. It’s a quiet place with a lake and a teahouse called ‘Fukiage Chaya’, where you can enjoy refreshments for 500 yen. As usual visiting in the Autumn is great because pretty much everything will be crimson red. Great...

Senzoku Ike Park

Senzoku Ike (洗足池) Park is located in Ota-ku and is a nice place to spend your Sunday afternoon relaxing after a busy week. Senzoku Ike Park is great to visit all year round and especially during traditional festivals and the Sakura / Cherry Blossom period. During these events you can...

Yokohama – Minato Mirai 21

Yokohama (横浜) is located in the Kanagawa Prefecture and is Japan’s second largest city. You will never get bored in this huge Harbor City. Especially Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21) has a lot to offer. Boat tours, shopping malls, an amusement park and more! Minato Mirai (translated to “Harbor of the...

Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival

One of the bigger Tanabata Festivals. With the Tanabata Festival they celebrate the reunion of  Orihime and her husband on the 7th day of the 7th month . However, it is said that if it rains on Tanabata, they cannot meet and have to wait another year. The streets in Hiratsuka are...

Jiyugaoka – La Vita

Located in the back streets of Jiyugaoka, you’ll find this small but charming outdoor shopping complex named La Vita (otherwise known as Little Venice). There are a few cafes, beauty salons, Flower shops and a Yoga Center which offers Dog Yoga as well. La Vita is easy to combine with a...