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Bell Tower, Candy Alley and Warehouse District

Kawagoe is a historical town, which retains the culture and atmosphere of the Edo Period. There’s lots to see and eat making this a definite must visit. Kawagoe is also known as ‘Little Edo’ thanks to the Kurazukuri (Clay Walled Warehouse Style) buildings in the main street, of which most...

Hakone – Hakone Shrine

Hakone Shrine, a beautiful Shinto shrine located along the shore of Lake Ashi. A must visit if you’re traveling around in Hakone. If you’re visiting during weekdays it’s not that crowded which makes it even more relaxing. If you’re using the Pirate Sightseeing Boat for a trip around Lake Ashi,...

Kamakura – Hokukuji Temple – Bamboo Garden

This impressive Bamboo Garden is part of the Hokokuji Temple, also called Take-dera, which means Bamboo Temple, in Kamakura. The Bamboo forest is very relaxing and absolutely stunning! There is a lovely tea house hidden in the garden, where you can drink traditional Matcha tea while enjoying the beautiful scenery....

Harajuku’s Meiji Jingu Shrine – Coming of Age Day

Coming of Age Day is held on the second Monday of January each year. It’s a special event to congratulate all Japanese teens who have reached the age of majority, which is 20 in Japan, over the past year. Harajuku’s Meiji Jingu Shrine is one of the most popular places to...

Gotokuji Temple – Cat invasion

Gotokuji Temple is the home of the well known Maneki Neko (“beckoning cat”)! There are several stories about the origin of the Maneki Neko, one of them is that  a wealthy feudal lord named Ii Naotaka was taking shelter under a tree near Gōtoku-ji temple (in Setagaya, Tokyo) during a...

Kanda Myojin Shrine – Anime themed Ema

Close to Akihabara you’ll find this lovely Shrine, which is very important in the Shinto religion, has an interesting history and is also famous for it’s Anime themed Ema (Wooden Wishing plaques)! This Shrine also promotes itself as a protector of Computer and Gadgets. Ceremonies are performed to protect laptops and you can...

Yanaka Ginza – Edo Period Neighborhood

Yanaka Ginza (谷中ぎんざ) is a charming, traditional, shopping district in the center of Yanaka(谷中), Taito-ku, Tokyo. This shopping district has an atmosphere which brings you back to the Edo Period. There are about 70 shops which sell traditional house accessories, delicious food and more. During holidays and weekend it can...

Tennoji Temple and Cemetery in Yanaka, Tokyo

The Tennoji Temple (天王寺) in Yanaka, Tokyo is a beautiful Temple bordering Yanaka cemetery. The Temple was originally constructed in 1274. It has a large, impressive Buddha and a statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. During warm weather you’ll often see cats relaxing around the Temple and the cemetery....

Utsunomiya – Gyoza and the Futaarayama Shrine

Utsunomiya (宇都宮市) is the capital of Tochigi Prefecture(栃木県) and is famous for it’s delicious Gyoza (dumplings). In front of Utsunomiya Station there is even a Gyoza statue and there are about 200 specialty Gyoza shops spread throughout the city. All the Gyoza shops have their own special flavored Gyoza and...

Asakusa at Night – Sensoji Temple

Asakusa is a great place to visit. The Sensoji Temple is beautiful, lots of traditional shops and restaurants. Even when the shops are closed it’s fun to walk around, because the street lanterns and the temple will be lit up which creates an amazing atmosphere. There are also restaurants which stay...