Visit Asahikawa In Hokkaido A Recommended Hotel And Places To Visit

first_imgAsahikawa, Hokkaido – Beautiful Places Everywhere!There is no end to the charms of Hokkaido, where nature is vast, the food is excellent, and one can enjoy fun snow activities. Though Hokkaido is known for sightseeing areas such as Sapporo, Otaru, and Niseko, Asahikawa is the city that is steadily gaining fans for its fun zoos and beautiful gardens.Let’s check out the best sightseeing spots in Asahikawa, which is situated in central Hokkaido, alongside Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa, a hotel that will make your trip even more enjoyable.Make Your OMO7 Asahikawa Reservations Here!Asahiyama Zoo – So Many Impressive Animals!When you think of places that you can’t miss when visiting this area of Japan, the Asahikawa City Asahiyama Zoo, filled with fun, elaborate exhibits, is what comes to mind. The zoo is popular for its penguin and seal enclosures where you can watch animals swimming from various angles.The extremely thrilling polar bear enclosure is a must see. You’ll be able to watch the polar bears as they walk right beside you from a translucent capsule above ground! Asahiyama Zoo View InformationparkzooUeno Farm – Like the World in a Picture BookUeno Farm is a facility that made use of Hokkaido’s climate and soil to create beautiful, original gardens. With such a romantic garden spread out before you, you’ll most probably experience a wonderful feeling, almost as if you’ve wandered into the world of a picture book.If you’re feeling hungry, then take a break at NAYA café in the garden. Here, you can try light meals and drinks made with fresh Hokkaido ingredients. Ueno Farm View Informationparkstoretravel_agencyBlue Pond – A Mystical Scenery Accessible from AsahikawaThe Blue Pond, located about 30 minutes by car from Asahikawa in Biei, is a spot you’ll want to visit by going a slightly further distance.Though it may be an artificially made pond, minerals from the soil dissolve into the water to make it unexpectedly appear blue. The color of the water is especially clear in the mornings of sunny days. You can witness a fantastic sight as the surface of the water shines blue.Furano, famous for its lavender fields, is also a 30-minute car ride from Asahikawa. It might be thus a great idea to make Asahikawa the center of your Hokkaido travels! Shirogane Blue Pond View InformationOMO7 Asahikawa – Make Your Sightseeing Even More EnjoyableIf you’re visiting the city of Asahikawa, then be sure to also stop by 5-7 Furarito, a restaurant street loved by locals. Many people have become captivated with the nostalgic atmosphere that still remains from the Showa period (1926 – 1989).Located a minute’s walk from 5-7 Furarito, OMO7 Asahikawa is located in an area where you can experience the local atmosphere of Asahikawa to your heart’s content. The hotel is a renovation of the former Asahikawa Grand Hotel and is scheduled to open on April 28th, 2018.5 Fun Things About OMO7 AsahikawaOMO is a new style of hotel created by Hoshino Resorts, which operates luxury accommodation facilities in Japan. It differs from an ordinary business hotel and appears to be built in a way that will make the stay itself fun!We have collected five unique characteristics of OMO7 Asahikawa, a hotel built with the concept of “a stay that shouldn’t end with just sleeping.”Make Your OMO7 Asahikawa Reservations Here!1. OMO Base – A Comfortable Lobby LoungeThe lobby lounge OMO Base is the first area you’ll see when you visit OMO7 Asahikawa. The lounge is decorated with an imaginative interior that includes Japanese white birch tables. The staff will also be there to warmly welcome you, making it so comfortable that you’ll want to stay there forever.There are also times when you’re immediately brought back to reality after returning to your modest hotel after sightseeing. However, when you check into OMO Base, you can head to your room while maintaining that excitement from being on a trip.2. Plan Your Day in Asahikawa at the DANRAN Room!There are also interesting guest rooms that are designed to raise the mood of your trip. The DANRAN Room, a two-person guest room decorated with an efficient interior, is a small, but functionally comfortable space. The colorful interior will also make you excited.The room is great for discussing your plans for tomorrow while sitting on the beds, which can also become sofas, or opening your suitcase and organizing the souvenirs you’ve purchased, or even relaxing and immersing yourself in the memories of your trip.By using the DANRAN Room, which is designed to be used however you please, you’ll be able to spend a wonderful time even while you’re in your hotel room.3. A Beautiful Hokkaido Breakfast BuffetBreakfast at the hotel consists of several dishes made with fresh ingredients which are served in buffet style. Both the flavors and appearance of this outstanding breakfast will boost your energy before you go out exploring the area.We recommend the waffles; each and every waffle is cooked to order with a crunchy outside and fluffy inside. Waffles are either savory, made with ingredients such as salmon, or sweet, with jam and syrup poured on top, making it the start to a wonderful day where you can enjoy all of Asahikawa in Hokkaido.4. The Atmospheric OMO Café & BarThe OMO Café & Bar is another area where you can have your breakfast. The menu here changes every hour and the cafe is also open for lunch and drinking. You can spend a fulfilling day even without leaving the hotel by utilizing this café on days with bad weather or days when you want to take it easy.5. The Loft-Like Book TunnelLocated in a corner of the lobby is a space called the Book Tunnel, the home to books in both Japanese and English. Since this is a space where you can freely come and go, try using it as a meeting spot or for looking up information for your trip.Make Your OMO7 Asahikawa Reservations Here! Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa View InformationlodgingrestaurantspaWritten by Asuka YoshidaPhotos courtesy of Hoshino Resorts and Asahikawa CitySponsored by Hoshino Resortslast_img read more

Kumamoto Guide Access 27 Sightseeing Spots Festivals and More

first_imgGoing from Haneda AirportThere are fifteen flights leaving Tokyo to Kumamoto daily from Haneda airport. It takes approximately one hour and a half and costs 10,000-40,000 yen one way. For those who wish to keep the cost down for flights, check the prices out for the low cost carrier (LCC), Solaseed Air.Going from Narita AirportFrom Narita Airport, there are two flights operated by the LCC Jetstar every day to Kumamoto. Prices range from 6000-15,000 yen one way and it is about a two-hour flight.Going from Tokyo StationFrom Tokyo Station, it is recommended to use the bullet train. At Shin-Osaka station, transfer to the Kagoshima Chuo bound train, you can get off at the main hub of the city, Kumamoto station. It costs 27,120 yen one way and takes about 6 hours.Please note that you may not use the unlimited JR bus and train pass, the Japan Rail Pass, on the “Nozomi” and “Mizuho” lines on the Kyushu bullet train. When you transfer to the train from Shin-Osaka bound for Kagoshima, please use “Hikari”, “Sakura”, “Kodama”, and “Tsubame” lines.Going from Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and KagoshimaFrom Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Kagoshima, which are located in the same Kyushu area as Kumamoto, an express bus is useful. You can go to Kumamoto for approximately 3000-5000 yen and it takes about 2-3 hours. What Kind of Place Is Kumamoto?Kumamoto is a prefecture in the Kyushu area, located approximately 890 km from Tokyo. Kumamoto is known for their abundant agricultural products such as mandarin oranges, watermelons, melons, tomato, eggplants, jelly ear mushrooms, and many other fruits and vegetables.As for tourism, Kumamoto has Japan’s largest caldera (crater formed by volcanic activity) at Mt. Aso along with many hot springs around the Aso area (such as the Tsuetate Onsen and Kurokawa Onsen) that are very famous. Other spots include Kikuchi Gorge and Kuma River that are wonderful scenic spots as well.Let’s discover the charm of Kumamoto city, which has been praised as the “City of Forests” by the Japanese writer Sousuke Natsume for its lush greens among the cityscape.Contents:1. How To Get To Kumamoto2. Transportation in Kumamoto3. Area Guide to Kumamoto4. 27 Recommended Tourist Spots in Kumamoto5. Festivals and Events in Kumamoto6. Local Dishes of Kumamoto7. Souvenirs from Kumamoto8. Phrase in the Kumamoto Dialect You Can Use during Your Trip9. Hotels in Kumamoto10. Weather and Attire in KumamotoHow To Get To Kumamotolast_img read more

6 Things To Do In Takachiho A NatureAbundant Paradise In Miyazaki

first_imgIn the Takachiho Gorge alongside the Gokase River is a kilometer-long promenade. During April 2016, due to the Kumamoto Earthquake, the promenade was closed but was repaired and reopened in March 2017.The walkway has many interesting spots, such as Yaritobi Bridge, spread across the narrowest part of the Gokase River, Kihachi no Chikaraishi, a gigantic rock estimated to be large as 3 meters high and as heavy as 200 tons, Tamadare Falls, and Manai Falls, where water flows in several stunning streams. In the summertime, you can enjoy illuminations and view the mesmerizing autumn foliage in the fall. The area is bound to surprise you each season with its look-of-the-season.Takachiho PromenadeAddress: Miyazaki, Nishiusuki, Takachiho, Mitai Oshioi Google Map (Japanese)Access: Access: around 13 minutes by Takachiho Kaiyu bus (*) from Takachiho Bus center; get off at Takachiho Gorge bus stopOfficial Webpage: http://takachiho-kanko.info/sightseeing/detail.php?log=1355898005 (Japanese)** Takachiho Kaiyu bus runs on Weekends and holidays (during busy seasons)3. Hop on the Grand Super Cart of Amaterasu RailwayIn 2005, old, out-of-use railway tracks were used to create Amaterasu Railway, a train that operates at 25 km per hour between Takachiho Station to Takachiho Iron Bridge for a 5.1-kilometer round trip.The Grand Super Cart, which made its debut in March 2017, is particularly popular. The center part of the passenger seat floor is see-through, fortified glass, enabling you to see the tracks. Another fascinating side to the round trip is 105-meter high Takachiho Iron Bridge, which, together with the cart’s glass floor, makes the voyage all the more interesting.The ride only lasts for around 30 minutes, but since the reservations aren’t required, this activity is easy to fit into your travel itinerary. It will also familiarize you with the area’s beautiful nature and give you a chance to enjoy the stunning scenery.Takachiho Amaterasu RailwayAddress: Miyazaki, Nishiusuki, Takachiho, Mitai 1425-1 Google MapAccess: around 10 minutes by foot from Takachiho Bus CenterOfficial Webpage: https://amaterasu-railway.jp (Japanese)Relive History4. Visit the Divine Amano Iwato Shrine If you take a 15-minute walk from Nishi-hongu to the Iwato River, you’ll find a large cave called Amanoyasukawa. The myth says that when the sun goddess, Amaterasu Omikami, was in the cave, the whole world went dark. It marks that very place as the place where countless gods and goddesses were to discuss the problem. The cave is will give you goosebumps with its sacred and magical atmosphere.Amanoiwato ShrineAddress: Miyazaki, Nishiusuki, Takachiho, Iwato 1073-1 Google MapAccess: around 17 minutes by Takachiho Kaiyu bus (*) from Takachiho Bus Center; get off at Amanoiwato Shrine bus stopOfficial Webpage: http://amanoiwato-jinja.jp (machine-translated English available)** Takachiho Kaiyu bus runs on weekends and holidays (during busy seasons)5. Watch the Traditional Performance, Takachiho Kagura, at Takachiho Shrine Adbundant Nature and Rich History in Takachiho 5 Things You Can Only Enjoy In Miyazaki Prefecture Every year from the middle of November through the beginning of February of the following year, Takachiho City organizes a musical and dance performance known as Yokagura (*3) throughout the night, at 20 different locations.Yokagura is another Important Intangible Cultural Property in Japan. Visitors can watch Takachiho Kagura every evening between 20:00 to 21:00 throughout the whole year at Takachiho Kagura Hall (Kaguraden), for 700 yen (price of 1 person, no reservations required).*3 Kagura/Yokagura: a ceremony (prayer) held for good harvest and catch (fish and animals). Nowadays it is a folk art performance given at special events and celebrations, much loved by the people.Takachiho ShrineAddress: Miyazaki, Nishiusuki, Takachiho, Mitai 1037 Google MapAccess: about 15 minutes on foot from Takachiho bus centerOfficial Webpage: http://takachiho-kanko.info/en/sightseeing/6. Look Down at a Sea of Clouds at Kunimigaoka Takachiho in Miyazaki Prefecture is known for its Japanese mythology (*1) about the creation of Japan. The myths and stories are connected to Takachiho’s majestic nature, and there are still many areas that are believed to be the ones mentioned in the legends.We decided to take you to the spots where you can experience the nature and history of Takachiho firsthand.*1 Japanese mythology is written in historical books such as “Kojiki” and “Nihon Shoki” (“Nihongi”), containing myths about the creation of Japan and its royal lineage to this day. The relations between gods and humans, as well as society, are vividly described.Enjoy Nature1. Rent a Boat at Takachiho Gorge There is an old Shinto legend at Kunimigaoka about Takeiwatatsu no Mikoto, grandson of the first emperor of Japan, Emperor Jinmu. It is said that he stood on this hill and observed Kyushu.The view from a platform 513 meters high above the sea level is so magnificent that Kunimigaoka was granted a star from Michelin Green Guide Japan (2011). Read alsocenter_img Udo-jingū, Miyazaki – Test Your Luck At This Cavern Shrine! Takachiho Gorge was created when Mount Aso, an active volcano in Kumamoto Prefecture, erupted, and the pyroclastic flow, spreading through the Gokase River, abruptly cooled down. In 1934, it was desginated as a sight of an outstanding beauty (“meisho” in Japanaese), and became one of Japan’s natural monuments, which has resulted in many travelers coming to visit from many countries.Inside the gorge, you’ll discover Manai Falls (picture above), designated as one of Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Waterfalls. The powerful 17-meter wall of water gushing down will leave you speechless! The best way to get to the waterfall and take in other spots at the dynamic gorge is to rent a boat. It is very rare to get so close to a waterfall that you can nearly feel the water splashing down on you.The rental fee for a boat is 2,000 yen for 30 minutes (up to three persons). During Golden Week (the holiday week lasting from the late April through the beginning of May) and summer holidays there is a possibility you’ll have to wait for 2 to 3 hours for your boat, so it is best you visit the gorge when you have a lot of time to spare.Takachiho Gorge Boat RentalAddress: Miyazaki, Nishiusuki, Takachiho, Mitai Oshioi Google MapAccess: around 13 minutes by Takachiho Kaiyu bus (*) from Takachiho Bus center; get off at Takachiho Gorge bus stopOfficial Webpage: https://takachiho-kanko.info/en/** Takachiho Kaiyu bus runs on the weekends and holidays (during busy seasons)2. Walk Down the Takachiho Promenade The Takachiho Gorge once had over 500 different shrines, and there were 88 shrines that were above all others, known as Takachiho’s 88 Shrines.Built almost 1900 years ago, Takachiho Shrine represents the main shrine of Takachiho’s 88 Shrines, and its main hall and the pair of iron komainu statues (komainu: lion-dog) are designated as Important Cultural Property in Japan. The area is known for its beautiful sea of clouds, and during the early mornings in autumn and early winter, Takachiho basin and the surrounding mountains are covered in mist, creating a fairytale-like atmosphere.Kunimigaoka Viewing PlatformAddress: Miyazaki, Nishiusuki, Takachiho, Oshikata Google MapAccess: around 15 minutes by car from Takachiho bus centerOfficial Webpage: http://takachiho-kanko.info/en/sightseeing/Travel Plan: 1-Night 2-Day for Yokagura and the Sea of CloudsIf you’re planning to visit Takachiho, make sure not to miss the evening event, Takachiho Yokagura, or the autumn-early winter spectacular view of the sea of clouds. We suggest a two-day, one-night trip.You’ll find a wide range of lodging facilities in the city center, from low-price guest houses to luxurious ryokan facilities. All you have to do is pick one depending on your budget and preferences.Although you can ride on the city bus, it can be inconvenient as the number of the buses and routes are limited, so we suggest using taxis or renting a car or bicycle.Takachiho Kaiyu bus runs during peak travel seasons, weekends, and holidays, and connecting major attractions such as Takachiho Gorge, Amanoiwato and Takachiho Shrine, and other sites. For a more convenient experience, you can purchase an all-day pass for the Takachiho Kaiyu bus, allowing you to ride as much as you want for one day (adults 600 yen; children 300 yen).When you first arrive at Takachiho, look for Machinaka Annaijo, or Machinaka Tourist Information Center (a tourism center government-approved by the JNTO). You can find everything you need to know about the city of Takachiho here. You can receive information for your trip, take part in tours, local events, and activities, find out about car and bicycle rental, as well as luggage storage.Machinaka Tourist Information CenterAddress: Miyazaki, Nishiusuki, Takachiho, Mitai 802-3 Google Map (Japanese)Access: around a minute by foot from Takachiho bus centerOfficial Webpage: http://takachiho-kanko.info/sightseeing/detail.php?log=1339228383 (Japanese)Getting to TakachihoFrom FukuokaIt takes around 4 hours by highway bus, Gokase-go, from Hakata Station. Four buses per day. A single one-way ticket costs 4,020 yen (prior reservation required).From KumamotoIt takes around 3 hours by limited express buses, Aso-go and Takachiho-go, from Kumamoto Station. Two buses run per day. A single one-way ticket costs 2,370 yen (prior reservation required).From MiyazakiAbout 2 hours and 40 minutes by transit highway bus from Miyako City Bus Center. One bus runs per day. A single one-way ticket costs 2,500 yen (prior reservation required).** During certain seasons buses are not available. For further information on the schedule, visit this link. (Japanese)Make a bus reservation here.Experience the Nature and History of Takachiho!Takachiho is located in remote, difficult-to-access area in the central part of the Kyushu region. However, one visiting will show the charm and wondrous aura of this region. Make plans to travel to this historical and spiritual nature haven! The Japanese Amano-Iwato myth (machine-translated English available) tells a story about the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami and Susano-o no Mikoto, brother and sister deities, whose relations worsened when Susano-o enraged his sister, making her retreat herself to a cave called Amano-Iwato.Amano Iwato Shrine was built to honor the Amano-Iwato from the story. You can take a look at the Amano-Iwato goshintai (sacred place, *2) under the guidance of the Shinto priest in charge. Find out about the schedule by clicking on this link (machine-translated English available). However, please note that photography is prohibited.*2 Goshintai: places and objects a deity is believed to be dwelling in. Journey To The Mythological Land Of Nichinan In Miyazakilast_img read more

Ready To Go To Japan A Guide To Visas And Immigration Procedures

first_imgSome of the most-trafficked airports are Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Kansai International Airport, and Fukuoka Airport.1. The Gateway to Japan, Narita International Anyone who plans to stay for more than three months in Japan, or who intends to work, needs a visa. However, those staying under three months may not need a visa, depending on the purpose of their visit (business, tourism, visiting friends) and their country of origin. Let’s look at which countries require visas.China, Vietnam, RussiaPeople from China, Russia (including the Commonwealth of Independent States)(*1), Vietnam, India, the Philippines and some other countries will need to apply at their Japanese embassy or consulate-general, which costs 3000 yen. The procedure is as follows.1. Prepare necessary documents: Look at your country’s embassy page or other sources for more details about what you will need.2. Apply at your Japan embassy or consulate: If there are no issues with your documents, your application will be completed in about a week. When you apply, you will have to submit your passport.3. After the screening is complete, go to pick up your passport and visa: You may be able to pick up your passport by itself before your visa is issued, so check if this is possible.4. Once you have received your visa, enter Japan within three months.*1: Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, MoldovaChinese Citizens Need to Apply Via Travel AgencyChinese citizens can apply for group tourist visas and individual tourist visas through the Japanese embassy as well as travel agencies listed by the consulate-general. The duration of stay is within 15 days, and you need to confirm the necessary documents with the travel agency. Applications take up to a week, and charges vary by company.Check the Duration of Your Issued Visa and Passport Before You Depart!Be sure to get your visa before visiting Japan. No matter where you are from, of course, you will need your passport. Some countries will be stricter than others about how much longer your passport should be valid for, so check with your country’s institutions before leaving.No Visas Necessary for Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and Several Other CountriesAs of July 2017, citizens of 68 countries, including South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, America and Spain, do not need to procure visas for short stays, as long as they are visiting Japan as tourists.Indonesia, Thai, Brunei: 15 days or fewerUAE: 30 days or fewerTaiwan, Hong Kong, Europe and other countries: 90 days or fewerCheck the visa restrictions page on the MOFA website for details.What About Airport Immigration? Ready to Enter the Country? Setting Out on Your Journey with Peace of MindWhen you travel abroad, the first step is entering the country. What documents do you need besides your passport? What will they ask? Is there anything I can’t bring in? You’re sure to have many questions. We’ve put together this guide for tourists to Japan, to help alleviate your worries.Do You Need a Visa? Source: Narita Airport Complete Guide: From Free SIM Cards To Free Transit Tours!Narita Airport has three terminals. The arrival lobbies for Terminals 1 and 2 are on the first floor, and Terminal 3’s lobby is on the second floor. They have money exchange centers, bag storage, cell phone/Wi-Fi dongle rental, SIM card vendors, shower rooms, rental car services, free Wi-Fi and more. Check the homepage for a floor map. From the airport, you can get to Tokyo Station via bus or train.[Bus]From Narita Airport to Tokyo Station, the Tokyo Shuttle and THE Access Narita are both about 60 to 90 minutes, and you can purchase a one-way fare on the day of your trip for 1000 yen.[Train]The JR Narita Express to Tokyo Station is 51 minutes and 3020 yen for a reserved seat. Check here for more.Also read:How To Travel From Narita International Airport to TokyoCruise From Narita to Tokyo Station in JR’s Cozy Green Cars2. Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) in TokyoHaneda’s international lobby is on the second floor. Check here for a detailed floor map.You can get to Tokyo Station by bus or train.[Bus]The airport connecting bus is 55 minutes and costs 930 yen.[Train]The Keikyu airport express limited train on the Keikyu Line, from the underground Haneda International Airport Terminal Station to Shinagawa Station, is 13 minutes. Switch to the Yamanote Line or the Yokosuka Line, which is another 10 minutes. The fare is 580 yen. On the Tokyo Monorail Line, going from Haneda International Airport Building Station on the third floor to Hamamatsu-cho Station is 14 minutes. From Hamamatsu-cho Station, you can get to Tokyo Station by switching to the JR Yamanote Line or the Keihin Tohoku Line, a five minute trip. The fare is 650 yen. You can search for routes here.Also read:Getting to Harajuku from Shinjuku,Tokyo,Asakusa and AirportsNew Shinagawa Line: Better Access Between Haneda Airport And TokyoBus Or Train? Going From Haneda Airport To Major Stations In Tokyo5 Discount Tickets: Go From Haneda Airport To Tokyo And Save!3. Kansai International Airport If You’re Going to Osaka or KyotoThe KIX international arrivals lobby is on the first floor. There is a detailed floor map here. Check these links for getting to Umeda and Osaka, as well as other major Kansai cities.4. Fukuoka Airport for Travelers to KyushuFukuoka Airport’s international arrivals lobby is on the first floor. There is a detailed floor map here. Check this link for directions to Hakata.Get Your Visa and Immigration Matters Taken Care Of, And Have a Safe Japan Tripcenter_img Generally, the flow of immigration goes as follows.1. Quarantine CheckYou can pass through if you don’t have a fever and cold symptoms. If you are given a health-related form on the plane, fill it out and submit it to the quarantine counter.2. ImmigrationLine up for the Foreign Passports counter, where you will have your fingerprints and photo taken. Expect to be asked about:・Where you plan to go・How long you will be staying・Where you will be staying, and the place’s address・If you have a return ticket3. Get Your LuggageHead to the baggage claim and get your bags.4. Animal and Plant QuarantineAnimal products (including ham, sausage and other meats) and plant products (including fruits, seeds and vegetables) need to be inspected when they are brought into Japan, so drop by the quarantine counter if you have them. However, we recommend not bringing them in at all for a smooth entry.5. Customs InspectionHead to the customs inspection area and submit the customs declaration form you received on the plane, which is available in multiple languages. After clearing the inspection, you can exit into the lobby.Take Care of Your BelongingsYour belongings may be checked at quarantine or customs. To avoid any issues, try to minimize the number of metal accessories on your person, and never hand off your bags to someone you don’t know.Also read:A Guide To Baggage Restrictions on Japanese AirlinesAirport Facilities, Getting into the City Hopefully, by learning about pre-departure visa procedures and airports, you will be able to head to Japan with peace of mind. We hope this article was helpful.last_img read more

What You Should Know About Japanese Pay Phones In An Emergency

first_imgHow To Use Pay Phones When You’re In TroubleDue to the spread of landlines and cell phones, the number of pay phones is dwindling, but since they can be used when cell phone reception fails during natural disasters, or when blackouts render landlines useless, they are still utilized. In the event that you get into trouble and need to use a pay phone, you should know how to use one in Japan.Also read:Where To Find Free Wi-Fi In JapanBasic Information Regarding Japanese CurrencyPay Phone LocationsJapanese pay phones have conspicuous color schemes like yellow-green and pink, and are generally found in places such as airports, train stations, government buildings, the lobbies of large company offices and convenience stores. They’re not hard to find.How To Use A Pay PhoneYou’ll need a 10 yen coin or a calling card to use a pay phone. For ten yen, you get a minute of talk time.First, pick up the receiver and listen for the tone. Drop in your coin or insert the calling card, then dial the number, starting with the area code, and wait for a moment while the line connects.10 Yen CoinsIf you don’t have 10 yen, some pay phones accept 100 yen coins too, but they don’t give change, even if you use less than your allotted time for 100 yen, so be careful.Calling CardsCalling cards are prepaid cards for use with pay phones. They are sold at convenience stores with 500 or 1000 yen loads.How To Make International Phone CallsYou can also make international calls from pay phones. While most pay phones can do international calling, some of them can’t. If a phone can make international calls, the display will read 国際通話利用可 (“usable for international calls”) in Japanese.While you can usually use coins or calling cards to place calls, you can’t use calling cards at some terminals, so be careful.When dialing 0033-011-country code-area code (remove the first 0)-phone number, first hit 0033 then 011. Input the country code, area code (remove the first 0 of the code), then the number of the person you’re trying to call.On normal weekdays during daytime hours (8:00-19:00), 1000 yen gets you this much talk time.America: 7 minutes, 25 secondsChina: 5 minutes, 20 secondsMake good use of pay phones when you want to call abroad.Pay Phones are Free for Emergency CallsIt’s surprisingly little-known, but you can use pay phones for free in an emergency. If you encounter trouble or have an accident in Japan, use this method to get help.Using Pay Phones for EmergenciesIf you discover someone who needs urgent care, or a fire or other disaster occurs, or you need to call the police or an ambulance, you don’t need 10 yen or a calling card.Do not put in a coin or a calling card. Simply lift the receiver and dial 110 or 119.For emergencies, dial one of these three numbers:・Medical emergencies・・・・・・119 (firefighters, EMTs)・Fires or other disasters・・・・・・110 (police)・Incidents at sea・・・・・・118 (coast guard)Also, pay phones may reach Japanese landlines and cell phones in the case of an earthquake or other emergency, for free (**). When you find yourself in an unforeseen situation, make use of the pay phones.**The Japanese telecommunications companies, NTT East and NTT West, will decide to activate this in the event of a calamity significant enough to activate the Disaster Relief Act, and when large-scale power failures make it necessary to ensure that disaster victims can communicate with each other. Also read:Where To Find Free Wi-Fi In Japan – Japan Connected-Free Wi-FiHow to Get Connected to Public WiFi in KyotoAll You Need to Know About Using and Buying Electronics in JapanFree Wi-Fi at the Vault Coffee in AkihabaraStay Connected with Free Wi-Fi in Osakalast_img read more

The Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival Become A Cat And Join The Parade

first_imgRead also Kagurazaka – Follow Charming Streets Beloved By Locals And Cats Alike Nearest station Kagurazaka Station (Touzai Line) or Ushigome Kagurazaka Station (Oedo Line) Not Available Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalHow about walking around and discovering all of them?4. Ring Ring Service Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalEveryone is invited to join no matter what age, gender or nationality. The staff will try to help you out if in simple English if you have any questions. Even if you normally dislike cats you are invited to join the parade because bakeneko are not normal cats after all. The Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival Schedule 2019 In 2019, the Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival will be held on Sunday, October the 13th. Starting and meeting point the senior citizen welfare facility Kagurazaka close to Kagurazaka Station.Please note that inn the case of rain the festival might be canceled!9:30 Until Sold Out – Buy a Cat Make-up Ticket Festivals, the Awa Odori dance, and ghost stories are a traditional part of the Japanese summer while Halloween greets the fall. The Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival combines both seasons and it has cats, so can it get any better?In many traditional stories, the bakeneko will change into a human but on this particular day, it will be the other way around. Why not join and see if you can meet a real bakeneko in disguise?In cooperation with the Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalAnya Otori is meant as a wordplay on the popular Awa Odori Dance. “Nya” is the sound of a cats “meow” in Japanese, so instead of Awa Odori it is A-nya Odori. The cat dance will be taught in the Kagurazaka shopping area. At the end of the one-hour dance lesson, everyone will be able to dance the Anya Odori together.  Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalDo you want to combine being a cat with wearing a kimono or yukata? Then you should sign up for a visit at the special cat kimono rental booth on the official website.For 2500 yen you will be provided with a kimono or yukata and an obi (traditional kimono belt) of your choice. All items will feature some kind of cat print. Please be aware that there are no footwear or accessories included in this offer, so please bring your own.It is advised that you come between 10:00 and 12:00. If you come after 12:00 you will be charged an extra fee of 500 yen. Also, the earlier you come, the bigger the selection will be.3. Cat Goods and Snacks Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalIn order to participate in the parade please make sure to be at the senior citizen welfare facility Kagurazaka between 13:45 and 14:00. Don’t forget to pay your participation fee and wear your wristband beforehand. Access 1-minute walk from Kagurazaka station Exit 1 or 8-minute walk from Ushigome Kagurazaka Station Exit A3 Writers odd-eyed cat “Grace”. Picture courtesy of Japan Cat NetworkSince ancient times, cultures all over the world believed cats have mystical powers and Japan is no different. The Bakeneko is one of Japans yokai (supernatural creatures). It literally translates to “demon cat” or “changed cat” and refers to a supernatural being in a cat form.The stories of the bakeneko differ greatly. Some stories say they are demons that turned into house cats to either protect or bewitch the person they are living with. Other stories say that some older house cats turn into a bakeneko to take over human bodies or speak human language. Languages Japanese Website http://bakeneko.oops.jp/ Cat Café Neco Republic In Ikebukuro – Relax With Shelter Cats The participation in the parade costs 500 yen for adults and is free for children. After you paid your participation fee you will receive a wristband with a bell, please don’t take it off before the festival is over.The reception also provides lockers to hold your bags or extra clothes. They cost between 500 and 1000 yen depending on the size. Be aware that the number of lockers is very limited. It’s best if you can come in costume instead of changing there and using a locker.14:00 Until 15:00 – The Bakeneko Parade Halloween has become very popular in Japan in the recent years. In October, you can buy cute Halloween souvenirs everywhere, eat adorable Halloween desserts and join costume parades.In this article we’ll introduce you to the Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival in Tokyo. This unique parade is all about cats and parading the street as your own version of a spooky, or cute, feline.Bakeneko – What are they? A Must See For Cat Lovers! Gotokuji Temple Is Full Of Maneki Neko Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalIf you show your cat bell bracelet you can get different free or discounted services at some of the surrounding shops. Besides discounts you can even get free presents.Make sure to check the participating shops beforehand on the official site (only Japanese) and ring your cat bell when you get there.5. Find the Bakeneko and Get Candy Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalThe Bakeneko Festivals version of trick or treat. Search for the bakeneko in disguise with the treats. If you discover them they will give you some candyUnfortunately, this bakeneko hunting game is only for children but if you ask nicely, maybe they will give some candy to your inner child as well.6. Street Performancescenter_img Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalIf you want someone to do your cat make-up for you please buy a ticket for it at the reception. Make-up for adults costs 1000 yen per person and for children 500 yen. Accessories such as cat ears will cost extra.Please note that the tickets sell out fast. It is advised to be there as early as possible if you want to take advantage of this service.10:00 Until 13:50 – Buy a Ticket for the Bakeneko Festival Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalThe Bakeneko Festival is held mid-October every year since 2010 in Kagurazaka. Kagurazaka is a part of Tokyo’s popular Shinjuku ward. It is a cat-themed Halloween parade normally held about two weeks before Halloween. Price 500 yen All kinds of street performances will be held in the area from 10:00 until 17:00. Surely you can discover a performer you like if you have some free time between showing off your awesome cat costume.Become a Bakeneko for a Day Address Tokyo, Shinjuku Ward, Yaraicho 104 Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalAt 14:00 you will be lead down Kagurazaka main street to show off your purr-feat cat costumes and make feline friends. A dance performance will be held around 14:30 when the parade reaches Iidabashi Station. After this, everyone will slowly parade back to the start point. The Parade officially ends around 15:00.From 15:00 – Anya Odori Dance Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalThe event ends at 17:00. Please make sure to gather your belongings from the lockers at this time.  Picture from Japanese Encyclopedia: Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cat)Did you know that the popular maneki neko(beckoning cat) is actually a kind of bakeneko? The Catbus from Studio Ghibli’s movie “My Neighbor Totoro” is another example of a bakeneko.The Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival – I Am a Cat Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalAs mentioned before you can get your cat make-up done by the staff at the festival. Even if you come already transformed it might be fun watching other people turning into cats.2. Cat Kimono or Yukata Rental WiFi Not Available Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalView Map Felissimo Neko-Bu Goods – Love For Cats Uniting The World! Osaka’s Cutest Bread – Blue Jean Bakery’s Cat-Shaped Baked Goods Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalYou can find many different booths around the festival area carrying cat related goods. Besides bags and souvenirs you can even buy bread and snacks in all kinds of cat shapes. Picture courtesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalOne of the most famous bakeneko stories is that of a cat, dancing like a human with a towel on it’s head. It was even depicted by the famous cat loving ukiyo-e (Japanese wood print) artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Why don’t try this bakeneko dance yourself? 17:00 – Even Cat Demons Have to Return Home The reason why a cat-themed parade is held in Kagurazaka is that the author of the famous Japanese novel “I Am a Cat”, Natsume Soseki, lived in this area. What better place to combine Japanese cat yokai with the ghost and demons of Halloween? Accepted Credit Cards View InformationKagurazaka Bakeneko Festival {“map_code”:{“pin”:[{“title”:”104, Yaraicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo”,”code”:”35.7026067, 139.7344405″}],”center”:”35.7026067, 139.7344405″,”zoom”:”11″,”latitude”:”35.7026067″,”longitude”:”139.7344405″}} Picture coutesy of Kagurazaka Bakeneko FestivalOf course you are welcome to stay and explore the surrounding Kagurazaka area. Surely there will be some other cats, or bakeneko, strolling around as well.Special Bakeneko Festival Booths, Goods and ServicesThere are many different things to explore and discover during the Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival. Let’s have a look.1. Cat Make-up Cornerlast_img read more

Onitsuka Tiger New Shinjuku Store Opening In November

first_imgThe store interior is a fusion of traditional and futuristic atmosphere, Eastern and Western worlds, which reflects the design concept of Onitsuka Tiger.Staple items and the Nippon Made series are displayed on the first floor. Clothing and accessories are lined up on the second floor, so this store is recommended for those who are looking for special fashion items.NEWoMan, a shopping complex which opened in 2016, Takashimaya Department Store and Tokyu Hands are all located nearby, so you can shop all day after visiting the Onitsuka Tiger Shinjuku Store.The Shinjuku bus terminal is also located in this area, so those using expressway buses can access the store easily. If you have some free time while waiting for the bus, it is only a short walk to the store too.Advance Sale at Onitsuka Tiger Shinjuku Store If you are visiting Tokyo, Shinjuku is a must-visit spot.Shinjuku is known as one of the prominent entertainment areas in Japan, with neon signs that shine brightly at night, and the famous Kabukicho, where a large number of restaurants line the streets, is located here. Recently, Golden Gai, a street with many pubs and small eateries, has become popular among visitors from abroad.Shinjuku is also famous for being a shopper’s paradise.Shinjuku Station is surrounded by department stores and shops handling stylish fashion items, so the area is bustling with shoppers in the daytime. It is no exaggeration to say that you can buy anything at Shinjuku.On November 3rd, 2017, Onitsuka Tiger, a leading Japanese sports fashion brand, will open a new street level store in Shinjuku.This article introduces ways to access the store, information on an advance sale and a special discount which is available only in Japan. If you are looking for souvenirs in Shinjuku, visit the new Onitsuka Tiger Shinjuku Store.Access to Onitsuka Tiger Shinjuku StoreThe Shinjuku Store is located in the South Gate area of JR Shinjuku Station, which is one of the largest stations in the Tokyo area. From the South East Gate of the station, it is a five minute walk to the store. On sale at the Shinjuku Store: California 78 Vin, 9500 yen plus tax.**Tourists from abroad can apply for a special discount.To celebrate its opening on November 3rd, the white and directoire blue model of California 78 Vin will be on sale at the Shinjuku Store.The design is based on shoes made in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, when Japan was in the midst of a jogging boom.By purchasing the stylish retro-shaped shoes with vivid tricolor stripes at the Shinjuku Store, you will be able to boast about it to your friends. A reflective material is used at the heel, so the shoes will attract everyone’s attention at night.Since these shoes are designed by Onitsuka Tiger, a sports fashion brand, their comfortableness is guaranteed. It should be a great help wearing them during your sightseeing trip in Japan.A Discount Available Only in JapanAt Onitsuka Tiger stores, there is a tax-free service on purchases of more than 5000 yen, and a five percent discount will be applied to the tax-free price if you show your passport.The new Onitsuka Tiger shoes can be purchased at a reduced price only in Japan. If you are looking for new shoes, visit the Onitsuka Tiger Shinjuku Store. Onitsuka Tiger Shinjuku South Store View Informationshoe_storestoreOnitsuka Tiger official site: https://www.onitsukatigermagazine.com/?lang=en** Please note that the tax-free and discount service applies only to tourists from abroad. Japanese and foreign nationals living in Japan are exempt from this service.Product photos courtesy of ASICS Corporation.Sponsored by ASICS corporation.last_img read more

Shirahone Hot Springs In Nagano Access And Accommodation

first_imgWhat Kind of Place Is Shirahone Onsen?Shirahone Onsen is located in Matsumoto city in Nagano prefecture. On the eastern side of the Norikuradake mountains of the Northern Japanese Alps, this hot spring is said to have over 600 years of history. Thanks to the combination of the minerals mixing into the hot waters, the springs turned into a creamy white color, giving this spring the name ”Shirahone Onsen” or the ”white bone hot spring”.Legends say that ”if you bathe for three days here, you won’t catch a cold for three years”. The Shirahone hot springs have always been known to be good for one’s health and many have visited to cure their illnesses and injuries here over the centuries.As a milky white hot spring surrounded by nature, there are plenty of fans of the Shirahone hot springs. In this article, we will feature access routes, the effects of the springs, as well as recommended bathing facilities found in this hot spring area.Traits and Effects of the Shirahone Hot SpringsPhoto courtesy of Nagano Sightseeing Information CenterThe Shirahone hot springs are known for their white, milky waters. The water itself that springs up is actually clear, but once the hot water comes in contact with oxygen, the hydrogen sulfide and calcium dissolved in it react turning the waters white. Therefore, depending on the time and weather of the day, the color of the hot springs vary.The spring quality is that of a simple hydrogen sulfide spring as it contains sulfur and carbon. Therefore, when you bathe in the slightly acidic waters, you will feel yourself warm up instantly. The spring is said to relieve chronic fatigue, stress, stomach problems and gynecological issues.In certain locations, you are able to drink the hot spring water as well. It is also said that the waters from this spring will help digestion and improve constipation.Getting to Shirahone Hot Springs from TokyoIn order to get to Shirahone Onsen, first, you would need to board the Asama train of the Hokuriku shinkansen at Tokyo Station and travel to Nagano Station. From Nagano Station, transfer to the JR Special Express train, the Wide View Shinano, bound for Nagoya and get off at Matsumoto Station. It will take about two hours and fifty minutes and cost 5080 yen.From Matsumoto Station, you will need to transfer to the Matsumoto railway Kamikochi line bound for Shinshimashima. It will take around 20 minutes to reach Shinshimashima and cost 700 yen.Upon arriving at Shinshimashima Station, you can take either the bus or taxi to Shirahone Hot Springs. The bus costs 1450 yen one way and 2350 yen round trip and takes around 70 minutes. By taxi, it will take around 50-60 minutes and costs around 10,000 yen.For more details on traveling from Tokyo to Nagano, please read What’s The Most Convenient Fare?! How To Get To Nagano From Tokyo.Go From Matsumoto Station by BusYou can reach Shirahone Hot Springs from Matsumoto Station by bus. The one-way bus ride is about an hour and 40 minutes long and costs 1950 yen (3500 yen round trip).One-Day Bathing Facilities in Shirahone OnsenHere, we will introduce you to one-day bathing facilities found at Shirahone hot springs.Shirahone Hot Springs Kokyo Notenburo Photo courtesy of Nagano Sightseeing Information CenterA famous hot spring inn with a grand open-air bath that is 230 meters squared. During the autumn, the view of the foliage from this bath is wonderful. Please note that this is a mixed bath (*1).For customers staying at this inn that would like a private moment, they are able to rent the ”Awa no Yu Gairai Yu” hot springs in the annex for 40 minutes for 2160 yen (tax included). Rooms are either Japanese style or a mixed style with a bed in a room with a tatami mat.*1 Mixed bath: A bath that can be used by men and women at the same time. Common in suburban areas.Address: Nagano, Matsumoto, Azumi 4181Website: Awa no Yu RyokanKonashi no Yu SasayaWith an irori fireplace, this is a small inn established in a renovated traditional Japanese house with only ten rooms.Customers of the inn may enjoy bathing in the open air bath privately for 30 minutes for free. When entering, you will hang a wooden sign, notifying the occupancy. When there is no sign hanging, you may bathe as many times as you wish. This is a perfect inn for those who wish to relax in the springs.Address: Nagano, Matsumoto, Azumi, Shirahone 4182-1Website: Konashi no Yu Sasaya (Japanese)Shirafune Grand HotelThis hotel has open-air baths separated by gender, an observatory bath, sauna, and family bath. You may pick from a Japanese-style, Western-style or mixed style with a bed on a tatami matted room. The Shirafune Nabe stew, which is made using soy milk, is their specialty dish. Otherwise, you may also be able to try the Shinshu beef, Shinshu salmon, Azumino herbal chicken, and other local delicacies.Address: Nagano, Matsumoto, Azumi 4203Website: Shirafune Grand Hotel (Japanese)Enjoying Shirahone OnsenThe Shirahone hot springs are located deep in the mountains of Nagano prefecture. During the winter, some springs will be closed due to the snow. Checking the websites of each location along with the Shirahone hot springs official website for information before going is advisable in the winter.It is also a good idea to check the weather in Nagano before going. There are times when it can get chilly even in the summer and you may want to bring a shawl or a light jacket. During the winter, you will definitely need a down coat, gloves, hat and you should be overall prepared for the cold.For more information on how to bathe in the hot springs, please read What You Should Know About Bath Culture In Japan.** Travel times and expenses are based on publicly available information and are current as of February 2017. They may be subject to change. Shirahone Onsen (Hotspring) Information Centre View Informationtravel_agencyYou May Also Like:Nagano Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Ski Resorts, Local Food and More!What’s The Most Convenient Fare?! How To Get To Nagano From TokyoViews Exclusive To Japan! Japanese Heritage And Culture – With Video!Enjoy Winter To The Fullest! Go Skiing In Nozawa Onsen Town, NaganoDelight In Obuse, A Town Famous For Chestnuts And Hokusai In Nagano Photo courtesy of Nagano Sightseeing Information CenterThis is an open-air bath located near the Shirahone Tourist Center. You can take a relaxing dip in the springs while gazing at the river and valley filled with trees. During the autumn, this location gets quite crowded with people bathing among the foliage. The hot spring is separated by gender.Bathing fee: Adults: 500 yen (with tax and bathing tax)Address: Nagano, Matsumoto, Azumi, Shirahone OnsenShirafune-so Shintaku RyokanA hot spring inn where the hot water comes straight from the source. Compared to other inns, the water here contains more carbon, which means you feel warmer faster after entering the bath. The view of the Japanese Northern Alps is a must see when bathing in this open air bath.Bathing fee: Adults 700 yen, children 350 yen (with tax and bathing tax)Address: Nagano, Matsumoto, Azumi, Shirahone OnsenWebsite: Shirafune-so Shintaku Ryokan (Japanese)Recommended Inns at Shirahone Hot SpringsLet us introduce you to some great hot spring inns in the Nasu area.Awa no Yu Ryokanlast_img read more

Hair Salon NALU In Tokyo International And FashionForward

first_imgTheir cake and daily specials are not explained on the menu but you can ask the server for more information. All staff members speak basic English and they also have an English menu.There is also a drink menu available at the hair salon and you can order drinks from the 76CAFE to enjoy while you get your hair done. Just tell your wish to your hairdresser. 76CAFE omotesando View InformationcaferestaurantbarDiscover the New You!NALU doesn’t believe that their service ends with the payment. Should you not be satisfied with the hairstyle you received, you can contact them and they will be happy to fix it for you.NALU’s goal is to make every customer happy. No matter if you want a natural color, rainbow hair or dream of permanently curly or straight hair, there are no limits at NALU.So why not drop by at NALU and make your hair a fashion statement in one of the most fashionable cities of the world?You can book an appointment in English via phone or their website.In cooperation with Hair Salon NALU Hair Salon NALU View Informationbeauty_salonhair_careYou May Also Like:Trend-setters Unite! The Complete Guide To Harajuku And OmotesandoShibuya Espoir: Try Gel Nails And Eyelash Extensions At A Beauty SalonLaforet Harajuku – The Place For Exclusive, Innovative Style!5 Types Of Japanese Sunscreen – Comparison And Recommended Items Picture courtesy of Hair Salon NALUNALU was established in 2001 in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, by hairstylist Daisuke Hamaguchi. Mr. Hamaguchi had the vision of creating a style shop where everyone could change their hairstyle and hair color in the same way they would change their fashion.In 2003, NALU moved to its current location just a short walk away from the Omotesando Station. To this day, this is their only store in Japan.In 2012, NALU started to expand overseas with currently five stores in Malaysia as well as a store in Singapore, which has been launched in 2016. NALU’s salons outside of Japan are named Number76 Hair Salon.Mr. Hamaguchi loves surfing and NALU means “wave” in Hawaiian. In Japanese, the number “seven” is “nana” and “six” is “roku”. When merged, they become the word NALU as well, so that is why NALU is also referred to as Number76.Because of their unique style, NALU became a popular choice for famous bloggers and YouTubers visiting or living in Tokyo such as the model RinRin Doll.Meet the English Speaking Staff of NALU Hair extensions are great if you want to add volume and length to your hair. In Japan, they are very commonly used. They are also a great option if you don’t want to dye your hair but still want to add some fun colors to it. In Tokyo, one of the fashion capitals of the world, you’ll find not only excellent clothing but also great hairstyles. Japanese fashion is often accompanied by shiny, luscious, brightly colored hair.In recent years, the number of travelers wanting to book a hair salon appointment in Japan as part of their trip has increased. Unfortunately, many salons have no English speaking staff available, so the style preferences can’t be discussed in detail. Others might not cater to requests for hair coloring as they may only have natural colors available.Today we will introduce you to Hair Salon NALU, a place that can make your dreams of dyed hair come true!Hair Salon NALU – Creative and Fashion-Foward At NALU, every stylist is trained to work with Japanese as well as non-Japanese customers’ hair and speak at least basic English. However, if you are worried about the language barrier, we would like to recommend these three NALU stylists who all speak English.Natsumi Makino (76makino) – She has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for two years. She is very skilled in creating unique hair colors.Yoshiatsu Iijima (76ijima) – A very fashion forward stylist. He is especially popular among customers wanting to get straight and curl perms.Yuki Takahashi (76takahashi) – She enjoys matching people’s hairstyle to their lifestyle. She is also a great choice if you just want your hair arranged for a special day.You can explain your style preferences or show pictures and the stylists can show you samples to make sure you get the result you wish for.At NALU, Any Hair Type Is Welcome! Picture courtesy of Natsumi Makino @ Hair Salon NALUSomething to note is that any fashion color, especially silver, grey and blue, will only last a couple of washes no matter which salon you go to. If you would like to opt for a fashion color that lasts longer, it’s best to choose a darker color and refrain from washing your hair every day.Please also keep in mind that bleaching is required before applying most fashion colors, even if your natural hair is as light as mine.Damage-Less Straight Perms for Frizzy Hair NALU also offers a wide variety of perm treatments. First, choose if you want your hair permanently straight or curly. While curl perms are practiced all over the world, straight perms are rather unique to Japan.One of the most popular perm methods at NALU is the Damage-Less Straightening. It works with a combination of chemicals, heat, and treatment that leaves your hair shiny and straight, with little to no damage.The straight perm is permanent and as with some hair colors, you will only need to visit the salon for root touch-ups when your hair grows out.Want Longer, More Voluminous Hair? Try Extensions! Most salons in Japan don’t get to practice with various types of hair on a daily basis. NALU’s decision to openly invite foreign customers has given them the chance to evolve serving any kind of customers and hair type.To prove that NALU is up to any challenge, I offered to have my hair dyed and arranged at this hair salon. I have fine, natural blonde, Caucasian hair which breaks off very easily. Let’s see how they transformed it.Unique Custom Colors This is their famous Lady Bug Cake (550 yen). You can choose between red (raspberry flavor) and yellow (passion fruit and mango flavored) cakes. The rich mousse cake goes well with the tangy fruit flavor. It is not only delicious but also adorable!The cake set includes a beverage and costs an extra 300 yen. I personally recommend the soy latte or normal cafe latte. They are creamy and delicious with just the right balance between coffee and milk.center_img They aim to provide freshly made comfort food that is appealing to all senses. From Japanese favorites like taco rice (a customer favorite), omrice (omelet rice) and ginger pork saute to carbonara, pizza, and daily specials, customers can choose from a wide variety of dishes.They also offer lunch menus which include a soft drink of your choice as well as a soup and rice. You can even get a free refill for the soup and rice. Many of their treatments, including this one, come with homecare treatments to maintain the results for longer. There are many different treatments available, so please choose your favorite.Discount Codes -Save Money at NALUIf you are new to Hair Salon NALU you will receive 20% off your total bill. Your hairdresser will deduct the 20% automatically when they give you an estimate of your total cost excluding the extension service. They also offer discounted haircuts, including shampoo and styling, if you are between the age of 4 and 18 years old or if you are a student (please bring your student ID). Children up to 4 years old get a free haircut if their parent is an existing member.You should also check out the news on NALU’s website for current offers and promotions before your visit.Hungry? Take a Break at 76CAFE In Japan, any kind of fashion color, which means any color that would not be considered natural, including bleach blonde, is not allowed in most workplaces. Working with foreign customers who wished to dye their hair has allowed the staff at NALU to deepen their knowledge of fashion colors. They even have their own hair color range called 76Tsuya.If you take a look at their pictures on Instagram, you will see that they mainly showcase unusual colors. However, something that stands out is that they manage to make crazy colors such as pink, red and silver look incredibly natural! If you are hungry after spending some time in the salon, consider eating at the reasonably priced 76CAFE. The cafe was founded by NALU’s owner Daisuke Hamaguchi when the salon moved to its Omotesando location in 2003. It is located on the first floor of the same building as the salon (the salon is on the second floor).The cafe is family- and pet-friendly. They provide child-friendly menus and you are welcome to bring your four-legged family members inside with you as well. At this hair salon, they charge by piece and depending on the length. Their extensions are available in the following lengths: 45 cm (560 yen/piece) and 55 cm (660 yen/piece). You will need 20 to 60 extensions for the whole head. The ones in the photo above are the 55 cm long extensions.Even though they are very long, these have been the most natural looking extension I have ever tried. If you take good care of your extensions, they can even be re-used and you will only pay a maintenance fee of 280 yen per piece.Soothing Treatments only Available at NALU Picture courtesy of Hair Salon NALUNALU offers a variety of hair and scalp treatments tailored to the needs of your hair. The Global Milbon Smooth Ultrasonic Iron Treatment is the most popular salon treatment at NALU. It makes the hair smooth and shiny after heavy processing.An Ultrasonic Iron is used during the process. It is a cold iron that works with vibration instead of heat to penetrate the hair and enhance the treatment. At NALU, the stylists use tape-in extensions, also known as seal extensions. A small amount of your own hair is sandwiched between two pieces of extensions with tape attached to them. This method is known to do little to no damage to your own hair. These extensions are also very easy to take out if you wish to change your style after a few days. At NALU, they will them out for free if you got them done at this salon!Please note that if you have fine hair, any type of extensions can put a lot of stress on your natural hair and even damage it. If you still want to try extensions, I recommend choosing the shorter length and maybe giving your hair at least a week between chemical treatment (bleaching and dyeing) and the application of extensions to avoid damage as much as possible.last_img read more

What Is That Flower On Your Kimono

first_img‘Botan’ or peony are often used in the designs of kimono for young women. Already a splendid flower on their own, these blooms are made even more lovely when used in kimono designs. These flowers are best known for their numerous overlapping and unfolding petals, which are depicted in shades of red, white and pink.Sakura One of the most commonly depicted flowers is the ‘kiku’ or chrysanthemum. Although they only bloom in the fall, chrysanthemum print kimono are worn all year long – in fact, it is almost impossible to avoid wearing a kimono with chrysanthemum print on it. Large ones, small ones, there are various shaped and sized chrysanthemums to choose from, and even more colors: yellow, white, pink, red, the list goes on and on. The only commonality to their design is that the flowers themselves are round and have ten or more narrow petals to them.Ume‘Ume’ or plum blossoms are another commonly used floral motif in kimono. Though these flowers bloom in the early spring, you are sure to see them on kimono all year long as well. These designs typically feature a long stamen and 5 round petals, with the blossoms depicted in shades of red, white or pink.Botan Rather in the kimono themselves, the ‘tsubaki’ or camellia, are often used in obi designs. They have a more mature air to them and, though a spring flower, are used in kimono worn all year round. They are best known for their cap-like shape and are mainly seen in white and red, but can also be found in pink or white patterns.Fuji One of the most famous flowers in Japan, though when it comes to kimono you will be hard-pressed to find designs featuring ‘sakura’ or cherry blossoms, especially when compared or chrysanthemums or plum blossoms. The main reason for this is that, as they have such a strong, short bloom life, you can really only wear cherry blossom motifs in the months of March and perhaps April. With the unique little v-shaped cut in the end of the petal, these patterns are immediately recognized as being sakura by the Japanese. Though the actual flowers themselves are a pale pink, cherry blossom designs depict them in a multitude of colors and shades.Tsubaki Japanese kimono are known for their beauty around the world. Bold, daring colors and prints cause quite a stir no matter when you see them. But in many cases, the designs that draw the most attention are those featuring flowers.”That looks lovely, but, what kind of flower is it?” Is a question that many may be asking when they see kimono.Today let’s take a look at some of the most common flowers used in kimono patterns.Kiku The flower of spring, rather than being depicted along, ‘fuji’ or wisteria, are often drawn with other blooms. With their characteristic long flowing stems, wisteria are immediately recognizable and are mainly found in various shades of purple.Kikyo The flower of autumn, ‘kikyo’ or Chinese bellflower, is often drawn alongside other flowers, but is most easily recognized by its star-shape. In other words, a star shape indicates that it must be a Chinese bellflower, which are typically blue in kimono designs.In ConclusionDo you feel a bit more confident about identifying the flowers in kimono now?In any time and in any country around the world, you are bound to see floral patterns in clothing, though those in Japanese kimono are said to be some of the most vivid depictions of seasonal flowers. While we have given the most commonly illustrated flowers in this article, there are of course many other floral patterns to be found in Japan.And it goes without saying that there are numerous other kimono designs out there, ranging from simple stripes to completely modern, Pop-art inspired pieces. In the future, we will explore these designs further.Flower photographs (save for chrysanthemum), courtesy of C. Genma.last_img read more

ShabuShabu Complete Guide To Traditional Japanese Hot Pot

first_img13 Japanese Phrases You Can Use At Restaurants Shabu-Shabu In Tokyo – 4 Spots To Enjoy This Delicious Hot Pot Dish! What is Shabu-shabu? Shabu-shabu, well-known Japanese nabe hot pot, is a dish that can be shared with friends and family. It is traditionally made in a shareable pot placed on the center of a table and is enjoyed in both homes and at restaurants. Shabu-shabu contains ingredients like thinly-sliced wagyu beef, pork, tofu, and fresh vegetables are cooked quickly in simmering soup. Different dipping sauces in add flavor to the ingredients.Main Ingredients in Shabu-shabuTypically beef is used in shabu-shabu as the centerpiece, but you will also see restaurants with pork and chicken, as well as amberjack, blowfish, octopus, sea bream, snow crab and other seafood.Fresh vegetables including onions, Chinese cabbage, Japanese radish, carrot, edible chrysanthemum, shiitake and enoki mushrooms, tofu, and other ingredients are all simmered together with the main ingredients.If the meat used in shabu-shabu is beef, then it is called gyu-shabu, and if the meat is pork, it is called buta-shabu.How Do You Eat Shabu-Shabu?At a shabu-shabu restaurant, a plate of the main ingredient, a hotpot filled with broth from konbu seaweed, and other ingredients are brought to your table. Turn on the burner under the hotpot, and wait for the soup to come to a boil. While you wait, it is a good idea to put your preferred yakumi(*1) and sauce in a saucer.Shabu-shabu sauces are generally either ponzu(*2) or goma-dare(*3). As for the yakumi, either momiji oroshi (a daikon radish slit open, filled with chili pepper, then grated) or minced onions are popular garnishes. The light pink momiji oroshi and green onions make the food a feast for the eyes.Once the soup is boiling, put in the ingredients that do not easily heat all the way through (like onions, daikon radish slices, and tofu). Once it comes to a boil for the second time, take a slice of meat with your chopsticks and swish it around in the soup to heat it, as though you are taking it for a swim. This movement is called “shabu-shabu,” and is the reason for the name of the dish.Beef or seafood can be eaten half-cooked once their color starts to change. However, wait for pork to cook all the way through in the soup. While the meat is still hot, dip it in the sauce and yakumi, and enjoy.*1: Yakumi: A kind of condiment. Often refers to minced onion or grated radish. Used for enhancing flavors, adding color to stimulate appetite, and depending on the situation, for its sterilization properties.*2: Ponzu: A refreshing condiment, made from vinegar and soy sauce added to juice from Japanese citrus fruit.*3: Gomadare: A condiment made by mashing sesame seeds made into a paste, then adding soy sauce, vinegar, rice wine vinegar, and sugar.Final Ingredients: Add Udon and Other NoodlesPicture courtesy of Chitaka ChouFor the final ingredients, it is custom to add udon, ramen, or other noodles or rice. This is called “shime” in Japanese, which means “the end.” The soup, which has absorbed all the flavors of the ingredients by the end of the meal, will make whatever noodle or rice you add taste very delicious.The picture above shows cooked rice put it in the soup until it becomes slightly soft, along with a beaten egg cooked until it’s half-done. This makes zosui shime, a type of rice porridge.For noodles, you can usually choose udon or ramen noodles but it depends on the restaurant.Where to Eat Shabu-shabu in JapanThere are many restaurants in Japan where you can enjoy shabu-shabu, from small restaurants to chain stores. They often have all-you-can-eat options. Here are three restaurants we recommend for visitors wanting to try this traditional dish.1. Nabe-zoNabe-zo is a restaurant chain with locations in Shinjuku, Shibuya, and other areas in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Saitama. Diners can choose all-you-can-eat options with beef, pork, and fresh vegetables here for 100 minutes. The restaurant has foreign language support, including English, Korean, and Chinese, so international visitors can feel at ease coming here for a meal. Prices start from around 2,500 yen per person.Website: http://nabe-zo.com/2. OnyasaiOnyasai is a shabu-shabu restaurant with locations across Japan. It is known for having a large menu and is a popular choice of many diners. Guests can choose from pork and beef all-you-can-eat courses that start from around 2,780 yen per person and last for 120 minutes.Website: https://www.onyasai.com/shp/index.html (Japanese)3. Hanasaka Ji-SanHanasaka Ji-san is a restaurant in Shibuya, Tokyo that is halal-certified and ideal for Muslim travelers. It specializes in high-quality beef from Miyazaki Prefecture, and also offers other Japanese dishes to diners. This is a restaurant great for a special celebratory night. Prices range from 4,000 yen per person. The restaurant has English support and a website in English.Website: http://hanasakaji-san.jp/Read also Shabu-Shabu, Sukiyaki, Hot Pot: The Differences, Recipes, And More!last_img read more

Five Sakura Viewing Spots In The Tokyo Area

first_imgThe Japanese adore sakura (cherry blossoms), which bloom all around Japan in the spring. To enjoy the sakura blossoms, look for a spot with a good view, where you can relax. In this article, we will introduce five sakura viewing spots in the Tokyo metropolitan area with that kind of atmosphere. They’re all near train stations, so you can visit these spots while sightseeing or shopping.1. Megurogawa River, NakameguroPhotograph Courtesy of Meguro Tourism AssociationMegurogawa River is a very famous ohanami (“cherry blossom viewing”) spot. It is a river that runs about eight kilometers through the Setagaya, Meguro and the Shinagawa wards. When the season arrives, 800 sakura trees bloom along the river. They decorate the riverside from Ikejiri-ōhashi Bridge to the Shinagawa Ward. This area is about four kilometers long, and will be filled with tourists during the season when the sakura trees are in bloom.Megurogawa is near the Nakameguro Station, and there are many stylish cafes, restaurants and shops in the surrounding area, making it a very popular place among the Japanese. People who drop by can enjoy not only the sakura, but also dining and shopping, or a coffee break, as well. The sakura will be illuminated in the evening, so after enjoying them during the daytime, you can admire the yozakura (“night view of the sakura”) on your way home.At this time of the year, the sakura entertain the visitors heading to their favorite shop.2. Ueno Park, UenoPhotograph Courtesy of JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY ©Yasufumi Nishi/ ©JNTOThe Ueno Imperial Park, located at a three minute walking distance from the Ueno Station, is widely known simply as the Ueno Park. You can find a zoo, various museums and cafes inside its grounds. The park is filled with visitors on holidays.Sakura trees were transplanted to this site about 400 years ago. Ueno Park has been a popular place to view the sakura since the Edo Period. The park has become a famous ohanami spot, as seen in the photograph, with the visitors sitting on blue sheets and enjoying the scenery.In the evening, the bonbori (lanterns with shades of cloth or paper) are lit up, so visitors can also enjoy the sakura by night. The tree-lined park is spacious, and it feels good just being there. It’s worth the time to make a visit.Related articles:13 Things to Check Out in Ueno ParkJapanese Encylopedia: Edo Jidai (Edo Period)3. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ShinjukuPhotograph Courtesy of Shinjuku Gyoen Management Office, Ministry of the EnvironmentShinjuku Gyoen National Garden was built as a garden for the Imperial family, and was opened to the public in 1949. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of gardens inside, such as the French Formal Garden, with its beautiful tree-lined avenues, and the English Landscape Garden, which has a spacious lawn, as well as the Japanese Traditional Garden.In springtime, about 1,100 sakura trees bloom. There are some 65 types of sakura, so it might be fun to try and find out the difference between them. Special sweets, such as the sakura manjū (bun with sweet filling), sakura konpeitō (pointed sugar candy ball) and sakura dorayaki (pancake with filling) are sold at the stands in the garden at this time of the year.Bringing alcoholic beverages into the garden is prohibited, so if you want to enjoy a quiet atmosphere, or have fun with your family, this is the best spot.4. Sumidagawa River and Sumida Park, AsakusaPhotograph Courtesy of JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY ©Yasufumi Nishi/ ©JNTOAsakusa is very popular among tourists from abroad.At Sensoji Temple and various other spots in Asakusa, visitors can enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere, although they are in the heart of the Tokyo metropolis. The best place to do ohanami here is the Sumidagawa River. The sakura trees by the Sumidagawa riverside are worth a view, and you can also enjoy looking at the Tokyo Skytree, which has become a symbol of the Taitō ward. If you have the chance, try the riding a yakatabune (roofed boat with tatami floors), so that you can enjoy the sakura from both riversides.5. Mōri Park, RoppongiPhotograph Courtesy of JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY ©Yasufumi Nishi/ ©JNTO Mōri Park, 4,300 square meters in size, is located among the commercial facilities of Roppongi Hills. It is a Japanese garden with a waterfall and a small river, and its sound has a soothing effect on the visitors.The scenery changes every season, and visitors can also enjoy the autumnal foliage. This garden turns into a ohanami spot in spring. The visitors can go shopping or dining at Roppongi Hills at the same time. Although it is located in the middle of an urban area, it is a place of recreation where the visitors can just relax.There are many ways to casually enjoy the sakura in the metropolitan area. You can view the sakura while shopping or sightseeing, having a drink with your friends, taking a walk, or just admiring the sakura when you feel like it. The time to enjoy ohanami is limited, so don’t miss it.InformationMegurogawa RiverAddress: Megurogawa runs through the Meguro, Setagaya and the Shinagawa wards.Nearest Stations: Ikejiri-ōhashi Station (Tōkyu Den-en-toshi Line), Nakameguro Station (Tōkyu Tōyoko and Tokyo Metro lines), Meguro Station and Fudōmae Station (Tōkyu Meguro Line)Access:To the upper river area – 3 minute walk from Ikejiri-ōhashi StationTo the midstream area – 1 minute walk from Nakameguro StationTo the downstream area – 6 minute walk from Meguro StationTelephone: +81-3-5722-6850 (Meguro Tourism Association)Website: Meguro Tourism Association (Japanese)Ueno ParkHours: 5:00 – 23:00Nearest Station: Ueno Station (JR, Tokyo Metro Ginza, and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya lines)Access: 2 minute walk from Ueno Station; 5 minute walk from Ueno-Okachimachi Station (Toei Subway Ōedo Line); 1 minute walk from Keisei Ueno Station (Keisei Line)Telephone: +81-3-3828-5644Website: Ueno ParkShinjuku Gyoen National GardenAddress: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Naitō-machi 11Hours: 9:00 – 16:00(The gates close at 16:30)Closed: Mondays (If a national holiday, closes the next weekday), New Years holidaysLanguage: There are English menus available at the Restaurant Yurinoki and the Cafe Hananoki in the information centerNearest Stations:Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line), Shinjuku-sanchōme Station (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin,Toei Subway Shinjuku lines)Access: 5 minute walk from either Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station or Shinjuku-sanchōme Station; 10 minute walk from Shinjuku Station South Exit; 15 minute walk from Seibu Shinjuku StationFive minute walk from the Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line).Five minute walk from the Shinjuku-sanchōme Station (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line and Toei Subway Shinjuku Line).Ten minute walk from the Shinjuku Station South Exit 新宿駅南口 (JR Line, Keio Line 京王線 and Odakyu Line 小田急線).Fifteen-minute walk from the Seibu Shinjuku Station 西武新宿駅 (Seibu-shinjuku Line 西武新宿線).Admission Fee: Adults 200 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Student 50 yen, infants freeTelephone: +81-3-3350-0151Website: Shinjuku Gyoen National GardenSumidagawa RiverAddress: The Sumidagawa runs through both Sumida and Taitō wardsNearest Station: Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza, Tōbu Skytree, Toei Subway Asakusa lines)Access: 5 minute walk from Asakusa StationTelephone: +81-3-5608-6951 (VISIT SUMIDA Tourism Office)Website: VISIT SUMIDA Tourism OfficeMōri ParkAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi-rokuchōmeHours: 7:00 – 23:00Nearest Station: Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Subway Ōedo lines)Access: directly connected to the Hibiya Line Roppongi Station; 4 minute walk from Exit 3 of Roppongi Station (Toei Subway Ōedo Line); 5 minute walk from Exit 7 of Azabu-jūban Station (Toei Subway Ōedo Line); 8 minute walk from Exit 4 of the Azabu-jūban Station (Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line); 10 minute walk from Exit 5 of the Nogizaka Station 乃木坂駅 (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)Telephone: +81-3-6406-6000 (Roppongi Hills Information Center)Website: Roppongi Hills (Japanese)last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Hiroshima The City Of Peace And Culture

first_img Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine within the castle groundsWithin the grounds of most Japanese castles you will find several gates, watchtowers, warehouses and residences. Out of all of the buildings located at Hiroshima castle, the one that stands out the most is the high-rise tower Tenshukaku. This castle tower stands 5 stories tall and within it you can find a museum of Hiroshima and the surrounding area’s history, with many interesting documents and materials on display.On the top floor there is an observatory where you can see an unbroken view of Hiroshima city that spreads out past the nature filled park.3. Eating Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki at Okonomi-muraOkonomiyaki is popular dish from the Kansai region. It is made by mixing flour and water with other ingredients and then baked, resembling a bit a savory pancake with lots of different vegetables and toppings. It’s known as a local specialty in Hiroshima and called “Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki” or simply Hiroshima-yaki.Over 900 okonomiyaki restaurants exist in Hiroshima city, but it’s hard to find one that suits everyone’s needs. At times like this, Okonomi-mura is the best choice. Located in downtown Hiroshima, Okonomi-mura has 24 stores on floors 2 – 4 of one building, all offering Hiroshima style okonimyaki. Four stores offer an English menu and many of the shops have iron plates located on the counter where they prepare okonomiyaki right before your eyes. Covered in a delicious sauce and fresh green onions, this okonomiyaki is also stuffed with rich noodles; when in Hiroshima, you just have to try this gorgeous dish.4. Riding on the Cute Retro Hiroden An indispensable mode of transportation for Hiroshima city residents is the Hiroshima Dentetsu (Hiroshima railway), commonly called the Hiroden. It is a streetcar that runs along the regular roads within Hiroshima city and takes you to not only tourist spots like the Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima castle, but even to the harbor where you can board a ferry to Miyajima, home of the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine. It runs frequently from morning until late at night, making it a convenient transportation option for tourists as well. Hiroden has some retro trains that have been running for over 30 years, so when you go on them it really feels like you’ve gone back in time.5. Try Hiroshima’s Specialty: OystersHiroshima produces the most kaki (oysters) in all of Japan. Hiroshima prefecture is surrounded by the Seto Inland Sea and greenery-rich mountains. The oysters from Hiroshima are filled with a lot of nutrients and are known for their thickness and springiness. It’s common for oysters to be eaten raw or cooked in a hotpot dish, but in Hiroshima fried oysters are popular. You roast them for about 10 minutes on top of a charcoal fire still in their shells; if you really want the full Hiroshima oyster experience, try them with another Hiroshima specialty – lemons. Moreso than when eaten raw, the roasted oysters have a stronger, richer flavor. If you aren’t a fan of raw seafood, the roasted oysters will take your breath away. Please give them a try! There are so many wonderful places to see and foods to try in Hiroshima – from powerful reminders of the past to delicious restaurants serving local delicacies. Please make a point to visit this phenomenal city.Information Atomic Bomb Dome Address: Hiroshima, Hiroshima 1-10 Wi-fi: – Nearest Station: Genbakudōmu-mae Station (原爆ドーム前駅) on Hiroshima Dentetsu line Access: Immediate to the station; 5 minute walk from the Hiroshima Bus Center Official Website:Atomic Bomb Dome Hiroshima Castle Address: Hiroshima, Naka, Motomachi 21-1 Hours: 9:00 – 18:00 (last entrance 17:30); Jan-Feb 9:00 – 17:00 (last entrance 16:30) Closed: New Years Wi:fi: – Credit Cards: – Other Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, German, French (homepage only) Nearest Station: Kamiyachō Nishi station (紙屋町西駅) or Kamiyachō Higashi station (紙屋町東) on Hiroshima Dentetsu Line Access: 15 minute walk from either station or 12 minute walk from Hiroshima Bus Center Entrance Fee: Adults 370 yen, junior high and under free Phone Number: 082-221-7512 Homepage: Hiroshima Castle (Japanese) Okonomi-mura Address: Hiroshima, Naka, Shintenchi 5-13 Hours: Varies by store Closed: Varies by store Wi-fi: – Credit Cards: Varies by store Languages: Varies by store; English, Chinese, Korean & others on HP Nearest Station: Hatchōbori Station (八丁堀駅) on Hiroshima Dentetsu Line Access: 3 minute walk from Hatchōbori Station, 12 minute walk from Hiroshima Bus Center Price Range: from 1000 yen Religion: – Phone Number: 082-221-7512 Homepage: Okonomi-mura Hiroshima is a very appealing city, famous both for its beautiful tourists spots and World Heritage sites and for its unique local foods. Let’s take a closer look at 5 of these amazing places you can only find in Hiroshima.1. Praying for Peace at the Atomic Bomb DomeHiroshima is the first place in the world where the atomic bomb was used during war. However, Hiroshima as it is now has been fully restored and modernized; when you walk around the city you barely feel the damage and horror from the atomic bomb being dropped.The Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), also known as the Hiroshima Peace Monument is one of the very few buildings to have had its appearance preserved after the explosion. The dome has been left in order not only to preserve the memory of the event but also to stand as a reminder of the tragedy for future generations. It was registered as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.Prior to the bombing, it was known as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Center. It was used as a facility where local goods from across Hiroshima prefecture were introduced and sold. Most buildings in Hiroshima city were destroyed when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945, but the dome styled steel frame on the top of the building was miraculously left relatively unscathed. Because of this shape it became known as the Atomic Bomb Dome.It is currently prohibited to enter the building and the area immediately around it, but you can see the Atomic Bomb Dome from the banks of Motoyasukawa in the center of Hiroshima city. Also, right next to the Atomic Bomb Dome is the Heiwa Kinen-kōen(“Peace Memorial Park”) which has the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, where stories of the tragic damages from the atomic bomb are preserved for future generations, and the Memorial Center for the Atomic Bomb Victims (Genbaku Shibotsusha Irei-hi), where you can pray for the souls of the victims of the atomic bomb.In Hiroshima please take a few minutes to think about peace.2. Beautiful Views from Hiroshima CastleSurrounded by moats in the heart of Hiroshima city is Hiroshima-jō, or Hiroshima castle. This impressive castle with its wooden façade was originally built in 1589 and rumored to have taken only 10 years to complete. When the atomic bomb was dropped it was completely destroyed, but rebuilt as a museum for Hiroshima’s history in 1958. In the grounds surrounding the castle are the ruins of buildings that once stood there, as well as the Hiroshima Gokoku Jinja Shrine.last_img read more

Not Enough Money On Your Suica How To Pay The Rest Of

first_imgIf There’s Not Enough Money Left on Your Suica CardAn IC card can be easily used without requiring much thought, which is why we often forget how much money is left on our card. Even if we buy a paper ticket, we sometimes make a mistake and buy one that doesn’t contain the correct fare.“When I tried to go through a ticket gate, there wasn’t enough money left on my Suica card to do so…”“The paper ticket I bought didn’t contain the correct fare…”What should you do in these situations? First – don’t worry! You can pay the remainder of the fare inside the station you want to get off at. In this article, we’ll show you how to do a fare adjustment for train tickets in Japan.How to Use a Fare Adjustment Machine1. Find a Fare Adjustment MachineLook around and find the nearest fare adjustment machine inside the ticket gates. They usually have a Suica logo or a standard IC card logo on them, and can be found at every ticket gate in every station in Japan. The phrase Fare Adjustment in English is also written on the signs alongside the Japanese ‘norikoshi’ in big letters.If you press the blue button on the top right-hand corner of the touch screen, you will be able to switch languages to English.2. Insert Your Suica CardInsert your card into the fare adjustment machine with the Suica logo facing upwards. If you look at the card carefully, you will see an arrow pointing which end to insert into the machine on the card itself.3. Insert the Remaining BalanceNext, press the ‘fare adjustment (add remaining balance)’ button. The remaining amount of the fare will appear on the screen. Using cash, you can add your remaining balance to the machine. Credit cards cannot be used on most fare adjustment machines.4. Go Through the Ticket Gate!Once you’ve added the remaining amount of money to your Suica card, the card will then return from the machine with the remaining balance in it. Now you can use your Suica card as is to go through a ticket gate!** You can also use the same machine to add the remaining value of a fare to a paper ticket.You May Also LikeGet Around With Ease: How To Buy Your Own Suica How To Charge Your Suica Save Money: How To Charge A Suica Card In 10 Yen UnitsBuying Paper Tickets With Your Suica CardRefund Your Suica Before Going Home!last_img read more

7 Things To Do In Enoshima – Shrines Local Cuisine And Mt

first_imgNot To Be Missed In Enoshima: Tobiccho’s No.1 Shirasudon Rice Bowl! Local Seafood And Sweets! 6 Recommended Dishes In Enoshima Visiting EnoshimaEnoshima can be accessed in 23 minutes by Enoden, from the ancient capital of Kamakura. We hope you visit both areas.Seeing Kamakura and Enoshima together in one day, however, will be difficult. You won’t be able to fit in enough sightseeing, so we recommend enjoying both areas by lodging nearby. You can then spend one day in Kamakura and spend another day in Enoshima and nearby sightseeing spots. Read also 2. Try the Food on Benten Nakamise Dori Street Enoshima – A Sightseeing Area Packed with Things to SeeEnoshima is a small island located in south Kanagawa prefecture in the city of Fujisawa. Here you will find a beautiful view of Sagami Bay and Mt. Fuji, which has resulted in Enoshima being a popular sightseeing area since the Edo period.As this is a spot you can leisurely sightsee within half a day with easy access from the city, the island is often busy with people on the weekends. The island is geographically similar to that of a small mountain, so it would be best to visit with clothing that is easy to move around in when you visit.Access is about 20 minutes on foot from either Enoshima Station on the Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden) or Shonan-Enoshima Station on the Shonan Monorail. It’s also a fifteen minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Station on the Odakyu Line.Without further ado, we introduce seven things to enjoy in Enoshima. Visit The Great Buddha: How To Reach Kamakura From Tokyo Read also Read also Picture courtesy of Fujisawa City Tourist AssociationBeing able to swim in the ocean during the summer is another charm of Enoshima. Katase Enoshima Beach is just a stone’s throw away from Enoshima and will be crowded with people during the middle of the season.Firework festivals are also held from the end of August to the end of October at this beach. It’s rare for firework festivals to be held during the autumn, and has become characteristic of this season in Enoshima.At Ryukoji Temple, about a three minute walk from Enoshima Station on the Enoden, the Tatsunokuchi Bamboo Lantern Festival is held in early August. The temple grounds will be lined with 5,000 lamps made of bamboo during this time, producing wondrous scenery in the temple.Katase Enoshima BeachAddress: Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Katase Beach 1 – 3 Google MapAccess: A few minutes on foot from Katase-Enoshima Station (Odakyu Railway), 10 minute walk from Enoshima Station (Enoden) or Shonan-Enoshima Station (Shonan Monorail)Ryukoji TempleAddress: Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Katase 3-13-37 Google MapAccess: 3 minute walk from Enoshima Station (Enoden) or Shonan-Enoshima Station (Shonan Monorail), 15 minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Station (Odakyu Railway)Official Website: http://ryukoji.jp/01info.html (Japanese) Read also 8 Spectacular Sights In Enoshima That You’ll Want To Keep Secret Read also 3. Enjoy the Ocean View and Mt. Fuji to Your Heart’s ContentThe Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden and SeaCandle Picture courtesy of the Fujisawa City Tourist AssociationCross the Enoshima Benten Bridge by walking from the station, and the first thing you’ll see when you arrive in Enoshima will be the bronze torii gates.You’ll find rows of souvenir shops near these torii gates as well as on the road leading into Enoshima Shrine. It’s here where you can try and enjoy treats unique to Enoshima. Picture courtesy of the Fujisawa City Tourist AssociationAt the Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden, a botanical garden bursting with a tropical atmosphere, you can enjoy flowers and plants every season. SeaCandle, an observation deck that is one of symbols of Enoshima, is also located within the garden. From here you’ll have a view of the ocean and Mt. Fuji.Various events are also held in each season. In particular, there is an illumination event that envelops the garden in a magical atmosphere.Enoshima Samuel Cocking Garden and SeaCandleAddress: Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Enoshima 2-3-28 Google MapAccess: 25 – 30 minutes from all Enoshima StationsOfficial Website: https://enoshima-seacandle.com/ (Japanese)Lovers’ Hill – Dragon Lovers’ Bell Picture from Not To Be Missed In Enoshima: Tobiccho’s No.1 Shirasudon Rice BowlIf you come to Enoshima, local dishes made with shirasu are something to definitely try. Shirasu is a type of whitebait. The Shirasu Rice Bowl, a bowl of rice topped with shirasu boiled in salt water, is a classic in Enoshima! The combination of the aroma from the beach wafting faintly in the air, the soy sauce, and the rice, is irresistible.Shirasu rice bowls can be eaten at many restaurants in Enoshima. However, Tobiccho is particularly famous for this dish. In particular, the Nama Shirasu (raw sashimi slices of shirasu), containing fresh shirasu, is popular among the locals.The restaurant also serves the slightly unusual Shirasu Burger. Satsuma-age (*1) is used in place of a meat patty while the hamburger itself is made with a generous helping of shirasu and wasabi-flavored mayonnaise. It has a much lighter flavor than a traditional meat patty.In addition to these dishes, you can also try other seafoods including sashimi (raw sliced fish), common orient clams, and turbo sea snails depending on the restaurant. Definitely please try a variety of local Enoshima dishes.*1 Satsuma-age: a type of Japanese dish made of ground fish molded into a shape, then fried with oil. Tobiccho HontenAddress: Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Enoshima 1-6-7 Google MapAccess: 10 minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Station (Odakyu Railway)Official Website: http://tobiccho.com/ (Japanese) Read also Whitebait Burger? Try Unique Gourmet Treats at Enoshima Island Spa Picture from The Top 5 Sightseeing Spots in Enoshima, KanagawaIwaya Cave is a cave created from erosion caused by waves over many years. There are two caverns in this cave: the first cavern has a depth of 152 meters and the second is 56 meters. Legends remain telling of famous shogun and priests that once visited the cave.When you enter inside the cave, you’ll feel a dark, yet very mystical ambience. Borrow a candle and continue further into the cave. Once you’ve traveled through the cave, you’ll arrive at a rocky area called Chigogafuchi.This area has an extremely scenic view of the sunset and Mt. Fuji. It was selected as one of Kanagawa’s Top 50 Places of Scenic Beauty. There is also another route you can use to get to Chigogafuchi without going through Iwaya Cave.Iwaya CaveAddress: Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Enoshima 2 Google MapAccess: 30 – 40 minutes from all Enoshima StationsOfficial Website: http://www.fujisawa-kanko.jp/spot/enoshimaiwaya.html (Japanese) Slam Dunk! Let’s Go To Kamakurakōkōmae Station Hot Springs with Stunning Ocean View at Enoshima Island Spa Enoshima Shrine, One of Japan’s Three Great Benzaiten Shrines Picture from Local Seafood And Sweets! 6 Recommended Dishes In EnoshimaThere’s so much food here to the point where you’ll find it hard to decide what you want to eat. Some options include croquettes filled with shirasu (whitebait), a special product of Enoshima, seafood snacks like ikayaki (grilled squid), odango (sweet dumplings), soft serve ice cream, as well as local beer.At Asahi Honten, you’ll often find long lines thanks to the popularity of the tako senbei (350 yen plus tax), a snack containing an entire roasted octopus. It has a savory soy sauce and seafood flavor. The simple flavor and crispy texture convinces us why there are so many fans of this senbei.We also recommend the ice cream monaka, a Japanese dessert from Inoue Sohonpo, containing ice cream and sweet red bean paste sandwiched between crispy baked dough shells. The ice cream is available in three flavors: matcha, vanilla, and red bean paste, so you can choose your favorite. あさひ本店 View Informationstore 井上総本舗 View Informationrestaurantstore 7 Fabulous Firework Displays In Tokyo And Eastern Japan – 2019 Edition 4. Enjoy Summer Swimming and Events Read also Read also Picture from 8 Spectacular Sights In Enoshima That You’ll Want To Keep SecretLovers’ Hill was created from the love story of a celestial maiden (a goddess residing in heaven) and Gozuryu (a five-headed dragon) that has been passed down in Enoshima.The Ryuren no Kane (Dragon Lovers’ Bell) is located on a hill where Sagami Bay stretches out before your eyes. It is said that if a couple sounds the bell, they will be together forever. Surrounding the bell is a fence packed with padlocks written with couples’ vows of eternal love together with their names.Padlocks can be purchased at a store near the entrance of Lovers’ Hill. This is a very romantic spot filled with the happiness of lovers.Lovers’ Hill and Dragon Lovers’ BellAddress: Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Enoshima 2 Google MapAccess: 30 – 40 minutes from all Enoshima Stations Picture from Hot Springs With Stunning Ocean View At Enoshima Island SpaEnoshima Island Spa is a spa where you can soak in natural hot springs. They have baths where you can relax in the hot springs while gazing at the ocean. There is also a pool area you can enter with a swimsuit.In this area, you’ll find pools made in the image of jacuzzi and caves, along with a break area attached to the pools and café. Here, you’ll be able to comfortably have fun in the water. Pass under the waterfall from inside the cave to find an open air pool that gives you an ocean view! The pool is heated in all year except during the summers, so you can use it to relax even during the chilly seasons.Venture a little further and you’ll find a bath you can soak in along with summer beds on the poolside. You can spend a luxurious time here while looking out over the ocean. The area is also complete with a café, restaurant, and relaxation services. Enoshima Island Spa View Informationcafelodgingrestaurantspa Read also The Top 8 Sightseeing Spots in Enoshima, Kanagawa Kanagawa Travel Guide: Enjoy The Best Of Hakone, Kamakura, Yokohama Picture courtesy of Enoshima AquariumEnoshima Aquarium has exhibitions based around the Pacific Ocean and Sagami Bay, where rich marine life has existed since ancient times, together with the organisms that make these waters their home. Of course, you’ll be able to see the idols of the sea from colorful fishes to penguins, seals, and dolphins, along with charming and unique exhibitions.For example, there’s Jellyfish Fantasy Hall where you can immerse yourself fully into the incredible world of jellyfish aided with light productions. Here you’ll find thirteen water tanks of various sizes in a semi-dome-like space made to resemble a jellyfish’s body. A spherical water tank called Jellyfish Planet is also located at the center of the hall. Fourteen species of jellyfish are always on display in this area.In the Sagami Bay Zone, you can learn about the waters of Sagami Bay and find an exhibit of shirasu, the local specialty of Enoshima. This is the first permanent exhibition in the world for the species. Both children and adults can enjoy the deep world of the ocean here at this aquarium.Enoshima AquariumAddress: Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Katase Beach 2-19-1 Google MapAccess: 3 minute walk from Katase-Enoshima Station (Odakyu Railway), 10 minute walk from Enoshima Station (Enoden) or Shonan-Enoshima Station (Shonan Monorail)Official Website: http://www.enosui.com/en/6. Gaze at the Ocean While Relaxing at a Spa 1. Traveling Around Enoshima Shrine Iwaya Cave Picture from Enoshima Shrine, One of Japan’s Three Great Benzaiten ShrinesEnoshima Shrine is a site you can’t miss when you come to Enoshima. The shrine is composed of three smaller shrines: Hetsumiya, Nakatsumiya, and Okutsumiya. They are scattered along the island.Enshrined in these three shrines are three goddesses that preside over the safety of voyages.These three goddesses are also believed to represent Benzaiten, the goddess of the ocean. Benzaiten is a goddess that gives blessings in happiness, riches, and proficiency in the performing arts. A statue of Benzaiten has been enshrined in Hetsumiya’s Ho-an-den, known as Enoshima Benzaiten since ancient times.This statue is considered one of Japan’s Three Great Benzaiten alongside Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima.Each shrine is about ten minutes from the other. You can leisurely walk to each shrine or you can move around in comfort using the Enoshima ESCAR, an outdoor escalator. Enoshima Shrine (Hetsunomiya) View Information 7. Enjoy Local Dishes 8 Spectacular Sights In Enoshima That You’ll Want To Keep Secret How to Enjoy the “Enoshima ESCAR” in Kanagawa Prefecture 5. Enoshima Aquarium – Encounter Sea Creatures Top 24 Best Views Of Mount Fuji – From Tokyo And Its Surroundings Kamakura Travel Guide – Top 20 Spotslast_img read more

Tsukiji Tama Sushi 91 Years Of Quality Sushi

first_imgProbably the most well-known of Japanese foods, sushi is a dish that you just have to try when visiting Japan. While you can eat delicious sushi all across Japan, the Ginza area in Tokyo is well-known for its competitive, high-quality sushi shops, where the phrase “it’s expensive but incredible” is often heard.Today, we would like to introduce to you Tsukiji Tama Sushi, located a one minute walk from Ginza station. For a fixed amount you can enjoy the genuine taste of real sushi to your heart’s content at this longstanding shop, making it a favorite of both locals and visitors to Japan.A Shop with 91 Years of HistoryTsukiji Tama Sushi was established in Tsukiji 91 years ago. The sushi ingredients used at Tsukiji Tama Sushi are delivered fresh from Tsukiji Fish Market every day; beyond this and the impressive skill of the artisans working here, the goal of Tsukiji Tama Sushi is to make sushi that will win over the hearts and minds of all that visit it.And, even more than this, Tsukiji Tama Sushi is behind the spread of “suehiro temaki” (*1) across Japan.With its rich variety, many people fall in love with Tsukiji Tama Sushi just by trying suehiro temaki here at its origin.*1 Suehiro temaki: Also known as temaki-zushi, suehiro temaki refers to nori seaweed with the ingredients placed inside and rolled up into a cone shape.How Can You Have All-you-can-eat High Class Sushi?In Japan, shops that offer all-you-can-eat dishes have a time limit attached to this service. But, at Tsukiji Tama Sushi’s all-you-can-eat there isn’t a time limit. The reason for this lack of a time limit is thus: as the sushi is made individually by the artisans, it would be a complete waste to just rush through eating it.The prices are as follows:Ladies’ pair (two women) – 7000 yenMan and woman pair – 8000 yenMens’ pair (two men) – 9000 yenIf there are more than two customers, the cost per extra person is half the cost of the pair. So, if there is an odd-number of customers, for an extra man it costs 4500 yen, and for a woman, 3500 yen. In the case of children aged 3-12 years old, the cost is 2000 yen per child.Most of the typical sushi types are available on this plan; toro (the fatty portion of tuna), uni (sea urchin), ikura (salted salmon roe), anago (conger eel) and other such expensive ingredients are also part of the all-you-can-eat menu. And, even beyond these dishes, Tsukiji Tama Sushi’s original suehiro temaki, the familiar California roll and other sushi rolls can be ordered as part of this menu as well.Please be aware though, the all-you-can-eat course at Tsukiji Tama Sushi is for pairs and over only. All-you-can-eat sushi is not available for lone customers.Let’s Try ItIn order to try out this amazing, all-you-can-eat sushi, we went straight to Tsukiji Tama Sushi.。A one minute walk from Ginza Station, Tsukiji Tama Sushi is located on B2F (second basement floor) of the commercial building “Ginza Core”. Because its so conveniently located and easy to find, this is the perfect spot for travelers in Tokyo. The shop exterior has been tastefully designed to look like an old-fashioned Japanese store.In the shop’s display care are dozens of elaborately crafted samples of the various dishes available inside. Just trying to decide what to eat might feel a little overwhelming when you first see the variety available here.If you take a seat at the counter, you can watch as the sushi artisans diligently craft each piece of sushi by hand. Other than the counter, there are also plenty of seats available in this wide space; it’s quite a charming a place that you can relax and enjoy yourself in. And, thanks to the thoroughness of the staff, the interior of the restaurant is spotlessly clean, helping you to feel at ease when eating here.The all-you-can-eat menu is written in English and has pictures of all the sushi types served, so even if you can’t speak Japanese, you can dine here easily.This time, we tried the popular six piece set of sushi. From the upper left is ” chūtoro” (medium-fatty tuna), “abutta salmon” (grilled salmon) in the middle, and “ama-ebi” (sweet small shrimp) on the right. On the lower row from the left is “anago” (grilled conger eel), “ikura” (salted salmon roe), and on the right, “uni” (sea urchin). Each and every one of these sushi were made right before our eyes by the skilled staff.The eternal favorite chūtoro leaves you with a satisfied smile on your face as the sweetness of the tuna fat slowly spreads through your mouth with each bite. The abutta salmon is paired with green onions in a special salt dressing, which complements the fish very well. The fluffy anago is paired with a sweet sauce that was invented by a Tsukiji Tama Sushi chef and really melts in your mouth.How does a relaxing and satisfying visit to a beloved sushi shop in Ginza, “where the real Japanese style survives”, sound to you?Recommended articlesTsukiji Fish Market Tour Followed By Sushi Workshop!Asakusa Sushi Ken – The First Halal Sushi Restaurant In JapanHow to See the Tuna Auctions at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish MarketTsukiji Fish Market – What To See At The World’s Greatest Fish MarketLearn To Make Sushi From A Master Chef! The Uogashi Sushi WorkshopsInformationTsukiji Tama SushiAddress: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 5-8-20 Ginza Core B2Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last order 21:30, all-you-can-eat 20:30)**On busy days the shop may close earlier as ingredients are used up.Closed: -Wi-fi: -Credit Cards: All majorOther Languages: EnglishMenu in Other Languages: English (dish names)Nearest Station: Ginza station Tokyo Metro Ginza/Hibiya/Marunouchi LinesAccess: 161 meters from Ginza stationPrice Range: 3000 yen – 5000 yenReligious Considerations: -Phone Number: 03-3573-0057Home Page: Tsukiji Tama Sushilast_img read more

Have A Great Time In Odaiba 5 Recommended Spots Along The Rinkai

first_imgTokyo Joypolis is located inside Decks Tokyo Beach, a large shopping mall complex. Madame Tussaud’s Tokyo, famous for its life-sized wax figures of celebrities, is also located here.This mall also features a wide variety of general merchandise stores and restaurants, so it is an ideal place to dine after a visit to Tokyo Joypolis. Tokyo is the most popular destination for visitors from abroad. There are many wonderful spots such as Harajuku, where you can enjoy the latest fashions, or Asakusa, with its traditional townscape. Tokyo covers a vast area, so some people may be weary of the distance between sightseeing spots.For those looking for an area where they can spend a whole day without moving around too much, the Rinkai Line offers the perfect balance.Video – Spending a Fun Day in the Rinkai Line Area!The Rinkai Line runs for 12.2 kilometers, mainly through the Odaiba area, and the whole train ride takes only eighteen minutes.Check out this video for some inspiration on fun things to do in Odaiba!Visitors can enjoy shopping at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, or view the nightscape from Telecom Center Building Observatory, so family groups can also have fun in this area. The following are the five recommended spots in the Odaiba area.To check access from Tokyo and Shinjuku Stations to Tokyo Teleport Station of the Rinkai Line, please take a look at the Rinkai Line webpage.Odaiba Seaside ParkIt is a seven minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line to Odaiba Seaside Park. People enjoy canoeing and windsurfing at this artificial beach, which stretches for 800 meters. It is often bustling with visitors, and various events are held here throughout the year.Rainbow Bridge, an Odaiba icon, and the high-rise buildings on the opposite shore can be seen from the here. A stroll while taking in the great view is another way to enjoy this beach.Keep walking, and Statue of Liberty, where many visitors take photographs, comes into view. This is a replica made by a company in Odaiba, after the Paris Statue of Liberty was displayed in Japan in 1998.A photograph of the statue with your friends or family should make a nice memory of the Tokyo trip. Odaiba Seaside Park View InformationparkTokyo JoypolisTokyo Joypolis, the largest indoor theme park in Japan, is a five minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of attractions, including virtual reality games. This is an ideal spot to visit, regardless of the weather. Live Coaster, a thrilling roller coaster ride, and Halfpipe Tokyo, a skateboard game, are especially popular.The ticket vending machine can be operated in English, so non-Japanese speakers need not to worry. There are also pamphlets in English, Chinese, and Korean too, so all you need to do is have fun! Tokyo Joypolis View Informationamusement_parkDecks Tokyo Beach Trattoria Pizzeria LOGIC Odaiba, an Italian restaurant located on the third floor of the mall, is famous for its pizza and pasta. Customers can enjoy the view of the Rainbow Bridge along with the great food. Decks Tokyo Beach View Informationshopping_mallDiverCity Tokyo PlazaDiverCity Tokyo Plaza is a shopping mall famous for the full-scale figure of Gundam (*1) standing outside. This mall is a perfect place to look for souvenirs, as it boasts a wide variety of general merchandise stores. Located at a three minute walking distance from the Tokyo Teleport Station, it is also easy to access.*1: The display of the original Gundam figure ended in March 2017. A new figure is scheduled to be displayed from November 2017.If you are looking for souvenirs, head to Sostrene Grene, which is filled with retro-modern items. The store handles stylish earthenware, such as mugs designed like Japanese teacups. They also have stationery and party items as well. Sostrene Grene keeps a rich selection of goods in stock, so as far as time permits, why not think about your friends back home, and look for the perfect souvenir. DiverCity Tokyo Plaza View Informationshopping_mallTelecom Center Building ObservatoryThe nighttime view from the Telecom Center Building Observatory is designated as one of the top night views of Japan. The observatory is located on the 21st floor of the building; from here, visitors can enjoy the beautiful Odaiba townscape. It is a fifteen minute walk from the Tokyo Teleport Station.The Ferris wheel in the nearby amusement park Palette Town, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree can be seen in daytime. If the weather is clear, Mount Fuji, the symbol of Japan, can also be viewed from this tower.This is the view which was designated as a Night View Heritage site in Japan. Enjoying the scenery from this spacious observatory is sure to make a great memory of your Tokyo tour. Telecom Center Building Observatory View InformationEnjoy Yourself All Day Long in OdaibaThere are attractive spots for shopping and dining, and also places to enjoy the view along the Rinkai Line. The five spots in this article can be all visited in a single day, so next time you visit Tokyo, get on the Rinkai Line and explore the Odaiba area.Official Site: Rinkai LinePhotos and text by Kazuma Takahashi.Scenery photos by Tokyo Port Terminal Corporation, TOKYO JOYPOLIS, Shutterstock.Sponsored by Rinkai Line.last_img read more

OneDay Tokyo Vacation Budget Plan Ahead And Save On Trip Expenses

first_imgAbout Japan Typhoon Season 2019 – Tips For July Through October One-Day Budget for Tokyo TravelWhile Japan has a reputation for being an expensive country to live in, much less visit, a trip to this island country doesn’t have to break the bank!If you know what prices to expect in advance and have some of your must-do activities figured out, you need not worry about your finances during your vacation. Read more to find out realistic expenses for one day of accommodation, food, and entertainment in the capital city. Read also Picture from Treat Yourself! 7 Funky And Useful Japanese SouvenirsIf you want to do some great shopping but still save money, pay attention to the sales, and, if you need to shop for many people at once, head to a variety store like Don Quijote to get the best value for your money. Generally speaking, if you are buying a lot of souvenirs for your family and friends, you can expect to spend from 2000-5000 yen on them for your entire trip. Picture from Spend The Day Learning: The 6 Museums Of Ueno ParkThere are literally thousands of places to visit in Japan, all of which have varying entry fees – the majority of which are under 1500 yen for an adult, and under 1000 yen for elementary school-aged children. If you want to see a lot of different places, you may want to try and plan your vacation for days when there are free entry events, just to save even more.A Realistic Daily Budget for a Tokyo TripFactoring in accommodations, meal fees, transportation, entry fees, souvenir prices, the average tourist will spend around 20,000-25,000 yen for a day in Tokyo.This budget can always be reduced by taking advantage of special travel tickets, hotel discounts and more, so make sure to research your trip ahead of time, and save your money for what you really want to do in Japan – have fun!Read also Read also Picture from Delicious And Satisfying: 7 Must Try Comfort Foods In Japan!After finding a place to stay, you’ll next need to know what to expect when it comes to meals. There are restaurants and eateries of all kinds everywhere you look in Japan, and the prices of a meal can vary from a few hundred yen to tens of thousands of yen if you aren’t careful.Knowing just what sorts of food you’d like to eat, and where to find them, is one key way of making your budget work for you. If you stick to an average of 1000 yen per meal, you can easily keep both your wallet and stomach full, or if you play about with these figures, you can even afford to splurge on a nicer lunch or dinner.Quick meals on the go and drinks can easily be picked up at a convenience store, while family restaurants like Jonathan’s, Denny’s, and Gusto have great menus that are sure to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. Delicious And Satisfying: 7 Must Try Comfort Foods In Japan! Sales In Japan – Annual Guide On When To Buy What Read also Souvenir Shopping and Sightseeingcenter_img Food Expenses For Travel In Japan – 1,000 Yen Meals And Budget Tips Japan Rail Pass Or Discount One-Day Tickets? Why You Should Use Both Finding the Right Accommodations Picture from Japan Rail Pass Or Discount One-Day Tickets? Why You Should Use BothThe Japanese public transportation system is one of the best in the world, and arguably one of the most user-friendly – if you are well prepared. There are numerous different train tickets, special discount tickets, and limited-time passes that you can use to make getting around Japan even cheaper.Plus there are useful IC cards like the SUICA, which you can fill and use to move smoothly from train to train and from train to bus too. If you are going to be staying in the Tokyo area, a good general amount to have on your IC card is about 2000 yen a day – if you plan on traveling about the city a lot. Cost of Transportation Picture from A Guide To Budget Hotels, Ryokan And Accommodations In JapanThere are many unique and fun accommodations out there to choose from, everything from traditional Japanese ryokan inns to western-style major hotels and more. When choosing a place to stay, you will want to find a place that is both conveniently located and priced appropriately to meet your needs.The average price of a stay in a three-star hotel is approximately 15,000 yen per night per person. Of course, by using various online services, you can find discounted rates as well, but this is a good average price to have in mind when planning your budget.If you are looking for low-cost places to stay in Japan, business hotels, capsule hotels, guest houses, or youth hostels are strongly recommended. Be aware though, that these types of lodging facilities have limited services and may not provide room service or in hotel dining options, so while they are less expensive, you may find yourself needing to pay for more meals instead.Check out our accommodation section to see all of the luxury, business, capsule and standard hotels, inns, guesthouses and hostels available on MATCHA.Prices for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Read also Basic Information Regarding Japanese Currency Missed Your Last Train? How To Spend The Night Safely In The Citylast_img read more

EDO WONDERLAND Have Fun Exploring The Roots Of Japanese Culture

first_imgPhotography is not allowed during the show, but at the end of the performance, you can have your picture taken together with the ninjas!Enjoy an Edo-style Lunch at Yabu At 15:15 every day, all the citizens gather in the center of the town to watch the Oiran Parade. The most beautiful girl in Edo’s pleasure quarters was called “oiran” and was regarded as an idol. On special occasions, the wealthy lover of an oiran would sponsor a parade during which the citizens would be able to marvel at her beauty.As you’ll be able to see in Edo Wonderland, the procession is impressive and the oiran has a magnetic presence. You wouldn’t tell that the gorgeous kimono she’s wearing weighs 20 kilos!Mizugei-za – Enjoy a Traditional Performance Involving Water A whole exhibit is dedicated to the precious Edo Kiriko glassware, a craft that has gained worldwide appreciation recently. You can take a look at the sophisticated patterns decorating the glass and learn more about this amazing craft.What’s best, Edo Kiriko glassware is available for purchase at the souvenir shop of Edo Wonderland! Before leaving, how about taking a look at the items available? You might find just the right souvenir from your visit to Japan and Edo Wonderland. For example, by seeing the exhibit dedicated to Edo fireworks you will be able to imagine how marvelous must have the fireworks been as they exploded on the Edo night sky. No wonder that these colorful flowers of light are so loved by the Japanese nowadays too.This display allows you to learn more about the traditional fireworks which stand at the origin of modern fireworks. We tasted their hot udon with tempura, a delicious dish that comes in a set with soup and pickles. The udon noodles have just the right texture and the tempura (deep fried battered vegetables) was heavenly!At Yabu, the customers can choose between regular table seats and tatami seats. The atmosphere inside helps one imagine how Edo period eateries must have looked like, so it’s worth taking the time to check out the details of the interior.Hair Accessory Workshop at Aizome-ya One of the unique theaters within Edo Wonderland is Mizugei-za, a venue dedicated to a traditional type of illusion performance involving water. Believed to have originated in the Nara period (710 – 794), this type of performance used to amuse the Edo citizens. You’ll be surprised to see water rushing from the most unexpected places on the stage! It’s a very entertaining show that can only be seen here in Edo Wonderland.Before Leaving, Stop by the Souvenir Shop Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura Route SummaryAsakusa Station → Kinugawa Onsen Station → Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura → Kinugawa Onsen Station → Asakusa StationTransportation expenses (round-trip): around 6000 yenEdo Wonderland admission ticket: One Day Pass – Adults 4700 yen, Children 2400 yen* Dressing up as an Edo citizen and some of the prize games and workshops require separate fees. However, most of the activities and experiences available at Edo Wonderland, including the museums and theaters, are free. The Modern Edo-Tech Museum is a facility dedicated to some of the Japanese crafts that originate in the Edo period. You will be able to see here items made for daily use that are being produced even nowadays using the traditional methods inherited from the Edo craftsmen. The lifestyle of the citizens (samurai, merchants, craftsmen, and peasants) also improved greatly. In fact, most aspects of Japanese culture as we know it today developed in the Edo period. The museums and facilities within Edo Wonderland offer insights into this historical era, helping the visitors deepen their knowledge about Japan.During your explorations of Edomura, you might be greeted by friendly townspeople inviting you to check out their trade. They are all staff of Edo Wonderland doing their best to make everyone feel welcome. Be a good citizen and answer to their greetings with a simple “Konnichiwa” (“Hello”). This will make you feel at home in Edo.To make the illusion of a time slip even more real, how about dressing up as an Edo citizen yourself? At Jikuu, the store dedicated to transforming the visitors into Edo citizens, you can choose from a wide variety of costumes and kimonos. Men and boys can choose to transform into samurai, ninja, policemen or lords, while women and girls can choose to dress up as samurai daughters, kunoichi (ninja girls), geisha or townswomen. Anyone planning a trip to Japan who did a bit of research on what to visit in Nikko must have heard of Edo Wonderland, an area that recreates the atmosphere of Edo (pre-modern Tokyo).Also known as Nikko Edomura, Edo Wonderland is a cultural theme park with museums, theaters, dining places and many other facilities where visitors can have a firsthand experience of how people in Japan used to live during the Edo period (1603 – 1868).In Edo Wonderland, you are encouraged to become an Edo citizen for a day! There is no better way to learn about the roots of Japanese culture while having fun. This article will introduce some of the activities that would make your day in Edo unforgettable.8:00 – 10:30 — Traveling from Asakusa to Edo Wonderland If you depart from Tokyo, we recommend taking the 8:00 Tobu limited express train bound for Kinugawa Onsen from Tobu Asakusa Station. Your stop is Kinugawa Onsen Station, which you’ll reach in two hours.At Kinugawa Onsen Station, stop by the Tourist Information Center within the station to buy a bus ticket for going to Edo Wonderland. You can also purchase your entry ticket to Edo Wonderland here, so please ask the staff for advice.You will receive a roundtrip bus ticket (820 yen) which you can use to go to and back from the facility. The bus departs from platform No. 3, which is located right in front of Kinugawa Onsen Station.If you prefer using the JR lines, then the most convenient way to access Edo Wonderland is from the JR Nikko Station. There is a free shuttle bus running from the JR Nikko Station to Edo Wonderland. To see the bus timetable, please check the information available on the Edo Wonderland website.10:30 — Welcome to Edo Wonderland! Let the Adventure Begin Yet another amazing display will shed light on the connection between Japanese swords and everyday use items such as scissors and nail clippers. When the age of the samurai was over, the sword craftsmen were constrained to use their skills to make other items than swords, which were now no longer needed. Their skills gave birth to a wide range of cutlery that is being used in Japan and all over the world today.There are many other fascinating displays at the Modern Edo-Tech Museum. All the crafts are exhibited using modern displays that are engaging and beautiful to watch. This facility is the ideal place to learn about the technology and crafts that stand at the roots of Japanese culture.If you encounter an item that you like, remember to look for it later at the souvenir shop. Most of the handmade items displayed at the Modern Edo-Tech Museum are available for purchase and make great souvenirs.13:00 – 13:30 — Watch an Amazing Ninja Show!After a museum visit, how about enjoying an exciting ninja performance? The Grand Ninja Theater hosts performances four times a day. These shows are full of action and contain stunning displays of ninja skills.Each show lasts for about 30 minutes and the story is kept simple and easy to understand. All the light and sound effects enhance the power of the performance. The amazing ninjas will take your breath away with their speed of movement and precision. Girls will be glad to hear that the cute hair accessories that they get to wear together with their Edo-style kimono are handmade and that they can even try making them! If you visit on weekends, stop by Aizome-ya, a store that hosts accessory workshops. For the fee of 500 yen, you get to make a flower-shaped hairpin to take home as a souvenir! Beautifully dyed, precious Japanese cloth is used for making these charming accessories. It’s a very fun and relaxing activity.At Aizome-ya, you’ll be able to see various handmade objects on display, from accessories to toys and items used for celebrations and festivals. Most of them are made by Ume-san, the friendly owner of the store and manager of the workshops. The cute, colorful items are lovely and provide an insight into what young women in the Edo era used to do for fun in their free time.Archery, Shuriken, and More! Play in the Ninja Villagecenter_img Next, how about trying your hand at playing the shamisen? A traditional string instrument, the shamisen was developed in the 16th century and became popular in the Edo period. You will be amazed at the wide range of sounds that can be obtained with only three strings!During the 30-minute workshop, you will learn to play a simple song. If you’re not very confident in your musical skills, don’t worry. The sensei is extremely patient and happy to show you how to take the notes. There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to play a song by yourself at the end of the workshop!Modern Edo-Tech Museum – Learn about Traditional Japanese Crafts Beni is a natural cosmetic that was invented in the Edo era. During the workshop, you will learn more about how it is made and get the chance to try it on. A very precious cosmetic, beni is said to fit anyone, as the red pigment naturally combines with the color of one’s lips, resulting in a hue that looks good on the wearer.This workshop is being held with the support of Isehan-Honten, the only manufacturer and distributor of beni at present. If you like how the beni stays on you, you can consider purchasing it as a souvenir! Beni products are available at the Edo Wonderland souvenir shop.Try Playing the Shamisen Another impressive display is the one dedicated to traditional combs. You will be impressed at how fine they are designed. In addition to being a tool for daily use, these combs were also used as hair accessories by the beauties of Edo. Those who wish to experience the world of samurai and ninja should head straight for the Ninja Village. At the archery dojo, you can learn how to use the Japanese bow. After receiving instructions from the sensei, you get to shoot three arrows and practice your archery skills.It seems that it’s not a simple task to hit the target, so if you do, you’ll most surely want to practice even more! While in the Ninja Village, do stop by the Ninja Kai Kai Tei, the amazing trick house. It’s a structure that challenges your senses. You won’t believe how hard it is to simply stand up on your feet in here!Enjoy the Oiran Parade After considering a glamorous geisha kimono and a ninja girl attire, the author of this article settled for a samurai daughter kimono. Although it may look like a regular kimono, it actually has accessories and details that used to exist only in the Edo period.Now that we transformed into an Edo citizen, let’s start our exploration of the city. Introduced below are some of the exciting activities that can be enjoyed in one day at Edo Wonderland.Beni Workshop at Beni-yaGirls should check out the store called Beni-ya to have their lips painted red using beni, a traditional red lip color made with an extract of safflower. The moment you step in Edo Wonderland, you’ll feel as if you slipped through time back to the Edo era (1603 – 1868). The townscape, with its wooden buildings, narrow streets, beautiful arched bridges, and people clad in historical costumes, is a realistic recreation of an Edo period town.The Edo era started in 1603 when the country was unified under the rule of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. In stark contrast to the previous era, the so-called Sengoku jidai, or Warring States period, the Edo era was a time of peace. This allowed for unprecedented economic growth and technological developments. Supported by EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura After spending a fun day in Edo Wonderland, remember to stop by the souvenir shop on your way out. In addition to consumable goods such as sweets, snacks, local foods or sake, you will find here a wide variety of crafts and handmade items meant for daily use. Most of the exquisite traditional objects you saw in the Modern Edo-Tech Museum can be found here.You can also consider the exclusive Edo Wonderland themed goods which will be wonderful keepsakes of the day you spent here as an Edo citizen.Closing the DayAfter an exciting day spent in Edo Wonderland, you can choose to stay overnight in Kinugawa Onsen or Nikko and enjoy sightseeing in the area the next day. Or you can return to Tokyo by taking the Tobu limited express departing at 18:36 from Kinugawa Onsen Station. Either way, you’ll be left with great memories of this area where you encountered the spirit of the Edo era.If you plan to stay a few days in Tokyo, do visit Edo Wonderland! Your entire experience of Japanese culture will be enhanced by your visit to this amazing place. EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura View Informationamusement_park There are several dining places in Edo Wonderland. If you’d like to taste traditional dishes that originated in the Edo period, we recommend having lunch at Yabu, a store specialized in soba and udon noodle dishes. If you like ninjas, how about trying your hand at throwing shuriken? There are various levels of difficulty and you can really get into it. Even this samurai daughter thought she should dress up as a ninja girl next time she visits Edo Wonderland.last_img read more