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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Azaleas at Nezu Shrine – Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

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Nezu Shrine (根津神社 or Nezu Jinja) is one of those rare hidden gems, that you would never expect to find in the concrete surroundings of Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. Within the grounds, you will find several...

Journey in Japan Part 12: Udon in (three-hundred and) Sixty Seconds

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With the sun directly above me, there is nowhere to hide from the heat. I knew it was going to be hot; the seat on my bright yellow bicycle was already on fire when...

Golden Week Holidays Explained 2019

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This year's Golden Week Holidays are extra special, and 2019 is the year breeding change. As a Japanese or foreign resident, or even a tourist experiencing Japan at this time, it could be especially...

Ozawa Sake Brewery – Free Tours and Tasting

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Pulling into Sawai station, you instantly notice how quiet and serene this place really is. The Ozawa Sake Brewery is a short 5-minute walk from the station and we are over an hour early....

Journey in Japan Part 13: Canal City, a wedding, a Japanese massage

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Today is Marine Day, but nobody let me know. The purpose of this public holiday is to thank the ocean for all the fish. Stock markets are closed, so are some shops. The weather is...

Journey in Japan Part 19: Let’s Go To Space, Brother

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Today I decide to check out another temple. I lazily take the subway train just one stop, then change for the bus. The bus takes fifteen minutes and costs me ¥230. My destination is Rokuon-ji Temple....

Escape the Tokyo Grind – 5 Must See Spots in Ibaraki

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If you mention the region of Ibaraki, some people tend to have a negative view of the area. We think quite the opposite with our must see spots in Ibaraki listing here. As an example,...

Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo

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Tokyo the mammoth concrete city is surprisingly full of stunning sakura's. In this guide, we look at our top 10 Cherry Blossom spots in Tokyo. Some of them are gorgeous displays of beauty too....

Journey in Japan Part 27: Nothing Happens Until Something Moves

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I have to walk ten minutes from my Nagoya hotel to a different hotel with my laundry. The rain is hard, the super typhoon has made landfall, and the rain and wind are stronger than...

Journey in Japan Part 1: So Long, Tokyo, and Thanks for All the Fish

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It is time to move on. The anticipation of spending eight hours on two different trains is something I lack. To avoid a whole day of travel I instead book a really cheap hotel at Kokura, which is the...