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Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
Just a couple hours drive from Tokyo, Nikko is the perfect place to see Japan's brilliant fall colors while visiting the famed Toshogu and Rinnoji shrines. Dazzling maple reds and radiant gingko yellows are everywhere, making for an unforgettable...
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Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
On the way out the door to the Tsukiji Fish market, I tossed a CLIF bar in my bag. I had read somewhere that sushi is breakfast food in Japan and I had also read about the excellent places to pick up fresh sushi near the fish market (imagine such...
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Japan, 〒135-0064 Tokyo, 江東区青海2丁目3−6
The Geo-cosmos global atmospheric display in the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) is located in Odaiba, Tokyo. Geo-cosmos is the world's first large-scale spherical OLED screen, measuring over 19 feet in diameter, and...
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Mount Nokogiri, Kanaya, Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture 299-1861, Japan
Trademark notch at the top of Nokogiriyama ("Saw Mountain") near Futtsu in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The mountain features a distinctive sawtoothed profile of a Japanese saw, due in part to the mountain's history as a stone quarry during the Edo...
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Tokyo, Japan
While visiting Tokyo, I was really happy to attend a traditional Kabuki performance at the Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre. I bought my tickets online before my arrival in Japan (at the box office, you must present the credit card that you purchased the...
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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Becoming a maiko - young apprentice geisha - is one part elegance and three parts hard labor. Available in many studios sprinkled throughout Kyoto, this rich experience lets you live the life of a maiko, if only for one ethereal night. Your visit...
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2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0052, Japan
Last November my wife and I had an 11-hour layover at Narita Airport, and so we took the Narita Express and then the Yamanote line into Shibuya. After Shibuya, we walked to Yoyogi Park. It was a Sunday morning, and the dry cold air made us feel...
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2495-3 大字荻町 Shirakawa-mura, Ōno-gun, Gifu-ken 501-5627, Japan
Shirakawago is a historic mountain village located in the Gifu prefecture of central Japan. The village is well-known for its thatched-roof houses and traditional mountain lifestyle. Stay in one of the many traditional Japanese guesthouses...
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566 Kōyasan, Kōya-chō, Ito-gun, Wakayama-ken 648-0211, Japan
By staying overnight at a Buddhist monastery in Koyasan (Mount Koya), I fulfilled a long held dream. It was quite a unique experience, and a peek behind the curtain to see how monks in a monastery actually live. It was quite something to see them,...
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Japan, 〒104-0045 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Tsukiji, 5 Chome−2−1
The Tsukiji Market is the world's largest seafood market, with more than 2,000 tons of seafood moving through it daily. There are two parts to the operation: the inner market, or jonai, accessible after 10 a.m., and the outer market, or jogai,...
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Japan, 〒160-0013 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Kasumigaokamachi, 10, 新宿区霞ヶ丘町10−2
Sumo wrestling is a major sport in Japan where the wrestlers are considered pop stars. They have a very strict regimen that involves a lot of eating, drinking beer and sleeping to assist gain the weight required to push the opponent out of the...
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Japan, 〒169-0072 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Ōkubo, 1 Chome−4, 新宿区大久保1丁目4−20 グロウハイム 2F
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The Japanese love fried chicken (and really, who doesn’t?), and Tokyo offers any number of variations of this deliciously crunchy, batter-dipped staple of comfort food, from home-grown karaage and chicken tatsuta to KFC (which the locals associate...
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Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Hakone is about an hour train ride from central Tokyo, but it feels a world away. This scenic mountainous region is a lovely place to spend a weekend away from the city. There's plenty to see and do to keep the entire family satisfied. The Hakone...
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Japan, 〒105-0000 Tokyo, Minato
The Tokyo skyline from Rainbow Bridge is a must see while visiting Tokyo. The trip across the bridge can take a few hours by foot or just have your camera ready to take some beautiful shots while driving across this beautiful bridge.
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Japan, 〒601-1112 京都府京都市左京区鞍馬貴船町180
In the middle of a forest and high up in the mountains seems like an unlikely place for a shrine to the protector of those at sea. Yet in the mountains north of Kyoto sits the small town of Kibune, home to a shrine dedicated to the god of water...
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4 Chome-1-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 153-0064, Japan
If you're a fan of morbidly fascinating museums, don't miss the Parasitological Museum. Squeem-inducing items such as a several-yards-long tape worms and a worm-infested (pictured) are on display. The explanations are in Japanese, but with visuals...
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21-6 Udagawachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0042, Japan
Take the train to Shibuya Station and exit at Hachiko. Look up to find that old familiar Starbuck's sign. Grab another cup of green tea and head to the second floor to observe the organized chaos of pedestrians crossing from all directions from...
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Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
Nikko, an ethereal small town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a peaceful retreat from the intimidating capital and was my first foray into “mysterious” Japan. Lonely Planet: "Ancient moss clinging to a stone wall; rows of perfectly aligned...
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2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
The colorful Asakusa district is a laid-back, fun, colorful neighborhood where you can buy crappy kitsch and kitschy crap (there are a lot of kitchenware shops, for some reason). Asakusa is also home to Tokyo's most well-known temples and 45...
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Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Ryokan are Japanese style inns found throughout the country, especially in hot spring resorts. More than just a place to sleep, ryokan are an opportunity to experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality, incorporating elements such...
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Japan, 〒920-0936 Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa, Kenrokumachi, 1
The Japanese -- you may have heard -- take their gardens seriously. Kenrokuen Garden is billed as one of Japan's three most beautiful landscape gardens. Waterfalls, ponds, streams, trees, bridges, pagodas, tree houses, stone lanterns -- it's a...
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497 Koyasan, 高野町 Kōya, Ito District, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0211, Japan
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My travel to Ekoin in Mount Koya (Koyasan) entails riding two JRL trains, a subway, a local train, a cable car and a bus. The bus deposits at Ekoin, a 1,000-year old Buddhist Temple. Ekoin is one of approximately 50 temples offering lodging...
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Japan, 〒101-0028 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Hanaokachō, 千代田区神田花岡町1−1
Akihabara (aka Akiba) is Tokyo's anime, manga, and electronics district. One Piece, Sword Art Online, and other popular anime dominate Akiba's giant billboards, while arcades and electronics shops command the neighborhood's streets. One of the...
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Japan, 〒648-0294 和歌山県伊都郡高野町高野山132
Okunoin, Mount Koya's most sacred site, contains a cemetery that is home to the remains of warlords, celebrities, samurai, shoguns, high priests, businessmen and artists. I cross the Ichinohashi Bridge and am transported to a weird, wonderful...
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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
The Tourist Information Center at Kyoto Station provides a Kyoto Walks guide (or download it from my website), outlining specific walking routes. My favorite was the Higashiyama Area walk that cuts through the shops, restaurants, temples and...
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Japan, 〒542-0086 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−7−22 道頓堀ハイツ
Phoebe is a special place. It's my favorite bar in Japan, maybe even the world... Husband and wife owners Tatsuo and Keiko have been running this small rock cafe for almost 10 years now. The menu is almost as long as Tatsuo's encyclopedic...
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Nakasendo Highway, Japan
I hiked the Nakasendo Way with my brother, Henry and his girlfriend, Natalie along with five other wonderful travelers that we were grouped with. The walk follows one of Japan’s ancient highways, the Nakasendo Way, which translates to 'the road...
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Japan, 〒100-0005 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−1−9−1 東京駅一番街 東京ラーメンストリート内 B1
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My first stop upon arrival in Tokyo was at Rokurinsha. If you have ever watched “Mind of a Chef” with David Chang, then you have probably seen the episode where he goes with Peter Meehan to Tokyo on a ramen eating frenzy. Rokurinsha, a ramen joint...
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Japan, 〒299-2100 千葉県Awa-gun, Kyonan-machi, Motona, 安房郡鋸南町鋸山
After riding the ropeway cable car up the mountain from the fishing port of Kanaya, and taking in the view of Tokyo Bay, a short hike up the forested mountainside leads to this five-story Kannon (aka Avalokitesvara and Guanyin) carved into the...
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Japan, 〒401-0511 山梨県南都留郡忍野村忍草
About a 10-minute drive from the shores of Lake Yamanaka lies a cluster of eight deepwater pools designated as a National Treasure by the Japanese government and known as Oshino-hakkai. Filled with meltwater from the snow capping Mt. Fuji for most...
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2丁目-24-3 Torocho, Kita, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture 331-0804, Japan
Until actually visiting the The Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama (a neighboring town to Tokyo), I didn't realize how much hard work goes into creating the varying designs. Different materials and techniques are used to achieve a certain look and this...
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17 Sagatoriimoto Adashinochō, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-8436, Japan
Adashino Nenbutsu-Ji is a walk from Kyoto's Arashiyama train station. With greater than 8,000 Buddhist statues memorializing the souls of the dead, Adashino Nenbutsu-Ji stands apart from the other places of worship. Beyond this stone-faced crowd...
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Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0007, Japan
In western Kyoto, there is a very large forest of bamboo. As you can see in the photo, the shoots grow very tall, making those who stroll by look quite small. I'm sure there are times when this road is crowded, but when we were there, people were...
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Japan, 〒511-1135 Mie Prefecture, Kuwana, 長島町浦安368
It's a wonderful amusement park south of Nagoya, Japan with ten dollar coasters, a water park and an outlet mall. The Steel Dragon 2000 is the longest coaster in the world.
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Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Less than an hour south of Tokyo, Kamakura is a popular coastal town and home to the Great Buddha. This bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple, has a height of 13.35 meters. It is the second tallest bronze...
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Japan, 〒605-0801 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Miyagawasuji 4-chōme, 東山区 四条下ル宮川筋4丁目297
While teaching in Japan I celebrated my birthday. What a better way to do that then by going to Kyoto to go full on geisha? I'm not sure if the Maiko Style Experience is the same place I went to, but it seems to provide all the things that my...
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Nanzenji Shimokawaracho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8434, Japan
Just when I thought I had seen enough shrines I stumbled across the Higashitenno-Okazaki Shrine in Kyoto, not far from the much larger famous Heian Shrine. This smaller shrine was completely empty and I was able to roam around in solitude and...
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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 100-8111, Japan
A large park area surrounding the residence of Japan's Imperial Family is the perfect place to explore at the end of a long day. Built on the site of the old Edo castle, it is truly a magical place with a deep history. Tranquil and quiet as the...
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Japan, 〒150-0002 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, 2 Chome−9, 東京都渋谷区渋谷2丁目9−11 青山シティビル 5F
Ninjas have a storied and secretive history in Japan, and this is one of the few opportunities for westerners to not only learn about Ninjas, but also learn their art and practice with their weapons. The instructors are Ninjas who have retired...
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Japan, 〒248-8588 Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi, Yukinoshita, 2 Chome−1−31
Kamakura, Japan's medieval capital, is full of ancient sites and only a 40-minute train ride from Tokyo. It's full of temples, shrines, sailing, surfing, and souvenir shops. Make sure to see the Daibutsu, the over 750 year old and 40 ft tall...
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Most people, including myself, hear the word Gion and immediately think of Memoirs of a Geisha. While Gion is definitely known for the elusive Geiko's and Maiko's that roam the streets after dark, there is a lot more to this neighborhood that...
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Japan, 〒160-0022 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku, 3 Chome−14−1
Often referred to as food theme parks, Japan’s depachikas, located in the basements of most department stores, are stately, appetite inducing locales. Over a century old, the Shinjuku Isetan depachika is one of the largest in Tokyo. This gourmet...
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浅草 新仲見世商店街 Asakusa Shin-Nakamise, 1 Chome-26 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan
For a sense of old Tokyo, venture to one of Japan’s most venerable markets, Asakusa’s Nakamise Dori. Along this narrow—often crowded—street, Japanese food, clothing, and souvenir shops line the path to Tokyo’s most famous Buddhist temple,...
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Japan, 〒107-0052 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 9 Chome−7−1
Hashi Choh showcases traditional artisanal Japanese goods. The shop’s dark wood interior and red accents give it a regal ambience, with a central focus on the wall of hashi (chopsticks). The chopsticks range from moderately priced wares perfect...
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Tokyo Skytree is the city's newest monument and the tallest structure in Japan. The Skytree is located just east of the Sumida River and Tokyo's largest Buddhist temple, Senso-ji. At the base of the tower, is the Sumida Aquarium and a slew of...
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Japan, 〒604-0902 JP-26Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Hokodenchō, Nakagyo-ku Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori Kyoto
Staying in a traditional ryokan in Kyoto is a wonderful way to get some rest and relaxation in the midst of a hectic travel schedule. Sleep on futons on top of tatami mats and don't forget to visit the onsen (public baths) for a uniquely Japanese...
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Japan, 〒160-0022 東京都新宿区Shinjuku, 3 Chome−32, 新宿3丁目32−8 新宿中央口ビル4・5F
Residents of Japan spend loads on designer label clothes often. They also generally live in tiny apartments. When they purge old stuff, including high end fashion designers and local Japanese finds, it ends up Ragtag. There are several locations...
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2 Chome-2-1 Miyama, Funabashi-shi, Chiba-ken 274-0072, Japan
The night before we went to our Ninja Class in Tokyo, I asked my kids what they most wanted to do. They shouted, "Throw ninja stars!" I laughed and tried to prep them, saying, "I'm sure that they would never let tourists do something that could...
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2 Chome-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
If Manhattan’s famous music club CBGB were reimagined by a Japanese food fiend, the result would be Tatemichiya. The izakaya, or Japanese-style tapas bar, in Tokyo’s Daikanyama neighborhood, is the brainchild of punk-music fanatic Yoshiyuki Okada....
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Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1111, Japan
At Kurama, there are two "power spots". Stand on one of them and if your mind is clear enough, you can receive the power of the universe.
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Japan, 〒150-0011 Tokyo, 渋谷区Higashi, 3丁目16−10 アリティマ 1F
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I go here when I want a really good burger or steak. They dry-age their meat, and steaks are charcoal grilled. —Kashiwa Sato 3-16-10 J Park, Ebisu Biru, Higashi, Shibuya-ku, 81/(0) 3-5447-0536. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue....
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Japan, 〒130-0015 Tōkyō-to, Sumida-ku, Yokoami, 1 Chome−3, 横網1丁目3番28号
I have found that one of the best ways to immerse yourself in a foreign culture is to attend a local sporting event. My husband & I happened to be in Tokyo during the annual sumo wrestling tournament. So we bought the cheapest tickets that were...
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Saganonomiyacho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8394, Japan
Monkey park? Yes, a monkey park. A short train ride to the outskirts of Kyoto bring you to a part of town called Arishiyama. This area has a beautiful bamboo forest and a monkey park. At the enterance to the park they warn you not to make eye...
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Japan, 〒135-0064 Tōkyō-to, Kōtō-ku, Aomi, 1 Chome−1−10
Even if you only have a few days in Tokyo, I recommend taking the boat to Odaiba. The boat itself looks like a futuristic James Bond space vessel. Catch the boat from Asakusa (the area famous for Senso-ji, Tokyo's large Buddhist temple) and take...
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Japan, 〒279-0032 Chiba-ken, Urayasu-shi, Chidori, 14
I am high above Tokyo at night in a helicopter somewhere near Roppongi. Excel Air Service offers a number of excellent helicopter cruising packages that allow you to experience Tokyo and Yokohama in a way no other method of transportation can—...
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Japan, 〒105-0014 Tokyo, Minato, Shiba, 2丁目26−1 I・SMARTビル 1F・2F
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When the Japanese set their sights on something, they almost always end up producing superior copies of whatever the original in question was. The same is true of food—the world’s best Italian and French can be found in Tokyo, trumping almost...
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Japan, 〒106-0041 Tokyo, Minato, 麻布台3丁目1-5 麻布台ヒノキビル1F
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Sure, there are lots of breakfast places in Tokyo that may make better versions of specific dishes, but there very few (indeed, if any) that offer the sheer variety as the selection of morning grub available at Suji’s, located next to the Russian...
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1 Chome-9-1 Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-7337, Japan
This was my experience staying at a Conrad hotel and I can honestly say that it was amazing. The location is very convenient for tourists and it's within walking distance of the fish market and even Ginza depending on your stamina. My room was...
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14 Chidori, Urayasu-shi, Chiba-ken 279-0032, Japan
Having just experienced my first helicopter ride in Maui a few months ago, I was thrilled to get a bird's eye view of Tokyo. Excel Helicopter Cruising offers both day and evening rides and while I would have preferred an evening outing, I found...
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Japan, 〒106-6108 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 6 Chome−11−1
Watching the sunset from Roppongi Hills was my favorite Tokyo experience. We bought tickets to the Mori Art Museum, which included entrance to the observation deck on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower. We payed 1500 yen ($17) for the museum and...
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3 Chome-8 Kaigan, Minato, Tokyo 108-0022, Japan
I suggest a trip to Odaiba just for the fabulous views of Tokyo. Go around sunset, and then when you take the train back to Tokyo from Odaiba you'll get the best night view of Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge.
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Tokyo's subway system is slightly complicated, but always on time. There are multiple different subway companies in Tokyo and the tickets for different companies don't transfer. I recommend carrying a small English map of the Tokyo subway lines,...
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294 Kiyomizu 1-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0862, Japan

Kiyomizu-dera on Mount Otowa is one of the most famous temples in Japan, a place that appears in every sequence of Japanese travel photos. The landscape is all cherry trees and forest; it is among Kyoto's loveliest spots. The current structure...

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Japan, 〒603-8361 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Kita-ku, Kinkakujichō, 1
Built in the 14th century as a villa for a powerful shogun, Kinkaku-ji temple, commonly referred to as the Golden Pavilion, is an easy bus ride from the main bus terminal in Kyoto. The temple is one of the most popular buildings in...
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Japan, 〒248-0016 Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi, Hase, 3 Chome−10−22
Just a five minute train ride from the center of Kamakura is the Daibutsu, a giant Buddhist statue. This bronze statue was created 761 years ago. My husband's grandfather has photos of himself with the Daibutsu from 1945 when he was stationed...
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Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Shibuya is a center of Japanese fashion, culture, color, noise, and light. Harajuku girls? They're in Shibuya. Manga? Find it in Shibuya. Biggest scramble crossing in the world? Sit at the Starbucks in Shibuya and marvel at the madness below. You...
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Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0006, Japan
Under the tracks of the Yamanote line train, running from Tokyo to Shinbashi stations, you'll find hidden, unique dining experiences. Down here locals serve everything from specialty Japanese cuisines to unique international tastes—Thai, French,...
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Mie Prefecture, Japan
Meoto Iwa, also known as the wedded rocks, are located in Ise Bay near Japan's Grand Ise Shrine. Ise is a great day trip. Home to one of Japan's three great shrines, the streets of Ise are packed with old wooden houses, Japanese sweet shops, and...
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The options for excellent sushi in Tokyo are abundant, but one of the most entertaining ways to enjoy the city's freshest catch is at a kaitenzushi restaurant. At kaitenzushi, conveyor belt sushi, plates glide past with classic options like maguro...
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Japan, 〒100-0005 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 3 Chome−5−1
The Tokyo International Forum is a stunning architectural masterpiece of glass and steel truss designed as a multipurpose convention and event space by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. It was completed in 1996 on the site of the former Tokyo...
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Japan, 〒250-0407 Kanagawa-ken, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi, Ninotaira, 二ノ平1121
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This is the view inside the Symphonic Sculpture by Gabriel Loire at the Hakone Open Air Museum (彫刻の森 in Japanese) in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The museum opened in 1969 as the first open-air art museum in Japan. The spectacular grounds,...
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Japan, 〒321-1662 Tochigi-ken, Nikkō-shi, Yumoto, 2549−5 栃木県日光市
These little wooden structures house pumps that send piping-hot water from sulphur hot springs to the many inns and B&Bs dotting the area around Oku-nikko, a picturesque resort town located in the mountains of Nikko. It's a fantastic overnight...
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Shiba, Minato, Tokyo 105-0014, Japan
Tokyo has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the most futuristic and high-tech cities in the world. Case-in-point: IC card readers, nearly omnipresent in train and subway stations, convenience stores, drink and cigarette vending machines,...
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Japan, 〒106-6108 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 6 Chome−11−1
Tokyo just can’t catch a break—it’s been flattened, firebombed, attacked by Godzilla, and now it’s been invaded by a giant spider. A spider sculpture, that is—Maman, as the series of art installations by the late American artist Louis Bourgeois...
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Minato, Tokyo 105-0000, Japan
A fixture on Tokyo Bay and major rivers that run through the city, yakatabune (literally, “house boats”) are essentially floating restaurants that could be described as the Japanese version of pleasure cruises. Dating back to the Edo Period...
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Japan, Tokyo, Chiyoda, Sotokanda, 1 Chome
Expect to be overwhelmed. In Tokyo's neon-bright Electronic Town, what began as a post World War II black market for radio parts has become a mecca for geeks. Fondly known as Akiba, the area features hundreds of thousands of retail space dedicated...
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Japan, 〒104-0061 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza, 2 Chome−6, 中央区 銀座2丁目6−5 銀座トレシャス9F
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Hidden away on the 9th floor of an unassuming building near the Apple Store in Ginza is one of Tokyo’s best-kept secrets of the Italian osteria variety—even the name is hard to remember (at least for me, but that’s not unusual). Upon disembarking...
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Ever fantasized about being tended to by an attractive teen maid in your home, who addresses you as Goshujin-sama (Master) or Ojo-sama (Mistress)? Or dreamt about being coddled by a demure young thing in a mini-skirt, coquettish pinafore, bunny...
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Japan, 〒160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Kabukicho, 1 Chome−16−2 富士ビルディング 5/6F
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It's the best place in Tokyo to say “Hello, Kitty” with none of the responsibilities of pet ownership: Kyariko Shinjuku Cat Café, home to 50 healthy, happy felines, from giant fluffy Persians to tortoiseshell tabbies and noisy Siamese breeds....
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Japan, 〒299-4502 Chiba-ken, Isumi-shi, Misakichōnakahara, 27-1
While the burger craze has been sweeping through Japanese metropolises like Tokyo for quite some time now, it has only recently started to reach the countryside, often times with mixed results. Fortunately, at least one rural pioneer in a little...
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Tokyo, Japan
Japan has the highest number of vending machines per capita. All across Japan you'll find machines selling all sorts of items—coffee in cans (hot or cold), sushi, umbrellas, alcohol, pornography, trinkets, noodles, books, eggs, and so much more....
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Japan, 〒150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae, 5 Chome−53−70
When in Tokyo on a Sunday, head to the weekly farmers market in Shibuya. Visiting markets is one of my favorite ways to learn about a new culture--seeing the different kinds of fruits, vegetables, plants, pickles, spices and more that are a part...