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Most visitors to Tokyo probably never leave the city limits, which is perfectly respectable. There's so much to do as it is. But hop on the train half an hour south, and you'll find another metropolis with its own diversity of neighborhoods and a population slightly smaller than Los Angeles.
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Japan, 〒236-0015 Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Kanazawa-ku, 金沢町212−1
The most peaceful place I've found while living in Yokohama is Shomyoji Temple near the Kanazawa-Bunko station on the Keikyu rail line. The structures and iconic red bridges have been rebuilt in the past century, but the site has been used as a...
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Japan, 〒221-0835 Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ku, Tsuruyachō, 2 Chome−10−7 田村ビル 1F
A blues guy shows up to open mic night at a thrash metal bar. Shortly after he covers Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin' in Japanese, the jolt of a nearby and shallow earthquake sends a VHS cassette flying off a shelf. People reach to...
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Japan, 〒231-0001 Kanagawa Prefecture, 横浜市中区新港2丁目3−4
The CUPNOODLES museum in Yokohama is as much a study of the Japanese identity as a historical look at how instant noodles became ubiquitous worldwide. The expression "ganbaru!" means to slog through tough times, and that's what Momofuku Ando did...
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I hit the vending machine jackpot on a cold morning last winter while waiting for a connecting train at Yokohama Station. Banana-flavored hot chocolate sounds iffy, right? But in Japan, you just have to take a leap of faith sometimes. I swiped my...
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2 Chome-2-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 220-0012, Japan
Japan does not mess around when it comes to ice cream. Visit a 7-11 or other konbini (impeccably tended convenience store) to sample the wide range of delicious, but occasionally off-key, flavors that Haagen-Dazs' Japan unit only markets here. My...
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Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Tokyo has a diverse collection of theme parks, large and small, from educational to purely entertaining. Crammed with charm and carnival rides Hanayashiki, Japan’s oldest amusement park, was built in 1853 originally as a public flower garden....
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2丁目-18-1 高島 Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 220-0011, Japan
If you visit Japan and never run into a mascot, you really didn't get out enough. They're everywhere. Kids love them, adults love them. Go with it —just don't forget to say "Cheezu!"
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Yatsucho, Kanazawa, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 236-0016, Japan
Japanese communities are still held together by local shrines, and holidays are a time to celebrate those bonds —the living, the dead, the traditions that connect them. Neighborhood shrines often host matsuri, or festivals, during the major...
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10番 Uminokōen, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 236-0013, Japan
The occasional invasion of bright green wakame doesn't stop summertime action at the beach. Diving into the water brings a sensation not unlike swimming in cold miso soup.
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Japan, 〒220-0005 Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Nishi-ku, Minamisaiwai, 1 Chome−3, 南幸1-3-1 横浜岡田屋モアーズ3F
Japanese eyeglass shops have the low prices and interesting designs of American upstart Warby Parker. But here you can try them on in the shop and have them fitted with your prescription in half an hour. So don't forget your prescription if you're...
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1 Chome-8-7 Teramae, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 236-0014, Japan
Four waist-high cauldrons of pork stock are going at once behind the counter of this popular ramen shop near the Kanazawa-Bunko station in Yokohama's Kanagawa ward. One soup master ladles the thick gravy into bowls while keeping a close watch over...