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Article by Smelliott

City Guide: Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a city that will make you feel much more than the usual travel bug excitement. Being one of two atomic bomb drop sights from back in World War II,

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Article by Lynnie Lim

Go Super Saiyan over cakes and coffee! Dragon Ball Cafe and Diner in Osaka

To say that Dragon Ball has a 'cult following' is probably to do it an injustice. For more than thirty years now Goku and friends have captured the imaginations

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Article by Sherilyn Siy

Spa by the Lake: Miyazawako Onsen

There is an easy, rejuvenating getaway from the city just a little over an an hour away from Ikebukuro. It is difficult to believe that Lake Miyazawa is an arti

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Article by Jennifer Weiss

4 Fun & Unusual Winter Activities

Winter wonderland Japan! Who would have guessed that besides temples and sushi, this country also boasts an active winter scene with mountains of snow? The Nor

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Article by Mike B

Top-Food at Low Prices: Your Guide to Japan's Cheap Michelin Star Restaurants

I have spent more than half my life in Japan now, and one thing I have always appreciated is the attention to detail that comes with food here.  No, here, food

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Article by Johanna Forsberg

Surviving Winters in Japan– The Drugstore Way

Keep your skin moisture in this Winter.

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Article by Julia Lai

Eat with Goku at Cafe & Diner

The Popular Dragon Ball series is back in a yummy and also fashionable form.Sorry this time you won't be seeing Goku is his Saiyan forms but you can enjoy a nic

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Article by Mike B

Meibutsu Delicacies: Toyama's Masuzushi

Do you like sushi? Looking for a good travel snack? Interested in Japan's feudal history? Think those things don’t go well together? Toyama Prefecture would beg

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Article by Mike B

Another Iconic Nintendo Character Turns 25: Celebrate at Lawson's!

25 years ago, one of Nintendo's most iconic characters came to life.  Although Mario's creator Shigeru Miyamoto had a hand in developing this new brand of hero,

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Article by Molly Thompson

Wanna Be the Very Best? Know Your Pokemon

Pokémon Go is in the news -- everywhere. As an assistant elementary school English language teacher, I’m used to surprising my Japanese students, but one senten

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Article by Ayushi Kalyani

My most recommended things to do in Hiroshima

When in Hiroshima, you will find yourself drifting away from the modern world to dive into history of the wars. World War II has proved to be the most destructi

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Article by Michele Tanabe

Easy Way to Save Money While Living in Japan

So If you know me personally you may know I'm a sliiight shopaholic, but when I want to save for something specific I do a great job keeping up with my goals.

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Article by Barbara Buchanan

All you need to know... Sado Island

Shaped like a wonky yo-yo floating in the sea off the west of Honshu, Sado Island is a place of drama. Centuries ago, the island was somewhere you were not expe

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Article by Cameron Hilker

Cars in Japan Part 3: What is a Kei Car? Inspections!

I mentioned previously that we bought a car. Here it is after a normal winter night in Snow Country:Our "new" car.It's a Suzuki Wagon-R. If you don't live in Ja

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Article by this is japan

Souvenir shopping at Loft (and just some of what you can find there!)

Japan has loads of great places that sell all manner of fun and quirky souvenirs. I've written before about a couple of my favorites - Don Quijote and Tokyu Han

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Article by Tokyo Creative

Take on the Southern Islands Like a Local: Kochi Prefecture

If you’ve already hit the top tourist spots in Japan (we’re talking about the big three: Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto) and are thinking of exploring Japan like a local despite being a city boy or girl, then take on a smaller-scale city– like Kochi Prefecture! In 2018, Kochi had it's very own TeamLab 'Borderless' exhibition, so be readyt to expect bigger and better events at Kochi!

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Article by LaShawn Toyoda

How to Tell Your Japanese Company You’re Pregnant

Announcing your pregnancy shouldn’t be something scary, but sometimes it is. Many women worry about telling their company that they’re expecting, because they fear that they’ll receive a negative reaction. I certainly felt that way when I found out I was pregnant shortly after accepting a new job.

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Article by Elise Meng

2019 Top 10 Tips for Traveling in Japan

2020 is your year to finally get yourself to Japan... and this is how you do it.

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Article by Elise Meng

The Koji Kraze you need to get on board with

One major health trend coming out of Japan that we can get on board with is mold– specifically, we’re loving a rice mold called Koji. Already a favorite ingredient to some of the world’s leading chefs like David Chang, René Redzepi, and Jonathon Sawyer, Koji is the old-but-new ingredient to spice up your cooking processes.

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Article by Elise Meng

Kick off your OIta Experience!

With the countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2020 inching nearer and nearer, the small city of Oita is secretly packing some heat among its narrow streets. Now, at Tokyo Creative, we already have a wide range of favorite places in Oita already (see here or here), but since this was our first time doing a mini-team trip, we’re excited to add more to our list of favorite places to recommend.

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Article by Jon Mulligan

Escape the City to the beautiful Seaside Town of Nishi-Izu

A coastal town located in the Shizuoka-Kanto area of Japan, Nishi-Izu is known for fresh seafood and its outstanding natural beauty. It really is a must-visit for any outdoor adventurer or travel-buff.

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Article by Ian Rudd

10 Things to do in Oita City

A true hidden gem of a city located on Japan's southern Kyushu Island, let us show you some of our favorite things it has to offer!

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Article by Elsda Li

Broadway In Japan!

Since coming to Japan, I have seen so many adverts and commercials of wonderful broadway performances that seem too good to be true. You can find musicals such as Disney’s classic Aladdin to American Broadway inspired Japanese musicals. Those who come here should definitely add a Broadway show unto their itineraries! Let’s explore some titles that are playing right now!

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Article by Elsda Li

🤩 2019’s Best New Japanese Products That Will Leave You Wanting More! 🤩

With our ever evolving and advancing technology and trends, they best way to stay up to date and in the know🤔 is by getting the newest gadgets and inventions! Japan has always been known to come up with the craziest and cutest inventions that can either shock you😳, or leave you squealing with excitement🤗. I have compiled a list of what I think this year’s most practical and interesting products down below. Let’s check them out!👀

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Article by Elsda Li

My Hike Up Mt. Takao ⛰!

There is no better way to experience the culture and geography of Japan than to hike up one of their sacred and treasured mountains!

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Gifu

Gifu prefecture, known as the unofficial “center” of Japan, was and is very important to Japan in many aspects. For starters, it holds the record for most open

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Yamanashi

Yamanashi, about 1½ hours from Tokyo, is surrounded by high mountains and is covered by huge beautiful forests, including Mount Fuji and the 5 lakes area. Visit

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Miyagi

Miyagi is on the Pacific coast in the Tohoku Region. It’s castle-town capital, Sendai City, has a long history which you can experience in many interesting muse

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Kagoshima

Lush and tropical, Kagoshima Prefecture inhabits the southernmost part of Kyushu and includes a string of islands stretching to Taiwan. The most famous of these

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Niigata

Niigata prefecture has a long coastline facing the sea of Japan, because of this it was a critical port area during the Edo period in the 17th and 18th centurie

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Gunma

Famous for its gorgeous mountains and luxurious onsens (hot springs) Gunma is a nature lover's delight. Maebashi City, home to many parks and flower gardens, is

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Hiroshima

The traditional center of the Chugoku region of Japan, and home to over 2.8 million people, Hiroshima is famous and infamous in its history and major sights. Hi

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Ishikawa

Ishikawa prefecture is a small, thin prefecture on the western coast of the Honshu island, next to the Sea of Japan. It is closer to Tokyo than Kyoto, making it

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Saga

Saga has a natural beauty that inspires. It is one of the few prefectures that has two different ocean borders: The Sea of Genkai on the north and on its south