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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

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

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

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

Article by Johanna Forsberg

Surviving Winters in Japan– The Drugstore Way

Keep your skin moisture in this Winter.

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

Article by Tokyo Creative

Toyama Food Guide

MasuzushiMasuzushi is a type of boxed meal, that is frequently sold at train stations for long rides. It is a pressed sushi, served with salted and vinegared tr

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Article by Tokyo Creative

First Time in Akita

Photo Cred: Flickr user Sorasi Photography 85755314@N06/7880328252/Akita Museum of Art The Akita Museum of Art is Akita prefecture’s leading art installation,

Article by Kerstin Yamane

Rascal Bakery in Kichijoji

Japan is full of theme cafes especially for mascots or anime characters like Hello Kitty, Rilakuma or the Sailor Moon Café. Those cafes exist mostly for a short

Article by this is japan

Japan's department store cosmetic brands that won't break the bank!

I wrote an article recently about a surprising place you can find cosmetics in Japan - the 100 yen store. If you have a bit more spending money to play with, bu

Article by Dayna Myrick

Ichijodani Asakura Family Ruins

If you follow the Asuwa River east from Fukui City, eventually you will come to the point where the Ichijodani River joins the main watercourse. Travel south al

Article by Lynnie Lim

Eat all you can while in Japan (it rhymes!)

***This article was written by Johanna Forsberg and Lynnie Lim in collaboration***One of the things that Japan does really well is tabehoudai – all-you-can-eat!

Article by Sutefu K

Strawberry Picking & Akebono Children's Forest

Looking for something to do on a beautiful spring weekend with the kids? How about Strawberry picking followed by a picnic in a park?This itinerary I would ima

Article by this is japan

Save your Yen: 8 free things to do around Tokyo!

Travel is one of the best things to spend your money on, in my opinion - but it does get expensive fast. When you're paying for flights and accommodation to get

Article by Angie Rin

Make your way to downtown Tokyo with Limousine Bus Service!

With the international airport about 1.5 – 2 hours away from the city, one of the first question that comes up is, “How the heck do I get to Tokyo?” Then after

Article by Midori Nishida

A Guide to Japanese Skin Care (Part 1)

For many Japanese women, having smooth, radiant and youthful looking skin is considered to be ideal. In order to tap into the high demand, there are tons of ski

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Article by Kyle Bondoc

How to make Bento Boxes like a Japanese Supermarket

In Japanese convenience stores, you often see a lot of affordable prepackaged meals in a box-like format. If you’re in the mood to recreate this in the comfort of your own kitchen, here are some tips and suggestions to get you started

Article by Geraldine Mills

12 Crucial Things You Should Never Do When You Travel to Japan

Japan is one of the most visited countries in Asia and it’s for a plethora of reasons — number one of which is being home to probably the most delicious food on the planet. Here are 12 crucial things that you should never do when visiting the land of the rising sun.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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Kochi

Kochi, on Shikoku Island, is quite rural. In fact, 85% of the prefecture is covered in forests. This lush, green area is perfect for adventurers and is famous f

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Miyazaki

Miyazaki prefecture is on the southeastern side of Kyushu and is known for its majestic mountains and rugged coastal scenery. Surfing has grown in popularity he

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Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi is on the westernmost tip of Honshu, and because of its proximity, historically it has been an important center of cultural exchange with the Korean P

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Kanagawa

Kanagawa is a dynamic part of the greater Tokyo area. The capital city, Yokohama, features the famous Chinatown district, a port area with dining and shopping p

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Kyoto

Kyoto is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Japan. The historical city is home to iconic landmarks such as Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkaku-ji and the Fushimi-inari shrine.

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Ehime

Ehime is home to Dogo Onsen, one of Japan's oldest hot springs with a history going back almost 1,000 years. In the loosely auto-biographical novel **Botchan**,

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Hokkaido

If your idea of a perfect vacation involves majestic forests, clear blue lakes, pillowy powder snow, and amazing, farm-fresh food, Hokkaido is an absolute dream

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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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Tokyo

Tokyo is all about contrasts. Its irresistible charm comes from the clash between its cutting-edge style and traditional culture. From the organized chaos of [S