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Yanaka Neighborhood
6 months ago

Yanaka Neighborhood

Yanaka has been attracting visitors from near and far for a long time, thanks to its charming shitamachi ambience. The area is located behind Ueno Park, not far from …
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Kanazawa
9 months ago

Kanazawa

Cutting travel times between the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture and Tokyo from four to two and a half hours has been a boon for tourism to Kanazawa – early reports are talking about …
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Shirakawa-go
9 months ago

Shirakawa-go

In Japan, where soulless modular dwellings with an average lifespan as short as 30 years are the norm, the “Gassho-zukuri” houses that dots the landscape here, look like they come …
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Koenji by Day 高円寺
10 months ago

Koenji by Day 高円寺

West of Shinjuku on the JR Chuo and Sobu lines lies Koenji, a decidedly bohemian neighborhood that runs on a similar frequency to Asagaya, Nakano, Kichijoji and other Western Tokyo …
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Shimabara: A quiet town with a violent history 島原
10 months ago

Shimabara: A quiet town with a violent history 島原

Tucked away in the shadow of Mt Unzen and on the shores of the Ariake Sea, the port town of Shimabara is a convenient place to stop and relax between …
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Small Tokyo: Ryogoku – Sumo Mecca 両国
10 months ago

Small Tokyo: Ryogoku – Sumo Mecca 両国

Two minutes’ walk from JR Ryogoku station lies Kokugikan, the biggest dedicated arena for sumo wrestling in the world. Even though sumo is not legally recognized as the national sport of …
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Small Tokyo: Ameyoko アメ横
11 months ago

Small Tokyo: Ameyoko アメ横

This strip next to the tracks was the site of a black market in the years following World War Two. Back then, candy and other sweets was sold here. …
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Small Tokyo: Sangenjaya 三軒茶屋
11 months ago

Small Tokyo: Sangenjaya 三軒茶屋

Sangenjaya may not be as well known as the upscale hipster enclaves of Shibuya, Nakameguro or Ebisu, but what it might lack in fame it makes up in local atmosphere, and …
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Rural Nara: Uda City
12 months ago

Rural Nara: Uda City

Uda is actually made up of four historical towns: Haibara, Ouda, Utano, and Muro, each with its own history and character. Like much of Nara Prefecture the temperate climate …
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Small Tokyo: Gakugei Daigaku 学芸大学駅
12 months ago

Small Tokyo: Gakugei Daigaku 学芸大学駅

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The sun shines over this placid local neighborhood of Gakugei Daigaku, just four stops from Shibuya station along the Toyoko line, which is filled with many small but exotic …
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Nakano Broadway
1 year ago

Nakano Broadway

When it comes to otaku (geek or nerd) culture, Tokyo has two key centers that stand out for Japanese people and tourists alike: Nakano Broadway and Akihabara. The latter is a …
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Golden Gai
1 year ago

Golden Gai

We live in a good time though, because Tokyo is still a patchwork. Although rebuilt in the modern era, the Imperial Palace and a number of temples still point …
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