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A ryokan, or a traditional Japanese inn, has become a must-do experience for many travelers in Japan. While most hotels in Japan are actually quite affordable, a ryokan has that infamous Japanese price tag associated with it. Typically costing 6,000 to 100,000 yen ($60-1000), is a ryokan worth the high costs? Most ryokan are found in more scenic areas of Japan and are associated with Japanese vacations. Many of them are located up in...

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Kyoto: What to Buy

Kyoto: What to Buy


Posted By on Jun 1, 2015

Kyoto is all about the green tea products, kimono, and Chirimen handicrafts.   Uji, Kyoto was one of the first places in Japan to take part in tea cultivation. At that time it became highly regarded as the drink of the nobles, which is how its popularity began spreading. Today, Uji’s tea is still considered to be of the highest quality in Japan. A tin of matcha, powdered tea, is easy to bring back to your home country as...

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The cafes in Japan have branched out and evolved new methods in order to attract customers and to keep patrons having a good experience at the establishments. Today there are various types of cafes, including ones that offer additional services. These range from costume or theme based cafes to the ever popular animal based cafes in Japan. For the animal lover in everyone, yes, there are animal based cafés located throughout Japan....

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Tokyo has an overwhelming amount of things to do from temple hopping to trying out one of its many themed cafes. Places you absolutely must check out are Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, the electric world of Akihabara, Tsukiji Market, the famous Shibuya scrambler and iconic Tokyo Tower. These are some of the most important places around the city and together they’ll give you a good feel for the overall culture of Japan. However if you have...

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Kyoto Prefecture (京都府; Kyoto-fu) is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方; Kansai-chiho) on Honshu, the main island of Japan. For most of history, Kyoto played an important role as Japan’s capital. As you can imagine, being the capital for over a thousand years means Kyoto is filled with ancient artifacts and cultural treasures. Once the government head moved to Tokyo, Kyoto’s economy became mainly based on tourism. Kyoto...

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