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Like many other locations in Japan (especially Kyoto), Kakunodate is a relic of Old World Japan from the Edo era. During the Edo era, Kakunodate was bustling with samurai and merchants, and is still home to some of the best remaining examples of samurai architecture in Japan. If you ever dreamed of walking the streets of the Samurai, look no further—this is your place. Located in the Akita prefecture of Tohoku, Kakunodate is the...

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Tokyo is the most well-known city in Japan for many more reasons than just being the capital. While it doesn’t have as many historical sites like Tofukuji,  Chusonji, or Seisonkaku, Tokyo has a bustling urban life that never goes to sleep. Tokyo is the heart and soul of modern Japan from advanced architecture to tasty treats, like gourmet Kakigori (Japanese Shaved Ice). Here are five fun flashy places for your next trip to Tokyo! 1:...

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Highway rest stops in Japan, located every so often between any imaginable point A and point B, are places for respite, dining, shopping, and amusement. No vehicular travel is complete without a stop at one of these roadside establishments. Each prefecture in Japan is known for some food specialty or souvenir item. Highway rest stops are the prime marketplace for such unique finds. It is easy to spend far too much time browsing the...

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When you travel abroad for vacation, you may purchase a few souvenirs like a t-shirt or some fridge magnets for yourself; you might even buy a few postcards for the family.  In Japan, there is a whole industry revolving around what westerners may consider non-traditional gifts. An omiyage, or gift, is usually given to others when you travel to a different prefecture or country. These gifts are almost expected out of you from others,...

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Sweets and Sembei in Narita City


Posted By on Dec 23, 2013

Japanese snacks come in all sizes, shapes, colors, textures, and flavors. Along the spectrum lie two quite distinct yet equally enjoyable treats: sembei (rice crackers) and Japanese confectionary sweets. The former is often salty, sometimes sweet, while the latter is usually as flavorful as sugar can be. Along Omotesando Street in Narita City, visitors will encounter both. Visitors of the large sweets emporium, Nagomi No Yoneya, will...

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