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February brings some of the most fun holidays to celebrate to the world: Setsubun in Japan, the Lunar New Year in China, Presidents Day, and of course Valentine’s Day. What better way to celebrate your love for Japan than to learn about traditional Japanese weddings? Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is a shrine complex with a rich history just a few minutes away from the Kamakura Station. Indisputably the most important shrine in the city...

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One Day in: Yokohama

One Day in: Yokohama


Posted By on Aug 6, 2015

24 hours on the clock and so much to do. Welcome to Yokohama. With  several neighborhoods and shopping districts, it’s impossible to take in the city in one day. For visitors with limited time, we present a short guide to Yokohama. A quick train ride from western Tokyo, Yokohama is the next big city in eastern Japan. Shin-Yokohama Station acts as a hub for the shinkansen (bullet trains) in the area, while Chinatown is the...

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Easily accessible from Tokyo, Hakone is the perfect weekend getaway. For those visiting Japan on a tight schedule, Hakone offers the calm of nature, the excitement of adventure, and the wonder of traditional Japan all in one. Before arriving in Hakone, visitors are strongly advised to purchase the “Hakone Free Pass” in order to take advantage of discounts and cheaper transportation. It can be purchased at stations on the...

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Have you ever wished to visit the famous bamboo forest in Arashiyama, but couldn’t because you were only going to Tokyo? Did you know that nearby Tokyo there is another bamboo forest? Because there is! Hokokuji temple is hidden amidst an ordinary residential area, so many do not know about it. People call it the “Bamboo Temple” and as word gets out about it, many foreigners have begun making trips just to see this...

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  May 31, 2014 After a long flight (8 hrs) from Honolulu, we safely arrived at Narita Airport.  It took us about 1.5 hrs to get to Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku where we will be staying for 2 nights. The hotel is conveniently located in a major shopping, dinning, entertainment area, and is about 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station.  Although it is close to the station, the area surrounding the hotel is very quiet. Shinjuku...

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Located just beyond Fujisawa in Kanagawa prefecture, Enoshima is a small island ideal for a day’s escape. Upon arriving at the small station, visitors can immediately feel the peace of being by the seaside. Crossing the bridge to the small island, Enoshima’s quaint atmosphere and traditional layout can be sensed immediately. Upon first glance, the sloping market streets of Enoshima resemble those shop-lined small streets of Kyoto...

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