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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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Sankeien Garden in Yokohama, a bus ride away from Motomachi-Chukagai Station, is a peaceful escape from city life. Known for its beauty throughout the year, the garden celebrates key seasons with special events. With the blooming of cherry blossoms in early April, Sankeien began its night illuminations from late March to April 6. While the garden usually closes at 4:30PM daily, this special event allowed visitors to enter and stay...

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The very last of winter illuminations carried into spring, bringing artificial light to cherry blossoms on a moonlit evening in early April. Sagamiko Pleasure Forest, located about 60 kilometers from Shibuya in Kanagawa prefecture, is a small amusement park and family center. While it’s not exactly convenient to reach, Pleasure Forest is worth the effort. During the day, Sagamiko grants visitors access to its extensive...

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The port of Yokohama was one of the first ports in Japan to be opened to foreign trade back in the late 1800s. As such, it later became the home of many Chinese traders who had settled down in the city. You’ll find a large number of Chinese stores and restaurants clumped together in what’s become Japan’s very own Chinatown. Currently Japan only has three Chinatowns, and Yokohama Chukagai, located in central Yokohama,...

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Little Hawaii in Yokohama Minato Mirai


Posted By on Mar 26, 2014

Tucked away in the giant shopping area of World Porters in Minato Mirai, Yokohama, Is a small Hawaiian shopping village. This village is neither traditional nor historical, but contains a good deal of culture. From food to souvenirs to clothing to music, Hawaiian Town provides visitors all the essentials of paradise. Customers can shop for authentic Hawaiian clothing, hard-to-find food items, and sporting gear all within one contained...

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