All posts tagged "Around Japan"

  • Yokohama Sankeien Garden: Beauty, Tranquility, History

    Sankei-en is the legacy of Yokohama silk trader Tomitaro Hara, more widely known by his pseudonym, Sankei Hara. The expansive outer gardens, originally Hara’s private residence, were opened to the public in 1906, keeping true to Hara’s...

    • Posted May 28, 2017
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  • Go-kart companies asked by police to improve riders’ safety

    Out of twelve go-kart accidents reported in the city which Japan’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been tracking since March, ten of them involved foreign tourists. Zooming away in a go-kart  has become a popular way of...

    • Posted May 22, 2017
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  • Our Family Routine: Exploring Japanese Architecture

    See the city at its best and enjoy a great day out with your family through a visit to these architectural marvels.

    • Posted May 21, 2017
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  • Green spaces massage the body and brain, says Japanese research

    Nature bathing is a national pastime for Japanese people. It is easy to understand why. The air outside the city just feel fresher and better. Another reason is they know something most of us don’t. The Japanese...

    • Posted May 21, 2017
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  • Japan’s next generation bicycle tires don’t need air

    When conventional tires’ pressure drop after about a certain distance travelled, it is normal for bikes to become sluggish and less responsive. The good news is with Bridgestone Cycle’s next generation ‘air-free’ nirinsha, (Japanese word for two-wheelers) ...

    • Posted May 16, 2017
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  • Japan’s new luxury train will leave travelers spellbound

    Beginning today, rich travelers who have money to burn will be able to experience true luxury while traveling around the country via the Train Suite Shiki-Shima , JR Higashi’s version of the Majaraja Express, except that, its...

    • Posted May 2, 2017
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  • Float Over to Huis Ten Bosch As You Sleep

    Over at Hollanda Mura or Huis Ten Bosch,  Japan’s Dutch Village and Theme Park in Nagasaki, a floating capsule that drifts along the surrounding scenic spots while you sleep, is the park’s newest attraction. The two-level floating...

    • Posted March 10, 2017
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  • A New Capsule Hotel Opens Next Month at Fuji-Q Highland

    Cabin & Lounge Highland Station Inn, located just a 1-minute walk from Fuji-Q Highlands, a theme park in Yamanashi prefecture, will be open for business from April 27 (Thu), 2017. The capsule-style private room slightly more spacious...

    • Posted March 9, 2017
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  • Tattoo-friendly Onsen resorts

    Going to an onsen is Japan’s favorite escape from the humdrum of busy Tokyo life. Get naked, rinse and relax in these atmospheric and therapeutic  onsen resorts.  Got a tattoo?  These places don’t mind. Shirakaba Resort Ikenohei...

    • Posted March 1, 2017
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  • Fun events at Huis Ten Bosch This Spring!

    Spring is just around the corner. If you’re planning a vacation escape to see the breathtaking tulip fields in Europe but don’t want to make the long trip, a “slice of Holland” does indeed exist in Japan,...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Rent a go-kart in Tokyo

    If riding a bike to tour the city isn’t thrilling enough, the city offers another fun option. Rent a go-kart. Go-karting is the coolest and most fun way to cruise around town for dads, moms and tweens....

    • Posted November 15, 2016
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  • Onsen for beginners

    A visit to an onsen is one unique experience that everyone should try while in Japan. If it is your very first visit, here are a few things to remember: Clothes are removed in a changing room...

    • Posted November 15, 2016
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  • Daytrippers – ’tis the season for Mikans!

    From early October until late November is the best time of the year to eat fresh mikans (or easy-peeling Japanese oranges) straight off the tree. Pack up on vitamin C in readiness for the coming chilly months....

    • Posted October 19, 2016
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  • Osaka Castle in autumn

    Osaka's venerable castleand cutting-edgeUmeda Sky Buildingmake for an intriguingblend of old and new.

    • Posted October 5, 2016
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  • Wild Magic Outdoor Park

    A huge urban outdoor park named Wild Magic in Toyosu station is now open to the public. The new self-contained camping site that opened in July 2016 sits on a 1.6 hectare space dedicated to pure outdoor...

    • Posted June 15, 2016
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  • How to make your first Disney trip more fun

    You may not have realized it, but you live in only one of four countries in the world that have a Disney Theme Park. We’re lucky – Japan actually has two Disney Theme Parks, and whether you’ve...

    • Posted April 11, 2016
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  • What happens when Japanese mom sends her 5-year old son Masaki and 2-year 10-month old Sayaka on their first errand alone?

    Some Japanese TV programs do well not only to entertain but also to educate viewers. Thanks to YouTubers who post these clips to inform foreigners what exactly goes on in Japan. One program called Hajimete no otsukai...

    • Posted March 4, 2016
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  • Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort

    by Sofie Scott We had often heard that doing a day trip skiing from Tokyo was possible. We were a little pessimistic as to exactly how reachable the resorts were from Tokyo, and how kiddy friendly they...

    • Posted February 8, 2016
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  • Skiing at Club Med Sahoro

    by Yvonne Everett My impression of Club Meds in general, was that they were for fast-paced singles. Not so in Hokkaido!  This is the family place to go for skiing. Club Med Sahoro is extremely child friendly....

    • Posted February 8, 2016
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  • Ski & Snowboard indoors at Snova Shin-Yokohama

    by Alec Masuda Unpack the snowboards! Yes, the winter ski season is at your doorstep. And for eager snowboarding fanatics, opportunities abound. Snova Shin-Yokohama is an indoor snowboarding facility offering riders a chance to expand on their...

    • Posted February 8, 2016
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  • The Tokyo Great Cycling Tour’s “amazing one-day” bike tour delivers a fun and memorable spin on city touring

    With a few years of Tokyo sightseeing under my belt, and perhaps, most importantly, with three energetic teenage sons, I was in the need for some new, active, and family-friendly adventures in Tokyo.  As always, I first...

    • Posted October 7, 2015
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  • New bus service to Narita is only ¥1,000, kids pay half

    Taking a bus to Narita? You can now take THE ACCESS NARITA, a new bus service from Ginza to Narita that costs only ¥1,000. That’s three times cheaper than the Limousine bus. Kids pay half price. The...

    • Posted August 7, 2015
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  • Humans take a back seat, robots take over at Hen Na Hotel

      At the entryway, hotel guests are greeted by a bowing robot and over at the reception desk are a Japanese-speaking female humanoid with lashes that blink and a savage-looking dinosaur that speaks Japanese and English. The...

    • Posted August 7, 2015
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  • A slice of Spain in Japan

    Dreaming of a European summer vacation? Did you know that you can have a mini version right here in Japan? The Shima Spain Village is a theme park reminiscent of a typical resort in Southern Spain. Located...

    • Posted July 10, 2015
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  • Cool Water Parks in Tokyo

    Get your swim wear and gears ready, round up the kids and celebrate the summer season with a huge SPLASH! Let the fun begin!         Seibu Yuenchi There are two separate swimming zones within...

    • Posted July 10, 2015
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  • Going Sakura viewing? You’ll love these family friendly spots

    PLEASURE FOREST Pleasure Forest photo by Sagamiko Resort   Weekdays 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Sat/Sun/Hol 9am – 5pm Fees: Adults 1,700 yen Kids/Senior 1,000 yen Attraction: Giant amusement Park 1M Sakura trees 5M led lights for...

    • Posted March 11, 2015
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  • January in Japan

    While December 31st’s traditional bell ringing ritual (joyanokane) is believed to detox man of his 108 worldly desires, January is the opposite. January is the payday of Japanese children. It’s the time of the year when every...

    • Posted January 22, 2015
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  • Buying gifts? Think Flying Tiger.

    The fun Swedish discount store Flying Tiger goes to the top of the list this year for the best place to buy a wonderful selection of quirky goods. The Omotesando store still requires a wait if you...

    • Posted December 15, 2014
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  • November weekend getaway

    Late November is a good time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and take the train to Mount Takao for some koyo (autumn foliage) viewing and hiking. Just one and a...

    • Posted November 10, 2014
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  • Dip in the pool for 500 yen or less

    The swimming season is upon us.  If you’re put off by theme parks and hotel pool rates, here is a list of inexpensive swimming pools run by city wards. Check the one nearest you. Chiyoda ku Fujimi...

    • Posted August 9, 2014
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  • Harry Potter Park

    Wizarding Wonderland Harry Potter is Japan’s latest resident, having been giving the Abe endorsement, the third theme park to open based on JK Rowlings boy wizard will open this month in Osaka’s Universal studios Japan and promises...

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • The Children’s Nature Park (Asahi ku) and Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo (Nishi-ku)

    The Children’s Nature Park (Asahi Ku) and Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo (Nishi Ku) is a great weekend family escape. The petting zoo offers a place where children can interact with a breed of small animals such as...

    • Posted April 9, 2014
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  • Hamagin Children Space Science Center

    A 5-storey science center for children that resembles a giant spaceship, the Hamagin children Space Science Museum offers a wide range of hands-on activities including a Space theatre that makes your stargazing experience feel and look real....

    • Posted April 7, 2014
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  • Yokohama Yoshimoto Aquarium (Omoshirosuizokukan)

    Fun and educational, the Yoshimoto Aquarium is home to 10,00 fishes of 400 different aquatic species, divided into age-appropriate zones. 15 zones belong to the Omoshirosuizokukan  for elementary age children and 11 for babies and toddlers (Akachan...

    • Posted April 7, 2014
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  • Zoorasia

    It has been 15 years since Zoorasia started in Japan. This 50-hectare zoo houses more than 1,500 creatures of over 150 species. Spend a magical day full of sightings of tropical birds, rare animal species from Humboldt...

    • Posted April 1, 2014
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  • An Outdoor adventure in Tarzania

    Looking for family adventure?  Tarzania seems to top the adventure seeker’s  list of places to go to.  It is more than just child’s play. Over half of its visitors are adults only.  There are two main courses...

    • Posted March 5, 2014
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  • Hot Feat

    Fancy something different to the usual stroll in the park then head for Mt. Takao to the annual fire walking festival, Hiwatari-sai. Held at Yakuoin temple set on Mt.Takao, marvel at the Yamabushi monks as they walk...

    • Posted March 3, 2014
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  • Megaweb

    Looking for adventure?  Get your motor runnin’.  Your little darlings will make it happen. Toyota City Showcase is not only for the grown ups. Within the Megaweb complex is a special place for little kids to discover...

    • Posted February 12, 2014
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  • Uma no Hakubutsukan (Equine Museum of Japan)

    What better way to prepare for the imminent arrival of the year of the horse than a visit to a horse museum. Located in the Negishi Racecourse’s former site, the Uma no Hakubutsukan is a fantastic place...

    • Posted January 1, 2014
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  • Snowpacked fun at Minakami kogen

    Gunma prefecture’s Minamikami Ski Resort  packs some serious fun activities for families with young kids this winter.  Whether you are a skater, snowboarder, skiier or simply a curious spectator, the resort has something for everyone to help...

    • Posted January 1, 2014
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  • Family Skiing in Nagano

    Looking for ski and snowboard day trips?  Click here. Nozawa Onsen Village   Located up north Nagano prefecture,  Nozawa is both a ski and onsen resort. It gets packed during the winter season with major skiing and snowboarding...

    • Posted December 16, 2013
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  • We love Nagano! It’s the perfect holiday escape.

    Families looking for a holiday retreat away from the deafening noise and crowd of Tokyo will find Nagano, a small charming, serene city surrounded by scenic mountains at viewing distance to the Alps with many recreational activities...

    • Posted December 16, 2013
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  • Where to eat in Hakuba

    If your family is up for some adventure and prefer to eat out instead of having meals at the hotel,  Hakuba has a number of restaurants serving different local and western dishes.  A fair amount of English...

    • Posted December 15, 2013
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  • The Purr-fect solution

    Landlords commonly say no to tenants with pets.   That’s not to say that the Japanese are indifferent to animals.  After so many years of  renting apartments in Japan, I have come to understand that properties vacated by...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Top places in Japan for Autumn foliage viewing

    Nanzenji Temple Dubbed as one of the great Zen temples of Kyoto, Nanzenji  in autumn has its own quaint charm.   On a bright November day, the dark reddish brown tone of the trees lend a good contrast...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Meet Japan’s 2020 Olympics Venue

    The 49-year old National Stadium of Japan built for the 1964 Olympic Games is scheduled to undergo a total makeover under the skillful hands of London based firm, Zaha Hadid Architects.   The architectural firm beat out 10...

    • Posted September 21, 2013
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  • War Zone

    If your family escapades of late have been missing excitement, there is one place that will surely get that adrenaline rushing again: the War Zone. (And this doesn’t mean having to enlist the entire clan!) Located in...

    • Posted July 5, 2013
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  • Tokyo German Village

    Tokyo German Village Sometimes, all you need to cool off in the summertime are wide-open spaces. And nestled in nearby Chiba, the Tokyo German Village offers just that. The spacious park and farm is a charming recreation...

    • Posted June 17, 2013
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  • Mother Farm

    Mother Farm A breath of fresh air awaits at Mother Farm, where animal lovers will feel just at home. Here, visitors get to interact with many of our four-legged friends: bunnies merrily hop and guinea pigs scurry...

    • Posted June 17, 2013
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  • Yokohama Zoorasia

    Yokohama Zoorasia The scorching sun can instill a desire to venture out into the Savannah and see the wildlife in their habitat. But seeing as packing up and flying to African jungles isn’t a possibility for many,...

    • Posted June 17, 2013
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