Museums, parks, restaurants, cultural events, and historic sites are just a few of the many attractions Tokyo has to offer. I want to introduce you to the heart of Japan by writing about ways to discover the culture and people beyond the tourist spots.
The ¥100 store will be your best friend when you first start living in Japan.
Oze is Japan's largest highland marsh, and is famous as an area rich in rare and precious plants and animals.
It's getting close to the end of fireworks season but there's a few more festivals left.
Whether you go for the food, shopping or the entertainment, you are sure to leave Zakuro with a full stomach and a strong impression.
Sado is an island of sprawling rice fields, uncrowded beaches, and sightseeing spots that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. From the gold mines to the ibis conservation center, Sado offers experiences unlike any others in Japan.
Drinking diluted apple vinegar, stretching out my feet on the foot massage tiles, enjoying the cool night breeze on a reclining chair. The Shimizuyu Onsen is definitely a place I will return to.
Osuya, which means “the vinegar shop” in Japanese, sells various flavors of dessert vinegar and also has a small restaurant that serves vinegar-based drinks, food, and sweets.
The policy of the Ichiran ramen chain is to minimize the interaction with shop staff and customers as much as possible. A strange set up but how's the ramen?
GP contributor Lynn Allmon finds an old bottle of nihonshu which prompted the question, does sake go bad?
It may not be as well known as the Tsukiji fish market but the Ota Vegetable and Fruit Market is over 100,000 square meters and boasts a flower section in addition to fruit, vegetable, and fish sections.