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Japanese Summer Accessories to Keep You Cool All Season Long

Summer is a great time for travel, but summers in Japan, with soaring temperatures and high humidity, are no joke. Luckily, there are a number of cooling items available to keep you chilled and fresh all summer long. I made a trip...

Sampling, Shopping and Snacking at Tokyu Food Show

Food lovers, prepare yourselves for one of the most dangerous foodie activities in Shibuya. It’s not sushi, it’s not renowned international fare, it’s not impossibly kawaii sweets—it’s all of the above and then some. Nestled beneath Shibuya Station, Tokyu Food Show is...

Harajuku LUSH: Eye Candy and Exclusive Products

For a nation that adores bathing and kawaii things so much, it’s no surprise LUSH has taken off in Japan. (Just don’t try to drop one of these sparkly bath bombs into the public onsen—they’re strictly for home use!) With over 80...

Canal City: A Shopping Oasis in Central Fukuoka

Called the oasis within the city, Canal City is a massive complex housing hundreds of shops, a theatre, game centre, cinemas, two hotels and a namesake canal that winds through it all. With everything you need to shop until you drop, rest...

Daimyo: Fukuoka’s Super Cool Neighbourhood

Amitabha Tattoo shop in Daimyo. As a one-stop-shop for craft beer, ‘grammable food, vintage clothes, record stores and tattoos, Daimyo is inarguably one of Fukuoka’s coolest neighbourhoods. You’ll find this—dare we say hipster—haunt between Tenjin and Akasaka stations....

Gachapon Capsule Toys: Cheap Souvenirs and a Bit of Fun

If you’re looking for a cheap souvenir that comes with a bit of fun and surprise, try gachapon! These coin operated toy vending machines are seemingly everywhere in Japan—from tourist attractions to airports, arcades, supermarkets...even dedicated gachapon centres like Akihabara Gachapon Hall....

10 Things you Wish you Knew Before Coming to Japan

The main street in Akihabara
Whenever we travel anywhere, there will always be things that take us by surprise. This happens even if we do our research, take a phrasebook, and prepare ourselves for a little culture shock. No matter how prepared you think you are, there...

Shopping on Miyajima: What to Buy

Miyajima Island, with its sacred shrines and pristine nature, makes a wonderful day trip from Hiroshima City. Every day, throngs of visitors make the aquatic journey to enjoy its magical oceanside atmosphere of roaming deer, lush forests and stunning views. But would...

The Teahouse Districts of Kanazawa

Kanazawa is famous for its history, beauty, and unique Japanese culture. These elements all come together in the city's three well-preserved teahouse districts: Higashi Chaya, Nishi Chaya, and Kazue Machi.  Higashi Chaya: The Big One Of...

Shopping locally made artisanal products at Akihabara’s 2k540

Are you on the hunt for Japanese souvenirs that are high quality and made in Japan? Look no further than 2k540. Just a few minutes’ walk from Akihabara, this shopping arcade is located under the train tracks and contains almost 50 specialty...

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