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Experience Old-fashioned Tokyo on a Walking Tour Of Yanaka

On any given day, you can count on the main tourist areas of Tokyo to deliver a cacophony of light and sound and chaos. While that kind of energy has its place, those looking to tap into the culture and personality of...

The Northern Lights in Tokyo!? Only at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Winter may not be people's first choice of times to visit Japan's capital, but it sure has its perks. Sento, Christmas markets, Fuji views, hot pot restaurants—these are just a few of the cosy things to do in Tokyo during winter! And...

Halloween in Japan: Gotta Catch ’em All!

There's a different kind of magic in the air as crisp and golden October dissolves into the chillier winds of November. For many, the reason for the season is the festival of Halloween. Originating from the Gaelic rite of Samhain, Halloween exists...

5-star Luxury in a Historic Oasis: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

When it comes to accommodation in Tokyo, it’s important to find a place that is truly restorative and relaxing; busy cities and busy schedules can take a toll on even the most seasoned traveller. Lucky for you, we know just the place....

Experience Summer Fireflies in Tokyo at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

At night, the winding paths of Tokyo’s Chinzanso Garden are bathed in a fine mist, while the trickling streams and dark corners twinkle with tiny fireflies (hotaru). People mill about and whisper and squint to better see the glowing motes and, for...

A Mystical Sea of Clouds in Tokyo’s Historic Chinzanso Garden

If you venture out of the cities, you’ll find that Japan is a land of stunning scenery; jagged coastlines, ancient forests, white beaches and undulating mountain ranges. In some of these mountainous zones, a natural phenomenon can occur known as “unkai”, or...

Trams Through the Blossoms: Discovering Tokyo on the Arakawa Line

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Roses line this Tokyo tram line At its peak, Tokyo had an extensive public tram network that covered 213 kilometers of routes and a private tram operation (Tokyu Tamagawa Line) with 18.4 kilometers (km) of routes. Only a...

Umi No Hi Festival A Different Way to Experience Tokyo in the Summer

The Umi No Hi festival is celebrated by decorating the beach of Odaiba Bay with paper lanterns. The event name itself is interesting as it plays on the same sound of hi, which means both lantern, as in “Lantern of the Sea,” and day,...

The Retro Post-War Izakaya of Hoppy Dori, Asakusa

Asakusa found prosperity in the Edo era. A veritable playground for rice dealers, merchants, lowly officials and samurai, it was the go-to place to catch a show, grab a bite or simply drink the night away. Of course, its heyday sadly came...

Head To Toriyoshi For Some Juicy, Smoky, High-Quality Yakitori

Many cultures have something similar to yakitori in their cuisine—meat or vegetables threaded onto a stick and cooked over fire. When you think about it, it’s quite primitive. But, there’s really no denying its greatness. I think the secret to yakitori’s success...

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