What to do in Tokyo over the New Year’s Holidays 2020

Dec 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

People say Tokyo is the most restless city in the world, but maybe they've never been here around the traditional New Year holiday period when most residents aren't punching the clock. Instead, they are spending time with their families, often well outside the Metropolis in their hometowns. Pretty much any...[ Click to read more ]

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Tokyo Dessert Buffets

By Jason Gatewood

If you’re the type that is all about putting cake before casserole and satisfying your sweet tooth to the point that would make your dentist’s hair stand on end, then you’ll want to read on further as we present the best places in Tokyo to check out All-you-can-eat sweets, treats,...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Attractions in Tokyo

Dec 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Wintertime around these parts usually means either taking in some winter sports like skiing and snowboarding or soaking in one of the numerous hot spring onsens around the countryside surrounding the metropolis. But there are a few other things you can check out around Greater Tokyo in the cold part of...[ Click to read more ]

Watching Sumo matches in Jungyo Exhibition Tour

Dec 25, 2019 By Chiho

Watching sumo is one of the most authentic attractions in Japan. The annual grand tournaments are held only in odd months; January, May, and September in Tokyo, March in Osaka, July in Nagoya, and November in Fukuoka. You don't want to miss the tournament matches if you happen to be...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Tokyo – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Dec 24, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Celebrating New Year in Japan is all about 'firsts.' Perhaps the most important ‘first’ is the first trip to a shrine, a tradition called hatsumode. While this can be done at any time, usually over the first three days of the year, the most dramatic time will be at midnight...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo’s High Rise City Views

Dec 21, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Whether you love or loathe the hustle and bustle of the big city, there are no two ways about it: Tokyo is amazing. There is so much going on and so much to take in. It is a mass of contradictions and hodge-podge of contrasting styles, of the traditional and...[ Click to read more ]

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Skiing in Tokyo: Day and Weekend Trips!

Dec 19, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Most Japanese say having the ability to enjoy all four seasons outdoors is what makes Japan unique. The tourist records set over the past few years is in agreement with that statement for sure. Here in Tokyo, we can trek to western Kanagawa, Nagano, Gunma, and Tochigi Prefectures in search...[ Click to read more ]

Viewing the Magical Diamond Fuji from Tokyo

Dec 15, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Diamond Fuji is a twice annually phenomenon during which the sunrise and sunset align perfectly with Mount Fuji’s summit, looking for all the world like a bright shining jewel placed atop the nation’s crown. There are many great places from which you can witness this startling sunset in Tokyo and...[ Click to read more ]

Things to do in Tokyo Over the Holiday Season

Nov 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

It's that time of year again... You've set the toilet seat warmer on 10 to keep Jack Frost from nipping at your nether parts, the local Starbucks is blasting "Last Christmas" by George Michael for the 53,347th time, and every fast-food chain and convenience store is touting its selection of fried...[ Click to read more ]

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Chichibu Night Festival Near Tokyo

Nov 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Located about 2 hours northwest of Central Tokyo, Chichibu is a small mountain community that is popular for weekend getaways thanks to it being the home of Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park and a very picturesque and historic area. Celebrating some of that history is the Chichibu Yomatsuri night festival. This is...[ Click to read more ]