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Daruma Fair at Jindaiji Temple

Looking for a cultural fair that will bring you some good luck in the New Year? The Daruma fair and market will help you attain your dreams and wishes. Check it out.

Winter in Matsumoto and The Ice Sculpture Festival

The Matsumoto Ice Sculpture Festival and competition is a great reason to take a weekend and head to Matsumoto. Competitors carve their sculptures overnight in frigid temperatures, and the results are stunning. Click here to find out more about Matsumoto in winter.

Kawasaki Warehouse Arcade – Best Arcade in Japan!

Entrance to Warehouse Amusement Center

Any visit to Japan would not be complete without a visit to one of their cutting edge, no holds barred, high-tech video arcades. While it’s true you don’t have to look very hard to find an arcade with all of the latest games somewhere near your hotel, if you want to go to the absolute coolest arcade in town, you’ll have to leave the city. Don’t worry, it’s only a short train ride away, but the adults only Warehouse Arcade in Kawasaki is a sci-fi, cyberpunk dreamland well worth another trip outside of Tokyo, and in our opinion the best arcade in all of Japan. Don’t Miss Out! Visit the Best Arcade in Japan Also called Anata no Warehouse or …

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Nokogiriyama, A Chance to Breathe on the Boso Peninsula

Cherry blossoms frame the Big Buddha

Living among the other 45,000,000 people on Japan’s Kanto Plain, sometimes we just get a hankering to get out and hike in the mountains and reconnect with nature. There are a few options around us and luckily we never have to travel more than an hour or two to feel like we’ve escaped the city. On a recent outing, we managed to combined two things we love most, taking a ferry ride and going for a hike in the mountains. A Day Trip to Mount Nokogiri Our day started early enough, once we realized the heavy skies from the past few days had cleared we knew we needed to get outside. It was just turning to spring and the chance …

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Attending a Japanese Baseball Game

You won’t be far into your visit to Japan before it’s obvious that baseball is the number one sport of the country. On afternoons and weekend, young boys are uniformed up and going to their local games or practices. On TV, baseball players are selling you everything from after shave lotion to automobiles, and there are stadiums in every large city. Jim and I are not really huge sports fans, but the national sport is part of the culture, so we do try to attend a game of some sort wherever we go. While we lived in Europe we attended a few World Cup Games, as well as something even more local like the Inverness Highland Games in Scotland, and …

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When is the Best Time to Visit Japan? Comparing All 4 Seasons in Japan

Japan. Exotic, futuristic, traditional. It’s on everyone’s bucket list, because it has so much to offer. The main question is, when is the best time to go to Japan? It’s a good question. Which season has the best weather? What festivals are the most interesting? What kinds of food are eaten each season? These are all great queries. And the answers? Anytime is the best time. All four seasons in Japan have their pros and cons. Summer is hot and muggy, but the festivals and fireworks are amazing. Winter is cold and snowy, but the skiing and bathing in hot tubs makes it all worthwhile! To help you plan your trip to Japan, we’ve asked travel bloggers to add to …

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A Visit to Matsumoto – Castle and Art

Matsumoto Castle with red bridge - number one thing to do in Matsumoto

On a clear, sunny day, we decided to leave our comfy living room couch to take a day trip a few hours north to see Matsumoto. We’d heard tons about this small city, especially about its famous castle. We quickly learned that you can easily spend a full day, or even a weekend, in Matsumoto. We’ve been wanting to take advantage of the warmer weather, and this town is considered a city of the arts, mainly because it is the birthplace of Yayoi Kusama. We were so ready to visit Matsumoto and her castle and art museums, a must-do while in Japan, even though we were going to have to go back for the world famous Ice Sculpture Festival in …

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The Best Accommodation and Hotels in Japan

When budgeting for travel around Japan it is imperative to think about your accommodations. Hotels in Japan run from small and cheap to sprawling and extremely expensive. Many of the hotels are just a place to spend the night, but other types of accommodations in Japan,  like capsule hotels or ryokans,  provide a full on Japanese experience, and we fully recommend you try different types of stays while you are here,  so you can get a true picture of Japanese travel culture. We’ve compiled a list of not only our favorite places to stay in this amazing country, but we’ve enlisted the help from some other travel pros as well.  We’re sure you will find the best stays for your …

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