Saitama Shintoshin

Specialities Shopping - If you're looking to get some shopping done in Japan but don't want to brave the crowds, taking a small trip outside of Tokyo to...

Ikebukuro

Specialities Festivals, Shopping - Ikebukuro really has it all-in-one. This once small historical village, (literally meaning "pond bag"- classy) has grown into a shopping and anime par...

Koshigaya LakeTown

Specialities Shopping - Tokyo can be said to have many things but space probably isn't one of them. For a change of pace, check out Koshigaya LakeTown in...

Akihabara

Specialities Shopping - Akihabara isn’t called Electric Town for no reason. As soon as you step off the train, you’re bombarded with adverts for all the latest gaming...

Omotesando Shotengai

Specialities Shopping - Not to be confused with Tokyo’s upscale shopping district, Omotesando Shotengai on Miyajima is a souvenir and gourmet snack route stretching 350 meter...

Otome Road

Specialities Shopping - Interested in the 2D side of Japan? Head to Otome Road in Ikebukuro, which has anime and manga goods, voice actor CDs, doujinshi (self-published works...

Kappabashi Street

Specialities Shopping - Know those plastic food samples outside pretty much every Japanese restaurant? They were probably bought in Kappabashi: Taito ward’s home of plastic f...

Odaiba

Specialities Shopping - Odaiba is a magical wonderland of entertainment, situated on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. Not only does this location afford an unbeatable view of....

Ginza

Specialities Shopping - Paris has the Champs Elysées, London has Oxford Street and Tokyo has Ginza. After all, fancy is as fancy does and if you’re really fancy,...

Akita City

Specialities Festivals - Akita City is a charmingly small prefectural capital, with museums, parks, restaurants, shrines and temples all within comfortable walking distance. S...

Harajuku Cat Street

Specialities Shopping - Hoping to find streets overflowing with cats or cat merchandise? You’ll be sorely disappointed. But if you’re looking for a trendy neighborhood full o...

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