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Day Trips From Tokyo: 7 Famous Tourist Spots to Enjoy History & Nature in Tokyo's Suburbs

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When you started making your Tokyo travel itinerary, did you focus mostly on downtown areas like Shibuya and Shinjuku? In fact, there are many bucket list-worthy spots just around 1-2 hours outside Tokyo! These are the kinds of spots where you can dip into Japan's history and culture, plus enjoy onsen hot springs, theme parks and more. As they are quite easy to access, you don't have to worry about taking a detour. Here we'll introduce popular tourist spots in Tokyo's suburbs that are easy to reach from Tokyo and completely worth visiting.

Super Nintendo World Osaka: The world’s first Nintendo theme area at Universal Studios Japan!

USJ, Nanko Port Theme Parks

Super Nintendo World is based on the theme of Nintendo characters and their worldview. It is a collaborative effort between Japan's Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan and open to the world. The opening of Super Nintendo World is a long-awaited event, so in this article, we will give you the latest information about this new area.

Purikura: Change Yourself Up with Photo Booth Fun!


You simply cannot take a trip to Japan without trying one of the mega-popular sticker photo booths known as purikura! For just a few hundred yen and a few minutes, you can take home a souvenir that is as fun to make as it is to share. Purikura isn’t just about the final photos, but about the experience and fun of posing and decoration. This is not your average photo booth! LIVE JAPAN took a visit to the purikura area of the Taito Station game center in Shinjuku to try purikura for ourselves and to take you through the process step by step!

Kobe Outlet Shopping: Outlet Park Marine PIA Kobe (+Bonus Tips for Discounts!)

Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano Outlet Malls

Want to go shopping and sightseeing at the same time? Head to Mitsui Outlet Park Marine PIA Kobe! This Kobe outlet is located near the world’s longest suspension bridge, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and has around 140 stores. The facility opened in 1999 and created to have an image of a cheerful port town of southern Europe with an open feeling. The mall has restaurants with great views and an observation space where you can feel like you are at a resort while shopping with great discounts. For foreign visitors, there is even a discount coupon. ・Jump to discount guide

'It Might Look Tasty But...' The Weird Ways Japanese Sweets Surprised Foreigners

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In February, with Valentine’s Day, you will have many more opportunities to see even more sweets around the city. What do foreigners coming to Japan think of such Japanese sweets? Today we will look at what shocked foreigners when it comes to Japanese sweets, collecting answers from several previously published articles. (The following reflects the opinion of the interviewees only.)

Visiting Kyoto in Summer 2020: Ultimate Guide to Kyoto Weather and What To Pack!

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Summer

Kyoto in summer is a popular time for people to visit Japan's cultural capital. However, the heat and humidity in summer are intense. Kyoto, which is a quite large prefecture, has a different climate depending on the area. Therefore, a local writer will describe the typical temperatures in June, July and August, the clothes you should wear, and what you may find useful. To play it safe, because there can be unexpected weather changes, you should check the latest information on the weather forecast site immediately before you depart for this area.

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