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Dog Sledding, Snowmobiling & More! 6 Fun Hokkaido Winter Activities You Can Enjoy

Sapporo / Chitose Outdoor Activities

If you’re in Hokkaido for the winter, you’re sure to be tempted by the thought of playing in a silver wonderland! If it’s powder snow you’d like to experience, skiing or snowboarding down the snowy slopes....of course, that’s a great way to enjoy Hokkaido! But there are many Hokkaido winter activities other than the typical winter sports you can enjoy. Challenge yourself with experiences others wouldn’t normally try out in the snowy north of Japan!

Daiso: Top 5 Weirdly Useful Kitchen Goods at Japan’s Famous 100-Yen Store!

100 Yen Shops

100-yen shopping in Japan means weird and wacky gadgets, and weird and wacky gadgets on a budget means Daiso! Daiso is one of Japan’s most famous 100-yen stores (think dollar store, but cooler), and it offers a huge number of items at a range of price points, but with a focus on 100-yen steals. There are 3,376 Daiso stores in Japan, and a grand total of 5,542 worldwide (as of 2019), and they’re popular for a reason; everything is super cool and super cheap! Daiso has been around since 1977, so they know what they’re doing. Daiso has a wide selection of other items available, but with Japan having such a rich culture around food and cooking, we couldn’t resist checking out their kitchen supplies! We found plenty of options to brighten up your kitchen. These top six gadgets are unlike anything we’ve ever seen back home, and incredibly they’re all at the classic Daiso price of 100 yen! Nothing is too bulky, so you can carry all your cool new toys with you as you trek across the country, and then stuff them into your suitcase to take back home. Spice up your cooking and snack in style with these quirky yet super useful kitchen supplies!

[MOVIE] A Japanese Drum Experience at TAIKO-LAB

Shibuya Other Sightseeing

Have you always wanted to learn a traditional Japanese instrument? How about one that makes you exercise in the process? If the deep sound and rhythms of the traditional Japanese taiko drums have always spoken to you, why not try your hand at taiko drumming with a dynamic class? As I learned at TAIKO-LAB in Aoyama, taiko is more than just making sound; it’s about feeling the rhythm through your entire being!

Kyoto Guide: 5 Best Popular Sightseeing Spots to Visit Along with Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace Other Sightseeing

Nijo Castle, extremely popular among foreign visitors to Japan, is surrounded by even more fascinating places to visit. This article will introduce nearby spots you'll want to visit alongside your trip to Nijo Castle, including old, history-filled temples constructed in ancient Kyoto, buildings with great historic value, and facilities that allow you to experience Kyoto traditions. Each place is within walking distance from Nijo Castle for quick and easy side trips. Connect with Kyoto's long history and enduring culture to get an even more intimate feel for Kyoto city.

Wakayama Guide: 3 cafés with perfect ocean views to visit during your trip to Shirahama!

Kumano Kodo, Shingu, Shirahama Other Cafes and Sweets

Nanki Shirahama in Wakayama Prefecture is a tourist area noted for its superb scenery. Domestically it’s dubbed ‘Japan's Waikiki’ because of its beautiful beach. Shirarahama, noted for its white, sandy beaches, is but one of many beautiful sightseeing spots in the area. Here we will introduce some cafés that are perfect spots for taking a break while seeing the sights around Shirahama!

Packing For Your Trip: 10 Over-The-Counter Medicines To Bring To Japan

Sapporo / Chitose Pharmacies

Whenever we are preparing for a long trip, even if it’s just a vacation in a beautiful country, it always serves to be prepared. Many travelers who come to Japan have the packing and preparation down to a science when it comes to clothing, space saving tricks, and extra room for the ever-present souvenirs. There is something, though, that often slips through the cracks, even for the most experienced tourists: medicines. Here we’ll introduce a selection of the kinds of over-the-counter medicines you’ll want to bring to Japan, plus tips on what else to pack in your kit – “just-in-case”!

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