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Better Safe than Sorry: What to Do When an Earthquake Hits While You’re in Japan

Japan is globally known as “earthquake country.” The Japanese archipelago actually sits on a spot called the “Ring of Fire” where four earthquake-causing plates overlap and smush into each other, causing the country to be so prone to quakes. So what if an earthquake hits while you are in Japan? In a country as prone to earthquakes as here, you can never assume that the ground won’t shake during your stay. Let’s go over the three most important points so that you’re prepared for an actual quake: what to do during an earthquake, what to do right after an earthquake, and what to do during an evacuation.

Hotels in Odaiba: Enjoy Tokyo’s Popular Island with Fun and Fanciness!

Odaiba Hotels

Odaiba is one of Tokyo’s leading entertainment and leisure spots, attracting visitors from far and wide. It’s filled with both sights and resorts, spots such as Rainbow Bridge offer a stunning nightly scenery, theme parks and large shopping malls will make the time fly by, and a plethora of gourmet experiences await curious diners. A diverse place such as this isn’t even found in central Tokyo and the best way to make the most out of Odaiba is to actually stay right in the area. Stroll around the island without worrying about the time and you’re sure to come across sights and discoveries that aren’t featured in any guidebook. Let’s look at some of Odaiba’s most recommended hotels!

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!

Where to Stay in Odaiba: 5 Popular Hotels for Both Business and Leisure, Solo Travelers and Families!

Odaiba Hotels

Odaiba is Tokyo’s man-made island that boasts a variety of different sightseeing and entertainment spots. Of course, it’s also dotted with hotels, from luxury resort to reasonably priced places. And just like Odaiba offers many sights and a 30-minute access to the city center for solo travelers, couples, families, and people on a business trip having only a couple of hours to sightsee, the hotel variety also answers to every traveler’s needs. Let’s take a look at five particularly popular hotels in the Odaiba area to discover excellent service, heartfelt hospitability, and more!

Amazing Rice Paddy Art! Behind the scenes of a unique modern Japanese tradition

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas Other Nature

Using a whole paddy field as a canvas, planting different varieties of rice that boast all sorts of colors, from green to red, and having them grow into large artworks of anime characters or sceneries – that’s Japan’s rice paddy art of July and August! This curious art style was first started in a village called Inakadate in Aomori Prefecture and the large landscape art drew in so many people, the topic spread all across Japan and even to Korea and Taiwan. As of today, there are over 100 places doing rice paddy art! 2018 also marks the 7th anniversary of the National Rice Paddy Art Summit, held to exchange information on technology and more among paddy enthusiasts. This year, it took place in Aichi Prefecture’s Nagoya City and about 25 groups and organizations from all over Japan gather each year while rice paddy art crops up across the country. We’ll be taking a closer look at this fun art style, discovering how exactly such an artwork is made and showcasing a hot spot that's near Tokyo as well. With plenty of water and big differences in temperature between day and night, Japan is perfect for growing rice – so let’s go check out these dynamic artworks that connect centuries of history with modern ideas!

Save with The Greater Tokyo Pass: Discover More with Unlimited Train and Bus Rides for 3 Days!

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Tokyo boasts a wonderfully efficient public transport system that takes you to every sight you want to see! However, this system is made up by numerous companies that all require different tickets – sometimes, a train company even changes halfway. As convenient as Tokyo’s trains and buses are, they can get terribly confusing at times. This is especially painful if you plan on getting around a lot to discover different areas. In that case, the Greater Tokyo Pass offers you hassle-free sightseeing with unlimited rides for buses and trains in the Kanto area – starting this spring!

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