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Japanese Summer Festivals: Picturesque but Full of Surprises for Foreigners!

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A special feature of summer in Japan are festivals (omatsuri). In recent years you can find more foreigners visiting large scale festivals held around the country and local festivals held at temples and shrines. It is a perfect place to feel and experience Japanese culture. We asked foreigners living in Japan what surprised them in Japanese summer festivals. Growing up in Japan, summer festivals are the norm, but to foreigners, they're full of surprises. (The following are personal opinions of people who reviewed our interview.)

Ghibli Fans Rejoice! Plans Announced for Ghibli Park in Aichi Prefecture 2022!

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The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka is always a top spot for tourists in Tokyo, and is pretty much always booked out way in advance. The museum makes for a great day out, but wouldn’t it be great to truly immerse yourself in the world of Ghibli? Well, fans around the world can rejoice, because Ghibli has announced a huge park set to open in 2022!

Say Hello to Kitty and Friends at Tokyo’s Cutest Train Station!

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You won’t find a train station more adorable than this one! The Keio railway company recently unveiled a new look for their Tama-Center Station, featuring some of Sanrio’s most popular characters, including none other than Hello Kitty. From the ticket gates to the station platform, and even a special limited train, I found some of Japan’s cutest characters in the most unexpected places!

Hokkaido Travel Guide: Top 5 Must-See Places in Otaru!

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Japan's northern island of Hokkaido was fully pioneered only around 150 years ago! Otaru, one of the leading port cities of Hokkaido, holds much of that history. The Otaru Canal in the port and the surrounding stone warehouses have much to tell of the city’s proud form of long ago, which paved the way to prosperity beyond Sapporo and the cultivation of Hokkaido. There are many historical buildings that still stand around the Otaru Canal from 100 years ago, which provide a nostalgic atmosphere that you can enjoy as you walk around. Here are some of the best places to check out during your visit.

Japan Culture Shock: What're the Least Popular Street Foods Amongst Foreign Visitors?

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It’s the height of summer! With so many fireworks events and festivals lined up, one thing you definitely can’t miss out on is street food gourmet! Recently, the variety of street food available has increased considerably, and the menus available have likewise increased as well. With such a wide variation in the types of street food available, which ones are most popular amongst foreign visitors? This time, we asked foreigners from six different countries staying in Japan about their favourite and least favourite street food gourmet foods and sweets!

How to Save Money with Japan's Amazing Rail Passes!

Japan is such an amazing destination for tourists that companies do their best to make it as easy to travel around as possible, and at an astonishingly low price. These tickets aren’t exactly a secret, but for many people around the world these kinds of tickets simply don’t exist in their countries, so it’s a bit hard to even imagine that they exist! They make travelling around Tokyo very cheap, and offer stupendous value for money for travelling around the Kanto region and around east Japan. For any savvy traveler they are tickets which are an important tool for making the most of any trip to this beautiful country. Today we will introduce four different train tickets which JR East, Japan’s largest train company offers. No tourist should be without!

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