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One Day in Chiba: Featured Sites

Kidding aside, with all these excellent guide books and travel guide magazines available in Japan (iPhone app, pdfs), there’s definitely a reader who’s got the hardest job in the entire world! (Just ask the San Francisco Apple Store.)

So to share in the crowds and avoid the crowds, and out of boredom, we decided to wander through the area of Japan in Tokyo. (Now do we need a map?)

If you’re in Tokyo, you’re bound to have a place to visit, or at least a place to stop for some respite. Chiba to be specific. This was a big inspiration for us in the last part of the year as we planned our trips for the holidays, so we thought we’d share our visits below.

Chiba Bus Station – Particularly exciting was when we discovered the multi-level glass doors onto one of the new sky train stations.

Emi Garden – It’s important to take a break at least once in a while. We can’t believe that there’s not already a booth like this in every mall (perhaps Japan needs to export the retail revolution to Europe?). Chiba has plenty of on-site attractions for all ages, including art galleries, cinemas, and indoor/outdoor dining options.

Chiba Arena – If you like baseball, there’s no better way to spend a day in Chiba than taking the subway to the stadium and watching a game. There’s also professional singing exhibitions, a 9,000-seat stadium, and plenty of shops and restaurants for you to shop and eat.

Enchanted Forest – One of the most spectacular, albeit creepy, experiences we have (in fact, I’d say it’s our number one site on every trip).

The glass of the Ryogoku Sky Harbor Hotel (aka The Glass Mill), Shibuya has a great assortment of restaurants for all tastes, with the views if a view of Tokyo is what you’re after.

Namita Green Hill – Although it may seem like an unremarkable street to the outside observer, this is an incredible compound of towers with a children’s play park, park benches, restaurants, and private meeting rooms.

Chiba World Museum – It may be strange for some outsiders to travel to Japan to see Takahashi, but for locals it’s an ingrained part of being a Japanese person. This place has everything you could think of from views of Tokyo to a little quiz and museum. It also has several area museums but not one traditional one like Hokusai’s Hayao Miyazaki.

There are hundreds of experiences to be found in Chiba. We’re not here to beat all the parks, aquariums, museums, and attractions you can have, but if you want to spend a few days in this area, we think you will have an unforgettable visit. (And a great palate cleanser, we’re sure!)

Read more about our trip here.

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Eastern Kyushu dairy, ‘MHIJEMU’: Managing sustainability through food production

Into Eastern Kyushu’s Oyama district food is not just elevated izakaya, but also freshly roasted soybeans and freshly sliced sausages. Food also serves as a driving force for the nascent sustainable farming initiative. Successes and challenges from the region show that, if done carefully, small scale agribusinesses can integrate their farming strategy to control all inputs including soya bean and greenhouse gases.

Transportation for food from Eastern Kyushu requires a biological artistry. Otherwise, there would be no chance of keeping food fresh. This artistry takes several forms, the most reliable being Chinese steamed bean curd. Other techniques, such as fermented soya bean paste; fermented plum; soya bean paste with water; and fermented oysters are also used. Because of their long shelf-life, mainland Chinese used to take such preserves with them when they visited Japan in the past, and now they still serve such Japanese foods to East Coast coastal tour groups.

Over recent decades, more and more are realising that the best shopping cannot be found at the supermarket. The reason is because of inadequate refrigeration and cold storage facilities. Whole grains cannot be kept overnight. These grains will perish, no matter how ingenious the methods of preservation may be.

In the beginning, Iwawara Hachikyo Mitsuda (HHM, or MHH, as Hokkaido’s 2nd largest department store is known) was a combination of its investors. In 1953, one particular investor, Shigeru Ehara, a Japanese trader, was dissatisfied with the practice of using plain rice for cooking purposes. He believed that only the best grain could be used, and he started to invest in barley, rye, and hay for his own grocery store in order to display the best quality of grain. While foreign grain from the US became popular in Iwawara, local rice remained undistinguished.

In 1952, MHH began to make investment in Nagasaki and northern Kyushu in order to ensure that it could ship milk products directly to Hokkaido. Hamburger, salad, salad dressing, butter, pickles, tea, whiskey, and cannabis (high value items) were the products first imported by MHH.

The MHH store then relocated to Yokohama, But for the past 30 years, MHH has maintained a warehouse in Oyama, which serves as a kind of information and research centre for its mixed formats. Currently, MHH owns over 20,000 barns that produce good quality agricultural products. Since MHH has to ensure that its profits survive market risks, it is committed to making sure that such returns secure suppliers and retailers.

HTMI’s farm-to-table restaurant at MHH is currently the only stable setup in the area of Oyama. Everything including vegetables, meat, rice, tofu, meat tenderizers, bird’s nest, and soya beans, are prepared on the site using MHH’s own procurement service. The dishes come with a soybean spread made with soy beans imported from Africa, and SBIF rice (agricultural cheese) grown on MHH’s farm in Oyama.

These are several examples of the business process now emerging in Eastern Kyushu. For culinary tourism, it is indeed important to pick your spots wisely.

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Best Daytrip Destinations in Japan from Kyoto

Yuka Tokushima Seiji is in Tokyo, Japan and found the Best Day Trip Destinations from Kyoto for 2019.

«Narita Airport, Osaka Airport, Nagoya Airport, Toyko Station, Nagoya Station, Kyoto Station, Keihin-tokyo Station, Kobe Station, Osaka-sokyo Station, Nagoya-sokyo Station. Wakatobi Station also! But I’m not a huge big fan of trains or trucks. »

A number of times I have been the victim of US Rail at the train station or rental car rental places. They rent cars using microcontroller instructions that have been taken to computers and the computers fail. Instead of just asking you, “Nagoya station please ….,” they tell you their instructions. Maybe this time people won’t be so careless if they won’t get on with their work.

And then there’s the traffic in those places. But how many minutes do you really need to reach any of these places? The trains take about thirty-five minutes and the airport and train stations are right next to each other. A quick taxi ride costs several dollars and there are few new taxis coming to those cities. Of course, this is all assuming people don’t drive there and that people don’t just pass up cars with a lot of free parking. If you do decide to take the train, don’t allow anyone else to get on the same one before you do.

Not to mention the cost. For only the 10 percent that costs 100 yen to talk, eighty-five percent of the ticket was the train. I do understand that if it’s the same day as your ticket, then it’s the best at that price. It’s not, though. Even with two people a year have only three seats for the price of a cheap car hire. That costs you more than $100 in 2020.

If you take the train, you are staying in trains. Restaurants, hotels, tourist areas, shops and service stations are all in the train station. To get a taxi, do not have any of these people around you to wave. And do not pay for your service, because you can take it home for less money.

There were a lot of company and school trips, this was also a ton of work for the company. So we just did what a lot of us did every day: We saw a lot of people we didn’t know. No trouble at all.

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Top luxury hotel in Tokyo. In Ueno City

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These scenic locations are for all kinds of travellers. In July and August there were high temperatures with humidity on the islands of Chuo-kiso and Yamaguchi-ken, but elsewhere the clouds gather around the mountains at the distance. This is because the weather is so cold and frosty there. Most people dislike such cold places and still flock to the sunshine of Tokyo.

The Sakura Hotels have a great location inside the heart of Tokyo, in the area of Ueno City. The Ueno Park is a glorious place to be. The falls in the park enjoy international attention, thanks to their lovely reflections in the lovely azure water. Ueno is not just the park. Some hotels here have patios beside the park. These include the Sakura Hotels Koike-kan, Sakura Hotels Kamisami, Sakura Hotels Matsushima and the recently opened Sakura Hotels Cohozan. It is a refreshing place to spend the whole day as nature never sleeps. In this park there are many interesting activities.

MATCHA specializes in luxury resorts with inviting hot springs, gardens and extensive beautiful scenery. The Sakura Hotels have the best and largest gardens and patios in Tokyo. You can admire flowers and shrubs, then when they come to life enjoy a walk and visit the fantastic gardens. For more information see .

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WOW Travel! 10 Japan Travel Tips for the Holidays

Our Day & Night Visit To Tokyo | December 25, 2018

Tokyo is the most talked about city in the world today. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is beloved and hosts every single event that has received massive reactions and “trending” worldwide. Make sure you do your homework before you make your upcoming trip! Find a movie set in Tokyo, catch a manga convention, and practice performing Japanese at an AKB48 singing competition! Take time out of your hectic schedule to live in Japan!

Our Day & Night Visit To Tokyo

Tokyo is the most talked about city in the world today. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is beloved and hosts every single event that has received massive reactions and “trending” worldwide. Find a movie set in Tokyo, catch a manga convention, and practice performing Japanese at an AKB48 singing competition! Take time out of your hectic schedule to live in Japan! for more information about Tokyo’s theater festivals:

Tokyo Okauchi

Tokyo Ichi Mikenjin

Tokyo Seika

Tokyo Tipu​

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March 2018

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Kyoto’s Red Bean Desserts: 3 Cafes Where You Can Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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While the term “yakitori” (a fried chicken skewers dish served with dipping sauces) may be associated to Thailand, the cuisine, and the street-side eateries serving it, are also known around the world as “kanpai.”

Tucked away from the downtown culture near bustling Shibuya Line Station, at the Red Bean Corner Café in Roppongi District, three teams work to each take a smaller part of the small, round, deep-fried chicken skewers and turn them into deep-fried ice cream cones.

The red bean sauce sauce, which is made in-house, is a popular sauce among diners and was recently added to a select section of the menu. The kato-yaki balls, also made in-house, are wrapped in the red bean sauce and are dipped in the same sauce before being cut and dipped in sweet, sticky red bean pudding.

Shibuya Shout Out at Kazushige’s Nue: Kazushige’s Nue, run by Kazushi Nagayoshi, offers many renditions of the red bean dessert, although the one we ordered had to be small and served by an assistant.

Upon entering the café, we were greeted by two male employees in traditional miyushi kabuki attire who assisted us in the ordering process.

We decided to take all three courses of the meals to share with a friend, as we had so much fun. The three courses, called Nue, were served in a large plate.

One nue item was two fried red bean rolls filled with red bean filling accompanied by red bean ice cream. The other nue was a combination plate consisting of the fried rice dish, dashi ramen, and “red bean ice cream,” which consisted of three big red bean balls covered in a sauce made with red bean sauce.

And finally, there was the red bean pudding dessert. The pudding was served warm and complemented by a bright red bean sauce and a dab of sticky red bean pudding that was served on top of it.

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Pilgrimage to Unearthed Memories

Hanashi, Kyoto! A 2-Night Stay

The all-inclusive 10 day tour is highly recommended by the Accomodation Network Travel. This is not your run of the mill longer-haul Thailand tour. Look out for the Japanese characteristics that should set it apart. The Samurai Days tour with Kintetsu Airlines last summer!

Travel Dates

Jan 8th-16th

Departure: Kintetsu Airlines Hiroshima Japan (30 miles short of Hiroshima)

Beginning: Hanashi

Stopover: Tokyo(TTokyo Air Terminal)

Main Destination: Kyoto (Japan’s most peaceful city)

Duration: 14 days

Departure: Hanashi, Japan

Duration: 14 days

Price: USD 64

Berlin (Ruhr) – Taking You to the Heart of Westphalia

This latest in the collection of soul train comes from the Malftire Berlin-JFK-Seattle – Seattle – Kanagawa Route, and tells the story of two torn people going west – Berlin for Kleine Ruhr heritage, and the poets wanting to remain in Japan in this re-incarnation of modern Japan. The tour takes you through the town of Passau, the old woods (hot springs and more) and nearly the Alps, all based on the Biblical journey of Adam and Eve – and meadows, snow and other simple and peaceful things.

Travel Dates

Nov 1st – 3rd

Departure: Tour 1

Starting: Dresden (48 miles southeast of Hanhashi)

Stopover: Dresden

Main Destination: Hanhashi

Duration: 12 days

Departure: Dresden

Duration: 12 days

Price: USD 60

Tokyo (Tsushima) – Reading ‘Melancholia’

Here in Japan the streets of Tokyo are lined with hundreds of sushi bars catering to every nationality and taste. If you’re looking for something different from your meals you can take off for Tsushima just north of the Imperial palace. This trip focuses on the traditional rituals of Tsushima as it celebrates its 275th anniversary. Book a night at the unusual, 178-room -thought still nursing a glass of iced herbal sake – Metodo Tokyo.

Travel Dates

Feb 8th-10th

Departure: Tsushima

Starting: Traisiki – Andaman Express – Tsushima

Mar 5th-7th

Departure: Andaman Express

Starting: Tsushima, near Miyajima

Mar 7th-9th

Departure: Andaman Express

Mar 9th-10th

Mar 10th-11th

Start: Tsushima, near Miyajima

Departure: Traisiki

Mar 12th-15th

Mar 15th-16th

Svetlanova – Tatyana and ‘A Letter to Tatyana’

Think A Letters to Tatyana, this is the one where the Soviet poet asks Tatyana Borodina to continue her letters – until she was beaten to death by a man who refused to come home. The last part of this journey will close with Tatyana Borodina in the Kremlin Archive, the creaky, tiny museum at the end of a short, 8-foot walkway. The library that holds her correspondence is also at the end of the walkway, just below the government archives, in an annex. Now a private museum there are still copies of these letters everywhere.

Intermediate reader: 1.1/20 small>guide to Tsushima City. 1.5/20 medium>guide to Moscow City. 1.9/20 large>guide to Moscow Kremlin. 2.0/20 medium>guide to Russia. 1.4/20 large>guide to Japan. 4.1/20 guide to Japan. 1.0/20 medium>guide to Japan. 2.0/20 large>guide to China.

Accommodation: You’ll stay in traditional cottages, like at Farachikyu where owners are bearing down on generations of old Yashicayo (Japanese Yomisen) history. At

Nishisa they want to keep the pool after it has been neglected for 30 years and become part of a cultural sculpture in the plaza that honors a patron of the cloth.

Every location is backed by its own tour guide.

Visit Makishima Ruins on the second day of this trip.

The location is in 1km of rice fields on the rocky beaches of Lagimodiere, famed as one of the early Buddhist gardens in the Chinese city of Cangzhou. The view is simply breathtaking. If you don’t feel as if you want to take a rest, after a swim you can make a royal kaiseki (ste

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Tokyo Fireworks Festival: Spirited New Year’s eve

December 25, 2019, Tokyu Hotel on Mr. Ichirou (in Tsukiji National Park), Sakura and Motomachi Streets 3.5 minutes.

Tokyo may be called Japan’s “City of Fire,” with a long history of constant fire suppression. Of course, this heightened awareness for fire and the responsibility that goes with this fuels the spirit of striving to enjoy better air quality and a cleaner environment. This spirit is still present at our events, such as Tokyo Fireworks Festival (, Tokyo Times Fireworks Festival ( and Tsukiji New Year’s Fireworks Festival (

Traditionally, celebrating the New Year has meant a new year’s wish. The Japanese do not have a Catholic belief in New Year’s Day, though New Year’s is a prominent date in Japanese culture. Instead, many people take the opportunity to renew their blessings for the year ahead.

This year, we’re observing New Year’s celebrations with a summer-style party with friends, families and colleagues. Starting at 7 p.m., there will be a five-minute fireworks display set to music by the Tokyo New Year’s Fireworks Orchestra from the AOH Aide Personuwa No Mori Square on Okatsuka Rainbow Bridge on Tokyo’s Hanamisui Sekiya (Northwest Ward) and an estimated 1,500 kilowatts of stage lighting from Wataru Ballroom in the Marunouchi Sea Bazaar. Show times are 1:30 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 6:40 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.

The festive mood will continue for several more hours with the TEFAF Matsuri (New Year’s Festival of Culture) along Obon (the Japanese Buddhist and Shinto calendar day of Jan. 1) river during which family members can observe the tradition of enjoying rice balls to send greeting cards to their friends. There is plenty to do and see throughout the festival, including a traditional variety show.

Food is another key part of the New Year and festivities. One of the most requested main dishes from food stalls was “machi imu” (fish soup), from the Shizuoka town of Okuma. The dish is full of important Japanese traditions, including “nimanji shruf,” meaning the blowing of a conch shell in Japanese Buddhist tradition. These traditionical items symbolize asking for luck for the year ahead and wishing for a good harvest, as well as the requests of nature and nature’s various gifts, including fish.

Those who are of Japanese descent appreciate “kusatsu” (fishball soup), which is made from the humble fish of the bay, and the delicious, crispy “mujirake” (spicy seaweed), which contains serious nutritional benefits. For Chinese New Year, “moi moi” (golden pork) combines spicy and tender meat. Fish balls and rice are staples to most Japanese house-served meals, and some foods related to or celebrating New Year are also available.

In terms of what to keep in mind, starting with the celebration, the most important thing during New Year’s is enjoying life with friends and family, celebrating with spirit of New Year’s Eve, learning to protect the environment and seeing the many streams, parks and places throughout the year.

In addition to the Tokyo Fireworks Festival, traditional dance performances will be held at the museum across from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Downtown Tokyo on Nov. 29. The program runs every 15 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. for 90 minutes from 7 p.m. for 90 minutes. To attend, register at (JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE) by the 25th.

• Sirene Sakai, Japan Travel Agency, ★★☆☆☆, is a writer for The Japan Travel Blog (, Tokyo’s official travel magazine. She lives in a 2,400 square-foot apartment near Motomachi Street (at Chihiro Station) in the Yokohama Tachibana-Junko-Chikamatsu District, just a 15-minute walk from their office.

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This leisure magazine gives you choice topics on dealing with everyday Japanese. If you have a leisure type of readership, this is the magazine that you would want to have with you.

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After the Trip Is Over…

By Community Connect

It’s all about being at the right place at the right time, but what if it didn’t happen through luck or coincidence? The key to this game is showing up at the right venue at the right time, and it’s easier said than done. However, now it can be achieved. And that’s why this is a very exciting new adventure…

The preparation and preparation before committing your time, money, and/or blood supply for an adventure can really be intense. Most of us already have way too much on our schedules to do, or we don’t want to do too much, or maybe we just simply can’t muster up the energy for it. Even if the world is not ending, having to go to Tokyo is really heavy work. Actually, the trip wouldn’t even be worth it unless the trip isn’t worth it.

As an example, it would be in your best interest to at least make a reconnaissance visit to Tokyo before booking your ticket. If this were done, you could easily decide beforehand what spots you’d like to go. In doing so, you can also come up with an effective plan for your stay and activities. Whatever the case, having better planning before planning your trip is definitely worth your effort. Don’t just do it because you’re going to do it, do it because it’s important for your health and happiness.

If your idea of traveling is about meeting interesting people and looking at all the cool things on display in Tokyo, then setting up home in the city of Kyoto is an ideal place to do all that. However, without a more specific purpose, you could also just show up with whatever you’re going to bring with you.

So, setting up base in the heart of Kyoto can be a short and hassle-free way to get to know the locals and get a feel for the city while enjoying your leisure time. At the same time, your solo stay at the Oriental Hotel Kyoto Rokujo should provide many options for stimulating activities that are both fun and memorable. The lodging here is also not as crowded as those close to the city center and feels like the perfect place to blend with nature. Plus, there’s a modern vibe to the place that will make you feel like you’re part of a well-edited Japanese classic.

After finishing up the preparation process, but before you decide to lay down your weight, whatever you decide to pack for your trip, be sure to pack a good amount of time, money, and blood (i.e., that there’s no way you’re going to miss out on learning about Japanese culture, seeing the sights, or experiencing the enthusiasm of the people that live here).

With that said, if your idea of traveling is making your own adventures and experiencing new places at your own pace, this is definitely the place to stay. It’s perfect for those looking to experience an enchanting trip at their own pace. It’s also perfect for those who like to travel alone, minus the hassle and stress of a family trip.