If you are somewhat familiar with Japanese history, the word “Kamakura” would remind you of the period in Japanese history between 12th and 14th century. During this period, Kamakura was the political center of Japan and where its feudal system was established. Kamakura today is one of the most popular sightseeing and weekend hot spots within a reasonable distance from Tokyo. A huge bronze statue of Buddha, a beautiful range of temples and a stunning seaside offers a great variety of options for tourism and leisure.
You can reach Kamakura either from Kamakura station or Kita-Kamakura station depending on where you would like to start your tour. Both stations are served by JR Yokosuka line and Shonan-Shinjuku line. Kamakura station, however, is bigger and Enoshima Electric Railway (Eno-den) can also be accessed from there. There is also an Information Center with English-speaking staff, located just near to the Kamakura station exit. At Kamakura station, you can also borrow a “Kikitabi
Machiya / Kyoto
Machiya café have been sprouting up in Kyoto over the last 20-30 years, but over the last 5-10 years machiya café have grown radically in number, and are now an icon of the city for the young generation of Japanese. Machiya, or traditional wooden city houses, especially the Kyoto versions, known generally as Kyo-machiya, are themselves symbols of Kyoto. The Kyo-machiya are famously narrow and long, hence the nickname of ‘eels bed’, and generally feature a cool inner garden, with koshi wooden lattices on the front, and are typically two floors in height. Sometimes they also feature roji alleyways, often decorated with stone paths or plants, which lead visitors to the entrance.
As well as embodying a sense of beauty and craftsmanship, these houses are also excellent examples of Japanese ingenuity. The lattice work on the front allows a great deal of privacy, while also allowing people on the inside a clear view of the outside. In Kyoto’s notoriously h
Exiting the JR Shibuya station you will find the Tokyo that you’ve always imagined. Exiting through the “Hachiko Exit,” the Shibuya crossing has become one of the most famous landmarks of Tokyo. This spot has become very famous worldwide even, as it portrays the bustling and vibrant life of the city.
Indeed, this is one of the spots that you must see when visiting the capital of Japan. Everyday hundreds, if not thousands of people gather around the street signs just to wait for the green light and cross the street from every direction. Indeed, just observing how quickly the streets fill with people, it will give you an idea of the vast size of the population in Tokyo and of the fast paced lifestyle that many people here lead. From salary men, to highschool students, from musicians and fashion girls, to people just looking for a fun night in the city, the Shibuya crossing has been the landmark that represents Tokyo all around the world. It is so famous that even movies such as “Lo
If you have a lengthy stay in Japan and you grow weary of the noisy, electro-town of Akiba, or if the bright and vivid outfits of Harajuku folks tire your eyes, then Sendai is the place to go. Located 300 km away from Tokyo and only 2 hours by Shinkansen (high-speed train), Sendai is an amazing place for a relaxing and enjoyable travel experience full of breathtaking landscapes, beautiful nature and narrow streets.
So what is so unique about Sendai that would encourage you to take the time to visit and to spend the money on the Shinkansen to travel there?
First of all, unlike overpopulated Tokyo, Sendai has a population of only 1 million! If you are like me coming from a country with a population of 16 million, this number probably would not stun you, but again think about it: it is 12 million less than in Tokyo! There is a much more calm and serene atmosphere and people do not rush around like crazy so you won’t feel overwhelmed by crowded streets, like you do in Tokyo. Besides
Mount Fuji is one of the most iconic symbols of Japan. You can ask anybody to tell you about the image of Japan and Fuji San will be among the first five things that they’ll mention, among other clichés such as samurai, ninjas and geishas. It is so important in the Japanese culture that it features in many pieces of art, from the traditional ukiyo-e of Katsushika Hokusai, to the distinctive technique of Yokoyama Taikan, and more modern appearances in many manga and anime, as well as TV shows, Mount Fuji is one place you have to visit during your trip to Japan.
With a height of 3776 meters, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. An active volcano that had its last eruption around the year 1708, it is located in the border between the Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, in the southwest of Tokyo. It was recently named a “World Cultural Heritage” site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); mainly because of its religious significance and
Every year around the first weekend of August, the streets of the city of Nagoya transform into an international stage for people from all around the world that dress up as their favorite manga, anime or videogame characters. The reason behind this sudden change from a gray city landscape into a colorful catwalk full of whimsy is the World Cosplay Summit, an annual event that takes place in Nagoya and some of its neighboring cities, in Aichi Prefecture.
The main goal of the World Cosplay Summit, or WCS, is to promote a friendly international exchange through Japanese pop culture; bringing together people from all corners of the globe to engage in activities related to their passion and love for this unique Japanese culture. What started as a simple, small event in which cosplayers from 4 countries (Germany, France, Italy and Japan) share their experiences of being involved in such an interesting hobby, evolved into an international championship, in which representative teams from 20
1. Sasebo Burger
Two minutes walk from Kotodai-koen Subway Station.
Open hours: Monday-Thursday: 10 am-2 am. Friday-Saturday: 10 am-4 am. Sundays and Holidays: 10 am-12 pm. Lunch time: 11 am-2 pm.
They proudly say that they serve the “best ” and you cannot really blame them for their pride in their food. Although I am not a big fan of burgers, I must say that this place definitely impressed me. With American-style décor, this place has a fun atmosphere and tasty burgers! Lunch will cost around 880 yen (dishes come with fries, salad, a soft drink and even a dessert!), but the opening hours are a bit limited. The average meal will cost around 1200 yen and it is totally worth it.
They have an assortment of different toppings and fillings for their burgers. I would personally recommend the avocado-cheese burger, which is very filling, and delicious. For those who prefer simpler burgers,