Capcom Bar

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If you are a fan of videogames, the Capcom Bar is an experience that you can’t miss!!!

Born from the collaboration of CAPCOM and Pasera Resort, comes this new concept in entertainment, in which the world of gaming is combined with a themed bar, in a customised lounge specially designed for you to have a great time with your friends.


The idea behind the Capcom Bar is to create a new space in which customers have a complete experience, in an environment in which they can play their favorite games, whilst enjoying themed drinks and dishes, specially created at the more popular franchises of Capcom. The menu is based on at least seven games (Sengoku Basara, Monster Hunter, Resident Evil, Phoenix Wright, Street Fighter, Okami and Dragon’s Dogma) that can rotate with others depending on the season. This way, you can find drinks such as the C-Virus Vaccine, from Resident Evil (Biohazard), which is served in a syringe, accompanied by an ice brain, which makes you feel a

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Kawaguchi Lake

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Mount Fuji, Japan’s national symbol, was registered as UNESCO’s world heritage site on June 26, 2013 for its spiritual and cultural importance, making Japanese people and the media get more excited about the Mountain itself and tourist spots around Mount Fuji in Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. Aside from the aim of reviving local businesses and tourism, the UNESCO registration has also raised the awareness of Mount Fuji’s environment and hikers’ safety. As Fuji’s climbing season, which is usually in September, has already ended, this article will introduce you to the beautiful autumn scenery around Kawaguchi Lake, a place where you can do several activities while enjoying Mount Fuji view.


Kawaguchi Lake or Kawaguchiko (河口湖) is the biggest lake among the five lakes around Mount Fuji. It is famous for the reflection of Mount Fuji upon the lake water, as well as many activities in gardens and museums all year round. The season of Kawaguchi lake autumn leaves starts from N

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Tokyo Game Show

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Nowadays, there are few people who have never played videogames before. We all know the famous and iconic characters such as Mario, Sonic, Megaman, Lara Croft, Master Chief and so on. Videogames became an important part of modern pop culture, to the extent that they have inspired new music genres, such as chiptune, or blockbuster movies, such as Tron. Japan has played a central role in developing the industry, as the country has many of the biggest and most significant gaming companies; an audience eager to consume them; and, in general, a society that has completely incorporated them into their daily life. In Japan game stations (arcades) are still very popular and attract people of all ages, with products for a range of audiences, from “hardcore gamers” to occasional ones, all come to hang out and have a good time.


That is why it’s no surprise that one of biggest video game events takes place in Japan, on the outskirts of Tokyo. The Tokyo Game Show, also known as TGS, is

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Located at the foot of the wooded mountains to the north west of Kyoto, Koetsuji and Genkoan temples offer visitors a fantastic mix of architecture, culture and nature sightseeing. The mountains to the north of the two temples are known as Kitayama (the north mountains), home to the famous Kitayama pine. The area also has a wonderful collection of maple trees, making it a perfect destination for enjoying the autumn foliage, which is usually at its best in November and early December.


Koetsuji is the former home of Honami Koetsu (17th century), the leader of one of Kyoto’s most influential art movements, the Rinpa school. This school drew on older Japanese motifs and images, tended to be highly decorative, and heaving based on the changing seasons and nature. Like the Renaissance men, many artists of the period were skilled at a number of different arts, and Koetsu, who was a master of calligraphy, lacquer, ceramics, and tea, was no exception t

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The presence of Zen temples and various Zen sect headquarters throughout much of Kyoto is almost enough to warrant labelling Kyoto the city of Zen. Amongst these numerous temples of national fame and great historical and cultural importance, two Zen temple complexes, that of Daitokuji and Myoshinji, provide the city with mini-Zen villages. Both of these temple complexes and their car-free maze-like cobbled paths and beautifully manicured gardens, are well worth spending a few hours. Here I will introduce Myoshinji, and one of the 46 temples in its compound, Taizo-in.


Myoshinji was established on the grounds of the Imperial Villa of the 14th century emperor, emperor Hanazono. This became the headquarters of the Myoshinji Rinzai Zen, one of the fourteen branches of Rinzai Zen. Along with Soto and Obaku Zen, Rinzai Zen is one of the three major Zen denominations in Japan, with Soto and Rinzai being the most influential in the west. It is difficult to pinpoint the esse

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Autumn is one of the best times to visit Kyoto, and for anyone visiting during the maple-leaf season of November-December, there is one place that I always recommend for a day’s exploration: Saga-Arashiyama.



The primary tourist attractions of Arashiyama (meaning ‘Storm mountain’) is Tenryuji temple. Tenryuji is a World Heritage listed Zen temple with a fantastic garden and the scenery of the surrounding mountains in the background. However, there are often far too many visitors in the peak season- so go there early in the day if you plan to visit. The area between Tenryuji and the beautiful Togetsukyo bridge (‘Moon-crossing’ bridge) can also be too crowded during the peak seasons of Spring (March-April) and Autumn (October-December). Still, in a way that is typical of most tourist areas in Kyoto, just a short distance away from the central sightseeing area are some amazing hidden treasures. The path on the other side of the Togetsukyo bridge which follows the Kat

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Koyasan was founded by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), a man considered something of a saint across Japan for his contribution to religion, and a genius for his artistic nature, engineering and other accomplishments. He is without a doubt one of the most influential people in Japan’s religious and cultural history, and is also a central figure in the history of Kyoto.



Kobo Daishi founded Koyasan in 806 after spending 2 years learning about Buddhism in Chang-an, the capital of T’ang China at the time, and a city that became the very model for the design of Kyoto. In this short time, Kobo Daishi mastered the teachings of orthodox Esoteric Buddhism, and became the 8th patriarch of this sect before bringing these teachings to Japan.



As Kyoto was the capital of Japan at the time (it had been from 794), Kobo Daishi brought these teachings back to the city, where he set up his temple and the Shingon sect in the city’s mountains (current Jingoji

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Stretching almost 100 km from Kyoto city to the Sea of Japan is a forested mountain range dotted with quaint villages and farms. These mountains provide the people of Kyoto with a plethora of hiking trails and places to explore, but apart from the towns of Kibune, Kurama and Ohara, to the immediate north of Kyoto, the vast majority of this area is not often visited by foreign tourists. Amongst other things, the area is known for the Saba kaido (‘mackerel highway’), which was used in old times for the transportation of salted mackerel to Kyoto, as well as its wealth of vegetables and game meats.


As for sightseeing, however, the highlight of this area has to be the Miyama-cho area, amongst which Kitamura village and its kayabuki (thatched houses) is the primary attraction. While there is no accommodation in Kitamura (North Village) that is easily reserved in English, the lovely Miyama Heimat Youth Hostel makes an enjoyable stay in this area easy.



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Maruyama Park

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At the centre of Kyoto’s Higashiyama’s tourist sites, which extend all the way to and beyond Shugakuin Imperial Villa north of Tofukuji temple (which is in the south), you can find Maruyama park, one of the most loved parks of Kyoto by both locals and tourists alike. It is especially worth visiting in spring, when its famous cherry trees are in blossom (usually late March to early April).

Maruyama park is an excellent place to get a glimpse of Kyoto gardens on a larger scale, and a fantastic space to take a rest after a hard days walk through some of Kyoto’s most well-known sightseeing spots. On its north side is Chion-in, one of Kyoto’s largest and most impressive temples (it also has one of the largest gates and bells in Japan- all of which are free to visit), to the south is another famous temple, Kodai-ji, and further on from this is Kiyomizu temple, and to the west side (going downhill) is one of Kyoto’s most important shrines, Yasuka shrine, and the geisha area of Gion

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Hozugawa River Boat Ride

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Kyoto is a city surrounded by mountains, and from these mountains a number of rivers and streams flow, bringing water through the city. Currently the area around these rivers, primarily Kamogawa and Katsura, serve as a vital park and relaxation space for residents. In the past, however, they were important routes for transporting goods, especially timber, into the city. For hundreds of years, the boats of the Hozugawa river served such a function, though rather than lumber, today they annually take thousands of tourists on a scenic and thrilling ride through the mountains and forests and into the city.

Hozugawa River Boat Ride

The Hozugawa tourist boat rides have been running for more than 100 years, and are one of the best ways to experience Kyoto’s surrounding nature and escape the crowds for a few hours. It is especially recommended for people who are not physically able to hike through the mountains.

The boat ride starts in the outskirts of Kameoka,

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