Tokyo is a place full of surprises and the increasing number and variety of animal and pet cafes that have been cropping up, will not fail to interest animal lovers. Even if you’re not an animal lover per say, a visit to a Japanese pet themed café is a unique experience not to be missed!
Penguin bar is the only place in Tokyo, where you can enjoy drinking and eating in the company of penguins. The penguins are at the far end of the room behind the glass in a mid-size aquarium. If you are lucky and your visit overlaps the penguins’ meal time, you might get the chance to feed them. The Interior of the café is all penguin themed starting with hand towels (oshibori – A traditional Japanese towel used to clean the hands before eating) to the water pitchers. As a bar, it offers a variety of drinks, and has a good selection of alcoholic beverages. Penguin themed food and desserts are also available. With only a few tables and bar seats, this place can only fit a limited number o
What is Robot restaurant?
The name of this restaurant might be misleading as it’s not quite a restaurant and it’s not entirely robot themed, although it does feature robots. There are several drinks you can choose from and a 1000 yen traditional Japanese bento (lunch box). However, a trip to Robot Restaurant is more about the unique entertainment, than about the food, as during your visit, you’ll see a performance including live music, dancers, a robot fight and more, all in a backdrop of colours and lights galore. A visit to Robot restaurant will surely be one of the highlights of your Tokyo experience.
Why to go there?
The performance is dynamic, crazy and rather spectacular. Even the waiting room (Rainbow Lounge) where everyone gathers before the show, has 12,000 bulbs on the walls and claims to “put even Las Vegas to shame”.
Ashikaga Flower Park
Would you like to visit a place listed in the 2014 dream vacation wish-list by CNN? Do you want to see almost 150-year-old Wisteria, which has been described as “almost identical to Avatar’s spiritual Tree of Souls” ? If you enjoy feeling at one with nature, then Ashikaga Flower Park is definitely the place for you.
It is open year-round and depending on the season, there are 8 distinct flower seasons a year in the park.
1) To see Pheasant’s eye, Christmas rose and Winter Clematis blooming, the Spring season is recommended, which lasts from early January to late February
2) For Tulips, Crocus and Thunberg’s meadowsweet, come to the Spring Flower Festival from early March to mid-April
3) For Japanese Wisteria, Azalea and Peony, then visit during Wisteria Story season from mid April to mid May
4) Rainbow Garden season is for people, who enjoy Roses, Rhododendrons and Clematis. It is from mid May to early June
5) At Blue and
Kyoto International Anime and Manga Fair
Kyoto is a city known for its strong connections with Japanese traditional culture. It used to be the imperial capital of Japan and even today, it still preserves its cultural and economic importance. The efforts of the city to keep and protect its traditional culture and architecture, can be exhibited throughout the city, making it one of the favorite destinations among foreign and national tourists.
Kyoto has also succeeded in connecting Japan’s traditional culture, to its emerging modern culture. The Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair (Kyomaf), is an event that combines Japan’s present, past and future. The grounds of the Miyakomese and the Heian Jingu Shrine provide the perfect background for this event, and gives visitors the chance to enjoy their favorite Anime or Manga within a Japanese setting. The shrine works as the perfect stage for the cosplayers to display their talent, and is a great setting for photo shoots.
Recommended places in Kagoshima
Green Guest House
Without a doubt, the best place to stay in Kagoshima is the Green Guest House. It has a very convenient location, no further than a 10 minute walk from Tenmonkan and only 5 minutes away from Dolphin Port and the ports where the ferries depart, towards Sakurajima and Yakushima. Additionally, GGH has a policy to support travelers, therefore they will always lend a hand to people visiting Kagoshima, by recommending places to visit, helping to plan a trip or even assisting with making reservations of tickets and accommodation for travelers that cannot speak the Japanese language.
The facilities of GGH are extremely clean, with available options for every budget and taste. If you are on a budget and you don’t mind sharing a room, you can pay 1,800 Yen for a night at one of the split (male and female) dormitories or 2,300 to stay in a “capsule” in the mixed dormitory. If you want to have a little bit mo
Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, the northern island and second largest island of Japan. In 1857, Sapporo’s population consisted of just 7 people; today, it has become the fifth largest city of Japan, with a population around 2 million. The development of Sapporo began in the Meiji period, after Hokkaido was officially recognized as Japanese territory, and the authorities decided to make Sapporo the administrative center of the island. Due to the fact that it is a relatively new city, Sapporo is characterized for having a modern architecture, lacking the traditional Japanese style. However, this does not mean that it doesn’t have a long history. Its name comes from the Ainu language, an ethnic group aborigin of Hokkaido, and means “important river that flows among a plain.” In 1972, Sapporo became a worldwide famous travel destination after hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics, and even today, it still is the host of many international sporting events, which has
Tokyo International Film Festival
If there is one city that can be considered the “Cultural Capital” of Asia, it’s Tokyo, without a doubt. Japan’s capital has become the center of the latest trends in fashion, music and art, transforming into the symbol of modernity in the Asia-Pacific region. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the Tokyo International Film Festival is the event that brings together the best offerings from the movie industry from both, East and West. For just over a week, Roppongi Hills is decked out to screen films from all around the world, as well as Japanese cinema classics; all of them involving conferences and guest appearances from international celebrities.
Every autumn the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) brings directors, critics, actors and film fanatics from all over the globe. TIFF is the only festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations in Japan. It began in 1985 as the biggest Japanese film festival, and since then, it has
New Year in Tokyo
New Year is one of the best seasons to visit Tokyo, not only because the city has a diverse and fun nightlife, but also because it is one of the best times to experience many traditional elements of the Japanese culture. In Japan, the New Year’s celebration is a family time, unlike in the West, where Christmas tends to be the more family orientated holiday. There is a real “holiday spirit” in Japan at New Year; and as it’s a family holiday, there are many traditional activities for people of all ages, so that everybody can enjoy themselves and have an unforgettable night.
Among the things not to be missed at this time of year in Japan is to try eating tashikoshi soba on the New Year’s eve. The idea behind eating this long and thin noodle dish is to wish for a long and healthy life. Many soba shops in the city prepare this dish specially for this day, but be aware that many stores will be fully booked with people eager to have some, so you must be prepared to wait in
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
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.