SIGHTS

Robot restaurant

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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”.

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Chichibu

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Nature: Mountains. Woods.  Temples. Flowers. These words define the beautiful mountainous area west of Saitama prefecture – Chichibu.

Moss Pink Park

Chichibu is easy to get to from the Tokyo area, so recently it was promoted as a good “weekend getaway” for Japanese young professionals. Due to its proximity to the metropolitan area, it is becoming a very popular sightseeing spot during moss phlox (moss pink – “shibazakura”) blossom period (mid April – early May) as many people come here to enjoy the beautiful nature. Hitsujiyama park (literally “mountain of sheep”) is a place where you can see about 400,000 moss phloxes spread out in the area of approximately 17600 square meters.

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Beppu

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Beppu is a city located in Oita prefecture on the island of Kyushu, known for its many unique hot springs. When you arrive at Beppu station, the statue of the “Shiny Uncle” welcomes you heartily. It is the statue of Kumahachi Aburaya, a Meiji Era entrepreneur famous for his contribution to the increase in tourism in Beppu and all over Japan. He is also known for his love of children. The concept of the “Eight Hells of Beppu”, which are eight hot springs in Beppu for viewing, rather than bathing, is attributed to him. He was greatly inspired by his trip to North America and implemented many new ideas upon his return to Japan. Why not visit Japan and get inspired too with a trip to Beppu?

 

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Ashikaga Flower Park

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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

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Theme Cafés in Japan

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There are cafés all over the world, but if you want a totally different experience that exceeds typical cafe dining, you have to go to Japan – more precisely, to Tokyo!

 

There is an endless range of theme cafés to suit everyone. For instance, if you like animals, there are the famous cat cafés or you could try a more unusual one, such as a goat or even an owl café.

If you prefer to have your coffee served by a waiter or waitress who’s easy on the eyes, then try a maid or butler café.

 

For anyone looking for an even more unique experience than that, the following list of cafes might interest you. Since pop culture is everywhere in Japan, it seems only natural to have anime and manga related themed cafés. Some of them, like the ‘Animate Cafés’ (that belong to the same-named shops, famous for selling anime, manga and related goods) change their featured series every few months, while others have a fixed series and location, such as the ‘Gundam Café’ at Akihabara

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Oedo Onsen

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Oedo Onsen anime and manga related shops and restaurants are a not something typical that you’d find in Japan, especially on a trip to its capital city, Tokyo. But what about an anime themed Onsen? Tokyo’s largest and most famous hot spring gives you not only the opportunity to experience a relaxing bath in a traditional Japanese setting, but also the chance to play games, buy merchandise and themed food based on your favorite anime series.

 

Onsen have a long tradition in Japan and are usually found in the countryside where they use naturally hot water from geothermally heated springs, often volcanoes, and therefore are differentiated from Sentô, indoor public bath houses, that use heated tab water. Onsen water is said to have healing powers deriving from the minerals that are present in it and is also very relaxing for your muscles, which is why many visitors to Japan, trying Onsen for the first time, really enjoy the experience.

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Comiket

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On the 28th of December, the doors of the Tokyo Big Sight opened again to welcome thousands of people eager to spend three days in the World’s biggest marketplace for fanworks centered on anime, manga and video games.

 

The Comic Market, often abbreviated to ‘Comiket’, takes place twice a year, in summer and in winter, in Odaiba, an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, and is the best place to both buy and sell all sorts of anime/ manga related goods. Its main focus is the exhibition and distribution of Doujinshi, self-published magazines that are created by individuals, usually amateurs, though there are also some professional artists who like to publish material related to other manga series.

 

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Illuminations

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After the Halloween parties and celebrations are over, Tokyo and its surroundings start to brighten up for upcoming holiday season: Christmas and New Year. In the recent years, illuminations gained popularity and many people look forward to this time of year as they enjoy the holiday atmosphere created by the illuminations. Below, are some of the best illuminations in Tokyo that we think are definitely worth a visit:

 

Seibuen-yuenchi illuminations

 

Seibuen-yuenchi is an amusement park located in Saitama, accessed by Seibu-Yuenchi station or Yuenchi-nishi stations of Seibu line. It has varying attractions depending on the season; for instance, in the winter it changes into a winter wonderland.

 

We would recommend visiting this illumination to those who enjoy large-scale illuminations alongside music and other attractions. It is lots of fun to visit

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Kyoto International Anime and Manga Fair

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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.

 

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Nagatoro

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Located northwest of the Saitama Prefecture, is the small town of Nagatoro, which has been considered a prime destination for tourists visiting Japan, since the late 19th century. Its natural beauty is such, that the whole town has been designated as a natural park by the authorities of Chichibu. Nagatoro possess its own charm, worthy of a village that has been blessed with one of the most beautiful landscapes in Japan. The Arakawa River crosses through the middle of the town, creating many sightseeing spots where visitors can enjoy some of the most fascinating scenery. Even from the moment of exiting the train station, visitors can appreciate a natural monument: a 5 km rock bed along the riverbank, which is thought to have been there for thousands of years.

 

Nagatoro is a place that you can easily take a day trip to. It offers a peaceful space, far away from the noisy and crowded urban life of Tokyo, giving visitors the chance to be in touch with nature. The arc

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