Top 3 Amusement Parks in Tokyo

Top 3 Amusement Parks in Tokyo

Nowadays amusement parks are very popular all around the world. Not only children, but adults enjoy these parks as well. Amusement parks differ from theme parks, they do not have specific and intricate themes; they are characterized by rides such as merry-go-rounds, roller coasters and ferris wheels. Japan has more than a thousand amusement parks and many of them are located in the capital. Presently, Tokyo has 16 amusement parks, though not all of the are functioning at these days. If yo... [ read more ]

Best Cinemas in the Capital

Best Cinemas in the Capital

Tokyo is definitely a very interesting city: a combination of modern and traditional Japanese aspects. The capital is also an important cultural center, with many museums, theaters, traditional inns and  cinemas. The majority of Tokyo's cinemas are located in the central area of the city and in shopping centers. Toho is the dominant cinema chain in the city: its 11 theaters play English movies as well.  In Japan, non-English movies are not dubbed, they only have subtitles in Japanese. T... [ read more ]

Best Amusement Arcades in Tokyo

Best Amusement Arcades in Tokyo

Arcades are entertaining machines which are operated with coins. These are usually placed in public places, like in a bar, plaza or restaurant. Amusement arcades are places where arcade video game fans can play their favorite games. Arcade games were popular in the 1970-90's, but nowadays they are still famous, especially in some Asian countries, just like Japan. There are dozens of arcade places in Japan, but the most popular ones are located in Tokyo. If you are in Tokyo and you have s... [ read more ]

Top 5 theme parks in Japan

Top 5 theme parks in Japan

Tokyo Disneyworld is one of the most famous theme parks in the world, thanks to the Disney franchise's popularity, but it is far from being the quirkiest, most unusual and most interesting theme park in Japan. The Japanese have a real flair for coming up with theme park rides and attractions that have something unique about them. Theme parks are popular spots for weekend outings in Japan, for romantic dates or a family afternoon. There are many theme parks, small and large, classic and out o... [ read more ]

A traveler's guide to Japanese tea ceremonies

A traveler’s guide to Japanese tea ceremonies

Japan might be one of the most modern and developed countries on the planet, but that doesn't mean that the old ways and traditions have been completely erased from Japanese culture. Many Japanese cherish their cultural heritage, and some of the are sticklers for traditions. The tea ceremony is one of the best examples of surviving cultural practices that are still very much in vogue today, and not only among the elderly, as some might think! The tea ceremony, also known as the Way of Tea, i... [ read more ]

Japan's delicious traditional sweets

Japan’s delicious traditional sweets

The Japanese are as crazy about 'western' sweets as westerners about Japanese food, that is to say cakes, chocolates, parfaits and mousses of all kinds are treats that have a lot of fans in Japan. If you visit any Japanese city, you will most likely find at least a few French bakeries, or patisseries selling all manner of scrumptious cakes and desserts. But European style desserts are not the only kind of delicacy that sweet-toothed travelers can enjoy in Japan. Japanese cuisine has a lot of... [ read more ]

A traveler's guide to public baths in Japan

A traveler’s guide to public baths in Japan

Public baths are a thing of the past in most developed countries, yet in powerful and rich Japan the tradition hasn't died out yet. As strange as it may seem to a non-Japanese person, even in large metropolises like Tokyo there still are a few public baths, or sento left. In the past, when not all apartments were built with a bathroom, people went to sentos sometimes daily in order to get their baths. Sento means hot water for coin in Japanese, but these public baths were much more than simp... [ read more ]

The best traditional inns in Japan

The best traditional inns in Japan

Traditional Japanese inns, called ryokans, first appeared over four centuries ago, in the Edo period, when weary travelers on the highways needed bed and food for the night. Nowadays, stopping at a ryokan is not just a necessity on a long trip, it is a pleasure. People come to stay at ryokans simply to enjoy traditional Japanese hospitality and food. The greatest charm of ryokans is their traditional architecture: the rooms have sliding doors, the floors are covered in tatami mats, communal ... [ read more ]

5 essential travel experiences in Japan

5 essential travel experiences in Japan

Traveling to Japan is one of the essential travel experiences that any tourist should have once in a lifetime at least. But once you find yourself in Japan, what should you do? In addition to traditional tourist pastimes like visiting sights and attractions, buying souvenirs and eating the local food, there are quite a few things to do in Japan that are absolutely necessary for a well-rounded and unforgettable trip. The combined effects of history and geography make Japan truly unique, not o... [ read more ]

The amazing attractions of Osaka

The amazing attractions of Osaka

One would think that Osaka, lying in the shadow of more attractive and popular Kyoto, would not appeal too much to visitors who come to Japan in search of cultural attractions and experiences, but this urban paradise, second only to Tokyo and Yokohama, can pull its weight more than adequately. Osaka is the kind of city paradise where shopping addicts, urban explorers and party people congregate, but where there is more than enough left for culture-seekers too. Although Osaka is the kind of c... [ read more ]