Sightseeing

Toei Kyoto Studio Park: Experience The Thrilling World of Japanese Hollywood (Part 1)

2017-12-13 10:39

The Uzumasa area of Kyoto is often called the Hollywood of Japan. The otherwise unremarkable neighborhood is home to the Toei Studios Kyoto (TSK), famous for jidaigeki films, historical dramas often set during the Sengoku (1467-1603) or Edo (1603-1868) periods, and often featuring samurais engaging in chambara swordfighting action. First built in 1926 by the “king of samurai dramas” Tsumasaburo Bando, TSK is both an active movie studio with multitude of indoor studios and sound stages and a huge, 5.3 hectare open set which, since 1975, became a one-of-a-kind movie-themed amusement park called Toei Kyoto Studio Park. The open set used to film jidaigeki movies and TV shows is divided…


Sumo Wrestler Turns Into Flabby Bird In Indoor Skydiving Center’s Promotional Video

2017-12-11 10:03

Ever since the first recreational vertical wind tunnel opened in Las Vegas in 1982, it has been possible to enjoy the thrill of “flying” without the risk of jumping out of an aircraft at 10,000 feet. Especially in the last decade, with new companies entering the market and wind tunnel technology becoming more commercially viable, the number of facilities have spread more rapidly in the US, Canada, Europe and most recently, the Middle East and Asia. Although a latecomer to the indoor skydiving boom, Japan opened its first indoor skydiving center called FlyStation in a suburb of Tokyo in March of this year and the company plans to open four…


The Secrets of Hokkaido’s Mysterious Blue Pond

2017-12-11 03:24

Made famous worldwide by the fairy-tale like iOS wallpaper, people found it hard to believe such a dream-like scene really existed in the world. The Blue Pond (a literal translation of the Japanese name Aoi-Ike) has become an icon of Japan’s natural scenic beauty, but the truth is that this pond is not natural at all, but a man-made accident. Hokkaido-labo points out that a serious of overlapping coincidences is what lead this pond to become a visual wonder, that attracts tourists from all over the world to a small town in Hokkaido. Alvin Chuaさん(@alafista)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 12月 5 3:26午後 PST The pond’s existence is a complete accident, a byproduct…


Scenic Kyoto Restaurant Bus Tour Puts Traditional Kyoto Restaurant On Wheels

2017-12-11 09:08

Food on the go is nothing new in Japan. Japanese train passengers, for example, have enjoyed delicious bento boxed lunches in trains from the earliest days of the railroad and there are even special trains offering an upscale Japanese dining experience such as the Kaiseki Train on the local Kominato Railway in Chiba Prefecture or, for the well-heeled traveler, even a virtual Japanese inn on rails complete with tatami-matted flooring and low tables in the Shiki-Shima ultra-luxury train suite. However, for travelers who want to explore the most beautiful destinations of a Japanese city while also enjoying fine Japanese cuisine, there haven’t been any options save renting a mobile home…


Eat Authentic Japanese Food at Under $5 Per Meal at Chain Restaurants

2017-12-07 05:17

Travelling usually results in eating out for every meal which can be a shock to your bank balance. Tourists are enthusiastic to sample authentic Japanese food making them easy prey for overpriced tourist traps. For this reason, chain restaurants can be a haven for financially challenged travellers. While ideally you would dine on the finest cuisine three times a day, there isn’t usually enough time or money. In Japanese chain restaurants, you can often get a full meal for 500 yen (that’s about $5). Many of these restaurants also provide free, unlimited green tea so you don’t have to worry about buying a drink. @kuu75kkがシェアした投稿 – 2017 12月 5 5:14午後…


Last Chance ‘Koyo’, Autumn Leaf Viewing in Tokyo 2017

2017-12-05 12:55

Autumn moves pretty fast and if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. This is particularly true of Tokyo’s seasons, which seem to change from sweltering heat to bitter cold in the blink of an eye. But if you haven’t had time for your peaceful fall moment yet, here’s a lifeline. These autumn events have not quite finished, but you’ve got to be fast! Rikugien Garden – Komagome Station Katsuhiro Mizuno / 水野 克裕さん(@miznow)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 12月 1 11:45午後 PST This is really the last chance since December 6th is the final day to see the park lit up. Elsewhere, the winter illuminations…


The Best Destinations in Japan For Each Season: Autumn

2017-12-04 04:56

People may flock to Kyoto for the awesome view from Kiyomizudera, but for a less predictable autumn, how about heading to the untamed wilderness of the North? Take a walk on the wild side in Aomori. The number one autumnal activity of Japan is leaf viewing (known as ‘koyo’ or ‘momiji’), which basically consists of finding some arresting scenery filled with dazzling fall colours and going to look at it en masse. This tradition means it may be difficult to avoid crowds around this time, but at least if you stay out of the main tourist areas you have a chance. Possibly. So what makes Aomori so great for fall?…


The Weird, The Creepy, The Disturbing: 8 Bizarre Japanese Mascots

2017-11-30 06:36

Japan loves a mascot. Called ‘yuruchara’, these characters help promote cities or prefectures for tourism or PR purposes. Companies, sports teams and other institutions often also have their own. Most are predictably adorable, take for instance the winner of last year’s ‘Yuru Chara Grand Prix’, Shinjo-kun. ‪ÒㅅÓ。)ノ東京女子会来てくれたみんな、ありがとー!じゃあしんじょう君は、須崎にかえるからね☆ね☆‬ しんじょう君さん(@shinjokun)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 8月 4 6:37午前 PDT Cute, right!? But in a bid to stand out, some mascots have subverted the usual kawaii-ness in favour of something a bit stranger. They are definitely memorable, but is it for the right reasons? Take a look at this list and decide for yourself! 1. Baron Ciste (Mukawa, Hokkaido) Baron Ciste, of Hokkaido's Mukawa-Cho, is an…


Tokyo Disney To Open New Park, Possibly With Japanese Style Theme

2017-11-29 11:46

Owned by the The Oriental Land Company, there are currently two different Tokyo Disney Resorts (although they’re both located in Chiba prefecture, just outside of Tokyo) in Japan: Tokyo Disneyland, and the nautical exploration themed Tokyo DisneySea. According to Mainichi News, a third park may join their ranks in 2025, with a possible theme of “Japan” being considered. Backed by an impressive 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion USD) investment, the park is planned to offer all new characters, attractions, and large scale facilities. Conscious of attracting tourists from overseas to the park, the company is considering incorporating a Japanese-style theme into the third resort, with more specific details coming in…


Learn How To Prepare Osechi New Year’s Dishes At Japanese Cooking School For Foreigners

2017-11-29 06:35

Osechi is the name given to special dishes typically served at New Year’s time in Japan. The dishes often take time to prepare, are aesthetically pleasing and are chosen for having auspicious meaning appropriate to celebrate the coming of the new year. Numerous dishes are often included in a special kind of box, sometimes with several small compartments. source: (C) WashoCook Inc. However, due to its time-consuming nature, home-made Osechi cuisine is an increasingly rare sight in Japanese homes, especially with the advent of store-made Osechi boxes readily available for purchase. Moreover, most tourists or short-term residents in Japan have never tried it. Thankfully, a class being offered by Washo…


Lost in Translation On Your Tokyo Visit? These Student Volunteers Want To Help!

2017-11-29 04:01

For first-time visitors and even those who are returning a second and third time, negotiating the streets of Tokyo can be a daunting task. There’s no guarantee to find signs in English or other languages, and when everything is unfamiliar, it’s very easy to get lost. Of course, there are tourist information centers in major locations and translation apps and devices that can help bridge the language barrier, but sometimes the best and most reassuring assistance is talking to someone who understands you and can lend a helping hand. Trying to approach someone in the streets for directions is one way to do it, but it’s going to be hit…


Tokyo Subway Light Up Forgotten Stations and it’s Partly Creepy-Cool, Partly Historical-Cool

2017-11-29 11:23

Most subway passengers are probably unaware that during their usual rides on the Chiyoda and Ginza line, disused stations lie forgotten in the darkness. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Ginza subway line that runs in Tokyo, two long-abandoned stations are being lit up once more. Although passengers will not be able to access the stations themselves, when riding the lines as usual they can get a glimpse into the Tokyo subway stations of the past. Source: PR Times The first station being illuminated is Manseibashi on the Ginza line, beneath Akihabara. This station was only used temporarily between 1930 to 1931 while Kanda station was being completed. Jingumae…


10 Photos That Prove Japan’s Natural Beauty is Not of This World

2017-11-27 06:36

Japan is bursting with natural wonders due to distinct seasons and diverse prefectures. From snowy Hokkaido at the top, to tropical Okinawa at the bottom of the country. Here are ten photos that show the sheer range and unbelievable beauty of Japan’s different areas. Source: Hotokegaura by FIND47.JP Aomori prefecture is at the very north of Japan’s mainland, Honshu. This rock formation, Hotokegaura used to only be known to locals but nowadays is accessible for tourists by boat. Source: Kurushima-kaikyo-ohashi Bridges, from Mt. Kiro by FIND47.JP The Kurushima Kaikyo bridge connects Hiroshima prefecture on the mainland to Ehime prefecture on the island of Shikoku. The kanji (Chinese characters) for Ehime…


Enjoy A Celestial Augmented Reality View at Roppongi Sky Deck in Winter

2017-11-24 05:44

The Tokyo City View in Roppongi offers one of the best views of the city with an indoor observatory and open-air sky deck. The cityscape you can view is often praised as better than the one Tokyo Tower offers, since if you’re inside Tokyo Tower you can’t see Tokyo Tower. Source: Fashion Press The view from the sky deck is a 360 degree unobstructed panoramic. This winter, they’re making it even more spectacular with dazzling illuminations lighting up the open air viewing area. Fans of astronomy can also take part in a celestial AR experience using a tablet. Holding it up to the sky will reveal the animals and heroes…


Ethereal Winter Wonderland Photos Taken by Hokkaido Student Look Straight Out of Narnia

2017-11-22 04:20

While Tokyo is only just starting to feel the chill of winter, Northern parts of Japan have already had their first snows of the year. A first year student of Hokkaido University, Kanazawa Aritaka (@alpacaphoto) created a stir on Twitter with these stunning photos taken around his snow-blanketed campus in the prefecture’s capital Sapporo. 今朝の北大。 pic.twitter.com/2bCfpyMSnO — かなざわ ありたか (@alpacaphoto) 19 November 2017 The caption reads ‘This morning’s Hokkaido Uni’. Source: @alpacaphoto Source: @alpacaphoto These ethereal landscapes had Hokkaido natives pining for their hometown at this beautiful time of year. Source: @alpacaphoto たくさんの人に写真を見てもらうだけでも、自分からすればとても嬉しいことでしたが綺麗ですね、素敵ですね、昔を思い出しました等とても暖かい感想を多くの方からいただき、とても貴重な1日になりました。これからも多くの方に喜んでもらえるような写真が撮れればと思います。 勉強も頑張ります← pic.twitter.com/Cf2oQaq1Ki — かなざわ ありたか (@alpacaphoto) 19 November 2017 This promising young photographers work reminds everyone how…


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