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As you exit the subway in Ningyocho, a town once home to doll makers and puppeteers, the smell of something sweet lures you to the shop next door. This is Itakuraya. A bakery whose doors opened in 1907, has been family-run ever since, and over the years has earned a...Read more
It was a late autumn afternoon and a light drizzle had started to fall, just enough to warrant opening my umbrella. I was early and found a spot off to the side of the pavement, right next to the mechanical clock tower, the meeting point for my Made In Japan...Read more
Maybe you’re passing through Japan on your way to somewhere else. Maybe you’ve just finished a skiing holiday in Hokkaido and you’ve got some time before a connecting flight. Maybe you’re in town for work but want to see more than the airport and the office. If you’ve only got a...Read more
Undeniably one of the world’s most exhilarating cities,Read more
Tokyo can be exciting, intimidating and a little overwhelming. However, with a bit of help from our local experts, you’ll have no trouble navigating your way around and getting into the vibe of this vibrant destination. Here are our top five things to...
When it comes to Japan, many people think ofRead more
Tokyo as the ultra-modern capital and Kyoto as the ancient one full of all things traditional. But what many people don’t know is that behind Tokyo’s tall buildings and neon lights are little pockets of former times living on despite their...
To dip or not to dip? Chopsticks or fingers? One bite or two? We asked Meg, our local guide inRead more
Tokyo, how to eat sushi like a local. (Hint: ginger is not a topping.) Sorry, I’m going to give so many rules here, but hopefully even with these rules, people...
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Tokyo — smart choice! This guide will give you everything you need to know about visiting Tokyo, from getting to and from the airport, to the cool local spots you should check out. Getting to and from NRT Public transit is the best option for getting...
At first glance, it seems like the ultimate symbol of romance: carve your names on a padlock, lock it to a bridge, and throw the key into the water, leaving you and your partner “locked” together for eternity. Except it’s not so romantic when the bridge collapses under the weight...Read more
‘Tis the season to celebrate! It’s that time of year when we start thinking about Christmas, New Year’s, Hannukah, King’s Day, the solstice… and how we’re going to fit into our pants after all those holiday dinners. But because we realise that all around this great big world of ours no two celebrations...Read more
Our creative locals around the globe have teamed up with talented artisans in their cities to form a (very) different type of shopping experience that brings authentic urban craftsmanship to life. We’re bypassing those cheap souvenirs to take you on a journey into local lives. Introducing our new range of...Read more