Why dusk is the perfect time to explore Kyoto

Why dusk is the perfect time to explore Kyoto

We arrived in Kyoto on one of the hottest days in the city’s history. The temperature crept up to 39 degrees Celsius every day for a week. So instead of venturing out in the blistering hot sun, we decided to take a night tour through Japan’s cultural capital. Our tour...

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Tokyo’s best traditional Japanese sweet shops

Tokyo’s best traditional Japanese sweet shops

With the 2020 Summer Olympics on the horizon, Tokyo’s landscape is ever-evolving. New restaurants and shops open every week it seems, and old buildings are quickly being torn down and replaced by shiny, new shopping complexes. The problem is that these days, there is a frighteningly quick turnover with a...

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5 gardens for serenity-seekers in Tokyo

5 gardens for serenity-seekers in Tokyo

Tokyo can feel like a crazy, intense place. The streets are crowded, the lights are bright and everything can feel a bit, well, “lost in translation.” But Tokyo also has options for getting away from the crowds, with plenty of gardens and green spaces for those in need of some...

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The complete guide to: Tokyo travel

The complete guide to: Tokyo travel

So you’re travelling to Tokyo — smart choice! This handy guide (courtesy of our in-the-know local Tokyo tour guides) 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...

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The 100-year-old bakery that serves Tokyo’s best ningyoyaki

The 100-year-old bakery that serves Tokyo’s best ningyoyaki

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...

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Cultural curiosities in Tokyo’s Ningyocho district

Cultural curiosities in Tokyo’s Ningyocho district

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...

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24 hours in: Tokyo

24 hours in: Tokyo

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...

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Things to do in: Tokyo

Things to do in: Tokyo

Undeniably one of the world’s most exhilarating cities, 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...

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Best cities for showing your Pride

Best cities for showing your Pride

There are some cities that just know how to do Pride right. We’re talking going far beyond hanging a few rainbow flags in windows, and instead throwing the biggest, baddest parties to celebrate who you are — from sexual orientation to gender to race to age. Because while Pride started...

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Where to eat and drink in a yokocho like a Tokyo local

Where to eat and drink in a yokocho like a Tokyo local

When it comes to Japan, many people think of 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...

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