- Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.
Shizuoka Prefecture is one of Japan's national treasures for its beautiful nature and traditions in tea-making. It's also the home of the country's most revered mountain: Fuji-san. Shizuoka is not too far from Tokyo, so if you're traveling in Japan, you should definitely consider making Shizuoka an area to explore! Here are some interesting things to do in Shizuoka.
Looking to get into the Halloween vibe? How about heading to the Conrad Hotel's 28th floor to enjoy an amazing afternoon tea set of delicate Halloween-themed pastries! Made by a pastry chef's who's won many national and international awards, these photogenic treats will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.
Jindaiji temple, located in Chofu city (part of the Tokyo metropolitan area) is a popular tourist destination for many reasons. First, there is the beautiful temple and its surrounding edo-style townscape with tons of soba shops! Then there are the huge Jindai Botanical Gardens right next to it. And to top that off, you can even enjoy going to an onsen near the temple's premises!
Odaiba is one of the newest parts of Tokyo. It was built mostly during the 20th century by creating man-made islands in Tokyo Bay. Going there you will see a futuristic landscape of modern high-rise buildings. There is plenty of things to do there as well so needless to say, it is a very popular destination for tourists and for Tokyoites looking for a leisurely escape from the business-oriented downtown quarters of the city. Here are the things you must do when you go there!
You've had a fun day of sightseeing in Asakusa but now you're wondering where to find a good place to have a few drinks while eating some simple, reasonably priced yet delicious Japanese cuisine? You should probably head for an izakaya tavern! Asakusa has a good many choices of good izakayas. Here's a guide of some of the best places!
Asakusa is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and for Japanese people who want to get a feel of the olden times of their city! Interesting things to do there abound. Here's a guide of some of the essential things to do, see and eat in Asakusa!
Sushi-making takes many years to master. It comes from a long tradition and is widely known as the quintessence of Japanese cuisine for the refinement of the presentation of the pieces. Contemporary Japanese artist Takayo Kiyota is now pushing the boundaries of sushi-making as an art form to another level by creating intricate maki sushi rolls drawing here ideas from pop culture and classical paintings! Here is more on this maki sushi artist.
Shinjuku Gyoen is a fabulous park that extends in both Shinjuku and Shibuya wards, the heart of the most bustling areas of Tokyo. Because of its sheer beauty and its location, the park is a very popular spot to spend the day for both residents of Tokyo and tourists alike. Read on to learn more about this urban gem!
When you travel to Hiroshima, a must-try food is the local okonomiyaki. Although okonomiyaki restaurants are found everywhere in Japan, Hiroshima has its own local style that uses noodles and layers the ingredients. What's more Hiroshima has a place called Okonomi Mura (village) in which all the shops sell Okonomiyaki! Read on to learn more about this okonmiyaki paradise!
Kawachiya is a restaurant located on a very nice, old shopping street in Shibamata, a neighborhood in the eastern part of Tokyo. It specializes in freshwater fish, and it's unagi (eel) dishes are particularly popular. We went to Kawachiya to see how the popular unagi dishes are made. The restaurant was established some 250 years ago, so we were fortunate enough to witness the very traditional, authentic way of unagi cooking!