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5 Unique Buys from Tokyu Hands That Will Up Your Souvenir Game

Ever heard of Tokyu Hands? Describing itself as the Japanese “one stop shop”, these megastores carry almost anything from kitchen appliances to DIY crafting supplies. Whether it be famous Tokyo districts like Shibuya, Shinjuku, or Ginza that you are exploring, make a stop at ‘Hands’ to pick up these creative Japanese souvenirs for friends and family–that is, if you can resist keeping them all for yourself!

How To Catch an Early Morning Flight When Trains Are Not Running

A recent study has shown that out of all the world’s major metropolitan cities, Tokyo residents sleep the least amount of time. The bustling streets and flashing lights never stop. But even in the city that doesn’t sleep, unfortunately the trains and many of the buses do. This can be a real problem if you need to catch an early flight. The train lines in Tokyo stop service between 12:00 AM-1:00 AM depending on the line and begin running again at 4:00 AM. This may not cut it if you have a 6:00 AM or even 7:00 AM flight. Narita International Airport is actually quite far from the center of

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Too Hot to Handle? The Best Pools Around Tokyo

Raise your hand if you feel like you want to collapse on the floor after walking five minutes from the nearest convenient store to your home. Some days in Tokyo can’t be described with any better adjective than the word, “HOT.” Many curious adventurers are completely unaware of the heat lingering in the air on the streets of Tokyo before their arrival. But the worst thing about Tokyo heat is that it is not only hot, but it’s also humid. Who knew a country so close to Russia could be so hot? But don’t bother running away to another country. Don’t even bother tinkering with the broken air conditioner of

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Tokyo Art: The Kind that Sticks in Your Head

Let’s face it, sometimes art can be a waste of your time. I mean, who remembers the fruit bowl your teacher made you paint in 2nd grade? Some art simply doesn’t have a meaning that connects to your inner being. Sometimes, we are just in too much of a hurry to even notice that there is art around us. Want to experience art that will appeal to your senses? Come and see the best art that Tokyo has to offer you this summer. Simple Forms: Where Does Beauty Come From? In 19th and 20th century Europe, mathematics, mechanical engineering, biology, geology, and archeology all started to re-recognize one thing. Simplicity

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4 Mouthwatering Tokyo Eats You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

In case you didn’t know already, Tokyo is a heaven for food lovers—however, you may be robbing yourself of the complete foodie experience if you’re only sticking to trying the textbook examples of the Japanese cuisine known to the world. Sure, sushi and ramen are great, but you must know that Tokyo has so much more to offer to satisfy your taste buds. Here is a list of four delicious Japanese eats you must try in Tokyo which you may have never heard of—but they are sure to become the newest additions to your all-time favorite dishes.

The Definitive List of Conbini Snacks That Will Satisfy Any Cravings

Convenience stores, or conbinis as the Japanese call it in short, have become a vital part of city life in the country. While most stores now will offer anything from food, toiletries, to stationary, it is also worth knowing that conbinis carry their own brand of delicious light snacks and meals that is available at anytime of the day or the night. Be it an afternoon coffee break or a midnight craving, when hunger strikes, head to your local conbini and seek out any of the following eats.

Can I Really Trust Airbnb in Japan?

Finding the right accommodation can sometimes be the biggest pain when planning your trip. We have all heard horror stories from friends and fellow nomads of hotels or hostels not being all they were cracked up to be. Hostel and hotel owners have gotten especially good with Photoshop and the art of deception. We want to be absolutely one hundred percent certain that the room we have booked is actually the room we get. And for many of us, it’s sometimes more than just about the room. Travelers want a convenient, safe location, with the proper amenities, and a good atmosphere among other criteria. As you search for that perfect

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Can’t Check-in Early? Don’t Sweat It

Things don’t always go according to plan. You can spend hours and hours planning your next trip, but nothing is guaranteed to run as smoothly as you had hoped. Timing and scheduling can be a real hassle and sometimes having the luxury to check-in early or check-out late can really help. But often with Airbnb, this isn’t possible. You’ve arrived at your destination. It’s 9:00 am but your check-in time isn’t until 3:00 pm! What are you going to do for the next six hours? Being able to check-in early can be a huge stress relief. Unfortunately with most Airbnb hosts, this can sometimes be impossible as they are running on

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How to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo

No-one makes a sound in this place. All you can hear is the occasional sniff, cough. Anyways you get off at the right station at the right time, and you do the right thing. Ignore the residual aches of a 14 hour flight across the world, and carve your way through Tokyo’s matrix of cultural experiences, unstoppable. Because you cannot stop moving. Go to the top of high buildings and look down, take a photo of hello manga girl, click. Tokyo’s electricity supply seems to be working well; and yet, as you amble through crowds you’re at the receiving end of some pretty salty looks, click. Information is conveyed in this

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Good Day Sunshine – Family Fun in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Traveling with kids is not easy. While Tokyo’s pleasance, convenience and general allure is likely to reduce opportunities for stress, kids have the power to be nightmares wherever you are. Rather than hopping around all starry eyed, they may be overstimulated and even bored by Tokyo’s otherworldly charms. On the off chance that they are won over by cultural delights like kabuki, it’s possible that they’ll be less impressed with the business of having to schlep through several stations in order to get to destinations that they’re not entirely into. Ikebukuro: Sunshine City Once again, Tokyo has you covered. In this case, Ikebukuro: one of Tokyo’s multiple centres. Like Shinjuku,

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