From Tokyo

Where to Shop in Tokyo

In Tokyo’s Nakano district, there was a store called “The shop that sells things people left on trains.” That was the name of the shop. And it sold, well, things that people lost during commute but were never claimed.

I was dying to see what they had in store that I rushed to Nakano on the same day that I learned about it. I swept its maze-like malls in search of it. I didn’t find it. Haha. But it showed me that when they say Tokyo has something for everyone, they probably mean it in every way. Nakano, best known as a place for the otaku, is just one of the many interesting shopping places in the Japanese capital.

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Top 5 Best and Worst Travel Moments of 2016

I welcomed 2016 with a lot of hope and a pint of Guinness at a random British pub in Tokyo. Although I was alone in a foreign land, I could sense an air of positivity in the air. It was my first trip since I left my full-time job (again), and I was looking forward to more trips and more firsts. I didn’t know it then, but that year was going to be a rollercoaster ride, to say the least.

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How to Get Around Tokyo by Train

Taxis are expensive, and buses can be confusing for first-timers. In Tokyo, the train is the most efficient mode of transportation. Tokyo has an extensive and expansive railway system. Wherever it is you’re going, there is most likely a train station very close to it.

Tokyo by train can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it. First, bear in mind that the network is used by almost a dozen operators, including those serving the suburbs. However, in this article, let’s focus on the three companies that serve Central Tokyo: JR East, Toei Subway, and Tokyo Metro Subway. Each of them operate multiple lines that get so entangled, it’s amazing how the Japanese make it work.

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Narita Airport to Tokyo City Center the Cheapest Way

Located 70km from Central Tokyo, the Narita International Airport is the city’s main gateway for international travelers. It’s one of the two airports serving Tokyo, the other one being Haneda, which is mostly used for domestic flights. The bad news is, Narita is farther than Haneda. The good news is, there are more transportation options to the city.

Here are your cheapest bets:

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TOKYO ON A BUDGET: Travel Guide

One of the most difficult questions I usually get is: What’s your favorite destination? It’s tough to pick just one when a mere mention of the word “favorite” opens a floodgate of memories that include the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey; camping journey across the Australian Outback; the sights and tastes in Florence, Italy; the out-of-this-world mountain parks of Zhangjiajie, China. I could go on.

But if you ask me where I would want to stay for good, well, that one’s easy — TOKYO.

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5 Reasons We’re Excited About ANA’s New Tokyo Haneda-New York/Chicago Flights

Japan’s largest airline ANA has just announced two additional international routes from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and they’re flying to New York and Chicago! We’re stoked! This couldn’t have happened at a better time because coincidentally, we’re set to visit this side of the States as part of our North American trip this 2017. This announcement by ANA just made us more excited. Here’s why.

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10 Photos of Cherry Blossoms in Japan

If you ask me to enumerate all the things that I love about Japan, you’ll probably not gonna hear the end of it. From its simple but sublime cuisine to its rich but action-packed history to their gentle but efficient way of life, Japan has always captivated me since childhood.

But one thing that I have always been fascinated with is the cherry blossoms. Perhaps it’s because of how my favorite manga and anime shows have romanticized the way their petals gracefully fall to the ground and slowly get blown by the wind. Perhaps it’s the way their pink and white foliage paint a new character to the landscape. Whatever it is, it is one of the many reasons Japan was a long-time dream destination.

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Get Inspired: 100km Walk Around Tokyo, Japan (Video)

Tokyo is one of those destinations I didn’t expect I would fall in love with. While I had a few courses on Japanese history and Japanese cinema back in college, there was never a point that I stopped and dreamt of going to Japan. But two years ago, when I was there, in the middle of the action-packed Tokyo, I kicked myself in the butt for not paying attention to much of its culture. It was during that trip that I finally appreciated much of what makes a stay in the land of the rising sun always something to remember — its heavenly cuisine, organized chaos, and warm hospitality.

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The Emperor’s New Year Greeting: Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

The crowd flooded through the gates of the Palace in an extremely organized fashion. There was plenty of space left and right, but people stayed on one side of the road as the queues snaked around the grounds. They were long lines, but they flowed smoothly. The only time we stopped was when we reached the two-step security inspection zone, where officers meticulously frisked and searched the bags of the visitors. Once past it, we sashayed our way over the bridge across the moat toward the Imperial Palace.

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