Japan Archive

Snapshot Sunday: Asakusa, Tokyo

This week’s Snapshot Sunday comes from Tokyo, Japan. On my last morning in Tokyo I went to check out one last neighborhood before my flight. The Asakusa neighborhood is home to two important religious buildings, Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple, and Asakusa Shrine, a Shinto ...Read More

A Day Trip to Hakone

When I decided to take a day trip out of Tokyo, Hakone seemed like the perfect choice. Located about 80 kilometers from Tokyo, this quaint town in the mountains is famous for its abundance of onsen, traditional Japanese hot springs. This, and the possibility ...Read More

Scenes of Tokyo

My favorite part of Tokyo was wandering around all the different neighborhoods and observing the idiosyncrasies of each. Take a look at some of my favorite scenes of Tokyo… 1. Takeshita Dori in Harajuku Takeshita Dori, a street running perpendicular from Harajuku Station, is known for ...Read More

Cheap and Delicious Eats in Tokyo

Food is an integral part of my travels with meals and and must try dishes planned out months and ahead. I was slightly nervous I’d have a hard time in Tokyo restaurants alone, a problem in some Korean restaurants, and miss out on eating ...Read More

Getting Indulged at a Maid Cafe

“Welcome home, mistress!” a young woman in a French maid costume shouts cheerfully as I step off the elevator into the entrance of the fourth floor cafe. This greeting is typically used to welcome customers to maid cafes, a type of cosplay restaurant popular in ...Read More

Quiet Calm at Meiji Shrine

Just behind the hustle and bustle of Harajuku Station there is a wooded oasis. Under a canopy of tall trees lies Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine dedicated to former Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Emperor Meiji came to power in 1868 and ...Read More
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