Hina Matsuri: What is it and how to celebrate it?
Hina Matsuri, also known as the Doll Festival or Girls' Festival, is a traditional Japanese holiday celebrated on March 3rd every year. It is a time for families to come together to celebrate the happiness and well-being of their daughters. The festival has a long and rich history, dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868).
Early Blooming Sakura in February: Where to see the early Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms near Tokyo?
Did you know that you can actually see cherry blossoms even earlier than March? The “kawazuzakura” are an early blooming type of sakura which bloom in early February and are one of the first signs of the approaching spring.
Japanese New Year's Food (Osechi Ryori)
The New Year is fast approaching, and that means it's time to start thinking about what delicious foods you want to eat to celebrate! If you're not sure where to start, don't worry - we've got you covered. Here are some of the best Japanese dishes to enjoy during the New Year holidays. Itadakimasu!
Best onsens to visit from Tokyo
Onsen are Japanese hot springs and are a key part of Japanese culture. Onsen are found all over Japan and are usually located in scenic areas. Soaking in an onsen is said to have many health benefits, such as relieving stress, improving circulation, and helping to relieve muscle pain.
Best destinations to see autumn colours in a day trip from Tokyo
Now that the weather has cooled down and the shops are filled with all kinds of autumn delights like persimmon, nashi pears and pumpkins, it is the perfect time to venture out and explore Japan. Here are some day trip from Tokyo ideas to see fall foliage.
Best Museums in Tokyo to Visit
While it's nice to get outside and explore, there are some days when you would prefer to be inside. On such a day, a visit to one of Tokyo's many outstanding museums is the perfect plan. Here are some of our picks for the best museums in Tokyo.
Seasonal Summer Tastes for Japan 2022
Japan has four distinct seasons, not including the rainy season and the typhoon season, and each season is celebrated in its own distinct way. Religious festivals featuring parades of floats mark the coming of Autumn, while Spring is all things sakura. Summer in Japan features fireworks festivals, sunflowers, bon-odori matsuri and beachgoing. One of the main ways Japanese people celebrate the passing of time is by enjoying various seasonal delicacies. This article will introduce the typical foods eaten in summer in Japan.
10 Splash Pads to Cool Off in and around Tokyo with Kids
Tokyo has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world, but it is not the only place in Japan where you can dine out to your heart's content and never try everything. Yokohama is Japan's second biggest city and a dining mecca all of its own.
We will introduce six of the best restaurants and cafes in the Yokohama area for you to get started on your culinary explorations with.
6 of Tthe Best Restaurants and Cafes in Yokohama
The rainy season of this year was the shortest on record, and temperatures of nearly 40 degrees were recorded, even though June. Brace yourselves as it looks like we are in for a long and hot summer. Going outside proves rather difficult in Tokyo’s scorching daytime heat, so many people prefer to take their kids out in the evenings for a twilight play. If you want to get outdoors during the daytime, we recommend trying out some of Tokyo’s many splash pads, known as “jabu jabu” in Japanese. They are free and found all over the city. Here are 10 splash pads we recommend.
The Best Hydrangea Flower Spots Near Tokyo
June in Tokyo is the rainy season. This means that it is cloudy, dreary and going outside is not always pleasant.
Luckily, Japan is a country of flowers, and June is no exception.
In June the hydrangeas bloom, and there are many places where you can see hundreds of thousands of these colourful plants against the fresh green backdrop of spring.
Here are some of the best spots near Tokyo to visit for hydrangeas.
Sporting Groups to Join in Tokyo
Looking to get fit and active, or keep in shape in your new life in Japan?
Or simply looking for a way to make new friends? Joining a sport is a great way to maintain your fitness and expand your social group.
Here are five sporting groups that are expat friendly that you might be interested in joining.
5 Day Trips from Tokyo to See the Sakura
March means it's cherry blossom time, so get your picnic baskets and
blankets ready for hanami (cherry blossom viewing picnics).
This article will list five of the best day trips from Tokyo to see the
Five of the Best Parks for Families around Tokyo
When you are making the move to Tokyo with kids, having a good outdoor space
to play in is very important. Most people in central Tokyo don’t have their
own big garden, so public parks play a big role in entertaining children.
This article will recommend five of the best parks around Tokyo.
Celebrating Japanese Traditions in Tokyo - Visiting the first Shrine or Temple for the Year
Wherever you go in Japan, you can almost always find a shrine or temple
nearby. Despite this, Japanese people are fairly casual about religion and
tend to practice a mix of Buddhism and Shintoism. There is one religious
tradition that almost everyone in the country participates in however -