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The Best Restaurants Around Ikebukuro Station

Ikebukuro is a bustling sub-metropolitan area in Tokyo with a multitude of shopping facilities, cultural activities, indoor theme park and aquarium to keep you entertained.

5 Totally Awesome Tokyo Alleyways

Tokyo's 'yokocho' alleyways offer some of the best nightlife experiences in the city. If you're looking for some down-to-earth drinking dens, we've got five that are ideal for an evening of bar hopping.

33 Survival Kanji for Japan First-Timers

Coming to Japan, but don't know any kanji—or what kanji even means? Take a deep breath, relax and we'll get you started along the way!

12 Must-Try Dishes from Nagoya

Located in the center of Japan's main island, Aichi Prefecture's capital city Nagoya is an incredible hub for food.Here are 12 recommended local specialties in Nagoya that you simply must try!

Top Japanese Food From People Living in Japan

There are many lists out there claiming to identify the top Japanese foods, but not all of them represent what people here in Japan normally eat on a regular basis. We have here the Top 10 foods that are actually eaten here in Japan!

Get Drunk in a Haunted House at The Lockup

Want to get locked in a jail cell, served torture-themed foods and drinks, and subjected to scary shows? Well we have the place for you!

Top 10 Dating Spots in Kansai

Love exists all over Japan and we're here to help you find it with the 10 best dating spots in Kansai.

The Secrets of 'Gokon'

What's the deal with mysterious Japanese group dates, or 'gokon'?

Experience a Little Okinawa in Tokyo!

Looking for a taste of Okinawa without the expensive airfare? Well look no further—Okinawa Town can be found in Tokyo, just two stops from Shinjuku!

Get Drunk at an Elementary School Izakaya

Whether you're simply curious about Japanese schools, or just want to get drunk in one, this izakaya has you covered.

Stuff your Gut at Gut's Grill

If you're craving meat and a lot of it, Gut’s Grill is the place to go. Between their 720 gram signature Magnum Steak and their all-you-can-eat-and-drink plan, you're sure to leave satisfied.

Gyoza + Beer Lovers Unite at Dandadan Sakaba

If you've got a craving for juicy gyoza and cheap beer, get yourself to the fastest growing gyoza + beer izakaya chain in Kanto—Dandadan Sakaba.

Tokyo Extends Shorter Business Hours Request

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko asked eateries that serve alcohol and karaoke parlors in the Japanese capital’s 23 wards to continue operating at shorter hours until September 15.

Make Your Own Chopsticks from 'Hamidashimono'

For more than 100 years, a town in Nara Prefecture has been using leftover, high-quality cypress wood from the home construction process to create disposable chopsticks. And now, you can make your own at home.

Drink & Make Memories on Omoide Yokocho

Wander around a maze of narrow alleys packed with izakaya and BBQ food stalls in Shinjuku's Omoide Yokocho.

16 Authentic 'Japan' Experiences around Tokyo

How do you get an 'authentic Japan' experience in the Tokyo area? It depends on what you mean by 'authentic,' and what you mean by 'Japan!' Here are 16 'real Japan' options around Tokyo, running the gamut from the very old to the very new!

Diving Deep into the Nightlife of Hachinohe

Join our writer Nick as he goes headfirst into the vibrant nightlife of Hachinohe with the help of the travel app YORIP.

4 Hottest Areas for Nightlife in Tokyo

The largest metropolis in the world, Tokyo understandably has everything you could ever need. During the day, offices are humming with busy workers; but at night, the streets of these four hip areas are buzzing with nocturnal party animals.

Catch Your Own Meal At Zaou Fishing Restaurant

If you’ve ever wanted to catch your own fish and eat it too, then get down to Zaou, a restaurant for doing just that.

Savor Seafood & Study Reconstruction in Miyagi

Each small town in Miyagi Prefecture has its own specialty seafood dishes and we were dying to try them during our visit. And while we were at it, we took a look at the incredible reconstruction efforts of Tohoku, making for a fascinating trip.

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