All About Japan

Vintage Diving at Toyo Department Store

If you're a true Tokyo hipster, you'd know that Shimokitazawa is the place to be for thrift shopping and fashion. And part of that reason is Toyo Department Store.

Mask Shortage Amid Fears of Coronavirus

Stores in Japan cannot keep face masks in stock as people around the country stock up to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

GU Launches Stylish Nostalgic PlayStation Line

Now available from the little sister of cheap fashion company Uniqlo, these charming GU pieces feature the PlayStation console’s logo, iconic controller button designs, and prints from flagship Sony games.

The Gentler Side of Japanese Skincare

If you're looking to try some high-quality natural cosmetics while in Japan, look no further than Yoroshi Cosmetics, a local Asakusa brand with over 90 years of history.

AKB48 Café Suddenly Closing After 8 Years

AKB48, Japan’s most popular idol group, gets its name from having 48 core members and being based in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, which is nicknamed Akiba. However, the neighborhood is going to be losing a big piece of its AKB48 connection very soon.

Make Japanese Pottery at Uzumako Art School

Don't just buy some Japanese pottery—why not make a piece yourself at the Uzumako Ceramic Art School?

The Perfect Gifts for the Jedi in Your Family

Japanese fashion brand unveils Star Wars items just in time for new film, The Rise of the Skywalker.

Get 100% Beef Burgers at Fatburger in Shibuya

If you're in the mood for a burger but hate the puny patties that dare call themselves burgers, then get yourself to Fatburger. Originally an American chain, Fatburger is out to show Japan what real American 100% beef burgers are.

Exploring Art in the Ultimate Tokyo Staycation

If you're looking to dive deep into the art and culture of three of Tokyo's coolest neighborhoods without running yourself into the ground, this staycation itinerary is for you!

A Taste of America at Mihama America Village

If you're feeling like a trip to America but don't have the time to go halfway across the world, perhaps Mihama American Village in Okinawa can help ease your heart, or at least your stomach.

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.

9,000 Bath Bombs at LUSH Harajuku!

If you're a fan of LUSH's magical bath bombs, you can't miss out on LUSH LABS. 9,000 bath bombs on a bath bomb conveyor belt—if you're a true Lushie, you better not miss it.

Tea in a Flower Field at Aoyama Flower Market

Enjoy a relaxing tea time (and amazing Instagram photos) surrounded by beautiful, lush flowers at the Aoyama Flower Market Tea House.

Riverside Romantic View at Tokyo's Canal Cafe

You wouldn't expect a romantic riverside view in the middle of Tokyo, but the Canal Cafe in Kagurazaka is here to prove you wrong. The canal serves as part-Italian-restaurant and part-boat-rental—the perfect date in one convenient place.

Get Your Hands on Halal Wagyu Yakiniku

Don't miss out on wagyu due to not being able to find a Halal-friendly restaurant. Check out Sumiyakiya, approved by the Malaysian prime minister.

Drinking in a Bathhouse Izakaya

When you think of a cool place to hang out after work and get some drinks, of course, you think of a bathhouse! No? Well, we'll convince you otherwise.

Shin-Okubo: Korea Town of Tokyo

If you don't have the time or money to take the flight to South Korea, visit Shin-Okubo instead for a mini taste of the best of trending Korean street food, cosmetics, idol goods, and more.

Explore the Sumo World at Kokugikan Street

The best place to experience authentic sumo wrestler culture is at Kokugikan Street in Ryogoku. You can learn about sumo wrestling, watch a sumo match, and even eat like a sumo wrestler.

Complete Origami Experience at Origami Kaikan

Learn everything there is to know about the ins, outs, ups and downs of folding origami at this dedicated origami center.

Ameyoko: From Black Market to Bargain Street

After exploring Ueno Park and its various museums, make sure you stop by Ameyoko, an open-air market for cheap cosmetics, bargains for fashion, and street food.

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