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The Bicycle Culture Center Museum in Tokyo

Calling all bike lovers! Ever been to the Bicycle Culture Center in Tokyo? If not, you'll be surprised to learn it's actually a uniquely designed museum showcasing the history of bicycles in Japan!

A Preschool Built for Puddles

Dai-ichi Yochien's new courtyard is designed to accumulate rain water to create a gigantic, pool-like puddle for the kids to play in.

The Chair Umbrella is Real

Have you ever thought, "Geez, I’d really like to rest, but there’s nowhere to sit"? Well, now you can—as long as it's overcast, at least.

Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum

It turns out that kids can enjoy a museum just as much as mom!

4 Soothing Onsen Day Trips from Tokyo

While these Kanagawa onsen and their surrounds are certainly worth an overnight stay, each can work equally as well as a day trip.

8 Free Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Tokyo

When it rains in Tokyo, it rains a lot. We've found eight unique ways to spend an entertaining rainy day in the metropolis.

Osaka Vending Machines Offer Umbrellas

DyDo offers free "rental umbrellas" at 60 vending machines in Osaka's Nishi Ward.

Suit Up and Prepare for Battle!

You can't help but get into the samurai spirit after visiting the Samurai Museum in Shinjuku's Kabukicho district!

7 More Things to Do on Rainy Days in Tokyo

Visiting Tokyo during the rainy season? Have your plans for the following day been cancelled due to rain? Not to worry! Check out a list of indoors activities and experiences that will make you forget the dark clouds!

The Umbrella that Looks Like a Salad Head

With your Vegetabrella out, don't think of it as rain—think of it as dressing!

The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

Nissin Noodles honors the inventor of instant noodles with the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka.

6 Fun Styles of Japanese Shoes

Here's a great selection of Japanese shoes, from traditional wooden soles to split-toed sock-shoes.

Oita's Gorgeous New Prefectural Art Museum

Located on the center of Oita City in Kyushu, OPAM boasts a collection of roughly 5,000 works by Japanese painters, sculptors and craftspeople.

Where to Get Your Lifelong Brolly

Instead of wasting ¥500 on plastic umbrellas every time you get caught in a sudden downpour, Cool Magic SHU'S helps you find that one umbrella you can carry around and even cherish for the rest of your life.

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