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Five Hokkaido Dishes to Warm Up Your Winter!

When the winter weather on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido turns delightfully cold, you can be sure that these local dishes will warm you up from the inside.

Tokyo Station's New Shopping Center

August 3 marks the opening of a gigantic in-station commercial facility featuring 153 shops and restaurants at the iconic Tokyo Station!

3 Amazing Curry Restaurants in Kamakura

The Great Buddha, Yuigahama, Zen temples, Kamakura is known for a lot of things, but did you know you can get a major curry fix here as well? Here are three recommendations for delicious curry all within walking distance of major sights.

The Perfect Weekend on the Yokohama Waterfront

Yokohama is often overlooked by the bigger, brighter lights of Tokyo and Osaka. Big mistake! Japan’ second largest city has developed a unique identity influenced by Western and Chinese culture. We’ve complied a guide for the perfect two day trip.

Social Distance Supper with a Stuffed Capybara

The restaurant at Izu Shabonten Zoo in Shizuoka, Japan is crowded! But not by people, but stuffed capybaras that have been strategically placed throughout the restaurant to maintain appropriate social distancing.

12 Best Delicacies of Nikko

Nikko also compliments its culture richness with delicacies that would give you the best experience. From their specialty Yuba to modern steaks, Nikko will surely satisfy your palette.

The Lockup Is Back with Eerie Winter Dishes

The Lockup, like many eateries, shut down due to Covid-19. However, the Tokyo Kabukicho location reopened on July 1. Since then, they’ve been working hard on some special new dishes for the winter season. Put on your handcuffs and let's take a look.

Keep Your Mask On, Even After the Food Arrives

Japan’s pseudo-Italian restaurant chain Saizeriya has come up with a way for customers to dine out while still wearing their masks.

Robots in the Age of Coronavirus

Companies are programming robots to help people adapt to the new normal brought about by the global pandemic.

Canal City: Exploring Fukuoka's Luxury Mall

Check out Canal City Hakata for all of your entertainment needs! Whether you’re in search of an extraordinary date night, cafe time with friends, or fun with the kids, it has you covered!

Tokyo Midtown Yaesu: The City's Trendy New Dining/Shopping Spot

This new complex boasts high-end shops, gastronomic delights, prime office space and the first Japan outpost of Bulgaria Hotel.

Ramen, Japanese Pickles, and Michelin Stars

He’s written over 1,000 restaurant reviews for the Japan Times newspaper. Now he shares some of his favorite dishes, memorable meals, classic menus, and why soba is the most underrated Japanese food.

Tokyo's Yokocho: Great Alleyways Old and New

Yokocho are backstreets and alleyways lined with drinking dens, taverns and restaurants, and Tokyo has a number of them, both classic and modern.

Tokyo's Best Afternoon Tea Spots

Don your best frock and put your pinkies up! Here are some of the best places to have afternoon tea in Tokyo.

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.

Tokyo Daily COVID Cases Reach Record High

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reports a record daily high of 1,591 new cases of coronavirus infections and a total of 113 COVID-19 patients who are severely ill.

My Perfect Weekend in the City of Sapporo

Delaina Miyazaki shares her unique insider perspective on how to really make the most of a weekend in her adopted hometown of Sapporo

Tsukiji Ready to Welcome Back Customers

Stores in Tokyo's Tsukiji Outer Market have suffered drops in sales this year due to the novel coronavirus. But workers are trying to bring back customers ahead of the year-end peak season.

My Bucket List of 5 Favorite Tokyo Restaurants

Food critic Robbie Swinnerton picks five restaurants from the thousands of places he's covered in his years as food writer for the Japan Times. The selection includes sushi, tonkatsu, soba and more . . .

5 Awesome Plant-Based, Vegan Restaurants in Tokyo

Tokyo is known as the restaurant capital of the world, and vegans don't need to miss out. Here are some of the tastiest vegan restaurants in Tokyo that don't just serve salad.

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