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Fight like a ninja in a samurai town, with sword-fighting experience at Kyoto Toei movie studio park

Learn Japanese katana techniques from movie actors and film your own sword-fight in an Edo setting. 

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Sengoku samurai warlords transform into easy-to-brew, fruity flavored tea tablets

A new line of tea tablets uses the family crests of six famous samurai clans from Japan’s Sengoku era along with uniquely selected flavors for each.

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Century-old Hiroshima brewery in one of Japan’s three great sake-brewing spots offers tours in English

Stepping into sake history in Saijo.

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Tokyo’s historical Gakushikaian hotel is closing for good, but there’s still time to stay

At-home hotel for scholars in downtown Tokyo is nearly 100 years old.

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Dojigiri, the millennium-old katana said to have slain a demon, is now on display in Tokyo【Pics】

One of the Five Swords Under Heaven is now under the roof of this downtown museum.

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Plan to use historic stones to build restrooms for the 2025 Expo draws criticism

These ain’t no fortunate stones.

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Samurai Ninja Museum Tokyo With Experience is true to its name, lets you slice with real katana

Hands-on history in Tokyo’s most historical neighborhood.

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Tokyo capsule toy machine gives you real samurai-era antique coins, but are they worth anything?

Little capsules of history.

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Japan’s most popular MSG maker had to battle some nasty rumors 100 years ago

Aji no Moto tasted so good, some people thought there must be some creepy creatures on the ingredient list.

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Stay in an eerie Japanese ryokan inn near Tokyo Tower for US$40 a night

Traditional accommodation in Tokyo’s ritzy Minato Ward doesn’t get much cheaper than this…but there’s a catch.

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Does Japan owe one of its favorite foods to a bookstore owner? Trying the “original” Hayashi rice

There’s a legend that ties the origin of this popular dish to one of Japan’s biggest bookstores. 

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This 7-Eleven convenience store causes a buzz with foreigners online

No other 7-Eleven in Japan can compete with this branch’s claim to fame.

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How should you use the small hiroen in a Japanese ryokan hotel room?

Answering a question that’s puzzled travellers for decades.

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Japanese prison will become luxury hotel managed by country’s premier resort company

Hoshinoya Nara Prison’s guests’ stays will be shorter and more comfortable than Nara Prison’s occupants’ were.

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Wear samurai armor while playing video games? That’s an option at this Japanese inn【Video】

Hokkaido ryokan lets you suit up in lamellar to play Dance Dance Revolution and Out Run.

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Decorate yourself and your home with ancient Japanese exquisiteness from Felissimo

C’mon and add some Jomon to your life.

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Hiroshima samurai house’s toilet and shrine show it wasn’t always easy being a warrior family

Small details tell some big stories.

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Fossil of an extinct crab discovered in a pillar at Tokyo Station

A fascinating link to the city’s ancient past…if you know where to find it.

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Tokyo’s coolest open-air museum gets even cooler with hot summer nights event

Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum wants to take you back in time to an old-school summer festival.

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Reflecting on an old red-light district in Tokyo as another landmark closes its doors forever

The neighborhood of Otsuka is very different from what it once was–and even more so without its most iconic building. 

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