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Thanks to the shogun, this Tokyo Shinto shrine has good luck charms to help you win idol tickets

The historical reason this shrine in the heart of the city is becoming a must-visit for idol fans.

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Plushie versions of ancient Japanese protection charms are our new favourite capsule toys

Haniwa and dogu are now available in plushie form!

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Survey picks Japan’s top three (actually four) open-air museums【Photos】

A day at the museum doesn’t have to mean a day inside.

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Mist descends upon Japan’s “Killing Stone” after ceremony to appease nine-tailed fox spirit

Does this mean the priest’s purification ritual has placated the beast? Or is it an omen of something else to come?

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Japan’s “killing stone” splits in two, possibly unleashing evil nine-tailed fox spirit

Ominous event has people fearing this is a harbinger of doom.

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Kyoto City official arrested for bribery with old-timey gold coin

Arrgh, me corruption’ll cost ye a shiny gold doubloon!

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Missing 700-year-old national treasure katana found in Australia【Video】

Katana was gifted to shrine by samurai lord two centuries ago, but has been missing for decades.

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Kyoto sightseeing tour: The most amazing old bathhouses in the city

Step back in time as we explore Kyoto’s hidden onsen culture. 

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Ginza: Where the streetlights are specially designed to make women look beautiful

Little known fact makes this Japanese neighbourhood a great place to go for a romantic date. 

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Beautiful Starbucks in Kyoto blends into its traditional landscape in more ways than one

Beverages taste better here, when you can drink in Japanese scenery like this.

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Wasp larvae bento: a traditional delicacy in the Japanese mountains

A local specialty best eaten with a side of courage.

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One of Tokyo’s best museums is closing and won’t be open again for years

Museum focusing on the Edo era enters an era of being closed.

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Former Nintendo headquarters reopens as hotel in Kyoto

Reservations now being accepted for a night in gaming history.

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Japanese bento serves up a slice of the samurai life in a special carry case

Lunch like a warrior in Tokyo for a limited time.

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Online pilgrimages along Japan’s famous Shikoku Henro route begin later this year

A journey of 1,000 kilometers begins with a single log-in.

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Goodbye, Megaweb! Downtown Tokyo’s coolest car museum is closing for good【Photos】

An amazing collection of cars in a free museum is about to figuratively drive off into the sunset.

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World Heritage Site in Gunma struggling to crowdfund repair costs

A silk mill that generated an immeasurable amount of money for Japan, is not getting the favor returned.

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Drive your car on an airport runway at this secret spot in Japan

The sign above reads: “No entry during takeoff and landing.

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Senkoji: The Japanese temple that’s more like a theme park to heaven and hell

The chief priest at this temple says there’s more to this experience than just entertainment.

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Tokyo museum apologizes for calling Demon Slayer’s brothel district setting a “glamorous world”

As hit anime’s “Entertainment District Arc” kicks off, Edo-Tokyo Museum reaffirms commitment to telling the complete real-world story.

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