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Akihabara in the ’80s looked very different to Tokyo’s otaku mecca today【Video】

Stroll the streets of Electric Town at a time when computers and video games were just beginning to appear on the scene

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Sakura begin to bloom in Japan as early cherry blossom season forecast for 2020

It’s only January but some trees are already 50-percent in full bloom.

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Foreign tourist comes to Japan hoping to see yakuza from Yakuza video game series

People are falling in love with the wide-eyed visitor from abroad who discovers Kabukicho isn’t really like it is in video games.

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Japanese manners videos show how to be a “really cool” traveller in Japan 【Videos】

Japan Tourism Agency uses ninja, sumo and geisha to demonstrate what to do and what not to do in Japan.

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“Let’s Speak North Korean!”

“Such a miracle can only occur in North Korea” and other popular phrases from an authentic DPRK phrasebook.

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Foreign travelers now spend more money in Japan than ever before, surprise country at top of list

Neither Chinese nor American tourists spent the most per person in Japan last year.

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New ANA air pass with unlimited Japanese house rentals, multiple flights now taking applications

An amazingly affordable way to see Japan and live like a local.

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Doll otaku’s plastic bedmate gets loving hospitality from beautiful Japanese hot spring inn

Traditional ryokan in onsen resort town wants to make sure both guests sleep tight.

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Japanese airline still using some startling old, almost 20-year-old computer tech, traveler learns

Air carrier has stuck with its airport OS for longer than just about any private PC user.

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In search of Japan’s hidden double pay phones

And you’ll need to find them all for 100-percent completion of Japan.

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Shinkansen tale of crying baby, grumpy man, and clever attendant warms Japanese internet’s heart

“I can’t sleep with this noisy kid crying!”

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Nishinari, the slum of Osaka, now at risk of gentrification after becoming a tourist hotspot

The “Harlem of Japan” may be losing the very thing that made it so popular in the first place.

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Nintendo’s historic former headquarters in Kyoto to reopen as a hotel

Management promises “comfortable hospitality for both domestic and international travelers.”

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Cherry blossom forecast 2020 released! Sakura season shifts to new start time in Tokyo this year

Japan’s beautiful cherry blossoms are on their way, but not at the same time as usual, according to predicted dates and map.

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Lotte City Hotel in Tokyo comes with all-you-can-eat sweets and ice cream

People in Japan are going crazy for this sweets hotel, which serves up Koala’s March pancakes unavailable anywhere else in the world. 

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Can the powers of the Tokyo area’s literal money-laundering shrine make us rich? We find out

Our latest get-rich-quick scheme takes us to a Shinto shrine in Kamakura with an 835-year history.

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10 tips to remember for your first trip to izakaya, Japan’s awesome traditional pubs【Video】

Suntory’s for-foreigners video has plenty of great info, and we’ve got a few things to add.

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Japan Airlines giving foreign travelers 100,000 free round-trip tickets during the Tokyo Olympics

JAL wants visitors from overseas to see more than just Tokyo during the Tokyo Summer Games.

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“World’s most beautiful Starbucks” gets a makeover in Japan, but is it still beautiful?

We visit the award-winning Starbucks to see if it’s still worthy of its title after a facelift. 

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Pokémon hotel rooms spawn in Tokyo and Kyoto

Spend the night in a Poké Ball with some of your favourite Japanese pocket monsters.

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