Monday, November 18, 2019

An Idyllic Japanese Setting for Your Next Photo Shoot? A Great Backdrop for Your New Cosplay Get-Up? A Romantic Date Spot? Aizumura Is All That and More!

Perhaps you've spent a few days in Tokyo, or made your way west to Kyoto and Osaka, but a trip to Japan's tourist hot spots misses out on some of the best of what the country has to offer: gorgeous natural scenery and beautiful traditional architecture uncrowded by hordes of excited visitors. For that, we recommend Aizumura, tucked away in the Aizu region of northern Japan, and quite possibly the best-kept secret of Japan's cosplayers and photoshoot lovers. Whether you're looking for a relaxing afternoon outside, or the perfect backdrop for your next day of filming, let us tell you about Aizumura, and all the things to do in Aizu Wakamatsu!

Head to Aizumura in Cosplay, High Fashion, or Travel Gear!

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Little Bit of Traditional Japan & a Little Bit of Sci-Fi Futurism at the Shinjuku Robot Restaurant, 2019

Less eatery, more dazzling robot-studded performance venue, it's Shinjuku's Robot Restaurant! Every night of the week the Robot Restaurant is host to a show spectacular featuring shining lasers, talented dancers, and absolutely huge robots of all shapes and sizes - right in the middle of Kabukicho, Shinjuku. It's a go-to spot for visitors to Tokyo looking for an extravagant bit of fun on any night of the week, so bring along our Robot Restaurant discount coupon and see what all the buzz is about!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Get a Local Look at Shinjuku, Shop Right at the Train Station! At Shinjuku Mylord & Flags

When a local Tokyoite says they're heading to Shinjuku for the day, you know that means they're going to shop till they drop! But a shopping trip in downtown Tokyo doesn't have to wear you out; some of Shinjuku's best shopping can be found right outside the train station's ticket gates. Head towards the southern end of "Shinjuku Eki" (新宿駅, Shinjuku Station) and you'll find some of our most highly recommended shopping destinations: Shinjuku Mylord (pronounced "me lord") and Flags. Between these two shopping centers, you'll find everything you need to shop your heart out. Don't get lost down Shinjuku's myriad alleys and avenues, Mylord and Flags have fashion options and music, vinyl records and k-pop, anime goods and lunch offerings including sushi, ramen, and even gourmet vegan meals.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Find Kyoto Tradition & Modern Convenience at Hotel Intergate Kyoto Shijo Shinmachi

Once a city found mostly on the itineraries of temple-lovers, Kyoto has changed into a go-to travel spot in the past couple dozen years. And it's no wonder; Kyoto's wonderfully historic streets and temples, largely unchanged for hundreds of years, alongside modern food and cafe culture, are all pretty tempting. Who doesn't want to stop in for a look at the glittering golden Kinkakuji Temple, the spectacular cliffside view of Kiyomizudera Temple, or the intriguing red gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine? With the incoming crowds, new hotels and transformed hotels are opening their doors around the city, including historical streets like Shinmachi, once a destination for kimono fabric wholesale. There are even hotels where you can return in the evening to experience Japanese tea ceremony, or even an entirely authentic performance from a maiko (Kyoto's geisha)!

Hotel Intergate Kyoto: immersed in Kyoto tradition

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Mary's Chocolate Cafe: You'll Want to Gobble Up the History... and the Chocolate!

Uniquely high-quality Japanese chocolate, Mary's Chocolate has been producing sweet treats in Japan for almost 70 years now. They even played a huge role in bringing the fun of Valentine's Day to Japan - if it weren't for Mary's Chocolate, the chocolate-giving tradition might have never caught on! These days you certainly don't have to wait for Valentine's Day to check out their luscious chocolates, of course. The wafting smell of chocolate might just draw you right out of Tokyo Station the next time you pass through, pulling you into the Mary's Cafe across the street. Not only does this cafe have all the tasty drinks and snacks you'd hope for, you can even treat yourself to a custom chocolate bar there (or make one to bring to a friend). So don't waste your time with the waxy oversweet snacks at the convenience store. Next time you're craving a dose of chocolate, direct yourself towards Mary's Cafe (or even get some Mary's Chocolate in the airport on your way out of Japan).