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Tempura Tendon Tenya 天丼てんや – Best Tempura Chain Restaurant in Japan

Whenever we are craving for some authentic Japanese Tempura, we will head over to the nearest Tempura Tendon Tenya (天丼てんや) restaurant. With over 500 shops all over Japan, Tendon Tenya is a really popular Tempura chain restaurant among both locals and tourists. The most famous Tendon Tenya outlet is located in Harajuku after Justin Bieber …

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Staying in Airbnb in Japan under the new law

Early this year, a new law was passed in Japan that forbids short term rental of Minpakus (private homes). Many Airbnb hosts were affected and we are seeing thousands of cancellations. New Airbnb Law In Japan for Minpaku Airbnb in major cities like Tokyo and Osaka are extremely popular due to high hotel costs. Booking …

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How to play PachiSlot in Japan Pachinko Parlour

The GoGo PachiSlot is my favourite game in a Japanese Pachinko Parlour due to its simplicity and fast paced gaming. A pachinko parlour may seem daunting for new visitors, but it is actually a really fun place to hang out and spend some time, with a chance of winning some dinner money. GoGo Pachislot In …

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How to travel from Narita Airport to Tokyo Metropolitan areas

Upon landing at Narita Airport in Tokyo, tourists are given many options of transportation to get to the Tokyo city area. But choosing the best mode depends on many factors, such as location of your hotel or accommodation, number of pax, and how much luggage you have. Here, from our own experience, we introduce to …

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5 cafe and coffee shop to get your breakfast in Japan

We usually start our day in Japan with simple breakfast like bread and coffee. There are countless chain cafe in major cities and it is so easy to find one of them along any street. We do not have special preference and will normally just hop into the nearest one. Here are 5 of our …

First Timer Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Visiting

Hanayashiki – A hidden theme park for family in Asakusa Tokyo

Visitors to Japan are familiar with Tokyo Disneyland, Universal Studios in Osaka, or Fuji Q Highland. But do you know that there is a theme park in the center of Tokyo city in Asakusa? Hanayashiki (浅草花やしき) holds the record of Oldest Amusement Park in Japan, dating back to 1853 when it was first started as …

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Katsuya Tonkatsu – eating on a budget in Japan

Katsuya Tonkatsu is another popular chain restaurant in Japan that is famous for its curry tonkatsu crispy fried pork cutlet rice. With over 300 shops around Japan, it is easily found and recognisable for anyone looking to get a cheap, nice and filling curry meal. If you had been to Japan or Tokyo, chances are …

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Tips to survive the hot Japan summer – Part 2

Here are a few more tips to survive the hot Japan summer! 6. Enjoy the ice At some shopping streets, there are blocks of ice to help cool down the surroundings. Take advantage of these ice blocks to at least cool your hands. (But no licking of the ice blocks please….). This particular pretty ice …

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Tips to survive the hot Japan summer – Part 1

Japan is now plagued by the heat wave, which has gotten so bad that it is almost considered as a natural disaster. Indeed, even for someone who grew up in all-year summer Singapore, I also find summer in Japan quite distressing at times. Nevertheless, I have learnt to manage the heat and am happy to …

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Ichiran Ramen Japan 一蘭 – A Tourists Favourite

Ichiran Ramen (一蘭) is one of the most well known ramen chain in Japan among tourists. Originating from the kingdom of tonkotsu Fukuoka, Ichiran Ramen has branches all over Japan. In recent years, we can even see them overseas in cities like Hong Kong, Taipei, and New York. Our first experience with Ichiran was many …