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Kimono Dress-up Experience in Asakusa Tokyo – All the behind the scene and what to expect from this experience

One of my favourite and most memorable cultural experiences in Japan was the kimono dress-up during winter at Asakusa, Tokyo! I have always been so mesmerised by the beauty of Japanese traditional kimono and was looking forward to an extraordinary dress-up experience. Based on favourable reviews online and beautiful kimono outfits preview, I booked a …

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Customized Pillow from Tokyo Nishikawa – offers great comfort and support for a good night sleep

Do you suffer from poor sleep quality every night with shoulder and neck ache in the morning? Do you always find yourself repurchasing pillows because you can’t seem to find THE ONE of the suitable height and density? How about buying yourself a useful souvenir from Japan: a customized pillow that is especially tailored-made to …

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Sendai Tsunami Memorial Community Center Visit – Take a journey down that fateful event and see how Japanese cope with the disaster

Year 2011 was significant for JR Vacation as we commenced our first Japan vacation on that year and have never looked back since. I remembered receiving many worrying comments about the planned vacation as it took place just a few months after The Great East Japan Earthquake. Finally, on our 18th vacation to Japan, we …

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Pikachu Themed POKEMON with YOU Train in Tohoku – Extreme cuteness for Pikachu lover

We have the habit of relying on HyperDia – Japan transportation search engine system (you can learn how to use this superd transportation search engine here) to map out the recommended route for all our travels in Japan. During our recent trip, we were surprised to find “POKEMON TRAIN KESENNUMA” recommended by HyperDia for our returning …

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Beautiful Winter at Geibikei Gorge, Tohoku – Taking a boat ride down the Gorge, feeding ducks, and enjoying traditional Japan singing

After our maiden hike at Yamadera (you may refer to our previous post here), we ventured into another first time: a winter boat ride down the Satetsu River to view Geibikei Gorge in Iwate Prefecture. The 2 kilometer Geibikei Gorge is a designated “National Place of Scenic Beauty”, as well as one of the “100 …

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Cupcakes and High Tea at la petite mercerie Cafe Tokyo

Love cupcakes? Shopping in Tokyo with a child/toddler (especially girls)/female companion and looking for a cafe with desserts that will appeal to the young and old? Simply looking for a pit-stop to rest your aching feet from the shopping? Longing for peaceful me-time where you can admire people-watching within the bustling city? All the above …

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Winter Hike at Yamadera, Tohoku Region with tips

Shortly after a warm welcome into 2018, JR Vacation reached a new milestone! We embarked on our first winter hike at Yamadera! It was an exhilarating experience, as well as one of the most memorable highlights of our recent Tohoku winter trip. A little background about Yamadera: Located northeast of Yamagata City, Yamadera (literally translated …

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Little Birds Themed Cafe – Kotori Cafe Omotesando

Sipping exclusively available Hawaiian-Japanese coffee, tasting delicious and exquisite home-made tarts and cakes, admiring colourful birds, surrounded by their beautiful singing and chirping. This very blissful scenario took place at a cozy “little birds” themed cafe – Kotori Cafe in Omotesando. Admittedly, I am not an aggressive bird lover but at the end of my visit, …

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Celebrating New Year’s Day (Ganjitsu) in Japan

1st January, New Year’s Day also known as Ganjitsu is the most important holiday in Japan. For your information, Gan means “beginning” and Jitsu means “Day”. Ganjitsu is a joyous holiday that marks a new and fresh beginning into the year. After your New Year’s Eve countdown (you may refer to another entry here: New Year’s Eve Countdown Options in Japan), you may want …

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Orange Street, Osaka (cafe and shopping) (Part 2)

After a short walk and delightful lunch at Timeless Comfort Cafe, let’s continue to explore the rest of Orange Street! –> After Timeless Comfort, you will see a relatively industrial looking shop with an interesting signage of multiple faces. That is ASOKO. ASOKO sells miscellaneous affordable lifestyle goods. The concept reminds me of Three Coins …