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Seen on a walk into Nobeoka

After leaving the Saigo Takamori Memorial Museum, I still had a couple of hours walk to get into downtown Nobeoka and the pilgrimage temples to visit. Along all roadsides in Japan you will find statues of Jizo, often well protected against inclement weather.

Far more common in the big cities, I was surprised to see this group of gaisensha, propoganda buses, belonging to one of the far

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12 Things to Do in Tokyo with Kids

12 things to do in Tokyo with kids - Poteriko

TJapan is a safe and family-friendly travel destination. There’s no shortage of activities and attractions to keep kids of all ages entertained.

Here are 12 things to do in Tokyo with kids on your next visit.

1. Shop: Tokyo Character Street, at JR Tokyo Station

Located in the basement of JR Tokyo Station, Yaesu North Exit, Tokyo Character Street is a collection of themed stores featuring popular characters like Rilakkuma, Pokemon, Miffy and Moomin. Take a break from shopping and visit nearby Tokyo Ramen Street or Tokyo Okashi Land. At Tokyo Ramen Street, you can try ramen (egg noodles) from popular shops all across Japan. At Tokyo Okashi Land, try the Poteriko hot chips from Calbee+ or take home some giant rainbow Pocky from Glicoya Kitchen.

Opening hours: 10:00-20:30

2. Shop: Kiddy Land

Kiddy Land is one of the biggest and most well-known toy shops in Japan. There are a few stores throughout the country including one at Harajuku. Shop your favourite toys from Disney, Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Miffy and much more tax-free.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 to 21:00 and Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:30 to 21:00

Address: Harajuku Store, 6-1-9 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001

3. Experience: Studio Ghibli Museum

Studio Ghibli is an animation house often touted as the Disney of Japan. It’s famous for producing hit films including Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle. The museum in Mitaka is a magical place for kids of all ages.

You must buy tickets in advance as they’re not available at the door. Advance tickets can be bought from the authorised overseas sales agent JTB Australia. They can also be bought online from Lawson Ticket. Tickets go on sale from the 10th of the month prior. E.g. tickets for July 1 through July 31 go on sale on June 10.

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5 of the Coolest Studio Ghibli Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

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5 of the Coolest Studio Ghibli Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

Though it does have its own theme park scheduled to come to life in Aichi Prefecture in four years time, Studio Ghibli is more than just the Japanese equivalent of Disney. With anime being one of the country’s biggest pop cultural exports, many expats and travelers will already have some knowledge of Ghibli before they come to Japan. It’s a studio whose movies are beloved around the world.

Earlier this year, the passing of studio co-founder Isao Takahata at the age of 82 led to an outpouring of recognition for him and the films he directed, such as Grave of the Fireflies and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. This came right as a new short film by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki — his first animated work since going into retirement five years ago — was beginning its exclusive theater run at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.

If you’re looking for a Ghibli-inspired travel experience in Japan before the Ghibli theme park opens in 2022, the museum is certainly a good place to start. However, there are a number of other real-life locations here with ties to Studio Ghibli that are well worth visiting. Let’s take a quick Catbus tour of some of the best spots.

1. Get lost in the Ghibli Museum

Photo by Joshua Meyer

The Ghibli Museum.

Tucked away in the green suburb of Mitaka, Tokyo, where Inokashira Park is located, there is a colorful building with vines creeping up the side of it. Outside, the mythical forest creature Totoro can be seen manning a box office window. On the roof, the long-armed steampunk robot from the movie Castle in the Sky can be seen standing tall.

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Low-Cost Night Cruises on Tokyo Bay

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With its dense jungle of glass, steel and concrete, it’s easy to forget that Tokyo prospered upon its proximity to the sea and its many canals and waterways. For a unique view of the metropolis, there is no better way than to jump on one of the many boats that offer cruises of Tokyo Bay.
While a cruise during the day will give you a fascinating view of day-to-day life and the grimy reality of the many waterways, like the city itself Tokyo Bay comes to life after dark, when the light from a million windows and neon signs shines down on the water. The other obvious advantage of a Tokyo night cruise during the hot summer months is the refreshing breezes out on the water, and the constant flow of chilled beer and cocktails.

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Satoyama@Tokyo private guided tours of rural Tokyo

Partners Information: Enjoy Japanese cultural experiences and outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, and river rafting during your stay in Tokyo.

Satoyama@Tokyo is in Tokyo, so you don’t need to take a bullet train to get there.

Where is Satoyama@Tokyo?

Satoyama@Tokyo is a neighbourhood located to the west of the Tokyo metropolitan area. There are no crowds, no skyscrapers and no bustle of the city. Instead, there are just mountains, rivers, traditional culture and sounds of nature.

In Satoyama@Tokyo, people and nature coexist in harmony.

Travellers can enjoy amazing cultural experiences; visiting historic sites or outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and river rafting as a day trip from downtown Tokyo.

To fully enjoy authentic Japan, stay overnight! Stay at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn with a thatched roof, a resort hotel with river views, or a guesthouse in a preserved historic building.

Escape the crowds and enjoy the blessings of nature in Japan without leaving Tokyo!

Choose from a package tour or have one tailor-made to your interests.

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