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Tokyo Ryokan: Experience Japanese Hospitality Without Leaving Town

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Ryokan, Japan’s traditional guesthouses, are the perfect places to soak up Japanese culture. The only problem? They’re often way out in the countryside. Getting out to the sticks isn’t always easy, especially if you’re on a whistle-stop tour of Tokyo. But these three Tokyo ryokan are right in the heart of some of the capital’s most historic neighborhoods, making each a perfect base of operations for your stay here. Plus, they offer cheapo-friendly combo deals.
Andon Ryokan, Taito Ward
Andon is Tokyo’s original “designer ryokan”, and it’s not hard to see why from inside. There are thoughtful touches from floor to ceiling and in every nook and cranny. Built to reflect the convergence of old and new, the modern c

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Eating with the Seasons: 8 Japanese Spring Foods to Try

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Nicer weather is right around the corner, and with it comes a unique list of Japanese spring foods. If you’re looking to eat seasonally in Japan, there are plenty of delicious treats to try!
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While the plum blossoms fade and the cherry blossoms begin budding, spring in Japan is a welcome change after the bitter cold of winter. While it is always a great season for produce around the world, there are some specific foods that take Japanese restaurants, kitchens and picnic blankets by storm in spring. Whether you’re enjoying snacks and drinks under the trees, cooking at home or checking out the specials board at your local restaurant, it’s always nice to try something fresh, knowing it’s at its best. From tradi

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Capsule Hotels: Minimalist, Budget-Friendly Accommodation

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It’s past midnight, and you just missed the last train. A hotel is out of the question, much too pricey, but you definitely want more privacy than a tiny cubicle in a manga cafe. What’s a cheapo to do? That’s where the capsule hotel comes in.
First built by Kisho Kurokawa in Osaka in 1979, capsule hotels consist of pod-like rooms—if you can call them rooms, as they’re more like compartments—stacked together, providing the bare minimum in terms of space and amenities. Not for nothing are they also sometimes known as sleep pods, cube hotels or cubicle hotels: they’re snug. Inside, there’s just enough room for a person to crawl inside, lie down, and (maybe) sit up (if you’re tall, this might be impossible)

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8 Cherry-Picked Cherry Blossom Spots in Osaka

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As Japan’s Kitchen, there are few better places than Osaka for the perfect hanami picnic. With spring in the air, here’s a round-up of the best spots to enjoy Osaka cherry blossoms.
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Osaka may not be as famously picturesque as its neighbor Kyoto, but the beauty of cherry blossom can transform even the most urban of places into a seasonal wonderland. The gardens and parks of Osaka provide the most popular spots and, as a livelier city, you’ll find more blue tarps than you ever thought possible (plus plenty of beer to go with them).
The peak bloom is usually expected to be at the start of April, so you can expect the blossoming to begin around a week beforehand. If you’re arriving a little later into April, be

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Tokyo Events This Week: Chinese New Year Celebrations Continued

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Tokyo events for Monday, February 11 to Sunday, February 17, 2019
Chinese New Year celebrations in Yokohama’s Chinatown continue with parades, lion dances and more. Other events this week give you the chance to pick up new books, tasty chocolate, or spot a liar (oo, intriguing).
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Valentine’s Charity Chocolate Sale
Treat yourself or a loved one to some chocolate all while supporting the Free the Children Japan. Proceeds from the chocolate sale help fund the construction of a school roof in Mindanao, Philippines.

Valentine’s Charity Chocolate SaleDates:9th Feb–11th Feb, 2019
Entry:
Free
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Tokyo English Book

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