Category Archives: TRAVEL

Getting from Narita to Shinjuku

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The skyscraper district of Shinjuku.
Shinjuku is a non-stop shopping and entertainment district in central Tokyo that also happens to be a jumping-off point to many other parts of the prefecture. There are lots of ways to get from Narita to Shinjuku, but these are our top picks.
The 4 best ways for getting from Narita to Shinjuku
Fastest
We’ve always found the Keisei Skyliner train to be the quickest option—you get from Narita to Shinjuku in 56 minutes, paying ¥2,470 one way. You need to make one transfer; get off at Nippori Station and switch to the JR Yamanote Line to complete the journey. You can buy Keisei Skyliner tickets online in advance.
Cheapest
If you want to halve the costs of the trip, you can take the regular Kei

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Tokyo to Okinawa: Getting to the Islands

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Simply put, Okinawa is Japan’s answer to paradise. If you want to stretch out on golden sands, swim with turtles and explore (relatively) uninhabited islands, read on for budget-friendly ways of getting yourself from Tokyo to Okinawa.
Beaches like this make the trip from Tokyo to Okinawa worthwhile.
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Flights from Tokyo
Flights from Osaka
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Things to do in Okinawa
Exploring Ishigaki
Alternatives to Okinawa

Made up of over 150 islands and lying about 400 miles from the rest of Japan, the Okinawan archipelago is in its own world. Beautiful clear seas are waiting to be explored, mountains hiked and cocktails drunk. Whether you’re in Japan for a few weeks or living here, if you’re in need of a break then Okinaw

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Tasting Saitama grown European Vegetables at Trattoria Azzuri in Musashi Urawa

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Hi everyone! This is Love Saitama Ambassador Jessica.

There’s a very special restaurant that I would like to introduce you to today: Trattoria Azzuri! Located at Musashi Urawa Station on the Saikyo Line it is a 30 minute trip from Shinjuku or Shibuya. Their delicious food and world class pizza is loved by local residents and visitors alike. Today however I’m going to introduce you to another wonderful reason to come and eat at Trattoria Azzuri!

Started in 2004, Azzuri makes and serves Italian food however the produce, vegetables, fruit and rice used in their menu are grown locally in Saitama Prefecture! The restaurant prides itself on growing interesting and unique European varieties of vegetables most of which are difficult to find in a regular supermarket or wholesalers market.

Located about 5 minutes from Musashi Urawa Station, the restaurant can be tricky to locate so I will give directions.
Going out the wicket gates and walking left there is a bridge which leads towards a bookstore. Part of the way on the bridge there is an elevator and a flight of stairs both on the left hand side. Walking down the stairs and towards Coco Ichiban Curry you will notice the railway tracks are above you.

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Continue walking in the same direction of the tracks and you will come to Trattoria Azzuri!

On the way to Azzuri I came across a bicycle rental area which operates within Saitama City too! After registering the bicycles are available for hiring using your Suica or Pasmo card. There is more information on the Chokotabi Saitama page about bicycle rental.

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Plum Blossoms in Tokyo: Where to See Them

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It’s true, cherry blossoms do tend to overshadow Japan’s other stunning flowers. However, plum blossoms in Tokyo, which typically bloom in late February to signal the start of spring, are a delight in their own right and should not be overlooked. Plum blossoms are on display in and around Tokyo’s parks, gardens and shrines.
Plum blossoms typically bloom in February, before the cherry blossom season.
When to see plum blossoms in Tokyo
Before the Nara period (10-794 AD), hanami (flower-viewing) referred to plum blossoms, not cherry blossoms, and the plum holds a special place in Japanese culture, symbolizing hope and vitality, and reassuring everyone that even if it’s still very cold, warmer weather will come. Despite

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