Japan has always been reviewed as the place where you would find the most unconventional things happen.
We are talking about the street fashion of Harajuku, the maid cafes, vending machines,the technology, anime and the otaku culture. It is also naturally blessed with great scenic beauty and history that beautifully co-exists with the current urban surroundings.
Here, we take a look at the 5 things you got to do while in Japan because this list is synonymous with everything truly Japanese.
1 Shopping at Harajuku, Tokyo
Harajuku is the centre of Japanese youth culture and fashion. Harajuku is most popularly known for its vintage and garish styles and thrift shopping.
Some palces to see in Harajuku are:
Loafarar Harajuku : Located in the centre of Harajuku, it is a 13 storey building that has many small boutiques that sells garish and eccentric clothing. This kind of fashion is typical of Harajuku street style.
Pass the Baton : Here, you will be able to shop for antiques, second hand furniture art and clothing, many of which have previously been owned by celebrities.
G2? : Here, shop for vintage clothing from the 1950s to 1980s, all organized accordingly to style, from kitsch to classic, even vintage high end designer wear.
Japan is known around the world for its sushi and wagyu meat. Here, we give you 3 food options you have to try when in Japan.
Ganso Zushi : This is an eatery chain that serves up the cheapest sushi via conveyor belt. The menu here is also in English. Prices start at $ 1.72. They have sushi in tuna, salmon, fatty tuna, sweet prawn, swordfish and sea urchin.
Sushi- Ro: It is one of the most famous sushi chains in Japan that is very popular among college students and children. Sushi –Ro serves udon and other items besides sushi.
Ramen-tei: Located on the side streets around Sensoji, the noodles here have a superior taste for its price. This place is famous for being frequently featured on television programs.
Hidakaya: Has 330 stores in the Kanto region, it prides itself in bringing out traditional flavors. This chain specializes in Chinese style ramen and meals. They have 12 different varieties of ramen.
Vending machines: Experience the vending machine culture in Japan. They have all sorts of items from drinks and chips to underwear and cigarettes and everything in between.
3 Cherry Blossom
The first cherry blossoms arrive in January in Okinawa, Kyoto and Tokyo in late March and early April and Hokkaido in early May.
Mount Yoshina: Covered in around 30,000 cherry trees, this place is the most popular cherry blossom viewing place in Japan. There are four distinct stations in the ascent to this mountain, with various viewpoints and food stalls along the way.
Shinjuku Gyoen : It is a park located at the centre of Tokyo city. This park has around 1000 cherry trees both early bloomers and late bloomers, making the cherry season longer in this park.
Mount Fuji : Mount Fuji is the most famous mountain in Japan. View cherry blossoms here from Hokane and the Fuji Five lakes region for best views.
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Onsen is hot spring in Japanese.Japan has thousands of onsens because of the numerous volcanic activities that happen frequently.
Some of the suggested onsens to visit are:
Hakone Onsen: It is located one and half hour away from Tokyo both by bus and train.Situated along two rivers, there are various styles of accommodation to choose from : traditional, historic and modern. There are many day spa facilities available.
Yufein Onsen: Located at the foot of Mt. Yufudake, this onsen is one heavily favored by women and accommodations are located in the rural areas to make your stay more scenic. There are also restaurants and clothing stores available.
Kusatsu Onsen: It is one of the most famous onsens in Japan and is located in Gunma. This facility allows you to visit multiple onsens for free and there are a lot of nice cafes and inns in the city.
5 100 YEN Shops
100 yen shops are popular because they are extremely cheap and have good quality items. Most pieces at these shops retail for 100 yen ( 0.90 USD).
Some of these shops are :
Seria : The product section has home necessities, DIY craft supplies and knick knacks. These stores are found inside most Marui malls. Check out the ceramics section for great finds. The Seria store in Shinjuku is the best outlet to get your shopping done.
Daiso : This is a three floor shop located in Harajuku and sells household products and souvenirs. Here, you can buy LCD digital wrist watch for 99 yen.
Natural Kitchen: This French inspired place offers great products that are mostly priced at 99 yen. If you are looking to stock up on shabby, chic kitchen ware, shop at this place. This store is located at Shibuya.
Note: All the 100 yen places mentioned here are localities of Tokyo city.
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