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Mt. Takao In the Fall

Nestled just on the outskirts of Tokyo, Mt. Takao beckons with its serene trails, breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji, and unique cultural touches. Whether you opt for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, Mt. Takao offers a diverse range of experiences. This guide will delve deeper into the various hiking trails and share […]
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2023 Coto Travel Guide:  Things To Do in Japan in December

Japan is a beautiful country with four distinct seasons. December is the beginning of winter in Japan, and it’s a great time to visit if you want to experience the country’s snow and winter festivals. Here are some of the best things to do in Japan in December. A Quick Jump To… See The Christmas […]
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Conquering the Peaks: A Journey Through Mount Tsukuba

Tucked away in the heart of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, stands the majestic Mt. Tsukuba. Unlike the more famous Mt. Fuji, Mt. Tsukuba, with its twin peaks, offers a unique charm that beckons hikers from all corners. As I embarked on this journey, I quickly understood why it’s known as “The Purple Mountain” – a testament […]
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Where to Enjoy American-style Thanksgiving in Tokyo

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (well…almost), and one of the best parts about it is gathering around a table with friends and family to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. But sometimes, finding a place to dine out for this special occasion can be difficult in Tokyo. Alternatively, perhaps you’ve decided to tackle […]
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Exploring Japan’s Autumn Wonderland: Things to Do in November

Japan is a beautiful country to visit any time of year, but November is a particularly special time to go. The weather is starting to cool down, but it’s not yet too cold, and the autumn leaves are in full bloom. This is the perfect time to visit the Land of the Rising Sun, with […]
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Spilling the Tea – About Japanese Tea!

Imagine you are enjoying a warm cup of matcha tea. As you take that first soothing sip, you are reminded of just how important tea is for many people and cultures. And, nowhere is this more evident than in Japan! Sip. Ever since tea showed up on Japan’s shores hundreds of years ago, you muse, […]
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Don’t Eat That : Fake Food in Japan

Have you ever sat down to eat at a restaurant, saw your friend’s dish arrive, and then thought, oh, I wish I had ordered that instead? Then perhaps it would have been helpful to see a fake food sample before ordering – aka the menu in the form of hyper realistic plastic food. That is […]
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Karaoke in Japan : A Guide to Help You Sing Your Heart Out

When you come to Japan, visiting a karaoke box is an absolute must. After all, the word karaoke (カラオケ) originated in Japan. As opposed to the type of karaoke where you perform in front of lots of strangers, in Japan, you can rent a private room for your party or entirely for yourself. In this […]
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Best Time to Visit Japan: Where to go, and What to do?

It’s almost impossible to grasp what Japan is in a single trip. Here, in the land of the rising sun, each season offers unique aspects that can not be found elsewhere and at other times. On the quest of finding the best time to visit Japan, we will give you an overview of each seasons […]
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10 Things to do During Summer in Japan

We have officially entered August, the hottest month in Japan, and whether you’re looking to escape the heat or soak up more sunshine, we have just the list of activities to make your summer in Japan unforgettable. Table of Contents 1. Visit Kanagawa’s island getaway, Enoshima With summer in Japan being as hot as it […]
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Hiking in Japan: 10 Alternatives to Mount Fuji

Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a nature lover, hiking in Japan will be a memorable experience for you. Japan is known for its beautiful mountain ranges and nature, hence its become more and more famous among mountain climbers. The most well-known destination is unarguably Mount Fuji, as it is the highest mountain and the […]
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Things to Do in Tokyo to Avoid Tourist Traps

In 2021, Japan ranked number one on the Travel and Tourism Development Index (World Economic Forum). With an abundance of history, culture, and mouth-watering cuisine, it’s really no wonder why. As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Tokyo can be an overwhelming place to navigate, especially when trying to uncover the city’s hidden […]
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