Machida (町田)

In today’s post, I’d like to follow up on places that aren’t tourist traps and talk to you about Machida. Just like Hachioji, it is on the outskirts of downtown Tokyo. Machida has two train stations. One is on the JR Yokohama Line and the other is on the Odakyu Line. It is about a forty minute train ride from …

Karaoke (カラオケ)

A typical Japanese past time and also one of my personal favorites is Karaoke (Called carry oke in the west) . First let’s go over what Karaoke actually means. カラ represents the Chinese character 空 which means empty. オケ is a shortened version of オーケストラ which means orchestra. So basically it means “Emtpy Orchestra” Now you are probably wondering what …

What Makes The Imperial Palace In Tokyo Such A Famous Place In Japan?

The Imperial Palace Tokyo Japan without any doubt is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the world. Each year it attracts millions of tourists from around the world in general and the Western Nations in particular. The country offers some of the finest and most varied tourist attractions for people with different tastes and requirements. Yes, Tokyo continues …

Some Interesting Facts about Hachioji (八王子)

In this months post I would like to talk to you about some interesting facts about Hachioji. It’s in Tokyo but located on the outskirts. It’s about an hour away from the downtown area. The reason I’m telling you about this particular city is because it’s off the beaten path. Many people who visit Tokyo only stick to the major tourist destinations. …

Capsule Hotels (カプセルホテル)

One thing that many foreigners who visit Tokyo find surprising is how small or cramped things are. This ranges from the size of an apartment, space in an elevator, the size of cars, etc. But none of those can compare to staying in a capsule hotel. If you are claustrophobic then staying at a capsule hotel is definitely not an option …

Akihabara Electric Town

Akihabara is the household name of an area surrounding the Akihabara Station in Chiyoda ward in Tokyo, Japan. The administrative area referred to as Akihabara belongs to the Kanda-Sakumacho and Sotokanda districts in Chiyoda. Even though there is another administrative district further North of Akihabara Station known as Akihabara in Taito ward, it is not the same place where people …