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  • Tokyo Disney expansion plans revealed
    Tokyo's $4.2 billion plan adds new lands and attractions
    Tokyo Disney's top of the line theme parks, often considered the best in the world, are about to get even better. The Oriental Land Company, official owners of the resort, have announced significant additions to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo...
  • Paul McCartney returns to the Budokdan
    Paul McCartney gets back to Beatles concert venue at the Budokan in Tokyo
    Paul McCartney brought back reminders of his days with the Beatles April 28 in a show at the Budokan in Tokyo with a shorter than usual concert that had a set list with, as usual, many Fab Four songs but also numerous set list changes from his...
  • Take a bow
    Paul McCartney brings back Wings classic for last Tokyo Dome show
    Paul McCartney closed out his three shows at the Tokyo Dome April 27 with a couple of minor set changes as he had two days earlier for the second show at the venue. He returned to his original Tokyo opener, “Magical Mystery Tour,” and...
  • Paul McCartney
    Paul McCartney breaks out another Beatles song in second Tokyo show
    Paul McCartney's second of three shows at the Tokyo Dome April 25 featured a couple of set list changes from the first show two days earlier. He opened with a different Beatles song, “Eight Days a Week” instead of “Magical...
  • Godzilla
    Godzilla becomes a tourism ambassador for Tokyo
    Betcha Godzilla never saw this job opportunity (or any) coming. According to the Associated Press on Thursday, the central Shinjuku ward of Tokyo has officially announced the building-stomping, mutated creature has become their newest tourism...
  • Cherry Blossom Fest began March 7 with Smithsonian's Japanese screens exhibit
    Cherry Blossom Fest began March 7 with Smithsonian's Japanese screens exhibit
    "Might warm breezes be melting the frozen waters", urged the great Japanese poet Ki no Tsurayuki more than 1,000 years ago.This winter feels like it's lasting a thousand years. But the frozen waters and snow finally began melting, as...
  • Tokyo Tower
    Japan doubles tourism
    Japan tourism officials are on their way to boost the country's tourism to 20 million foreign visitors a year by 2020. That's the target year Japan hosts the Summer Olympics, from July 24 to August 9.Currently, visitors top about 10...
  • Mt. Fuji, Yamanashi prefecture
    Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture: home to Mount Fuji
    A short rail ride from hyper Tokyo, Yamanashi prefecture lies in a central valley wreathed by Japan’s tallest mountains, including the beloved Mount Fuji.Located in Japan’s Chubu region, Yamanashi comprises the Five Lakes region with...
  • Numazu, Japan - Izu Peninsula
    Numazu, Japan: seafood and great Mt. Fuji views
    Numazu, just 100 kilometers from Tokyo, is a favored escape from the city for lovers of the ocean, seafood, hiking, bicycling, golf, and superb views of Mount Fuji.The city is an easy stop on the JR Tokaido Main line between Atami and Shizuoka....
  • Japan's Kanagawa prefecture
    Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture: Tokyo’s choice getaway
    Within an hour of Tokyo’s manic pace lies much of Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture, strewn with varied nature, museums, quaint cities, hot springs and astounding views of Mount Fuji.Kanagawa’s capital is Yokohama, the deepest port in...
  • Mt. Fuji
    Japan’s Shizuoka prefecture: optimal views of Mt. Fuji
    Japan’s Shizuoka prefecture is home to stunning shrines and temples, and the area borders what to many Japanese is the country’s most sacred shrine: Mount Fuji.The prefecture follows the curve of the Pacific coast, and reaches the foot...
  • Priest at Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine
    Mount Fuji’s Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine
    Shinto shrines that cover Mount Fuji’s foothills were built to appease the volcano’s ever-present threat of eruption. The main, north-facing shrine, Fujiyoshida Sengen, was founded in 788 and is formally known as Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji...
  • Kola Olagboyega conquers Mount Fuji
    Mount Fuji’s 5th Station: halfway to heaven
    The ascent up Mount Fuji rarely begins from the base. Most visitors start at the 5th Station, halfway up the volcano. Here, the Yoshida trail continues from where it began at the Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine far below.At times the Yoshida Trail, one...
  • Top 10 Tokyo sites not often visited by tourists
    Tokyo’s top 10 non-tourist sites to explore
    You'll find parks, mountain, public bath, fashion district, train line, bridge, fish market, and others are just some places in Tokyo not many foreign tourists know about. There is so much more to see in Tokyo, Japan besides the popular...
  • Sushi for breakfast in Tokyo
    Three open air markets in Asia
    Visiting markets in foreign countries can be a real awakening as to how the locals live. Many open air and floating markets are fascinating and exist around the world. Some of the most fascinating can be found in developing countries, but there...
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