Shirakawago and Gokayama villages: Travel Guide

Picture a quaint village embanked in snow. Icy whiteness covers the ground and clings to the roofs of the traditional Japanese farmhouses like icing on a gingerbread house. Streets and windows become golden torches as the sun begins to set.

The Historic Villages of Shirakawago and its neighboring village, Gokayama are one of central Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  They hold a serene natural beauty as well as a unique architecture.

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Kyoto Tower: Access, hotel and facilities

The Kyoto Tower is one of Kyoto’s modern landmarks, standing in gleaming contrast to its ancient shrines and temples. Its red and white spire stands tall above the city. The tower was built in 1964 and is 131 meters in height, weighing 800 tons. It was one of Japan’s many feats that year, alongside the Tokyo Olympics and the inauguration of the Shinkansen bullet train.

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Ueno Station Travel Guide

Located in the Taito ward of Tokyo, Ueno Station has long been a traditional transportation hub. It was constructed in 1883 and inspired a pre-1912 poem by the young Ishikawa Takuboku. A memorial plate concerning the poem can be viewed inside the station. Today, Ueno Station is utilized both by local commuters and the long distance trains coming to Tokyo from northern regions of Japan.

Smaller than many of the other stations in Tokyo, Ueno Station is well suited to the international traveler. Consider the following information to help make your trip fun and worry-free!

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Shinjuku’s Golden Gai: Best bars and how to get there

Six alleys in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho red light district are lined with tightly packed independent bars. Glows from within light up the night, but this isn’t the neon city you expect when in Tokyo. This is the Golden Gai, an unfiltered and unpolished doorway into the other side of Tokyo’s nightlife.

What is the Golden Gai? How do you get there? What should you do (or not do) while you are there? We’ve scraped together the savory and seedy details in this Golden Gai travel guide.

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Nippori Station travel guide

Nippori Station, called Nippori-eki in Japanese, is located in Arakawa, a Tokyo’s special ward. The station, like Tokyo itself, enjoys a long and abundant history. “Nippori” means “place where the sun sets”, and this quiet area hearkens back to the charms of yesteryear.

Nippori Station was inaugurated in 1905. Today, it serves over one hundred thousand passengers each day. Will your travels take you through Nippori Station? Employ this handy travel guide to learn about the station’s train lines and nearby attractions.

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