Takanawa Gateway: New station on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line

On March 14h, 2020, after a long period of development and construction, Japan Rail (JR) East opened a new station on the Yamanote Loop Line, Takanawa Gateway Station. Situated in Tokyo’s Minato Ward between Shinagawa and Tamachi, the newly built station will also serve the Keihin Tohoku Line, and is located close to the popular Roppongi district.

Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Guide

Update: 03/24/2020 The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed because of concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was jointly made by the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo: Best spots and festivals

Japan is world famous for its sakura, or cherry blossom, season. In early spring, thousands of trees across Japan burst forth in shades of red, pink, and white, washing the land in color. Many families enjoy hanami at this time, picnics or parties for the purpose of viewing the flowers. Tourists also flock to Japan during the cherry blossom season. Tokyo is a prime viewing location due to its abundant parks and green spaces. If you’d like to see Tokyo in bloom, when should you plan your vacation? What are the best spots for cherry blossom viewing? And, how can … Continue reading “Cherry blossoms in Tokyo: Best spots and festivals”

Cherry blossoms in Kyoto: Where to admire the Hanami

The sakura cherry blossom season in Japan is on the bucket list of travelers the world over. For a few short weeks each spring, Japan’s cities and countryside are adorned with the cloudlike white and pink flowers. Residents often hold hanami, parties or picnics for the purpose of observing the blossoms. You may even find yourself in the midst of a cherry blossom festival! If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto during this remarkable time of year, you will find cherry blossoms in abundance. There are, however, a number of places that provide a truly stunning cherry blossom experience in … Continue reading “Cherry blossoms in Kyoto: Where to admire the Hanami”

Tokyo Imperial Palace: How and when to visit

A sturdy stone wall surrounded by a vast moat. Whitewashed buildings with sloping roofs in a historic Japanese style. Elegant and simplistic gardens. Museums brimming with rare artifacts. This is the site of Kōkyo or Imperial Palace, the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family.

2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan: Travel guide

Rugby fans around the world are already looking forward to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. It is the first time in the event’s history that it will take place outside the traditional heartland of the sport, and the first time it will be held in Asia. The 6-week tournament will kick off on September 20 and will finish with the final on November 2 in Yokohama Stadium. The fixtures will be played in twelve stadiums around Japan, providing rugby fans with the perfect excuse to visit a fascinating and unique country.