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The First Sunrise of the Year: Sharing a Spiritual Experience with the Japanese

Sunrise. Not just any sunrise, the first sunrise of the year. Not everyone in Japan is up at the crack of dawn to see the sun come up, but for the many that are, it holds a special meaning. Japan is called, “The Land of the Rising Sun.” The flags that have rep

Tokyo Over the Holidays: What to Expect and Look Forward To

December in Japan is a muted holiday season by most standards. For most visitors, this comes as a welcome change to the constant carols and everything wrapped in Christmas decorations you find in other cities. Yes, the Japanese celebrate Christmas and you will

Ameyoko-loco: What to See, Eat, and Buy at One of Tokyo's Most Populous Markets

With Tokyo in ruins at the end of the second world war, Ueno Station became a gathering point for those who had no other place to go. The station was a terminus for many train lines heading north. Returning soldier, laborers, vegetable peddlers and others pass

Thrift Shop Treasure Hunting

A famous American author once remarked that Japan continually remakes itself. The Tokyo of today hardly looks like the Tokyo at the end of the Showa era (1926 – 1989). And even though history runs deep with towns marking 1300 years and even elementary schools

Chichibu Yomatsuri: One of the Oldest and Most Explosive Festivals in the Winter

There are essentially two reasons throngs of people go to the Chichibu Yomatsuri (Night Festival):The floats and the crowds via 1. The grand floatsIt is one of the 32 Japanese festivals included in UNESCO's

The One Cafe Guaranteed to Blow You Away With Its Quirkiness

For four and a half years, we passed the sign to Chez Noir and ignored it, dismissing it as one of those cute little home cafes in the backwoods, only to find that the joke had been on us.Cafe entrance. Those are real live chickens and geese.From the outside,

The Most Breathtaking Jazz Concert this Fall

Sure there are many cozy nooks to listen to live jazz music in the city, but how about a jazz concert right in the middle of a thousand brilliantly red maple trees in one of Japan's most unusual parks? Once a year on a Saturday evening in late November is the

5 Awesome Wagashi and Where to Get Them

Confection so delicate and beautiful you hesitate to eat them -- but it is exactly this moment of hesitation that wagashi (和菓子) inspires, a moment of hesitation perfect for reflecting about the poetry of nature and the elements represented by these exquisite c

The One Event Book Lovers Shouldn't Miss

Despite the popularity of smart phones, tablets, and all manner of electronic devices for reading ebooks and other digital media, book lovers will swear by the timeless appeal of an old fashioned paper book. Reading is as much a tactile experience as it is cog

5 Tokyo Neighborhoods Off The Beaten Path

There are of course the great and famous neighborhoods: Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Ginza, Asakusa, and Akihabara. But if you're the sort of visitor who finds  touristy places wearisome and would prefer a quiet stroll in underrated neighborhoods, here's your

10 Okinawan Souvenirs So Good You'll Want to Shop Online to Get Your Stash

When an Okinawan friend sends love, it comes in the form of one or more (or all, if you're extremely lucky) of these ten local favorites. Our family visited Okinawa about a year and a half ago where we savored these treats locally. Our trip was long past, and

For An Unconventional Travel Experience, Volunteer

Anybody with money and time can travel, but if you are the sort of person who would like to do something meaningful while traveling, then you might be interested in volunteering. People often find that volunteer experiences contribute to personal growth and en

100+ Year Old Restaurants in Asakusa That Will Send You On a Time Journey

Asakusa is home to the Sensō-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple dedicated to Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, and one of Tokyo's oldest (dating back to the year 645) and most significant temples. It comes to no surprise that it is one of the most widely visited spi

Connecting with Departed Loved Ones Through Japan's Wind Phone

Out on a small hill in the town of Otsuchi  stands a British style telephone booth, with its distinctive glass panes looking out to a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. But unlike the regular iconic British telephone booths, this one is white, intimating

Shin Soba: Taste the Newly Harvested Difference

One of the healthiest fast food available practically everywhere in Japan is soba (そば). Soba shops can be found at many train stations, sometimes nearby, sometimes inside, and sometimes right on the platform. Pay for your order at a ticket machine and get your

Tsukimi: Celebrating the Most Beautiful Moon of the Year

To view the full moon gliding up from the horizon at twilight is one of the regular miracles that never fails to make me feel fortunate. But of all the full moons of the year, it is the harvest moon that is the most entrancing as it appears bigger and brighter

Why Kinchakuda should be on your bucket list

Of the "30 reasons to go to Japan before you die" -- a list of places with exceptionally breathtaking views -- one of them is a must-see at the beginning of autumn. And it is an easy day trip from Tokyo.  #24 Lycoris in Kinchakuda / Saitama.  Kinchakuda is a

5 Quintessentially Japanese Autumn Foods You Must Try

If there's one season exclusive to foodies, it would be autumn. Considered by Japanese as the appetite-stimulating season, the cooler weather somehow inspires people to once again liven up their dining tables. The oppresive heat and humidity of Japanese summer

5 Absolutely Real Japanese Breakfasts

That fancy spread of a breakfast you had at your ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) or at your hotel is probably not representative of what most Japanese have  every single morning. You might be surprised though that some of the elements of that breakfast are

Bike Sharing in Tokyo: See What Others Don't

Tokyo is no Amsterdam when it comes to biking. However, there have been some noticeable changes in the last couple of years. There are more bike lanes throughout the city and bike rentals are becoming a common sight. Docomo's Bike Share is one such system whi

5 Surprisingly Expensive Things in Japan

Japan is expensive, say many. Here on Odigo, you will find many tips and articles on how to travel and shop cheap. But in this article, we will talk about five things you might find surprisingly expensive in Japan. Prices for different things around the world

100% FREE Family Fun at the Fire Museum

Do you crane your neck when an emergency vehicle whizzes past? Do your kids run to the window when they hear the sirens blare, echoing down the street? If yes, there's a place that you absolutely have to go to. And believe it or not, you don't have to spend a

The ONE ticket that will change the way you sightsee Tokyo

Tokyo Subway map from Wikimedia CommonsYou've listed all the cool places you'd like to check out in Tokyo and planned out the minute details of your daily itinerary. You're all psyched up for your trip. You get to Tokyo and realize that while a  train ride o

Pin pin korori: The Ideal Way to Die

Pin pin korori is a popular Japanese term that you might hear from your Japanese friends. It means "healthy until you drop dead" (pin pin means energetic and korori means quick and painless) and expresses the Japanese ideal way to pass on.  An 80 year old wo

5 Reasons Japan's Rest Stops Will Rock Your Summer Road Trip

Possibly the best Starbucks location in the world, at Fujikawa Service Area, Tōmei Expressway. Photo by jun yossy ( windows rolled down, your favorite music playing, and an ice chest full of cold drinks in the back

Get Lost in Time in This Curio Haven

You don't have to read Charles Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop to understand the appeal of things that have the uncanny ability to send us back in time. In our living room, we have an old time radio, a big wooden console that was probably the centerpiece of e

Guilt-Free Indulgence at Tofubou

Tofu is the darling food of health buffs, and with good reason. It is high in the good stuff (i.e. calcium, folate, magnesium, iron, protein, and a host of other vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients) and low in the bad stuff (i.e. calories, cholesterol, sodiu

Holding Magic in Your Hand: Where to watch the fireflies

This is as close as humans can get to the land of the fairies. There cannot be a more magical way to kick off the summer than by watching these ethereal lights flit in and out of shrubs and dance across fields at night. Issa  (1763-1828), one of the four haik

Rail Buff's Disneyland

Once a year in early June, railway enthusiasts trek  to the huge docking station of the Seibu trains at the edge of Hanno and Hidaka in Saitama for the train festa. It is virtually a Disneyland for people, young and old, interested in everything train-related

How to eat well in Tokyo for under ¥2000 a day

It adds up. Spending US$20 on a single meal out may not seem like much in your home country but what travellers realize soon enough is that the money exchanged at the airport disappear pretty quickly when you need to eat out for every single meal for the dura