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11:59 PM on 03.22.2014

Ultraman prefers Hawaii as a vacation destination

Japanese tourists love Hawaii. I can't blame them, it's lovely, but part of the reason is surely its proximity to Glorious Nippon, making it an easy port of call for tourists who don't want to go too far. Hence the thriving t...

Josh Tolentino


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3:00 PM on 02.13.2014

Real life locations found for Nagi no Asukara

One of my favorite anime studios right now is PA Works because of the beautiful series that they have created over the last couple of years. From Hanasaku Iroha to Tari Tari to Angel Beats, it's hard to deny that they've crea...

LB Bryant

8:00 AM on 02.03.2014

Osaka leads the way to free WiFi in Japan

It's been a long, and I mean long, time coming, but one city in lovely Japan has finally, finally gotten with the program and decided to offer free WiFi. And surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, depending on how you look at it), ...

Kristina Pino

6:00 PM on 01.31.2014

Dogo Onsen celebrates 120th anniversary with art show

Are you planning a trip to Japan sometime this year? If so, you might want to consider an excursion to Matsuyama. It'd be a 5-hour train ride from Osaka, but you'll be visiting a rare historical sight and get to stay there. D...

Brad Rice

5:00 PM on 01.07.2014

Tokyo travel agency is letting us all go to space

Hey, do you have ¥25 million to spare? If your answer was yes, then this is your invitation to go to space. Yup, I said it, travel to space. A new Tokyo travel agency is allowing this to happen, and nearly 600 people have...

Amber Hunt

8:00 AM on 12.16.2013

CNN names Japan among top destinations for 2014

It's that time of year when every travel outlet and publisher is talking about 2014 travel. CNN just revealed a list of 11 countries they deem top destinations for next year, and Japan sits comfortably among the likes of Ecua...

Kristina Pino

9:00 AM on 11.28.2013

Send your stuffed animals to Japan

Did you know you could send your stuffed animals to Japan? Forget going, why not just send your furry friend there?! Unagi Travel, created by Sonoe Azuma, is a company based in Tokyo, and focuses on giving your animals tours ...

Amber Hunt

10:00 AM on 11.25.2013

Osaka is ready for the opening of Wizarding World

Rocket News reports that Osaka is already gearing up for next summer's opening of Wizarding World, which I remember writing about here way back in 2012. It doesn't seem like that much time has gone by, but we're almost there!...

Kristina Pino

4:00 PM on 09.25.2013

Need a concert on the go? Blow up this concert hall

No, that freaky purple jellybean-thing you see in the header above isn't the next candidate for a Japanator Eats segment, nor is it a titanic sculpture of Grimace in repose. It's actually the next big venue for hot music and ...

Josh Tolentino



JapanaTour: Where to start when planning a Tokyo vacation photo
JapanaTour: Where to start when planning a Tokyo vacation
by Kristina Pino

In case you're planning a trip to Japan in the future (like for the 2020 Olympics), or even if you're there right now for Tokyo Game Show and are looking for suggestions, here's a list you didn't ask for but totally need.

I've even gone through the trouble of sorting it based on interests/activities rather than just making it a numbered list.

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6:00 PM on 08.30.2013

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #30 - View

Since I'm boring today and I had to go to work, I don't have an awesome picture freshly taken for your viewing pleasure. So instead, I'm tossing up another picture from last week's visit to Enoshima, this time a view from the top of the Sea Candle, which is a tower that doubles as a lighthouse. [full image in the gallery!]

Kristina Pino





3:00 PM on 08.27.2013

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #27 - Tokugawa

Today, I went on an excursion to the home of Mitsukuni Tokugawa, also known as the Koumon of Mito, the Seizanso House. It's located in Ibaraki, the prefecture I live in, and not too far from my current home base. Koumon (1628...

Kristina Pino