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Japanese Overseas Migration Museum (Yokohama)

If you love history and are planning a trip to Yokohama please visit the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum. This museum is a hidden gem. I learned so much about a topic I knew nothing, and there is no cost of admission. Over 25 million Japanese have migrated overseas since the …

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Tokyo Area Clam Digging – May to late June

Clam Digging Tokyo, Bestlivingjapan

May and June are the most popular months of the year to go clam digging「潮干狩りshiohigari 」in Japan. It took about one hour for each member to dig about 2 Kilos of Asari clams (Japanese littleneck clams). Check out the four recommended clam digging recommendations below. Note: Clam digging is very …

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Kanazawa – Day Two of a Two Day Trip

Our family had a wonderful two day visit to Kanazawa last week. Wanted to share a recommended two-day itinerary. Below is the report for Day 2.  To read Kanazawa Day 1, please click here.   Hope you enjoy Kanazawa as much as we did! Kanazawa Day Two Begin your day with …

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Tokyo Nights with Kids

Tokyo Nights with Kids

Checkout our Tokyo nights with kids if you are looking for family friendly activities in Tokyo open between 7:00 – 22:00 or late at night.  It is super fun just walking through Tokyo at night, but if you are looking for a night activity with your kids we have listed …

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Day Trip to Kamakura

Jiji  (my 83-year old father-in-law) and I headed to Kamakura for a quick day trip on a lovely autumn day.  Jiji had not been to Kamakura in over ten years, I seem to go in two-year cycles. Kamakura is the type of place though that you never tire. Each season …

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Kanazawa Two Day Trip – Day 1

Kanazawa Two Day Trip – Day 1! Our family had a wonderful two day visit to Kanazawa last week. Wanted to share a recommended two-day itinerary. Below is the report for Day 1.  Read Kanazawa – Day Two here. Kanazawa is a lovely city in Ishikawa prefecture (on the west …

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Jigokudani Monkey Park (Nagano-ken) – Must do!

If you are skiing in Nagano-ken this winter, spend half a day visiting the Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑). I took the kids there and we all had a great time seeing the monkeys and hiking into the valley. It is about 25-30K from Nozawa-onsen or Shigakogen ski areas making it an …

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Top 2018-2019 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo

Here are our Top Recommended 2018-2019 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo. Great for families, offers lessons for kids and easily accessible. We will be adding more in the coming weeks. Do you have one to add? Please let us know in the comments section below. * Please check each …

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Times Car Plus – Car Rental by the Hour

Japan car sharing makes renting a car easy. Times Car Share, along with ORIX and Careco, have locations throughout Japan and many in Tokyo with a variety of cars from compact to vans, basic to luxury, electric to gas. We`ve used ORIX, Careco and Times Car Plus and am happy with all services. What …

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Nagatoro River Rafting and Grape Picking (Saitama)

Looking for a great day trip this time of year? Head to Nagatoro river rafting and grape picking in Saitama!  If you are looking for a fun one day get away to enjoy the crisp air and beautiful mountain and river scenery do visit Nagatoro River and surrounding area of …

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Camping in Japan Checklist

If you are planning on Camping in Japan with your own camping gear check out our Family Camping List. If you`re planning on heading out empty handed check and let the camp grounds take care of everything for you check out our top 5 Campgrounds near Tokyo. We`ve got your glamping to pitching …

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe (Ginza, Tokyo)

Enjoy Ginza With Kids At The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe I write many guides here on Best Living Japan, but what you may not know about me is that I have a serious sweet tooth. My daughter is now one year old and loves cruising Tokyo with me, so I’m …

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Tsukiji Fish Market Tuna Auction Guide

Tsukiji Fish Market Tuna Auction

NOTICE: Tuna Auction viewings will end on September 15th, 2018. The outer market will remain in business however the inner market will close to tourists after September 29th, 2018. Tsukiji Fish Marke t(築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō) is the largest wholesale fish market where about $20M worth of fish, seafood and vegetables change hands daily. It …

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Lake Biwa and Nagahama Japan with Kids, Shiga Prefecture

Lake Biwa and Nagahama Japan with Kids. If you missed the cherry blossoms in Tokyo we recommend visiting Lake Biwa and the Nagahama Castle in Shiga Prefecture. Next week from April 9 – 17, 2018 the area will hold the Nagahama Hikiyama Festival. “The “Nagahama Hikiyama Festival” is a festival …

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Gifu Castle Area with Kids

Gifu Castle, originally named Inabayama Castle, was rebuilt in 1956 and in 2011 was designated a National Historical Site. Located on top of Kinka Mountain the castle contains a historical museum and observation deck with lovely views of Gifu city and neighboring Nagoya. There are two ways to get to there; …

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The Karuizawa Area with Kids

Karuizawa, Nagano is our favorite mountain resort getaway. Best part? It`s only a 1 hr Shinkansen ride from Tokyo. Step off the train, take in the gorgeous mountain views, and enjoy the numerous activities Karuizawa has to offer from outdoor sports, onsens, shopping, play areas, food and more. *** The …

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