Maguro Pass

The Keikyu Misaki Maguro Pass is a special train pass that allows one to travel from Tokyo or Yokohama to the station of Misakigichi. From there, a bus takes you to the city of Misaki, a village renowned for the quality of its tuna (Maguro), and is located at the southernmost tip of the Miura-hantō peninsula. A meal in one of the many restaurants of Misaki is included in the train pass. All restaurants are specialized in Tuna bowls (Maguro-don) or assortments of seafood on rice (Kaisen-don). When visiting Misaki, one should not miss to visit the market where lots of fish products are sold. The city is also very close to the island of Jogashima, which has a beautiful coastline.

The ticket can be bought from the Keikyu ticket vending stations with have an option to display menus in English.

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UNU farmer market in Shibuya

Every Saturday and Sunday (10:00 to 17:00) the United Nations University campus transforms itself in a farmer’s market. Many organic and locally grown produce are for sale and several food trucks are usually found on site. Once in a while, special events are held such as the sake festival and the beer fest. It is a great place to find and taste different kinds of vegetables, honeys, jams, teas and more…

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Beautiful Japanese Countryside in Furuma

I love the quietness and the beauty of the countryside in Nagano Prefecture. These photos were taken in Furuma, not too far from Mount Kurohime and lake Nojiri. Unfortunately I don’t remember the exact location but it should be easy to get similar vistas by walking around Furuma station.

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Harajuku

Harajuku is an unofficial name used to refer to the area surrounding the Harajuku station in Shibuya. It is known for being a place where fashion is pushing the boundaries. One of the most popular place in Harajuku is without a doubt Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) where many trendy shops are located. This place becomes seriously crowded on weekends. To the south of Takeshita Dori is located Omotesando, a famous shopping street featuring leading fashion brands.

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Hanamomo no sato

Hanamomo-no-sato is a large garden of peach trees located in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture. The best time to visit the region is at the end of April or at the beginning of May when the trees are in full bloom. At that time, the small village is filled with the white, pink, and red color of the peach flowers. It is a great place to do Ohanami, the Japanese picnic, so bring snacks to eat with your favorite beer or sake.

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Uga Shrine on Bentenjima Island, Lake Nojiri

The Uga Shrine is located on an island in the middle of Lake Nojiri. The only way to access it is by a taking a cruise boat from Nojiri city. The cruise does a brief tour of the lake before stopping on the Island. You can spend as much time as you like visiting the shrine since you can hop on subsequent cruises as well for the return trip.

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Yokohama Waterfront, Minato Mirai

The Minato Mirai, translated “port of the future” in English, is an urban development project built on reclaimed land near the original city centers of Yokohama. Its landscape is indeed futuristic Continue reading Yokohama Waterfront, Minato Mirai

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