Where to See a Robot in Tokyo: 9 Places You Need to Visit

There aren’t many places in the world where wanting to see a robot is on people’s lists of must-dos – but Tokyo isn’t like many places in the world. So, if you’re wondering exactly where to see a robot in Tokyo, we have the answer. Whether you want your robot cute and fluffy, slightly scary …

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18 Unusual, Non-Touristy Things to do in Kyoto

Stone figure covered in moss at a less touristy temple in Kyoto

Kyoto, the city of over 1600 temples, including the beautiful gold-leaf clad Kinkakuji and the giant zen garden that is Ryoan-ji. Wander its tranquil streets soaking in years of …..snore….sorry dropped off for a bit there. Yes, embarrassed as I am to say it, Kyoto may be a fantastic historical city containing some of Japan’s …

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Tokyo’s First Female-Run Sushi Bar (and 6 Other Unusual Sushi Bars You Must Visit)

female chef making sushi at Nadeshico in Tokyo

A restaurant totally staffed by women shouldn’t really make it onto a blog about the slightly quirky things to see in the world – it sounds pretty normal; but when it comes to making sushi in Japan female chefs are extremely rare – which makes Nadeshico, Tokyo’s first all-female staffed sushi restaurant, worth a visit (and it’s not the only unique sushi bar we found).

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A Beginners Guide to Gachapon in Tokyo

Gachapon machines in Tokyo

I’m standing in a maze of bright orange plastic. In the last minute alone thousands of yen have disappeared into the machines around me. All hear is the change machine spitting out coins, the ‘gacha gacha’ sound of a handle being turned and the clonk of tiny plastic balls falling down into slots. No, I’m not …

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What to do in Asakusa: Find Tanuki (and 14 Other Fun Things to Try)

Tanuki statue in box in Tanuki Street, one of the fun things to do in Asakusa, Tokyo

I’m wandering around Asakusa, Tokyo on a Sunday morning on the search of a small Japanese creature – it’s got a cute little face, a tubby tummy, a jaunty little straw hat – and erm, giant balls! I’m talking about a tanuki, and this part of Tokyo has an entire road devoted to them. And, …

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First Time in Bangkok? Here’s How Not to Hate It.

View from a Tuk tuk in Bangkok

Considering I have been to Bangkok seven times (and just had to talk myself out of No8) it might surprise you to hear I hated it the first time I went. So did The Boyfriend (who is now as addicted to the place as I am). It’s a story I hear over and over again …

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Can You See the Naoshima Pumpkin ‘Art Island’ in One Day?

Naoshima Pumpkin art on Naoshima Island, Japan

When I decided to add a day on Japan’s Naoshima Island to our latest trip, I really didn’t know anything about the island except that it had giant spotty pumpkins on it. In fact, one glimpse of the bright yellow Naoshima pumpkin and I was sold. Only when I started looking into what else was on …

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Fun Things to do in Kyoto: Hunt Monsters in Yokai Street

Green monster outside a flower shop on Yokai Street, Kyoto

Kyoto is known for beautiful temples and beautiful geishas, but watch out if you’re wandering the backstreets of one area – as there be monsters! A whole road full of them in fact. Check out our guide to Kyoto’s super-cool Monster Street aka Yokai Street. It’s one of the most fun things to do in …

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Getting Up Close and Personal With Godzilla in Tokyo

View of Godzilla head over Tokyo in Shinjuku

If you’re wandering around the northern part of Tokyo’s Shinjuku and hear a roar, don’t panic, it’s just the giant Godzilla on top of the Shinjuku Gracery Hotel doing it’s thing (well, hopefully). If you happen to be within eyeline of the Godzilla head you might even see him breathe fire – but what you might not …

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Sugamo, Tokyo: A Unique Part of the City Not To Miss

Sugamo, Tokyo, street scene

It’s Saturday afternoon in Tokyo. A few miles away from where I am now, hundreds of people are wending their way across the iconic Shibuya crossing, or queuing up for the latest rainbow cheese sandwich in Harajuku – but where I am, you’d never know any of that existed. I’m in a place where there’s …

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