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Experience Japan's Historic Edo Period (1603-1868) in Tokyo and Tochigi Prefectures

Historic warehouse buildings in Misegura

Edo is the old name for Tokyo and the Edo period was a thriving time in the "Kanto" region of Eastern Japan. There are several places – in both Tokyo and Tochigi [refectures – where the old Edo atmosphere still lives on -- in architecture, crafts,…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on July 11, 2019 at 5:47am — No Comments

Experience Nature & Samurai Culture, Early Autumn in Nikko and Aizu, Japan

Travel from Asakusa,Tokyo to Nikko (113 miles) and Aizu (55 miles further) to Combine an Early Experience of Fall at Japan's Highest Altitude Lake with an Introduction to Samurai Culture in a Castle town.

Lake Chuzenji in Nikko (l) and Samurai house in Aizu…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on June 17, 2019 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Yokohama Is Positioning Itself as Japan's Premier Seaport Destination

Minato Mirai with Red Brick Warehouses





  • 190 cruise ships to dock in Yokohama in 2019
  • New Shinko Pier with its five-star Yokohama Grand-operated hotel to open November 2019 
  • Bay Bridge Skywalk to…
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Added by Marian Goldberg on June 11, 2019 at 5:58am — No Comments

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu Offers Authentic Japanese Cultural Experiences

Lobby of the Capitol Tokyu Hotel

Guests can enjoy Dining with a Geisha at one of Tokyo's most historic Ryotei Restaurants or Attending an Authentic Shinto Ceremony at Hie Shrine, adjacent to the Hotel

The …

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Added by Marian Goldberg on May 28, 2019 at 8:23am — No Comments

'Deep Nikko,' A Nature Respite North of Tokyo

A two-hour trip from Tokyo, the region of Oku-Nikko (Deep Nikko), near the small city of Nikko, lets travelers recharge amidst mountains, trees, water and sky; indulge in outdoor activities galore; and immerse themselves in history.

As the warmer…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on May 2, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Tokyo's Capitol Hotel Tokyu Announces the World’s First Wooden Straw Project



The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
, a luxury property within a stone’s throw of Tokyo's iconic Imperial Palace, is pleased to announce a unique collaboration with house maker…
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Added by Marian Goldberg on April 6, 2019 at 11:49am — No Comments

Three Not-to-Miss Spring Festivals in and Around Tokyo

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine 

Events Feature:



*Artistic Portable Shrines (mikoshi)



*Dramatic Horseback Archery (yabusame)



*Miniature Ornamental Trees…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on March 22, 2019 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Azaleas, Wisteria, and Roses: Japan's Other Spring Flowers

Four Fabulous April to May Floral Fever Day Trips from Tokyo



If you can't make the 2019 early arrival of Japan's cherry blossoms -- expected to reach Tokyo on March 22, 2019, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, never fret. There are plenty of spectacular spring flowers…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on February 21, 2019 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Top Locations for Viewing Cherry Blossoms in Japan North of Tokyo

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Added by Marian Goldberg on January 21, 2019 at 11:31am — No Comments

Indepth Cuisine & Culture of Japan Tour – May 16-29, 2019

Lovers of Japanese food – and Japanese culture – won’t want to miss the small-group Cuisine & Culture of Japan Tour (May 16-29, 2019) from Esprit Travel. From sushi to Kobe beef, Michelin-starred kaiseki meals to humble train…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on January 8, 2019 at 1:18am — No Comments

It's Ski Time at Zao Onsen in Yamagata, Japan

Tobu Ropeway at Zao Onsen, sailing above the 'Snow Monster'  forest

Zao Onsen, one of Japan's premier ski and…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on December 8, 2018 at 9:54am — No Comments

Licensed Guide Interpreters Now Introduced Via Concierge at Rail Station in Nikko, Japan

Nikko's Toshogu Shrine





A small city in in the mountains some 2½ hours north of Tokyo, Nikko is best known as the site of Toshogu, the famed Shinto shrine established in 1617 as a lavish memorial for the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate (Edo…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on November 26, 2018 at 7:47am — No Comments

Some of Japan’s Most Exquisite Winter Illuminations in Metropolitan Tokyo

Ashikaga Flower Park: "Christmas Fantasy"

Holiday lights season is almost upon us! Brilliantly colored, intricate illuminations are one of the highlights of a winter trip to Japan, and Tobu Railway Group presents some of the best. These include: Tokyo Skytree, the…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on November 16, 2018 at 10:22am — No Comments

Nikko, Japan a Destination for Autumn Culinary Delights



Fried yuba (tofu skin) with fresh autumn vegetables





The Nikko region of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, including Kinugawa Onsen (both about two hours north of Tokyo along the Tobu Railway line), are well known locales for enjoying nature, especially the robust mustard, amber, and…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on September 19, 2018 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Autumn Foliage In Japan: Nikko Is the Place -Especially for Anime Fans!

Toshogu Shrine, Nikko

Come view spectacular ambers and ochers throughout Nikko, including Irohazaka Winding Road, setting of the popular road racing manga/anime series Initial D. And check-out the new Nikko Pass and Cycle Sharing Program!



Nikko, in the outer reaches of Metropolitan Tokyo, about two hours north along the Tobu Railway…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on September 10, 2018 at 7:21pm — No Comments

This November's Autumn Festival in Historic Tochigi, Japan

This coming November 9-11, visitors to Tochigi City, Japan - dubbed “Little Edo” because of its Edo period townscape and just 70 minutes north of Tokyo’s Asakusa Station on the Tobu Railway line - are in for a special treat, because this is the year of…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on July 24, 2018 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Summer Treat in Nikko, Japan: Natural, Hand-Crafted Shaved Ice "Kakigōri"

Shaved ice dessert at Shogetsu Himuro





Nikko, an area just less than two hours north of Tokyo on the Limited Express Tobu-railway line, has been famous in Japan for more than a century, providing a respite for cooling off and immersing in nature, during Tokyo's hot and humid…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on June 25, 2018 at 12:28am — No Comments

Tokyu Hotels Company Opens Two New Tokyo Area Hotels



The Tokyo Bay Tokyu Hotel opened May 1, 2018, right by Tokyo Disneyland, just half-an-hour from downtown Tokyo.

The Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu REI Hotel will open June 1, 2018 in King Skyfront, a new science…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on June 9, 2018 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Kawagoe, a Charming, Historic 'Little Edo' Just North of Tokyo



Located in Saitama prefecture, just a half hour north of Tokyo via Tobu Tojo Railway, the city of Kawagoe (pop. 351,000) is a former merchant town whose old quarter's architecture includes a number of centuries-old wooden buildings such as its iconic Toki no Kane belltower (top), once used by locals to tell time (though the current version dates from…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on May 26, 2018 at 7:58am — No Comments

The Kinugawa River a Watery Adventure Excursion from Tokyo



Take a Break from the Hustle Bustle of Tokyo … Enjoy Nature, Water Activities and the Adventurous Side of Japan on the Kinugawa River, Just a Two-Hour Tobu Railway Ride North From Tokyo

While Nikko is most well known for its UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen areas in Tochigi Prefecture are…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on April 26, 2018 at 1:33pm — No Comments

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