The Rabbits of Okunoshima

Okunoshima is a little island in the Seto Inland Sea. During WWII, the island was home to a poison gas factory. Today, countless semi-wild rabbits have turned the formerly morbid place into a tourist attraction for children and animal lovers. The rabbits, which are said to be the descendants of freed test bunnies (although that

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Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri

Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri is one of Japan’s most important festivals. Dating back to the year 869, it is celebrated each July in the streets of downtown Kyoto.

The nights leading up to the big parades of giant floats on July 17 and 24, food stalls line the streets around Shijo and Karasuma Dori, selling

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Shinjuku’s Robot Restaurant

Going to Japan for the first time, everyone has certain expectations of the land of anime, geisha, tea ceremony, temples, futuristic architecture and samurai work ethics. Among these (possibly innocently clichéd) preconceptions is the notion of Japan being fascinated by and obsessed with robots. If you happen to think robots are kind of (read: VERY)

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Nara’s Yakushiji Temple

Yakushiji Temple in Nara is one of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples, dating back to the 7th century. Located west of the city center, it features a pagoda from the 8th century (currently undergoing renovation works scheduled to end in 2019).

The main hall is a reproduction, after the original burned down in a

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Shibuya Crossing: One of the world’s busiest intersections

The big scramble crossing in front of Tokyo’s Shibuya Station is rumored to be one of the busiest in the world.

When the pedestrian lights turn green, people start crossing from all directions at once, making for some exciting evasive maneuvers. The intersection is particularly impressive at night, with neon-lit advertisements illuminating the scene

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