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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Rainbow Bridge Views

The Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge in Tokyo Bay, connecting Shibaura to the man-made island of Odaiba. Officially called the Tokyo Wan Renraku-kyo, the bridge can be crossed by car, the Yurikamome rubber-tired train or on foot, offering panoramic views of the inner Tokyo harbor from the north side and Tokyo Bay from the

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Tokyo Skytree and the Sumidagawa Fireworks

Fireworks have a long history in Japan and are an integral part of many summer festivals. The Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival in Tokyo dates back to the Edo period and is one of Japan’s most famous firework displays. Every last Saturday in July, colorful fireworks are launched from both sides of the Sumida River. The spectacle

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Konpira Grand Theater in Kotohira

The Konpira Grand Theater (also known as Kanamaru-za) is the oldest surviving kabuki theater in Japan.

Located in Kotohira in Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, it was constructed in 1835 and has been completely restored to its Edo period appearance.

Outside of the occasionally held performances, the theater is open to

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Climbing Mount Fuji…

…or how not to do it
So, first time in Japan. You might have a list of things you must or at least really want to do. I certainly did. And climbing the country’s highest mountain was near the top. It’s just such a great superlative to check off the list, more so since the

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