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Sweet Potato Digging – A Fun Autumn Tradition

Sweet potato digging is an autumn tradition that all Japanese kindergarten and early elementary kids partake in October through December. In Japanese sweet potatoes are called “satsumaimo”. Enjoy a nice autumn day outside central Tokyo and go sweet potato digging. Below are five recommended locations to go Japanese sweet potato digging. …

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Fukushima – Support Through Sightseeing

Fukushima, View from Hekizantei in Dake Onsen

Support Fukushima through Sightseeing! Although life has returned to normal for most people living in Fukushima, tourists are still avoiding the prefecture.  Radiation levels are no higher than any average city in the world, but ignorance still keeps many people from visiting and many sightseeing spots are barely surviving. For travelers who …

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Kappa Sushi, Various Locations – Kaiten / Conveyor Belt Sushi

Kappa Sushi

Whether a tourist or a local, kaitenzushi is a fun family dining experience. We visited Kappa Sushi (かっぱ寿司), one of the major kaitenzushi chains in Japan. Kaiten Zushi or “conveyor belt sushi” are sushi restaurants where sushi, and more recently; noodles, fried foods and desserts are served from a conveyor belt – some even by high …

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Tips for Surviving Japan’s Rainy Season with Kids

Whether a first time or veteran mom, surviving rainy season in Japan can be a challenge with public transport and strollers. Below are some great tips and product recommendations to make your life a bit easier. Just remember, it will stop raining soon. Check our Japan protection guides on mosquitos, sunscreen and heat. Tips …

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Mount Gozaisho Ropeway and Hiking Trails, Mie

Gozaisho

Mount Gozaisho (御在所岳) in Mie is a popular location for hiking, offers beautiful panoramic views year-round of the Suzuka Mountain Range between the Mie and Shiga Prefectures and is a popular tourist attraction year round. Visitors can view the Azaleas in Spring, Red Dragonflies in Summer, White-capped mountains in Winter …

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Tsukiji Fish Market Tuna Auction Guide

Tsukiji Fish Market Tuna Auction

With the Tsukiji Fish Market (築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō) no longer relocating to Toyosu experience the live tuna auction and read our best tips. Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest wholesale fish market where about $20M worth of fish, seafood and vegetables changehands daily. It has an inner market where most of the wholesale business and the …

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The Railway Museum, Omiya – One of Japan`s More Popular Train Museums

The Railway Museum (鉄道博物館ミュージアム) is a great place to visit for families and railway enthusiasts rain or shine. Opened in late 2007 the museum features railway cars, train car simulators for would-be-train drivers, model dioramas, miniature trains, train rides, an outdoor playground and indoor playrail area, cafeteria, museum shop, train …

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Iijima Flower Garden, Kanagawa – Strawberry Picking and Vegetable Digging in One Day

Iijima Flower Garden is a quaint farm centrally located in Kanagawa. They offer 30 minute all-you-can-eat strawberries that are pesticide-free. Picking is at ground or planter levels. They also offer 13 other types of fruits and vegetable picking over the year. Strawberries (Jan-May), Cabbage (Dec-May), Daikon (Nov-April), Carrots & Turnips (Nov-Mar), Sweet Potatoes …

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Top 10 things to do in Kauai with Kids

We spent the Winter Holiday in Sunny Poipu, Kauai – the northernmost island in the Hawaiin Island, otherwise known as `The Garden Isle`. It was breathtaking. We snorkeled and body surfed at numerous beaches, rode the Kauai Plantation Railway, visited one of the beautiful national gardens, saw whales, beached Hawaiin …

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