Category Archives: Quirky Japan

Tokyo Daytripper: The Twin (Water) Towers Of Sakura City

If it hadn’t been for my trip to Yūkarigaoka I would never have bothered with these twin towers but as I was in the area, and had the time, I thought I should take advantage of being in such a … Continue reading

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The Japanese Town Which Has It’s Own Local Rail Line

For a lot of people the Keisei Main Line is only ever used for going to and from Narita Airport. However, about two-thirds of the way down the line from Keisei Ueno Station is a planned town that was built … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: The Lost World Ruins Of A Stone Quarry In Gunma

There’s something special and mystical about walking through a wood or forest and discovering a lost world of sorts but that is exactly what happened at this place just a couple of hours north of Tokyo. Wearing masks is something … Continue reading

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Dining Out: The Ice Cream That Towers Above All Others

Few things taste more refreshing than ice-cream during Tokyo’s overly hot and humid summer days. Sadly it was out of bounds for me on my recent 30 day challenge (which lasted for 69 days!) but once that was over I made … Continue reading

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The “Other” Olympic Museum In Tokyo

The all-new Tokyo Olympic Museum opened in mid-September last year and is located across the road from the Japan National Stadium (Kokuritsu kyōgijō) which hosted it’s inaugural sporting event – the 2019 Emperor’s Cup final – on January 1st this … Continue reading

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Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #28

Many of the parks and children’s playgrounds in Japan, particularly in Tokyo, are quite poor compared to other countries in terms of space, surroundings and a lack of grass. However, a handful of them do tend to possess extremely creative structures … Continue reading

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The Great Buddha Of……Ikebukuro?!! You Better Believe It (Because I Sure Didn’t At First!)

Everyone knows about the Great Buddha of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture but who knew that there was such a thing much closer to home for those of us living in Tokyo! I didn’t, that’s for sure! And I like to … Continue reading

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Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #27

Many of the parks and children’s playgrounds in Japan, particularly in Tokyo, are quite poor compared to other countries in terms of space, surroundings and a lack of grass. However, a handful of them do tend to possess extremely creative structures … Continue reading

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TF Top 10……Alternative Sights In Saitama Prefecture

‘Tokyo Daytripper: Top 10 Saitama Sights‘ in 2013 included some of the more impressive sights (Kawagoe, Chichibu etc) of the often maligned prefecture plus a few less-famous inclusions so this is kind of an expansion of those alternative places which could be … Continue reading

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The Little Known German Park In Tokyo (+ Memories Of My Time Living & Working In Hamburg)

Parks became a very common place for me to visit during the lockdown period (known as State of Emergency in Japan and technically not even a lockdown!) as I sought a bit of greenery when getting some fresh air on … Continue reading

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