Shinjuku Omoide yokocho yakitori alleys

Next to Shinjuku station, on the west area lies the narrowest area for yakitori bars. In the postwar era, many shopping districts were built, but few survived the pass of the years and contemporary times. Shinjuku was a transit area between residential districts, and places like Omoide Yokocho survived.

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Omoide Yokocho alleys, Shinjuku.

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A peaceful morning alone in Kyoto

Besides visiting the main tourist spots of the city, the old capital of Japan has many temples and shrines unknown for the major part of foreigner visitors. For those visiting for the first time, and with a limited time, there are lots of places to see in one day in Kyoto. As I’ve seen most of the tourist spots, it’s always refreshing to wander an explore around when I have the chance. Kyoto is packed all year round with tourists, yet waking up early and explore the surroundings of the ryokan we stayed was the highlight of the day.

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Entrance to Higashi Honganji temple, Kyoto.

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Weekend motorbike trip through Central Japan

It finally happened, after all this years riding my Harley Davidson in Europe, and my trips to Japan, I could combine the two aspects of my trips for a weekend ride on the Central Japan roads. An experience that was for long time in my bucket list, and it’s still at the top of my list. Why? Even before returning the Harley Davidson at the Rental 819 store, I was already planning the next road trip. I review with detail many aspects of a first ride in Japan in this article, so if you share the passion for the road and planning to visit Japan, this review might help.

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Lost in Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is one of the main transport hub located between the Marunouchi business district and the top brand luxury commercial Ginza district, and next to the Imperial Palace grounds. Hub for six of the Shinkansen lines, JR lines and Tokyo metro lines, makes Tokyo Station busiest station in Japan, regarding the number of trains. Not only its location and inside characteristics are worth mention, but the Tokyo Station building itself is a part of the history of Tokyo. Many times I used the rails and passed through Tokyo station to use the Shinkansen or my way to the airport, but it wasn’t until I tried to get out of the station and visiting its surroundings that I got completely lost on my first attempt.

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Entrance to Tokyo Station.

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