Places of Interest

Places of Interest

Space Invaders 40th Anniversary special VR Games in Osaka Yodobashi 2018 – Never miss it!

You can’t miss the temporary Space Invaders VR Games at Yodobashi in Osaka if you are visiting Japan in 2018 or in January 2019! It opened on August 9, 2018 and the pop game store will be open till January 27, 2019. Location: Yodobashi Umeda Store Address: 1-1 Ofuka-cho,Kita-ku,Osaka-shi,Osaka [MAP] Hours: 9:30 – 22:00 (Last admission 21:30) Space Invaders VR Games They have 3 AR games and 1 gigantic game of Space Invaders available. 1.ARKINVADERS In this VR game, you kick and shoot the ball to destroy invader ships on a virtual gaming floor. Strike back the massive Invader attacks with your feet! 2. NOBORINVADERS You will love this unique combination [...]

Tattoos and Hot Springs (onsen) – tattoo-friendly hot springs in Japan and how to find them

Are there tattoo-friendly hot springs in Japan? How can you find out if they will let you in and how can you make sure you don’t miss out this unique experience of getting in hot springs while travelling in Japan? Why do they care if you have tattoos or not in the first place? Why tattoos are taboos in Hot Springs in Japan It has been a custom in Japan to prohibit people with tattoos to use public onsen, hot springs. That was because tattoos meant connection to Japanese mafia, Yakuza, for a long time. Tattooed skin indicated  that the person had pledged to be a member of a crime [...]

Digital Museum Tokyo – tickets, directions and more

Mori Building Digital Art Museum – teamLab Borderless is opening in Tokyo on June 21, 2018. Do you want to experience the “future” you’ve seen in sci-fi movies? Do you like to literally touch and feel the cutting-edge? Or, do you like arts? If your answer to one of the questions above is yes, you can’t miss this Digital Art Museum in Tokyo. TeamLab has held many exhibitions before. They had ones in abroad in places like London and Thailand. But those are all temporary ones. This time, it is going to be a permanent exhibition. I’ve been to Teamlab exhibition in Tokyo three years ago and it was beyond [...]

Real-life Mario Kart in Tokyo

Do you want to have a real-life experience of being in a Mario Kart race? You can do it in Tokyo. There is a tour company called “Maricar Akihabara”. They let you put on costumes of one of the characters in Mario Kart, then take you on a tour around Tokyo on a kart. I’ve never been to this tour, but one of my friends has been and she told me it was a surreal experience. A few things to remember is that there had been critical news articles about this tour, since there were dozens of traffic accidents caused by the drivers of these karts. I think those accidents [...]

How to enjoy hot springs in Japan

Hot Springs in Japan are called “onsen”. It literally means hot springs,  as “on” means warm and “sen” means springs. Because Japanese archipelago forms a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, where volcanos are active, chances are you find hot springs everywhere you go in Japan. Yes, even monkeys enjoy natural hot springs. (Those are not the ones humans go in by the way.) There are total of 54,804 hot springs in Japan and all 47 prefectures have hot springs. I strongly recommend you try getting in one of them, because it is refreshing and also is a good chance to experience the local culture. There are a few tips [...]

Real Escape games in Tokyo – Tokyo Mystery Circus

Do you like solving puzzles? Do you also like adventure? Then, try real escape games in Japan! If  you’ve never heard of escape rooms, it is basically a room full of puzzles and riddles. You will be locked in that room. You will collaborate with your roommates to decipher, break and penetrate the code and get out of the room within the time limit. Sounds exciting? Then, head to Tokyo Mystery Circus in Shinjuku, Tokyo. They have English based escape rooms including “Escape from the Prison” and “Spellbound Supper”. They also have a room where you become a spy agent and try to infiltrate enemy’s base. I’ve been to English [...]

Kyoto International Manga Museum – Portrait Corner

Are you a big fan of Japanese comic books, manga? Then, Kyoto International Manga Museum is a must stop for you during your trip to Japan. Tens of thousands of manga books welcome you in the museum. Most of them are in Japanese, but you’ll still enjoy browsing through them if you are a big manga fan. For those who are not a “big” fan, I recommend you try the portrait corner. They will draw a manga portrait of you like this one. Since this corner has become popular among tourists, be there before 11am when they start taking registrations. The museum is open from 10am to 6pm and it’s [...]

How to get advance tickets for Ghibli Museum

Planning to go to Ghibli Museum  in Tokyo during your visit to Japan? Then, getting advance tickets is not a matter of choice. You MUST get advance tickets if you don’t want to miss a visit to Ghibli Museum. First thing first. Ghibli Museum showcases  the work of the Studio Ghibli, the animation film studio, which is famous for animation movies including the Oscar winning “Spirited Away(2001)”, “My Neighbor Totoro(1988)” and “Castle in the Sky(1986)”. At the museum, you get to see not only the original drawings of director, Hayao Miyazaki, but a short film that is only available in a theater in this museum. Children can play in Nekobasu [...]