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2014/10/31 20:00

[Tokyo Info] Kichijoji - Exciting but Relaxing Town [Tokyo Backpackers Hostel]

Hi there! This is Ayu from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.
This morning, I visited a town called Kichijoji located in west part of Tokyo.
It's about 15 min by JR train from Shinjuku, and about 50 min from our hostel.

141031-1.jpgThe area is very different in the north and south side of the station.
The picture above is North exit of Kichijoji station, and it's very busy all the time.
There are 2 long shopping streets and I could find many people shopping even in the morning.

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Let's move on to the south side.
The south exit is called 'Park Exit'.
Yes, they have a big park in Kichijoji. Maybe some of youmight have heard about it...

It's Inokashira Park?!

141031-4.jpgThe leaves are beginning to turn yellow, and will be much more beautiful in November, I guess.

They have a big lake and you can ride boats.

141031-5.jpgSwan boats are available as well!

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They also have a zoo, a shrine,
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GHIBLI MUSEUM ! !


However, you need to make a reservation to enter this museum.
If you're reserving the ticket after you arrive in Japan (1 week before or so), it's usually too late.
They start the sale on the 1st day 2 month before the date!
There are also ways to reserve it from abroad, so make sure to check the info on their official website.
http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/ticket-information/

If you succeed in reserving the ticket, please explore the town of Kichijoji, and I'm sure you'll like this exciting but relaxing town!

See you around ^^


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2014/10/24 22:00

[Sightseeing in Tokyo] Free observation tower in Shinjuku [Tokyo Friendly Hostel]

Hi all! This is Ayu from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.

This week I went to Shinjuku for annual medical check, and the place was right next to one of the observation tower...

Yes, that is Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building!

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Did you know they have a free observation room?
It's located on the 45th floor, 202 meter high!

They have 2 towers, North and South, and this time I went up the North tower.
Here's the view!

141024-9.jpgI wished it was not rainy... X(

The North Observation also has a souvenir shop and restaurant.

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The difference of North and South tower is that North has more shops and south has wider view.
You have to go back to the 1st floor to visit another one, but please visit both if you have time.
What is good about this observation is you can also enjoy the night view because North tower is open by 11 pm (entrance by 10:30 pm).
I've been there at night before, of course on a day with clear sky, and it was so beautiful!!

After you go back to the 1st floor, there's a good place to get information on sightseeing in Tokyo.

141024-4.jpgThat is Tokyo Tourist Information Center, where I used to work before!
They have many brochures from all over Tokyo, in Japanese, English or in other languages, and staffs at the counter will answer your questions in different languages too.

141024-5.jpgOn the 2nd floor, they have another information 'Japanese Prefectural Promotion Center'.

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In their shelves, you can find many kinds of brochures from all over Japan. (mostly in Japanese but some are in other languages)?

141024-1.jpgAs it is 'Japanese Prefectural Promotion Center', they often have a fair to sell the local specialities from different prefecture in Japan.
On that day, various kinds of seafood from Toyama prefecture had been sold there.


141024-2.jpgLast of all, I will tell you one secret spot to eat in this building...?

That is their cafeteria!
It was originally for workers in the building, but is now open to public too.
Both North and South tower have one each on the 32nd floor, and you can enjoy lunch in reasonable price with a good view!

141024-10.jpgWell, this is all for today!
As I was working in this area for 2 years, please ask me anytime about West Shinjuku :D

See you around♪


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2014/10/19 12:15

[Event] One of the Biggest International Art Events in Asia "Design Festa vol.40" [ Friendly & Fun Hostel in Tokyo ]

Hello everyone!
This is Kyoko from SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA:)
I can't believe that we're already in the middle of October!
This fact makes me feel that Winter is reaching Tokyo...

By the way, today I'd like to introduce you the recommended art event in the beginning of November.
It is.........


Design Festa vol. 40!!





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"Design Festa" is one of the biggest international art events in Asia (maybe in the world!).
Lots of artists from all over the world will join.
There is no very special eligibility for participation. Everyone who presents their own "Arts" can be a part of exhibitors :)
Of course everyone who is interested in Art can visit this fun exhibition!


= = = INFORMATION = = =





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2014/11/8(SAT) & 9(SUN)
Open 11:00 - Close 19:00
@ TOKYO BIG SIGHT West Halls
(The site is located about 1 hour from SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA.)

◆Tickets◆
In Advance : 1 DAY 800 YEN / 2 DAYS 1,500 YEN
At the Door : 1 DAY 1,000 YEN / 2 DAYS 1,800 YEN

If you're going to stay in Sakura Hotel & Hostel, you'll get the free entrance ticket!
Please ask the front desk :)



To get more information, please click here!
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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA
www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2014/10/04 21:29

[Food] Fancy Restaurant Filled with Fresh Green & Beautiful Seasonal Flowers in Tokyo [ Fun & Convenient Hostel ]

On the other day, I & my friend had a lunch in the fancy restaurant in Aoyama, close to Harajuku area.
The name of restaurant is "AOYAMA FLOWER MARKET TEA HOUSE".
Located just 1 minutes walk from the exit A5 of Tokyo Metro Omotesando Sta.


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AOYAMA FLOWER MARKET is one of the most popular florist shops in Japan.
They have 3 restaurants inside of the shops in different places in TOKYO : Aoyama. Akasaka and Kichijouji.

The interior decorating is just awesome.
Fillied with fresh green and beautiful seasonal flowers.... So nice <3


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When I visited, the seasonal flower of the week was "cockscomb".
I don't know if this flower is popular in your countries, but in Japan it's the flower in Autumn season.


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Of course, lunch was very nice and home-made herb tea made me so relaxed :)


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If you love watching flowers and green, this place is must-visit.
You'll enjoy extraordinary lunch <3

More information about this restaurant


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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2014/09/28 23:00

Grand Sumo Tournament

Hello everyone ! This is Tada from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.

I've been to the Ryogoku kokugikan sumo arena for enjoy the sumo tournament with our guests.

It was fun to sit among the fans and hear them cheer on their favorite wrestler !

This was a first time experience for me and I got to see two Grand Champions in separate matches and was an experience I will never forget for sure !

even if you are not a fan of sumo, I would definitely recommend watching a sumo match if you are in Tokyo.

please check this place out if you visit Tokyo during tournament time.

sumo matches in Tokyo only take place for 15 days in January, May and September.

the sumo arena is quite near from Asakusa. It takes about 10 minutes by train.

If you are interested in about our sumo watching tour, please check this out → SUMO WATCHING TOUR on Sep 24

enjoy the SUMO !


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Great atmosphere

20140924_174605.jpgGrand Champion Hakuhou

20140924_173742.jpgThe Rookie Ichinojou


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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
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2014/09/21 14:03

Tokyo Derby

Hello everyone ! This is Tada from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.

Have you ever heard about Tokyo Derby ?

Tokyo Derby is the game Yomiuri Giants vs Tokyo Yakult Swallows in professional baseball.

I've been to Meiji Jingu stadium to see that great game.

actually Meiji Jingu stadium is not really far.

It's about 40 minutes by train from Asakusa.

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swallows fans are famous for their umbrella dance.

anytime their team makes a big play, they whip out these tiny umbrellas and sing a traditional song !

If you have the time, please enjoy the game and umbrella dance.

absolutely It's fun !

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2014/09/18 09:12

[Event Report] SUMO WATCHING TOUR on Sep 16 [ Fun & Comfortable Hostel in Tokyo ]

On last Tuesday, we held SUMO WATCHING TOUR for Sakura House's residents and Sakura Hotel & Hostel's guests.
We really enjoyed having a lunch together, walking to the SUMO stadium in Ryogoku, and of course watching very exciting matches of SUMO :)
Please have a look at the photos from our tour!



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Eating Chanko Nabe as a lunch!

So tasty <3


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Let's go to the stadium! Yeah!!


P9160076.JPG"Here's your ticket! Go through the gate please~~~ "


P9160082.JPGWe were really excited with this vibrant atmosphere!


P9160090.JPGThe SUMO wrestler in the center is Hakuhou, the grand champion! So cool!

P9160098.JPGAfter watching the matches, we gave the prizes for the winners of SUMO toto.
Congrats :D!!!


Next tour will be taken place on September 24th.
If you're here in Sakura Hostel Asakusa, just JOIN US!!
To see the detail of the tour, please click HERE :)


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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA
www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2014/09/17 20:33

Little Edo in Kawagoe

Hello everyone ! This is Tada from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.

Have you ever heard about the Kawagoe city ?
Town with a traditional feel of Edo ! Edo is the fomer name of Tokyo.
There are remnants of the town's appearance from that time.
allowing you to see and learn about life in the Edo period.
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You know what ? huge festival comes to Kawagoe soon !?
The floats coming close, facing each other, then competing as a Japanese orchestra is must see event.?
especially the exciting climax in the evening !?
Festival will be on 18th of October.?
Please enjoy the Japanese way of life !?
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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2014/09/12 14:25

[Info] The 5 Points to Enjoy Watching SUMO [ Tokyo Fun & Comfortable Hostel]

I'm soooooo excited because the period of SUMO Tournament will be taken place!
In Tokyo, it's happend only in January, May and September.
As I love SUMO very much, I wrote the blog abou this national sport.
Please click HERE to see my article about SUMO :)



By the way, we are having the SUMO WATCHING TOUR on September 16th and 24th for our guests.
I, Kyoko have led the tour for many times and each time I'm getting to like SUMO.
Then I'd like to introduce the points you can't miss when you go to the SUMO stadium in TOKYO.



1. Say "Hello!" to the old SUMO wrestlers!


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At the beginning, when you go through the gate, you'll show the tickets to the big guys.

In fact they had been SUMO wrestlers in the past!
You'll see their burly body as a bear X)




2. Get to know SUMO in the museum


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On the basement floor of the stadium, there's the small SUMO museum.
You can get to know the SUMO as a history.
Please enjoy it during the break time <3




3. Grab a cup of beer and delicious food to watch the match!



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Actually it's allowed to eat and drink inside of the stadium except the Ringside seats.
There're some stands to buy foods and beers :)
My favorite one is Kachikoshi Takoyaki (Octopus Balls)!
It's creamy inside but outside crispy <3 Love this!!
Other recommendable food is Yakitori (Grilled Chicken)! Please don't miss the food too!!




4. Get excited with the case of the tail wagging the dog!


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If you're lucky enough, you'll be one the witnesses of history!
Sometimes when the lower-ranked wrestler wins the grand champion, the audience is really excited with the situation and starts throwing the cushions.
Actually to throw cushion is prohibited but people cannot stop it. lol




5. Chance to take a picture with the real SUMO wrestlers


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In the stadium, there're some panels of the famous SUMO wrestlers as large as life.
Of course it's one of the fun event if you go to the SUMO staidum.
But if you'd like to take a picture with the real SUMO wrestlers, I recommend to wait for them at the exit of the stadium near JR Ryogoku Sta.
If you're lucky, you can be allowed to take a pic with them, but not always.
Anyway it's worth waiting for some minutes!



So now you feel like going to watch SUMO match next week?!
Please join our tour if you're going to stay in Sakura Hostel Asakusa <3


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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA
www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2014/09/08 17:08

Let's go to Tokyo dome ! enjoy the Japanese way to cheer for the baseball team !

Hello everyone ! This is Tada from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.

I've been working with Sakura hostel since last week. I'm new trainee.

I would like to introduce Japanese culture and customs.

I'll tell you something about Japanese baseball today.

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Do you like baseball ? of course you are ! :D

Baseball is not national sports but It's quite popular here in Japan.

There are two professional teams in Tokyo. (Yomiuri Giants and Tokyo Yakuruto Swallows)

I've been to Tokyo dome to see the game for Giants against Tigers.

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It's a great atmosphere ! even If you do not understand rules, you will understand it.

I've watched major league baseball in USA and Canada. It's an awesome too !

Japanese way to cheer for a team is little bit unique compered with american way.

Tokyo dome is not so far from Asakusa. It's about 30 minutes by train.

It's almost end of seasons. so If you are interested in about it, go to the stadium mate !

I hope It will be a nice memory for you.

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2014/09/05 15:22

[Event] SUMO WATCHING TOUR September 2014 [ Tokyo Fun & Comfortable Hostel ]

The SUMO Tournament will be held in 9 days in TOKYO!
Here in TOKYO it is taken place only in January, May and September.


Sakura Hostel Asakusa
organizes the tour for our guests and Sakrua House's residents everytime when the tournament is happened in Tokyo :)

Of course we are going to hold the tour for 2 days in this month.
If you're going to stay in Sakura Hostel Asakusa during this period, please don't miss this event because it's so fun and exciting <3




----- SUMO WATCHING TOUR -----



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Date : September 16th (Mon) & 24th (Wed)?
Meeting Place : Sakura Hostel Asakusa
Fee : 3,200 YEN (Kid 1,200 YEN) *Including lunch & ticket
Meeting Time : 13:30(Afternoon)



----- Tour Schedule -----


13:30 Lunch at Sakura Hostel Asakusa's lobby
We are going to have "Chanko Nabe" which is the daily food of sumo wrestlers!


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14:30 Leave for the Sumo stadium in Ryogoku by walk / by taking public transportation.
*Transportation fare is not included.



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15:00 Arrive at the stadium and start watching the bouts.
Just grab a cup of beer and watch the exciting fights!




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18:00 The bouts of the day are finished.




If you're interested in joining this event, please contact us by e-mail :) [email protected]



*This event is only for Sakura House's residents / Sakura Hotel & Hostel's guests.
こちらのイベントはサクラハウス居住者及びサクラホテル&ホステル宿泊者のみを対象としております。



Special Thanks for The Photography : William Jans

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA
www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2014/08/03 08:37

[TOKYO] ☆★☆ Unmissable Fireworks Festival in August ☆★☆ [Cheap & Friendly Hostel]

Hi!
Do you like watching fireworks?!


In Japan, to go fireworks festival is one of the must things to do in Summer :)

Getting together with friends, sitting on the floor, grabbing a cup of beer, and looking up beautiful fireworks... that's Summer of Japan!!

Then I'm going to give you the list of the unmissable fireworkds festival in Tokyo!





August 5th (Tue)
Koto Fireworks Festival
19:40-20:30 @ Arakawa River
(15 min by walk from Tokyo Metro Minami Sunamachi Sta.)


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From Asakusa to Minami Sunamachi, it takes 30 min. by subway!
You can feel the local atmosphere of the town :)?



August 10th (Sun)
Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival
18:50-20:10 @ Harumi Terminal Park
(15 min by walk from the Exit 3 of Toei Subway Kachidoki Sta.)



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From Asakusa to Kachidoki, it takes 30 min. by subway!
The collaboration of fireworks and the nightview of Odaiba is just fantastic!


August 16th (Sat)
Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival
19:30-20:30 @ Jingu Baseball Stadium II
(5-10 min by walk from Tokyo Metro Gaiemmae Sta.)


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From Asakusa to Gaiemmae, it takes 30 min by subway!
This is one of the biggest firework festival in Tokyo :)


Let's go fireworks festival & enjoy Summer in Japan <3<3<3


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Dorm 3,000 yen / Group Room 13,000 yen~
Make your trip funner!


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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2014/07/30 08:12

[Travel Hacks in Japan] The Cheaper Way to Travel Around Japan is.... by BUS!! [ Tokyo Friendly Hostel ]

Hello everyone!



Today I'd like to give you another travel hack in Japan :)

I wrote about my most favorite sport "SUMO" on the other day.
Have you read this? If not, please check it <3

I'm going to write about "Highway Bus / Night Bus" :)



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For the backpackers, to save money for transportation is one of the most important thing to travel around the world.
Don't you think so?
Our guests in Sakura Hostel also prefer to take a bus to go to other cities in Japan, for example to Mt.Fuji area, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima and so on!
So I'm going to answer FAQ about travelling by bus in Japan :) Here we go!




1. How can I book a seat for the bus?


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Normally you can do it online in advance!
Some bus companies provide the website in English.
ex. Willer Express https://willerexpress.com/en/

Or you can buy a ticket over the counter of JR Highway Bus at Yaesu South Exit in Tokyo Station.
If there's a seat available, it's possible to buy a ticket and get on the bus on the same day.

Some companies accept the reservation by phone too.



2. How much does it cost?



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It depends on the place where you go, when you go and the bus companies.
Especially it would be more expensive on weekends.
The price range is approx. from JPY 2,500 to JPY 13,000.
But these prices are almost always much cheaper than taking a bullet train(Shinkan-sen) / plane.



3. How many hours does it take to the place if I travel by bus?



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Here are the required time for traveling to the major touristic spot!

To Mt. Fuji area : 2.5 hours
To NAGOYA : 5 hours
To KYOTO & OSAKA : 6-7 hours
To HIROSHIMA : 12 hours

To see more, please visit the website of Willer Express →http://willerexpress.com/en/



4. Is traveling by bus comfortable...?

Traveling by bus is longer way than traveling by train.
Therefore it's not as comfortable as train, but it's not very bad.

I've ever gotten on the bus with the TV for each seat.


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The recent bus company in Japan is so ingenious for not making passengers tired and bored :)
We can enjoy movies, TV and music on board!



To know more about traveling by bus, please ask us when you stay in Sakura Hostel Asakusa!
We'll give you information:-)!




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tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
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2014/03/01 17:15

Gachapon shop in Akihabara -- Best Backpackers Hostel In Tokyo, Sakura Hostel Asakusa--

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Hello, everyone.
This is Yusa from Sakura hostel Asakura.

Do you know Gachapon?
It's a popular toy in Japan.
There are so many kind of Gachapon.
Almost all of them are made by anime or comic character.
Gachapon is also known as Gashapon.
How to get it is insert a coin, and turn the handle, and then take it.
It costs usually about from 100yen to 200yen.

Even adult love Gachapon.
For example, my older sister is crazy about collecting "コップのフチ子さん". (Please check it out!)

There is a shop specialized to Gachapon in Akihabara.
I am positive to say that you would be amazed.

Shop photo and official website is here.
Akihabara Gachapon kaikan

It's fun to collect something, you know.
Japan has lots of toys, such as Gachapon.
While you are staying in Japan, I highly recommend you to collect something which only Japan has.
In fact, we have lots of guest who's purpose is shopping. (especially in Akihabara)
That's should be fun★


Gashapon / Stéfan


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2014/02/08 12:15

Snowy Tokyo!!

Look look!! Its snowing in Tokyo today!!
Its very rare that having such a lot of snow in Tokyo.

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Hiro is moving the snow front of our hostel for us alone in freezing outside.... Thank you so much HIro!!!

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I only took picture of Hiro, but Johrel went to move the snow twice... Thanks a lot Johrel and Hiro!!!

Sensouji Temple with snow is very beautiful view! Why not stay at Sakura Hostel Asakusa and visit there?

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2014/02/03 08:24

[Event] Imperial Palace Tour & Sushi Party on Feb 16th [Tokyo Good Hostel]

Good day! Today's Setsubun (the day of ending of Winter) in Japan.
There'll be many events around Tokyo of course in Asakusa too.

By the way, on February 16th, Sakura Hotel & Hostel will hold the special tour with Tokyo City Guide Club.
This is the first tour of 2014! Yeah XD

★The Imperial Palace Walking Tour & Sushi Roll Workshop★



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Date: February 16th (Sun), 2014

Time: 11AM to 3PM
Fee: 500 YEN
Meeting Place: Sakura?Hotel Jimbocho


Reservation is necessary for this event.

Please check the following link.
http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/images/events/2014/20140122_TCGCImperialpalacetour.pdf

*The first 25 people who apply can join the tour & the workshop.
*This event is ONLY FOR SAKURA HOUSE RESIDENTS & HOTEL GUESTS.


We are already planning the tour in Asakusa with TCGC on March 9th.
The information will be uploaded soon!

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Please check & book the room, and JOIN US!

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2014/02/02 09:16

Walking around Shitamachi (Downtown) of Tokyo - Viewing the Flowers of Plum @ Kameido Shrine -

Have you seen the flowers of plum in Japan?
Plum is called "Ume (梅・うめ)" in Japanese.
Some of you probably know because Umeboshi, the sour pickle of plum is made with it.


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The flower of plum had been more popular than sakura (cherry blossom) from 2,000 years ago to the recent times.
Lots of famous Japanese historical people love flowers of plum, for example, Dr. Michizane Sugawara, who is worshiped as God of Inteligence.


Since I'd like to spread the idea that Ume is as beautiful as Sakura,
today I'm going to introduce you the place where you can see beautiful Ume near Asakusa area.


The name of the place is Kameido Shrine in Koto Ward.


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It's located in 20 min by bus from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.
Actually I walked to the shrine from Tokyo Sky Tree and it took 20 min.

When I visited there, there were few Ume bloomed, but they were beautiful enough to make me amazed!


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Kameido Shrine is also famous for the Fuji (Wisteria) Festival.
In the area, there is a small pond and some birds are taking a rest.

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I tried Omikuji (Picking a paper of the fortune-telling) of Dr. Sugawara! Cute <3 kkk

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You can see TOKYO SKY TREE from the shrine!

Nice :D

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After enjoying visiting Kameido Shrine, I dropped by the old Japanese sweet shop & cafe in Kameido.
It's called "Funabashi-Ya".


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They have been running this shop since 17 Century! Wow!
I enjoyed the original Kuzu Starch Cake with a cup of hot green tea <3


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Even if you are coming to Japan before Sakura blooms, don't be sad.
Beautiful flowers of Ume will feast your eyes for sure :)


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2014/01/30 09:28

Tokyo Tour by TAKA

Tokyo Tour held in 22nd on January by TAKA. He isn't Sakura Hostel's staff but he makes some tour for our guests from last November.

This day, they meet at Kaminarimon gate at 11am. and started the tour.
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They had Okonomiyaki for lunch! Okonomiyaki is a kind of pancake which has various vegetables and meat or seafoods, and eat with sauce especially for Okonomiyaki. They made the Okonomiyaki on a hot lron plate by themselves. It looks so fun!
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2014/01/29 10:01

Sumo Watching Tour [January 23rd]

We had the second Sumo Watching Tour on January 23rd with our guests!! It was so fun!!

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The first tour also in our blog, please check it! Sumo Watching Tour January 15th

Before going to the stadium, we had Chanko-Nabe for lunch in lobby of Sakura Hostel Asakusa.
Chanko-Nabe is a dish especially for Sumo wrestlers and in this day Leo and Akina made chanko-nabe!

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sumo5.JPGsumo6.JPGWe did a "Sumo Toto", guess about witch wrestler will win and who got more poit can get some prizes!?
And after lunch we walked to the stadium.
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Today is the last day of Sumo Tournament 2014 in Tokyo, next tournament will be held in Osaka on March. You can buy the ticket on this website! Sumo Ticket in Osaka

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2014/01/26 08:20

Walking around Shitamachi (Downtown) of Tokyo - TOKYO SKY TREE & Tokyo Soramachi -

On the other day, I finally visited TOKYO SKY TREE town!
Have you ever visited there??
There're appox. 200,000 visitors every day even though 2 years will pass in this May since it has been completed!
You can see how it's popular as a sightseeing spot & a shopping area.



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Today I would like to introduce and guide you the town in this blog :D

I took a bus near the hostel in front of the ROX department store.
The bus is called "Sky Tree Shuttle" and is running as cyclic bus around Asakusa & Ueno area.
The fare is single-price. For adults, it's 210 YEN and for children 110 YEN.
Only 15 minutes to arrive at the entrance of Sky Tree.

I arrived there about at 11:00 in the morning.
Look! Many people were making a line to buy tickets!!


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But other staff said that if you go in the afternoon, there're few people.

I bought the ticket for the TEMBO DECK at 350 meters high with 2,000 YEN.
We can choose to buy tickets for the higher deck with 1,000 YEN after going up to the lower deck.


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After that we went up to the deck by the fast & silent elevator...


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Here it is!!!



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You can overlook the city of TOKYO!
I felt exactly like "I'm in the SKY"! eheheh


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Can you find SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA in the picture??
The hint : Our building is the color of pink!


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The shodow of SKY TREE!
We can feel how big it is >u<


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Uhhhhhhh, so scary >o< lol

Finally I decided not to go up to the higher deck, but I really enjoyed the view and taking lots of pictures!

After that, I moved to Tokyo Soramachi, which is the shopping area right next to TOKYO SKY TREE.
For the lunch, I had a beautiful set of SUSHI <3 So good!


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In Tokyo Soramachi, there were many things to see.
For shopping and looking for good souvenirs from Japan, you should spend some time there!

Since I love taking a photo of SKY TREE, I found the place to take a rare shot of SKY TREE near there.
Here it is!!




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"Up-Side Down" TOKYO SKY TREE!
I took this picture the bridge called Juugen-Bashi 10 minutes walk from the TOKYO SKY TREE town.
When there're no wake, you can see it more beautifully.


At last, I would recommend all of you who are coming to Tokyo to visit TOKYO SKY TREE :)
You can understand how big the city of Tokyo is and enjoy shopping & foods there!


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2014/01/19 15:27

Sumo watching Tour

It's Sumo Tournament season now! From 12nd to 26th January, you can watch the Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku in Tokyo.
We had a Sumo Watching Tour on the 15th of Janurary and we will have another one on the 23rd! Last tour Kyoko and Lars went to the stadium with our guests, but next tour maybe I will go! I'm so excited because I've never watched Sumo wrestling live!!
Lots of our guest come to the reception to ask about the ticket of Sumo Watching, but it's hard to make a reservation on the weekend so if you want to watch Sumo you should go on weekdays, when there are still free seats available. You can make your reservation on the Sumo Kyokai official website.

135261_10150350403474986_2057709955_o mob.jpgBefore we went to watch the Sumo matches, we had Chanko-Nabe lunch at Sakura hostel Asakusa. Chanko-Nabe is a kind of japanese food and it has soup, vegetable and meat. The word "chanko" is the name of food that Sumo wrestlers eat and they have chanko-Nabe five times a day! The chanko-nabe makes a strong Sumo wrestler body.

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Here are some more pictures of our guests watching the sumo maches!!

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We made bets on who will win each match too!
The persons who got the most right, even won some prices!
Here are the winners!


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2014/01/18 13:50

TOKYO SKYTREE

Do you know TOKYO SKYTREE? It opened on May 22th, 2012 and it has 634m height and is the highest stable transmission provider for TV in the world.
It is near from Asakusa, you can go there by walk and it takes only 20min.
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There are a lot of shops and restaurants, so you can buy any japanese souvenir you want. And the Skytree has an auqlium and a planetalium too! I think you need at least 2days for enjoy the Skytree"town"....

At night, the SkyTree turns more beautiful. I take this picture from my home(the blue and white building in the middle of picture is the Skytree), Skytree colored with lights.?

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2014/01/08 07:44

Ameyoko street in UENO

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There is "Ameyoko Street" in Ueno. I have been worked there more than 6years until I started to work here in Sakura Hostel.

Ameyoko street is between Ueno station and Okachimachi station, along the line of train, has 400 meters of length.

In the street ?there are so many kind of shops. Fruit, vegtable, fish, clothes, shoes, bag, cosmetics and some unique spices in the world...I think you can buy any thing you want here.This is a picture where I worked, fish store sales tuna, crab, cod roe, octopus and other various thing from Tsukiji Fish Market.

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About 200,000people came to Ameyoko only in 3days of 29~31 of December!

Not only japanese people, also many foreign people go to Ameyoko Street, because in Ueno has a lot of turism spot. For example museum, zoo, and beautiful Ueno park. This park has many cherry blossam trees, so I recomend to go there in spring, in march or april, it is so amazing view!!

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2013/12/24 00:30

【Tokyo info】 Christmas illumination, Tokyo --Best Backpackers Hostel In Tokyo, Sakura Hostel Asakusa--

Hello, everyone.
This is Yusa from Sakura hostel Asakura.

Finally, Christmas came!
Time so flies...

Do you have any plans?
In my case, I work at the hostel as usual...(haha

Japanese really love Christmas.
I know that this events is related to religion.
Even so, what we celebrate is very normally here.

You can see beautiful illuminations in Tokyo.
I recommend some spots.

・Roppongi Keyaki street
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HP ⇒ http://www.roppongihills.com/feature/christmas2012/02.html


・Tokyo mid town
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HP ⇒ http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/xmas/2013/

・Skytree / Lookout
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HP ⇒ http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

Also there are more beautiful spots in Tokyo.
How about going there with your friends or family!

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2013/12/11 16:34

[Asakusa Info] Tokyo Sky Tree Christmas 2013 [Tokyo Hostel]

Did you know that?
From SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA, you can see Tokyo Sky Tree everyday!

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As most of you knows, nowadays Tokyo Sky Tree is one of the most popular places to visit in Tokyo.
The tower is located only in 20 minutes by walk from SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA.
Many guests plan to visit there while they stay here.

By the way, do you know that Tokyo Sky Tree sometimes changes its color?
Especially in this season, you can see the special color.
That is.....

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Tokyo Sky Tree turnes Chrismtas Tree!

It's the limited version, so please don't miss to take a picture <3


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Sensou-ji Temple / Asahi Beer Building / Kappa Bashi Shopping Area

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2013/12/05 20:00

【Tokyo info】 Ochanomizu, instrument shops --Best Backpackers Hostel In Tokyo, Sakura Hostel Asakusa--

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Hello, everyone.
This is Yusa from Sakura hostel Asakura.

This time, I will introduce one of Tokyo's unique city.
Do you know Ochanomizu?御茶ノ水

I'm sure Akihabara is well known as a electronic city.
But in fact, Ochanomizu is famous for instrumental city .

There are lots of instrument shops in Ochanomizu.
If you are player, this area must be fun.
You can even see vintage instrument.
Not only just browsing, but also you can try to play a instrument for checking sound.

I used to play a guitar when I was a high-school student.
So I often went there though I was not so good at playing a guitar.
Just liked it, you know(haha
Here is one of my memorable city!

How about visiting Ochanomizu if you love music!
If you plan to start to play any instruments, here must be great area!
Now I am interested in learning Piano....
I wanna buy......

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2013/12/01 15:16

★The reason why you must choose SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA for the place to sleep in Tokyo★

Hello everyone! This is Kyoko :)
Do you notice that?! 2013 is almost finishing soon!! Oh my God! XO


Have you decided next trip in Winter or Spring holidays?

How about coming to Tokyo and staying at SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA?
Our hostel is not only the place to sleep!


We will invite all of the future guests to our special activity.
One of the popular activities of SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA will be held in January of 2014.


★SUMO WATCHING TOUR 2014 January★



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Date & Time: January 15th (Wed) & 23rd (Thu) 1:30PM-6:00PM


Meeting Place: SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA [Map]


Fee: 3,100 YEN (Including a ticket & lunch)



TOUR PLAN

1:30 PM - Lunch Party at SAKURAHOSTEL ASAKUSA
- Enjoy sumo wrestler's daily food "Chanko Nabe" and more.





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2:30 PM - Departing from SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

- Walk to Ryogoku Sumo Stadium by Sumida River (about 40 min.) /or Take a train.



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3:30 PM - 6:00 PM Watch the exciting Sumo tournament together!!


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If you are coming or planning to make a trip to Tokyo in January,
Please stay with us and let's enjoy the sumo match with us!!


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2013/11/29 09:35

[Party] BOUNEN-KAI 2013 -End-of-Year Party- [Tokyo International Hotel]

In Japan, people have a big party with friends & colleagues in the end of year.

We celebrate that we could spend this year peacefully and wish more happiness for next year.

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA will hold this party called BOUNEN-KAI on December 6th!
All the customers of SAKURA HOUSE & HOTEL will be warmly welcome to the party :)
Our staff are also going to join and will spend the fun time all together <3


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SAKURA HOUSE & HOTEL End-of-Year Party
BOUNEN-KAI 2013

Date: 2013/12/6 (Fri) 7PM-9PM
Location: SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA [Map]
Fee: 1,000 YEN (Foods & Drinks are included)

*This event is only for SAKURA HOUSE & HOTEL's customers.
*このイベントはサクラハウスご契約者様及びサクラホテルご宿泊者様のみ対象となります。


If you are interested in joining our party,
Please RSVP to [email protected] with the following information!
[1] Request for attending the "BOUNEN-KAI"
[2] Name
[3] Your telephone number if you have any.
[4] Name & Room number of your hotel if you're staying SAKURA HOTEL/HOSTEL


Let's celebrate the end of 2013 with us!!


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Close to Akihabara / Tokyo Sky Tree / Ueno / Ginza
Only 70 min from Narita Airport & 45 min from Haneda

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2013/11/19 01:49

【Tokyo info】 Tokyo Ramen Show --Best Hostel In Tokyo, Sakura Hostel Asakusa--

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Hello, everyone.
This is Yusa from Sakura hostel Asakura.

Ramen is the one of Japanese famous food all over the world.
I'm sure it's not so difficult to find Ramen restaurant, even in a foreign country.
Ramen is originally from China.
You can see lots of Chinese restaurant in Japan.

Our food culture has been affected by Chinese food Culture.
Japanese is well know as the people who have the spirit of craftsman.
We have been trying to improve the foods for matching our sense of taste. (tongue
Ramen is the one of this outcomes.

In fact, Tokyo Ramen show is been holding from today to 19th.
The avenue is Komazawa olimpic park, Central plaza.駒沢オリンピック公園 中央広場
Nearest station is komazawa Daigaku.
Here is open from 10AM to 9PM.
However, please note, Only 19th, Here will be closed early.
(The last order is till 4:30PM.)
Entrance fee is for free.
One Ramen costs 800 yen.

It's a great opportunity for Ramen lovers.
You can try various Ramen at this place.

I highly recommend you to go there, and taste awesome Ramens!!!


Official site is here ⇒ Tokyo Ramen Show

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2013/11/09 21:37

Have you ever heard Art from Tanzania "TINGA TINGA"

Have you ever sean Tanzanian art called TINGA TINGA?

TINGA TINGA is one of my favorite art which painted by house paint on plywood board.

Useually an?African?animal?becomes?the?motif?mainly.

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And there was Tinga - Tinga artist drawing at there, so happy to see how to draw it.

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Please go there and enjoy African art :D

Only 2,940YEN per night

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2013/11/05 01:20

【Tokyo info】 THE SEIKO MUSEUM --Biggest & Best Hostel In Tokyo, Sakura Hostel Asakusa--

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Hello, everyone.
This is Yusa from Sakura hostel Asakura.

Japan is well known as a country which has good skill of craft.
Japanese clock has been getting good popularity.

Do you know SEIKO?
SEIKO is the famous Japanese clock company.
I'm so positive to say that Seiko is well known all over the world.

In fact, There is The SEIKO Museum near Sakura hostel Asakusa.
This place shows the history of SEIKO, also real clocks.
And even shop is there!
If you are interested in Clock, this place would be a great place!

Luckily, English tour is available.
But you have to make a reservation before visiting there.
Please contact to them in case you want to go there.

SEIKO MUSEUM English site → http://museum.seiko.co.jp/en/index.html

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tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
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2013/11/02 21:30

[Activity] Little exclusion Japanese garden and workshop of Japanese tea =International Hostel in Tokyo=

We went "RIKUGIEN" where located in tokyo and has very beautifull Japanese garden.

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We learnd many things about tea, like difference from other tea (like english tea) and tecknic of serving tea.

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tea02.JPGI was really good experience for me too.

After work shop we enjoyed walking around the garden.

The end of this month you will enjoy autumn?colors at Rikugien.

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2013/10/04 15:44

【Japan info】 Trip to Aizu Wakamatu -- Cheap but comfortable stay--

Hello, everyone.
This is Yusa from Sakura hostel Asakura.


The other day, I visited Aizu in Fukushima prefecture.
Aizu is well known as the old city, especially for Sengoku era history.
Aizu had very important role in that era.
Also lots of famous Bushido(samurai) were here.
Even now, many people go there for touching Sengoku era atmosphere.

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Famous castle "Turuga jou 鶴ヶ城" is like a symbol of this old city.
You can see lots of Sengoku era stuff and deta.
There are very interesting.
Also the view from upside of the castle(Tenshu kaku 天守閣)is awesome....

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Next to castle, there is a tea house.
Do you know Sadou 茶道?
It means tea ceremony.
In the other word, the philosophy of hospitality with tea.

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Next I enjoyed the view from the ship in Inawashiro lake.
Unfortunately, that day was cloudy... but still awesome!

Look at this great ship!
I highly recommend you to ride this cute ship!
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If you are interested in Japanese Sengoku era, I recommend you to visit Aizu Wakamatu.


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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2013/09/28 13:00

[Event] Oktoberfest, Shinjuku Tour, Japanese Calligraphy! [Comfortable Guest House in Tokyo]

Hello everyone!
Since September is finishing and Ocotober which is my favorite month will come soon,
I'd like to introduce the events which will be held in Oct :)

☆ Oktoberfest @ SAKURA CAFE IKEBUKURO on Oct. 5th ☆


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SAKURA CAFE IKEBUKURO organize Oktoberfest on Oct. 5th!
Let's get together and enjoy the limited beer & snacks<3
http://sakura-hotel-ikebukuro.com/blog/2013/09/event_info_coming_soon_oktober.php

★ SHINJUKU TOUR on Oct. 6th (SUN) ★


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Shinjuku is known as one of the most crowded places in Tokyo and its night life for tourists.
Tokyo CIty Guide Club's experienced guides will show you not only the modern side but the old & natural side of Shinjuku in the tour.


☆ Shodo(Japanese Calligraphy) Workshop on Oct. 20th (SUN) ☆

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA's monthly shodo workshop will be held.
The addmission is FREE :) You can write your name in Chinese character!
Here you can see how was the last time :)
http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/blog/2013/09/shodo_workshop_september_15th_2013_sakura_hostel_asakusa_event_review_meet_young_travellers.html


*Shinjuku Tour and Shodo Workshop are the events only for Sakura House & Hotel's customers.


To know more detail about the events, please click this link ;)
http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/event

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tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2013/09/20 20:15

[Event] Cooking Party, Mikoshi, Oktober Fest!!! [Sakura Group in Tokyo]

Can you believe? September is finishing in 10 days!!
The time pasts so fast X( Don't you think so?
We, Sakura Hotel & Hostel will hold many events in the end of this month.
I'd like to all of them today in this blog :D

★Yomoda-kai (Cooking Meeting) on September 21st @ SAKURA CAFE IKEBUKURO★


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In this monthly event, the elected customers of SAKURA GROUP with different nationalities get together
and cook the unique cuisine from all over the world!
Some recipes is adopted on the menu of Sakura Cafes!

☆Carry the Mikoshi! on September 23rd @ SAKURA HOTEL HATAGAYA☆

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Sakura Hotel Hatagaya will attend to the festival at Hikawa Shrine and carry the Mikoshi (portable shrine).
They invite the customers of SAKURA GROUP to carry it together for FREE :)
It'll be an unique and unforgettable experience!!

★Oktober Fest @ Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro September 21 - October 6th ★

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Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro holds Oktober Fest every year in the end of September like in Munich.
During this period, you can enjoy the limited beer and food menu at cafe!
On Oct 5th, there is a big party :) Don't miss it!!!
http://www.sakura-cafe.asia/ikebukuro/news/oktoberfest2013.php


For checking more detail, please click the link of our website!
http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/event



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fax +81-3-3847-8112
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2013/09/06 09:12

[Japan News] New Kawaii Spot is OPEN in Harajuku! [Tokyo Sightseeing]

Hello everyone!
Today I heard a interesting news about one of famous places in Tokyo, Harajuku :)
As you know, Harajuku is the most popular for the place where you can experience "kawaii" culture in Japan.

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Today a new "kawaii" spot was open in Takeshita Street!
It is called...

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Picture from?http://cutecube-harajuku.jp/

In the building, many "kawaii" shops like the shop of Sanrio products, accessory shop, cute candy shop and so on!
I guess there will be filled with lots of japanese teenagers every weekends <3

If you are planning to go to Harajuku this weekend,
You cannot miss this new kawaii place!


Official Website in English ===>http://cutecube-harajuku.com/english/


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★ Design Festa Gallery in HARAJUKU ★
You feel ART & express ART

☆ SAKURA-TEI in Harajuku ☆
All-you-can-eat lunch of Okonomiyaki 1,060 YEN!

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2013/08/23 02:55

【Tokyo info】 Are you interested in Ghibli Museum? -- Cheap but comfortable stay --

Hello, this is Yusa from Sakura hostel Asakura.

I watched Kaze-tachinu 風立ちぬ the other day.
It's the latest film by Hayao Miyazaki, who is Animation creator in Japan.
awesome film....

I cried and am going to watch one more time!
Also in Autumn, the other great film maker of Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata's film is out!
I can't wait.

Studio Ghibli is the most popular animation studio in Japan.
I'm sure that now Ghibli is getting popular all over the world.
Especially, Hayao Miyazaki is very famous because of his great works.
You may know princess Mononoke, also Totoro!
Ghibli is like a Japanese disney.

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There is Ghibli museum in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, a western suburb of Tokyo.
You can see lot's of installation and Objects of works.
Also There is a theater space, you can watch the film!

Usually, this museum is full of people.
So if you are interested in this museum, please buy a ticket in advance.
You can check vacancy on Ghibli's website. (English is available)
⇒ http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/


It should be great experience for you.


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tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
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2013/08/04 22:27

【Sakura hotel info】Water-bus on Sumida river -- Cheap, but comfortable stay--

Hello there.
This is Yusa from Sakura hostel Asakusa.


This time, I introduce water bus on sumida river.

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参照:http://4travel.jp/traveler/puchipuchi1994


There is a water bus from Asakusa to Tokyo gulf near Sakura hostel Asakusa.
There are several lines such as Odaiba line and Bigsite line.
Which line are you interested in?
Info is here(Wikipedia) → http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Cruise_Ship

That is a good vehicle to enjoy Tokyo scenery.

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参照:http://blog.goo.ne.jp/kokemusu


Especially, Skytree looks awesome, you know.
You can see many Yakatabune(屋形船) on Sumida river at night.

And do you know this building?
Here is office building of Asahi beer.
It's monument of fire.
But it looks like......

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参照:http://sabo34.blog111.fc2.com/


Great opportunity to see Tokyo scenery and go to gulf.
How about boarding to water bus?

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
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2013/07/03 13:56

New trainee of [ Sakura Hostel Asakusa ] Biggest Youth Hostel in Toyko

Hello, everyone! I am Yui,

a new trainee of Sakura Hostel Asakusa from yesterday.
I am exiting about working at Asakusa,

because I have some relations with Asakusa city .

Both my parents have their ancestral tombs in Asakusa town.

Japanese people have a custom called "Hoji".

"Hoji" are special events based on Buddhism to pray for person who passed away,

during a certain period after his or her death,

usually the event are held in the temple where the tombs are raised.

That's why I visit Asakusa town one or two times a year.

Look at this! Can you find "神谷清太郎" letters? 

This is my grandfather's name carved on the ornament

just besides Senso-ji temple.

My grandfather was a merchants at Tsukiji,

a biggest wholesale market in Tokyo.

When Senso-ji temple was built, Tsukiji merchants gave donation for it,

so their names are curved on it.

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...and don't forget about Kamiya-bar in Asakusa,

the most famous restaurant in Asakusa area,

because my family name is Kamiya!

I don't have any relation with this restaurant,

but every time I pass this restaurant,

I cannot help taking a photo because my name is on big sign!!

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I am happy to have a training here

and looking forward to welcoming you here at Sakura Hostel Asakusa!!

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tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
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2013/06/19 15:11

Walk with Camera - Biggest Hostel in Tokyo @ Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Hi there. I'm Kaz, a trainee staff of Sakura Hostel Asakusa, loving taking photos.
Sensoji temple illuminated with lights was very beautiful today
too on the way to here for night shift work. I strongly recommend that you
visit there once in the evening.

It's rainy season in Tokyo area as you may know. When it comes to
"rainy season", you must check Japanese Ajisai (hydrangea).
We, Japanese, sometimes enjoy this Japanese rainy season, seeing Ajisai.

You may already have seen Ajisai somewhere during your stay.

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In this rainy season, I recommend that you visit Ajisai temple (formal name:
Hondoji temple) in Matsudo, Chiba, if you are looking for the best place
for your best shot of Ajisai. Let me show you my challenges here...

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Access from Sakusa Hostel Asakusa to Ajisai temple (Hondoji temple)

Asakusa
↓ Metro Ginza Line (for Shibuya)
Ueno
↓ JR Joban Line (for Abiko)
Kita-Kogane
  About 15 min. walk from Kita-Kogane station.

Enjoy a walk with your camera today too.

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2013/05/28 13:51

New Sushi and Yakitory U.F.O. Catcher Game! [ International Guesthouse in Tokyo ]


Hi! I'm Manuel, the Spanish staff of Sakura Hostel Asakusa. 
This past weekend I went for a walk and I could see the latest U.F.O. catcher games.
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You like the Sushi or the Yakitori? There is a new and funny phone holder straps!

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If you are skilled you can get one! There is many types of Sushi and Yakitori, and looks very delicious...  

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These game machines is very popular in Japan, is everywhere!
Would you like to try?

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2013/05/24 12:33

Happy Birth Day, Skytree!! Tallest structure in Japan!!

Hello, Everyone! Im Aya, a new trainee at Sakura hostel Asakusa! 

Did you know May 22nd was 1 year anniversary day of Tokyo Skytree!

Have you ever been to there ? Its popular landmark in Tokyo!

The Sky tree full height is 634 meters l!! So Its became the tallest structure in Japan!!

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Moreover, there is a big shopping mall called ''Sora machi'' around the sky tree!!
If you are looking for some Japanese souvenir, you can find one very easily! 


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If you are planning to go there, Please stay at Sakura hostel Asakusa! 
You can see the Sky tree from Asakusa!! Also its just 5minutes to get there by train!!

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2013/04/25 18:30

【Entertainment】Robot restaurant in KABUKICHO SHINJYUKU- international hostel in tokyo-


Have you ever seen this funny car in Tokyo?

If you are luckily you can What looks like giant robots have been traveling on the road! 

And can you guess what is this car for? ?

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The answer is Advertise car of ROBOT RESTAURANT.
This Robot Restaurant is exciting entertainment place in Kabukicho Shinjyuku.
Kabukicho is Japanese No.1 night life district in Japan.

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Usually, I don't prefer to go these kind of place,
but that advatise car attracted me to go there


Total production costs are 10 billion yen!
even waiting room is gorgeous like this.

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Tim buroton and Christina Aguilera has been here to see this show.


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Sexy dancers, giant robot were dancing on the bike and tank !!

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I was so excited I couldn't stop laughing.
Why not enjoy the great show in the most entertaining district of Tokyo.








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2013/04/15 09:21

Asakusa Hostel, See you!

Hi,  I'm Manuel, the Spanish staff of Sakura Hostel and today is my last day training in Sakura Hostel Asakusa,
from Wednesday I will training in Sakura Hostel Ikebukuro,
I really like to say thanks to all my coworkers, they have taught me much and I learned a lot.

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Hiro-san, always patient explained me everything in detail.

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Asakusa is a very nice place for work.
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Has been a very interesting experience, Sakura Hostel Asakusa, Thanks very much!!  And see you soon!


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2013/04/14 09:13

Panda Bus on Asakusa!!!

Near the Sakura Hostel in Asakusa, there is a parking and was parked this so cute Panda bus ^^

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The passenger seats have teddy ears.

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This pretty vehicles only in Japan!
Want a ride?



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2013/04/13 11:08

Night views of Asakusa streets.

By night I Like walking in quiet and narrow streets,
here some pictures from this last weeks.

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A Salary-man returns to home after a hard day working...

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There is many neon signs that give warmth to the night.
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2013/04/10 12:58

Some Sky Tree's views. Tokyo

The Sky tree is near from Asakusa and in the Sakura Hostel we have a nice views of it.

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The Sky tree full eight of 634 metres tall!! (2080 foot)
Don't worry, have elevator inside^^

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The night views is very cool too! You can go walking from the Sakura Hostel Asakusa in 25 minutes.


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In the base of the Tower you have a park and a shop mall with many fashion shops, good & souvenir shops and restaurants.


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2013/04/07 20:28

Funny Capsule Toys, Gacha Gacha~~~~!!!!

The "Gacha gacha" or "Gachapon" capsule toys vending machines is very popular in Japan.
There are lots of different types, usually is Figure toys, but there is too Key Holder, Phone straps, magnets... etc
You can find your favorite Anime or Manga character in this capsule toys or original creations.
The collectors of this toys and the Gachapon Freaks are increasing in all the world. 
Tell me what is your favorite Gacha!! We will decide the most popular Gacha gacha toy!

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If you like the "Kiss" rock metal band and Hello Kitty you are lucky! This is you phone strap collection!

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Underpants for your for your Smart Phone!!  You were expecting for this. 

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Lovely Bananas for all the Family  :) 
Only 200 japanese yen for each.


In upcoming times we will see more funny Gachapon sets^^


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2013/04/05 21:40

Kewpie have Japanese Tattoos in Asakusa.

Kewpie the popular doll character was created like illustration in 1909 and in early twentieth century the dolls were selling very well.
 In 1925 the Kewpie mayonnaise was created in Japan with this character like the mascot of the company and suddenly the Kewpie doll becomes a Icon, the vinyl doll is everywhere in Japan. 
Now only in Asakusa there is a very special souvenir, the classic Kewpie doll with Yakuza Tattoos!!!!

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You can choose size and tattoos, really is a piece of crafts!

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A very nice souvenir for the Japanese culture lovers.

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Have a very detailed drawing just like the traditional tattoos of the Japanese Mafia: "The Yakuza"


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There is too Phone straps and amulets !!!


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2013/04/04 03:00

Ice-Cream of Japan !!!!

Hi! I'm Manuel and all people knows that I a great Ice-cream lover, 
In the supermarkets, convenience stores, shops, etc in Japan, you can buy many different Ice-Creams. The Japanese ice-cream list is endless, I will present only a few of them:

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The " Yukimi-daifuku" ( 雪見だいふく ) "Lotte" company,  from 1981, 
maybe is the most beloved of the Japanese people.
Is like a creamy Vanilla ice ball with a coverage of tender Mochi Rice.
In a pack there is two Yukimidaifuku, ideal for sharing.^^
All persons that comes to Japan, have to try to eat this ice-cream.


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The classic flavor of Yukimi daifuku is the vanilla flavor but there is another delicious flavors!
For example, the Milk Strawberry Yukimi daifuku.


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Another classic: The Calpis Icebar!!
The omnipresent Calpis have many forms, not only a soft drink and a soda, there is chocolates, candys, marshmalows, .... and of course; Ice candy too.
Simple but great idea.

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Papico is another living classic from "Glico", there is some different flavors, this time: "Peach Flavor"!

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The List of Ice-cream in Japan is never-ending....


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The "Matccha" (Green Tea) flavor is habitual and easy to eat. Mattcha is always very refreshing!!
On the future will talk again about Ice-creams! See you!!



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2013/03/30 03:01

The Sakura trees by night.

Yesterday while walking take some pictures. The place is a small park in Itabashi, on Tokyo.

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This week the weather was good and nice to walk at night, probably no more Cherry Blossoms in a few days and then I was take the chance for enjoy the beautiful Sakura trees.

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With the light of the traditional paper lanterns the leafs had a special and subtle color.
We will have to wait a year for admire again the Cherry Blossoms..., is a bit sad...

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2013/03/28 15:58

Cherry Blossoms Party, Sumidagawa River Sakura Hostel.

Yesterday the weather was not good  but this morning the Spring was return to Tokyo!
The weather is warm with nice temperature and around 20 people was going to enjoy the Cherry Blossoms,
this is called in Japan " Hanami", the tradition of enjoy the "Flower viewing" .

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                    The party was held under the Sakura Trees.


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We had beer, tea, soft drinks, Japanese snacks, rice balls, fried chicken "Karaage"  and our delicious pork miso soup "Tonjiru".


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Cheers!!!


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Landscape was amazing with the Cherry Blossoms, the Sumida River and the SkyTree.

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The typical snack in Japan is rice cookies, this time we tasted too "Okonomiyaki" cookies.

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The Japanese green been "edamame" is always present in any social event and party in Japan.

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Funny and friendly people, Thanks for coming!!

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The friends from Thailand, very kindness ^^

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Say: Cheeseeeee !!!!


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2013/03/25 06:10

Sakura along Shakujigawa River.

Today I went for a walk and see the Cherry Blossoms along Shakujigawa River on Itabashi-ku (Tokyo).

石神井川の桜並木

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  There is a large avenue with Sakura trees in the both side and you can enjoy peacefully while walking.

 
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Today was a perfect day to admire the Sakura trees.

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In nearby streets there is many stalls where you can eat Yakitori, Takoyaky and many others delicious meals.

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Usually tourist don't know the Cherry Trees of the Shakujiigawa River but between the people that living in the area is very popular.


You have to going to see the Cherry Blossoms now!!
After you will have to wait a year. ^^




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2013/03/22 12:02

[Tourist Info] How about Hiking in Mt.Takao? [ Tokyo No.1 Hostel!]

Recently Mt.Takao has been very popular between Japanese people and foreigners

since we can enjoy hiking easily in this big urban city Tokyo.

 

In fact I (Kyoko) am from Hachiouji city where has Mt.Takao and living very close to the mountain!

So I cannot count how many times I have climbed up it since I was small.

It is annual event for me to go to Mt.Takao on New Year's Day.

  

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Mt. Takao is located at Takao-Sanguchi St. in 40 min from Shinjuku St by using the express.

So you can enjoy nature easily by 1 day trip!

And we can hike in Mt.Takao through all seasons.

 

Now I, as a Mt.Takao lover, will introduce you the ranking of "the thing to do at Mt. Takao" !

 

 

No.3!!!

Look for Tengu (Japanese Mythical Creatures).

 

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(This image is from: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/super-buchou_2007/e/1898310eb13d6b988d46b95a2d1f3d0f

 

Since long time ago, there is a legend Tengu is living in Mt. Takao.

They have been protecting us and the mountain from above tall trees.

If you look up above in Mt. Takao, you will have a chance to meet Tengu!

 

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(This image is from : http://blog.goo.ne.jp/komayoshi-k/e/1d3f6c1abf0c95c8ed5f03b93b46bf37)

 

No.2!!!

Taste Mt.Takao's delicious foods.

 

Hiking makes us hungry.

But, don't worry. There are lots of delicious foods in Mt. Takao!

 

The most recommendable dish is...



japanese wheat noodle with wild plants / [cipher]

 


Sansai Udon (Sansai = Mountain herbs, Udon = noodle)!

Fresh mountain herbs from Mt.Takao make it so tasty!

 

And another recommendation is...

  

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Baked dumpling!

Shoyu(Japanese soy souce) flavored, warm, huuuum sounds so delicious! 

 

 

 

And finally No.1!!!

 

Overlook Tokyo.

 

From the middle of Mt.Takao, you can overlook Tokyo city!

 

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Skyscraperes in Shinjuku, Sky Tree, and actually we can see Yokohama Minato Mirai from there!

 

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Don't miss  this amazing view!!!

From now you're also the biginner of Mt. Takao lovers! ;)


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2013/03/12 08:00

[Sightseeing in Tokyo] I went to Tsukiji Fish Market for watching Tuna Auction! [Budget Hostel in Japan]

Have you ever heard about Tsukiji Fish Market?
I guess that almost all the people who is interested in coming to Japan has.
And Tuna Auction of Tsukiji Fish Market is one of the famous things to see in Tokyo.
The auction is held from 5 a.m. every business day of the market.
Lots of guests of Sakura Hostel Asakusa also go to watch it during their stay in Tokyo.


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Actually I had ever been there for eating fresh sushi before but not for the auction.
And so I visited the market today very early in the morning to watch it!

To watch the auction, the first thing you need is to get the special vest for visitors.
You can get it at The Fish Information Center near the Kachidoki Bridge Entrance.
Actually you cannot reserve for the visit in advance and the first 120 people per day can watch it.

I arrived at the center about at 4:20 a.m. but there were already more than 30 people who have already gotten the vests and were waiting!
But they didn't look sleepy but look very excited! (I was really sleepy... zzz)


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And at 4:40 minutes the number of the participants has already reached the limit!

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After an hour finally I could go to the area of Tuna Auction.
It was still dark outside... Yes, it was 5:30 am! Extremely early :O

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As soon as I entered the area, I felt the smell of fish and thought it was cold inside!
So if you go there,  I recommend you to bring a warm jacket especially in Winter time.

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You can watch the auction from the path for visitors but cannot get close to tuna...
But you will be allowed to take a pictures without flash :) Don't worry!

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This wholesale dealer was checking which tuna is better knocking with sickle.
I have no idea how much the tune costs but it must be very expensive ><

The tour took 20 minutes and there were the auction for 2 times.
It was the quite interesting scene that the merchants were calling the price loudly.

After that the tour finished, the sun was rising. Such a beautiful sky at 6:00 am.

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Visiting Tsukiji for Tuna Auction is a bit hard because of the time, but I think it is worthy to watch once in your life.
And if you go, you cannot forget to eat fresh and tasty fishes in the market<3 
I believe that the most luxurious breakfast can be eaten in Tsukiji Fish Market! Don't miss it!!!


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2013/01/28 15:33

What will you eat at Harajyuku, Tokyo? Famous Tokyo Hostel! No.1 for backpackers

Hello! This is Ayumi.
What is your purpose to go Harakjyuku
To see the latest Japanese fashion trends?


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Visit the MEIJI TEMPLE or YOYOGI PARK for a picknick? 

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What will you eat there? 

Please try Teppan-yaki in a cool restaurant SAKURA TEI(さくら亭)

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Situated close to TAKESHTA street, a 10 min walk from Harajyuku station.
This restaurants interior design are painted by many artists
Which creates a very colorful and exciting atmosphere.

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Art Gallery (DESIGN FESTA GALLERY) and Art cafe are also connected, so you can enjoy art and coffee :D

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There are many kind of  TEPPANYAKI like OKONOMIYAKI, MONJYAYAKI, SOBA-MESHI...

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sakura 8.bmpthey do  all-you-can-eat plan from 1000 JPY at lunch time 
and 2000JPY for standard plan.

and for our guests we give a free drink ticket at the front desk.
Please try and enjoy TEPPAN-YAKI !



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2013/01/18 17:14

Best Ramen Spot in Asakusa!! International Hostel Asakusa Sakura English Staff

Hello, I am Ayumi. 
If one of your purposes when visiting Japan is to eat Ramen,
 I know a really good ramen shop in Asakusa. 


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The Ramen shop is called BAZOKU (馬賊), it's 3 minutes walk from Kaminarimon.
 This is my favorite Ramen shop in Tokyo. 


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 Their ramen shop is famous for dynamic handmade noodle.
 the freshly make each batch of noodles per order, so the shop is always very noisy with the sound of noodles being drummed away by the chef.

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  I recommend to order TAN-TAN-THUKE (坦坦つけ), which is a dumpling style ramen. 
The soup infused with many kinds of spices and sesame.

The noodles are very sticky and uneven with a varying thickness which makes the noodles very very tasty!

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Please try this! 
「馬賊」台東区雷門2−7−6
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2013/01/16 18:54

[Tokyo Event] Furusato Festival @ Tokyo Dome [ International Cheap Hostel ]

Hello readers!
Today I would like to introduce you the interesting event of this week in Tokyo.

It is...


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Furusato Festival!

It has been held at Tokyo Dome since last week.
In this event, lots of delicious cuisines and amazing performance are collected from all over Japan.
There is the contest competing which Don (丼) is the best. 

Since I joined this event last year and liked it very much,
I'm going to join again on this Friday :)!

Here are some pictures of the last time.

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The traditional festival decoration is exhibited outside.


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Donburi which I ate! With lots of delicious & fresh sea foods <3


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You can meet many cute characters!


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The performance of Neputa Festival, which is very famous festival of Aomori prefecture!



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I bought the famous cheese cake of Hokkaido! It's called LeTAO <3


So if you go to this festival, you can enjoy all the gourmet in Japan!!
The event will be held until 20th of Jan.
How about enjoying the good and selected foods & performance!



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2012/11/23 12:22

[News] Do you wanna cosplay ;) ? - COSFES @TOKYO DOME CITY - [Japan Info]

If you love cosplaying or eagerly desire to cosplay once in your life,
You cannot miss this event on 25th (SUN)!


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At TOKYO DOME CITY (nearest station is Suidou-Bashi, only 20 min by subway & train from Asakusa),
On 25th of November (SUN), there is a big cosplay festa = COSFES.
This event is the oldest cosplay event at the amusement park in the world and have been held annually since 1997. Every year more than 6,000 people join it! WOW!

In addition, there is the all-night event on 24th at the same place.
From 11:00PM to 6:30AM, the party floor will appear and DJ & VJ will play all night long!
Of course this pre-event is for COSPLAYERS too :)  

It's gonna be extremely fun event! Don't miss it XD!!!

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TOKYO COSPLAY FESTA

Date & Time : 2012.11.25 (Sun) 10:00-21:00
Place : Tokyo Dome City Attractions & Prism Hall
Ticket : Advance 2,000 YEN / Walk-up 2,200YEN
*If you'd like to take pictures of cosplayers without cosplaying yourself, you need to pay the extra fee 500 YEN.

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2012/10/10 13:41

Tokyo Sighseeing : Tokyo Daijingu, the place where enshrines God for Marriage <3

Do you believe in God for marriage?
  
Today in the morning, I visited to Tokyo Daijingu with my friend.
Tokyo Daijingu is popular as a shrine to the god for a marriage among young people.
Actually I heard that many women have already had good meeting and got a new boyfriend after visiting this shrine.
My elder sister who got married in April also had visited there and prayed for being able to date with her present husband.
For that reason, many girls and women visit for praying everyday.


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Tokyo Daijingu is located in Iida-bashi. It takes only 20 min by subway from Asakusa to Iida-bashi.


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This small shrine is located in a quiet atmosphere even though Iida-bashi is one of the area where are many universities and office buildings.

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Women and girls were making a line to pray though it's early in the morning.


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The past visitors left the mini plates with wishes like

"I wish I can get married with nice man happily."
"I wish I can date with the boy I like."

Of course I paid my compliment to the god and prayed my wish.
I prepared O-saisen(money offered to god) of 115 YEN. Can you guess why?

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The number 11 can be pronounced " ii " in Japanese and that means "good".
And 5 yen is normally pronounced "Go-en (Go=5)" in Japanese and the meaning is "meeting".
So I put 115 yen hoping a "good meeting" for me!


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And I drew Koi-mikuji (love paper fortune) and got Dai-kichi, excellent luck!!
Hummm I might get a new boyfriend in few days :D Yay!

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Iida-bashi is close to many famous tourist spots like Tokyo Dome, Imperial Palace, Yasukuni Shrine etc.
Also very close to Sakura Hotel & Cafe Jimbocho!
So I recommend you, especially girls & women, to visit Tokyo Daijingu when you are in Iida-bashi :)
You'll get kind of energy from God like me <3


Tokyo Daijingu Official Website in English : http://www.tokyodaijingu.or.jp/english/index.html





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2012/10/06 09:30

[TOKYO INFO] My Best TOKYO SKY TREE [No.1 Hostel in ASAKUSA]

Since I have started working in Sakura Hostel Asakusa,
I see TOKYO SKY TREE everyday when I come to work.

Currently TOKYO SKY TREE is very popular tourist spot in Asakusa area between Japanese and foreigners.
Unfortunately, all the staffs of Sakura Hostel Asakusa haven't yet visited there...
(Tomoyuki has been there, but gave up to climb up because he had to wait for more than 1 hour to buy the ticket :p)


Today I'd like to show you the best photos of TOKYO SKY TREE which I took so far!
I hope you'll enjoy them and get the urge to go there ;)



1. Shiny Sunrise through the gap in TOKYO SKY TREE


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I took this photo when I walked through Sensou-ji Temple in 6AM.
The shiny sunrise woke me up and made my day better than usual :)
Seeing TOKYO SKY TREE in the morning is a kind of my daily routine.


2. Bright Blue Sky Tree 


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I took this picture at the Kototoi-bashi when we walked toward Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium .
It was the day of Chanko Lunch & Sumo Tour.
Since the weather was very clear, it was quite nice to take a walk along Sumida river.
SKY TREE goes best with blue sky!



3. Sky Tree in a Dusk


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It's romantic view getting dark at the time :)
So that's nice if you bring your girlfriend to walk around the pond watching SKY TREE ! ehehe


Since SKY TREE is the latest tourist spot in Tokyo, 
It's still very crowded and difficult to buy the tickets.
But all the people who have already climbed it up told me,

"It's very nice! It's worth climbing up!"

So I'm planning to climb it up at least in this year!

If you have ever been there, please tell us your impression :)






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2012/09/25 15:19

Hi, this is Yutaka. How are you doing, everyone? You know in Japan, we normally use both Japanese Calendar and Western Calendar. But we also use Chinese Zodiac Calendar which uses 12 animal symbols. The animals are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Serpent, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar, and change year by year. So it is common for us Japanese to print the animal symbol of the year on new year's card. This year 2012, the symbol is Dragon which has been believed as a sacred and lucky animal. (Is Dragon an animal? ...Anyway.) IMGP0569.JPG When I was organizing my new year card the other day, my 5years old son asked me a simple question. "Dad, How many nails (thumb and fingers) do dragons have?" Well, let's see.........was it 3? 4? 5?, I finally could not answer to his question. Next day, I started to look for the dragons here and there for the research. However, to my surprise, it was found that every answer of 3nails, 4nails or 5nails is all correct as follows. 

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4 Dragon Nail
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5 Dragon Nail
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According to the internet information, this difference has come from some historical background. But anyway I finally found the answer to keep my dignity as a father.  If you find dragons, pay attention to the numbers of its nails(fingers)!!

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2012/09/18 07:25

Life-Size Gundam Robot in Tokyo

You might have already known this, but there is a life size robot, Gundam in Odaiba, Tokyo.
I went there the other day, and I was amazed how big it was.

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The life size Gundam was first appeared in July 2009 in Odaiba, then it went to Shizuoka for a while.

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Odaiba is about 30 minutes train ride from Asakusa.
Take either Ginza line or Asakusa line to Shinbashi station, then take Yurikamome line to Daiba station. Easy!

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Gundam returned to Tokyo and it should be here until next spring, 2013. So come visit us before it goes away!


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2012/09/12 09:00

3 Tips for Making Good Relationship with the transportation in Tokyo

Even for Japanese people, the transportation in Tokyo is quite complicated.
Can you believe that there are more than 50 lines of train & subway in Tokyo?


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You'll find 4 Asakusa Station of different lines in Asakura Area!!
That's toooooo difficult to find your direction without helping of Japanese people...


In addtion, working people is bothered with its crowded car interior during commute time.
Have you ever seen the scene of crowded train in Tokyo?
I know that it is very famous among foreigners as a crazy scene in Japan... lol


So, today I'd like to introduce 3 tips for making good relationship with the transportation in Tokyo!
They are particularly for foreign tourists in Tokyo.



1. Going to the place by Last Train & going back to the hostel by First Train



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Many of our guests go out for clubbing in Roppongi or Shibuya at Fridays' & Saturdays' night.
Then most of them ask us,

"When is the last train from there to Asakusa?"

Well, though there are so many bars and clubs which are open all night,
The last train & bus finish about at midnight!
It means, if you go to the club at 10:00PM, you can stay there only for 2 hours :O

So, I recommend you to go out by the last train and go back by the first train (about at 5:00AM).
Then you can enjoy clubbing enough :)


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2. Don't Use the transportation during the Commute Time!


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As I wrote at the introduction, one of funny things about the transportation in Tokyo is the crowded train.
Even though I'm from Tokyo and have grown up in Tokyo for 24 years, I cannot love this funny crush :p 
Some of the tourists are curious to take a picture of it.

However, If you really don't want to be entangled with the crowded train,
I recommend you not to take the train during the commute time (7:00-9:00 AM and 18:00-21:00 PM).
Especially if you have a big backpack or suitecase or are with children,
It's better not to choose the crowded train :)


 

3. Utilizing Suica or PASMO card will help your trip easier

The thing which makes your trip more complicated is "figuring out how much is train fare".
There are 2 useful cards for train & subway!

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The fare is depends on your distinations.
If you travel a long distance, normally you pay more expensive.
And when you transfer to another line, there is a possibility to you buy a new ticket.

You can find how much fare is on the map at each station, BUT!
If you don't wanna be bothered with thinking always about the price of fare,
These 2 cards work very well : )

If you have these cards money-charged, you can pass through ticket gate ONLY by touching.
You can buy them at almost every stations with 500 yen as a deposit.(It's refundable)
For charging, the machine leads you to charge easily in English.
(From 1,000 yen to 10,000yen, you can charge at once.)

With Suica & PASMO, you would travel around Tokyo very smartly!!! 


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If you stay in Sakura Hostel Asakusa,
Our friendly staffs will help you to find the route!
Please feel free to ask us : )







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2012/09/10 15:07

Goldfish Exhibition in Nihonbashi

The other week, I went to an Art Aquarium in Nihonbashi, which is about 15 minutes train ride from Asakusa.
They had a live goldfish exhibition there.

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Goldfish is iconic of Japanese summer. Around Edo period, they feel that seeing goldfish make Japanese people cool down in the hot summer. They use this theme and arrange it in modern style by using light, vision, and sound.

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The daytime exhibition is held from 11:00 am till 7:00 pm.
The place transforms into a bar where you can enjoy live music and have alcoholic beverage.

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The exhibition is held until September 24th, 2012.
Where: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Chuo-ku, Tokyo. (Inside Coredo Muromachi building)
Hours: 11:00 am to 11:30 pm.


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2012/09/01 05:00

Cat Cafe in Ikebukuro! First Experience by Kento

So on my first day off I spent the day relaxing at a Cat cafe in Ikebukuro. This was the first time in my life and I've always wanted to go!

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 It took awhile to find but I eventually found the shop located on the 3rd floor of a building next to the Sunshine City shopping center. On arrival you are greeted by a friendly staff member who hands you the rule book. Most are commonsense such as " You cannot forcefully hug the cats " or " Feeding the cats without authorization from staff ". 

After we read the rules we were ushered into the bathroom where we had to thoroughly wash our hands before going into the main playroom where the cats live.

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Inside the playroom, they had a Nintendo wii, laptop, ipad, free snacks & drinks while you chill amongst the cats. They had plenty of cat toys to lure them in but to be honest most of the cats seemed to be disinterested in the customers. 


 I spent most of the time sipping on the free coffee and taking photos of the cats! The staff were nice enough to provide little satchels of food to feed the cats but since I have an allergy to cats I had to give them to my friend!

I hope you enjoy the following photos!


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Ikebukuro is about 30 minutes away from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.





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2012/08/28 09:54

[Event] Design Festa vol.36 is coming in November

Look!
Design Festa vol.36 is coming in November 10th & 11th :D!!


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Have you ever been to Design Festa which is held 2 times for a year at Tokyo Big Sight?!
The 2nd Design Festa of 2012 is coming soon in November.

I've visited the Design Festa vol.35 in May :) Though I went there by myself, it was quite enjoyable. 
Many artists gather at Tokyo Big Sight for showing their works and they enjoy themselves by communication with other artists!
I loved this atmosphere <3

At this time, I'm giving most attention to this artist.


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RImma makes the tablewares with the pattern & colors from Uzbekistan.
Since I've been in Uzbekistan for a month one year ago, I loved the uzbek colorful patterns.
Just by looking at these beautiful dishes, I remember my trip to Uzbekistan clearly :)

You can check the introduction of Rimma and other artists here

The pamphlets are placed at Sakura Hotel & Hostel.

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 So you can take it away for free and check how Design Festa is gonna be at this time!

 
More detail about Design Festa vol.36 ---> Design Festa vol.36 Official Website




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2012/08/16 17:23

[Event] Compete against ME! [Photo Contest]

Hello readers! 
As I wrote here about the SAKURA HOTEL PHOTO CONTEST 2012 before, 
Now it's the period to apply until 31st of Aug.
Did you already check the detail??



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Since I really love taking pictures, I am used to shoot photographs during my work.

When I encounter nice scenes,


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Backpackers are talking about their trips 


When the guests give us some souvenirs,


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Mini bag from Thailand


When I cook something with our guests,


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Cooking with Swiss guest

Yes, there are lots of interesting situations in Sakura Hostel Asakuksa!!

If you love taking pictures, why don't you compete against ME? ehehe
To apply for the contest, click HERE ---> https://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo/app_95936962634


We are waiting for your nice photos =) 


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New Spot to visit! TOKYO GATE BRIDGE

Did you already hear about the new spot in Tokyo?
Yesterday my friends and I went to the Wakasu Camping Park in Koto-ku for BBQ!

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Near this park, there is the new spot of Tokyo.
That is...


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TOKYO GATE BRIDGE


This bridge which connects Wakasu ward to Central Breakwater had been constructed for reducing the clog by containerized transportation since 2004. It has about 2,600m of length!
Since this rare shape looks like a dinosaur, the bridge is sometimes called "Dino Bridge".
It looked huge, I think!

At the night time, the bridge will be lighten-up. Oh, I missed to see that!


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It's the sunset time~


The park near TOKYO GATE BRIDGE is very calm and nice place to spend times.
We enjoyed delicious BBQ there :)


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From Asakusa to Shinkiba where is the closest station to the park, it takes only 30 min by metro with less than 300 yen(one way). 
The area is very popular for foreigners too. Odaiba, Maihama, Tokyo Big Sight.. they are very close each other.


TOKYO GATE BRIDGE and Wakasu Camping Park could be recommended as the places to visit in Tokyo! Don't miss it ;)


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2012/08/10 15:38

Tokyo Events on Aug 25: Asakusa Samba, Koenji Awaodori, Azabujuban Festival and Festival Argentino

Hello everyone, 

Does any of you happen to have a plan 
to be in Tokyo on August 25th (sat)?

If you do, you are so lucky but will be very busy!

On the day, four big and exciting events 
will take place in Tokyo.

1:30PM-6:00PM on Aug 25th around Asakusa station

This will happen all around our hostel in Asakusa
More than 20 dance teams will dance samba on the major streets
 and compete for the championship 
with their gorgeous dancing skills and beautiful costumes.

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5:00PM to 8:00PM on Aug 25 and 26th around Koenji station

More than 10,000 people will dance in this festival.
The awaodori is a folk dance originally from Tokushima pref. (southern Japan).
This awaodori festival in Koenji is the largest one outside Tokushima.

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3:00PM to 9:00PM on Aug 25 and 26th around Azabu Juban station

Enjoy local food stands, Bon dances, musical bands, etc 
in the center of Tokyo near Roppongi Hills.

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12:00AM to 6:00PM on Aug 25th in Hibiya Park

You can enjoy tango shows and mini tango lessons 
as well as Argentinian foods and drinks.

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Oh, I can't decide which one I should go! 

Well, maybe I should make the best schedule and go visit all of them (^-^)

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2012/08/04 06:53

[Event] Japanese Budo Demo for FREE [Tokyo, Japan]

Judo, Kendo, Kyudo, Aikido... They all are Japanese Budo(Traditional Martial Arts).
Some of them are practiced and very famous all over the world :)

On 11th of Aug, for all those who loves it, there is an nice event at TOKYO BUDOKAN!


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Japanese Budo Demonstration in TOKYO BUDOKAN


This event will introduce martial arts as a part of Japanese traditional culture through powerful live demonstrations. 
For example,  a tameshigiri (test cutting) demonstration(which cannot be seen usually) with a real sword and a gun salute with a harquebus, and so on.


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You can enjoy this gorgeous event for FREE!!! 
Can you believe it?! :D


From Sakura Hostel Asakusa, it takes only appox. 35 min by metro & train to Ayase St.(near Tokyo Budokan).
More detail about the event is HERE :) 

If you are a fan or a player of Japanese budo, DON'T MISS IT!!!





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2012/07/27 08:45

Life of Long-Stay Guest from USA in Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Hello everyone! It's me Kyoko :) 
Today I'll introduce one guy from California, USA staying at Sakura Hostel Asakusa for a long term. 


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His name is Jonathan. He speaks Japanese so fluently!
I remember his good Japanese made me so amazed at first time when I talked with him.
He is looking for a good job in Japan so hard.

He introduced us the room he has been staying.



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The room has 8 Beds. And most of the guests are male.
Each beds have own curtains to keep privacy.

Jonathan's striking nice pose to the camera! lol


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There are lockers for each guests too!
Jonathan said showing me little wariness, " I'm keeping my very important things here. Don't touch it! "
LOL

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At last, I asked him what his favorite thing is at Sakura Hostel Asakusa.
And Jonathan answered, " Studying with my laptop staying at the lounge is my daily life here."



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Yes, he is very studious man and hardworking person. 
To guests work & study, wi-fi and internet access are FREE at all!


Thank you very much, Jonathan! We wish he can obtain a good job soon :)
And Long-Term Stay is always welcome! We have the special offers ---> HERE



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2012/07/25 12:58

Useful Facilities TOP 5 @ Sakura Hostel Asakusa

When you book hotel or hostels, you may check if their facilities are good or not.
Sakura Hostel Asakusa has very useful facilities.
So, today I'd like to introduce our facilities TOP5.


1. 24 Hours Reception


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The reception is open for 24 hours! No curfew!
You can check-in at midnight and check-out early in the morning :)
And inquiries by phone call / e-mail are also available anytime.


2. Free Wi-Fi & Internet Access


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For the guests, Wi-Fi and Internet Access are for FREE :)
It's quite neccessary for travelers, isn't it?! 

You can upload photos on your Facebook, tweet on time, and enjoy talking with your family or friends by Skype.
Bring your laptop, iPad, smartphone and Share your experience in Tokyo!


3. Printing Service


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I think this service is very useful for travelers.
Many guests came to ask us to print out the vouchers / the e-ticket for their flights everyday!
You don't need to bring a large amount of papers in your backpacks.
It costs Only 10 yen / page :)


4. Selling and Renting Useful Goods


We sell many useful goods at the front desk.
The more popular goods are...

-Towel (Rent / 100 yen)

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-Hair Dryer (Rent / FREE)

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-Plug Adapter (Sell / 500~1,000 yen)

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-Washing Powder (Sell / 50 yen)


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And my recommendation is DVDs & Video games!


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It's for FREE too :D
You can enjoy nights with other guests with watching movies / playing games:) 



5. Friendly & English-Speaking Staffs


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Our staffs all are able to attend to the guests in English.
And some staffs (like me) can speak in other languages (ex. Spanish, Korean, Portuguese etc).
So please feel free to contact and ask us questions!

For more detail about our facilities, please check HERE!

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2012/07/11 14:37

[NEWS] Walk-Up Ticket of Tokyo Sky Tree [Asakusa]

50 days passed since Tokyo Sky Tree has opened.


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Today's Tokyo Sky Tree from Sensou-ji Temple


Until today you could not buy walk-up tickets at Tokyo Sky Tree.
You should have reserved the tickets to climb up.

BUT!!! 

A big news!!! 

From today you can but walk-up tickets on the day when you go :)
As a result, so the number of people come visit to Asakusa area will increase! woooh


So, what I'd like to introduce today is nice Tokyo Sky Tree goods.


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This is the starbacks tumbler of Tokyo Sky Tree!
Our guest from USA showed me :) 

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This tumbler looks very cute and taller than normal one!
Good souvenir for your starbacks-lover friend ;)


And I founf some snacks in tribulte to Tokyo Sky Tree at Family Mart. (Convenience Store)


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Tokyo Sky Tree is located in appox. 20 min by walk from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.
Please come to Asakusa and enjoy the beautiful view from Sky Tree! 


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2012/07/10 12:33

[Event & Festival] Hoozuki Market in Asakusa [Tokyo SightSeeing]

Today in the morning, when I was heading to Sakura Hostel Asakusa,
I saw the Hoozuki Festival held in the Senso-ji Temple.


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At the same time, today is the special day in Senso-ji Temple.
If you come to pray here today, it's said that you'll get the merits of 46,000 days.



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Hiro went to buy the potted Hoozuki after his work.


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The fresh orange color of Hoozuki made us cheerful :)




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2012/07/07 12:44

[Event] Origami & Shodo Workshop [15.Jul (Sun), in Sakura Hostel Asakusa]

Our monthly event Shodo Workshop is coming next Sunday :)
And at this time, you can try Origami (the traditional Japanese art of folding papers) too!


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Here is the link of the photo galley of last Shodo Workshop!
---> http://www.flickr.com/photos/sakura_hostel_asakusa/


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Since Origami is the one of popular things for foreigners,
I've ever given them for my friends in Portugal as gifts :)


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Let's have fun with us on 15th of July at Sakura Hostel Asakusa!



Find your accommodation in Tokyo with good deal :) 

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/07/05 16:24

The Top of FAQ : How can I get to Narita Airport?

We, Sakura Hostel Asakusa's staffs, are always asked by the guests,


"How can I get to Narita Airport?"


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From Asakusa, the best way to Narita is by Narita Sky Access. (Toei Asakusa line)
It goes to the airport directlyt by 75 min with 1,240 yen. 


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But on 3rd of July, the new transportation to the airport was born in Tokyo!


Tokyo Shuttle
(Keisei Bus Company)


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Tokyo Shuttle goes to Narita AP from Tokyo Station.
Normally it costs 1,000 yen (one way, if you reserve a seat a week before).

But there is the debut campaign!
By the beginning of September, you can take it with only 800 yen!!

If you are JR Pass Holders, the total cost you'll pay is going to be 1,000 yen.
( from Asakusa using Tsukuba Express & JR Yamanote line to Tokyo Station)

This is awsome news for backpackers or all those who want to get a good deal on the transportation in Tokyo.







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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/07/03 14:16

All Those Who Loves Art & Fashion, Just go to DFG!

Harajuku is the one of popular place to foreigners visit in Tokyo.
Famous for cosplayers' meeting, kawaii fashion, the beautiful avenue Omote-Sando etc.


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Yesterday I visited Design Festa Gallery & Cafe in Harajuku.


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Big paint of David de Michelangelo welcome us :)


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The Entrance of West

Since I love Art & Fashion, this gallery made me so excited!


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Wow, the Art Clube of the university where I and the manager Tomo have graduated also had run the booth here!


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The Colorful Door welcome us at East Entrance!


And finally I took a rest at Design Festa Cafe & Bar.

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I ordered "DFC Plate (Fried Rice with Baked chicken & Eggs sunny-side up)".
Tastes so good!!! 


At this gallery, you can also run the booth easily with reasonable price! (min 525 yen / day)
More detail is HERE :)
Foreign artists are also able to have the petit exhibit.


If you are interested in Art or Fashion, let's come with me to DFG one day!!




 

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/06/22 08:42

Tokyo Cheapo - A very informative website to enjoy Tokyo cheap

Recently, we have received a visit from a writer of the website
called "Tokyo Cheapo", 
which is an amazingly useful website, 
showing people how to travel trough or live in Tokyo. 

Among other hotels and hostels, they chose Sakura Hostel Asakusa 


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Tokyo is usually known as an expensive city. 
But is that true?

If you know where locals go to eat, drink, shop, etc, 
Tokyo might not be that expensive.

Tokyo Cheapo introduces lots of ways to save money in Tokyo 
but all in fun and exciting ways,
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such as 

Well, there are a lot more useful articles on there.
I really like their point of view and their eagerness 
to make people's perception about Tokyo 
different from what they have now.

I hope you will enjoy their articles and find more about Tokyo!

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/05/27 10:11

We Have Got a Sky Tree!


Hello! 

Finally the Tokyo Sky Tree has opened last week!
Though I have not been there yet, I heard that shopping malls around it are all crowded!


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You can see it from our hostel!

Would you like to see it closer?
Here!

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...it is shorter, but it is Sky Tree without a doubt, with a koala on top of it.

Maybe some guests from Australia gave it to us, as we had a lot of guests from Australia last month.
(It is one of the "Most Visits" countries!)

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If you would like to see the Tokyo Sky Tree (both taller one and shorter one at our place), please stay with us!
We welcome guests from all over the world!!



P.S.

For koala lovers:
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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/05/09 19:14

Kappabashi street

The other week I went to Kappabashi street for the first time to get some things for the hostel.
Kappabashi is a shopping street that sells lots of kitchen/restaurant items.
Items on sale include tableware, kitchen utensils and appliances, sample food, furniture, signs, lanterns and uniforms.
Everything you need for restaurant business is here!

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Walking around the area, I saw many statues of Kappa.
Kappa is a popular mythical creature in Japan.

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It's a walking distance from the hostel.
You could get some nice souviners!

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Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/asakusa_hostel

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/04/23 15:55

Gundam has returned to Odaiba, Tokyo!

Yesterday, I went to Odaiba to see....

Gundam!!!

Yes, he has just returned to Odaiba Island recently.

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An 18-meter tall Gundam real size statue is standing right in front of the newest shopping complex called "DiverCity Tokyo" (5 min from Daiba station on Yurikamome line and Tokyo Teleport station on Rinkai line)

There were dozens of visitors to see it and its spectacular show which takes place several times a day.
Especially shows at night time was amazing with the Gundam featuring light and sound, and also animation projected on the wall of the shopping complex.

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To view this statue, it is absolutely free as it is located outside of the building.

Inside the building of DiverCity Tokyo, they have an exhibition of Gundam called "Gundam Front Tokyo" and the admission is 1,000 to 1,200 yen.

Advanced tickets were sold online, but any remaining tickets are also sold at the door when you arrive there.
For example, I arrived at 15:00 yesterday on Sunday but there were still tickets available for the 18:00 exhibition on the same day.

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It must be a paradise for fans who might want to spend hours in Gundam world.

When you visit Tokyo, don't forget to go to Odaiba
to be amazed by the spectacle of Gundam!

Access from our hostel:
Take the subway Asakusa line to Shimbashi station (210 yen, 15 min)
Change to Yurikamome line and get off at Daiba station (310 yen, 15 min)

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/03/31 14:32

24 hours

In many countries, there are 24 hours supermarkets and convenient stores.
In Japan, especially Tokyo, there are so many 24 hours shops and restaurants.

There are:

24 hours family restaurants
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24 hours izakaya
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24 hours karaoke bars
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24 hours manga/internet cafe
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24 hours gym
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24 hours bowling alleys
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... etc.

Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world with street crime extremely rare and helpful policeman in police boxes.
No mater what time it is, people are always around.
I think that is why there are many places that are open 24 hours.

Tokyo is truly the city that never sleeps.
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Also, Sakura Hostel Asakusa is open 24 hours. Reception is open all the time, so you could check in late, or ask questions to the front staff.


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Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/asakusa_hostel

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/03/29 14:51

Do you want to see SAKURA?

Very good news for whom cannot come to Japan at Sakura season.


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Yesterday Google Japan launched the campaign site at Google Street View.
This website is made for foreigners who want to visit Japan.

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(From : http://www.google.com/landing/japanview/)


You can enjoy the street views of some places to visit in Japan ; Ginza, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, Tsukiji etc.


In addition, there are the special street views of the 26 cherry blossom spots in Japan.

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(From : http://www.google.com/landing/japanview/ )

Even if you cannot come to Japan for seeing SAKURA (Cherry Blossoms),
You can enjoy it a bit with this website!

Check it out ;) ---> Google Street View Guide to Japan
This website is translated in English, Korean, and Chinese.


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Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/asakusa_hostel

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/03/25 18:26

Nakamise Shopping Street

Asakusa is a great place to get souvenirs.
Just 5 minutes away walking from Sakura Hostel, you'll find a shopping street called Nakamise.

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Starting from Kaminarimon gate to outer gate of Sensoji temple, you'll see lots of souvenir shops.
You could get souvenirs such as Yukata, masks, katana, fans, traditional Japanese sweets and so much more!

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Even if you have less time to spend in Tokyo, there are direct trains from the airport to Asakusa which makes it easier for visitors.
So why don't you stop by Asakusa and enjoy sightseeing as well as shopping.
If you get tired, we have a place for you to rest.

Enjoy shopping!

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Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/asakusa_hostel

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/03/23 16:00

"Tokyo Sky Tree Station" was born!

On 17th of March, "Tokyo Sky Tree Station" was born!

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(From : http://railway.tobu.co.jp/guide/station/info/1103.html)

Before that, it was "Narihira-bashi Station".


業平橋駅の看板。開業したら東京スカイツリー駅に改称されちゃう んで、ある意味貴重? / noanoa07

Then a lot of people went to the station to buy the last ticket as Narihira-bashi St. mignight!
After few hours, a lot of people came again to buy the memorial tickets as Tokyo Sky Tree St.!


And there is a good news about Sky Tree.

Since yesterday we are able to reserve tickets to enter the observation deck by lot.
To reserve the tickets, many people lined up in front of the travel agency.


We, Sakura Hostel Asakusa Staffs, see Sky Tree everyday.



東京スカイツリー Tokyo Sky Tree / Zengame

People who is living near to Tokyo Sky Tree cannot wait for its opening :D!


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Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/asakusa_hostel

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/03/22 12:16

Roppongi Art Night 2012

Roppongi area will become one artistic park all the night on this weekend!



六本木アートナイト Roppongi Art Night / na0905


This event "Roppongi Art Night" will be held on 24-25 of March at whole Roppongi area.
The feature of this event is that it's held all the night!



大こけし 花子 / gabuken


As some of foreigners who have come to Tokyo already knew,
Roppongi is famous for Night Life :)



John Lord Fonda dj set tokyo / dat'


In this event, you can enjoy almost all the museum in Roppongi for free!
There are various works of Japanese famous artists.

For example, Yayoi Kusama, who has been getting herself noticed recently,
will exhibit her dot works.



やよいちゃん / gabuken

And the very lovely new caracter will appear!!
The name is... Jappy!



ジャッピー君こわいよ / gabuken

Can you guess what the name means?

Jappy = "Japan" + "Happy"!

The group Antenna created Jappy wishing Happiness in Japan.


From Sakura Hostel Asakusa, it takes about 30 min by metro for Roppongi.
For this event, there are special buses to main area in Tokyo(Shibuya, Shinjuku, Shinagawa, Ueno etc).


Let's enjoy Art and Roppongi at night :)!

More Info about Roppongi Art Night


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Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/asakusa_hostel

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/03/20 10:35

ONE PIECE Exhibition is open!

DO YOU LIKE ONE PIECE?



One Piece wallpaper / jawavs

ONE PIECE is very famous japanese animation all over the world now.

Today in Roppongi, Tokyo, its exhibition is opened!
In this exhibition, you can enjoy original pictures and movies.


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(From : http://onepiece-ten.com/news/2012/02/post-4.html )

And there are some attractions to experience.
This is the perfect event for both of children and adults who love ONE PIECE :)

This will be held until 17th of June at Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi.
From Sakura Hostel Asakusa, it takes about 30 minutes by Tokyo Metro.


If you have chance to visit, no, if you love ONE PIECE, you have to visit!!



Sanji / kudumomo


By the way, I love SANJI <3
Which caracter do you like in ONE PIECE?

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Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/asakusa_hostel

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/03/05 15:39

Tokyo International Anime Fair 2012


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The biggest anime event is coming soon! A large group of `cosplay`
(dressing up as anime characters) people will be thronging the halls to
promote the anime show.

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This is the official character of this year designed by Mr. Takashi Yanase, conceived with "anime" and "Tokyo".

If you are a big anime freak, don't miss it!

Tokyo International Anime Fair
March 24 (Sat) & 25 (Sun) at Tokyo Big Sight
Admission for adults is 800 yen in advance and 1000 yen at the door.
Opens at 10 am-6 pm
http://www.tokyoanime.jp/en/

Directions from Asakusa>>
From Asakusa station, take Metro Ginza line to Shinbashi station.
Transfer to Yurikamome line to Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station.

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Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/asakusa_hostel

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/02/25 14:41

Tokyo Marathon 2012 - the sporty way of sightseeing! ^^

Hello together,

tomorrow, on February 26th,

Tokyo Marathon

will take place!

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The first Tokyo Marathon was held in 2007 and since this time, the number of applicants has increased every year! ^^

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For the Marathon, there's a maximum of 35,500 registered participants allowed (including 100 elite runners, 3,000 charity runners and 3,000 premium members of "ONE TOKYO," the official club of the Tokyo Marathon).

Johrel-san, our sporty staff member, wanted to join and registered early, but he didn't have the luck, to get a ticket (maybe he was applicant 35,501! ^^). But as there were around 285.000 applicants in total, who had registered for the Marathon, he's not the only one, who can't run tomorrow.

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It's the only time during the year where you will find Tokyo's streets empty of cars as the route takes runners past such landmarks as the Imperial palace, Tokyo Tower, Ginza, Asakusa, and the Tsukiji fish market.

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And that's the route! ^^

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Here's an overview of the Marathon time schedule!
As you see, many many kilometres to walk! :D

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Finish! ^^

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Have you get a ticket for the Marathon? ^^

So if you didn't get one of the tickets and/or you are interested in taking part on the Marathon 2013, registration will start in the summer.

It's a great way to see Tokyo.

And a very healthy way, of course, too!

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Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/asakusa_hostel

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/asakusa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo

2012/02/21 16:12

New Landmark in Tokyo : Tokyo Gate Bridge

Look !!


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It looks like two dinosaurs facing each other, right ?

This is a new landmark in Tokyo which has been recently opened to traffic.
Its name is " Tokyo Gate Bridge ".


You might think, " It's just a bridge. What 's special ?!?! ".


It has a length of 1,618 meters, which is the biggest bridge crossing over Tokyo Bay.
And what make it popular is super nice view from the bridge.


You can see beautiful Mt. Fuji.


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Tokyo Sky Tree, too !!


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Because Tokyo Gate Bridge has not only roadway but also sidewalk,
you can enjoy the beautiful view from the bridge without car !!


The sidewalk is open from 10 am to 5 pm.
Unfortunately, no bicycle is allowed to enter.


Tokyo Gate Bridge was built to reduce traffic, expected to solve 20-30 % of traffic jam on Route 357.
Actually, because materials flows will be better, it leads to reconstruction of the disaster-stricken area.

Tokyo Gate Bridge is going to be one of the best spot to take photo.


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Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SakuraHotelTokyo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/asakusa_hostel

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SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA

Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
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2012/02/12 15:14

Ein richtig genialer Tag in Tokyo - und das fuer unter 5000 Yen! ^^


This whole entry, you can read in English too!
Just click here >>> One really fun day through Tokyo - for less than 5000 Yen! ^^

Hallo Leute,

ich moechte gar nicht wissen, wie oft ihr als Japanbegeisterte schon lesen musstet: Tokyo ist eine der teuersten Staedte der Welt! Und wie unglaublich teuer es sei, in Tokyo Spass zu haben.

Aber wisst ihr was: wenn man weiss, wie und wo, dann erscheint Tokyo ploetzlich gar nicht mehr teuer - im Gegenteil! ^^

Ja, es ist moeglich, einen wahnsinnig guten Tag in Tokyo zu verbringen fuer richtig wenig Geld! Wirklich! ^^

Um euch zu zeigen, wie das funktioniert, habe ich einen Tag fuer euch geplant - und der startet gleich hier in unserem Sakura Hostel Asakusa.

In meinem Beispiel ist die Uebernachtung natuerlich gleich mit eingeplant...hey, ihr sollt schliesslich frisch und relaxed in euer Tokyo Abenteuer starten! ^^
Ihr uebernachtet also in einem unserer Dormitory Betten.
Kosten fuer Unterkunft total: 2940 Yen (natuerlich ist es eine gute Idee, unsere special offers oefer mal durchzuchecken, dann koennt ihr noch mehr sparen! ^^)

Damit ihr auch nicht hungrig in den Tag geschickt werdet, solltet ihr euch ruhig an unser leckeres Fruehstueck wagen - da koennt ihr naemlich so viel essen und trinken wie ihr wollt! ^^
Kosten fuer Fruehstueck total: 315 Yen

Dann wollen wir mal los! ^^

Zuerst - und das fuer voellig umsonst - koennt ihr den beruehmten Senso-ji besichtigen und ein wenig tiefer in die japanische Kultur eintauchen: der Senso-ji ist der aelteste Tempel Tokyos und wahrhaft ziemlich beeindruckend. Den solltet ihr echt nicht verpassen, wenn ihr in Tokyo seid!

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Danach koennt ihr gemuetlich durch die Kaminarimon Street schlendern und euch an den traditionellen Marktstaenden ordentlich mit traditionellen Suessigkeiten und Souvenirs eindecken. ^^

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Euer naechstes Ziel ist dann erst mal die Asakusa Station (Ginza Line). Dort solltet ihr euch unbedingt den Tokyo Metro One-Day pass zulegen. Damit koennt ihr naemlich den ganzen Tag unbegrenzt mit allen Tokyo Metro Linien durch die Gegend cruisen (vom ersten Zug morgens angefangen bis zum letzten Zug nachts)! ^^
Transportkosten total: pro Erwachsenen 710 Yen, fuer Kinder 360 Yen

Mit der immer puenktlichen, gepflegten Metro begebt ihr euch dann erst mal zur Sakuradamon Station, macht einen ca. 8 minuetigen Spaziergang und steht dann...tadaaa...mitten im wundervoll beeindruckenden Park vom Kaiserpalast / Imperial Palace! ^^ Auf jeden Fall ein Must See in Tokyo! ^^

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Als der Kaiser nach der Meiji Restoration von Kyoto nach Tokyo umgezogen ist, wurde dieses Edo Schloss der neue Kaiserpalast. Und der Ostpark des Kaiserpalasts ist fuer die Oeffentlichkeit zugaenglich. Das sollte man sich definitiv nicht entgehen lassen.

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Die Nijubashi Bruecke vor dem Hauptgebaeude des Palasts ist ebenfalls eine beruehmte Sehenswuerdigkeit! Daher empfehle ich euch, unbedingt vorbeizuschauen. Sowohl historisch betrachtet, als auch was die Atmosphaere betrifft, werdet ihr echt beeindruckt sein. :)

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Soviel freie Flaeche - und die Skyline um einen herum ist echt fantastisch. Und das alles fuer voellig umsonst!

Ich denke, jetzt koenntet ihr sicherlich ein leckeres Mittagessen vertragen, stimmts? ^^

Und es ist absolut moeglich, traditionelle Gerichte zu geniessen, ohne davon gleich arm zu werden. Haltet euch einfach an die Restaurants (und die wuerde ich - im Gegensatz zu manchem Japaner - bei weitem nicht als "Fast Food Kette" bezeichnen), in denen auch richtig viele Japaner ihre Mittagspause verbringen. Da gibt es die grossen Ketten wie Sukiya, Yoshinoya, Fuji Soba, Matsuya und viele mehr, wo ihr euch richtig leckeres Gyudon, Udon, Ramen, Curry etc. etc. in unzehligen Varianten und Variationen ordern koennt. Tee gibts dazu umsonst zu jedem Essen (und meistens kann man auch unbegrenzt nachschenken ^^). Abhaengig davon, welches Restaurant ihr euch aussucht, solltet ihr mit durchschnittlich 500 Yen planen - fuer ein saettigendes, delizioeses Mittagessen! ^^ Heute nehmen wir mal Gyudon!
Mittagessen Kosten total: 500 Yen

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Kennt ihr den Film "Lost in Translation"? Zeit fuer unser naechstes Reiseziel: Takeshita Dori. Die Takeshita Dori ist in Harajuku, d. h. ihr koennt die Metro bis zur Meiji-jingumae Station nehmen, muesst noch gemaechliche 5 Minuten zu Fuss gehen und steht auch schon am Eingang dieser beruehmt-beruechtigten Strasse. ^^ Hier koennt ihr nicht nur die neueste (und verrueckteste) Mode Tokyos einkaufen, auch diverse Animefiguerchen und Idol-Artikel warten auf euch! Haltet die Augen offen und ihr koennt an den Menschen, die euch begegnen werden, wohl mehr als nur einmal die neuesten Fashion- und Cosplay-Wunderwerke begutachten. ^^

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Wenn ihr euch sattgesehen habt an all den verrueckten Dingen, die man in der eigenen Heimat dann doch nicht so haeufig sehen kann (^^) und einfach mal eine Pause in der Natur einlegen wollt - gar kein Problem! Der allseits beliebte, wirklich wunderschoene Yoyogi Park befindet sich naemlich direkt neben der Takeshita Dori. Und ratet mal: alles fuer umsonst! ^^

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Man kann wirklich viel Zeit im Yoyogi Park verbringen und sich fuehlen, wie als waere man in eine andere Welt versetzt worden. Sind es nicht genau diese Gegensaetze, die Tokyo so einzigartig machen?

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Der Yoyogi Park ist wirklich unglaublich gross und umgeben von diesen sicherlich vielen vielen Jahre alten Baeumen, fuehlt man sich wie im Maerchenwald oder weit ab von jeder Grossstadt. ^^ In der Mitte des Parks befindet sich eine grosse Rasenflaeche, auf der man gerne mal eine Pause einlegt und einfach nur das Drumherum geniesst. :)

Hoert ihr schon wieder euren Magen grummeln? ^^ Dann wird es wahrscheinlich Zeit fuer wohlschmeckende Udon-Nudeln, begleitet im Set von einem kleinen Curry oder Katsudon. Ich habe ja bereits geschrieben, wo ihr hinmuesst, um echt leckeres Essen fuer wenig Geld zu bekommen.
Abendessen Kosten total: 500 Yen

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Was, ihr habt immer noch Energie!? :D Dann wird es jetzt wohl Zeit, sich ins Nachtleben zu stuerzen! ^^ Deshalb heisst unsere naechste Station auch: Shinjuku! Von dort aus muesst ihr nur noch 5 Minuten laufen und seid auch schon mitten im bedeutendsten Vergnuegungsviertel in Shinjuku - in Kabukicho. Dort gibt es unglaublich viele, unzaehlige Restaurants, Theater, Kinos und Game Hallen.

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Ihr denkt euch jetzt vielleicht: Na toll, das kostet doch nen Haufen Kohle. Da habt ihr auch absolut recht. Aber schon alleine, durch Kabukicho durchzuschlendern, ist echt beeindruckend. Ihr glaubt gar nicht, wie viele coole Menschen und neue Dinge ihr sehen werdet. ^^ Die Atmosphaere wird euch mitreissen. ^^ Und diese Dinge kosten absolut nichts. Ich denke wirklich, wenn ihr Tokyo einen Besuch abstattet, solltet ihr Kabukicho auf keinen Fall verpassen! ^^

Oh oh, jetzt solltet ihr euch aber langsam beeilen. Schliesslich muesst ihr noch einen der letzten Zuege nach Asakusa erwischen. Auch der schoenste (und superguenstigste) Tag hat leider mal ein Ende...aber soll man nicht eh aufhoeren, wenns am schoensten ist. ^^

Aber vergesst nicht, auf dem Rueckweg zum Hostel noch ein zweites Mal beim Senso-ji vorbeizuschauen. In der Nacht ist dieser Tempel wirklich absolut herrlich. ^^

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So, dann lasst uns mal zusammenrechnen, wieviel dieser komplette Tag nun fuer einen Erwachsenen gekostet hat:

4965 Yen!

Fuer den ganzen Tag - inklusive Uebernachtung!

Und ihr habt wirklich richtig viel gesehen...und zwar nicht nur irgendwas, sondern mit die bekanntesten Sehenswuerdigkeiten Tokyos!

Ist Tokyo wirklich zu teuer?

Doch nicht fuer uns! ;)

Ich muss aber auch ehrlich gestehen - Souvenirs und Getraenke wie Cocktails oder Bier sind in diesen Kosten nicht mit einkalkuliert - das haengt natuerlich ganz von euch alleine ab. ^^

Wenn ihr mehr Zeit als nur diesen einen Tag habt (was ich doch schwer hoffe) - dann kann ich euch auch waermstens ans Herz legen, euch auch einfach mal ein Fahrrad auszuleihen. 5 Minuten Fussweg von unserem Hostel befindet sich auch rein zufaellig ein Fahrradverleih. Da koennt ihr euch ein Rad fuer nur 200 Yen fuer den ganzen Tag ausleihen! ^^
Und es ist echt total unkompliziert, in Tokyo mit dem Rad zu fahren. Hier gibt es echt ne ganze Menge Radfahrer und ihr seid auch nicht gezwungen, auf der stark befahrenen Strasse zu fahren - bleibt einfach auf dem Gehweg (wie alle anderen auch). ^^ Das ist echt eine perfekte (und guenstige) Gelegenheit, die naehere Umgebung besser kennenzulernen und dort keine Sehenswuerdigkeit auszulassen. :)

Und wenn ihr dann wieder hungrig werdet und nach kleinen Snacks sucht - es gibt ueberall 100 Yen Conbinis und Laeden. Dort koennt ihr echt fast alles an Essen und Trinken fuer 105 Yen einkaufen (oh, wie ich das Melonpan dort liebe! ^^).

Zum Schluss nochmal die Geldspartips fuer Tokyo:

- Leiht euch ruhig ein Fahrrad aus, nur keine Angst

- Nutzt die 100 Yen Laeden ausgiebig

- Schaut euch Abends in den Conbinis genauer um, zu spaeter Stunde sind naemlich viele Artikel reduziert zu haben

- Recherchiert immer mal wieder im Internet, ob nicht gerade wieder einmal ein spezieller Museumstag stattfindet (dann gibts naemlich meistens freien Eintritt!)

- Recherchiert ein bisschen mehr - es gibt wirklich unzaehlig viele Sehenswuerdigkeiten, die man voellig umsonst besuchen kann

- Probiert ruhig so oft wie moeglich das Sortiment der leckeren "Fast Food" Ketten durch - ihr werdet es nicht bereuen!

- Plant vorher schon eure Transportkosten/Zugtickets durch - manchmal kann das entsprechende Tagesticket durchaus guenstiger sein, als Einzeltickets

Tokyo kann wirklich guenstig sein, wenn man es richtig angeht! ^^

Wir freuen uns schon auf euren Besuch! ^^

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2012/02/04 13:57

Ice fishing at Matsubara lakeside in Nagano! Really coooool! :D

Hello together,

a few days ago, it was the first time in my life, I was
ice fishing!
^^

In Japan, ice fishing has a long tradition and of course, I didn't want to miss this kind of fun! ^^

So Hiro-san, Naoto-san and former employee Ryoko-san from our Hostel in Asakusa, Linn-san and Hitoshi-san from Sakura Hotel Jimbocho, my boyfriend Marius and me get our stuff packed and drive together to Nagano prefecture, where a nice and big, icy lake called lake Matsubara was waiting for our fishing skills! :D

We started our big fishing adventure at midnight and with some breaks, we had all our fishing material lent together at the lakeside very early in the morning (I think, it was around 6:30 am). ^^

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Wow, it was soooo cold, you can't imagine!
It should be around -6 degrees, but feels like -20. ^^

Fortunately, we all were wearing thick and warm clothes (I really recommend skying clothes for this kind of winter adventure) and rubber boots could be lent there (or just wearing snowboard boots, like Naoto-san did). ^^

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And I had Kairo (small heating pillows) for my feet and hands! They are really cheap and you can get them almost in every supermarket and conbini in the winter. ^^ Really recommend that! ^^

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As Hiro-san was the only one who went to ice fishing before a few years ago, he was a great teacher and perfectly knows, what we have to do! ^^

So first, you have to get the hole in the ice...with this useful tool, it isn't a problem (for man with power ^^).

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Then just put the ice out of the whole with such a cute sieve! ^^

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Next get your place clear. Get you a nice small chair (you can lent them there or bring one with you - thank you, Hiro-san!) and build up your tent. You can rent a tent for one or two persons or bring your own.

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These tents are really great. ^^

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Especially, when it starts snowing like that! :D

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We had a really great fishing base camp! ^^

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Tadaaa, this were the bait. Looking yummy, right :D

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So "just" put the bait on the hooks.
It takes some time for me, because first, I put my finger in the hook, then one of my gloves, too. ^^

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So: is the hole in the ice, the worms on the right place (not on the ground or sticking on my gloves :D), you put your fishing line in the water. On the end of the line, there's a little weight, so that you will feel and see it on the line, when you've reached the ground.

So we started to get our many many fish together! :D

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Look at this cute fishing rod...it's very small and thin, hihi. But as the fish, we want to fish, are very small, too, that's totally fitting! ^^ They are called wakasagi (Hypomesus nipponensis). ^^ The fishing rod had 5 hooks, so that you could get the fish easily.

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The wakasagi are swimming around 10 cm over the lake ground.

So you just have to move your fishing rod a few times a little bit up and down and wait around 5 seconds.
Normally, a fish will bite your worm, you'll feel this little movement and get your rod out of the water with yummy fish.

NORMALLY :D

Here you can see some of the good work! :D

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The fishing record of the day before we went fishing was around 140 wakasagi, one person has catched! ^^

Our record (7 persons) was
....13 fish...
together.

Marius and me have catched....NOTHING. ^^

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I don't know why! ^^
Maybe the person the day before catched to much fish! ^^

But everyone was proud of the catch and in the restaurant near the lake (where you can borrow all the nice fishing materials) we get nice Tempura from our wakasagi.

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You eat them with salt. It was so yummy! ^^

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But it wasn't enough unfortunately. ^^ So I eat some Butadon. Love it! Udon was sold well there, too...but unfortunately I was so busy with eating, that I forgot to take pictures! :D

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After we were finished with fishing, we drive to a nearby onsen.

The others told me, that it was really nice there...I couldn't go in...had a little tattoo problem unfortunately. ^^

Not so bad, I could sleep a little bit and watching then Marius, who went in an Onsen for the first time, coming out with a red head. Was hot, I guess :D

But the Onsen was really nice with an outside pool, too. The temperatures were around 40 degrees. ^^ Here's a picture from inside the onsen. ^^

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Then, we were driving back to lovely Tokyo, where no single snowflake is hiding!
Wow, I was sleeping like a stone in the car. ^^

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It was a great day and I'll never forget this experience of going ice fishing.
That was really wow! ^^
I think, that was an unique experience for me and I'm so happy, that my lovely colleagues take me with them! ^^
Thanks, you're great! :)

If you have the chance, cause staying in wintertime here in Japan, I recommend to go ice fishing. ^^
That would be a great experience you'll never forget! :)

(And if you don't have the space for skying clothes in your luggage, don't worry...it may look funny, like mine..really 80s :D ... but you can get such warm clothes really - and I mean REALLY - cheap second hand, like I did. There's a great store between Ueno and Akihabara not far away from our Hostel. ^^)

Have much fun! ^^

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2012/01/30 14:50

Caution! Flying beans around! Setsubun is coming :D

Hello together,

one day before the start of spring, on February the 3rd, here in Japan
Setsubun (節分)
will take place.

Setsubun, what originally means "seasonal division", nowadays is called the bean-throwing Festival or bean-throwing Ceremony, which is my topic for today :)

So on Setsubun, roasted soybeans, which are called 大豆(daizu), will be thrown through the air.

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This bean throwing ritual is called 豆まき(mamemaki).

The people, who are throwing the beans, will shouting
鬼は外!福は内!(Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!),
what means
"Demons out! Good luck in!".

This will get rid of bad luck and invite in good luck.

For that, the beans will thrown against people, who are wearing an oni costume.
Oni (鬼) are creatures from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demons, devils, ogres or trolls.

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Because of this special event, the beans are not longer just daizo (= soy beans), they will be called fuku mame (fortune beans) on this day and you can buy them in most of the stores. ^^

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So it is also believed, that people can be healthy and happy, if they pick up and eat the thrown fuku mame.
You should eat so many fuku mame equal to the number of your age!
So I had to eat a lot of beans :D

A lot of shrines or temples hold a mamemaki throwing soybeans event.

Some of the big shrines or temples have celebrities, such as popular sumo wrestlers or Kabuki actors, as guests to throw beans to crowds.

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Traditionally, people in Japan not only visit temples/shrines on Setsubun, but also perform bean throwing at home to drive away bad lucks and invite happiness into their houses.

One person (usually the father ^^) wears then an oni demon mask and the rest of the family throw beans at that person.


If I imagine, to hold this ritual with my family in Germany, that would be really fun! ^^
Children surely would love that :D


So if you want to experience Setsubun here in Japan - this event is held
on February 3rd at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
in Sensoji Temple
only two minutes walk away from our Hostel.

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I hope, you will enjoy that special, traditional event and get all the demons away from you! ^^

And might be better not to wear only red on that day! :D

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2012/01/25 14:04

Have a great day in Tokyo with the Toei One-Day Economy Pass! ^^

Hello together,

because we're often asked, how expensive it would be, to go to this and that and those places here in Tokyo, I want to recommend you a really magical great ticket and want to show you, what you could do with that in one day! ^^

The Toei One-Day Economy Pass!

It's only 700 Yen! ^^

This Toei One-Day Economy Passes allows you the unlimited use of Toei subways, Toei buses, the Toei Streetcar (Toden) Arakawa Line, and the Nippori-Toneri Liner for one day (so in Japanese please ask it with "Toei Marugoto Kippu" in the case of an inquiry).

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One-Day Economy Passes are available at Toei subway station ticket counters; Toei bus offices/branches; Toei streetcar offices; and vending locations for commuter passes for Toei subways, Toei buses, Toei streetcars, and the Nippori-Toneri Liner.
On the day of use, passes are available at ticket machines in all Toei subway stations and Nippori-Toneri Liner stations and on Toei buses and streetcars.

Following Toei Metro Lines you can use unlimited with this pass:

Asakusa Line

Mita Line

Shinjuku Line

Oedo Line

Here's a plan of the Tokyo Metro, where you have everything on it! ^^

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So let's start our big 700 Yen transportation costs day! ^^


1. aim: Tsukiji Fish Market

Desription:

Tsukiji Market is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo and one of the world's largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day! And it is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in metropolitan Tokyo. So you have the chance, to walk around the huge wholesale area, enjoying the atmosphere and watching the big big tunas. ^^

How to get there:

Asakusa --> Toei Asakusa Line --> Daimon (change here!) --> Toei Oedo Line --> Tsukijishijo

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2. aim: Imperial Palace

Description:

After the Meiji Restoration, the Emperor moved from Kyoto to Tokyo and so this Edo Castle became the Imperial Palace. A part of the site is opened to the public as the Imperial Palace East Park. The Nijubashi Bridge in front of the main entrance is really popular and perfect for pictures to remember.

How to get there:

Take a short walk from Tsukiji Fish Market to Higashi Ginza Station
Tsukiji-Honganji Temple on the way
Kabuki-za Theater on the way
Higashi Ginza --> Toei Asakusa Line --> Mita (change here!) --> Toei Mita Line --> Otemachi

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3. aim: Yasukuni Shrine

Description:

Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine in central Tokyo that commemorates Japan's war dead. The shrine was founded in 1869 with the purpose of enshrining those who have died in war for their country and sacrificed their lives to help build the foundation for a peaceful Japan. A political controversy surrounds Yasukuni Shrine because since 1978, fourteen class A war criminals are among the 2.5 million people enshrined at Yasukuni. As you can see, with visiting Yasukuni Shrine, you are visiting a big part of history, too.

How to get there:

Just take a short walk, it's on the way :)

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3. aim: Shinjuku

Description:

Time for shopping and entertainment now! ^^
Here are so many things to see and visit: the Electric Street with the big electronic stores, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (really totally beautiful), Shinjuku Southern Terrace (a large promenade with many shops) and Kabukicho, the major entertainment area with many restaurants, theaters, movie theaters and game arcades. Just enjoy to watch the busy life and atmosphere around you! ^^

How to get there:

Just take a short walk to Kudanshita --> Toei Shinjuku Line --> Shinjuku

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4. aim: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Description:

This big, important building has an observatory on the 45th floor and on the 1st floor, volunteers of the Tokyo Tourist Information, offers a tour through the building. As the observatory is open until 23:30, you can have an unforgettable view over Tokyo at night. ^^

How to get there:

You can just take a walk, it shouldn't take too much time...but after full program, if you're tired, you can take:

Shinjuku --> Toei Oedo Line --> Tochomae

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5. aim: Back home! ^^

Description:

Your lovely Hostel Asakusa with your comfortable bed and a soft blanket and pillow is waiting for you! ^^

How to get there:

Tochomae --> Toei Oedo Line --> Kuramae (change here!) --> Toei Asakusa Line --> Asakusa

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I hope, you will enjoy your Tour! ^^

Will be a full day of culture and fun for sure!


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2012/01/14 12:11

How to find halal food stores, restaurants and Mosques in Tokyo!

Hello together,

Before you're travelling to another country, you'll may often ask you first, if you can really feel well there and if you could find everything there for serving your needs.

Here in Sakura Hostel Asakusa, we often accommodate Islamic people - for example we're are always happy to welcome many guests from Malaysia and Indonesia - and know well about their needs.

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In this entry, I want to show you, that it's no problem finding Mosques, halal restaurants and halal food stores.

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So did you know - in Tokyo, you can find many Mosques!
HERE
you can find a list with all Mosques in Tokyo and around Tokyo with addresses and contact data.

The nearest Mosque to our Hostel is the Asakusa Mosque.

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It was established in 1998. The four story building has a library on its ground floor which has a variety of books in various languages.
It's around 20 minutes of walk away from our Hostel.

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So there are several halal food restaurants here in Tokyo, too.

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In Ueno, close to our Hostel, you can find two nice restaurants, which offers halal food!

So the "Samrat" Restaurant, where you can eat delicious Indian halal food.
And the "NAZ" Restaurant, which offers tasty Persian halal food.


But, too, if you want to cook by yourself for you and your family, you don't have to worry!
Our guest kitchen is free to use for you every time!


You can find also many halal food stores in Tokyo.

On this picture you can see the "Ohtsuya Shouten" Halal food store in Ueno, which is not far away from our Hostel!


HERE
you can find a list with ALL halal stores AND restaurants (when you scroll down the list) in Tokyo!
Really many many restaurants and stores, right. :)

Of course we'll always help you with maps, directions and advices to find all this places!

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And our Hostels offers big rooms of 6 or 8 beds, which are perfect for family use. So your whole family can enjoy its holiday together for the best! :)
Just look here!

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So, as you can see, Tokyo is prepared with a big variety of opportunities to let you feel at home every time.
And of course, we too! :)

So we'll be very happy to welcome you!


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2012/01/08 10:06

Yeah, life-size Gundam headed to Odaiba again! ^^

BOMM...BOMM...BOMM...BOMM....

Like this it could sound, if you would imagine, a real, life-size RX-78-2 Gundam is walking over Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba! :D

Let's dream. ^^

Ahhh, I see, some of you don't know, what Gundam is! ^^
So let me explain.


The Gundam series (Gandamu Shirizu) is an amime series created by Sundrise Studios that features giant robots (or "mecha") called "Mobile Suits" (MS). The RX-78-2 Gundam is the iconic Gundam mecha design introduced 1979 in Yoshiyuki Tomino's and Sunrise's anime series Mobile Suit Gundam.

And what's this Odaiba?
Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo.

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So from fiction to reality, the RX-78-2 Gundam from the 1979 anime "Mobile Suit Gundam" has been brought to life in massive 1/1 scale as an 18 meter tall statue! That's life size! ^^

Look, how big that this Gundam is and how small all these people...totally fascinating for me! ^^

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And this famous statue of the life-size Gundam will be returning to Odaiba!
So the construction is scheduled for completion in Spring 2012.

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The statue will then be on display until 2013.

Great, right! :D

The life-size Gundam statue was originally constructed back in July 2009 in Odaiba to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gundam franchise.
It was then taken apart and brought over to Shizuoka for exhibition until it got damaged in the earthquake.
Then the dismantled parts was recently displayed in Tokyo again.
And now back to the roots, back to Odaiba!

The estimated prize for the contstruction of the Gundam was around $724,310,000 Dollars and the statue has a weight of 35 tons!

Its head can move and it can emit lights or mist from 50 points on its body.

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So until now Tokyo's giant Gundam has attracted millions of visitors who came to see the giant robot! ^^

More details on when the display will be open for public will be released at later dates by Sunrise and Bandai.

I hope, it will be soon! ^^

So if you are in Tokyo then, don't miss the chance to watch the almost real Gundam RX-78-2! ^^

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Are you curious, too? ^^


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2011/12/28 14:17

Information of Count Down Event

How are you going to spend New Year's Eve ?

There's a cool New Year's Eve event in Zojoji Temple.


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Let's cry out the countdown together with everyone !!

Let's pray for the world's happiness together with everyone !!


You write down your wish on the paper, and attach it to the balloon.
About 3,000 balloons are provided.

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These balloons are really eco-friendly.
They are made of water-soluble wafer, so no garbage will be produced.

When 0:00 AM comes,
the balloons are flown to the sky all together with the sound of a large temple bell.


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20:30 Starting to distribute the wish papers
22:30 Starting to distribute the balloons
23:20 Countdown Event
23:59 Starting to cry out the countdown


< Access >
By Train
From Asakusa station, take Toei Asakusa line to Daimon station
It's about 5 minutes walk from Daimon station.

HAVE FUN !!  三(ノ^▽^)ノ三(ノ^▽^)ノ


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2011/12/25 13:59

How to spend a great Christmas Day in Japan! ^^

Hello everybody!

First I wish you a merry Christmas! ^^ I hope you have a nice time with all the people you love. :)


Yesterday was my first Christmas without my family and of course - in a different country. ^^

So I asked myself "What can I do on Christmas here in Japan?" and I found a great solution and have a wonderful Christmas here in Tokyo! ^^ I want to recommend this to you, because it was such a great day!

Me and my boyfriend have a nice trip to Odaiba yesterday. ^^ And it was soooo romantic (and that's perfect for Christmas, isn't it? ^^).

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Odaiba (お台場) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay. It's not far away from here - only around 30 minutes by train and it's really easy to get there (and not expensive, too, so it costs one way 500 Yen for this great Odaiba experience). So only take Ginza line at Tawaramachi station (around ten minutes walk from here) to Shimbashi and then take the train to Daiba with Yurikamome line. If you can take a seat in this train, then do so, it's great, to get some nice pictures there and you can really enjoy.^^

For itself, Odaiba is total wonderful and fascinating. You have a great sight to the rainbow bridge. That looks so fantastic!

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And there's the only sand beach in Tokyo. That was so great walking along the beach in the sand watching the small waves. You feel like beamed in another world.

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But hey, you're not allowed to swim there! :D

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I don't know, if that's usual, but yesterday they played romantic music which you can hear on the strand, like "Eternal Flame" or "I will always love you" and that was really heartmelting, hihi.

I never before in my life see so many couples as I saw yesterday on Odaiba. There were couples everywhere and you really could feel the love in the air. ^^ But Odaiba is not only on Christmas popular for couples, you can go there the whole year and have a day full of romantic.

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And nobody went alone to Odaiba - everyone takes "somebody" he/she loves with. ^^

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So first we have a nice time on the beach and took so many pictures (because everything looks so great there) of the skyline and of course the Rainbow Bridge.

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Then we walked around, see the Fuji TV Building and the Telecom Center (doesn't they look like from outer space or from a Science Fiction movie ^^).

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Can you see the Tokyo Tower? ^^

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There was a great street artist there, too and so many people enjoyed his show. He was really cool and entertaining! ^^

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We were totally fascinated of the big ferris wheel we saw. It's one of the world's largest ferris wheels and you surely have a great sight over the whole area (the complete revolution takes around 15 minutes).

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And of course you can take boat tours too at Odaiba. ^^ Here you can see more (but not only ^^) info.

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But we had spend so much time with taking pictures of us, the things around and gaping ^^, so that we realized, that we now should find a nice place to have a delicious Christmas dinner and be ready for the evening, when it's getting dark and the atmosphere would be totally great because of the many lights you can see then! ^^

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So we went to Aquacity Odaiba, which is a shopping mall with many various stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and a cinema complex.

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There we found a nice restaurant, where many couples wait for a seat. Unfortunately we didn't had a reservation and have to wait for an hour. But that was fun, so we could watching all the people and thinking about, what we want to eat (on Christmas, restaurants often offers different Christmas menu choices). ^^

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The restaurant looks a little bit like a pirate cave and it was delicious (and really not so expensive as you would imagine for a 4 courses dinner). All the couples around had fun and give their loved companion it's Christmas presents. ^^ So we had a lot to look at! ^^

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Aquacity has nice Christmas lights inside, so - of course - we have to take a picture, like hundreds of Japanese couples, too. ^^

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When we were finished with having dinner, we enjoyed the night sight and atmosphere. It was so great, I'm not able to describe that properly. So enjoy the pictures (and I wish, I had and DSLR-Camera with me, but I hadn't, so sorry, if the pics aren't so clear at night ^^).

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So just enjoy! ^^

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Later there were a group of boys and make big party on the beach. Seems, that they are friends, who didn't have a date on Christmas Eve, but much fun together with celebrating ^^).

I'm honest, I didn't see really any other foreign couple there (so where have you been?) and my boyfriend either (sometimes I'm blind ^^) but the many many many many Japanese couples there showed us, that Odaiba was the totally right choice to spend a great Christmas day here in Japan! ^^

In Germany, there often is snow on Christmas and me and my family take a walk through the woods and along the two big ponds close to our house, so this Christmas was really special for me (but in a really good way! ^^).

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So even if you don't visit Japan here at Christmas or only for a short holiday trip, please don't miss Odaiba. You will never forget the sight and can spend a wonderful day there! I'm sure, I'll went there a second time (and maybe in every time of the year one visit), because it was so great, I will never forget! ^^

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2011/12/22 10:02

We've really made a Video! ^^ Let's have a walk around! ^^

Hello together,

today I don't want to write too much - instead of this, there's much more to watch for you! ^^

Two days ago, we had the idea, to make a short video for you - what's around WITHIN 5 MINUTES WALK around our Hostel.

That was so much fun!

Everything you'll see was spontaneous! ^^

Naoto-san and me walk through the streets, around and in Senso-ji, along the Japanese Bar street, had a look into Nakamise Dori, Kannon Onsen and where you can get the best Tempura and much more. ^^

Just watch it! ^^

Over 12 minutes pure Asakusa! ^^

You even can learn a little bit, how to look at your fortune or improve your health (or in my case, my intelligence :D).

So if you don't have the chance to visit Japan at the moment, let's have a virtual visit here in traditional Asakusa! ^^

I hope, you have fun while watching, like we had a lot of fun while making! ^^

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And I'm sorry for my bad English (I'm much more better in writing than in speaking, I think ^^), my bad hair day and that I forgot to pull out the hood of my shirt out of my jacket, lol. ^^

Thank you for watching! ^^

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2011/09/29 14:17

Let's go to see Panda on October 1st !!

In Japan, many prefectures have their own citizen's day.
October 1st is the one for Tokyo citizens.

You know what !?

Ueno Zoo has admission free on that day !!

Do you remember that two pandas made debut in Ueno Zoo?


"力力( lee lee )"

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"真真( shin shin )"

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After seeing true pandas, how about trying panda shaped food ?


< Panda Steamed Bun >

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< Panda Cake >

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< Panda Bread >

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There are more Panda motif food other than these.

Ueno Zoo is located in Ueno, where is 10 minutes by train from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.

(●ゝω・)ノ~・゚★。・*:・゚☆ Have fun !! ♪

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2011/08/27 10:27

Doraemon Park

Do you know Doraemon ??

Doraemon is a cat-looking robot that produces unimaginable gadgets out of his front pocket.
This manga character is very popular, and everybody knows him in Japan.

Now,
you can meet such a popular Doraemon in Roppongi. o((=゜エ゜=))o

The event named " Doraemon Park " is held on the first floor of TV Asahi until September 12.

This a familiar sight in Doraemon World.
Nobita and his friends often play in this place.
Now, Gian, who is the kid boss, has a recital.
His song is very terrible, and everybody runs away.


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Takecoptar, and Dokodemo(= Anywhere) Door

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These are Doraemon's secret gadgets.
If you apply Takecoptar to the head, you can fly over the sky.
Dokodemo Door is a teleportation tool.
When you open the door, there's another place in front of your eyes.

Other secret gadgets are also on display.

It's open from 9:30 AM to 20:30 PM.
Free Admission !!

Why don't you go there and enjoy Doraemon World ? ヾ(・c_,・。) ノ =з =з= з


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2011/07/27 14:14

Sony Aquarium in Ginza

It's not super hot in Tokyo these days, but it is still hot and humid.

How about cooling yourself, watching fish which swims comfortably in a big glass tank.

" Sony Aquarium ", which is the popular event in Ginza every summer, started on July 18th.

The 14-ton large-scale fish tank reproduces the sea in Okinawa
where fish such as sharks and brutal morays swim.

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In the small fish tank,
you can enjoy small sea animals such as starfish, sea urchin, and sea cucumber.

In another floor,
ecology of sea animal in Okinawa is screened by 200-inch 3D screen television.
People of all ages can enjoy learning fish with unique shape and brightly coloured fish etc.

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Under the supervision of Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium,
beautiful sea in Okinawa appeared in Ginza.

When you visit Ginza, why don't you stop by Sony Aquarium ?


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2011/06/27 15:35

World Heritage : Ogasawara Islands

On June 24th, 2011,
Ogasawara Islands were finally inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List
by the World Heritage Committee.

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Do you know that Ogasawara Islands belong to Tokyo ?

Ogasawara Islands,
which is composed of about 30 big and small islands that reach about 400km from south to north,
are located on the Pacific Ocean in about 1,000km south from the center of Tokyo.

It's " Oceanic Island " that has never been adjacent to the continent.
Accordingly, various creatures in Ogasawara Islands evolved from one species.

It is highly valued that
Ogasawara Islands have a number of endemic species which are not seen in other regions.

Do you want to visit Ogasawara Islands ??

Although it's a part of Tokyo,
the access to Ogasawara Islands has only ship and the ferry.
Besides,
only one ship is operated every 6 days.
Moreover,
It takes 25 hours and a half to get there.

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If you are interested in visiting Ogasawara Islands, please click here

Enjoy the beautiful nature in Tokyo. ε=ε=(*^▽^)/


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2011/05/30 18:11

Refugee Otter from Fukushima

There's someone who sheltered in Ueno Zoo from the aquarium in the disaster stricken area.

That is two Eurasia Otters.
Because the electricity and water supply has failed since the earthquake,
it became a difficult situation to keep them.
Therefore,
Ueno Zoo accepted those refugee otters.

One is " Donau " (male), who was born in Germany.

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The other is " Tyrol " (female), who was born in Austria.

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At first, they had been moving around or shrinking with mental strain.
But now, they seem to get acclimatized to the new environment.
They are getting to eat food a lot.

The number of Eurasia Otter decreases worldwide,
and it's specified as "Semi-Vulnerable Species.
It means, it faces extinction.

Those two otters crossed over the sea, and came to Japan.
And now, they have overcome the difficulty.

How about going to see those lovely otters in Ueno Zoo ?

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2011/05/20 18:38

Hibiya Oktoberfest 2011

It is still May, though.....
" Hibiya Oktoberfest 2011 " , where you can enjoy drinking 20 kinds of German beers,
has started.

Following the beer festival "Oktoberfest" held in Germany every autumn,
Oktoberfest in Japan started in 2006.
In this festival, you can enjoy
the beer with the history of more than 600 years ,
the black beer known as the fact that Goethe loved, etc.
German sausage and German bread " pretzel " are sold.

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In addition,
" Tohoku SAKE Festa "is also held at the same time.
About 10 kinds of SAKE in Tohoku region are sold.
You can enjoy the unique sake such as the sparkling sake " Puchi Puchi ".

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A part of sales is contributed to the stricken area.

Are you a beer lover ? Or, do you prefer sake ??

It is held in Hibiya Park from May 20th to 29th.
On weekdays, it's open from noon till 9:30 PM.
On weekends, it's open from 11:00 AM till 9:30 PM.

・・()( )( )( ゚)( ゚-)(゚-^*)ノ☆Let's enjoy drinking?♪ !!

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2011/03/19 17:13

Tokyo Sky Tree got No. 1 in the world !!

Although the tragedy fell over Japan, we got an encouraging news in Tokyo.

Tokyo Sky Tree reached 634 meters in height at 1:34 PM on 18th of March !!

It has become the world's tallest freestanding broadcast structure. (゚δ゚*)☆☆

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When the earthquake occurred on 11th of March,
the construction was immediately interrupted,
and the workers headed to the ground for safety.
There was neither injured person nor damage in the main body of the tower.
Therefore,
The construction was restarted on 14th of March.

At 9:50 AM on 18th of March,
the work was started that
"Gain Tower" for the antenna installation , which jut out from the main body of the tower,
was lifted up.
Then,
the lightning rod in the top of "Gain Tower" reached 634 meters.

So far, the construction plan not influenced by the earthquake.
It's almost on schedule.
After the interior finishing, it will be completed in this December.
It's scheduled to open next spring.

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I think this news really cheers up people in Japan.
I hope the positive news like this will increase more.
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2011/03/18 16:54

Names of Two Pandas in Ueno Zoo

Finally,
The Japanese names of two giant pandas has been decided on March 9th.

Do you want to know their Japanese names ?

"比力( bi li ) " got "力力( lee lee )" as his Japanese name.
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"仙女( xian nu ) " got "真真( shin shin ) as her Japanese name.
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40,438 people applied for a chance to give Japanese name to them.

Top 3 names are as follows ;

< male panda>
( 1 ) Tan Tan (タンタン)
( 2 ) You you (ユウユウ)
( 3 ) Pan Pan (パンパン)

< female panda >
( 1 ) May May (メイメイ)
( 2 ) Ru-n Ru-n (ルンルン)
( 3 ) Sakura (サクラ)

Beyond these top 3 names,
"Lee Lee (リーリー)" and "Shin Shin (シンシン)" were chosen because of the following images.

"Lee Lee (リーリー)" : Active and Powerful image
"Shin Shin (シンシン)" : Sweet image such as Innocent and Naivete

In addition,
the names of nine pandas in the past were made with the double sound.
They took over the history.

"Lee Lee (リーリー)" and "Shin Shin (シンシン)" arrived in Ueno Zoo on February 21st.
After various inspection and training in a new environment,
they will be open to the public. (the schedule undecided as the zoo is closed for a while because of the earthquake.)

We can't wait to see them !! ♪♪- o(゚∇゚*o)(o*゚∇゚)o-♪♪

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2011/02/01 22:05

Tanuki - Japanese Raccoon

Tokyo. It is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan.
Even in this big city, there are wild animals living in Tokyo.
Have you ever heard of Tanuki? It is similar to raccoon or badger in appearance, but it is part of carnivora families such as cats and bears.

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There are about 1,000 tanuki in Tokyo.
They can eat food which human eat, so living in Tokyo is suitable for them.
They could be seen in Shinjuku, Roppongi, and Ginza area.

Tanuki have been part of Japanese folklore since ancient times.
Statues of tanuki can be found outside many Japanese temples and restaurants.

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They've become Japanese animated film, "Pom poko", animated by Studio Ghibli.


If you're lucky, you might be able to see them in Tokyo.

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2011/01/22 19:57

New Attraction in Tokyo Disney Land

A new attraction opens in Tokyo Disneyland on January 24th !!
The name is "Mickey's PhilharMagic".

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It's a theater type attraction which makes full use of 3D.
By using the wind etc, it gives you a sense of presence.

The scene of this attraction is laid in an orchestra concert conducted by Mickey Mouse.
As Donald Duck prepares for the concert, he unwittingly causes trouble.
And then,
you will travel the world of Disney's Fantasi, The Lion King, Aladdin etc one after another.


In "Aladdin",
you will enjoy the image with depth which is produced by 3D technology and the wide screen.
In addition,
one of the special effects : comfortable wind blows into the theater.
You feel as if you flew in the sky together with Aladdin and Jasmine.


Following the Walt Disney World Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland,
Tokyo Disneyland is the third to have founded this new attraction.

Are you interested in "Mickey's PhilharMagic"?
Please check their web-site below.
http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/tdl/event/philharmagic/index.html#/top

I want to go to Tokyo Disneyland !!
☆(≧人≦●)☆

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2011/01/20 21:51

New Pandas in Ueno Zoo

On July 26th in 2010,
Tokyo and the Chinese Wildlife Protection Society signed the cooperation agreement
on the giant panda protection research in Beijing.

The giant pandas imported to Japan are two in total, which are male and female.
It's scheduled to come to Japan at the end of January in 2011.
They adjust the schedule now.
After the procedure of medical inspection etc,
those giant pandas are open to the public.

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Both pandas were born in Chinese giant panda protection research center.
Male panda who is very active and has a vast appetite was born in August 2005.
Female panda who is well grown and good-looking was born in July 2005.
They are 5 years old.
Chinese name of the male panda is "比力( bi li ) ", and female panda is "仙女( xian nu ) ".
Two giant pandas will come to Ueno Zoo from China shortly !!

( top : male , and bottom : female )
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Now,
Ueno Zoo asks for Japanese name of these pandas.
The name should be written by KATAKANA.

The best names will be chosen for each panda.
When your idea is chosen,
Ueno Zoo presents you the special giant panda goods, which is not for sale.

Surely, these two pandas become the new star in Ueno Zoo.
Do you have any idea of their Japanese name?
The deadline is January 23rd !!

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2011/01/19 19:57

Mt. Fuji view spots in Tokyo

There's 100 km distance from the center of Tokyo to Mt. Fuji.
At the time when no tall building existed,
beautiful Mt. Fuji was able to be viewed from the top of a hill and the high ground in sunny days.
Because many skyscrapers were built,
it's difficult to find the nice Mt. Fuji view spot now.

However,
some Mt. Fuji view spots still remain in Tokyo.
Such as an observation tower, and a park.

This is the view from "Skydeck" on the 54th floor in Roppongi Hills.

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< Sangenjaya Carrot Tower >

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< the Ebisu Garden Place Tower >

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It is directly connected from Yamanote line "Ebisu Station" by moving sidewalk "Sky walk".
In sunny day, you can see Mt. Fuji in the west.

< the Bunkyo-ku Civic Center >

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The 25th floor observation lounge here is a famous Mt. Fuji view spot between the shutter bugs.
In sunny day,
beautiful Fuji shows the face beyond the buildings in Shinjuku.

< Toyosu Lalaport >

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< the Nippori Fujimi Zaka >

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In the morning and evening of good weather,
the right-side ridge line in Mt. Fuji is watched.
In January and November,
you have a chance to see "Diamond Fuji".

< Around Ogikubo Station >

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< Nogawa Park >

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It is located in Mitaka and has an area of about 399,211.30 square metre.
Although it's near the center of Tokyo, it's still remained a lot of nature.

< Kita Ayase Station >

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In a good weather, the head of Mt. Fuji is watched.

Especially,
after typhoon or on the day and night with clear air in winter,
you have a chance to see the stunningly beautiful Mt. Fuji.

Let's go and take a fabulous photo of Mt. Fuji !!
☆*゜¨゜゜・*:..(っ´∀`o)っ

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2011/01/16 21:30

Natural Hot Spring in Tokyo, Japan

I tell you one of the best natural hot springs in the city of Tokyo.
It's HEIWAJIMA KURHAUS.

The features of this hot spring is a high salt content.
By creating a barrier around the skin, your skin maintains a high level of moisture.

You can enjoy many types of bath such as

< Douche Bath >
The jet water from the nozzle of the wall of the bathtub gives a pressure to the body.
By the douching effect, blood circulation is improved.

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< Air Bubble Bath >
The bubble is generated from the bottom of the bathtub.
Negative ions are produced by the bursting of bubbles.
These are good for not only the reduction of stress but also the beauty.

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< Lying Bath >
Lying comfortably, you soak into the bathtub.
It has a relaxation effect.
In addition, it is effective for insomnia.

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You can also enjoy outdoor bath.

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Good thing is it's open 24 hours.

You want to know how much it costs, don't you?
It's 1,200 yen on weekday, and 1,500 yen on weekend.
It's much cheaper than Ooedo Onsen Monogatari.

Moreover,
There are the amusement facilities such as Bowling and Movie Theater around HEIWAJIMA KURHAUS.
You can also enjoy shopping in Don Quixote.

Are you interested in HEIWAJIMA KURHAUS?
The web-site is
http://www.heiwajima-onsen.jp/en/index.html

Enjoy the relaxation like the Japanese. (*`・∀・)ノ))

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2011/01/09 16:09

FURUSATO MATSURI TOKYO 2011

"FURUSATO MATSURI TOKYO 2011" is held in Tokyo Dome
from Jan 8th till Jan 16th.
It is the biggest event in Japan
that you can enjoy the folk entertainment and country dishes of Japan.

In general,
You have a chance to see the genuine festival only on that place on that time.
However,
the various festivals all over Japan is reproduced on a grand scale in this event.
They are certainly worth seeing.


More than 300 country dishes gather together in this event.
From Hokkaido to Okinawa,
you will see various food, sweets and beer over there.
It's a very good opportunity to enjoy specialty of each place.

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< information >
*TIME*
January 8th (Sat) - January 16th (Sun)
10:00 AM - 20:00 PM
*PLACE*
Tokyo Dome
( It's about 20 minutes from Asakusa by train. )
*Entrance Fee*
1,500 yen

If you need more information, please visit their web-site
http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/furusato/index.htm

You will find another charm of Japan through "FURUSATO MATSURI TOKYO 2011.

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2011/01/04 15:38

The Sumo Tour in Tokyo, Japan

Happy New Year!!
How are you doing everyone? We hope all is going well.

Well, the Sumo tour at Sakura Hostel Asakusa is around the cornder.
We would be very happy if you could come on January 12th and 19th and join us.

We will walk to the Sumo studium together by walking or bus from our hostel, and when we get to the studium you can choose having Chanko(Sumo Wresler's stew) or going to the Edo Tokyo museum before we see the main mutch. Let's enjoy the Sumo tour together!!

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The Sumo Tour on January 24th, 2010

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2010/12/18 15:06

Sakasa Sky Tree in Tokyo, Japan

Have you ever heard the word " Sakasa Fuji "?
"Sakasa Fuji " is the inverted image of Mt. Fuji which is reflected in the water.
Because it's very beautiful, Sakasa Fuji has been admired by Japanese for a long time.

Now,
a beautiful view which takes the place of Sakasa Fuji showed up in Asakusa.
That is " Sakasa Sky Tree ".

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There's Kitajikken River just beside Tokyo Sky Tree.
The figure of Tokyo Sky Tree is reflected onto the water surface of this river.
Some bridges are laid over this river.
The most popular spot to see Sakasa Sky Tree is Jikken-bashi bridge.
On weekend, it is crowded with a lot of tourists who try to take the photo.
It's photographed between handrails of the bridge.

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It is said that it's difficult to take a nice photo if it's windy.
The water surface wavers on the day when the wind blows.
Look !! It's also elegant, isn't it?

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Do you want to take the photo of Sakasa Sky Tree?
The nearest station for Jikken-bashi bridge is Oshigami station.
You will reach the photo spot in 10 minutes walk from the station.

Catch the beautiful moment of Tokyo Sky Tree !!

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2010/12/16 17:28

Winter Entertainment in Omotesando Hills, Tokyo

Tokyo is very attractive city.
In Omotesando Hills, a new winter entertainment appeared last year.
That is "Omotesando Skating Theater".
This year, it's open from December 10th till January 10th.

Omotesando Skating Theater is the indoor skating rink made of the special resin.
The rink is coated with the special wax, and you can enjoy skating with the regular ice skates.

What is attractive is that at night, it changes to the night club on ice.
Various music livens up the skating theater.
At event time such as Christmas and New Year's Eve, the special performance is scheduled.

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In addition,
the video related with Omotesando is projected onto the wall.
You will be in the romantic atmosphere.

Because of non-ice, it's not cold at all.
It's OK to do skating with the casual clothes.


It's free admission.
For the rental ice skates,
it's 1,000 yen for an adult and 500 yen for a high school student and under.

Why don't you stop by Omotesando Skating Theater when you go sightseeing around Tokyo?

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2010/12/14 17:44

Tokyo Architecture -Omotesando

Walking through the cosplay girls town Harajuku, you will find luxury brands and top architects in Omotesando that is one of the most fashionable shopping districts, Tokyo's famous tree-lined street. Below are the buildings on the cutting-edge of architectural design in Omotesando area.


Dior Omotesando
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[Address] 5-9-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo


PRADA Aoyama Butique
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[Address] 5-2-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo


Omotesando Hills
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Built in 2005. Designed by Tadao Ando, and contains over 130 shops and 38 apartments.
The "Spiral Slope" ramp spiraling around the six-level atrium space in a gradient roughly the equal to that of Omotesando.

Now, this shopping complex is full of the Christmas color.
And not only those buildings, so lucky if you are in Tokyo now ;-)
Omotesando street is amazingly decorated by the Christmas illumination.

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Isn't it so romantic! You can see this illumination until 10th of January.
Enjoy the Tokyo winter :-)

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2010/11/10 14:34

Buildings in GINZA

Have you been to Ginza?
Ginza is the most prestigious and fashionable shopping/dining town in Tokyo
and is home to numerous higher end brand shops.

I like to see the buildings in Ginza though I just looking outside of them ^^

This is my favourite building "Tiffany & Co."

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"Hermes" is my favourite building, too.

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"De Beers" curved building

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"Chanel" LED screen building

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Lastly, this is the landmark of Ginza, "Wako".

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These buildings are just a little bit of them.
Please find out your favourite buildings in Ginza!

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2010/11/07 16:06

Design Festa vol.32

What is Design Festa?
The concept is that anyone with a love of original creativity can participate.
Not only Japanese but also 8500 international artists participate in Design Festa.
Design Festa offers an opportunity expressing innovative ideas and designs to the artists.
Their world as a Design Festa exhibitor expands infinitely.

Design Festa vol.32 is held in Tokyo Big Sight West halls on November 6th and 7th.
There are 3 main areas, that are Event area, Restaurant area, and Booth area.

< Event Area >
You can enjoy various genre of music from acoustic sound to punk rock at outdoor live-show stage.
In mini live-painting area, you have a chance to encounter the artistic painting.

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< Restaurant Area >
There are many interesting menu from all over the world in this area.
You can enjoy international taste.

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< Booth Area >
More than 2,800 booths exhibit and sell their works in free style.

Real insect !?
Actually, it's made of paper.
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Are they Japanese swords?
No. They are umbrellas designed in the shape of Japanese sword.
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I went to Design Festa on November 6th.
It was very fun !!

Next Design Festa will be on May 14th & 15th in 2011.
If you visit Japan during this period, I recommend you to go there.
I'm sure you find something nice in Design Festa.

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2010/11/05 16:10

GUNDAM CAFE

Do you know Japanese animation "MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM"?
It's a robot animation.
Characters board the humanoid robot called GUNDAM, and fight with enemies in space.
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM is still popular even though it is in 1979 to appear on TV for the first time.

This is GUNDAM CAFE !!

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GUNDAM CAFE is filled with something about GUNDAM.
First of all, Gundam welcomes you when you get in the entrance.

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They also have bar-time menu such as alcohol.
You can enjoy the world of GUNDAM at night as well.

GUNDAM CAFE is located in Akihabara that is famous for the electric town.
It's easy to go to Akihabara from Asakusa.
Just take Tsukuba Express line at Asakusa station, and you will be in Akihabara in 5 minutes.

If you are interested in it, please visit their web-site.
http://g-cafe.jp/english/index.html

Why don't you have tea time in GUNDAM CAFE after walking around Akihabara?

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2010/11/02 17:36

Rest in Ginza

Ginza is elegant and stylish city where a retro-modern atmosphere still lingers in the air.
It's one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo.

Ginza has old department stores with history and tradition as well as prestigious boutiques.
One of the old department stores is Ginza Mitsukoshi.

Since Mitsukoshi department store was merged with Isetan department store,
Ginza Mitsukoshi was renewed bigger in September.

The beautiful garden named "Ginza Terrace" appeared in the renewal store.
Lawn grasses are spreading over the terrace.
You can stretch your legs and arms, and breathe fresh air.

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It's a good idea to take lunch in Ginza Terrace under the sun if you buy sandwiches and rice balls.
It seems you enjoy a picnic, doesn't it?

Do you have any difficulty to sit on the ground?
Of course, there are tables and chairs on the deck as well as benches.

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Ginza Terrace provide relaxation and healing for all generations.

Did you get tired from walking around Ginza?
It's a good place to take a rest.

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2010/10/26 15:31

Good News for Ramen Lovers

Have you ever eaten Ramen?
Ramen is Chinese noodle arranged in Japanese-style.
There are mainly 4 kinds of soup : Soy Sauce (Shohyu), Soy Bean Paste (Miso), Salt (Shio), Pork Broth(Tonkotsu).

Ramen is very popular among not only Japanese people but also foreign people.

Here is a good news for you.

Tokyo Ramen Show will be held in Komazawa Olympics Park from Nov 3rd till Nov 7th.
Local ramen all over Japan and collaborative ramen by popular chefs gather there.
More than 100 ramen restaurants participate in this event.
There are many ramen that you can enjoy only in this time.
Besides, you can eat any ramen by 750 yen per bowl
It's only Tokyo Ramen Show that has such a wonderful chance.

I introduce some of ramen to you.

< TOYAMA BLACK MENYA IROHA >
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< TOCHIGI HANANOKI >
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If you want more information, please visit their web-site.
http://www.ramenshow.com/index.html

Did you find the one you want to eat?

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
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2010/09/29 14:29

Citizen of Tokyo's Day

In Japan, many prefectures have their own citizen's day.
October 1st is the one for Tokyo citizens.

Most schools in Tokyo has no class on that day.
It's a good chance for many students to go out with their friends.
In expectation of it, there are many events and facilities with free of charge.

Do you want to go to see cute animals?

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[ Ueno Zoo at Ueno Station ]
[ Tama Zoo at Tama Dobutsu Koen Station ]
[ Tokyo Sea Life Park at Kasai Rinkai Koen Station ]
[ Inokashira Park Zoo at Kichijoji Station ]
http://http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/index.html

Why don't you take a walk and enjoy the beautiful garden?

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[ Hama-rikyu Gardens at Shiodome Station ]
[ Kiyosumi Gardens at Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station ]
[ Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens at Iidabashi Station ]
[ Kyu-Furukawa Gardens at Kaminakazato Station ]
[ Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens at Yushima Station ]
[ Kyu-Shina-rikyu Gardens at Hamamatsucho Station ]
[ Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens at Higashi Mukojima Station ]
[ Tonogayato Gardens at Kokubunji Station ]
[ Rikugien Gardens at Komagome Station ]
http://http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/index.html

In Japan, it is said that autumn is the best season for art.

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[ Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum at Shirokaendai Station ]
http://http://www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/info/e_index.html

[ Edo-Tokyo Museum at Ryogoku Station ]
http://http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/english/

[ Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectual Museum at Musashi Koganei Station ]
http://http://tatemonoen.jp/english/index.html

[ Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography at Ebisu Station ]
http://http://syabi.com/e/contents/index.html

[ Museum of Contenporary Art Tokyo at Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station ]
http://http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/index.html

Save money and Have fun !!

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2010/09/24 16:40

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line - the oldest subway

If you choose your accommodation in Asakusa for your Tokyo stay, you cannot travel around without Ginza subway line.
Ginza line runs between Asakusa and Shibuya, and stops at the main attractions such as Ueno, Akihabara, Ginza, Akasaka and Aoyama/Harajuku area.

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You might have thought that the cars of Ginza line are pretty small when you compare to the other subway lines or train, and the stations may look old.

It's because Ginza line is the oldest subway line in Tokyo.
Acutally, the first underground railway not only in Japan, but in Asia!! Isn't it cool? ;)

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Upon its opening in 1927, the line was only between Asakusa and Ueno.
It was so popular, so people often had to wait for 2 hours to get on the subway for 5 minutes trip!

Now Ginza line runs every 3 minutes, and takes a lot of people around the big city Tokyo by the smallest cars. It's shown color orange 21px-Subway_TokyoGinza.png on the metro map.

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Tokyo Metro >> http://www.tokyometro.jp/global/en/index.html
Metro One-Day Pass >> http://www.tokyometro.jp/global/en/ticket/valueticket.html

The Tokyo Subway Route Map is just like a colorful cobweb. I like it!

Is Tokyo transportation too complicating? Don't know what's the quickest way?
Don't worry, we're always happy to figure out the best way for you ;)

Have a nice Metro trip!

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2010/09/12 16:19

The Sky Access Route Time Table&Info

There is a more convenient way to get to the Narita International Airport NOW.
The Sky Access Route debuted on 17th of July this year.
Thanks to the new route, you can reach to the Narita Airport around 20-30min faster than the past from Asakusa station.
And it is direct train which means you don't have to stumble with your heavy suitcase or backpack.

We made Time Table&Information board for our guests.
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It is really simple.
Just go to Asakusa Line Asakusa Staion and buy one ticket for Narita Airport through Sky Access route
Price is 1240yen.

You can buy ticket by yourself by following steps below.(recommend: Left)
(And previous route is still available, 1060yen, 80min-90min, cheapest way)
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For more detail, you can visit our website below

http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/hostel_location_map.htm

We hope you to have pleasant trip from the Airport.

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
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2010/07/28 15:19

Ramen 58

If you want to have ramen in a typical evening in Tokyo 1958, the Shin-Yokohama Ramen-Museum is definately for you.

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Go down the stairs of the Naruto-Station and travel back in time.
There are several restaurants and you can play games in the market area.

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If you are full you can explore the backalleys. (You might encounter the ghost if you go right on the women onsen entrance)

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Back to the present you can experience how it feels to be on the other side of a ramen restaurant:

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tel +81-3-3847-8111
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2010/07/19 15:11

Ueno-Park

Last weekend, the organization "peace" organized a free sightseeing trip for guests of Sakura Hostel and other Hostels to the Ueno-Park.
The Ueno-Park is a huge Park in Ueno on the area of the former Kaneiji-Temple. The temple was build to guard the Edo-Castle against the Demons-Gate to the north-east.

The important places include several museums, a concert hall and many shrines. There also is a zoo.
The Park is a popular holiday area.

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This place is famous for "hanami". Many(!) people gather here to view the cherry blossom in spring.

Here are a few pictures of the parks lush vegetation in the middle of Tokyo:

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2010/07/08 14:08

La Grande Bouffe

There are many types of delicious snacks in Japan!

Taiyaki:
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Anpan:
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Dango:
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Takoyaki:
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Sudako:
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How come I do not gain weight?
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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
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2010/06/16 15:31

TOKYO BEER PARADISE 2010!!!

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Are you interested in German beer festival?
Tokyo beer paradise 2010 is for 200th anniversary of Munich's famous beer festival.
They offer many hard to find beer brands and tasty German treats.
This festival is perfect for a laid back summer day.

Check out their menu!


TOKYO BEER PARADISE 2010
Place: Roppongi Hills
Opens until next Sunday, June 20.
Open hours: 11:30am-9pm (last order 8:30pm)
Admission fee: 200yen
*Do you wanna get a free admission?
You should follow ''beerpara2010'' on Twitter.
When you send a direct mail to them about the date you will plan to go,
they will send you a free admission!
When you arrive, you just need to show the screen of their reply mail .

More info
http://www.beerpara.jp/english.html

Enjoy a tasty German beer!!!

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tel +81-3-3847-8111
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2010/06/12 12:39

Sky tree under construction!!!

You can only see it right this moment.
"Sky tree under construction" because it will be built and you cannot see it anymore in the middle of it's progress of consturction.


You can see it is "BIG enough" But it will be much Bigger.
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You can see the number "398" it means it reached 398m right now
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Want to see it together right NOW or you will miss it.

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
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2010/06/08 21:14

Neo Stall Village Super Night

Do you like beer? I love it especially in Summer!

We have many Beer Gardens open during summer season.
I just found an information of 'Neo Stall Village Super Night' on June 11th which looks so nice.

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They usually appear at lunch time on weekdays there.
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The colorful small cars are so cute☆ You'll see many people are waiting in a queue at each stalls as it is in a business town in a middle of Tokyo.

There will be live music, and 20 stalls selling food such as kebab, curry, tacos, noodles and of course BEER on Friday night!
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One draft beer is 400 yen, but if you purchase a reuse cup for 800 yen there, you'll get 100 yen off for each beer =D
Let's hope it will be a nice warm (not too hot) evening on Friday!

Date: June 11th, 2010 (Fri)
Time: 6PM - 10PM
@ Tokyo International Forum [Access]

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2010/06/04 17:57

Fireflies Festival

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The Firefly festival in Kugayama, Suginami Ward is coming this Sat & Sun!
Nowadays it is hard to see many fireflies in Japan because of the pollution of water and air.
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However, in this festival, you can enjoy the firefly's beautiful lights, because
people gather thousands of fireflies and release them into the air.

Date: June 5 (Sat) & 6 (Sun)
Place: Kugayama Sta- Just 15 mins from Shibuya. 45 mins from Asakusa.
Time: 10am-9pm


Bring your girlfriend to the romantic festival!

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tel +81-3-3847-8111
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2010/05/15 14:55

Festival weekend

This weekend has many festivals in Tokyo.

No.1 Sanja Matsuri

Portable shrines will be carried around Asakusa area.
May 15&16
Place: Around Senso-ji temple
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/indepth/history/traditionalevents/a26_fes_sanja.html

No.2 Design Festa
May 15&16
Place: Tokyo Big Sight
Time: 11am-7pm
http://www.designfesta.com/index_en.html

No.3 Thai Festival 2010
May 15&16
Place: Yoyogi Park
Time: 10am-8pm
http://www.thaifestival.net/about/index.html

The weather will be parfectly sunny during this weekend.
Let's go outside and be active!!

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tel +81-3-3847-8111
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2009/10/04 12:55

Congrats to Rio!

We lost... :'-(
Bye bye our dream.

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Chicago, our friend, we know how you feel..

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Rio!! We look forward to your greatest Olympics in 2016!

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2009/09/12 01:05

Tokyo Sky Tree

Naoto was excited one night when he arrived at the hostel for his night shift.

"It's tall! Did you see it?? It's tall!", he says.

He went to see"Tokyo Sky Tree" under construction.

We will have this "second Tokyo Tower" pretty close to our hostel in the year 2011.

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They started building it a year ago.
It's now taller than 100 m. (Will be taller than 600 m when it's completed.)

I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful tower behind Sumida River in two years.
Will we be able to see it from our hostel? What do you think, Naoto?

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
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e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
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2009/08/16 10:48

Entry to Tokyo Marathon 2010

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Can you run 42.195 km within 6 hours and 40 minutes?

If so, send an entry to TOKYO MARATHON 2010.
The entry started on August 1st and the number of applicants has already exceeded
the number of runners.
Lottery will be held to choose 32,000 lucky runners after the deadline of entry on August 31st.

Sorry if you are already an applicant and the number of competitors will be increased by this post. :p

Click the photo for more information.

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
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2009/07/22 14:16

New Paradice.

Till lately, one of my dream was to get marry the CEO of Haagen Dazs.
When I was tennnager, my breakfast was always ice-cream (Rum raisin!) and
there were many stocks in the fridge.

Now, I'm working and I rediscover that I'm adult everytime I buy Haagen Dazs
because it's a bit expensive for a student.

On 17th of July, they opened a new shop in Ginza.
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La Maison Ginza
I haven't tried there yet but I checked their website and found that it's a paradice for me♪
I should go the next payday!

I don't think I can get marry him any more but I just wanna say
thank you for this great job to him;)

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
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e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
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2009/07/13 15:51

Lunch at universities.

Do you think it's expensive to eat in Japan?
Compared with the other countries, though the size is small,
the price is the same or more expensive.

Then, I reccomend you to go to universities for your lunch.
I don't know much about universities in your country,
our universities have nice cafeterias on campus.

As Japanese students eat a lot but are saving their money (in general),
everything is easy-on-the-pockets;)

Click where you wanna go↓↓
Shinjuku Area
Kogakuin University

Shibuya Area
Aoyama University

Ikebukuro Area
Rikkyo University

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
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2009/05/08 21:28

Grand Sumo Tounament

May Grand Sumo Tounament will start on this Sunday.
It will be at Ryogoku Sumo Stadium in Tokyo. It takes only 15 min. by train from our hostel, or you can even walk.

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Have you seen sumo before?
I haven't. Well I want to.

There are many kinds of tickets still available.
Unfortunately, you cannot buy tickets if you are overseas.
But you still have chances to buy one after you arrived in Japan.
See here for more details or ask us at the reception when you arrive at the hostel.

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
fax +81-3-3847-8112
e-mail: info@sakura-hostel.co.jp
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2009/04/03 16:24

Don't smoke on the street

In most areas of Tokyo, you are not allowed to smoke on the street.

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If you ignore this kind of signs on the street and still smoke, you might get fined 1,000 to 20,000 yen, depending on the administering ward.

On the other hand, there is no punishment for drinking alcohol on the street.
You don't have to hide your bottles in a bag here. Different countries have different rules.

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Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3847-8111
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2009/01/19 09:13

Tuna, tuna.

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As we've informed, tourists were not allowed to watch the morning tuna auctions
to ensure a smooth and accident free course of business
during the busiest time of the year at Tsukiji Fish Market,

Finaly, they started tuna auction to be open to public from 19th.
Please be aware of these following things before watching the auctions.
?You can't take photos using strobe light.
?You can't touch tunas.
?Follow guards' directions there.
If you have a consciousness of being representative of your country, it's easy:)

Please enjoy our kitchen of Tokyo♪

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tel +81-3-3847-8111
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