Category Archives: X2Y in Japan

X2Y | T2D: Stamp rally! – Caza de sellos!

One thing that you have to be prepared for in Japan are ink stamps. Stamps are awesome, and great, and make awesome souvenirs – 100% personal. There are two kinds of stamps: the commemorative ones and shuin. Shuin (朱印) Shuin … Continue reading

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X2Y | F2E: Kurotamago (Cooking in a volcano / Cocinando en un volcán)

Black eggs are a typical and delicious food / snack from the valley of Ōwakudani, in Hakone in the prefecture of Kanagawa. In Japanese they are called ‘kurotamago’ [黒卵]. Kuro means black and tamago means egg, so they are literally … Continue reading

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X2Y | P2V: Beppu & Beppu Jigoku

Beppu [別府] is a city in the Ōita Prefecture, to the east of the island of Kyuushu in the south of Japan. It has so much geothermal activity that they had to build “chimneys” into the ground to vent the … Continue reading

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X2Y | P2V: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (TMGB)

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building or TMGB [東京都庁, Tōkyō Tochō] is basically Tokyo’s city hall, so you might think about giving it a miss, but here’s a well-known secret: one of the buildings has two free observation decks, and they are … Continue reading

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X2Y | F2E: 寿司 [Sushi]

Sushi is the Japanese food that everybody knows, so let’s have a look at where and how you can eat sushi. There are four basic sushi styles that you will associate with the idea of “sushi”. Nigiri: this is a … Continue reading

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X2Y | P2V: Samurai Museum Shinjuku (Tokyo)

東京都新宿区歌舞伎町2-25-6. Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Kabukicho 2-25-6 (Map) Website: https://www.samuraimuseum.jp/ Twitter: @MuseumSamurai Facebook: Samurai Museum Instagram: @samuraimuseumtokyo TripAdvisor: Samurai Museum   1900 ¥ (R: 800 ¥) The Samurai Museum is located in Kabukicho, in Shinjuku, about 10 minutes walking from the station. … Continue reading

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X2Y | I2K: Sakura House

While the Internet has made getting a hotel room pretty straightforward, sometimes a hotel room is not what you need for a stay. However, companies like Airbnb have been a shaky option for Japan – in summer 2018 a lot … Continue reading

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