An unforgettable experience in the Toyosu Fish Market

An unforgettable experience in the Toyosu Fish Market

The old Tsukiji Market and the new Toyosu Fish Market

Tsukiji Market was famous for its large tuna auctions. This market was built in 1935 and closed in October 2018 due to the size of the enclosure. For this reason, the internal market moved to Toyosu Fish Market. Certainly, it is the largest fish and marine products market in the world.

Next, we explain some things about the new market and we give you some recommendations.

Toyosu Fish Market

The Toyosu Market has three main buildings: the wholesale market building where they sell and auction seafood; the intermediate building where there are retailers and restaurants; and the building of fruits and vegetables.

Now, the facilities are much more organized to prevent tourists from interrupting and interfering with auctions. There are some walkways and viewpoints around the building to maintain a certain security. Also, there are some good restaurants like Sushi Dai and Daiwa Sushi.

In addition, they have enabled a glazed room to enjoy the auctions. In order to access this room, you must request it through the web at least 1 month in advance.

The market opens from 5 am to 5 pm and closes on Wednesdays, Sundays and holidays. Also, admission is totally free and you can visit the roof garden to enjoy the cityscape of Tokyo.

Currently it is said that it looks more like a museum than a market. Certainly, Japan is the country that catches more tuna in the world.

Other interesting japanese markets

There are other types of market that are interesting if you travel to Japan. For example:

Finally, whether or not you had the opportunity to visit the old Tsukiji Market, we recommend you to visit the new Toyosu Fish Market. It is an essential stop if you travel to Japan.

Please, keep in mind that from 2020 you must apply for a Japan application form to enter the country.

The most famous pet cafes in Tokyo

The most famous pet cafes in Tokyo

Pet cafes: an essential tourist stop

Today, there are many establishments dedicated to the hospitality industry that have pets inside the premises. Certainly, it is becoming to be more popular in European countries like Spain or the United Kingdom, although the most famous pet cafes are in Tokyo.

The appearance of this type of cafes is related to the strict code of conduct that Japan demands from its citizens. Apartment owners do not allow their tenants to have pets for a proper life.

For this reason, they decided to create pet establishments that offer the possibility of interacting with animals while customers relax with a drink or snack.

Tokyo’s Animal Cafes

Next, we recommend you some good cafes:

  1. Mame Shiba: this cafe is famous for its dogs of breed Shiba Inu. The entrance fee is 880 yen which includes being able to be with the dogs for 30 minutes and a drink.
  2. Tokyo Snake Center: this cafe allows you to share a table with a snake. The price is 1000 yen per person and includes drinks, snacks and choose one of the snakes.
  3. Penguin Bar Ikebukuro: inside this local you can enjoy your drink watching little penguins.
  4. Cat cafe Nekorobi: this place is one of the best cafes for cat lovers. The entrance costs 1300 yen and includes a drink.
  5. Sra. Bunny: this cafe has a dozen bunnies and some hedgehogs. The entrance is about 1000 yen for 30 minutes.
  6. Owl Cafe & Bar Owl Village: in this cafe you can play, watch and relax with owls.

Finally, there are a lot of cafes with animals in Tokyo, but this business model is expanding around the world. In this article, we have named you the most famous pet cafes in Tokyo, but who says that in a few months they will not be those from another country.

We recommend you to travel to Japan and discover these peculiar establishments very different from the rest of cultures. In case you are planning your trip, you will need to apply for japanese visa to enter the country from 2020.

The Shinto Shrine of Togakushi

The Shinto Shrine of Togakushi

A spiritual experience

A visit in Joshinetsu Kogen Natural Park will allow you to discover the Shinto buildings, the lost mountain of Nakano and the Togakushi Shrine located in the Nagano Mountains. The last one, is divided into five small sanctuaries scattered throughout the territory.

The legends of Togakushi area

The Togakushi Shrine is located on a mountain of 1,904 meters high and is a special place for Japanese mythology.

The story tells that two brothers, Amaterasu (goddess of the sun) and Susanoo (god of the sea), were playing when suddenly Susanoose got angry and began to break everything. Subsequently, Amaterasu hid in a cave leaving the world in darkness. The gods did their best to get her out. When she left, the world regained light.

Also, Togakushi is famous for hosting the beginnings of the Togakure ninjutsu school, a children’s martial arts school. This school, created 900 years ago, was the place of refugees from China escaping wars in the Tang dynasty.

The five shrines of Togakushi

The Shinto shrine of Togakushi is divided in five buildings, although the most important are three:

Hokosha Chusha

Firstly, you will find the Chusha shrine, located in the central part of the Togakushi shrine. If you visit it, you will see lush forests and a famous tree over eight hundred years old.

Santuario Shrine

Secondly, you will find the Hokosha, surrounded by three hundred copies of cryptomerias or “sugis”. This sanctuary is dedicated to the protective goddess of motherhood, academic life and sewing.

Santuario Okusha

Finally, you will find the Okusha sanctuary, at the top of the mountain. It is dedicated to the god of the three wonderful rocks. Next to the Okusha sanctuary you find the Kuzuryu sanctuary.

Other interesting places

It is necessary to mention that there are other points of interest in the area such as the Togakushi Minzoku-kan, a set of buildings that supports the presence of the former ninja school.  Also, you can find some restaurants, mainly noodles. Certainly, this region is famous for its Togakushi-soba.

In conclusion, Japan offers thousands of experiences for tourists who wish to discover the Japanese culture and their customs.

As a last advice, we recommend you to apply for Japanese visa before your trip due to from 2020 this transaction will be mandatory.

35 people die in Kyoto Animation Studios fire

The number of deaths increases

The number of deaths increases

We would like to inform you about the misfortune that occurred in Kyoto. Two weeks ago a fire broke out in the Kyoto Animation Studios. Unfortunately, the number of deaths increases. Now, there are a total of 35 people died.

After the investigation and the inspections in the suspect’s house, the professionals found materials produced and manufactured in the study. For this reason, he is directly related to the study.

The police have identified the suspect and his name is Shinji Aoba. He was previously sentenced in 2012 to three and a half years in prision for robbing a store in Chiba prefecture. In addition, after leaving prison, he received treatment for mental illness.

How did the fire develop?

The fire started when Aoba entered with a cart with a bucket of gasoline to the entrance of the building. Then, he poured the contents on the ground and set fire to the cry of “moríos”.

Finally, Aoba immediately confessed his crime to the police. He confirmed that he had started the fire because he believed that the studio had stolen his novel.

Unfortunately, the fire immediately spread throughout the building where 73 people worked. Only seven people were able to escape unharmed.

Our last tip is that it does not affect you when traveling to the country. We confirm you that Japan is not a dangerous territory. Also, do not forget to apply for a Japan visit visa to enter the country.

Takayama, a popular destination!

Takayama, a popular destination!

Takayama, an impressive place

What to see and do in Takayama?

The city of Takayama is located in the mountainous region of Hida, in Japan. It is in the Japanese Alps and boasts unparalleled beauty. Certainly, we recommend you to visit Takayama, a popular destination!

Also, the city offers traditional accommodation, sake wineries, temples and wooden shrines and an spectacular old town full of houses from the Edo period.

Next, we give you some adivices and recommendations about what to visit in Takayama.

  1. First of all, it is essential to walk through Sanmachi Suji, the old town. This area preserves Edo period houses that currently function as museums, art galleries, craft shops or coffee shops.
  2. Visit the Hida Kokubun-ji temple, one of the oldest in the city.
  3. You must enter one of the old houses of the Edo period. For example: the house of the Kusakabe family or the Yoshijima family.
  4. Visit the former Takayama Jinya government office in the Edo period.
  5. Visit one of the sake factories.
  6. Cross some of the bridges that cross the Miyagawa River, such as the reddish Nakabashi Bridge.
  7. Visit the Sakurayama Hachimangu shrine.
  8. Taste Hida meat.
  9. Take a walk through the stalls of the morning markets or Asaichi of Takayama, which are held every day in the square near the Takayama shrine and along the eastern margin of the Miyagawa River between the Kaiji and Yayoi bridges.
  10. Staying in a ryōkan or traditional Japanese accommodation.

What to eat in Takayama?

Takayama has a wide variety of restaurants and street food stalls where we can try local specialties such as Hida meat, hobo miso or chuka soba.

Where to stay in Takayama?

Takayama is a small city but very touristy, so there is plenty of accommodation. For this reason, we recommend some places: the Oyado Koto no Yume, the Ryokan Asunaro, the Wat Hotel & Spa Hida Takayama or the Hida Hotel Plaza. Also, there are other good options.

Finally, we hope the article “Takayama a popular destination!” has been interesting for you. If you decide to visit the city, do not forget you will need a Japan travel visa to enter the country.