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How well do you know Japanese food?
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How well do you know Japanese food?

Test your knowledge of Japanese cuisine with this brain-bending list of trivia on everything from sushi to soba noodles

This Japanese theme park offers face mask stickers to show you’re screaming inside your heart
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This Japanese theme park offers face mask stickers to show you’re screaming inside your heart

These terrified face masks are designed for quiet roller coaster rides

The best Japanese movies and series coming to Netflix in August
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The best Japanese movies and series coming to Netflix in August

A hit samurai film, food-focussed J-drama, a charming series about a road trip for a cat and its owner, and more

Best hotel staycations in Tokyo
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Best hotel staycations in Tokyo

Looking for an easy weekend holiday without leaving the city? These Tokyo hotels have room and restaurant deals for you

Tokyo’s most popular places are now empty – here’s where to explore
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Tokyo’s most popular places are now empty – here’s where to explore

Take advantage of the lack of tourists and spend some time at Tokyo’s most popular museums, attractions and restaurants

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Create your own KitKat at the new KitKat Chocolatory in Shibuya’s Miyashita Park
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Create your own KitKat at the new KitKat Chocolatory in Shibuya’s Miyashita Park

The latest location offers DIY chocolate workshops and exclusive KitKat desserts

Tokyo may declare its own state of emergency if coronavirus cases keep rising
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Tokyo may declare its own state of emergency if coronavirus cases keep rising

The remark comes after Tokyo declared a record-breaking 463 confirmed cases on Friday

Japan will grant easier re-entry to some foreign residents from August 5
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Japan will grant easier re-entry to some foreign residents from August 5

Some foreign residents will no longer need to show ‘exceptional circumstances’ to re-enter the country

Japan extends entry ban to 17 more countries and regions
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Japan extends entry ban to 17 more countries and regions

Those who have visited Kenya, Paraguay and 15 other regions in the last 14 days will be denied entry into Japan

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Japan travel inspo

This ramen-themed hotel in Sapporo lets you slurp and sleep in the same place
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This ramen-themed hotel in Sapporo lets you slurp and sleep in the same place

Hokkaido is known for its vibrant annual snow festival, beautiful landscapes and incredible culinary scene. Both locals and tourists can indulge in Hokkaido’s fresh seafood, rich ice cream and, of course, piping hot bowls of ramen anytime of year. Now, noodle lovers can make sure their whole trip to Sapporo revolves around the humble soup noodle at these special ramen-themed rooms at Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel, located in the heart of Susukino, Sapporo’s main nightlife district.   Photo: Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel   A collaboration with Ramen Yamaokaya, a chain famous for its pork-based miso ramen with roots in Sapporo, these limited-time rooms are decked out with all the ramen necessities. The rooms are much more comfortable than falling asleep drunk in a ramen restaurant at 2am – although the detailed decor may have you thinking that’s what you’ve done when you first wake up. There’s a photo of the restaurant counter above the beds, in addition to Ramen Yamaokaya’s signature red sign and curtains, ready to spark some sodium-filled dreams.   Photo: Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel   All this ramen paraphernalia will definitely have you craving some salty noods – Ramen Yamaokaya provides plenty of goodies on hand for porky midnight cravings. The hotel stay comes with two packs of Yamaokaya ramen in shoyu and classic miso, a bottle of the chain’s special ramune soda sold exclusively at the shops, and even a ramen-adorned towel for wiping away those meat sweats. The special hotel rooms ar

The most beautiful places in Japan
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The most beautiful places in Japan

Venture beyond Tokyo – add these breathtaking temples, landmarks and hiking trails to your Japan bucket list

Everything you need to know Japan's Go to Travel campaign
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Everything you need to know Japan's Go to Travel campaign

The travel subsidy offers up to 50 percent discounts on domestic trips – here's how to enjoy this great deal

Best day trips from Tokyo – updated
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Best day trips from Tokyo – updated

Find some of Japan’s most beautiful temples, hiking trails and nature attractions no more than a few hours from Tokyo

JR East will cut shinkansen ticket prices in half until March 2021
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JR East will cut shinkansen ticket prices in half until March 2021

From August 20 this year, it'll be 50 percent cheaper to travel from Tokyo to Hokkaido, Nagano, Niigata and more

This new nighttime exhibition in the forest of Kyushu features 21 teamLab artworks
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This new nighttime exhibition in the forest of Kyushu features 21 teamLab artworks

‘A Forest Where Gods Live’ opens after sunset every night until November 8

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Time Out Tokyo magazine

Time Out Tokyo magazine

Read the digital edition of Time Out Tokyo magazines for free – or download the PDF version for later

Special issue out now: join the green revolution for a better future
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Special issue out now: join the green revolution for a better future

Inside this digital-only edition: Tokyo goes green, Japanese ice cream flavours, botanical gardens, virtual museum tours and food documentaries

New release: 88 things to do in Tokyo guide map
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New release: 88 things to do in Tokyo guide map

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Spring 2020 issue out now
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Spring 2020 issue out now

The best of springtime in Tokyo, the city’s most scenic waterways, food streets, Japanese gardens, restaurants for solo diners, Kanagawa islands, and more

Make the most of your Time In

Explore Shibuya, Koenji, Tsukiji and more with these POV video walks around Tokyo
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Explore Shibuya, Koenji, Tsukiji and more with these POV video walks around Tokyo

It'll feel like you're actually walking the streets yourself

You can now ride Japan’s most famous roller coasters online
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You can now ride Japan’s most famous roller coasters online

Scream to go faster

Download more than 100 recipes from the world's top restaurants, including Tokyo's Narisawa
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Download more than 100 recipes from the world's top restaurants, including Tokyo's Narisawa

'Come Together: The World’s Finest Chefs': this cookbook features recipes from 84 world-renowned chefs, and it's free to download

This Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto is teaching Zazen meditation online
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This Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto is teaching Zazen meditation online

Feeling stressed or anxious? Calm your mind with this introduction to Zazen meditation

Visit the top museums in Tokyo and across Japan with these virtual tours
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Visit the top museums in Tokyo and across Japan with these virtual tours

See sand sculptures, Japanese art and more museum exhibitions from your home for free

Nine delicious ways to use miso in your cooking that don't involve soup
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Nine delicious ways to use miso in your cooking that don't involve soup

There are so many other ways to use miso, from creamy scrambled eggs and miso caramel to brownies and salads

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'Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia' will premiere online and in Tokyo in September
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'Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia' will premiere online and in Tokyo in September

Some of the previous festival winners are already streaming online for free

Naomi Watanabe and Yuriyan Retriever release a parody of Lady Gaga's ‘Rain on Me’
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Naomi Watanabe and Yuriyan Retriever release a parody of Lady Gaga's ‘Rain on Me’

The Japanese comedians have amassed over six million views of their version of Lady Gaga’s recent music video

Best Japanese movies and series with English subtitles on Netflix
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Best Japanese movies and series with English subtitles on Netflix

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Watch now: Japan's new tourism video will have you missing Japan even more
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Watch now: Japan's new tourism video will have you missing Japan even more

Japan National Tourism Organisation's latest campaign uses stunning Japanese scenery to remind us that ‘hope lights the way’

Coronavirus updates

Japan plans to ease entry ban for 10 Asian countries and regions
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Japan plans to ease entry ban for 10 Asian countries and regions

Japan will start negotiations to lift travel restrictions for China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and more

Please scream inside your heart: Japan's new roller coaster rule becomes motto for 2020
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Please scream inside your heart: Japan's new roller coaster rule becomes motto for 2020

We want the T-shirt!

Airport coronavirus testing centres in Tokyo and Osaka could open in September
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Airport coronavirus testing centres in Tokyo and Osaka could open in September

The possible loosening of international travel restrictions will call for more coronavirus testing

These are all the countries and regions affected by Japan’s entry ban
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These are all the countries and regions affected by Japan’s entry ban

129 nations and regions are affected by this measure

Guide to buying, wearing and caring for your face masks
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Guide to buying, wearing and caring for your face masks

Where to buy or how to make our own face masks, plus caring tips, donations and more coronavirus-related mask information

The New Normal interview series
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The New Normal interview series

We check in with some of the top experts in Japan to understand the impact the coronavirus pandemic has on society and the world

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Japanese condiments you should know
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Japanese condiments you should know

These Japanese seasonings and sauces will elevate your next meal: ponzu, shichimi, yuzu kosho, miso and more

10 things you didn't know were invented in Japan
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10 things you didn't know were invented in Japan

From pop culture icons like the emoji to technology staple like flash memory, Japan has changed the world profoundly

How to make a DIY no-sew face mask from t-shirts, socks and paper towels
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How to make a DIY no-sew face mask from t-shirts, socks and paper towels

Follow these videos to make a simple non-medical face mask – no sewing required

English words that have completely different meanings in Japan
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English words that have completely different meanings in Japan

Did you know 'viking' means buffet in Japan?

Online courses about Japan you can attend for free
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Online courses about Japan you can attend for free

These English-language university-level courses cover everything from Japanese literature and history to architecture and business. Best of all, they’re free

Learn Japanese for free online
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Learn Japanese for free online

These online resources will help you learn and brush up your Japanese language skills at no cost

Virtual tours of Tokyo and Japan

Take a virtual tour of Japan's most spectacular tulip garden
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Take a virtual tour of Japan's most spectacular tulip garden

Explore Hitachi Seaside Park's virtual tour and see 260,000 tulips in bloom right now

Travel through Japan with these VR videos: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki and more
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Travel through Japan with these VR videos: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki and more

See Japan from the comfort of your couch

Watch now: These 360-degree cherry blossom VR videos are incredibly soothing
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Watch now: These 360-degree cherry blossom VR videos are incredibly soothing

You can now see the flowers all year round

Zoos in Japan are live-streaming their polar bears, white tiger and whale shark
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Zoos in Japan are live-streaming their polar bears, white tiger and whale shark

For your daily dose of cuteness

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Sorry, Mario Kart fans: Tokyo’s IRL go-karting is no more
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Sorry, Mario Kart fans: Tokyo’s IRL go-karting is no more

Sorry Mario Kart fans, Tokyo’s IRL go-karting is no more

Tokyo Q&A: Who are the people on Japanese yen banknotes?
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Tokyo Q&A: Who are the people on Japanese yen banknotes?

Who's printed on the ¥1,000, ¥5,000 and ¥10,000 Japanese yen notes – and how they will change in 2024

Tokyo has two 'hospitals' for treating soft toys
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Tokyo has two 'hospitals' for treating soft toys

Plushies get the full treatment at these adorable clinics, from a warm bath to a face lift and hair treatment

English words that have completely different meanings in Japan
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English words that have completely different meanings in Japan

Avoid getting lost in translation by learning these commonly used Japanified terms with different meanings...

What you need to know before getting a Japan-inspired tattoo
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What you need to know before getting a Japan-inspired tattoo

Rule No. 5: never rely on Google Translate

The best books set in Japan
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The best books set in Japan

Explore postwar Nagasaki, go on road trip with a cat, and meet Japanese mythological creatures in these five books that take place in Japan

Keep the kids entertained

Hanshin Railways offers Osaka and Kobe colouring pages and art tutorials
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Hanshin Railways offers Osaka and Kobe colouring pages and art tutorials

Learn how to colour trains and landmarks in Osaka and Kobe with these tutorials from Hanshin Railways

This Studio Ghibli co-founder is showing us how to draw Totoro
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This Studio Ghibli co-founder is showing us how to draw Totoro

Get an anime art lesson from Studio Ghibli producer and co-founder Toshio Suzuki

Doraemon offers free online games and manga to encourage fans to stay home
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Doraemon offers free online games and manga to encourage fans to stay home

The new Stay Home Project by Doraemon features free online games, wallpapers, manga and colouring pages

Our favourite Japanese children’s books in English
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Our favourite Japanese children’s books in English

Give bedtime a Tokyo twist with these popular kids’ books from Japan