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'Wannabe Ninja' Tourists Can Train In Japan

'Wannabe Ninja' Tourists Can Train In Japan Aug 12th, 2013 at 10:30AM: specialoperations, Flickr Have you been aching to test your skills with a bō staff ever since watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid? Now you can do just that at a ninja training camp in the town in Iga, just east of Osaka, Japan. During the hour-long class, ninja trainees can test their skills in star throwing, scaling vertical walls, crawling across a rope strung between two trees and...

Japan Tests New 311 MPH Maglev Train

Japan Tests New 311 MPH Maglev Train Jun 9th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Dom Pates, Flickr A new maglev train purported to reach speeds of 311 mph was tested for the first time on the Yamanashi test track in Japan this week. When put into service in 2027, the high-speed, magnetically levitated train will connect Tokyo with Nagoya, reducing the travel time from the current hour and a half down to only 40 minutes. While China currently holds the speed title for...

Photo Of The Day: Koyasan, Japan's Temple Town

Photo Of The Day: Koyasan, Japan's Temple Town Jun 7th, 2013 at 6:00PM: hktang, Flickr Between the gentle peaks of the Kii moutain range, just south of Osaka, sit over 100 Buddhist temples in a beautifully dense forest. This seemingly hidden town of Koyasan, has possibly the densest concentration of temples anywhere in Japan, all of startlingly different architectural styles, from the simple to the ridiculous, none of which are any less than astounding. Xiaojun Deng...

International Budget Guide 2013: Tokyo, Japan

International Budget Guide 2013: Tokyo, Japan Apr 12th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Tokyo, Japan, is a city of politeness, cleanliness, culinary enlightenment and notorious expense. This year Tokyo was listed as the most expensive city in the world, with Japan's second city, Osaka, coming in at number two. But Japan being the land of extremes, there are plenty of great thrifty or outright free things to do in the megalopolis – especially now with the yen at the lowest...

Video of the Day: Paper Osaka

Aug 8th, 2011 at 6:30PM: People spend a lot of time complaining about airlines, and often that criticism is rightly deserved. It's rare that you hear airlines getting praised for any sort of creativity. However, we have to tip our caps to Air Asia for their nifty little video announcing their newest destination, Osaka. It's a clever animation that highlights some of Osaka's quirks and isn't just a boring commercial...

A miniature city from up on high

Jul 19th, 2011 at 11:30AM: From high above the city, jusojin captured this time-lapse AND tilt-shift video that miniaturizes the bustling city of Osaka, Japan. Trivializing every aspect of the Osaka hustle provides a toyish cityscape where people are reduced to ants and cars look like turbocharged micro machines in a lavish play-set. Jusojin shot the video from the roof of the Umeda Sky Building - a two towered...

Top ten cheap local fast food items worldwide

Top ten cheap local fast food items worldwide Dec 2nd, 2010 at 10:30AM: Food is usually a major cost on the road, a significant component of any careful travel budget. Very good, inexpensive food is on offer in most of the world's destinations, no matter how expensive average meals may be. Here are ten delicious fast food items from ten different destinations around the world. 1. Burritos, San Francisco. San Franciscans are passionate about their burritos. It's...

Gadling picks the world's best "second cities"

Gadling picks the world's best Jun 8th, 2009 at 10:30AM: We like winners. Whether it's the winning army of a war or the world's fastest 100 meter runner, we lavish attention and praise on the victors and relegate the losers to the dustbin of history. The same is true of travel - the most important travel cities like New York, London, Sydney and Tokyo are favored by visitors while lesser-known destinations are skipped, scratched from the itinerary or...

Gadling Take FIVE: February 14 - February 20

Gadling Take FIVE: February 14 - February 20 Feb 20th, 2009 at 6:45PM: You never know what you'll find out at Gadling. That's what I thought this week when I perused the offerings. In the midst of Cockpit Chronicles, Galley Gossip, SkyMall Monday, Tuesday Trivia, Through the Gadling Lens, and Undiscovered New York were posts with information I didn't know about until I read them. For example, Jeffrey's post that Waterford Crystal's main factory has closed...

Man sues United, claiming alcohol service caused him to beat his wife

Man sues United, claiming alcohol service caused him to beat his wife Dec 18th, 2008 at 11:00AM: A man on a flight from Osaka to San Francisco had too much to drink. Soon after landing, he started beating his wife. After he ended up in police custody and sobered up, he didn't sheepishly apologize to his wife. Nope. He decided to sue United for serving him too much alcohol, which, he alleges, caused him become violent. The man, Yoichi Shimamoto, was arrested by police at a customs checkpoint...

Travel-Inspired Tattoos

Travel-Inspired Tattoos Oct 15th, 2008 at 11:00AM: I spent 29 years on Planet Earth without ever getting a tattoo. Then, in March of this year, I took the plunge. Why? Well, for me, I was finally inspired to get inked because I had an idea that was special to me. It connected me to set of memories that I never wanted to lose and had a unique personal story involving two amazing trips that I had taken. On the inside of my left forearm I have my...

Get lost in Osaka Japan's craziest public park

Get lost in Osaka Japan's craziest public park Jul 1st, 2008 at 11:00AM: I had a chance to visit Osaka on my trip through Japan last month and I am convinced it has be one of the more bizarre places I've ever visited. In addition to gorging myself on deep-fried Octopus tentacles and fishing for live eels, I also discovered Osaka boasts some truly surreal architecture. This instinct for surreal architecture also extends Osaka's public spaces, including one of the...

Eating your way through Japan - a photo gallery

Eating your way through Japan - a photo gallery May 23rd, 2008 at 10:30AM: The phrase "Japanese food" has a fairly standard meaning in the United States, conjuring images of sushi, instant noodles, seafood and teriyaki chicken. But as I discovered during my recent trip to Japan, the cuisine is far more diverse, delicious and surprising than I could have ever imagined. Over the course of his trip, this intrepid Gadling blogger left no culinary stone unturned and no meal...

Amazing Race 12 episode 9 recap

Amazing Race 12 episode 9 recap Jan 7th, 2008 at 12:00PM: As the teams left Mumbai, India for Osaka, Japan I thought, now there's a contrast. I haven't been to Mumbai or Osaka, but I've lived in New Delhi and traveled in Japan. If you put the two places on a spectrum, they'd be at opposite ends. Smells, sounds, music styles, food, religion, dress--if you come up with a category, I can assure you that they are nothing alike. Ah, I have one. Tea is a...

Big in Japan: The Myth About Money

Big in Japan: The Myth About Money Aug 17th, 2007 at 12:30PM: Let's start off by dispelling a common myth - are you ready for this? (I know you're not going to believe me, but just bare with me for a few moments). Japan is not astronomically expensive. There - I said it. In fact, compared with most major cities in North America and Europe, I'd argue that it's a bargain. Are you still reading this? I fear that I may have already lost most of my audience with...

The World's Most Expensive Cities

The World's Most Expensive Cities Jun 18th, 2007 at 11:30AM: Mercer, a human resource consulting company, has compiled a list of the most expensive cities in the world based on a cost of living survey which "measures the comparative cost of over 200 items" in each city. Two years in a row Moscow has topped the list, followed by London, Seoul, and Tokyo. Here's the top 10: Moscow London Seoul Tokyo Hong Kong Copenhagen Geneva Osaka ...

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