What is ‘Golden Week’ ?

Golden Week is a Japanese term applied to the period from April 29th to May 5th. The week contains four public holidays. Most Japanese people are able to take about a week-long vacation. If you are planning to travel in Japan during this trip, it will be super busy in everywhere! TV is broadcasting how busy at airport and train station. Most fares would be ‘Golden Week Price’ it goes up twice, triple or more. For some people, it is too busy and expensive traveling around, they prefer stay home and relax.

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Apartments becoming available at Liberty Cove House

Our luxury finished serviced apartments are becoming available from May! We have variety of Renting / Stay plans which would meet your life style and budget! For more details, please e-mail us at reservations@liberty-cove-house.com

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Gourmet in Yokosuka – Yokosuka Navy Burger

Recipe of naval traditional hamburger got close to in the case of U.S. base exhibitions was provided on November 19, 2008 from US Navy Yokosuka base to Yokosuka City. In Yokosuka City, they develop as new gourmet brand which named hamburger based on this recipe “Yokosuka navy burger” and sell to which visited Yokosuka now at 12 stores around the base to be able to taste anytime genuine hamburger.

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Let’s ride a Shinkansen- bullet train

The Shinkansen, a bullet train, began operations on October 1st 1964, nine days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. The Tokaido Shinkansen connects three major metropolitan areas in Japan: Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. The first bullet train ran at 210 km per hour and attracted attention as the fastest train in the world. Along with Japan’s high-speed economic growth and Olympic boom, it embodied Japan’s hope for future business development. Now its maximum speed on scheduled journeys is 320 km per hour, the same speed as the TGV-LGV in France. There are four classes of carriage on Shinkansen: the standard carriage (which includes non-reserved and reserved seats), the green carriage, and the grand class carriage.

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Easter Weekend

Main religion in Japan is dominated by Shinto and Buddhism. Christian and other religion are still minor but it exists. Japan has been receptive western culture and events – Christmas, Valentines’ day and more!  Not so many Japanese people knew about Halloween 10 years ago. And now Halloween event is one of the biggest event for a year now!

What about Easter? It is still not known as Halloween, however some big companies in Japan start to cerebrate Easter – Tokyo Disney land, Fuji-kyu High land and some snack companies (KitKat , Buskin Robbins and more!) So maybe 10 years from now, Easter will be a big deal for Japanese people.

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Ameyokocho Tokyo

The one tourist site in Tokyo it’s called Ameyoko, it is a busy market street and it is worth to visit while you are in Japan. The name “Ameyoko” is a short form for “Ameya Yokocho” (candy store alley), as candies were traditionally sold there. Alternatively, “Ame” also stands for “America”, because a lot of American products used to be available there when the street was the site of a black market in the years following World War Two.

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Today, various products such as clothes, bags, cosmetics, fresh fish, dried food and spices are sold along Ameyoko. Also food from street vendors is becoming very popular for Japanese people as recognize tasty food. Opening hours and closing days depend on individual stores, but stores typically open around 10:00 and close around 19:00. Many stores remain closed on selected Wednesdays.

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For more information, please ask our Liberty Cove House Concierge.

 

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Liberty House Yokosuka apartment available now

Liberty House Yokosuka apartments are available now. This apartment is for long term tenants only. Minimum 1 year lease.

If you are interested in, please contact more details at reservations@liberty-cove-house.com

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Gadget from 100 yen shop

100 yen shops are kind of a dollar stores. All items are 108 yen (100 yen plus 8 percent consumption tax). Most items are good quality and so many selections are available.

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Stainless steel soap – Use like a soap after you touch fish or meat during cooking. All bad smell will be gone.

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Little containers – Magnets are on the bottom. You can stick on your fridge.

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Peeler with the holder – all vegetable skins are going inside of attached holder

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Sarushima – Monkey Island

From our serviced apartment Liberty Cove House, this place is good for a day trip. This is Sarushima Island.

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Sarushima (“Monkey Island”) is the only natural island in Tokyo Bay and is a wonderful place for a day trip. It is located less than 2 km off the coast of Yokosuka, and can be reached by a 15 minute ferry ride from Mikasa Pier (next to Mikasa Park) that goes back and forth once an hour. (Round trip 1,300yen for adult) sarushima monkey island

This island is full of historical and cultural significance. You can trace the lifestyle of Jomon period ( 12,000BC to 14,500BC) and Yayoi period ( 300 BC to 400 AC). There is also French Brick-lined tunnels from Meiji Period (1868 to 1912). Walking in this Island is very nice trekking and suitable children. There is nice BBQ deck and table.

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April is ‘starting-year’ in Japan

In Japan, April is freshly starting for the school year and also job for new graduates.

April is like September in U.S. Everybody is so excited to see new classmates, new people and new curriculum. All school’s entrance ceremonies are held at the beginning of April and this is when all schools start their academic year. I think fully bloomed cherry blossoms is the symbol for new start for Japanese people.

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