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12 Can’t-Miss Autumn Attractions in and Around Tokyo

This article is brought to you by Klook. Fall in love with the fall foliage in Tokyo and the rest of the region! To see the streets lined up with orange and red-colored trees, visit from the end of November to early December. Because of the great, cooler weather, it’s even more pleasant to walk around and explore the city and its surroundings.If you plan to make the most of your trip, you can get around faster with Klook’s services. You can hire a private car charter if you want a more private experience, but you can commute with the locals via the subway. Or, you can take a sightseeing bus around the city!Got your mode of transportation all planned? Make the most out of your autumn vacation in Tokyo with these things to do:1. Shinjuku Gyoen National GardenPhoto credit: Josh Wilburne (@joshwilburne) on UnsplashFrom its beginnings as a feudal lord's domain, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden later became the garden for the imperial family, nobles, and invited guests. Sprawling over a massive 144 acres, it features three distinct styles of gardens and a greenhouse with tropical and subtropical flora. It’s also home to the iconic pavilion featured in the acclaimed film The Garden of Words.Book a Tokyo Private Car Charter and go wherever you want in the city!2. Koishikawa Korakuen GardenPhoto credit: Scott Law (@milhouseil) on UnsplashOne of the oldest gardens in Tokyo, Koishikawa Korakuen dates back to as early as 1629 as it was originally part of the residence of the Mito branch of the Tokugawa clan. Just like typical strolling gardens, it has a central pond that has a path that leads around it. The West Gate of Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens is a three-minute walk from Iidabashi Station on the Toei Oedo Line.3. Inokashira ParkPhoto credit: Andy Miller (@subrene) on UnsplashInokashira Park in Kichijoji is a year-round hit with families, thanks to an abundance of playground facilities and a small zoo on-site. In autumn, however, the star attraction is the colorful foliage, best admired from aboard one of the swan-shaped pedal boats on the lake. If you’re a Hayao Miyazaki fan, you can pay a visit to the famed Ghibli Museum in the park's southern area—advance ticket reservations are required.Book these Ghibli experiences on Klook:Studio Ghibli Museum Walking Tour in Tokyo: Request onlyGhibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition Admission in KobeGhibli Museum, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum Tour2D1N Ghibli Park (Grand Warehouse) Nagoya Hotel Package from Tokyo/Kanagawa4. Hibiya ParkPhoto credit: Mylène Larnaud (@mylenela) on UnsplashHibiya Park is Japan's first Western-style park that has seasonal flowers, Japanese-style landscaping, and cozy spots to relax. With Tokyo in fall, the red maples and golden ginkgo trees create warm reflections in the tranquil ponds. If you’re planning to go here, Hibiya Park is a two-minute walk from Kasumigaseki Station on the Marunouchi Line or from Hibiya Station on the Hibiya Line.5. Yoyogi ParkPhoto credit: Yoav Aziz (@yoavaziz) on UnsplashYoyogi Park boasts one of Japan's most impressive shrines and woods made for walking or a place for relaxing and people-watching. There's an observation deck with great views of the park's forested area, which makes it a beautiful autumn spot in Tokyo. The quickest ways to get to Yoyogi Park are via Harajuku Stations on the JR Yamanote Line, Yoyogi-Koen Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line. Book your subway ticket with Klook to get to this beautiful park!Book Tokyo Subway tickets - Get Instant Confirmation!6. Showa Memorial ParkPhoto credit: Botelo on PixabayKnown for the many kinds of flowers that carpet its grounds and rows of ginkgo trees throughout the year, Showa Memorial park is also a beloved fall sightseeing spot. Spanning over 160 hectares, the park was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Showa's reign. This is a perfect thing to do in Tokyo during the autumn season as you can enjoy and admire nature peacefully.7. Ginkgo Avenue (Icho Namiki)Photo credit: yamasa-n (@heppoko_yama) on UnsplashMake sure to visit here while it’s autumn in Tokyo! Icho Namiki means “a row of ginkgo trees.” Ginkgo Avenue is located between the office buildings of Aoyama's business district and Meiji Jingu Gaien Park. It is a 300-meter-long street lined with two rows of ginkgo trees on either side that is kept immaculately trimmed until autumn (around November) when all the leaves turn a brilliant yellow.Ride the Tokyo Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus to get around easily!8. Rikugi-enPhoto credit: Zhipeng Ya (@zhipeng_ya) on UnsplashThe Rikugi-en Garden was created around 1700 as a strolling garden at the request of Japan's fifth shogun, Tsunayoshi Tokugawa. It depicts 88 scenic spots that are in Kishu Wakanoura and from Japanese poems. In this beautiful garden, you can cross the rustic stone Togetsukyo Bridge as carp swim underneath. Then at night, you can explore the garden to see the gorgeous fall illuminations.9. Mount TakaoPhoto credit: KENTARO YAMADA (@yakkle) on UnsplashLess than an hour's train ride from central Tokyo, Mount Takao is a popular hiking destination. At the summit, you can get a view of the great Tokyo plain. You can also see the Yakuoin Temple and the monkey park with Japanese macaques! To get there from Shinjuku Station, take the semi-limited express train bound for Takaosanguchi on the Keio Line and then get off at Takaosanguchi Station.10. Todoroki ValleyPhoto credit: Sebastian Hages (@sebastianhages) on UnsplashVenture through Tokyo's only valley, an approximately kilometer-long stretch of forests, waterfalls, and temples and shrines. Todoroki Valley is a dense forest oasis teeming with wildlife, the quaint Setsugetsuka cafe, and picturesque shrines! You can easily reach the valley by train, followed by a short walk. The Tokyu Oimachi Line will take you to Todoroki Station, which is 20 minutes away from central Tokyo.11. Hikawa ValleyPhoto credit: utakaha (@utakaha) on UnsplashNestled in the mountains and surrounded by forest, Hikawa Valley is a sight that must be seen to be believed—especially in the fall when the leaves turn to fiery red and glowing yellows and oranges. For the best views, take a stroll around Okutama Lake, across the floating bridge, and through the valley. It’s also conveniently located near great attractions like Mount Mitake, Lake Okutama, and Okutamaonsen Moegi Hot Spring.12. Mount Mitake (Mitake Gorge)Photo credit: kaori kubota (@kuuuudoooo) on UnsplashAlong with Mount Takao, Mount Mitake is one of Tokyo's two most popular hiking destinations. Mount Mitake, perfect for beginners, tends to be less crowded and offers visitors a breathtaking and unspoiled landscape. At six to eight kilometers, the hike takes a total of three to four hours, and the summit reaches an elevation of 929 meters. This is best to visit during autumn in Tokyo as you can catch the leaves turning red!Discover more joyful things to do in Tokyo!Heading to Japan soon? Did you know that you can get up to 3.5% cashback on your bookings on Klook? Click here and earn up to 3.5% cashback on your Klook bookings!For successful cashback tracking, sign in to merewards and click ‘Buy Now’ in brands’ pages. For more information on cashback, read here.

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12 Can’t-Miss Autumn Attractions in and Around Tokyo

This article is brought to you by Klook. Fall in love with the fall foliage in Tokyo and the rest of the region! To see the streets lined up with orange and red-colored trees, visit from the end of November to early December. Because of the great, cooler weather, it’s even more pleasant to walk around and explore the city and its surroundings.If you plan to make the most of your trip, you can get around faster with Klook’s services. You can hire a private car charter if you want a more private experience, but you can commute with the locals via the subway. Or, you can take a sightseeing bus around the city!Got your mode of transportation all planned? Make the most out of your autumn vacation in Tokyo with these things to do:1. Shinjuku Gyoen National GardenPhoto credit: Josh Wilburne (@joshwilburne) on UnsplashFrom its beginnings as a feudal lord's domain, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden later became the garden for the imperial family, nobles, and invited guests. Sprawling over a massive 144 acres, it features three distinct styles of gardens and a greenhouse with tropical and subtropical flora. It’s also home to the iconic pavilion featured in the acclaimed film The Garden of Words.Book a Tokyo Private Car Charter and go wherever you want in the city!2. Koishikawa Korakuen GardenPhoto credit: Scott Law (@milhouseil) on UnsplashOne of the oldest gardens in Tokyo, Koishikawa Korakuen dates back to as early as 1629 as it was originally part of the residence of the Mito branch of the Tokugawa clan. Just like typical strolling gardens, it has a central pond that has a path that leads around it. The West Gate of Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens is a three-minute walk from Iidabashi Station on the Toei Oedo Line.3. Inokashira ParkPhoto credit: Andy Miller (@subrene) on UnsplashInokashira Park in Kichijoji is a year-round hit with families, thanks to an abundance of playground facilities and a small zoo on-site. In autumn, however, the star attraction is the colorful foliage, best admired from aboard one of the swan-shaped pedal boats on the lake. If you’re a Hayao Miyazaki fan, you can pay a visit to the famed Ghibli Museum in the park's southern area—advance ticket reservations are required.Book these Ghibli experiences on Klook:Studio Ghibli Museum Walking Tour in Tokyo: Request onlyGhibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition Admission in KobeGhibli Museum, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum Tour2D1N Ghibli Park (Grand Warehouse) Nagoya Hotel Package from Tokyo/Kanagawa4. Hibiya ParkPhoto credit: Mylène Larnaud (@mylenela) on UnsplashHibiya Park is Japan's first Western-style park that has seasonal flowers, Japanese-style landscaping, and cozy spots to relax. With Tokyo in fall, the red maples and golden ginkgo trees create warm reflections in the tranquil ponds. If you’re planning to go here, Hibiya Park is a two-minute walk from Kasumigaseki Station on the Marunouchi Line or from Hibiya Station on the Hibiya Line.5. Yoyogi ParkPhoto credit: Yoav Aziz (@yoavaziz) on UnsplashYoyogi Park boasts one of Japan's most impressive shrines and woods made for walking or a place for relaxing and people-watching. There's an observation deck with great views of the park's forested area, which makes it a beautiful autumn spot in Tokyo. The quickest ways to get to Yoyogi Park are via Harajuku Stations on the JR Yamanote Line, Yoyogi-Koen Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line. Book your subway ticket with Klook to get to this beautiful park!Book Tokyo Subway tickets - Get Instant Confirmation!6. Showa Memorial ParkPhoto credit: Botelo on PixabayKnown for the many kinds of flowers that carpet its grounds and rows of ginkgo trees throughout the year, Showa Memorial park is also a beloved fall sightseeing spot. Spanning over 160 hectares, the park was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Showa's reign. This is a perfect thing to do in Tokyo during the autumn season as you can enjoy and admire nature peacefully.7. Ginkgo Avenue (Icho Namiki)Photo credit: yamasa-n (@heppoko_yama) on UnsplashMake sure to visit here while it’s autumn in Tokyo! Icho Namiki means “a row of ginkgo trees.” Ginkgo Avenue is located between the office buildings of Aoyama's business district and Meiji Jingu Gaien Park. It is a 300-meter-long street lined with two rows of ginkgo trees on either side that is kept immaculately trimmed until autumn (around November) when all the leaves turn a brilliant yellow.Ride the Tokyo Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus to get around easily!8. Rikugi-enPhoto credit: Zhipeng Ya (@zhipeng_ya) on UnsplashThe Rikugi-en Garden was created around 1700 as a strolling garden at the request of Japan's fifth shogun, Tsunayoshi Tokugawa. It depicts 88 scenic spots that are in Kishu Wakanoura and from Japanese poems. In this beautiful garden, you can cross the rustic stone Togetsukyo Bridge as carp swim underneath. Then at night, you can explore the garden to see the gorgeous fall illuminations.9. Mount TakaoPhoto credit: KENTARO YAMADA (@yakkle) on UnsplashLess than an hour's train ride from central Tokyo, Mount Takao is a popular hiking destination. At the summit, you can get a view of the great Tokyo plain. You can also see the Yakuoin Temple and the monkey park with Japanese macaques! To get there from Shinjuku Station, take the semi-limited express train bound for Takaosanguchi on the Keio Line and then get off at Takaosanguchi Station.10. Todoroki ValleyPhoto credit: Sebastian Hages (@sebastianhages) on UnsplashVenture through Tokyo's only valley, an approximately kilometer-long stretch of forests, waterfalls, and temples and shrines. Todoroki Valley is a dense forest oasis teeming with wildlife, the quaint Setsugetsuka cafe, and picturesque shrines! You can easily reach the valley by train, followed by a short walk. The Tokyu Oimachi Line will take you to Todoroki Station, which is 20 minutes away from central Tokyo.11. Hikawa ValleyPhoto credit: utakaha (@utakaha) on UnsplashNestled in the mountains and surrounded by forest, Hikawa Valley is a sight that must be seen to be believed—especially in the fall when the leaves turn to fiery red and glowing yellows and oranges. For the best views, take a stroll around Okutama Lake, across the floating bridge, and through the valley. It’s also conveniently located near great attractions like Mount Mitake, Lake Okutama, and Okutamaonsen Moegi Hot Spring.12. Mount Mitake (Mitake Gorge)Photo credit: kaori kubota (@kuuuudoooo) on UnsplashAlong with Mount Takao, Mount Mitake is one of Tokyo's two most popular hiking destinations. Mount Mitake, perfect for beginners, tends to be less crowded and offers visitors a breathtaking and unspoiled landscape. At six to eight kilometers, the hike takes a total of three to four hours, and the summit reaches an elevation of 929 meters. This is best to visit during autumn in Tokyo as you can catch the leaves turning red!Discover more joyful things to do in Tokyo!Heading to Japan soon? Did you know that you can get up to 3.5% cashback on your bookings on Klook? Click here and earn up to 3.5% cashback on your Klook bookings!For successful cashback tracking, sign in to merewards and click ‘Buy Now’ in brands’ pages. For more information on cashback, read here.

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How to Eat Sushi Like a Pro

Save this guide for your next visit to Japan or a Japanese sushi restaurant.It may sound pretentious to want to eat sushi like a pro, but wanting to do things the right way especially when most of the dishes are artfully prepared for you is also part of the culinary experience. Imagine eating your xiaolongbao with a fork - you get the idea. Here are some of the things to take note before you head for your next sushi feast.Wasabi and soyHands up if you’re guilty of mixing your wasabi with the soy sauce the minute you take your seat. While it is commonly accepted to mix wasabi with the soy sauce these days, the proper technique is to dab a small amount of wasabi on one side of your sushi and a little of the soy sauce on the other side of your sushi for a proper balance. Whole sushi inIf you’re dining in front of the chef, it’s rude to bite the sushi into two as it’s meant to be eaten in one bite. If you think you can’t manage, ask the chef to prepare your sushi in smaller portions.Number your fishThere is a way to eat the different types of fish on the sushi in order to maximise the flavour. Start with a white fish, and work your way to the fattiest cut. Save the egg, crab meat, or tofu sushi for after the fish.Don’t eat the ginger with your sushiIt is meant for in-between courses to cleanse your palate.Fish in firstFor nigiri sushi (that’s the one with the fish or egg on top of the rice), always dab the soy saunce on the fish and not the rice. Dab just a little so you don’t overpower the flavour of the fish with the soy sauce.Don’t rub your chopsticksIf you have a habit of rubbing your wooden chopsticks together after splitting it, don’t do it here. The chef may take it to mean that his utensils are of low quality.Make your table reservation on Quandoo now and earn cashback with each booking!Top rated japanese restaurants on Quandoo: Ikura, Fukuya, Katachi, Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin, Nantsuttei, Maru, Shin Minori & Hakata.Check out all of merewards' 1-for-1 dining deals here!

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The Art of Self-Care With the OSIM uDream Pro Well-Being Chair

Be it the ceaseless barrage of emails in your work inbox or the seemingly endless queue at the hawker centre during lunchtime, it is hard to deny that stress has become the unwelcome companion in our daily lives.Prolonged stress can even lead to long-term negative health consequences such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and many more health diseases.via GIPHYIn addition to taking things slow and incorporating regular exercise and a balanced diet into our lifestyles, something as simple as a good massage can be effective in promoting relaxation and reducing both physical and mental stress.We were invited by OSIM to learn our stress level through the OSIM uDream Pro, a futuristic-looking well-being chair -- yes, it is touted to be "more than a massage chair" -- and experience how the many features of this chair can help us de-stress and improve our mental and physical well-being.The OSIM uDream Pro is an all-in-one well-being chair with a futuristic design. Image: OSIM1. Learn your stress level through the AI Stress Analysis Your journey to overall well-being begins with a simple stress analysis powered by AI BioSensors. Your heart rate, respiratory rate, and heart rate variability are measured and translated into a Body Tension Score via AI-powered biometric algorithm. This score ranges from 1 to 100 and is an easy-to-read indicator of our body's overall tension and well-being.You also get a Heart Age Indicator, which is basically an indication of your heart's fitness by measuring your heart rate, heart rate variability, age, and gender. Ideally, your heart age should be lower than your physical age.With these numbers, the OSIM uDream Pro automatically personalises the best massage programme for your body.Heart rate, respiratory rate, and heart rate variability scores are converted into a tangible numberWith these measurements taken, the OSIM uDream Pro begins to personalise a massage programme designed to help you achieve rejuvenation and recovery.Sensors automatically detect the position of your head and shoulder for an effective massageThe OSIM uDream Pro's advanced technology adapts to your unique body contours, ensuring that every kneading motion is perfectly tailored to your specific needs. This personalised approach not only provides deep relaxation but also targets those tension points and sore muscles that often go unnoticed. 2. World’s first 5-senses massage chairThe OSIM uDream Pro comes equipped with features meant to excite your 5 senses. The Dynamic Mood Light sets the perfect ambience for you to relax in.The 3D Surround Sound produces immersive audio which will have you drifting off to la-la land in no time.DreamScent Aroma Pods by each side of the chair gently emit three different types of aroma scents, namely: Lavender, Aroma Tea, and Mandarin Blossom.Cutting-edge OSIM massage technology with their patented V-Hand Pro Massage provides professional, human-like massage feeling.Complete your massage experience with the uDream Pro Lavender Dark Chocolate, infused with lavender for its mood-calming properties3. Wide range of massage programmesWith a selection of massage programmes ranging from AI personalised to targeted body relief, body tension relief, lifestyle, and even manual massage programmes where you can personalise almost all aspects of the massage, the OSIM uDream Pro is truly a massage lover's dream come true.There is no need to worry about running out of massage programmes either - the AI on the uDream Pro analyses your massage preferences to develop more of the kind of massages you enjoy. In addition, the library of lifestyle massages is also regularly updated via software updates. Choose from lifestyle massages designed to stretch, energise, and help you sleep betterTargeted body relief allows you to receive massages on areas where you need it the most4. In a nutshellPriced at $8,999 (U.P. S$10,299), the OSIM uDream Pro can seem like a lavish choice for a form of stress relief. That said, a good massage chair offers long-term value through consistent access to stress relief and improved well-being.Moreover, the durability of high-quality massage chairs like the OSIM uDream Pro ensures a lasting investment in your overall health and quality of life.OSIM uDream Pro on display at one of their outletsHere are the key features in a nutshell:OSIM patented massage technologies researched and developed by Japanese chiropractor Dr Sato TsuyoshiAI BioSensors measure your heart rate, respiratory rate, and heart rate variabilityAI technology personalises massage to help you improve overall well-being5-senses massage featuring mood lighting panel, 3D surround sound speakers, aroma pods, OSIM patented massage technology, and lavender-infused dark chocolateNature-inspired design and coloursHead to toe massagesHeated massagesPatented V-Hand Pro Massage (as compared to conventional C-grip massages) at neck and shoulder areas4-Hand Pro Massage designed to simulate 2 masseuses massaging upper and lower bodyMassage programmes are regularly updated via software updatesOperated via OSIM uDream Pro app or touch buttons on the side of chair5. Free trial + free gift (limited time only)Keen to try out the features of the OSIM uDream Pro yet? For a limited time and while stocks last only, book a free trial of the OSIM uDream Pro here and receive a free OSIM USB Mini Humidifier worth $29.90, or buy from as low as $216 a month here. The OSIM uDream Pro is also available at OSIM outlets worldwide.Check out more Shopping guides and tips here

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It's Now Even Easier to Ballot for Tickets to Your Favourite Mediacorp Shows!

Fans now have the opportunity to secure their seats to their favourite Mediacorp shows in a more engaging and equitable manner! The ticket balloting system was launched in August 2023 on the merewards platform, allowing all meconnect users to ballot for tickets to Mediacorp shows such as The Sheng Siong Show, Golden Age Talentime 2023, and Te:Ra Seh! 5.0, with tickets to more shows soon to be listed on the platform.The Sheng Siong Show hosts Kym Ng and Desmond KohWant to experience the magic of Mediacorp's captivating productions in person? Here's what you have to do.1. Register for a meconnect accountRegistering for a meconnect account is easy. Simply head over to the link below to create one. A meconnect account gives you access to all of Mediacorp's digital platforms such as mewatch, melisten, and merewards.Create a meconnect account here2. Download the merewards app or go to our websiteWant to enjoy a seamless way to ballot for tickets while relishing on 1-for-1 dining deals and earning cashback on your online shopping? Download the merewards app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to enjoy all the free dining, shopping, and travel deals! If you prefer to ballot for your tickets from your internet browser, head over to the link below instead.Click here to enter merewards site3. Log in to your meconnect accountOn your merewards app, tap on the menu icon on the left followed by 'Sign In'. On the merewards site, click on 'Sign In' on the top right hand side of the page.4. Go to 'Tickets' page and ballot for ticketsOn the top of the page, tap or click on the 'Tickets' tab. Select the show which you would like to ballot for, followed by the quantity of tickets and click 'Confirm'.That's it! The results of the ballot will be sent to you both via email, as well as indicated on the 'Tickets' page of your merewards app or site.Choose the show which you would like to attendSelect the number of tickets you would like to ballot for and click 'Confirm'Wait for our email!5. Present QR code to staff on event dayDuring the event day, you may present the QR code to our ushers either as a hard or softcopy. Please follow the ushers' instructions before entering the studio or theatre.6. Enjoy the show!That's all you need to enjoy Mediacorp recordings and productions in person! We look forward to seeing you at Mediacorp!Check out all the recordings and productions available for balloting via the link below.Click here to enter merewards Ticketing page

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