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Japan's Top 15 Attractions Picked By International Tourists 

Wondering what to see in Japan? You might want to listen to the advice of your fellow travelers. Website Trip Advisor has this year’s most popular tourists spots as selected by visitors from around the world. This is the 9th year that Trip Advisor has published such a list. It draws from a massive number of reviews for many of these spots. The number one choice, for example, has over 15,000 reviews! Out of that, 2,607 are in Japanese, but the rest are in a wide variety of languages, including English, French, Korean, Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Russian, and more. Advertisement The full list, which you can see here, has 30 different locations. Below are the top fifteen. Have you been to any of these? Want to? Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Japan's Biggest Indie Game Event Hits Kyoto

This past weekend, BitSummit got underway in Kyoto. Each year, the event gets bigger and bigger, and this year’s appeared to be the biggest yet! The show has come so far from the first year—which was held in a tiny auditorium and with participants setting up on card tables. [Image: Kotaku] Now big name game developers like Goichi Suda of No More Heroes fame are regulars. Advertisement Once again, Sony was on hand with its indie games, as was Nintendo. But what drew my attention was some of the titles I happened upon on the show floor. [Image: Kotaku] [Image: Kotaku] [Image: Kotaku] My favorite was People Panic. Players hold a UFO attached to a fishing poll, and the goal is to abduct as many pedestrians milling about on the streets. I told the guy passing out fishing polls, “This would be excellent as an arcade game.” I told him that twice, I believe. [Image: Kotaku] The other game I really liked was Rival Star Hero. It isn’t a Japanese developed game, but a Canadian one. It is, however, influenced by Japanese shmups—but with a cool two player versus spin. I thought it was terrific. Advertisement Another interesting title was…

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Innovated Kyoto game studio Q-Games is making its smartphone debut with Eden Obscura.

Innovated Kyoto game studio Q-Games is making its smartphone debut with Eden Obscura. Innovated Kyoto game studio Q-Games is making its smartphone debut with Eden Obscura. It’s the latest entry in the PixelJunk series and is the brainchild of Q-Game creative producer Baiyon. Slated for iOS and Android, no word yet on a release date.  READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Okochi Sanso Garden.

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Kiyomizu-dera at Fall.