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How to Travel Long-Distance in Japan: Which Option is Best for You?

I have tried different ways to travel long distances in Japan, and I am going to explain pros and cons you face with each option. I’ve tried night buses, the shinkansen (the Japanese bullet train), the normal train, and hitch hiking! The Night Bus kanpai-japan.com/ Let’s start with night buses, as that was my principal…

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Climbing Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks, and it became a world heritage site in 2013. It is the tallest mountain in Japan, with its peak stretching up to 3,776 meters high, and is one of the most iconic images of Japan, featured in lots of famous pieces of art. The mountain is…

Tips to Help You Navigate the Osaka Subway and Use its Train Passes

The largest city in Kansai, Osaka has been likened to Tokyo in terms of the population and infrastructure. Especially in central Osaka, the number of people cramming into public transport system could cause a headache for those not familiar with the train routes. JR Train Passes japan-railpass.co.uk/ Foreigners on a temporary visa are eligible for…

How to Get the Cheapest Bus Rides To and From Narita Airport

Airport transfer to and from Narita Airport can be very expensive for someone who is travelling in Japan on a very tight budget. Although there was a move to cut fare prices, it can still be problematic for some passengers. Take for example the case of the Keisei Honsen Tokkyu express train. While the express…

Turn Boring Vegetables into Delicious Works of Art the Japanese Way!

Japanese people are not exactly known for their vegetarian-friendly ways. After all, bacon is often not considered meat in our great nation but rather, a topping. However, the Japanese do love to make the mundane look extraordinary, occasionally taking far too much time to do so. There are several methods to go by when making…

Not Sure What to Do in a Tatami Room? How to Sit on the Floor in Japan

Most people around the world are comfortably using chairs to sit down. This is a common custom for foreign people which the Japanese people have accepted wholeheartedly. However, if you’re in Japan, chairs are not always that important for daily use. There are many instances where the Japanese sit on the floor, which tends to…

Living in Japan and on the Job Hunt? Here’s 5 Great Tips to Nail that Interview!

Job interviews are a complicated matter on their own; add to that experience certain Japanese business etiquettes and you may have a disaster waiting to happen but only if you are not prepared. In this particular instance, understanding the criteria that the interviewers focus on, regardless of the questions, is key in order to convey…

How to Take a Ferry and Enjoy the Scenic Route from Kansai Airport to Kobe!

If you are arriving in Japan via Kansai airport and want to kick start your journey straight away, a ferry ride certainly provides a great welcome into the beautiful city of Kobe. The ferry shuttle links Kansai Airport to Kobe Airport, then it’s a short trip on the train to Sannomiya. Much faster, and infinitely…

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of the Japan Rail (JR) Pass

All of us who travel to Japan (from overseas) can benefit from the purchase of a JR Pass. However, the myriad of JR Pass options means some people are paying more than they need to. In order to maximise value for money, travellers need to consider the region they will be spending time in and…
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