By pmreid

Check Out This Brand New Ramen Restaurant in Meguro!

Ramen, though originally from China, is a noodle broth dish that is hugely popular in Japan. As well as the regular chain restaurants with their own flavours and styles as well as national favourites, there are many stand-alone establishments as well that you can find all over the country. Sometimes, they are run for decades…

8 Enjoyable Things to Do in the Charming City of Okaya, Nagano Prefecture

Nagano Prefecture is best known for the Winter Olympics and for its popular winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Hundreds flock to this prefecture every winter to stay in ski resorts and enjoy the large snowfall that the area sees every year. The town of Okaya is about half an hour by train from…

Going Drinking in Japan? Here Are 7 Tips and Rules to Keep in Mind

It’s no secret that the Japanese love to drink. Most people have been to at least one “nomikai,” usually a business- or work-related event where a group goes to an izakaya (Japanese pub or bar) to drink and bond. Although cocktails, bottled alcoholic drinks, and beer are very popular in Japan, there is also the…

Are You Up for the Challenge? Try Some of the Spiciest Ramen in Tokyo!

The Japanese, in general, don’t tend to like spicy food as much as other countries. Indian and Korean restaurants sometimes “tone down” their level of spice to adhere to local tastes, and what restaurants warn as “spicy” usually tends to be quite mild. With the exception of Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, which does add a…

How Does Tokyo Deal With Its Huge Population?

Tokyo is a monster of a city, with an enormous headcount of over 13 million people. That’s a huge number to imagine, but to actually see even a small portion of that number in one place is pretty amazing. Tokyo’s most populous areas get incredibly crowded; Shibuya’s famous “Scramble” sees over a thousand crossers per…

All About the Japanese IC Card and How to Get One

An IC (Integrated Circuit) card is a handy card that anyone staying in a city in Japan should have. They are easy to get and can be used in a variety of ways. Someone who is traveling around the city for a day will probably use their IC card at least once. So what is…

5 Cards That You Should Never Be Without in Japan

Point cards offer benefits and discounts to customers who are loyal to one business and frequently buy things at their stores. Nowadays, more and more companies and shops are utilizing their own point cards to encourage people to revisit their business and reap the benefits. Other times, cards can be used as shortcuts to pay…

5 Great Things About the Autumn Season in Japan

Temperatures are fluctuating, the last of the annoying summer insects are dying out, and people are changing their light bed sheets for winter warmers and stocking up on blankets and fluffy slippers. Autumn has arrived in Japan! Although there are many things to love about summer – beach activities, summer festivities, and seasonal cooling drinks,…
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