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Haneda vs. Narita: Which Airport To Choose?

Many people visiting or living in Tokyo spend some time debating which airport to choose, Haneda or Narita. The general consensus has always been that Haneda was the overwhelming number one option because of its proximity to Tokyo, which is why numerous airlines started salivating when Haneda announced that they were going to increase international…

Can’t Tell a Cherry Blossom From a Plum Blossom? 10 Differences to Look Out For

Cherry blossom and plum blossom trees are iconic for their pink(ish) flowers and are deeply rooted in culture especially in Japan, Korea, and China. Plum blossoms, however, are less significant in Japan when compared to cherry blossoms. However, originally it was plum blossom that were admired and celebrated in the royal court of Japan and…

Canon or SONY? Yodobashi or Bic? Useful Tips to Buying a Camera in Japan

Japan is a well-known creator of many brilliant cameras and has many established manufacturers which were founded in the country. These include top companies such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Fujifilm. For a camera geek, Japan would appear to be a match made in heaven. However, buying a camera in Japan is not necessarily as…

A Guide to Garbage Disposal and Recycling in Japan

In many countries other than Japan, the EU countries and some other exceptions, throwing away trash is pretty simple. Garbage is garbage, and that’s the end of unwanted items. Just put them in any container and bid goodbye to your waste. Although some efforts have been made in other countries to separate rubbish to a…

Lost in Lust: The Incredible World of Japanese Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…

Have a Magical Time at the Tokyo Disney Parks With These 11 Tips!

What do Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai have in common? If one were only thinking the powerful cities of Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, many answers would emerge; but adding Orlando and Anaheim to the mix narrows down the options. Sure, many tourists consider Anaheim to be part of Los Angeles…

Japan Vs. Tourists: Bans and Limitations That Impact Tourism

There is a saying with a couple of variations that goes something like “tourists seem to leave their brains at home when they travel”. Many will read this and nod in agreement, as tourists everywhere are often seen disoriented, bumbling, fumbling, miming, breaking social rules and norms, and some even breaking laws! The bigger the…

How Can You Find If A Murder Took Place In Your Neighborhood?

After months of spending your limited free time stressfully looking for the perfect place to live, you end up finding a 1LDK apartment in coveted Chiyoda ward. It’s a dream property. An apartment of that size in the heart of Tokyo is rarely available, and much less at the price that is being offered to…

Roppongi Nightlife: How to Stay Safe

Roppongi has grown to become the most diversified district for nightlife in all Tokyo. The mixture of all the luxury apartments surrounding the area, offices, shopping centers, boutiques, restaurants, bars, clubs, and a thriving expat community have shaped Roppongi’s character and largely influence how Tokyoites feel about this district. It’s elegant. It’s expensive. It’s entertaining.…