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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 flowers and are mainly found in Japan, Korea, and China. Plum blossoms, however, are less significant in Japan when compared to cherry blossoms. Even so, they can still be easily mistaken for each other, especially from afar. Let’s dive into this article to learn…

How to Book Train Tickets in Advance Before Traveling to Japan

For many people traveling to Japan, booking train tickets is a major problem. You can always head to a Japan Rail (JR) counter once you arrive or seek help from an agent and pay some extra bucks, however, did you know that you can also book in advance online? Find out how below! Shinkansen Reservations…

Save Money With These 3 Companies Offering Discount Coupons in Japan!

It was my first time to visit Yokohama in August 2017. One of their main attraction is the Cup Noodle Museum. My friend Kei, who happens to be from Yokohama, surprisingly has never been to the Cup Noodles museum, and that’s why we decided to include it in our itinerary. Upon entering, Kei showed me…

8 Helpful Dos and Don’ts for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan This 2019

Want to experience Japan’s favorite spring event? Sakura (cherry blossom) viewing is one of the most anticipated seasonal events in Japan, both by locals and foreigners. Hanami, which literally means “flower viewing,” is a tradition held during the spring season while cherry blossoms are in bloom. Long ago, the hanami tradition was limited to Japanese…

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Name Correctly in Japanese

Japanese is a language that looks beautiful when written down. Calligraphy is a popular art celebrating the beauty of the Chinese-originating characters, kanji. Written Japanese is an art form itself, and it’s fun to be able to write characters and words you know. This article gives a complete guide to writing your own name in…

3 Great Ideas on How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Japan

Another year is almost over, and no doubt you’re thinking about how to spend the New Year’s celebration while you are in Japan. Christmas in Japan is very different to how it is in most Western countries; people often eat chicken and see illuminations with their partner rather than eat homemade food with their families.…

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…

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 Things You Should Know Before You Enter a Restaurant in Japan!

‘Irasshaimase’ is a very common Japanese phrase which means ‘welcome’ or ‘please come in’, and it can often be heard when you step into a restaurant in Japan. Imagine the scenario of the staff greeting you, then leading you to your assigned table. Now, if you are new to Japan, you may ask yourself the…

How to Take Your Bicycle on Trains, Buses, and More in Japan

Japan is seeing a huge rise in the number of bicycles as many areas and streets have been redesigned with bikeways for cyclists. There are also some exclusive long-distance bike trails for serious bicyclists out there. If you visit smaller islands in Japan where public transport is limited, cycling is one of the few ways…