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Simpler and Cheaper Commute: How to Buy a Japanese Commuter Pass

A commuter pass, or teiki ken 定期券, is a special ticket that can be purchased on a smart card like SUICA or PASMO. The fare from one station to another (including changes between overground and the metro lines) can be paid for in one payment. Commuter passes can be renewed either monthly, quarterly or every…
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Travel to Japan’s Wild North: 5 Reasons to Visit Rebun Island

Just 50 kilometres off the northwestern coast of Hokkaido lies the small Rebun Island. This tiny spec is easy to miss when searching on a map. However, despite being easily overlooked and unbeknownst to many, this island of just 80 square kilometres has much to offer. If you want to break away from the hectic…
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“Slurp Route” to the best curries in Tokyo

Tokyo has the highest number of Michelin star restaurants in the world for a reason. Japan and its people’s consumption of locally grown products, dedication to traditional culinary practices, versatility, creativity and craftsmanship – are all the cornerstone of Tokyo’s culinary scene. They also love the novelty of the ingredients used across foreign cuisines, so…
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A Craft Cocktail Tasting in Ikebukuro: Craft Cocktail Tokyo!

Craft Cocktail Tokyo, located 8 minutes walk from Ikebukuro station, offers a wide range of cocktails that you will not be able to see, taste or experience anywhere else. If you want to visit Craft Cocktail, you can go yourself, but for your first time I highly recommend making a reservation through the Airbnb Experience…
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koe donuts – an Ethical Donut Shop in Kyoto Designed by Kengo Kuma

Donuts have become a staple in people’s lives as an easy to go-to dessert and meal in one. Due to the dessert’s popularity, there has been a flux of donut specialty shops flooding the streets of every major city worldwide. However, many of these are casual shops focused on convenience and the donut’s image as…
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Sweet Summer Escape: 48 hours in Izu Oshima

Izu Oshima island can be your idyllic midsummer night’s dream which swaddles you right into nature’s lap. Flawless beaches, rugged terrain, scenic mountain trails, lush greenery and a desert and a night sky that inspire songs – this is what Izu Oshima island offers. Getting to Izu Oshima and Getting Around   View this post…
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Whiskey Hunting: 6 Places to Buy Japanese Whiskey in Osaka

Whiskey, or ‘the water of life’ is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages worldwide. There are many types and classes of whiskey across the globe, but a new type of whiskey is becoming increasingly popular: Japanese Whiskey. Whiskey is commonly distilled from fermented grain mash and typically aged in wooden casks of oak. Japanese…
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3 Must Visit Doughnut Shops in Tokyo

Doughnuts are the perfect dessert, whether it’s after a meal or as a snack. Whether you are wandering around Tokyo as a tourist or taking a lunch break from work, these doughnut shops are perfect places to drop by. Not only do these doughnuts taste delicious, but they are also adorable and aesthetically pleasing, making…