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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…

The Future of Japan’s Arcades Are These Cards

While people are commonly told that Japan is a cash-based economy, this isn’t always true. In various spots around the country, IC cards are utilized for their convenience and value, such as taking the train to get places without needing to buy a ticket for the trip. The case is no different in Japan’s arcades,…

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…

Robots, Bidets and 7 Other High-tech Things to See in Japan

Of all the phrases and descriptions associated with Japan – world heritage sites, deep appreciation for history and culture, outstanding cuisine – being a modern, technology-driven country seem to take a back seat. In my opinion, it’s not the ultra-fast bullet trains (shinkansen), or extensive rail network that amazes me but the ordinary, daily things…

The Ultimate Travelers’ Guide to Getting the Most Out of Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station (京都駅) is a major transportation hub, especially for foreign tourists who come to Japan. It is a terminal station housed in one of Japan’s biggest buildings, and it consists of numerous shinkansen (bullet trains; 新幹線), buses, trains and other types of transportation. Besides this, it has numerous restaurants, shops, and other facilities. If…

Traveling to Japan for the First Time? Check These 6 Guidelines Out!

Japan is a country with a unique culture and heritage. First-time travelers might not know what to prepare to survive in the Land of the Rising Sun. So here are some guidelines for those who are traveling to Japan for the first time in their lives. 1. Preparation Japan is a pretty modern country and…

How to Avoid Major Problems on Your First Trip to Tokyo

Every year, Japan aims to drive up the number of tourists that visit the country and undoubtedly, Japan is also on the list of to-go place for many of these travelers. A new year and a new start for 2016! Now, how about a trip to the capital of the land of the rising sun?…