Japan travel tips

Paying Etiquette: How to Buy and Pay for Things in Japan

Well, perhaps there are no any other countries in the world that are full of social rules other than Japan. If you have certain general knowledge about Japan or you have been to Japan before, I am sure that you had seen people lining up on one side of escalators (typically on the left side…

Feeling Adventurous? Put On Your Hiking Boots and Head for Mt. Fuji This Summer!

With the arrival of summer which includes events and festivals such as Marine Day (Umi no Hi), Japanese Festival of the Dead (Obon), and the summer vacation for students, many people in Japan will be heading outdoors especially to the mountains and beaches. As Japan’s most iconic mountain, Mt. Fuji is a popular choice for…

The Perfect Way to Use Free Wi-Fi During Your Trip to Japan

Whenever I go traveling, one of the most important information that I prepare beforehand is where and how to get Wi-Fi access during my trip. The obvious solutions are, of course, to spend money and buy a SIM card, or rent a pocket Wi-Fi. But wouldn’t it be great if there are free Wi-Fi connections…

5 Essential Smartphone Apps to Help You Survive Your Next Japan Trip!

Traveling can be very exhausting sometimes with all of the things you need to take care of – taking care of your visa-related paperwork, working on a reasonable budget, booking internal flights (if any), checking the weather forecast in advance, googling nearby money exchange shops, and much more! Some people are blessed with “adaptability” as…

All You Need to Know about Smart Cards and How to Use them in Japan!

The convenience and safety features in smart cards have inarguably made a lot of people in Japan very happy. In a country where cash is the name of the game, smart cards are now making more Japanese people use digital money instead of physical money. What are smart cards? A post shared by 太(ふとし) (@shikoshiko31)…

Find Relief from the Summer Heat in the Cart of a Handsome Japanese Rickshaw Puller!

Rickshaw pullers (shafu) may not appear to be the most attractive job in the world but its popularity among men is steadily increasing in Japan. They are also known as “jinrickisha danshi ” or “rickshaw boys” among their admirers, and in most cases have lean and muscular physiques. Some are even aspiring professional athletes who…

5 Great Sites to Make Booking Accommodation in Japan ’Easy Peasy Japanesey’!

Booking accommodation in Japan can be difficult for a number of reasons, such as international accommodation sites not always having adequate information around the different kinds of accommodation available in Japan, or some sites only providing information in Japanese which can make it difficult for non-Japanese speaking travelers. Let’s take a closer look at 5…

4 Important Safety Tips to Remember for when an Earthquake Strikes in Japan

As you may know, since April 14th, earthquakes have occurred in the entire region of Kyushu from Kumamoto with aftershocks in many neighboring areas. For travelers and tourists that have never experienced earthquakes before, they may find it difficult to seek help if they happen to experience one here, perhaps due to language barriers and…

Your Greatest Help In Japan Is An App Accessible Offline! Check Out Tabimori!

We all know the humorously accurate catchphrase “there’s an app for that” that began circulating once everyone seemed to own a smartphone. Technology has advanced to such a degree that no matter what our needs, we can easily solve any problem by pressing the touch-screen on our phones. But what about when we’re traveling and…

Quick and Simple Tips For Catching a Taxi in Japan

Taking a taxi might seem like a simple task for you, but have you ever taken one in Japan? The etiquette for taking taxis in Japan is quite different from back in the UK, US, or other Western countries! Getting a Taxi jp.fotolia.com/ Just like in the US, as you are walking down the street,…