8 Reasons Why You Need a JR Rail Pass

Some people still ask 'Why you need a JR Rail Pass', well the answer is pretty simple. The JR Rail Pass is great value for foreign tourists, so much so that we foreign expats...
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SIM Card in Japan – Best Options with Mobal

A SIM Card in Japan is a must these days. Perhaps you're travelling around for a few days or weeks, or potentially you're seeking to stay a few months, years or even permanently. One...

Oh Deer-Related Tourist Injuries on the Rise in Nara

In Nara, wild deer populate the local Nara Park as messengers from the gods, they are protected within the city. So, deer-related tourist injuries are also increasing with the increasing traffic visiting the Kansai...

Setsubun: One Fine Day in Spring

The snow came and went faster than a fleeting thought on a cold February morning. Despite the cold, Setsubun is a very famous festival taking place across Japan right now. The festival involves throwing roasted...

10 Most Dangerous Predators in Japan

Here we have listed some of the most dangerous predators in Japan, that you could encounter. It's highly unlikely, that as a traveller you won't if you live here and especially in the wild,...

Streamlined and Safer Shinkansens for the Future

2020 and the Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner. Similarly, JR's (Japan Railways) latest streamlined and safer shinkansens (bullet trains) is rapidly approaching too. In the next few years, they are looking to...

3 Italian Restaurants in Tokyo you Must Try!

Italian Restaurants in Tokyo are not a rare sight at all, similar to French, Sushi and Ramen eateries, you can even find a few in the same area. So, putting together a short-list of...

1,000 Yen Departure Tax to Begin from Monday

The Japanese Government will start collecting a 1,000 yen departure tax from Monday next week. People travelling by aircraft or ship will be subject to the new departure tax. The new regulation that was passed...
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Visit Kyoto via the Traditional Kyotrain

Starting from next spring, from March 23, you will be able to visit Kyoto via the traditional Kyotrain from Osaka. Many people see Osaka as the heart of Kansai, as it is easy to...

Winter in Sapporo – 8 Things You Must Do!

Sapporo is the 5th largest city in Japan and the largest in Hokkaido. Winter in Sapporo is famous for its large snow festival, which is an annual event. Furthermore, its beer museum, food, surrounding...