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All About Investing for Retirement in Japan

In this short introductory guide to investing in Japan, we’ll cover the three main options to invest your hard-earned cash and prepare for retirement... in plain English!

Talking Trash: How to Toss Your Garbage

Japan is pretty serious when it comes to sorting garbage, and it can be tough to understand if you're new to the country or don't speak Japanese. We're here to help you sort through the rules of sorting and throwing away your trash!

No More Soggy Sushi With This Simple Hack

Despite the discussions surrounding whether to eat sushi with your chopsticks, with your hands, or even upside down, one of our reporters has a simple but effective way to eat sushi without breaking its shape and embarrassing yourself in the process.

Winter Tips for Visiting Japan

While Japan is famous for its stunning cherry blossoms in spring, red leaves in the autumn and countless festivals in summer, Japan is also a veritable winter wonderland! Here are some tips for making the most of your time in Japan in its coldest season.

How to Buy a (Cheap!) House in Japan

Looking for affordable property in Japan? With a few tips (and by thinking beyond Tokyo) you may be able to snag a lovely house, apartment or tract of land for a steal! But of course, terms and conditions apply.

Explore the Sumo World at Kokugikan Street

The best place to experience authentic sumo wrestler culture is at Kokugikan Street in Ryogoku. You can learn about sumo wrestling, watch a sumo match, and even eat like a sumo wrestler.

5 Easy Ways to Save Money Living in Japan

It's never a bad idea to try to save a little money! Check out these 5 thrifty tricks to help you save your hard-earned yennies while living in Japan!

Get a Local Resort Experience at OMO5

Don't choose between a resort experience and a cultural experience. Get the full experience at the Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka, a chic hotel that focuses on connecting its visitors to the local environment.

JR East to Offer Half-Price Shinkansen Tickets

Good news for anyone residing in Japan; JR East has announced a 50% discount on Shinkansen and limited express tickets until spring next year!

Enjoy a Public Bath from the Privacy of Home

Some public bath houses in Japan are doing their part to support social distancing by uploading videos of their soothing baths.

LGBT Partnerships in Japan: One Step Forward

Gay marriage in Japan is still not a reality, but partnership systems and certificates are slowly gaining ground. Read on to find out more about options for same-sex couples in Japan looking to tie the knot.

Discover the Secret Life of Grandmas at Sugamo

Sugamo is not typically considered by tourists to be a thriving area, but among Tokyoites, it's known as the "Harajuku of Grandmas."

Discover Secret Scenic Spots in Japan

Japan’s natural scenery and local cultural experiences are drawing more and more international visitors off the beaten path.

Kagurazaka: Fusion of Kyoto and Paris in Tokyo

Kagurazaka is an eclectic mix of Edo Japan and French influences. Although originally known for geishas in the Edo era, it is now a hub for fine dining and delicious street food.

10 Tips for a Stress-Free Trip to Japan

Make the most of your visit to Japan and avoid some serious stress with these tips from a longtime Tokyoite! Find out when to avoid trains, how to find ATMs, when to travel and more.

Updated 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast!

According to the latest forecast by the JMC, the first blooms are only a little over one month away!

6 Romantic Offbeat Spots to Propose in Japan

Thinking of proposing to your partner during your trip to Japan? These lesser-known spots in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima are perfect for popping that all-important question!

The Importance of Continuing Social Distancing

Although the state of emergency has been lifted throughout the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the world the importance of social distancing, as well as consistent hygiene practices.

Getting to Grips with Plastic in Japan

Tips on how to navigate and—more importantly—avoid the ubiquitous, single-use plastic you'll find all over Japan.

Retro Street Food at Asakusa Denbouin Street

After visiting Asakusa's Sensoji Shrine, enjoy a leisurely afternoon eating traditional street food and finding hidden thieves on the nearby Denbouin Street.

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