All About Japan

Living in Japan with Little to No Japanese

Moving to Japan without knowing Japanese may seem like a fool's errand, but we assure you that you're not alone! We're here to show you how easy it is to survive in Japan, even with little to no Japanese language ability.

Stay at the First-Ever Peanuts Hotel in Kobe!

We all expected Snoopy-themed rooms to be cute, but we never imagined they’d be this stylish, and even romantic.

7 Tricky English to Japanese Translation Fails

Communicating in a foreign language isn't just a matter of translating what you want to say word for word. If you do, you might end up conveying a completely different meaning than your intended one!

Tokyo Tips for 6 Types of Travelers

Are you a culture vulture or a photo fanatic? Traveling with kids, or looking to explore Japan on a budget? Find out which spots in Tokyo are perfect for you!

New Cat Café Has Historic Style

Get a heaping dose of historic atmosphere at the Edo Cat Café in Tokyo!

How to Bring Medicine into Japan

Traveling to Japan with prescription medication? Find out how to enter the country properly and hassle-free!

Michelin-Ranked Soba Spot Sparkles in Tokyo

Motenashi Kuroki serves up a salt soba dish in Akihabara that both stuns and satisfies—and scored its creators a Bib Gourmand rating!

¥100 Items You Need for a Preparedness Kit

Thanks to ¥100 shops, you can be prepared for a natural disaster even with a modest budget.

5 Reasons Tipping Isn't Done in Japan

Guidebooks love to say it’s because Japanese people think tipping is rude, but that’s not even close to the whole story!

How Many 'Kanji' Should You Learn?

Studying 'kanji,' Chinese characters used in Japanese, can be time-consuming and difficult for many learners. The sheer amount of characters is intimidating—combine that with multiple readings, and it's hard to know where to start! We're here to help.

Travel Through Japan Without Heavy Luggage!

Say goodbye to heavy luggage thanks to a new website that allows you to rent clothing from locals in Japan!

Top 5 Budget Accommodation Types in Tokyo

Find the best, cheap accommodation for your trip to Tokyo, courtesy of Super Cheap Japan!

Top 5 'Okonomiyaki' in Osaka & Hiroshima

There are many places that offer the gooey, savory Japanese pancake, 'okonomiyaki.' Osaka and Hiroshima Prefectures are the top two hotspots around the country, with two distinctly delicious styles of this supremely cravable dish!

Spoon & Tamago Tour Hiroshima

Join our friends at Spoon & Tamago as they explore the many charms of Hiroshima.

Essential Japanese Words for Weather Warnings

Understanding what is happening in an emergency is very important, but the Japanese terms for natural disasters and dangerous weather can be confusing! This easy guide is a handy cheat sheet to help you stay safe and be able to make smart decisions.

The Big Tokyo Travel Guide

Tokyo is a city of old and new, where modern skyscrapers rise up from the remains of centuries-old castle walls. The Big Tokyo Travel Guide will help you find whatever you're looking for in Japan's capital city.

Where to Work Remotely in Tokyo

Looking to set up an important meeting but don’t have a permanent office? Or maybe you want to avoid the crowds of popular cafés like Starbucks. If you work remotely, Tokyo is chock-full of work spaces to help get your creative juices flowing!

How to Get a Permanent Resident Visa in Japan

The Permanent Resident visa, or 'eijuken,' is the Holy Grail for many foreign workers in Japan. So how do you get one? Once you've met the time requirement, it's actually pretty easy!

Get Artful Info with the Tokyo Last Train Map

Created by a Japanese designer and map enthusiast, the Tokyo Last Train Map lays out all of Tokyo's trains in radial form, along with the times they leave their first stop and arrive at their last.

How to Travel to Japan by Ship

A fear of flying or an inability to fly doesn't have to keep you from visiting Japan! Check out our list of ferries, cruises and freighters that can all get you there one way or another.

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