What's the Average Cost of Living in Japan?
So, how expensive is Japan really? Read on to find out the average cost of living in Japan in comparison to the US dollar and the UK pound sterling to see if a potential move to Japan is within your budget!
Save Money on Domestic Japan Flights With LCCs
It's no secret that transportation in Japan is expensive. With the trend of low-cost carriers (LCC) spreading all over the world, there are now more choices for cheap domestic flights. Here are some of the major LCCs that fly across Japan.
Finding Bargains in Kanto's Posh Neighborhoods
Japan has 'shotengai,' or shopping streets, where you can find most anything, including food, kimono, gifts, home items, novelty goods, clothes, shoes and what have you. While 'shotengai' abound in Japan, we'll introduce you the best of the best.
10 Useful Kanji for Everyday Life in Japan
The top unique aspects of Japanese culture and their kanji counterparts.
Tokiwa Hotel: Top-Tier Garden in Yamanashi
The garden at the Tokiwa Hotel in Kofu City, Yamanashi was ranked the third-best traditional garden in Japan in 2012 and 2013. And even if you can't afford a stay in this top-class hotel, you can still visit the garden for free!
A Stay in Yokohama Landmark Tower
Standing at 296.3 meters, Yokohama Landmark Tower was the tallest building in Japan when it opened in 1993. While its lower half is full of shops, restaurants and offices, the 49th to 70th floors are occupied by a five-star luxury hotel!
Sanyo-so: Service Sufficient for an Emperor
Sanyo-so is a sprawling 'ryokan' inn in Shizuoka Prefecture. With huge rooms, warren-like halls and a stunning garden, the service is so impeccable it's even received emperors—twice!
Meet Me in Minamisanriku for Fresh Food & Art
The coastal city of Minamisanriku has come a long way since 2011. Join us as we learn about the area, and the road to recovery.
Don't Bring These Restricted Items to Japan
Thinking about bringing something special to your friends, a loved one or your family in Japan? Read this article before you pack your bags to learn what things aren't allowed into Japan. Go through customs without worry with these travel tips.
Visiting Japan Made Easier With Travel Hub Mix
As Japan prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games, many new facilities are being built, more signs are appearing in different languages and more tourist-friendly facilities are popping up. Let's take a look at one such service, Travel Hub Mix.
How to Prepare for a Huge Earthquake in Japan
While sightseeing in Japan, international travelers had better be prepared for earthquakes, which are frequent in the country. This article offers our top tips for preparing for any earthquakes, big or small.
Hoshinoya Fuji: The Glamorous Outdoors
Don't be fooled by Hoshinoya Fuji's claim to be a 'glamping' resort. This is nothing less than the height of luxury in the woods!
The Subtle Difference Between 'Yes' & 'No'
Un! Uun! Un? Three words that sound awfully similar but have totally different meanings.
Mars GardenWood: Get a Fuji View in Gotemba
MarsGardenWood Gotemba is a resort hotel located to the southeast of Mount Fuji, with many of the rooms offer direct views of Japan's signature mountain.
Hacks for Dealing With Dietary Needs in Japan
The food in Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido and most anywhere in Japan might cause you to forget about your dietary restrictions. However, for those of us who cannot forego our diets due to health or religious reasons, these are our tips to dining to Japan.
Drink With Geisha For an Affordable Price
Foreign guests welcome at lobby lounge function that sidesteps the cost and pretense of orthodox geisha services.
Catch a Glimpse of 'Sakura' in the Winter
One popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo has transformed its riverside property into a sakura tree light display.
Hakone Luxury: Toki no Yu Setsugetsuka
With two hot spring sources and a vibrant atmosphere, this luxury 'ryokan' in Hakone feels less like a quiet retreat than an exciting 'onsen' resort!
How to Navigate a Japanese Washlet Toilet
If you're confused by all the buttons on a modern Japanese toilet, we're here to decipher all those mystifying symbols.
How to Travel to Osaka with a ¥2,500 Ticket
Sure, there are overnight bus, shinkansen or airplane options, but did you know that you can reach Osaka for a little over ¥2,000 with the Seishun 18 ticket? Here's what to expect if you decide to embark upon this adventure.