1. The best way to stretch your yen Japan is Expensive. Or to be exact, it could be. So really, backpacking is the best way to stretch your budget. Instead of spending a substantial (a big word, I know) amount on a hotel room that you would spend just a few hours in, book … More [#HHWT] 10 Reasons That’ll Convince You to Backpack in Japan
A Japan Rail Pass is a huge investment – at least for someone who’d like to stretch her ringgits like me. Thus, after working on my itinerary many many times, and considering various options, I dived in and purchased a 7-day Japan Rail Pass for my 2nd trip to Japan back in 2014. It cost … More 2,424 km in 7 Days: How I Maxed Out My Japan Rail Pass
Photo Credit: Japan Station on Twitter Chances are most Japan-bound travelers have heard of the infamous Japan Rail Passes offered by Japan Railways (JR). Japan, whether you’re traveling from one city to another, or just within a specific city, is well known for its rail connectivity. It’s almost a novelty to ride of any of … More Introducing the new Japan Rail Pass Calculator!
Gaijin Pot predicts that these 10 places are the best destinations to visit in Japan next year. I must say that it is a very interesting list! One thing for sure, it highlights non-typical destinations associated with the country. For example, they include the Disney Sea Park, instead of the other popular one. I am … More Where to Visit in Japan in 2017
It was the weekend, so a festival of some sort was taking place in Miyajimaguchi, where I got off the train to catch the ferry to Miyajima. There was a parade by a large group of traditional musicians, playing music using drums and other instruments, people in costume and booth selling traditional products. While I … More Kamishibai in Miyajimaguchi
I denied it when Tomi-san asked if I were a train otaku. “No, not otaku,” I said, probably a little too quickly, when we stopped for a photo on the rail track of the JR Furano Line in Biei, Hokkaido. “I just like them.” The word otaku scared the hell out me, mostly because of … More A train otaku in denial
Imadegawa was a little out of the usual visitors’ hot spots, but I found myself there on one late Monday afternoon. My destination wasn’t the Imperial Palace, which I visited during my first trip back in 2009 (where I touched the imperial gate wall and was subjected to a blaring siren with a loud announcement … More Scholarly sights in Imadegawa