Osaka Amazing Pass

Are you only going to be in Osaka for a day or two and want to really pack a lot in? Then the ‘Osaka Amazing Pass’ might be for you. The pass gives unlimited use of the Osaka subway, tram and bus network and passes to 28 tourist attractions for 1 or 2 days, suchContinue reading “Osaka Amazing Pass”

Grutto Pass

Are you into art and museums? Then this could be an awesome pass if you don’t want to spend hideous amounts of money on museum tickets. The Grutto Pass ( ぐるっとパス) provides free admission or discounts to 78 art galleries, museums, zoos and more in Tokyo. What does it cost? 2000 yen (about $16/€15) When can I useContinue reading “Grutto Pass”

Brilliant Bonsai in Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park (Showa Memorial Park) is an often forgotten, but amazingly varied park west of central Tokyo. Along with great cherry blossom and autumn colour spots, the park has a purpose built outdoor bonsai museum. It’s free to enter for those you have entered the main park, and offers a spectacular selection of bonsai,Continue reading “Brilliant Bonsai in Showa Kinen Park”

Shiraoi Ainu Museum

Please note the museum has closed for renovation The Shiraoi Ainu Museum (アイヌ民族博物館) offers an interesting glimpse into the Ainu people, the original inhabitants of Hokkaido and nearby Russian areas. The Ainu people had, and still do have, a very different culture, religion and traditions to the rest of Japan, as well as a uniqueContinue reading “Shiraoi Ainu Museum”

Kichijoji

Kichijoji is a nice place to spend a cheap day, just walking around and doing an odd bit of shopping, eating or relaxing in the park.  It’s the most interesting suburban town outside central Tokyo, and has many things to keep all types of people occupied. Budget travel tips Make sure you have a printContinue reading “Kichijoji”