Tempozan Marketplace and Ferris Wheel

Tampozan Marketplace (天保山マーケットプレイス) and the Ferris wheel next to it make for a nice morning or afternoon.  Great if you need a rest from all the shrines and temples in Kyoto!  Walk around the area for a nice view of Osaka’s coast. Budget travel tips The Naniwa Food Theme Park is a little expensive, butContinue reading “Tempozan Marketplace and Ferris Wheel”

Kuromon Market

Kuromon Market is a fascinating market in central Osaka.  There seems to be an endless supply of strange and interesting stalls for tourists to have a look and and maybe purchase something. No chain stores here, just locals selling their goods. Budget travel tips Get here in the morning if you can, it gets very lively! Don’t bring anyContinue reading “Kuromon Market”

Yudanaka

Yudanaka and nearby Shibu Onsen are traditional hot spring areas, full of interesting old buildings, restaurants and shrines.  The area is well known for it’s monkey park, where monkeys play in a hot spring. Budget travel tips Makes for a great side trip from Nagano or Matsumoto.  The train to Yudanaka also stops at Obuse, a stunning town toContinue reading “Yudanaka”

Tokyo Love Hotel Guide

There are lots of areas to stay at or you can just walk around love hotels in Tokyo.  Before visiting one, check our Love Hotel Guide for how to get a room. Recommended Areas in Tokyo Shibuya Love Hotel Hill – The largest collection and great just to walk around. Shinjuku Kabukicho Love Hotel AreaContinue reading “Tokyo Love Hotel Guide”

Crazy Japanese All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Buffets for $10!

Shakey’s is a chain of all you can eat pizza restaurants in Japan.  The menus are far from orthodox, and will feature  all sorts of crazy flavours and toppings.  Past favourites include marshmallow, strawberry and green tea flavour pizzas.  But if this doesn’t sounds too good, they also have plenty of more normal pizzas. AllContinue reading “Crazy Japanese All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Buffets for $10!”

Engrish of da Month Version 2 – Funny English from Japan!

Here are some recent ‘Engrish’ highlights from Tokyo!  Room 201 looks like fun. Someone has been using Google Translate. “No bouding port of the plantform. Amoing torans only”.  Stopped in the middle of rush hour to take this.  Want to move to Ass Building No.2? Seen in Shinjuku.  Don’t let the children listen….forever! In JapanContinue reading “Engrish of da Month Version 2 – Funny English from Japan!”

Tokyo Internet Cafe Accommodation

A great way to save money.  Starting from an unbelievable 750 yen, internet cafes are a great way to stay a night or two in a central area.  Probably much comfier than what you are used to back home, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown.  They are also great ifContinue reading “Tokyo Internet Cafe Accommodation”

Top Capsule Hotels In Tokyo

Want to try out a capsule hotel while on holiday in Japan? We have some great recommendations. Also, check out our capsule hotel first experience post. Most people don’t book a capsule, as there are usually many available.  But if you are worried, just go to the capsule hotels with an English booking system. Oriental PassageContinue reading “Top Capsule Hotels In Tokyo”

Capsule Hotel Experience

Capsule hotels are one the most interesting, if not strange, experiences you can have in Japan. Usually costing from 2000 to 3500 yen, depending on spa facilities and location, they offer a great way to stay the night in the city center. Most customers are usually business men who have missed their last train, soContinue reading “Capsule Hotel Experience”