Naruto

Naruto (鳴門) is Shikoku’s premier tourist spot, world famous for its whirlpools that bring in tourists from all across the globe. While it may seem like a tourist trap, it is far from that and always included in any good Shikoku itinerary. Budget travel tip When buying the tickets for your cruise, ask about discountContinue reading “Naruto”

Yakushima

Yakushima (屋久島) is a World Heritage listed subtropical island in southern Kyushu. It is usually accessed from Kagoshima and is a great way for tourists to get away from the bustling and busy streets of most Japanese cities. Budget travel tips Buses go every hour our so, but be sure to check your bus timesContinue reading “Yakushima”

Top cheap places to go around Fuji

What place do you think when you hear word of ‘Fuji’? Most people definitely will answer Mount Fuji as it’s also known as great magnificent one of a kind mountain, a pride symbol of Japan. But there are actually more great spots to explore around beside Mount Fuji itself. So, let’s check out these must visitContinue reading “Top cheap places to go around Fuji”

Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館) is the first stop for anyone with a keen interest in Japanese history, art, design or fashion. It is the oldest national museum in Japan and has by far the deepest, richest variety of exhibitions. With over 110,000 objects and 87 national treasures, you will need at least a fewContinue reading “Tokyo National Museum”

Sony Building

Want to try out the latest technology, from VR headsets to the latest games? The Sony Building in Ginza is a nice retreat from the noise of downtown Tokyo, and also offers tax-free shopping for a range of Sony goods. Note that the Sony Building will be closed until 2022. Information Cost: FREE Open: 11Continue reading “Sony Building”

Best places for inexpensive souvenirs in Tokyo

Tokyo is always stereotyped as the most expensive city in Japan when it comes to a shopping spree. Getting some local souvenirs is thing that shouldn’t be missed in your to-do list. Fact is, as long as you know the right place to shop, there’s nothing to worry about. Here’s some recommended places for souvenirContinue reading “Best places for inexpensive souvenirs in Tokyo”

Toei One-Day Economy Pass

The Toei One-Day Economy Pass allows unlimited use for 1 day of the Toei transportation network, which includes a small subway network, a large bus network and a few other services. Note that the Toei subway is separate from the Tokyo Metro. What does it cost? 1 Day pass: Adults 700 yen (about $7), ChildrenContinue reading “Toei One-Day Economy Pass”

Top Ten Cheap Activities In Osaka

By Tom Fay (http://www.thomasfay.com), author of Must-See Japan Japan’s ‘second city’, Osaka is a busy, bustling metropolis in the heart of the Kansai region. Known for its friendly atmosphere and great food, tourists have started flocking here in ever-increasing numbers in recent years. Here are some of the best activities around the city for those on aContinue reading “Top Ten Cheap Activities In Osaka”

Mount Mitake

Mt. Mitake (御岳山) is considered a sacred mountain by many Japanese, who frequently make a pilgrimage from Tokyo to the shrines up the mountain and on top. The 929 metre tall summit is easily, and cheaply, accessible from the big city and provides great views of Kanto. Alongside Mount Takao, the best mountain for hiking inContinue reading “Mount Mitake”

Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen (草津温泉) is a hot spring town in the Japanese Alps, and popular with Japanese tourists. Foreign visitors should not expect to find they are the only non-Japanese tourists here, but the town is one of best for hot spring experiences. The stunning hot spring water that flows though the centre of town isContinue reading “Kusatsu Onsen”