Japan has many unwritten social rules, but I believe the most important one to know is cell phone etiquette. What you might consider normal phone usage in your home country could come off as quite inappropriate in Japan. Cell Phone Etiquette in Japan If you spend any amount of time riding Japan’s public transportation, you […]
About Shawn Weldon
Shawn has spent the majority of his adult life living and working in Japan. He holds a Master's Degree in International Studies with a focus on Asia.
His favorite thing to do after a hard day of work is to belt out a few songs at Karaoke. His favorite way to relax after a full day of sight seeing is to soak in an onsen.
Entries by Shawn Weldon
If you’re traveling to Japan and you plan on seeing more than Tokyo, then you’ll want to take advantage of the JR Pass (also referred to as the Japan Rail Pass). These JR Pass Tips will help you understand when, where and how to use your key to Japan’s ultra efficient train system.
We’re back from our 2019 Japan Fall Tours. We had a great time with our guests and sharing all the wonderful experiences Japan has to offer. The weather was great and the changing leaves were amazing! Here are some photos of the people and places from our Fall Tours. Enjoy!
Dietary restrictions in Japan can often make finding something to eat very challenging. Going out to eat with dietary restrictions, food allergies, or dietary preferences can be troublesome in the US, but it’s not impossible. However, the situation is quite different in Japan.
We are back from our 2019 Japan Spring Tours. We had so much fun with our guests and sharing everything we love about Japan. The weather was great and the cherry blossoms were beautiful! Here are some photos of the people and places from our Spring Tours. Enjoy!
Japan is different. Some things will be similar and some will not. Here’s a short list of 5 things you won’t find in Japan.
The Japanese convenience store is a businessman’s oasis as he navigates his daily commute through a concrete jungle. Called a konbini in Japanese, these meccas of sugary snacks and drinks appear to be on almost every corner and down every alley.
Even though it’s one of the world’s most developed countries, free WiFi internet access in Japan is still very much a work in progress. They have a great internet infrastructure for people that live there, but as a visitor your options can seem limited.
Whether you’re traveling to Japan for business or pleasure, you’ll eventually need to know what to do with your luggage on a Japanese train. Some travelers feel a tinge of frustration when they rush to board and then don’t know what to do with their bags.
Japan prides itself on having four distinct seasons. Winter is dry and unforgivably cold. Summer is wet and Louisiana Bayou hot. Japan’s spring is world renowned for its brilliant pink and white cherry blossoms and temperate weather. However, fall may be one of Japan’s best kept secrets.
Becki and Shawn
Japan Travel Specialists
Hi, we’re Becki and Shawn! We love Japan and are truly passionate about Japan and Japan travel.
We’ve lived, worked, and traveled in Japan for 20+ years, so we know where to go, what to see, and how to get there. Join us in Japan for an adventure of a lifetime!