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Is It Possible to Do Hiroshima and Miyajima in One Day?

We recently got a question asking if it was possible to do both Hiroshima and Miyajima in one day. The answer is that it’s possible, but it may not be ideal.
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JAL Covid-19 Cover for Japan Airlines Passengers

Japan Airlines (JAL) is offering a COVID-19 coverage plan for anyone who flies with them between now and June 30, 2021. The JAL Covid-19 Cover is automatically provided to all customers flying international and provides support in case of contracting COVID-19 on your trip. Read more

A Train is a Train, Right?

The most common issue we come across with travelers visiting Japan on their own is not understanding the train system. We’ve heard countless stories of people losing an entire day of sightseeing because they either missed a train or took the wrong one. The following is a story of a couple we met at our Tokyo hotel.
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Cell Phone Etiquette in Japan

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. Read more

JR Pass Tips

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. Read more

What You Need to Know About Dietary Restrictions in Japan

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. Read more

WiFi Internet Access in Japan: A Work in Progress

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.  Read more

What to do with Your Luggage on a Japanese Train

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. Read more

How Much to Budget for Your Trip to Japan

Knowing how much to budget for your trip to Japan can be challenging if you don’t know anything about the country. Most people I run into ask if Japan is expensive, and they are always surprised by my answer. Read more

7 Things You Should Know Before Riding a Train in Japan

These are the seven things you should know before riding a train in Japan. The Japanese are very conscious of how their behavior affects the people around them. There seems to be a set of unwritten rules that almost everyone in society follows when it comes to public behavior. As a visitor to Japan, it’s beneficial to know these rules in advance before getting on your first train. Read more