Travel hacks + insider info

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HOW TO…

Basic Travel Hacks

How to use your phone in Japan without breaking the bank

Navigating around Tokyo: How to get where you’re going if you don’t speak Japanese

How and where to get cash in Japan

How to buy and use a transit card

How to get into Tokyo from Narita airport

How to take a taxi in Tokyo if you don’t speak Japanese

How to buy tickets for the bullet train if you don’t speak Japanese

How to choose a hotel in Tokyo

Travel quiz: Should I hire a guide in Japan?

Special needs

How can I travel in Japan with food allergies?

How to get tickets & enjoy specific experiences

How to buy tickets and go to a kabuki performance

12 tips & tricks for maximum fun at the Borderless Digital Museum

How to go to Oedo Onsen

Hacking leaf season: Beating the crowds and ducking peak prices

HOW TO ENJOY TOKYO WHEN…

…it’s raining

…you’re traveling with kids

…your wallet is feeling thin and you want to do something memorable for free

BEST SHOPPING SPOTS

Where to find the best capsule toy (gachapon) vending machines in Tokyo

BEST PHOTO SPOTS

Where to take the best cherry blossom photos in Tokyo, with maps

Where to snag flower extravaganza photos, all year around

BEYOND TOKYO

Animals

Let’s go to Fox Village

Let’s go to Bunny Island

Let’s go to the lemur petting zoo

Festivals

Kamakura Matsuri: Thousands of glowing igloos, all over town

Places

At the Ise Shrine, everything old is new

The Werewolf Shrine

Rainbow Icicle Wonderland

Shirakawago (old-fashioned farmhouse village) in the snow

Where to see the most beautiful autumn leaves in Japan

Flower Extravaganzas

Endless fields of Baby Blue Eyes

Hillsides painted with shibazakura

The forest carpeted with millions of red amaryllis

The enchanted hydrangea forest

Why, Japan, why?

Should I see a kabuki performance?

Why are tattoos still taboo in Japan?

Why are there no public trash cans in Tokyo?

Why is it hard for foreigners to get into a host (or hostess) club?

Why are cherry blossoms loved so much more than other flowers?

Why do only men get chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

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