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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

Get around Tokyo fast, easy & cheap: 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 can I travel in Japan with food allergies?

How to buy tickets and go to a kabuki show

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

How to go to Oedo Onsen

Where should I stay in Tokyo?


…it’s raining

…you’re traveling with kids

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


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

Where to snag flower extravaganza photos, all year around


Why are tattoos still taboo in Japan?

Why are there no public trash cans in Tokyo?

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

Why are cherry blossoms loved so much more than other flower extravaganzas?

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

Why do you have to poke a hole in a styrofoam tray with a toothpick before throwing it in the recycle bin?

COMING SOON: Curated walking tours, where to buy awesome gifts, seasonal delights, & more

While you’re in Japan, read a novel set in Tokyo!

“A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.”

Raven Crime Reads

For nine years, Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura thought his mother’s death was an accident. Then he gets a call, and his life begins to unravel. Because if it wasn’t an accident…what was it? Read more…