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 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
What to bring with you, because you can’t buy it in Japan
How can I travel in Japan with food allergies?
Insider travel tips
Hacking leaf season: See beautiful fall leaves, but avoid the crowds & prices
Where to see the best cherry blossoms in Tokyo, with maps
The best secret cherry blossom spots in Tokyo
The best holiday illuminations in Tokyo
What shouldn’t I do in Tokyo? Ten overrated experiences and what to do instead
Should I see a kabuki performance?
Should I hire a guide in Japan?
How to get tickets & enjoy specific experiences
How to beat the crowds and duck peak prices during autumn leaf season
HOW TO ENJOY TOKYO WHEN…
…you’re traveling with kids
…your wallet is feeling thin and you want to do something memorable for free
TOKYO’S BEST-KEPT SHOPPING SECRETS
Where to find the best capsule toy (gachapon) vending machines in Tokyo
Shimojima: The best gift, paper & packaging emporium in Tokyo
Setagaya Boroichi: the most legendary flea market in Tokyo
BEST PHOTO SPOTS
Five flower seasons that will make you happy you missed the cherry blossoms
Where to take the best cherry blossom photos in Tokyo, with maps
Where to take boggling photos of the secret flower seasons of Japan
Where to take the best autumn leaf photos in Tokyo
Things lit up at night
How to walk across the Rainbow Bridge (and get shots of Odaiba and the Tokyo skyline)
The Sumida River bridges, boats & landmarks at night
Tokyo Tower lit up at night
Senso-ji temple lit up at night
The giant Gundam robot: It moves and lights up!
FEB Plum blossoms lit up at night
MAR-APR Cherry blossoms lit up at night
APR Urban landscape cherry blossom-themed illuminations
OCT Art festival that lights up the Yokohama waterfront every fall
OCT-DEC The best places to see autumn leaves lit up at night
MAY All-night art festival in Roppongi
NOV-DEC The best holiday illuminations all over Tokyo
Let’s go to Fox Village
Let’s go to Bunny Island
Let’s go to the lemur petting zoo
Kamakura Matsuri: Thousands of glowing igloos, all over town (FEB)
At the Ise Shrine, everything old is new
The Werewolf Shrine
Shirakawago (old-fashioned farmhouse village) in the snow
Where to see the most beautiful autumn leaves in Japan
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?
Why are tattoos still taboo in Japan?
Why are there no public trash cans in Tokyo?
Why do only men get chocolate on Valentine’s Day?
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