Currency Exchange in Tokyo

Money in Tokyo

Japan is very much still a cash based society. You will find that many restaurants, retailers and taxis will not accept credit card as a form of payment. It is always advised to carry cash with you. Using large notes, even for small transactions does not seem to be a problem at most retailers, so it is vital to exchange your currency while in Tokyo. In regard to the safety of carrying money in Japan, not to fear; Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world so you don’t need to be concerned about carrying large amounts of cash on you. [Read more…]

Yoshida Trail: Your Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji

Yoshida trail

One of the most iconic symbols of Japan is Mt. Fuji; this mountain has captured the wonder and imagination of people for thousands of years. The challenge of reaching the summit of Mt. Fuji has drawn individuals to this challenge for nearly just as long. This journey is indeed difficult, but has been made much easier as the mountain has become a major tourist destination. There are several paths to the summit when climbing Mt. Fuji, such as Yoshida trail and Fujinomiya trail. Making the right choice has a large impact on the level of difficulty encountered when hiking.  [Read more…]

Fujinomiya Trail: Your Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji from Suruga Bay

Climbing Mt. Fuji is difficult; this tallest mountain in japan has constantly-changing weather, a short climbing season, and decreased oxygen levels at the higher altitudes. However, there are several paths to the summit of Fuji-san, such as Yoshida trail and Fujinomiya trail, and making the right choice has an incredible impact on the level of difficulty.  [Read more…]

Your 2015 Tokyo Hanabi Taikai Guide

Japanese Festival

Rooted deeply in Japanese history, fireworks have been an integral part of celebrations and festivals within Japan. Japanese firework shows, known as ‘hanabi taikai’ in Japanese, are nothing short of extraordinary; lasting up to several hours with certain shows consisting of thousands of fireworks, with one firework show in particular that has a 900 lb super-firework and blooms to over 2,400ft, Japanese fireworks are truly astonishing.

These festivals can draw hundreds of thousands of spectators, and often times there are several events every weekend during the summer season.
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Your Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji top

Climbing Mt. Fuji, or Fujisan (富士山) in Japanese, is no easy task; huge increases in elevation, long hiking distances, inclement and ever-changing mt. Fuji weather,  as well as less-than-desirable steep and slippery portions of the path make climbing to the summit of Mt. Fuji very difficult.

However, with the correct gear and knowledge of the mountain go a long way to ensuring a safe and enjoyable hike to the top of Japan’s most iconic landmark.

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The ‘Konbini’ and Convenience Stores in Japan

 

At almost any given time or place in major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, you will be able to see the bright glow of a sign indicating the presence of a convenience store. Even in more rural and suburban areas, the distinct glow of the konbini can be seen more frequently than one would imagine.

These localized shops cater to an incredible amount of people on a daily basis, and become local spots for many to relax after work or pick up some groceries before they return home. Even if you are simply traveling to Japan for a short time, convenience stores can save you if you find yourself in a bit of trouble. [Read more…]

Having a Motorcycle in Japan

Motorcycle Japan Motorcycle Mt. Fuji

Japan is one of the most beautiful, exciting, and rewarding places to ride a motorcycle. Scenic mountain roads are around almost every corner, the roads are wonderfully maintained and vary from being just a few feet wide in some back alleys to multiple lane highways that stretch across the entirety of the nation. Although this experience is one of the best a biker can undertake, the process of obtaining a bike and legally riding it is difficult at best. Use this guide to better understand how to buy a new or used motorcycle, or simply rent a bike!
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