Getting Around Osaka: Transportation Guide

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What do you know about Osaka? How far is it from Tokyo? How are  people in Osaka like?

I was born in Osaka, so, naturally this place always gives me a feeling of intimacy and warmth. Though I have moved to another prefecture in Japan as well as the United States, Osaka still is my favorite place to be. While Yokohama is a larger city in terms of population, I would say that Osaka is still the second capital of Japan. However, it is definitely the biggest city in Western Japan.

Osaka has many particular characteristics that distinguish them from the rest parts of Japan (Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Kyushu.) It is preferable to know and understand them for those who are planning to visit Osaka in the future.

Are you ready for your journey to Osaka? Let’s discover it!

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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

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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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Fukuoka to Osaka: Where to Stay and What to do in Osaka

Osaka Castle

Osaka has long been one of the major cities in Japan, and the gateway of trade and culture for centuries. As a result, people from this area are regarded to be fast-talking and straight-shooting. This is in complete opposition to those from Tokyo, who tend to be more reserved (they both even stand on different sides of the elevator)!

Rooted in rich history, as well as being launched into modernity by their close connection with trade, Osaka is bright in culture, history, and especially delicious Kansai food! [Read more…]

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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Your Tokyo Metro Guide

Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 31 million people, and with a population density above 6,000 persons per square kilometer, it is also one of the most dense urban areas within developed countries. Needless to say, driving a car in Tokyo is not such a great way to get from A to B.

The train system in Tokyo is a living network of multiple lines owned by multiple companies, enthusiastic station attendants and dedicated conductors that operate on complex schedule where being late is not an option, and of course, the lifeblood of Tokyo; the seemingly endless sea of people.

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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

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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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Exchanging Business Cards In Japan

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Think about a situation below.

Your Boss: Are you ready for exchanging business cards in Japan?

You: Well, I don’t have any…

In the United States, shaking hands is one of the most significant actions when you meet new people besides saying hello and introducing yourself. Needless to say, greeting is inevitable for building good relationships in any business settings. However, there are cultural differences in social etiquette depending on countries. In Japanese society, it is fundamentally important for business people to exchange their business cards, or meishi. Business cards are like their faces in Japan.
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