On internet access, SIM cards, data plans, mobile routers and WiFi in Tokyo

First of all, you will need to decide which of the following groups you belong to: I am a recovering mobile device addict and I […]


Saving on Taxi Fares in Tokyo

It is not a secret that taxis in Japan go by relatively expensive metered rates. While the flag-down fee varies from prefecture to prefecture, the subsequent […]


A pictorial guide on sending parcels via JP Post (Yu-Pack)

To send parcels within Japan, you can use the Yu-Pack (ゆうパック) service provided by JP Post. It is convenient, fast and very reliable.  You can also […]


Demystifying the Railway Train and Subway Systems of Tokyo

…and that was the simplified map of the subway and rail system in downtown Tokyo. If you had looked at the map and thought to […]


Avoiding Crowds on Your Holiday Trip To Japan

While parts of the year like the cherry blossoms season and snowy winter are popular with most tourists (domestic and international), some people simply want to […]


What is Heisei? – Understanding a Date in the Japanese Calendar

In Japan, there are currently two main calendar systems used, mainly differentiated by the year of reference. What you would already be familiar is the […]


Tips for Viewing Mount Fuji – Visibility, Weather and Live Cameras

Mount Fuji is arguably one of the most well-known attractions in Japan, both internationally and domestically. Nothing can be more frustrating than to plan a […]


Filling up registration forms in Japan

Whether you are living in Japan, buying Japanese products online or travelling in Japan, you may sometimes face the prospect of having to fill up […]