Tokyo to Osaka Using Trains, Planes & Automobiles

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As a tourist in Tokyo there is already a lot to see and do. However, to see a more traditional side of Japan with a more local flavor, many tourists travel from Kanto to Kansai and go from Tokyo to Osaka, Japan`s second largest city. If you would like to make the trip from Tokyo to Osaka, there are many transportation options available. READ MORE

WiFi in Japan: Essential Apps for Traveling in Japan

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Towering skyscrapers, countless Michelin-rated restaurants, and a public transport system that can’t be beat. Tokyo has always had just about everything and anything a city lover could ever want except for free WiFi. While it may be good to travel without Internet for a few days, allowing yourself to get “lost in translation,” it’s likely that cutting the proverbial digital umbilical cord will begin to take its toll as you start to crave all the apps you left behind and the Japanese-specific apps that make travel oh-so-much easier. If what we’ve described is a little too uncomfortable to imagine (or sounds absolutely terrifying), then we suggest you take the necessary measures of obtaining access to a Japanese WiFi network READ MORE

Renting vs. Buying a SIM Card in Japan: Which Is Better?

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If you travel to Japan, you will probably bring your smartphone with you. Whether you are finding train schedules on the go, figuring out how to get somewhere in Tokyo’s sometimes confusing streets using your favorite map app, or just trying to reach someone through Skype, having a smartphone in Japan just makes things easier. And, since Japan has a very modern and widespread network of cellular towers that conform to global technical standards, your phone shouldn’t have any problem getting cellular service when you’re traveling around Japan—that’s if you have a Japanese SIM card. When shopping around for a temporary data plan, you will find two main options to choose from: renting or buying. In this article we compare the two options to help you decide whether renting or buying a SIM card in Japan is best. READ MORE

NTT Docomo & Softbank Coverage Beat Out the Competitors

NTT Docomo & Softbank Coverage Beat Out the Competitors 4-Locations

In general, when choosing a data SIM carrier there are many things to consider such as pricing, speed, and which provider can get you a deal on the latest model of your favorite phone. But for foreign travelers in Japan who are likely to visit a wide range or locales in a short period of time, one factor tends to outweigh the rest coverage. But which of the big three carriers offers the best coverage: NTT Docomo, Softbank, or AU? The answer is you have a choice, Docomo or Softbank, and here’s why… READ MORE

What to Pack for Japan: 7 Essentials You Shouldn’t Forget [Download]

What to Pack for Japan: 7 Essentials You Shouldn’t Forget

Toothbrush. Check. Underwear. Check. Hairdryer…. Wait, would your hairdryer even work in Japan? Packing is, inevitably, the worst part about traveling. Nobody likes to do it, but everybody has to yet we always leave it until the very last minute. There is procrastination and then there is running around trying to locate the “safe place” you hid your passport while the taxi is waiting outside to take you to the airport. If you’re headed to Japan, but are stuck in the packing blues, your life has gotten a little easier with our essential tips on what to pack for Japan and our downloadable Japan packing list. READ MORE

Japan Phone Rental: 5 Options for Long-Term Stays

For foreigners moving to Japan or staying long term, getting portable data service through a smartphone is crucial to daily life yet signing up for a cell phone contract can be one of the biggest hurdles when you first arrive in the country. To help you choose the best Japan phone rental option to fit your needs, we broke down the most common methods foreigners use to stay connected during their long-term stay. READ MORE

How Much Data Do You Need during Your Trip to Japan?

Many people taking a trip to Japan get a pre-paid SIM card or rent a pocket WiFi so they can have fast and stable internet access during their trip. However, before you choose between getting a prepaid SIM or renting a pocket WiFi in Japan, you should calculate how much data you’re going to need for yourself or for your group if traveling together with other people. Too large of a data plan, and you could end up paying for data allowances you don’t use; not enough data and you’ll hit your data cap and have your speed throttled down.

Calculating your data usage

If you’re wondering “How much mobile data do I need?” here are some useful tips to help you calculate your data usage. Keep in mind that data usage varies by device so these figures are based on averages and are only meant to provide an estimate of how much data you can expect to use in Japan. 1MB is 1024KB and 1GB equals 1024MB. infograph1-horizontal_black READ MORE


Onokawa Onsen Kajikaso

Konnichiwa everyone (^_^)/

In this series of posts, we are going to introduce handpicked Japanease Ryokans of the qualities.

We hope these posts help to find your favorite Japan.

The first pick is “Kajikaso” from club Ichinoyado