Your Complete Guide to Haneda Airport (HND)

Haneda Airport, once the main airport in Tokyo, is now mainly taking care of domestic flights, while its cousin, Narita Airport, deals with the International ones.

It doesn’t mean you have no chance to land in Haneda though!

Haneda, being closer to the center of Tokyo, is a more desirable arrival point for visitors than Narita.

If it’s your first time in Japan, we’re sure you’re overcome with excitement to have finally arrived in the country you’ve dreamed about for so long — but your excitement quickly turns to confusion as soon as you step off the airplane at Haneda Airport.

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Kansai Airport Guide: Start Your Japan Journey on the Right Foot

Kansai being a really rich region in terms of culture, architecture and landscape, as well as being home to the most vibrant cities Japan has to offer, it is no wonder a lot of travelers go through its International Airport (KIX), making it one of the top busiest Airport in Japan, and even Asia.

This Article is for whoever going to or interested in Kansai and its main cities (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe…), for the ones who prefer Tokyo you can check out our Complete guide to Narita Airport.

Kansai being more rural than Kanto we bet you are confused and have a lot of questions regarding the area and the best ways to spend a smooth, stress-free time here starting right from Kansai International Airport.

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Your Complete Guide to Narita Airport

You’ve landed in Japan, and are overcome with excitement to have finally arrived in the country you’ve dreamed about for so long — but your excitement quickly turns to confusion as soon as you step off the airplane at Narita Airport. Your mind is flooded with questions about your new surroundings. Read more for the answers.

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Rural Japan: Best Areas and Internet Access for Travelers

Japan is so much more than just Tokyo. Japan’s rural areas give greater insight into traditional Japanese lifestyle. Here, we’ll show you five rural Japan areas a little off the beaten path to add to your next travel itinerary– and how Sakura Mobile’s Pocket WiFi and Prepaid SIM cards can help you get there quickly and safely.

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Japanese Mobile Phone Culture: Learning the Ins and Outs

Whether you are walking along the Champs Elysees, cruising the Amazon river, or standing on the top of Mount Fuji, you will probably have your phone with you. With so many people using them in so many different countries, phone culture has become as varied as the clothes we wear or the food we eat. Japan is no exception. Keep reading for some interesting facts and tips on how to navigate the Japanese mobile phone culture.

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Tokyo Cherry Blossom Guide: The Best Sakura in the City

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When you think of Japan, what is the first image that comes to mind? For many, it is the picture of a geisha holding an umbrella. For some it is their favorite manga or anime. For those lucky enough to have visited Japan during Spring, the iconic view of hundreds of sakura trees in full bloom is hard to beat. This is hanami (“flower viewing”) season in Japan, and it is a highlight of the year for many people. While many might think that they can only see sakura in the country, Tokyo cherry blossom trees are just as beautiful! Don’t worry about where to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo–we’ll show you some of the best places around.

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7 Hotels in Shinjuku: From High-Class to Highly Unique

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With two international airports, Tokyo is an obvious starting point for any visitor to Japan. At the heart of the city is Shinjuku, a place full of restaurants and bars with a few nightclubs, some karaoke and plenty of hidden treasures. Shinjuku also has one of the busiest transport hubs in Japan, connecting the city to the rest of the country with a dozen train lines moving millions of passengers daily.

With so much energy and so many people moving through for business and pleasure, it’s not at all surprising that there are just as many great hotels in Shinjuku to choose from. From homey hostels to theme hotels and surprisingly inexpensive high-class digs, here are 7 of our recommendations for the best Shinjuku accommodation out there. READ MORE

New Year in Japan: A Spiritual Time of Family, Food and Fun

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For many people, Christmas is the most important holiday of the year. It is a chance to meet family, eat amazing food and give presents to loved ones. In Japan New Year is the biggest holiday, with many people returning home to spend time with their extended families. The festive spirit is reflected throughout Japan, with events held from Hokkaido to Okinawa that anyone can enjoy.

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Tokyo Train Guide: Public Transit in Japan’s Capital

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When some people think of transportation in Tokyo, they imagine the crazy looking maps they’ve seen of the subway lines. With so many stops covering such a large area, it seems like a daunting system. However, Tokyo train and subway lines are among the most extensive and convenient in the world. There a few other transit options as well but you’ll find them less attractive. The buses are difficult to learn and taxis or private cars are expensive. Rental cars can be convenient because there are many options near railway stations, making them easy to find but parking is a bit of a pain – not to mention expensive. Most tourists choose to use the train systems because they are cheap, fast and easy to use.

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Mount Takao: 6 Peak Highlights of an Ancient Mountain

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Mount Takao, otherwise known as Takaosan, offers a convenient and calm retreat from the hustle of the capital that is only one hour away from central Tokyo. Full of history and tradition, Mount Takao has been a center of religious devotion for centuries-and the climate, perfect all year-round but ideal for summer, offers a cool escape from the heat and humidity. Whether you need to refresh yourself during vacation or just need a break from the exhausting frenzy that is Tokyo, there is something on Mount Takao for you. Keep reading to learn about the wonders that await you on this ancient mountain and discover why it is one of the best day trips from Tokyo.

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