Tax Refund Japan

Japan Tax Free Guide   If you’re in Japan and you’re planning to do a lot of shopping while you’re there then you’ll want to know how to avoid having to pay the 8% VAT tax. Even if you aren’t planning on doing a lot of shopping in Japan you may end up doing a lot of shopping. So either way it’s best to take a look at this information before going on your trip to Japan.    The best thing about claiming the 8% VAT in Japan is that it is completely hassle free compared to many different countries. So if you have the opportunity to not have to pay the 8% tax, especially if it is hassle free, then it is best to take the opportunity to do so.    There are many countries that require you to show your [...]

When to travel to Japan

When to travel to Japan   If you are traveling to Japan and are wondering when is the best time for you to travel to Japan then you may find this blog helpful. As Japan has 4 season, I have listen the pros and cons of traveling to Japan during each season.    Winter (December to about mid-march depending on your location) (photo credits: Pros: Skiing: If you love skiing and snowboarding then this is the best time for you to travel to Hokkaido and the Japan Alps which is the best place to get your ski and snowboard fix.   Japanese Onsen: one of the best things about traveling to Japan is being able to experience the onsens. Japan has some of the most amazing [...]

How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto

How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto Guide There are a couple different ways on how you can get from Tokyo to Kyoto depending on how much you want to spend and depending on how quickly you want to get there.   (photo credit: 1. Shinkansen Taking the Shinkansen or aka the bullet train is probably the easiest and one of the faster ways to get to Kyoto from Tokyo. However, with that being said it is also one of the most costly ways to get to Kyoto. Especially depending on the season, if you are traveling during a busy time like Golden week, Cherry Blossom, or New years season then it will be costly.    You have two different options when it comes to taking the shinkansen to Kyoto. You could [...]

Haneda Airport Post Box

Haneda Airport Post Box Location   If you have a package, letter or postcard to send out at the last minute but you don't have time to look for a post box or post office at Haneda airport then this blog post will be your saviour. It's fairly easy to find and it is located very close to the departure gate so it's great for anyone who has anything that they need to drop off at the very last minute. Especially if it's a rental SIM card or portable wifi device you definitely want to be able to use all the way up until you get to the airport.  As you arrive by escalator in the departure lobby. You will see an information counter. After arriving at the departure lobby head towards the information desk. From there if you [...]

Instagram-Worthy Spots of Tokyo

If you are looking to take some cool pictures for instagram, Tokyo is one of the best places to do so. Here are some of the places that i've found that are considered some of the top photogenic locations and some that were visited by famous instagramers.   1. Kawaii Monster Cafe (picture source: Kawaii Monster Cafe is probably one of the most visited locations in Harajuku because of the cute and over the top interior design. It is definitely a place to take cool pictures for your social media posts.   2. On The Way (Shimokitazawa) On the way is a hair salon that has expanded into the coffee shop business. The most popular thing [...]

Things to do in Shibuya (Shibs)

Here are some of the top things to do in Shibuya.   (picture source: 1. Shibuya Scramble Crossing As you all may know, Shibuya is most well-known for its scramble crossing. It is right across the Shibuya station Hachiko exit. It is said that there are over 1000 people that cross the scramble crossing during peak times. It has been an iconic site that has been featured in multiple Hollywood movies.   (picture source: 2. Shibuya Starbucks One of the best spots to overlook the scramble crossing is from the Starbucks located across Shibuya station. Although it is often very crowded, you can get a spectacular view [...]

Take a tour bus around Tokyo

Take a tour bus around Tokyo picture source:               Explore Tokyo with the help of Tokyo Sky Bus. With their double decker sightseeing tour, you can see some of the city’s most exciting destinations. There are two different bus tour services that they offer, one where you can hop on and off as you please (Sky Hop Bus) or one without a stopover (Sky Bus Tokyo).   The Sky Hop Bus Routes picture source: The Asakusa-Tokyo Skytree course stops at the following bus stops: Marunouchi Mitsubishi building [...]

Attractions/Food at Miyajima

  Things to do in Miyajima   Here are some of the top attractions and foods that you can enjoy in Miyajima, a town located on Itsukishima island of Hiroshima Prefecture.   1. Itsukushima Shrine picture source: picture source:   Itsukushima shrine is a popular Shinto shrine which is best known for it’s iconic “floating” tori gate. The Itsukushima Shrine is dedicated to Susano-o Mikoto’s three daughters, the sea and storm Shinto gods, and Amaterasu’s brother. Throughout most of the Shrine’s history, commoners were never allowed to set foot [...]

Things to do near Ueno Station

Things to do near Ueno Station   Are you staying near Ueno station during your stay in Tokyo? Well, here are a few things you can do that are near Ueno station.   1. Ameyoko (Ameya Yokocho) Shopping Street  Ameyoko which is short for Ameya Yokocho (candy store alley) was originally an area in which candies were traditionally sold. In the following year after World War II, it became like a black market where a lot of the American products were being sold and therefore it was named “Ame” which stands for “America”. Today, there are various products being sold from clothes, cosmetics, fresh fish, spices and sportswear. It is said to be a place where you can bargain and therefore it is very popular amongst [...]

Climbing Mount Fuji

          If you are traveling to Japan this summer, you may be looking for things to put on your bucket list. Well, if you’re up for the challenge I would definitely recommend climbing up Mount Fuji.            My friends and I climbed Mount Fuji in late July, 2014. And let me tell you, it was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had in Japan. It was, without a doubt, a challenge but it was a very worthwhile challenge. So let me continue to give you information on what you need to know before and during your climb up Mount Fuji.            First of all, you need to decide when you will be climbing Mount Fuji. The climbing season starts early July to mid September. Any [...]