Learn Japanese Culture to Progress in Japanese Language

Learning a foreign language is a complex endeavour. It is more than just learning the grammar and vocabulary. The cultural aspect of the language is important as well.

If you want to master a langu...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 weeks ago | 3 comments


Free Bus Tours in Nara japancheapo.com

In a move that makes us wonder whether Nara has a bit of a chip on its shoulder about its more popular neighbour Kyoto, the Nara Prefectural Government is bringing back its free bus tours for a lim...

posted by  Tanuki | 3 weeks ago | 2 comments


Head to Koenji for Foreigner-Friendly Fun tokyocheapo.com

Although ostensibly an area that is little different from the rest of suburban Tokyo, it’s to Koenji’s credit that it doesn’t take much digging to discover that appearances can be deceptive. In thi...

posted by  Tanuki | 3 weeks, 3 days ago | 1 comment


Takayama: A Weekend Getaway with Old Towns and Morning Markets tokyocheapo.com

Takayama is a castle town high up in the mountains of Gifu prefecture (4-5 hours from Tokyo), overflowing with traditional charm and busy streets waiting to be explored. Renowned for morning market...

posted by  Tanuki | 1 month ago | 1 comment


Shrine-Hopping japancheapo.com

Kyoto is known for its hundreds of temples and shrines dotting the city. Quite a few are UNESCO World Heritage listed, and even those that aren’t offer beauty and charm in their art, gardens, or ar...

posted by  Tanuki | 1 month ago | 1 comment


Stupid Tourists?

What are things that foreign tourists should avoid doing, so that both locals and tourists can avoid problems?

There have been a few cases of very srtupid tourists, like those who vandalised Meiji ...

posted by  Yubi | 2 months, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments


The Awkward Art of Saying Goodbye in Japan blog.gaijinpot.com

"I tried disengaging from the conversation. “Well, it was nice talking to you!” I said. My student just stared at me expectantly, waiting for me to continue. After a moment of silence, I tried agai...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment


Free bus tours around Narita Airport www3.nhk.or.jp

Foreigners staying near Narita Airport outside Tokyo will be offered sightseeing bus tours starting next month.

The tours are organized by the operator of Narita Airport, local municipalities and a...

posted by  Tanuki | 3 months ago | 0 comments


Ryokans Vs. AirBnB

What are the benefits of staying in Youth Hostels (Ryokans) compared to staying in AirBnB places? And how about the other way round? Please share your opinions for the benefit of travelers.

posted by  Yubi | 3 months, 1 week ago | 2 comments


It is frustratingly difficult to pass driving theory test in Japan metropolisjapan.com

In this blog post the guy complains how difficult it was to pass the theory test:

I looked rather out of place in the lectures, which were filled with devious-looking youths and wannabe bosozoku. T...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 4 months ago | 1 comment


5 ways to meet Japanese locals without speaking Japanese blog.gaijinpot.com

For many travelers, getting to live like a local and having the opportunity to connect with new people is a big priority. In Japan, this can be challenging due to the language barrier. Since half o...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 4 months ago | 1 comment

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