Tax Free Sake!

Foreign tourists now can buy sake and other alcoholic beverages tax-free at breweries and distilleries in Japan.

Launched on Sunday, the tax-free program is expected to give a further boost to alre...

posted by  Yubi | 4 months, 3 weeks ago | 0 comments

Schools, firms ramping up efforts to train volunteers for 2020 Tokyo Games

With less than three years to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a surge of interest has been seen in people hoping to be trained to become Olympic volunteers, seen as vital to the smooth operation...

posted by  Yubi | 5 months ago | 0 comments

Wagyu beef offered in Japan Festival in Brazil

People in Brazil have enjoyed sampling Japanese "wagyu" premium marbled beef and other local dishes in an annual festival of Japanese culture.

The 20th edition of the Festival of Japan was held on ...

posted by  Yubi | 7 months, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments

Tokyo expands language help for emergency calls

The Tokyo Fire Department has begun offering multilingual call-handling to improve efficiency of service when emergency calls are made by foreigners in the Japanese capital.

24-hour interpretation ...

posted by  Yubi | 7 months, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment

Mt. Fuji Climbing Season

You can climb Mt. Fuji only in summer, within a span of around two months. This year's season just started.

posted by  Tanuki | 7 months, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment

Free Bus Tours in Nara

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 | 8 months, 2 weeks ago | 2 comments

Head to Koenji for Foreigner-Friendly Fun

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 | 8 months, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment

Takayama: A Weekend Getaway with Old Towns and Morning Markets

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 | 8 months, 4 weeks ago | 1 comment


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 | 9 months 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 | 10 months, 1 week ago | 0 comments


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