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 | 9 months, 1 week 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 | 9 months, 2 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 | 9 months, 3 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, 3 weeks 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 | 11 months, 1 week ago | 0 comments

The Awkward Art of Saying Goodbye in Japan

"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 | 11 months, 1 week ago | 1 comment

Free bus tours around Narita Airport

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 | 11 months, 3 weeks 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 | 12 months ago | 2 comments

It is frustratingly difficult to pass driving theory test in Japan

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 | 1 year ago | 1 comment

5 ways to meet Japanese locals without speaking Japanese

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 | 1 year ago | 1 comment


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