Category Archives: TRAVEL

Finding the Right Travel Insurance for Japan

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Here’s what you need to know about travel insurance for Japan, with a comparison of some of the options available—including those that you can book when you’ve already started your trip.
A short but necessary disclaimer: Getting travel insurance is important, but we can’t make the decision for you. We can only provide information to hopefully make that decision a bit easier. Also, please note that we do not sell or provide insurance ourselves.
You are ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Japan! What could possibly go wrong? A lot, actually.
Apart from the obvious travel disasters (think lost luggage, pinched passports or canceled flights), getting sick abroad is, unfortunately, a possibility—and one you’d be well-advised to

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Cat Shrine

Nekogami Shrine is located in the grounds of Sengan-en gardens in Kagoshima and was moved to this location when the Shimazu family moved into their summer villa here after 1868.

The story is that the 17th Shimazu lord took seven cats with him when he took part in Hideyoshi’s invasion of Korea in 1592. The legend says that the cats were used as timekeepers on the journey as time could be

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The Mystery of Kyoto’s Big Buddha

Like any city with an ancient past, Kyoto is built on its own ruins. Layers of history remain hidden under the modern streets and houses, with many of the most famous structures lost in fires and earthquakes. Locals have their own ideas about what long-lost piece of the city’s architectural history they would wish to be magically restored. Some might pine over the loss of the Jurakudai palace, glittering with elaborate golden decorations and numerous halls of untold opulence. Others may long for a restoration of Honnoji, the temple where (in)famous warlord Nobunaga met his fiery and mysterious death.

However, nothing looms as large over the city’s lost history as the Daibutsu, a massive Buddhist statue that was once the crowning artistic and religious centerpiece of Kyoto. The fact that this grand piece of culture has been lost to time without a trace left behind (almost) is both astonishing and tragic. The story of its construction, destruction, and legacy is just as fascinating today as the statue itself must have been to the first visitors in the 1600s.

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Foreigner-Friendly Tokyo Sports Clubs and Leagues to Join This Summer

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Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means: the sun will be out, the days will get longer and many of us will be itching to get a good game of ball on after a busy workweek. Thankfully, Tokyo has plenty of sports fields in both the city and the ‘burbs.
And especially when it comes to sports, things are more fun with company. Thus, we present you our best selection of Tokyo sports clubs and leagues that are looking for new players, even if you don’t speak a word of Japanese.
The Commonwealth classic: Rugby leagues
If rugby is your go-to game of ball, you are in luck—there are plenty of team options in Tokyo for this sport.
Tokyo Gaijin Rugby Football Club is probably the biggest rugby club in the capital. P

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Your Prepaid SIM Card Options for Travel in Japan

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A number of prepaid SIM cards are available for short-term visitors to Japan
You land in Tokyo and ride the train into the big city. Maybe you stand in the middle of Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing, delaying traffic while you take a selfie. Or you hit up a restaurant, pointing at a random photo on the menu and hoping the waiter gets what you’re trying to order. And when it arrives, the first thing you think is, “I need to post this to make my friends envious.” Here’s the lowdown on getting a Japan SIM for your visit, for your data and voice communication needs.

The most practical SIM card for your trip? That would be the Mobal Japan Unlimited SIM. Not the cheapest, but the only provider with voice calling—a kill

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