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Tokyo to Kyoto: The Fastest and Cheapest Ways to Travel

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Tokyo and Kyoto, along with neighboring Osaka, are usually at the top of the itinerary when you visit Japan. Tokyo is commonly regarded as a city of modernity, whereas Kyoto is seen as a city of tradition. The distance between the two is roughly 450km, so how do you get from Tokyo to Kyoto?
On clear days, Mount Fuji is visible from the bullet train.
tl;dr: There are plenty of ways, and what to choose depends on whether you consider time or cost to be more important. Probably your best bet is getting the amazing-value JR Rail Pass, especially if you have more than just Tokyo and Kyoto on your itinerary. If it’s just a Tokyo to Kyoto trip, consider getting a Shinkansen + hotel package, or a discounted round-trip bullet train package

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Japan Top 10: Best Places to See Autumn Leaves

Autumn is a truly magical time to be in Japan. From late September through late November, the fall leaves in Japan reach their peak colors, which is called koyo (紅葉) in Japanese. People all over the country love to visit places where the koyo is especially beautiful. Here’s our list of the top 10 places to see the beautiful autumn leaves in Japan.

1. Tofukuji (東福寺)

The famous Tofukuji temple in Kyoto is one of the most popular fall foliage spots in all of Japan. Typically, any list of autumn leaf viewing spots will have Tofukuji listed right up top, and for good reason. Hundreds of Japanese maple trees fill the vast temple grounds with a sea of red and orange, and the Tsutenkyo Bridge offers an impressive view of both the beautiful temple and the entire scenic landscape.

Best time to go: Mid to late November

Where: Tofukuji, Kyoto

Website: Tofukuji Official Website (English)

2. Mount Nasu-Dake (那須岳)

Mount Nasu (aka Nasu-dake) refers to a group of volcanoes located in the northeast part of Nikkō National Park. Mount Nasu is one of the 100 most famous Japanese mountains, and the tallest peak is the 6,289 feet-tall Sanbonyari Peak. Nasu-dake is a very popular destination year-round, but especially in autumn, as this mountainous region is one of the best places to view endless fall colors. Visitors can take the cable car up the mountain and gaze down at the sea of colorful treetops below. From the top of the cable car, it is a one hour hike to its peak.

Best time to go: Late September to early October

Where: Nasu-dake, Fukushima

Website: Nihon Kankou

3. Rikugien Garden (六義園)

Not only is Rikugien Garden known as being one of the most beautiful landscape gardens in all of Japan, but …continue reading


Your Prepaid SIM Card Options for Travel in Japan

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A number of prepaid data 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

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See How Technology Has Changed Japan At This New Tokyo Exhibit

The path is designed like a timeline as you make your way from past to present with the exhibits getting increasingly more impressive as you go. Starting from educational reform where western science was prioritized and new units of measurement were developed (which includes some fascinating posters, original books, and rulers), the path leads you to the invention of computers, basic robots, and seismic design to protect against future disasters. Suddenly you find yourself reliving the history of Japan and the many changes it went through.

Towards the end of the exhibit, you’ll find things like a Walkman and VHS players which clearly look like they belong in a museum despite you having probably owned one seemingly not so long ago (ouch).

What is great about the exhibit?

Some of the many highlights of the exhibition include vintage cars from Meiji Era Japan (these are beautiful!), the presence of a penny, farthing, which I had never seen before, and a display of home electrical devices which wouldn’t look out of place in a retro sci-fi movie.

Electricity is one of the big themes in the exhibition as we go from when electricity wasn’t available in most homes to the age of convenience that we’re familiar with.

Another massive part of the Japanese history presented in this exhibition is the silk industry. Visitors are introduced to a range of original machinery and equipment used during the modernization of the silk industry, and a fascinating video of the processes they used. This is followed up later in the exhibit where we see the impact Japan …continue reading


Tokyo Events This Week: Autumn Festivals and Horseback Archery

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Tokyo events for Monday, November 12 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Trees
Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair II
Taking place in Asakusa, this traditional Edo-period festival celebrates luck in health and business. Take some good luck home with you by buying a ‘kumade’—a rake decorated with gold and silver sold by lively vendors around the shrine.

Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair II
13th Nov, 2018

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Amnesty International’s Pub Quiz
Have a beer, show off your knowledge know-how and do good at this charity pub quiz event at Shibuya Hobgoblin.

Amnesty International’s Pub Quiz

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